Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com Online Edition of Guyana's Leading Daily Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:01:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 State Assets Recovery Bill ready for consultations http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/state-assets-recovery-bill-ready-for-consultations/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/state-assets-recovery-bill-ready-for-consultations/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:59:33 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413025 -Will be empowered to recover stolen assets hidden any part of the world

– Makes provisions for establishment of Recovery of State Assets fund

By Kiana Wilburg

After months of preparation, the draft legislation which will lead to the formal establishment of the

SARU Head, Dr. Clive Thomas

SARU Head,
Dr. Clive Thomas

State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) is finally complete. Consultations on the State Asset Recovery Bill have been earmarked for August 11, next, at the Pegasus Hotel.
Head of SARU, Dr. Clive Thomas, said that he is extremely elated to have reached this stage. He said that a lot of work has been put into the process.
He explained that Bill introduces provisions to combat unlawful conduct and corrupt practices in relation to property and other assets owned by the State, or in which the State has an interest.
In this context, the SARU Head said that the Bill provides for the establishment of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) which has as its primary function, the civil recovery of State property obtained through the unlawful conduct of a public official or other person, or any benefit obtained in connection with that unlawful conduct, by way of civil proceedings taken in the High Court for a civil recovery order.
The Bill contains seven parts, one of which makes provision for the establishment of SARA and its Director as a corporation sole, the appointment of a Director, Deputy Director and staff of SARA, and the terms and conditions of their appointment.
It also states how SARA will be financed, through a budget approved by the National Assembly, and its transparency obligations by requiring the Director to provide a detailed annual plan, and annual report both of which must be laid before the National Assembly.
In addition, SARA staff is required to comply with the Code of Conduct prescribed in the Integrity Commission Act.
The draft Bill articulates that SARA’s functions include the investigation, tracing and identification of State property suspected to be the proceeds of unlawful conduct of a public official or other person, or any benefit, directly or indirectly, acquired in connection with that unlawful conduct, and to institute High Court proceedings for the civil recovery of that property.
Once the Bill is passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the President, SARA will be enabled to seek the recovery of such property wherever in the world that property may be located. The Agency will also be required to raise public awareness on the dangers of corruption and other crime.
The Bill expressly states that mutual cooperation between the Director of Public Prosecutions and Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit is a requirement, and the Commissioner of Police must provide such assistance as is requested by the Director.
The Director may enter into binding memoranda of understanding with other Government or Public bodies, and is able to collaborate with any State organ, foreign government or international or regional organization, in the recovery of State property.
Furthermore, the Bill also provides for the establishment of a Recovery of State Assets fund, into which 25 percent of the value of recovered property will be credited, with the remaining 75 percent credited to the Consolidated Fund.
This Fund is intended to make the SARA partially self-funding. Dr. Thomas explained that the Bill allows for the Director to be authorized to use the funds to commence actions under the Act, to make certain payments e.g. to pay experts to assist him in carrying out SARA functions, to fund training and capacity building or to compensate victims who suffered loss as a result of unlawful conduct.
The Bill also sets out in detail, the five Orders available to the Director when undertaking a civil recovery investigation. One of these includes search and seizure warrants which enables an authorized person to enter and search the premises specified in the application for the warrant, and seize and retain any material found there. The Bill also provides for account monitoring orders which requires a specified financial institution to provide account information on a specified account for a specified period, up to 90 days in the manner and at, or by, the times specified in the order.
Written comments on the Bill may be submitted to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel at draftingconsultations.mla@gmail.com or posted to the Attorney General’s Chambers at Lot 95 Carmichael Street, North Cummingsburg. The Draft Bill is also on the Attorney General’s website at http://legalaffairs.gov.gy/.

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Gold declarations likely to spike beyond 600,000 oz this year – Trotman http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/gold-declarations-likely-to-spike-beyond-600000-oz-this-year-trotman/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/gold-declarations-likely-to-spike-beyond-600000-oz-this-year-trotman/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:58:26 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413046 Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman

Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman

Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman, when he appeared before the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Natural Resources, told committee members that gold declarations for this year, are likely to spike beyond 600,000 ounces –some 50,000 ounces beyond Government’s predictions.
Trotman said, yesterday, that as of June 30, Guyana has seen a declaration of 327,000 ounces of gold which is ‘far’ in excess of what had been estimated for this period.
Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, he said, had projected for the budget – 550,000 ounces for this year. Trotman added that at the end of the year, a more comprehensive report will be submitted.
Last year, the Guyana Gold Board recorded 451,490 ounces which surpassed 2014 target of 380,000 ounces.
He continued that this increase indicates that persons are developing more confidence in the system; the measures that are being put in place to curb smuggling are bearing fruit; and most importantly, there is an increase in production.
He continued that Aurora Gold Mines, as of June 2016, produced 75,000 ounces of gold which puts in on projection to produce 150,000 ounces for the year.
Trotman went on to tell Committee Members, that since Britain’s referendum to exit from European Union (Brexit) the price of gold was trading at just over US$1200 an ounce, but after Brexit, the price for gold per ounce had increased and is floating above US$1300 an ounce.
As it relates to diamond, the Minister said that the Country is doing “relatively well”. Production thus far stands at 61,552 carats.
Trotman also revealed that thus far, the two bauxite giants, Bosai and the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BGGI), have chalked up 762,000 tonnes of bauxite with the latter producing 73 percent of this amount.
“For bauxite, as you know we have two main companies and the country is observing 100 years of bauxite. We will be putting together a team to review the bauxite sector…not an investigation.”
The team comprising experts will soon meet with members of the committee later in the year.
Trotman stated that because of the decline in overall construction in the country, there has been no spike in quarry stone however, “We are 3.5 percent higher than we were during this same time last year, and we have produced to date 226,000 metric tonnes of stone.”
Sand has seen a 15.8 percent improvement from the corresponding period last year, he added.

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Exxon Mobil seeking to drill third well – Country Manager http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/exxon-mobil-seeking-to-drill-third-well-country-manager/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/exxon-mobil-seeking-to-drill-third-well-country-manager/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:57:29 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413051 –    Associated natural gas to be stored until viable purpose is identified  
Jeff Simons, the Country Manager for Exxon Mobil, yesterday told the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Natural Resources that the Company is seeking to drill a third well later this year.
Simons was at the time providing a status report on the Project when he made this announcement.
The drilling of Liza 3 will commence later this year after the completion of the current well he said, while adding, that the key issue is that the Liza 2 results supports the initial development and further drilling is required to confirm the expanded area of block.
He added that the company had collected seismic data, geotechnical data, met ocean data and other well data during drilling. It is that data which will allow the Company to move forward and make decisions.
“We’ve had a group of engineering folks back in Houston (Texas) starting to do scoping studies on what kinds of developments; what the developments will look like; what will the apparatus be out there; the floating production system; and the things on the sea floor, and what will they actually look like, and how they need to be designed etcetera”
Simons did indicate that the company will be seeking to use a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) system, which entails a modification of a super tanker to house the facilities and the equipment required to extract the Hydrocarbon.
He added that the oil when extracted will accompany natural gas. This gas when it comes to the surface, will be separated and later, injected back into the ground and stored.  The additional data will determine what can actually be done with the gas until commercial purpose (s) can be established. An assessment of the gas itself is being conducted Simons said.
He added that the company has already applied for an environmental permit and then would be pursuing its development plan.
Asked by the Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, Odinga Lumumba, whether it would be in the Guyana Government’s interest to find an investor in natural gas, Simons said the Company was conducting a number of studies before returning to government on a number of things that could potentially work with the gas.
He said that until a feasible option is identified, it is best to store it until more gas is found.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, during a press briefing yesterday, said that the natural gas would be used to generate electricity, produce fertilizer and make liquid propane gas for domestic consumption.
In May last year, Exxon Mobil indicated that it had made a significant find approximately 200 Kilometres offshore of Guyana in the “Liza One” Well which had been under exploration.
Subsequently, last June, there was a declaration which was made following the successful drilling of a second Well – Liza Two, which was classified as an appraisal well. It was confirmed that the estimated volume of hydrocarbons within, ranged from 800 Million to 1.4 Billion barrels of recoverable hydrocarbons.
The Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman, said yesterday as he appeared before the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Natural Resources stated that since the announcement was made in May, the Government is optimistic that Guyana will enjoy the wealth that is going to come ‘relatively’ soon.
He added that in the meantime, the Ministry has been pulling out all the stops to ensure that persons are trained, by working along with various international agencies who have been lending support including the United States Government, through its Energy Capacity Initiative; the United Kingdom, the Government of Canada; the Mexican Petroleum Institute; the European Union; and the United Nations Programme.
“We have said yes and we are in the process of coordinating the process…The Commonwealth Secretariat is also assisting the government in drafting of the legislation.
He added, that most of these works would have commenced before the change of government, so what is happening now is but a continuation of that process.
However, there were some changes. This, he said, was due to the transition process from the exploratory stage to actually confirming that there is Hydrocarbon within the area being explored.
Local content
Minister Harmon asked the Country Manager about the involvement of locals in the oil production process. “Starting from the philosophical part of how the company operates, we always work to maximise local content…Look at many of our mature affiliates whether it’s Malaysia or Germany or Africa, those we typically achieve local workforce content above 80 percent and often above 90 percent.”
He added that during the drilling of the first well, they had established an office in Guyana which did not include much local content. However, with the second well in place, they have made some improvements by increasing the size of their shore base which has allowed them to bring in a cement plant and a mud plant. These are to come in shortly.
“The Companies that we are using, the contractors are starting to expand here in the community so you’ll start to see storage fronts, housing, leasing, transportation and security. All of those things are increasing here as we go on in the exploration phase.”
Simons stated that the operation right now in Guyana is running a drilling rig or two rigs, and this is what the company will be doing in Guyana for the next couple of years. The next step he said, is the production process and when that commences, it will allow require personnel between 50 to 100 persons.
He added that the FPSO will not require much personnel however, persons will benefit indirectly due to the millions of dollars of fuel, the food, security, transportation and medical supplies all of which will be purchased locally.

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Focus on advocating for better education, infrastructure – Harmon tells Jagdeo http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/focus-on-advocating-for-better-education-infrastructure-harmon-tells-jagdeo/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/focus-on-advocating-for-better-education-infrastructure-harmon-tells-jagdeo/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:54:32 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413014 …don’t separate communities along racial lines

Following statements by Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo in Queens, New York, of an “assault on people of Indian origin”, Minister of State Joseph Harmon has issued a terse reminder to Jagdeo to get his priorities in order.

Minister of State Joseph Harmon

Minister of State Joseph Harmon

Harmon, who was speaking during a post cabinet press briefing on Wednesday, was asked about Government’s response to Jagdeo, who had found himself at the centre of a criticism after a video of him claiming that the Government of Guyana practised ethnic discrimination went viral.
Jagdeo said that he still stood by his statements.
As the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Jagdeo holds a constitutional post which has, over the years, been used by previous holders to advocate for positive development. Harmon yesterday called for more focus on the development of these communities.
“And so when people speak of racial division what we want them to focus on are the issues that affect (communities). And let us address the question of physical infrastructure. Let us address the question of education for these communities and not just try to separate communities.”
The Minister made it clear that the government, including President David Granger and Ministers, has embarked on outreaches or visits in as many areas as possible. It would not differentiate which communities should or should not be engaged based on racial lines.
“We do not discriminate along lines of ethnicity or geographic location, racial preference or anything of that nature,” Harmon stressed. “We engage, in fact all of our Ministers including the Government and the President himself, see Guyanese as Guyanese.”
“Where problems exist in this country, we try to find solutions to those problems. We do not see a person or any community because of its race, which should not be engaged. And if you are to look at the engagements of the President since we came into office, you will see a wide range of communities that he has visited.”

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo

According to Harmon, he has personally been told on some of his outreaches that he was in a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) stronghold area. Noting that he did not see things that way, Harmon said that once elections are over Government had a responsibility that all of Guyana be treated equally as citizens.
In the statement, Jagdeo had made claims that “There’s an assault on people of Indian origin; there’s an assault on supporters of the PPP (People’s Progressive Party). What we thought would never return to Guyana, in just one short year has returned with full force, and even worse in some regards than the Burnham era.”
He had gone on to say that transported lands are being “snatched” and that “140 new taxes were increased”.
This development, he said, has been targeting the rural poor, who are mainly the supporters of the PPP. He had stated that the country had taken “a turn for the worse” and “whenever the elections come again, we’re going to take back Guyana…we’re going to take it back from these people.”
The Government subsequently issued a statement condemning, “in the strongest possible terms, the irresponsible, hateful race baiting and malicious fabrications and falsehoods uttered” by Jagdeo.
The Administration regarded the claim that there is an “assault on people of Indian origin” as “despicable” and a figment of Jagdeo’s imagination.
The statement pointed continued, “Speaking to a predominantly Indo-Guyanese audience, Mr. Jagdeo attempted to inject among them a feeling that they are victims.”
The statement emphasized that the Coalition Government remains committed to stabilizing the Guyanese economy after years of lawlessness, nepotism, corruption, cronyism, mismanagement, misrule and the flagrant misuse of resources.
It had also said that the former President’s statement comes at a time when efforts are being made to foster closer relations and achieve a greater level of social cohesion. Moreover, the government said that it considers it reprehensible that Jagdeo chose to sow seeds of division, discord and race hate.

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Blackbush triple murder victims laid to rest http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/blackbush-triple-murder-victims-laid-to-rest/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/blackbush-triple-murder-victims-laid-to-rest/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:51:42 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413069 funeral1As detectives continue to investigate the brutal shooting to death of two men and a teenage boy in the Blackbush Polder area, the victims were yesterday laid to rest.
The funeral attracted a large gathering as residents of the small community of Mibicuri came out to pay their respects.
Wails and screams resonated from the home of the slain men as persons gathered to get one final view of their remains. The funeral service was conducted according to Christian rites at the Village Church.
The bullet-riddled corpses of Pawan Chandradeo, Naresh Rooplall and Jaikarran Chandradeo, were found last Friday in the Cookrite Savannah backdam at Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne.
The trio left for a fishing trip with Jaikarran’s younger brother, Alvin Chandradeo, who was left at a pump station on a dam, as the others went further into the savannahs to fish.
The lad stayed at the pump station from where he reportedly heard gunshots
The slain teen still had a bag with fish slung around his shoulder. Three shotgun cartridges were found near the bodies.
According to reports, the victims were found by Sudama Jagmohan, a rice farmer of Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder and his workmen.
According to Jagmohan, he was on his way to his rice field at Cookrite area where he also has hassars.
Jaghoman said that on their way to his farm, the group found the bodies lying on a dam in his rice-land.
He immediately called a neighbour who informed the police.
The police have several suspects in custody as the investigations progress.

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Jagdeo like trouble http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/jagdeo-like-trouble/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/jagdeo-like-trouble/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:50:35 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413036 Dem have a saying. Duck got water to bathe; fowl want it to drink. Dem boys got a country and while people doesn’t always get along wid each other at least dem learn to live together. But dem always got a group who don’t like to see things going smooth. That is de group that always finding something to talk about and whatever dem got to talk about bound to cause trouble.
Jagdeo is a man who like to search fuh trouble and he can always find it. De last time he talk at Papa Cheddi memorial he get into trouble and end up in court. Wha save him was that he had friends in de system.
Now he gone to New York and get in trouble again. Dem boys seh that every time he see a group of East Indian people he got to prove that he is de man who got to give dem bad news out of Guyana.
Fuh a big man he run to get help when de heat come down. De first thing he do is cuss de man who put up de video. Dem boys never see a video come down so fast but it was too late. People did done download it.
He call pun Rohee but dem boys seh was like calling pun de fifth wheel pun a coach. Gail step up. She walk wid a notebook and show how many East Indian deh pun how many boards. But is funny how dem ain’t walk wid a list that compare all dem boards.
Guyana is Guyana. When Jagdeo been in power, if dem boys did want dem could prove how one group got more seats than de other. Dem boys seh dem don’t have to look far—only as far as parliament.
But de country got more important thing to do and dem boys got to do it.
Talk half and wait fuh somebody count how many people got house.

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President Granger meets with National Defence University team http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/president-granger-meets-with-national-defence-university-team/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/president-granger-meets-with-national-defence-university-team/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:47:01 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413073 President David Granger and Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in discussion  with the visiting Capstone team from the National Defense University, United States of America

President David Granger and Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in discussion
with the visiting Capstone team from the National Defense University, United States of America

President David Granger met with a visiting Capstone team of students from the United States’ National Defence University’s General and Flag Officer Course, yesterday, at the Ministry of the Presidency. There he was able to share with them some of the country’s experiences, challenges and strengths in the areas of security and economic development.
According to the University’s website, the Capstone General and Flag Officer Course was created in 1982 with participation on a voluntary basis. The course objective is to make the students more effective in planning and employing United States forces in joint and combined operations.
The Capstone curriculum examines major issues affecting national security decision-making, military strategy, joint/combined doctrine, interoperability and key allied nation issues.
Leader of the group, Retired General Michael Carns, United States Air Force (USAF), said that this is the first time the group has been to Guyana and thus far, the experience has been great. He noted that the response and openness especially from the part of the administration is commendable.
“This is a gathering of newly promoted Generals and flag officers, who are on a five-week course, which includes two weeks overseas. They elected to come to South America and Guyana as compared to going to Europe or Asia where the others went.
“This is our first time and we are deeply impressed both by the country and its leadership… I would say that the President was extremely forthcoming and had great candor and frankness. He explained Guyana’s role as a country and a region. There are challenges but he has laid out his priorities with clarity and based on what he has said, people understand what his priorities are and we hope that this can lead Guyana to a bright future,” he said.
The Group was accompanied by US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, who also presented a signed letter from President Barack Obama, congratulating the country on its Golden Jubilee of Independence. That event was celebrated on May 26 this year.

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APNU+AFC practising systemic racial, political discrimination —Gail Teixiera http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/apnuafc-practising-systemic-racial-political-discrimination-gail-teixiera/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/apnuafc-practising-systemic-racial-political-discrimination-gail-teixiera/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:40:37 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413021 In wake of the recent remarks by former President and Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, that the APNU-AFC government is maliciously targeting Indo-Guyanese, member of the People’s Progressive Party

PPP/C Member, Gail Teixiera

PPP/C Member, Gail Teixiera

Civic Gail Teixiera is arguing that the APNU-AFC government is practising “Systemic Racial and Political Discrimination.”
Teixiera’s comment is in defence of Jagdeo’s statements which she believes are quite true. She added that this is not the first time that the PPP/C has reported on discrimination by the current administration.
Yesterday, at a press conference held at Freedom House, Teixiera presented several cases which she believes are concrete examples of what the government is being accused of. Teixiera provided a list of State Boards and for each, she stated how many members were of Indian descent.
Her conclusion was that, the minuscule representation of Indo-Guyanese on these Boards is evidential of a systemic approach by the government to ultimately rid these state entities of Indo-Guyanese.
She made reference to one occasion where Dr. Steve Surujbally was questioned on the composition of the election-day staff and the majority being of a specific ethnic group. He responded that the members were chosen based on qualification.
Teixiera said out, that such a response was highly racial since it alludes to the proposition that persons of other ethnic groups are incompetent.
The Member of Parliament went on to give another example citing the composition of the Boards of Guardians in Regions Two, Five and Six. She said that these Regions have a majority of Indians yet there is only one Indo-Guyanese named. It is insensitive, according to Teixiera to have such a dispensation in a country that is multi-ethnic.
Teixiera provided statistical data on the composition of State Boards, appointments of Ambassadors, HonoraryAdvisors and Presidential and Ministerial Advisors since the APNU-AFC coalition came to office 14 months ago.
Teixiera’s findings are that the Presidential Advisors are all APNU+AFC supporters and are of African descent. She was able to track down 12 Ministerial Advisors and recorded 11 being Afro-Guyanese while one is of mixed race.
On the case of the Honorary Ministerial Advisors, she reported that of the 33 persons, four are Indo-Guyanese. She said that an examination of the State Boards reveals a situation that is even more alarming.
Teixiera then referred to a July 2015 Gazette to provide information on the composition of the State Boards. She said that the dispensation shows discrimination and alienation of people of other ethnicities.
She said that on the Poor Law Commission there isn’t anyone from another ethnic group besides Afro-Guyanese.
GUYSUCO Board: two Indo-Guyanese out of nine members; GUYWA Board: two Indo-Guyanese, one mixed-race out of nine members; Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, three Indo-Guyanese out of seven members; Guyana Gaming Authority, one of four members is of Indian origin; Guyana Gold Board, no Indo-guyanese sits on the Board.
She said that there is no ethnic balance which permeates the Boards. She said that the Guyana Tourism Authority is probably the most racially balanced Board there is. Teixiera is of the belief that it is not surprising for persons of Indian descent and Amerindian ethnicity to feel alienated based on the dispensation recorded.
She said whether the government admits it or not, cases of ethnic and political discrimination are public knowledge.
According to Teixiera the words of her Opposition Leader have been their party’s position for quite some time now. She said that the government’s response to the statements made by comrade Jagdeo, was meant to intimidate the Opposition Leader to not speak about racial and political discrimination.
The government has since taken the position that Jagdeo’s statements are reprehensible and considers his actions as promoting divisions, discord and race hate.

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GPL upgrade contract… Track record must be considered before evaluators pick contractors – Harmon http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/gpl-upgrade-contract-track-record-must-be-considered-before-evaluators-pick-contractors-harmon/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/gpl-upgrade-contract-track-record-must-be-considered-before-evaluators-pick-contractors-harmon/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:38:26 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413064 GPLMinister of State Joseph Harmon is of the view that a contractor’s track record must be an important consideration when evaluations are done.
There are contractors performing substandard works on previous contracts, and then returning to bid for other contracts,
He made this statement during the post cabinet press conference held at the Ministry of the Presidency yesterday.
He was asked about disbarment of poor performing contractors.
There was the example of China National Machinery Import and Export, which returned to bid for a $3.8B (US$18.6M) Guyana Power and Light (GPL) contract after already being flagged for substandard work done for the same entity on a previous project.
Harmon said that anyone can submit a bid, but it is up to the evaluators to ensure that contractors with bad track records do not get the contract. He noted that when the documents come to Cabinet, it is for Cabinet to then either object or give its no objection to the contract.
“Our Public Procurement Act circumscribes the manner in which Government proceeds with the award of these contracts. We do not deliberately exclude anybody. So anyone can come and they can bid.
“But at the level of the evaluation they will make an initial determination about whether the person has satisfied the requirements of the contract.”
“Performance at previous contracts must be a factor to be taken into consideration. At the level of evaluation, it then goes to NPTAB where another level of evaluation takes place. And they will scrutinize the contract.”
Back in May, it had been reported that bids were being assessed for a contract to install a medium and low voltage distribution network, as well as smart meters in order to upgrade GPL’s services.
The system GPL currently uses has been deemed unreliable. In addition, an upgrade was necessary before any plans for hydropower could come on stream.
China National Machinery Import and Export was one of five companies which submitted bids, but the company was already harshly evaluated by consultants for an $8.4B (US$42M) it undertook to build transmission lines and seven substations.
Power outages
Meanwhile, with the proliferation of power outages being experienced around the country and in particular, the outages which occurred on Monday, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson briefed cabinet on Tuesday on the workings of GPL and the substandard service.
Reporting on the briefing yesterday, Minister Harmon revealed that Patterson reported that there was lightning strikes on Monday and some parts of the grid were struck.
Harmon assured that GPL personnel were working to ensure that there is a reduction in outages. However, he said that with the grid network and how the power lines are currently set up, it was never a guarantee that power would be uninterrupted.
“As you know, the way in which our power lines run and the way in which some of the poles are, you can never give a full guarantee of 100 percent electricity at any given time. But that is what GPL strives for.  So you always have the question of weather conditions that affect the supply of electricity.”
“Particularly in bad weather when the wind is high and the rain is heavy, sometimes poles fall down and sometimes the transformers collapse. So these are things which we live with.”
“As you know, we are looking to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel and therefore the way in which power is distributed from the main power generating centers to individual homes, we will be looking at that.
“We will be looking at a more reliable way of ensuring that that power is conducted from the central facility to the homes.”
“So we are concerned about that as well. Because when blackout occurs it does discriminate and we all face the same thing.”
In a statement, yesterday, GPL reported on another power outage.
According to the entity, the Demerara, Vreed-en-Hoop feeder tripped three times, resulting in interruptions in the supply of electricity to customers from La Grange to Edinburgh, Zeeburg to Naamryck and Leonora.
“Our engineers are currently conducting a thorough investigation to determine the root cause, to which we will work assiduously to correct in order to maintain a reliable service,” the entity said.
“In spite of the challenges, the feeder was isolated and restoration efforts commenced (Tuesday evening) at approximately 18:50 hours with the last area being repowered at 19:23hours.

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Supenaam Stelling suffers ‘major damage’ boat collision http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/supenaam-stelling-suffers-major-damage-boat-collision/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/supenaam-stelling-suffers-major-damage-boat-collision/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:37:00 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413053 A damaged section of the stelling

A damaged section of the stelling

Members of the Transport and Harbours Department were on Wednesday conducting a technical assessment on the Good Hope/Supenaam Ferry Stelling which suffered “major damage” Tuesday night.
According to reports, the M.V. Sabanto while docking on Tuesday night crashed into the Good Hope Ferry Stelling.
The stelling sustained serious damage to a section of the rails and the anchor (floating base). The boat was not damaged.
T&HD noted that the M.V. Sabanto would be out of service while repairs are being effected on the damaged section of the stelling.
Passengers and vehicle owners would now use the area where the ramp is constructed to join and exit the boat. The M.V. Torani and the M.V. Malali would now ply the Supenaam/Parika route.
Captain C. Francis who has been working with T&HD for the last 40 four years explained that as the M.V.Sabanto was approaching a creek not too far from the Good Hope/Supenaam Ferry Stelling, he instructed the other person who was with him captaining the boat at the time to “slow down” both of the engines.
Francis added that whenever the tide is low, the boat usually comes to a sudden halt nearing the Supenaam area but the problem does not exist for a long period.
Francis noted that he was not captaining the boat at the time. He is not sure how ‘all of a sudden’ the boat accelerated and crashed into the ferry stelling.
“I don’t captain the boat, I give instructions. Another person was captaining the boat at the time and that person has to get further instructions from those in the control room”.
While no injuries were reported, several vehicles sustained minor damages. Car driver, Boodram Ragnauth, whose car was damaged to the back, accused the captain of being drunk. Rajkumar claimed that Francis was drinking and at some point in time gave another person the boat to captain.
Francis has since disclaimed the man’s accusations insisting he only directs the vessels, he does not captain the boat.
The Good Hope/Supenaam Ferry Stelling was constructed in 2007 by contractor Brian Tiwarie and ever since the stelling, which diverted traffic from the old Adventure Ferry Stelling, was put into operation, there have been many disasters.
Two trucks ended up into the Essequibo River while a section of the stelling has been deteriorating. Millions of dollars were spent to construct the stelling and millions are still being spent to effect added repairs.

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New air service to operate between Suriname, Guyana and Barbados http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/new-air-service-to-operate-between-suriname-guyana-and-barbados/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/new-air-service-to-operate-between-suriname-guyana-and-barbados/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:35:07 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413043 Ronald Sahtoe

Ronald Sahtoe

Guyanese in Suriname and those who wish to visit Barbados now have an additional option in airline travel.
“Fly All Ways”, a Suriname airline, has been granted approval by the Government of Guyana to land here from Paramaribo and also to fly to Barbados.
The carrier is expected to make its inaugural flight to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, on August 9 and then it will head to Grantley Adams International Airport, Bridgetown. The aircraft will return to Guyana from Barbados and then to Suriname.
Ronald Sahtoe, consultant for the carrier, said that the airline is scheduled to operate twice a week in Guyana. He explained that the company has two Fokker 70 jet aircraft and both are 80-seaters.
Sahtoe said that after the first month, the company will extend its flights to three times per week and later—to other destinations.
“We were doing only charter, but now we are scheduled to operate from Paramaribo to Georgetown and Barbados twice a week,” the airline consultant said.
“The jets are manufactured in Holland by the Fokker Company. They are very good quality, very safe and comfortable. The space between each seat is about 40 cm, so you have enough space to relax and stretch your legs,” Sahtoe explained.
He added that Fly All Ways jets are about 30 minutes faster than some of the aircraft in Guyana, so passengers can reach to their destination quicker and safer.
The airline was established two years ago by Amichand Jhauw.

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Venezuelans entering Guyana must observe legal process – Foreign Affairs Minister http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/venezuelans-entering-guyana-must-observe-legal-process-foreign-affairs-minister/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/venezuelans-entering-guyana-must-observe-legal-process-foreign-affairs-minister/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:34:56 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413006 Minister of Foreign  Affairs, Carl Greenidge

Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Carl Greenidge

Responding to questions about provisions for Venezuelans seeking refuge in Guyana amidst that country’s growing economic crisis, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, said yesterday that while the APNU –AFC Government is not against persons seeking refuge here, this must be done within the tenets of the law.
Greenidge was at the time addressing the meeting of Parliamentary Committee on the mandates, roles and functions of the Ministries responsible for the issuance of visas, work permits and citizenship.  He was joined by Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix.
In response to questions on the issue, the Foreign Affairs Minister outlined the legal provisions for persons seeking entry into the country as refugees.
Fourteen Venezuelans were fined and ordered deportated by the courts on Tuesday. The persons were said to have entered the country in search of food and work. However, Greenidge noted that the Venezuelans were fined and ordered deported, due to the fact that they entered Guyana illegally.
“While we may empathize with the people of Venezuela, if they are found in breach of the law …The law will take its course.” he said. Greenidge said that while there are provisions for refugees, it is a process.
“Whether or not you are a UN classified refugee, or you would like to be considered a refugee, you still have to meet the requirements of the laws of a country.
“You cannot arrive in Guyana and set up residence here, without meeting the requirements of the immigration authority and expect to be treated as a refugee,” Greenidge added.
According to the Foreign Affairs Minister, refugees are subject to a process of consideration.   “You must make a declaration at the Port of Entry and then ask to be considered. You cannot arrive and expect citizenship automatically.”
Greenidge said, however, that the approval of refugee applications will not be automatically approved, since the nation must ensure that there is capacity and provision to accommodate such persons.
“The matter is one which requires the country to assess, whether necessary arrangements are available to accommodate refugees, or you can invite the types of refugee camps that are seen in Bosnia, Sudan and the like,” Greenidge added.
Earlier yesterday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon shared similar sentiments on the matter. According to Harmon, Guyana has a responsibility to ensure its territorial integrity is protected. Immigration procedures must apply to anyone entering Guyana.
“We have a humanitarian approach to the matter. We also have a responsibility to demonstrate that we are a warm, welcoming and hospitable country. Once faced with such circumstances we would not come down with harsh hands, but we ask that there is respect for the laws and for persons to come through the proper Port of Entry,” he said.
Amidst plummeting worldwide fuel prices, the Venezuelan economy was hard hit leaving thousands of nationals struggling to fend for basic necessities.
Some Venezuelans have opted to seek refuge in Latin American and Caribbean territories.  Guyana was placed on high alert for persons seeking help from the neighbouring South American country.
On Tuesday, 14 Venezuelan nationals who fled their country, because of its ongoing economic crisis were fined and deported from Guyana for illegal entry.
They appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where they pleaded guilty to entering Guyana by sea and disembarking without the consent of an Immigration Officer at Eteringbang, Cuyuni River, Essequibo.
The nine men and five women who spoke through the aid of a Spanish interpreter, told the court that they were finding it very difficult to survive in Venezuela because of the economic crisis. The individuals explained that there is a shortage of food in the country.
Most of them told the court that they were here in Guyana seeking betterment for their families. According to the Venezuelans, there is a lack of employment opportunities which is making it hard for them to provide for their children.
At the end of the hearing, the Venezuelans were each fined $10,000 with an alternative of six days imprisonment.
The Chief Magistrate ordered that they be taken to the nearest Port of Exit upon payment of the fines, or completion of serving prison terms.

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Drop in Centre fire… Poor management, lack of policies led to deaths – Harmon http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/drop-in-centre-fire-poor-management-lack-of-policies-led-to-deaths-harmon/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/drop-in-centre-fire-poor-management-lack-of-policies-led-to-deaths-harmon/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:31:18 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413002 Preliminary findings into the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the fire that killed two young brothers at the Hadfield Street Drop In Centre, have revealed that there was a lack of fire prevention strategies and other systematic problems at the institution.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon speaking at a post-cabinet news briefing, yesterday, said that the CoI which is being conducted by Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Retired Woman Colonel Windee Algernon, found that there was poor collaboration between entities that managed the affairs of the Drop In Centre.
The Minister said, “There were no drills for emergencies such as fires. In general, (the report) pointed to systematic problems we have to address.”
He added that the Government will address the issues of fire codes and building standards not only at the Drop In Centre but at other government facilities.
Harmon said that in some places, even in schools there are no fire points. He stressed the need for these safety practices to be re-implemented to ensure a safe country and communities.
Minister Harmon had said that the government would await the report of the inquiry to decide on compensation for the parents of Joshua George and his brother, six-year-old Antonio George.
The remains of the siblings were found among the debris shortly after fire fighters extinguished the blaze which started around 12:05 hrs on June 8, last.
Commissioner Algernon is tasked with investigating and examining the causes, conditions and circumstances that led to the deaths of the two brothers who were in the care and control of the state.
The Commissioner will also have to determine the nature of injuries sustained by all children at the centre and the dangers (if any) to which the children and staff were exposed.
Col Algernon will also have to determine whether the conduct of the staff at the Drop in Centre was in conformity with the required obligation of the state and standard operating procedures.
She will have to decide on whether there was failure on the part of state officials to deal with matters that gave rise to the loss of lives and whether there were unsafe or improper arrangements for care, custody and welfare of the children.
She is expected to interview the staff at the centre, the children who were accommodated there, the staff at the Ministry of Social Protection and the parents of children along with any other individual who may have information about the disaster.
A full report is expected by August 15.

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Emancipation activities planned for New Amsterdam http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/emancipation-activities-planned-for-new-amsterdam/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/emancipation-activities-planned-for-new-amsterdam/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:30:43 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412959 As Emancipation Day draws nearer, a number of activities have been planned by various groups and organisations throughout Guyana.
One such activity is planned for Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, where two days of activities starting July 31 at Lot 40 Stanleytown (eastern half) will be conducted.
The activity which is organized by the Unity for the Nations groups in collaboration with the Griffith and Walcott families and the community of Stanleytown, will be one of a kind. It is expected to showcase the rich African heritage in Guyana and capture some aspects of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary celebrations.
On Sunday a fun day will be held to feature a number of African and traditional games. African dishes will be on display.
Monday is reserved for the traditional African celebrations including singing, dancing, drumming, storytelling and African games. Folk and ring games are also part of the day’s activities.  There will be the usual African foods including the popular Cook Up, Metem with other delicacies including Quinches, Conkey, Cassava Pone and Foo Foo.
There are also expected to be various competitions where prizes will be given out to the Best Dressed male, female and family in African wear, the Best Hairstyle, eating and dancing competitions.
The activity starts at noon on both days.

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Boat engine stolen from health boat http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/boat-engine-stolen-from-health-boat/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/boat-engine-stolen-from-health-boat/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:29:18 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412961 The police are conducting their investigations into a report of an engine that was stolen from a boat which is used to transport high risk cases out of Mashabo, an Amerindian community situated some miles from Anna Regina. Reports so far have indicated that the 15-horse power engine which was attached to the community health boat The Community Health Worker who piloted the boat, said that the engine was discovered missing some time Friday night. The boat was apparently moored at the landing.
The distraught Community Health Worker added that the loss of the engine has led to setbacks especially in obtaining vaccines. A trip was scheduled for later this week to the Essequibo Coast to collect vaccines from the Suddie Hospital.

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Mason refused bail for drug trafficking http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/mason-refused-bail-for-drug-trafficking/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/mason-refused-bail-for-drug-trafficking/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:28:54 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413049 A 32-year-old mason was yesterday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, after he denied a drug trafficking charge, when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Lennox Goodman of Archer Road, Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo is accused of having 530 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking on July 23, last, at Brickdam, Georgetown.
Attorney Keavon Bess made an application for his client to be released on reasonable bail.
Bess told the court that his client is the sole breadwinner for his family which comprises two minor children, his mother and disabled sister. The lawyer said that Goodman is not a flight risk and has no previous or pending court matters.
However, Police Prosecutor, Deniro Jones, strongly opposed bail for the defendant on the grounds that police found the narcotic in a bag Goodman was carrying. Jones also pointed out that the Attorney failed to provide special reasons for bail to be considered for the offence. The Prosecutor said that an analyst certificate is still outstanding from the case file.
The Chief Magistrate upheld the objection put forward by the Prosecutor and remanded Goodman to prison until August 25, when the matter will be called for reports.

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Caroline Marline Benn dies at 102 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/caroline-marline-benn-dies-at-102/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/caroline-marline-benn-dies-at-102/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:27:57 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413058 Caroline Marline Benn

Caroline Marline Benn

Caroline Marline Benn, of Nurney Village, Corentyne, the woman who celebrated her 100th birthday at a gala celebration on August 16, back in 2014, has died.
The woman passed away peacefully at her granddaughter’s home at Lot 192 Amsville Housing Scheme, New Amsterdam last Thursday.
The 102-year-old woman had complained of feeling unwell and was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital. She was then taken to her granddaughter’s residence at Amsville, where she died reportedly with relatives and loved ones around.
Back in 2014 when she had reached the coveted milestone, she was feted at a sumptuous birthday party at the nearby Kildonan Community Centre. There her two children, family, friends, Government and Opposition officials, church members and villagers among others were those who threw the party.
She had stated back then, that she had felt blessed to be a centenarian and gave all praise and thanks to God.
Born to Delia Benn and Francis Marks, in 1914, at Nurney Village, she had stated that she never left Nurney. Her parents also lived in the said village.
Recalling her childhood days, she had said that “all dem fancy things were not around; we used coconut oil to rub our skin. We would plait our hair and put on ribbons.”
“I went to the Scots School, but I left at Standard Three. I had to assist with household work when everybody gone to the farm.”
After working on the farm, they would thereafter go to the Missionary Church for service.
She was never married, but had three children, two of whom are alive.
During her time she worked various jobs in and around her community, and described the period as “enjoyable days”. She reflected on how much she loved farming and fishing.
“We would go into the trenches and catch fish using our hands and a seine.”
She had intoned that one of her mantras was “Honour your parents because it’s God’s will that allowed me to live to meet 100.” She also urged everyone to try and observe the 10 commandments.
Comparing the youths of today versus those of her time, the woman had said, “In my time we did not have computers and other stuff, but we were well brought up by our elders. We had great respect for them; we could not pass an elder without saying good morning or good day. Today, barely out of their diapers, kids are cursing in the streets.”
She had used the old time phrase ‘Dis time nah long time,’ ‘In my younger days, you could have run around naked, without being molested sexually.

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NPG Packaging & Plastic Inc sponsor 20/20 cricket competition in Upper Corentyne $100,000 & trophy first prize on offer http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/npg-packaging-plastic-inc-sponsor-2020-cricket-competition-in-upper-corentyne-100000-trophy-first-prize-on-offer/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/npg-packaging-plastic-inc-sponsor-2020-cricket-competition-in-upper-corentyne-100000-trophy-first-prize-on-offer/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:16:09 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412980 Mr. Surendra Ganesh proprietor of NPG Packaging and Plastic Inc hands over the sponsorship cheque to Mr. Dennis De Andrade President of the UCCA.

Mr. Surendra Ganesh proprietor of NPG Packaging and Plastic Inc hands over the sponsorship cheque to Mr. Dennis De Andrade President of the UCCA.

Cricket is expected to return to the Upper Corentyne area in a big way. This is through the kind courtesy of the NPG Packaging and Plastic Inc of Wellington Park, Corentyne, Berbice.
The multipurpose company has joined forces with the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association (UCCA) to sponsor one of the biggest 20/20 second division cricket competitions in Berbice.
The competition will involve some 21 teams from the Upper Corentyne area, spanning from No.43 Village to Crabwood Creek and will also include two teams from the Black Bush Polder area.
Speaking at a simple presentation ceremony done recently at the Hotel Riverton Suites, Proprietor of NPG Packaging and Plastic Mr. Surendra Ganesh said that his company is always happy to give back to the community which is part of their cooperate responsibility. He said that the Upper Corentyne area especially is part of his customer base.
He has full confidence in the ability of the UCCA to do a good job and is looking forward to the staging of an exciting tournament.
Mr. Dennis De Andrade President of the UCCA thanked Mr. Ganesh and his firm for coming on board with this much needed sponsorship. He mentioned that the competition serves to bring back the passion for cricket among youths.
The competition will start as soon as weather permits. The teams will be placed into four zones with the top two teams in each zone advancing to the knock out stages. The preliminary rounds will be played on a round robin basis on a home and away schedule.
Some 21 teams are expected to participate. The winner will receive $100,000 and a trophy whilst the runner up, third and fourth placed teams will all receive cash and trophies. There will also be cash and trophies for man of the match in the final and third place playoff.

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Yellow fever vaccines depleted…Ministry only facilitating doses for travel to Africa – CMO http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/yellow-fever-vaccines-depleted-ministry-only-facilitating-doses-for-travel-to-africa-cmo/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/yellow-fever-vaccines-depleted-ministry-only-facilitating-doses-for-travel-to-africa-cmo/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:15:51 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412958 “We do not operate a travel service,” said Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, of the rush by many individuals to the Ministry of Public Health and other sites, to secure Yellow Fever vaccines for the purpose of travelling.
According to Dr. Persaud, while the Ministry is no longer able to cater to persons travelling to many countries flagged as ‘at risk’ for the disease, “we will find vaccines for person travelling to countries on the African continent.”
This is in light of the fact that an outbreak of yellow fever has occurred in Angola and has reportedly spread to other African countries.
The CMO disclosed yesterday too, that Guyana is also currently reaching out to a number of countries to waive the immunisation requirement for travellers coming from ‘at risk’ countries such as Guyana. Already Guyana has been able to gain the support of Suriname and Trinidad in this regard, and Dr. Persaud said Guyana will do the same for these territories.
Among the persons who have been seeking the vaccine, are people who have arrangements to travel to the United States and other countries that do not require persons to be vaccinated.
A number of the persons who have been seeking the vaccine have been turned away for this very reason.
Countries such as the United States, Canada, Europe and Caribbean territories do not require persons travelling from Guyana to produce an international Yellow Fever certificate.
But according to Dr. Persaud, he is convinced that many people seeking the vaccine should not have to. This is due to the fact that being protected against Yellow Fever requires a once-in-a-lifetime dose.
The CMO pointed out that “I am sure that 99 per cent of the people rushing to the Ministry for this vaccine would have already gotten it. They just have to tell us when they got their vaccine or produce their cards and they can receive their international certificate.”
The Ministry is currently awaiting a supply of Yellow Fever vaccines to augment its depleted stock. But there remain sufficient vaccines for one-year-old children who have never before received the vaccine.
Dr. Persaud yesterday firmly dismissed speculations that the Ministry has any plans to divert the vaccines intended for young children, to adults who have travel arrangements.
“It can’t be right for us to do that…these are children who have never been protected. Can you imagine what will happen if they are exposed? Must we risk the life of a young child just so an adult can travel? That will not happen,” stressed Dr. Persaud.
He made it clear that the Ministry’s role is not to deal with travel arrangements of individuals, but rather to safeguard the nation as far as possible.
“We are not giving people vaccines just so that they can pass through Ports of Entry. That is not what the Ministry is about,” the CMO categorically asserted.
Commenting on reports that the vaccine was being made available, at a cost, at an unauthorised facility, the CMO said that he wasn’t aware of that, but will investigate. He disclosed that while the Ministry has been supplying certain facilities with the vaccines, these are only intended for young children who have never received the vaccine.
Yellow Fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected Aedes type mosquitoes. The yellow in the name refers to the jaundice that affects some patients. Symptoms of the disease include: fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigues.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a small portion of patients who contract the disease develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days.

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Boat engine stolen from health boat http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/boat-engine-stolen-from-health-boat-2/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/boat-engine-stolen-from-health-boat-2/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:15:49 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413019 The police are conducting their investigations into a report of an engine that was stolen from a boat which is used to transport high risk cases out of Mashabo, an Amerindian community situated some miles from Anna Regina. Reports so far have indicated that the 15-horse power engine which was attached to the community health boat. The Community Health Worker who piloted the boat, said that the engine was discovered missing some time Friday night. The boat was apparently moored at the landing.

The distraught Community Health Worker added that the loss of the engine has led to setbacks especially in obtaining vaccines. A trip was scheduled for later this week to the Essequibo Coast to collect vaccines from the Suddie Hospital.
The 15HP was given to the community by the Regional Democratic Council in 2013.

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I am calling on all Guyanese to help Venezuelan refugees http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/i-am-calling-on-all-guyanese-to-help-venezuelan-refugees/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/i-am-calling-on-all-guyanese-to-help-venezuelan-refugees/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:15:45 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412951 Guyana is a signatory to the international treaty on refugees making it obligatory to accept refugees. Because of such a treaty then, I am wondering if we erred when we charged fourteen Venezuelans for illegal entry, fined them and will have them deported. Were they refugees? We’ll get to Minister Joseph Harmon’s statement clarifying the situation later.
One of the Venezuelans is quoted as saying that he didn’t know he was not welcome to work in Guyana, because there are many Guyanese who travel unhindered to Venezuela where they find employment. Most Guyanese know that there is more than just a small number of Guyanese working in Venezuela to where they cross often to find work. But that is not the point.
Even if there were no Guyanese living illegally in Venezuela (God knows how many Guyanese are living illegally in Venezuela, French Guiana, Suriname, Barbados, Trinidad, Canada and the US) and even if there were no Guyanese actually living and working in Venezuela, this country has a moral duty to humanity to accept and protect human beings who are starved and hungry, and have come to Guyana to save themselves and their families.
The letter-writer avoided any condemnation of Magistrate Ann McLennan who assigned a fine of $10,000 each and ordered deportation. I am not aware of the specific law under which they were charged so I could ascertain if the Magistrate has scope to reprimand and discharge them.
I am going to leave out criticism of the Magistrate’s decision because I don’t have the facts. Enter Minister Harmon. His position is clear. If people enter Guyana illegally, the judicial process must be allowed to operate. Fair enough! Mr. Harmon went on to state, that the government will respond if there is a claim for help in a refugee situation.
My problem is how do we know if fleeing people who enter Guyana and cannot speak English didn’t make a claim for refugee status, but insensitive policemen refused to summon the relevant Ministry to take over and had them arrested for illegal entry?
I am not saying this happened in this case so I will end my discussion on the plight of the 14. My argument now centers on the possible situation of Venezuelans coming here to be rescued. This country must not arrest and charge starving people from other lands who come here to ask for food. You beg for food because you are hungry. The world knows about the hunger situation in Venezuela; it is in the news nightly.
There are two types of refugees that need help; people who are running away from civil war because they want to escape the ubiquity of violence and those in danger of losing their lives.
The other group is those whose countries are experiencing famine and food shortage. In these circumstances babies and small children are threatened. Other lands should never turn away starving mothers and their children who need food to sustain themselves.
Given the situation in Venezuela, we can expect some of them pouring over the border. We cannot and must not turn them back. We must ascertain if they asked for refugee status.
I can anticipate many Guyanese saying that once you encourage ten, twenty will come, then, forty will come. But what is wrong if they come and we can give them food to take back to Venezuela? Under no circumstances should we have them placed on remand in Brickdam and placed before the courts. I read that one of the women was crying in the court.
Do you know (I strongly believe it though I don’t have the figure) that per capita, this nation must have more churches (of all kinds of denominations) than any other county in the world. You travel around and you find that churches dot the entire landscape. Guyana should have been the most honest and ethical country in the entire world given the amount of churches we have.
A certain Magistrate on the West Coast of Demerara has his own church in my birth place – Wortmanville. I heard a man who is a big one at City Hall, and who is a devil, has his own church. A PPP leader, who said that if Jesus was to come down to Guyana he would vote for the PPP, once had a bottom house church way down in a yard on Joseph Pollydore Street in Lodge.
With this kind of religious saturation, one hopes that if Venezuelans seek refugee assistance they will be helped, including a sensitive heart from the coalition partners- PNC, AFC and WPA.

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Police help former colleague secure prosthetic leg http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/police-help-former-colleague-secure-prosthetic-leg/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/police-help-former-colleague-secure-prosthetic-leg/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:15:24 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413048 Over the last few years the police have been showing that they are not only about arresting, charging and prosecuting people, but there are other sides of their activity that would help to make the lives of residents better.

Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam hands over cheque to Etalemy Blackman

Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam hands over cheque to Etalemy Blackman

Ranks of the Police ‘B’ Division have been doing an exemplary job in leading the way, as the police seek to do things different.
Led by Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam, the Division has been touching almost every aspect of life in the ancient county.
During the week, Amsterdam and his ranks answered the call of a former colleague who is an amputee.
The man, Etalemy Blackman, 45, of Mahaicony who lost his leg in 2013 to diabetes and has been moving around with crutches, was presented with a cheque to assist him in acquiring a prosthetic leg.
Blackman left the job in 2002 as a Constable. He made a call to his former colleagues seeking help detailing his plight.
Asst. Commissioner Amsterdam subsequently mobilised his senior ranks, and in a show of gratitude invited Blackman to his Office at Strand and Coburg Streets, New Amsterdam, for the presentation.
Over the years, the police have made numerous interventions in various aspects of people’s life in their continued effort to foster a better relationship.
Speaking at the simple ceremony, Amsterdam stated that the police force is not only about solving crimes, executing charges and prosecuting cases, but about helping those in need and helping people help themselves. He is certain that with Blackman acquiring a prosthetic leg he will be more mobile.
He stated that the force is extremely pleased to be in a position to assist Blackman, especially since he was a part of the force and is now experiencing some difficulty.
Blackman expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the Commander and his ranks for the initiative and for remembering him in his time of need.
He wished Commander Amsterdam and ranks well. He pledged to continue to have the police at heart and despite his limitations, assist in whatever way possible.

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Cops issue bulletin for Belle West murder suspect http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/cops-issue-bulletin-for-belle-west-murder-suspect/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/cops-issue-bulletin-for-belle-west-murder-suspect/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:15:23 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413039 The Guyana Police Force has issued a bulletin for Anthony Jhagroo, who is wanted for questioning

Wanted: Anthony Jhagroo

Wanted: Anthony Jhagroo

in relation to the murder of Yogeshwar Shivcharran, who died on July, 10 last—days after he was allegedly beaten by Jhagroo.
The 20-year-old man is also wanted by the police for escaping from lawful custody on July, 15 last, while at La Grange Police Station, West Bank Demerara (WBD).
Jhagroo’s last known address is Lot 35 Goed Intent, WBD.
The murder suspect is accused of killing his neighbour, Yogeshwar Shivcharran.
Shivcharran, of Lot 485 Belle West succumbed days after he was beaten by a group of neighbours.
A post mortem examination revealed that Shivcharran died from blunt trauma to the head. Kaieteur News understands that Shivcharran, during a mental breakdown, took off his clothes and went to his neighbour’s residence where a group of young men were having a drink.
The men, who were reportedly under the influence of alcohol, became annoyed with the mechanic and started pelting him with beer bottles, before beating him in the head and about his body.
The 31-year-old man was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he succumbed.
Jhagroo was the only person detained after the 31-year-old mechanic died.
Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Anthony Jhaggroo is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 225-2227, 225-8196, 268-2343, 268-2298, 268-2222, 911 or the nearest Police Station.
All information will be treated with strict confidence.

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/timing-is-everything-2/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/timing-is-everything-2/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:15:16 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=412955 In politics as in war, timing is always important. But timing is everything. Those who choose the right time to do things are almost certain of success or victory. Choosing the wrong time could almost lead to defeat. This is in line with the saying, “Nothing ever happens before its time.”

Choosing the right time is an exercise of good judgement in that it provides an opportunity to explore conditions conducive to victory.
The decision by the government to increase the salaries of ministers was bad timing. It is bad timing because the economy was struggling with a GDP growth rate of under three percent, high unemployment, a huge national debt and increasing poverty.
The increase came at a wrong time when the poor are still hurting and are struggling to make ends meet. Further, they were in office for less than three months.
The decision by the government to increase the salaries of ministers is viewed by many as greedy and self-serving. They should have waited a little while longer. The timing was bad, and it has sent the wrong message to the country that sacrifice is not a requirement for ministers to increase their salaries, but for everyone else.
Public servants who have not received an increase in their salaries for over a year are furious and are demanding the same increase. They believe that ‘what is good for the goose, is good for the gander.’ It is the powers that be telling the public to do what they say, but not what they do.
The problem has been compounded by how the people found out about the increase. There was no advance announcement with an explanation from the government; not even a hint of a 50 percent increase. The nation heard of the increase from this news outlet and was dumbfounded. The failure by the government to communicate with the public does convey the impression, that it was an attempt to sneak the increase through the backdoor. When in opposition, the APNU+AFC coalition had promised to be transparent and accountable, but now in power, it is shrouded in secrecy.
Generally speaking, this is the perception which many have formed. It is rather unfortunate, but the government only has itself to blame for failing to communicate with the people on a matter of such importance. Its failure to inform the public of its intention, has led to criticism from the Opposition and from supporters of the government, locally and in the Diaspora.
Many in the New York Diaspora, who have worked very hard to help elect the government, are today terribly upset and disappointed. They felt that they have been ignored by the government and have not been considered for any positions.
However, it is very risky for the government to snub its supporters in the diaspora who have provided finances for the coalition. Obviously, this has not registered with the government. Instead of changing how it is perceived by the public, the government has chosen to ignore it. It is poor public relations which could hurt the government in the future.
Needless to say, the issue has opened up a Pandora’s Box which the government will find almost impossible to close. The 50 percent increase in salaries for ministers has infuriated the public sector workers who have not had a pay increase in over a year, and who the government claim it cannot afford to pay more than 10 percent.
Unions have seen the offer of 10 per cent as an insult compared to the huge increase ministers have given themselves. Their perception is their reality and it has eroded the people’s trust in the government. When the people’s trust in the government is eroded, their relationships with the government are ruined, sometimes to the point where it is irreparable. It cannot be good for the government. It is said that a day is a long time in politics, but timing is everything.

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UG officials on overseas engagements http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/ug-officials-on-overseas-engagements/ http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2016/07/28/ug-officials-on-overseas-engagements/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:15:14 +0000 http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/?p=413027 Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Dr. Barbara Reynolds, have proceeded overseas for two weeks on official engagements. The university officials are slated to attend the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) 2016 Conference of University Leaders, at the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana.

The conference is being held under the theme: “Defining the responsible university:
society, impact and growth”.
This biennial conference aims to “provide a platform for senior university staff to debate key issues in higher education, and explore shared solutions with a diverse range of international colleagues.” Delegates attending the three-day conference, from countries across the Commonwealth of Nations, are expected to discuss the impact of universities on innovation, research and development, civil society, funding and access, employment and the role and place of government and the corporate sector in building the skilled leaders of tomorrow.
Additionally, the conference will bring together top academics and high-profile higher education policy makers from within and outside the Commonwealth to discuss the role universities play in social and economic development, with the aim of helping commonwealth university leaders to better understand, promote and build strong partnerships, and manage change within higher education.
Among the speakers will be John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth and Mr. Kofi Anan, Chancellor of The University of Ghana and former Secretary General of the United Nations.
The next leg of the UG team’s overseas engagement will be a stopover in the United Kingdom. While in London, the Vice-Chancellor is scheduled to have a lunch meeting with Guyanese-born Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of the famed School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. And the Vice-Chancellor and Dr. Reynolds will pay a courtesy call on Mr. Frederick Hamley Case, Guyana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
High on the agenda of the UG officials’ visits is the meeting and reception with UG alumni and other interested stakeholders on Sunday, July 31, at the Guyana High Commission, Palace Court, and Bayswater Road, London.
This planned engagement with the members of the Guyanese Diaspora in London is similar to the meet and greet session that was held at the Turkeyen campus in May, and at York College in New York in June, and they are part of the Vice-Chancellor’s continuing efforts to forge or strengthen strategic alliances with stakeholders at home and abroad.
Later on in the week, the team will meet with Prof. David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London Southbank University.
Discussions will explore opportunities for partnership/collaboration between that institution and The University of Guyana. Discussions with officials at the Commonwealth Secretariat are also planned.

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