President Irfaan Ali presents one of the surveyors with her instrument
With Guyana on the cusp of major economic development, President Irfaan Ali on Friday charged a new batch of land surveyors to prepare themselves to fill the demand that will arise as the country embarks on this journey.
The batch of 17 land surveyors, which included four females, took their Oath of Office on Friday at State House before the Head of State.
In his charge, the President outlined the importance of land surveying not just to ensure orderly use of land but also the country’s natural resources – both of which he noted are integral to the planning and execution of development works.
“Guyana needs land surveyors. There is a mismatch between the demand for land surveyors and the availability of qualified land surveyors; and there is an even greater gap for qualified, experienced land surveyors,” he said.
According to President Ali, with Guyana’s economy rapidly expanding, the demand for surveyors will significantly increase over the next 10 years.
“Economic development will skyrocket over the next 10 years and beyond. Megaprojects are planned for the energy and transport sectors. The tourist sector will experience economic takeoff. More than 50,000 house lots will be developed over the next five years. Private Sector development will also intensify. A booming economy will generate a high demand for more surveying services,” he posited.
However, while recognising that these surveyors are the pacesetters for the future of the profession, President Ali encouraged the young men and women to further elevate themselves to keep up with the changes that are occurring in the developing world.
“Don’t for a moment believe that you have arrived. Don’t believe that you have arrived today. You are just beginning the journey. Things are changing, dynamics are changing, technology is changing, skills set is changing and it requires continuous change in your outlook. We have to learn to unlearn to relearn. That is the new paradigm we live in. Technologies that were relevant 10 years ago are obsolete today,” the President asserted.
He went on to point out that surveying without GIS (Geographic Information System) training would not meet the requirements of the future. One such example the President mentioned is the emergence of marine surveyors in the blue economy sector. He also highlighted the need for surveyors in the planning of a new city who will be required to have a basic understanding of urban planning as well as in the decentralisation of the economy, which requires an understanding of regional planning.
To this end, President Ali urged the new surveyors to build on the foundation they have now so that they can position their careers to satisfy those future demands.
“Do not sit down and relax, and believe that you have arrived. You have to get the experience and you have to look at the future requirements and needs of the economy will be. Here is where all the potential will reside, right within our boundaries… Over the next 10 years, opportunities will, therefore, abound particularly for educated, smart, highly-skilled, trained and talented young people. This cohort of land surveyors is, therefore, a pacesetter for producing the quality skills needed for national development,” he stated.
As such, the Head of State posited that Government will ensure that these surveyors get the opportunity to enhance their skill sets and disclosed that there will be specific programmes in his Administration’s 20,000 scholarship initiative for surveyors.
However, President Ali cautioned the 17 news surveyors that while they will be working in a new economy, they must be wary of the temptations out there.
“Let me be very frank with you, temptations will be high out there, especially the way the economy is taking off. But then it when you have to rely on the Oath that you took,” he stressed.
The President further charged them to emulate behaviour that would garner them a “spotless” reputation.
“I urge you to let the law direct your actions as professionals… You belong to an important profession – one in which your character and reputation matters. As land surveyors, you’ll also be expected to embody ethical responsibility. You will be expected to epitomise spotless integrity. Land surveyors are expected to act with the utmost competence at all times, and to exhibit the highest standards of personal and professional probity,” he pointed out.
With this addition of 17 new land surveyors, the 50-plus capacity at the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission is now significantly boosted.
Acting Commissioner Enrique Monize told Guyana Times that they would need at least over 100 surveyors for the GL&SC to be operating comfortably in Guyana’s economic development.
During his remarks, Monize also charged the new surveyors to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism as they join the field at a time when the country is on an upward development trajectory.
These surveyors were the successful candidates from two batches that were trained in 2018 and 2019. They had to undergo one year’s training and attain a 60 per cent and above pass rate in five surveying areas before qualifying to be certified.
Ramakant-PBack to reality: Ali said that the PPP/C will provide the enabling environment and incentives for expansion of existing businesses and emergence of new businesses by removing obstacles to growth. This is great news. He said the traditional productive sectors must continue to play a significant economic and social role in the economy. Unlike the Oil and Gas sector which is capital intensive, mining, fisheries, agriculture, sugar, bauxite, rice, and forestry are labour intensive and employ a... [ more ]
Ramakant-PThere is no Jagdeo government. No! I didn't. There was no need to. I asked my friend to explain his appointment. He said Indians like to borrow money for one thing and use it for something else. So he knows where they are coming from when they tried to borrow money from the agricultural bank. [ more ]
Former MemberYour co-worker, huh? Then you could tell him to lookup all my posts on GNI forums concerning Covid and how I came to cure myself 8 times, if he isn't a coward or even a co-conspirator, instead of fooling and scaring the world, that is! @#$?!$@#$?!&! There, I feel better getting this crap off my @@$&-)? chest! [ more ]
Former MemberBelieve only what is reason able to you! [ more ]
Former MemberSomeone told me the monument belongs to the KKK. It was built in Georgia too where the Klan started. [ more ]
antabantaLike Shallow gone and hide from Ole Doc Anta the Banta. He can't take the treatment. [ more ]
cainOh rant anta, you actually took time to read that longass post of drivel he repeatedly posts? [ more ]
antabantaShallow... how close are the government assassins to taking you to the world of spirit and energy? I hope they take your insect collection at the same time. It wouldn't be nice to leave you all alone without your loved ones. [ more ]
Former MemberNot necessarily! But if necessary, yes, and why not! Wouldn't the born kid be a member of the State, deserving of the State's help.and protection? Wouldn't that be better than allowing murder, which is what abortion is? I may joke about sex because of.my licentious past, but I also reflect on it and regret! Too late! I had no guidance, I had to live and learn! As we all.do, one.way or.another! [ more ]
Former MemberWhat about the woman who already has more.children than she can support? Or.the.pregnant teen.who gave in to her boyfriend's constant pestering and is too young to.care.for.a child or it.would interfere with her studies or because of her.parents' insistence? Or the baby discovered, through ultrasound, to be.defective and who.would be.a burden.to.both itself.and.its.parents? ...and judge not lest ye be judged! Above.all, is the.female's right to her body! She is the one who bears the child! [ more ]
MitwahIt seems that you are exposing a hidden agenda by your handlers and Freedumb house to capitalize on a growing market in Guyana which will be impacted by the inflow of oil money and faring workers. If you think it may cause cancer, then it would be wise for you to quit now. [ more ]
Former MemberQuite true! Caused you, for instance, kAnt! [ more ]
A West Coast Berbice man was yesterday found chopped to death in the kitchen of his home located in Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice.
Dead is Surojdeo Deochand, also known as ‘Sagie’, 68, of Lot 35 Number Three Village. According to relatives, Deochand suffered a severed right hand along with chops injuries to his face and belly.
The police last evening confirmed that there was an “incident” at the location and that the Commander of Region Five, Senior Superintendent Kurleigh Simon was at the scene.
The police today issued a wanted bulletin for Mark Anthony Henry, 24, in connection with the matter. His last known address is Lot 32 South Public Road, Mon Choisi, West Coast Berbice.
Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Henry is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 227-2603, 226-6978, 226-6221, 219-3252, 227-1149, 225-8196, 268-2328, 268-2298/2222, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest police station.
Deochand’s relatives said that the pensioner resided alone. However, one relative related that they were informed at approximately 5.30 pm yesterday afternoon of the discovery of the man’s body. “The police tell we he na dead but when we go [Fort Wellington] hospital he done wrap up.” According to the relative, the body has since been transported to Bailey’s Funeral Home, awaiting a post- mortem examination.
Deochand was one of the persons initially arrested for the murders of cousins Joel Henry and Isaiah Henry. However, after being held for 72 hours, Deochand, who resided next door to Joel Henry, was released from police custody.
Mark Anthony Henry, for whom the bulletin has been issued, is a relative of the Henry cousins.
Deochand, a father of two, was described as an easy going pensioner.
Former MemberThe PNC caused this! The guy was driven.mad for the brutal murder of his brother and wrongfully.blamed Indos! But the rigging.PNC.wanted more than one retribution.against one Indo! ALL is what they wanted because they lost their chance at fantastic wealth! And fk you, bird shit! I know you're skulking without posting your racist shit! [ more ]
Former MemberYou talking partition, Prash? Which part for Indos and allies? I'm not joking! I suggest.East of the Berbice river! I'll.give.my.reasons later! See how the cretin f ed your post above? [ more ]
PrashadA sovereign independent country for Guyanese East Indians, Douglas who love their Guyana East Indian heritage and allies of the Guyanese East Indian people is the only solution. [ more ]
Shrimp for processing (Ministry of Agriculture photo)
A huge Chinese processing plant that was commissioned here recently can utilise up to 40 tonnes of shrimp and 30 tonnes of fish daily.
This is according to Chief Fisheries Officer Denzil Roberts who responded yesterday to questions from Stabroek News.
The huge numbers will add to the growing concerns that this plant could trigger overfishing in the already stressed fishing grounds in Guyana’s waters. Furthermore, the large catches diverted to the processing plant for export to China will likely result in shortages of seafood here and higher prices.
The Ministry of Agriculture announced the opening of the plant operated by Grandeast Inc a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuz-hou Hongpu Aquatic Products Co., Ltd. in Fujian, China last week.
A release explained that the company is already processing large amounts of shrimp. The amount according to Roberts equates to 40 tons/36 tonnes of shrimp and 30 tons/ 27 tonnes of fish daily.
This amount equals more than half of the 55 ton/50 tonnes of shrimp harvested daily in 2019.
Meanwhile, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is still to receive an acknowledgement of a letter written to Minister of Agriculture , Zulfikar Mustapha in December expressing concern that the approval of two trawler licences for the Atlantic seabob trade could lead to overfishing, the loss of trade certification and collapse of the industry.
“It is unfortunate that the letter made it into the public domain but that aside we have not received a response and are awaiting government’s next move,” WWF Public Relations Officer Kempton Daly told Stabroek News yesterday.
He related that it is his organization’s preference to work with government and other concerned parties through the fisheries working group.
Asked if the group had discussed the opening of the large Chinese-owned seafood plant or if his organization had been informed at all about the US$25 million investment, Daly said he was not in a position to say as the organization’s Marine Officer was currently on leave.
According to the 2020 Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) surveillance report seen by Stabroek News the harvesting of seabob in Guyana is limited to a maximum limit of 87 vessels in the fishery with each vessel currently limited to 225 days fishing per year.
The report adds that the maximum sustainable average catch rate was estimated at 630 kg/day while the economic catch rate after consultation with members of the industry was set at 600 kg/day. A catch rate of 540 kg/day was established as a “trigger point” at which concerns about overfishing would be raised and the number of allowable fishing days reduced.
In 2019, the total harvest for seabob in Guyana was recorded as 6,662 tonnes at a catch rate of 573 kg/day.
It is not clear how the operation of Grandeast Inc is affecting the availability of shrimp for the three other certified shrimp processors Pritipaul Singh Investment, Noble House Seafoods and Gopie Investment Inc. There is also no indication about the impact on the local availability of shrimp.
Also unclear is how the controversial issuance of extra licences last year is related to the establishment so soon afterwards of this plant.
On December 11, the WWF Guianas’ local office wrote to the minister seeking clarification on the context in which the licences were granted and expressed concern over the reported issuance of the new licences in a manner that could have “deep implications” for the country’s ability to maintain its MSC certification over seabob.
With the sector being regularised to operate in a sustainable manner, there is fear that the two new licences for operations will encourage practices that undermine conservation and sustainability efforts.
Aiesha Williams, Guyana Country Manager for the WWF Guianas pointed out that with Guyana listed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as the largest seabob exporter globally, it is already under international scrutiny over how it manages this fishery resource.
The seabob fishery is the country’s only certified fishery sector and the WWF, which has been working with the fisheries sector for several years, assisted the industry in obtaining its MSC certification.
In her letter, she informed the minister that a recent stock assessment of Guyana’s seabob population revealed that it is fully exploited and it is at the point where the population curve is at the maximum sustainable yield.
“Any further increase in fishing effort will lead to overfishing and possible collapse of the industry, since the removal of individuals (seabob) is equal to the number of recruits (offspring) entering the fishery (deaths = births), from a fisheries management context,” she explained.
Former MemberA perennial joke! Both by night and by day! Relentlessly and shamelessly! [ more ]
Former MemberLike the party tells you what to say, huh? No thanks! I prefer to state my own thoughts and.criticze your party when it is deserving! You're just a damn unthinking fool! [ more ]
Ramakant-PFree Enterprise is all about competition and democracy. You dumbos criticized the PPP for being a socialist Party even though all their supporters were capitalist. America and England colluded and legally overthrow the ruling party. The Coalition between The UF and the PNC was a disaster. Anything the PNC put their hands on turned sour. Jagdeo turned Guyana into a free state with a free market enterprise system. And now you still want to kill the PPP. If you don't know what is going on just... [ more ]
Former government minister Annette Ferguson today defended a High Court order awarding her damages against Vice-President Bharrat Jagdeo because of his failure to file a defence in a libel case.
She also criticized remarks made yesterday by Attorney General Anil Nandlall who had been the attorney in the case.
An edited statement by Ferguson follows:
“I have noted with concern a Press Statement issued by Mr. Mohabir Anil Nandlall, SC, MP regarding the recent Default Judgement granted on March 11, 2021 against Mr. Jadgeo in the sum of Twenty Million Dollars ($20,000,000.00), with costs in the sum of seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000.00).
“The statement, in part, reads that, `the judgment was granted without the knowledge of Mr. Jagdeo and his Attorneys-at-Law, in their absence.’ This is furthest from the truth and a deflection from what occurred.
“Additionally, because of the judgment, the Attorney General, who is supposed to represent the state says he intends to approach the High Court to set aside the ruling.
“The matter before the Court is between two Citizens in their private capacities and therefore it will be expected that Mr Nandlall would have eschewed any role in speaking on this matter and would have advised Mr Jagdeo to seek Counsel in Private practice
“The fact that he has used his Office as Attorney General to speak to a matter between two Private citizens is disturbing and alarming more so when he has implicitly suggested what Mr Jagdeo plans to do and what outcome is expected of the Courts when the Application is made by Mr Jagdeo…
“I will not be distracted by this posture of …Mr. Nandlall, this was expected.
“However, now that a judgment has been granted, I wish to reiterate, that the statements which were made against me are patently false, and the ruling of the court has vindicated me.
“Mr. Jagdeo has not provided a shred of evidence to support his contention that I acquired several house lots and or built a property using ill-gotten gains and rightfully, because there is none.
“The fact of the matter, those statements made by Jagdeo were scandalous at least and libelous at best.
“The Ministry of Housing is now at the disposal of Mr. Jagdeo, and the records are there, why then Mr. Jagdeo did not request those to substantiate his claims and use same as evidence in court? We all know why.
“Further, my attorneys have successfully argued and defended using evidence, how I was able to build my property- through a loan from a commercial bank as is now widely reported in the media.
“On coming into office since August 2, 2020, Mr. Nandlall has gone after persons, who he claims acquired land illegally, why has not he come after me or exposed my wrongdoing to the public if the evidence leans in that direction.
“The ruling of the court is in order, in that, it reinforces the need for persons, irrespective or what office they hold to be responsible and not reckless in their utterances”.
High Court Judge Sandra Kurtzious in a default judgment has ordered Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo to pay $20 million in damages to former junior Minister of Communities Annette Ferguson who had filed a libel lawsuit against him last year.
The default judgment was as a result of Jagdeo’s failure to file a defence within the required time and is provided for under Part 12:01 (2) (d) of the Civil Procedure Rules of the Supreme Court of Judicature.
Last year, Ferguson, who served as a minister under the previous APNU/AFC Government filed a libel suit against Jagdeo, who was the then Leader of the Opposition and Guyana Times in which she sought more than $20 million in damages for the libel.
The lawsuit stemmed from statements made by Jagdeo in which said that Ferguson acquired significant wealth within only two years of serving in the Government.
Jagdeo alleged that the former minister used public office to acquire several plots of lands at Eccles, East Bank Demerara on which she was building a sprawling house.
The statements made by Jagdeo were later published in the Guyana Times. In the lawsuit, Ferguson maintained the statements were slanderous and untrue and caused irreparable damage to her character and reputation.
Moreover, Ferguson had argued that the statements and publications suggested that she acquired unexplained wealth by dishonest means.
The former Government minister had called on Jagdeo and Guyana Times to provide evidence to the court to support the statements.
The former APNU/AFC Government Minister contended that the article was deliberately written and circulated by Guyana Times to tarnish her reputation and to cause right-thinking persons to think that she is a corrupt and dishonest person.
Apart from $20 million in damages, Jagdeo was also ordered to pay $75,000 in court costs to Ferguson.
A Court Order seen by this publication made it clear that if Jagdeo fails to comply with the terms of the Order, he will be held in Contempt of Court, and may be liable to imprisonment or to have his assets confiscated. In the meantime, Ferguson’s lawsuit against Guyana Times is still before the Court.
An Orealla man is now dead after reportedly swallowing his dentures while on the operating table at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital.
According to the relatives of Vincent Miguel, 42, he did not tell medical professionals about the dentures before the surgery.
Miguel was taken to the Springlands Hospital and then transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, where it was expected that he would undergo surgery to remove an object from his arm last Friday.
However, a relative told Stabroek News that during the surgery the dentures came loose, went down Miguel’s throat and lodged in his trachea for some time. According to the relative, it is suspected that Miguel’s lungs collapsed, however, he added that a post-mortem examination will have to be done so as to definitively determine the cause of death.
The relative also pointed out that Miguel was questioned before surgery and claimed to the doctor that he did not have any dentures.
Meanwhile, when contacted yesterday for a comment on the matter and to ascertain whether an investigation is going on, Regional Health Officer Vishalya Sharma indicated that she was in a meeting and would return a call to Stabroek News. However, up to press time this was not done.
Trump must face 'Apprentice' contestant's defamation lawsuit - NY court
NEW YORK, March 30 (Reuters) - New York state's highest court on Tuesday cleared the way for a former contestant on "The Apprentice" to sue Donald Trump for defamation, after the former U.S. president called her a liar for accusing him of sexual assault.
Trump had argued before leaving the White House on Jan. 20 that Summer Zervos could not pursue her case because a sitting president could not be sued, but the state Court of Appeals said in a brief order that "the issues presented have become moot."
A lawyer for Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Zervos' lawyers did not immediately respond to similar requests.
The order likely means Zervos' case will return to a Manhattan trial court, and give her lawyers an opportunity to question Trump under oath.
Zervos came forward during the 2016 presidential campaign with accusations that Trump subjected her to unwanted kissing and groping after she sought career advice in 2007, two years after her appearance on his reality television show.
She sued Trump in January 2017 after he branded such allegations by women "lies" and retweeted a post calling Zervos' claims a "hoax."
Zervos has been seeking a retraction or an apology, plus compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Trump has denied Zervos' claims, and called her case politically motivated.
Former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll is also suing Trump for defamation, after he denied having raped her in the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s.
Trump has also denied claims by several other women of improper sexual conduct. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Howard Goller)
Former MemberTrump's woes proves one thing! If you.want sex, pay for it now.rather.than later! It's more expensive later! Always! What do you want from a woman? Exclusive rights to the use of her twat? SHE has that! Join the 4F.Club! Find, fool, fk, forget! You.want love? Adopt.or buy a dog! Today's women can't be.trusted! Especially in lawsuit-happy America! Feminism, bah! Let them fk or sodomize themselves! Or beg for a good, deep, soul-satisfying fk! Iz naychurez way! And don't stop because you've... [ more ]
Kaieteur News – The Irfaan Ali led administration is steadfast in its plan to land a multibillion dollar pipeline at Wales, West Bank Demerara, for the proposed gas-to-shore project despite the widespread criticism it has faced from industry experts. Many share the same concern that Government is moving too fast and should pump their breaks, at least until a thorough plan is laid out to show exactly how the project will benefit Guyanese.
Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo
Vice President (VP) and local oil boss, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, has touted a reduction in electricity costs as one of the most crucial benefits to be had. On this premise, no financial feasibility study will be conducted, as according to the VP, that aspect is “a no-brainer.” But International Environmental Lawyer, Melinda Janki is taking him to task on his comments, and is now challenging Dr. Jagdeo to present irrefutable evidence in support of his claim.
International lawyer, Melinda Janki
“Vice-President Jagdeo claims that the gas-to-shore project will benefit the Guyanese. Where is the Vice-President’s evidence?” Janki asked, in her comment to Kaieteur News. “If gas is such a good thing, why can’t ExxonMobil sell it on the open market? Why doesn’t anybody want to buy Guyana’s associated gas? (It’s) because it’s worthless,” she continued. Janki also alluded to statements made by Tom Sanzillo, Director of financial analysis at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), that the intended gas-to-shore project could prove financially damaging to Guyana. Sanzillo had made the point that although he can appreciate Government’s inclination to respond to the rising demand for electricity while addressing black out woes, Guyana’s modus operandi when negotiating the lopsided oil contract gives no evidence that it can do right when bringing gas to shore. Janki then asked, “IEEFA says this gas project could bankrupt Guyana. Can the Vice-President answer IEEFA’s financial assessment? Whom do the Guyanese people believe? A Government that has no experience of gas or the expert analysis of an international energy body that is decades old.” The International Lawyer also pointed to a World Bank report titled ‘Energy Markets in Latin America Emerging disruptions and the Next Frontier,’ which stated, “In countries such as Suriname, Guyana, Ecuador, Paraguay, and most of Central America and the Caribbean, natural gas demand is small or non-existent.” With that said, Janki opined that Guyana ought to be moving in a different direction – solar. She backed up her statements pointing to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook for 2020. Janki noted that the IEA had offered a highly influential annual outlook with four “pathways” to 2024, all of which see a major rise in renewables. She noted that the IEA’s main scenario has 43% rise in solar power output by 2024, over wind energy and hydro power with solar presenting itself as the cheapest option. While natural gas is known as the cleanest burning fossil fuel, it is not cheap to produce, as millions of dollars are needed to secure gas pipelines and infrastructure to covert the natural gas into useable power. Presently, the crude estimation for Guyana’s gas-to-shore project stands at US$500-800 million, depending on the design, pipeline size and surveys. Janki had taken Government to task regarding the gas-to-shore project before. On that occasion, she had called on President, Irfaan Ali, to provide to the nation, evidence that the project was economically sound. Janki asked the President to present a Natural Gas Business Plan, which provides a comprehensive, quantitative and qualitative presentation of the Guyana natural gas project. The presentation, she outlined should include, but not be limited to, a brief description of the major facilities to be constructed (drilling and extraction, offshore and onshore pipelines and natural gas power stations) including capacity, size, estimated start and completion of construction and anticipated lifecycle; comprehensive, estimated construction costs of each facility and an aggregate cost assessment and construction cash flow from ground breaking to commercial operation; and a comprehensive 30-year business plan of each individual facility and, if integrated, the plan should specify the operational assumptions. She had requested that President Ali provide, as well, an Energy Plan outlining Guyana’s electric utility’s resource needs to meet expected demand over the next 30 years and the assumed additions and retirements, cost and performance assumptions used in the plan. This is yet to be done.
Former MemberI repeat.my.question, "Are.you.now.living in Guyana to be knowing this?" Also from March '68 to March '21 would be 53 years, sickophant! It's unnecessary.to.play dumb with the prenatal dumb! And.what.fake.news.have I ever.planted? Example, please! [ more ]
Ramakant-PYou live 65 years in Canada so don't play dumb with me. You know nothing about Guyana. Printing continuous fake news about the President and people of Guyana does make you an ass, like those who applaud you. [ more ]
Former MemberYou haven't answered my question about if you're living there to know what.you're only propagandizing! [ more ]
Residents of Black Bush Polder on Saturday complained to Minister with responsibility for Finance, Dr Ashni Singh about the need for Wi-Fi and better roads and water in their communities.
The residents have raised the same issues several times in the past with ministers of the previous government and current Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha.
One resident, Chetram Tulsi, 53, took along a bottle of water to show the minister the exact condition of the water they are getting. The other residents gathered at the Lesbeholden Primary School for the community meeting also agreed with Tulsi stressing that for many years this has been the situation. Residents also said that they are unclear whether the pipe system has been “flushed out” anytime in the past.
Minister Singh through the Regional Vice Chairman, Zamal Hussain contacted the regional official for the Guyana Water Incorporated who then promised that the system would have been flushed out yesterday as this is what was needed.
Another resident spoke of the need for an internet connection within Black Bush Polder. She explained, that children are the ones suffering the most especially with most of their classes being online now.
The residents in Black Bush Polder have never had the services of landline telephones hence they cannot access GTT’s Wi-Fi connection.
Singh said that this will have to be looked at soon, noting, that even if the possibility exists for residents to access some sort of Wi- Fi without the services of a landline phone then it might have to be considered.
In terms of roads, the residents complained bitterly, as they have done in the past.
However, it was relayed by the regional officials that Minister of Agriculture, Mustapha had already ensured that some of the roads were catered for in this year’s budget. Singh said that the other roads will have to be looked at as well.
For some cross streets, it was noted that the regional engineer was in the area this week taking down information.
Meanwhile, at Saturday’s meeting Singh praised the residents for speaking up as he noted the importance of having an open discussion. He stressed, that his meetings were apart of President Irfaan Ali’s broader commitment to engage citizens across Guyana.
The residents also spoke of creating job opportunities for the younger generation, stressing, that Black Bush Polder has a young emerging workforce. One elderly resident said that it is important for government to create opportunities not only with rice, sugar and vegetables but other products.
The minister agreed and noted that his government is focused on creating a path for the younger generation.
Singh also distributed food hampers to residents at the Sheet Anchor Primary School, Albion Community Centre and a location in Crabwood Creek.
He repeatedly encouraged persons to pay attention to the Covid-19 guidelines and urged elderly citizens to get their vaccines.
Kaieteur News – The absence of the top echelons of the PPP/C leadership, past and present, from the Babu John last weekend is inexcusable. It is a sign of political conceit and insult to the memory of the party’s patriarch. It has been traditional, each year, for the PPP to host an annual activity at Babu John, Port Mourant, to mark the death anniversary of the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan. It has also been traditional for the top leadership of the party, and for the PPP/C President to be in attendance. The PPP is the party of Cheddi Jagan. He was the central figure in the party for more than 50 years. Those who presently hold political power in Guyana are indebted to Cheddi, eternally indebted. This is not the way to treat someone to whom so much is owed. Of some consolation was that this fact was acknowledged by Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha. He conceded in his remarks at the Crematorium site that it was due to Dr. Jagan’s teachings and legacy that the PPP/C was able to overcome the recent attack on democracy. He was also quoted as saying that the PPP/C has remained true to the founding principles of the great leader. Not many are so sure about this. It is inexcusable for the PPP/C to organize the annual Babu John memorial, and for none of the senior political leaders of the PPP/C, including the venerable Vice President and the President to be present. It is shocking and it is a disgrace. The old guard of the PPP/C must be outraged that Cheddi has become an afterthought. Such a low-level event is undeserving of Cheddi, especially considering the fanfare that is being raised about the struggle for democracy. The present cabal, which runs the PPP, are deluding themselves into believing that they are heroic figures who saved Guyana from the clutches of dictatorship. They had resigned themselves to being cheated out of power after the APNU+AFC dragged out the declaration of the results of the March elections for five months. The PPP leadership could not be sure that APNU+AFC would have stepped aside. The PPP leadership had become demoralized by the long drawn out court battles and the stubbornness of the APNU+AFC to comply with the democratic will of the people. Were it not for the then United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, who made it clear that Granger had to step aside, the PPP/C would have been in deep distress today. They were never sure how the election crisis would have panned out and this was evident in the time it took for them to name their Ministers and to put measures in place to fight the pandemic and to produce a Budget. There was little planning for getting into office, so unsure was the PPP/C as to how the election crisis would have ended. The ultimate hero of democracy in Guyana was Cheddi Jagan. He never gave up during the 28 years when he and his party were cheated out of office. And this is how his party repaid his sacrifice: with a low-level death anniversary commemoration. It is not as if the pandemic stood in the way of the top leadership of the party attending the hurriedly put-together event. The President attended public events organized over the same weekend for a sugar worker, who was killed even before he was born. He turned the sod for a hotel. He even went to the Everest Ground, where hundreds of spectators and players were breaching the COVID-regulations, during a cricket tournament. So why could the upper echelons of the PPP leadership not be at Babu John for the death anniversary of the patriarch of the party. This is gross disrespect to those who established and developed the party. The party’s matriarch, Mrs. Janet Jagan, died a bitter woman. She was deeply aggrieved after she was called a private citizen by a party leader, whom she virtually handpicked for the position of President. She died gravely concerned that certain individuals were being catapulted to high office and those persons had played no part in the party’s struggle for free and fair elections. The old guard of the party was deactivated after the 2015 defeat. They should now recognize the dangers, which is facing Cheddi’s legacy by a group of leaders whose policies are completely at odds with the working class philosophy for Cheddi. It is time to rout the charlatans who have seized the reins of control of the party. Otherwise, Cheddi will turn from an afterthought to an afterglow.
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Guyana purchases 200,000 doses of Sputnik-V vaccine for US$4M
– to also get 24000 doses of AstraZeneca from COVAX
As the Government of Guyana continues to explore avenues to access COVID-19 vaccines, President Irfaan Ali on Friday disclosed that the country is buying some 200,000 doses of the Russian manufactured Sputnik V vaccines to the tune of a whopping US$4 million. “We have been able to secure the purchase of 200,000 of the Component One of the Sputnik V vaccine… and 200,000 of the Component Two… Through the UAE (United Arab Emirates), we’ve been able to secure these 200,000 vaccines. Right now, they’re finalising the logics to bring that 200,000 in…,” the Head of State told reporters on the sidelines of an event at State House on Friday. President Ali explained that Guyana is paying US$20 per dose for the Russian vaccine, amounting to some US$4 million for this batch of the Component 1 dose alone. According to the President, Government cannot put a price tag on the health of the citizenry. “It’s very expensive but it is an expense that we can’t spare. The health of the population is very critical. This will call for some adjustments in the budget and so on, but, as I said we are not sparing any expenses on this. We are working on making the resources available to ensure every single Guyanese are vaccinated,” the Guyanese leader asserted. In addition to the 200,000 Sputnik doses, Guyana is also expecting its first tranche from the COVAX facility next week. “We are now told by COVAX that we should get 24,000 AstraZeneca on Monday from the COVAX mechanism,” he revealed. Initially, Guyana was slated to receive 100,800 vaccines in its first collection from COVAX – a body of organisations including the World Health Organisation (WHO) that was established to ensure there is equal access to and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. However, Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony disclosed on Monday that COVAX has significantly reduced that figure to now 24,000 doses for several countries in the region including Guyana. However, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has said that the remainder of the initial 100,000-plus vaccines will arrive here in May. Unlike the massive bill for the Sputnik jabs, the COVAX batch will be given to Guyana free of cost. With these 224,000 COVID-19 vaccines expecting to arrive in days, they will be used to roll out the expanded vaccination campaign to persons 40 years and over. President Ali further told reporters on Friday that the Government has already established a supply chain and storage facility in anticipation of the arrival of these vaccines next week. In fact, Government has also engaged the Private Sector to add to its current storage capacity. “Once the scheduling which we have, that is, the 24,000 and the first set of the 200,000 coming by Monday/Tuesday, we’ll be able to roll out early next week – by Wednesday definitely – the 40 and above in a massive way,” he posited. To date, Guyana has received a total of 103,000 doses of vaccines as donations from allies. Of these, 3000 doses of AstraZeneca were from Barbados and another 80,000 doses of the same jab were from India. China also donated 20,000 of its locally manufactured Sinopharm vaccines. The vaccination campaign started with frontline health workers and then extended to persons 60 years and over. Over 25,000 persons in Guyana have been vaccinated to date. However, with Government aiming to vaccinate 10,000 persons daily, additional vaccines will be needed. As such, President Ali posited that Government is working aggressively to secure more COVID-19 jabs so that the country can achieve herd immunity. However, he disclosed that apart from the batches coming in next week, Guyana has been told by major manufacturers such as Pfizer and Moderna that it cannot access the jabs until next year. “We have explored the Pfizer vaccines. We had great discussions with the company directly and then we were told that this could only be available in 2022. Same with the Moderna… The production lines are being stressed globally,” he related. Earlier this week, the President said they also reached out to the manufacturers of AstraZeneca in India but hit a stumbling block there as well. However, he had indicated that Guyana is looking at another India-manufactured COVID-19 jab – COVAXIN, which was the vaccine taken by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was reported that Guyana is looking to obtain some 400,000 doses of the COVAXIN, which has an 81 per cent efficacy. However, during a recent interview with <<<Guyana Times>>>, Indian High Commissioner Dr KJ Srinivasa explained that discussions are ongoing for a tranche of 100,000 doses of this jab. “We have put the Health Ministry in touch with the producers of COVAXIN, Bharat Biotech… As I understand now, Guyana is actually going through its internal processes of approving the proposal by Bharrat Biotech and once they give the go-ahead, Bharrat Biotech will go through the formalities on the Indian side because they also have to take permission from the various regulators before they export the vaccine,” the Indian diplomat told this newspaper. In the meanwhile, President Ali on Friday reassured that his Government will spare no expense in ensuring that its citizens are protected against the novel coronavirus. But in the same breath, he implored citizens to continues to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines especially after getting vaccinated. “A lot of people think that after they’re vaccinated, you can take off the mask and walk around the place. But you can still be infected and you can pass that on… Together we have to get through this. You have my personal commitment and the commitment of the Government in doing what we can do scientifically and medically. But you have individual responsibility too and I’m asking you in the interest of family, your neighbours, your community to exercise your individual responsibility in a disciplined manner,” the Head of State urged.
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kpPfizer: $20 per dose. Free for early recipients. Pfizer will likely be the first COVID-19 to reach the market. The company submitted the FDA application for emergency use authorization on Friday. Earlier this month, Pfizer CEO assured consumers that the vaccine will be free for all U.S. citizens. He was likely referring to the first 100 million doses pre-ordered by the U.S. government under Operation Warp Speed. Pfizer has promised to deliver that batch before the end of the year, with the... [ more ]
Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill along with the Chairman of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) Ravie Ramcharitar and other senior officers during their visit to the Garden of Eden asphalt plant (Ministry of Public Works photo)
The $650 million Garden of Eden Batch Mix Asphalt Plant is expected to be operational by April 6 and according to Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill it will be run under separate management from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC).
This announcement was made on Friday when Edghill met with the Chairman of the DHBC, Ravie Ramcharitar and other senior officers at the site.
“Importantly, we are separating the activities of the bridge from the plant. The one board of directors will oversee the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corpora-tion… which the asphalt plant falls under but there will be a separate management team at the asphalt plant. Separate and distinct from the harbour bridge,” Edghill said. “I have instructed today (Friday) that we have a wider pool of persons to be trained and equipped for the management of the plant, nobody should have a monopoly or leverage the company by their skill. We must have multiple persons capable of doing the same thing, so training across, whether it is mechanical, electrical or operators. We must have several people with the same knowledge, so that in the event of anything we have several people who can make the necessary interventions,” he stated.
Edghill also disclosed that applications have been received and shortlisted for a Plant Manager. This process has been advanced, according to the minister, and a new manager is expected to be named soon.
In October, 2020, a team was appointed to investigate alleged financial misconduct at the DHBC’s Asphalt Plant. While there was no substantial evidence that there was financial misconduct at the DHBC’s Asphalt Plant, the team found poor internal controls which needed to be corrected in order to prevent the multiple discrepancies that were unearthed. Hence, the decision to have separate management for the new plant.
During Friday’s visit, the plant was assessed for its readiness for operation. Ramcharitar noted that it is environmentally friendly and more efficient in the production and usage of materials. This, he said, is expected to bring some cost savings, however, “that has to be evaluated very carefully and we would decide upon that after maybe two weeks of full commercial operations.” He further said that the relevant personnel will be trained to ensure that they can operate and properly manage the plant, with the training to be facilitated by the German contractor in the near future.
Edghill explained that the plant will allow for more efficiency in road construction and he called on the private sector to keep up. He said the government does not intend to put the private sector out of business but “we want to ensure that we are part of the competition, if not the gold standard, in terms of setting the price on the market because once we are able to economically reduce cost of production of asphalt, it means the cost of a road could go down.”
Additionally, monies have been allocated for a new scale at plant, Edghill said that this decision was important since the recent findings of an audit revealed that weighing of asphalt was being done at the DHBC, which is notably miles away from the plant, according to a Ministry of Public Works statement.
Ramcharitar explained that a total of $590 million has so far been spent on the project. “…A further $60 million thereabout needs to be spent or paid. The total investment is expected to be $650 million on this equipment and auxiliary services,” he said.
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Director of Communications of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Imran Khan yesterday confirmed that a vehicle belonging to Leader of the Opposition Joseph Harmon was involved in a vehicular accident on the East Coast of Demerara on Saturday evening.
In a release, Harmon said that Khan was not in the vehicle at the time of the incident and expressed his thanks to the many persons who have called and messaged to enquire into his wellbeing.
“We are relieved that no one was seriously injured in the accident”, the release said.
The release added that the Guyana Police Force is conducting an investigation and Harmon is committed to “assisting such investigation in any way necessary and will be guided by the outcome of the investigation”.
The Government says it is preparing to add additional patrols along this country’s western river spaces to combat piracy and other security threats and a meeting is being planned with local fisherfolk to discuss equipping their vessels with affordable satellite-tracking devices.
“All issues of piracy are of great concern to us. The protecting of life and the assets of the fishing folk are some of our prime concerns. The issue of GPS (global positioning system)and AIS (Automatic Identification System ) will ensure also that we are within our sovereign areas and will also aid search and rescue responses, in addition to monitoring activity [on the sea],” Minister of Home Affairs, Robeson Benn told Stabroek News yesterday.
“There is an intention to meet with them [fisherfolk] …and efforts are currently underway to strengthen the maritime assets and to improve the deployment and alertness of the manpower of the security,” he added.
The Minister of Home Affairs said that the Ministry of Agriculture has also been in regular communication with local fisherfolk and it will be a joint effort with the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).
AIS technology is used primarily as a tool for maritime safety, including vessel collision avoidance and as a means for coastal nations’ Vessel Traffic Services (VTSs) to gather information on vessels operating near their coasts. According to www.marineinsight.com the AIS, “is an automated tracking system that displays other vessels in the vicinity. It is a broadcast transponder system which operates in the VHF mobile maritime band. Your own ship also shows on the screens of other vessels in the vicinity, provided your vessel is fitted with AIS.”
Since late 2019, Guyana’s MARAD had planned to ensure that all local vessels were equipped with AIS but it is unclear what happened to the initiative.
Advisor on security to the Government of Guyana, Captain Gerry Gouveia yesterday echoed that government was concerned about the recent pirate attacks on the Western front and said that the Guyana Defence Force was being mobilized to increase patrols in areas of threat. “It is a very serious concern to the security establishment. The Guyana Defence Force is mobilizing with the resources that they have and patrols in the areas. We are also talking to the Maritime Administration for collaboration,” Gouveia told this newspaper. “We have spot trackers for the aircraft we have and we need to put on the boats. In an emergency they can just press a button and we know where exactly they are. Their emergency alarm system is not as robust as should be and we are examining and looking at it“, he added.
Gouveia underscored the importance of GPS and AIS tracking on vessels here as he posited that it was a small investment for real-time monitoring and swift response to emergencies. “This device is not costly. All of our planes have it … a spot tracker. It uses satellite and sends back a signal so we know exactly where they are. We now have the helicopter so the response time is better. We have the coast guard with their metal shark boats to get out there and we are also in the process of accessing the ships which will patrol EEZ,” the Security Advisor said.
He explained that for about US$150 per device and another approximate US$100 annual subscription fee for satellite monitoring, fishermen can be more at peace while they ply their trade on the rivers and seas as they would have real time monitoring. And should they have an emergency, they would not have to take to a satellite phone to call into shore for assistance as with the press of a button their location will be seen.
Piracy has long been a problem for local fisherfolk and those who ply the Waini area in the north west, which is easily accessible from Venezuela, face the brunt of the attacks from pirates who are believed to originate in the neighbouring country.
For this year, there have been two reported attacks where local crews were robbed of their fuel, food and catch.
Venezuela’s aggression in Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) has also seen fisherfolk scared to fish in areas they know are within this country’s boundaries for fear of attacks from either pirates or seizure by Caracas’ military. In January of this year, the Venezuelan military seized two vessels which were fishing in Guyanese waters. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Coopera-tion the two vessels were intercepted by Venezuelan naval vessel Commandante Hugo Chavez GC 24, while operating off the coast of Waini Point in Guyana’s waters.
The men were released in February, following international pressure calling for their safe return.
This month saw two pirate attacks on the Waini River with the last being the vessel owned by Essequibo resident Deopaul Goordeen.
Goordeen said that his crewmembers were robbed by 12 gun and cutlass toting pirates of items worth more than $3.5M.
“Them tek way all them gas, foodstuff, them stove and suh, everything them gone with. Them clothes everything. Them ain’t come back with no clothes, nothing,” he had related to this newspaper.
According to Goordeen, the attackers placed the fishermen in a section of the boat while they carted off the valuables. They then set the men free.
He said the men were left drifting at sea for a few days before they were rescued by another vessel.
Goordeen further noted that one of the crew members who managed to hide his phone from the attackers subsequently contacted him and informed him of what had taken place.
He called on the authorities to intervene so that the fishermen can receive justice and said that action needs to be taken so that fishermen can feel safe to ply their trade again.
Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall says that he will be moving to sue fellow Parliamentarian and former Government Minister, Annette Ferguson, for saying that he was seen distributing identification cards on elections day, March 2, 2020.
This is not the first time that Nandlall has faced these allegations. It was the then Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, and former Social Cohesion Minister, Amna Ally who descended upon the Mon Repos Primary School on election day claiming that Nandlall was sharing ‘fake’ ID cards.
Nandlall said that Ferguson repeated the allegation during a roundtable discussion with stakeholders and representatives of the European Union Elections Observer Mission (EUEOM) following the team’s presentation of their final report on the March polls.
The AG said that while he has heard these allegations before, it is the first time that he has heard them outside of the Parliament. Noting that Members of Parliament (MPs) are immune from legal proceedings relating to utterances in the House, Nandlall said that the opportunity has now presented itself where he can address the matter in a court.
“Well, she said it outside of the Parliament in this meeting in the presence of several persons. I am happy that she did so, because I am already in the process of preparing legal proceedings to sue her. So, I am going to have a good field day in court. The country will see where and how they will prove that I was distributing ID cards on elections day…She will go and explain to a Judge of the High Court, very soon, how she knows I was sharing out ID cards,” Nandlall stressed.
The AG said that the meeting was being taped and he is awaiting the transcript before taking the necessary steps.
Kaieteur News – Dem boy watching closely wah going on with dis vaccination campaign. De government bin begging all around fuh vaccines. Dem get a donation of 20,000 doses from China and 80,000 from India. And Prezze bin talk how dem ask de United Arab Emirates fuh vaccines.
Now dem boys reading how we buying vaccines at US$20 a dose from de UAE. Dem boys read how we paying US$4 fuh 200,000 doses. Dat works out to US$20 per dose or double de price wah dem other country paying fuh de vaccine. So it look as if somebody mekking a huge profit pun we and dem boys getting suspicious.
De African Union bin buy de same vaccine from Russia fuh US$9.75 per dose. Dem bin buy de AstraZeneca fuh US$3 per dose and US$6.75 fuh de Pfizer vaccine. De Johnson and Johnson vaccine is likely to sell fuh US$10 per shot – but dat is a single shot vaccine.
So dem boys shock when dem read how Guyana paying US$20 per dose fuh vaccine wah selling fuh US$10 per dose. Dem boys wan know why we buying from middle man (UAE) and not from Russia itself.
Dem boys know dat some of de possible side effects of de vaccine do mimic de side effects of de virus – fever, chills and headaches. Dem boys asking whether it does give ‘runnings’ too.
Dem boys asking de government to provide mo details as to who dem paying fuh dis vaccine because de price is not right!