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Date: 22 Jun 17 01:40am
Eighty-year-old Elaine Chu could be considered as having cheated death yesterday afternoon.  The octogenarian was the only person in a Lamaha Street double-flat house which collapsed with her residing on the lower flat.The Lamaha Street house that Elaine Chu once occupied.This occurred around 3pm.Chu had been occupying the wooden structure for more than 12 years with her son and daughter in law who live on the upper flat. She and her grandson live on the lower flat.The elderly woman told Kaieteur News that she had just finished taking her pressure medication and was sitting at the front of the house when it collapsed.She recounted that her daughter came over to visit her and said that she heard a strange noise coming from the house, but Chu said that she “didn’t take it for anything” since cats usually run about the premises making lots of noise.The daughter who was in the yard at the time said that she had come out of the house to investigate where the noise was coming from leaving her mother in the building, Throwback Jerseys, but within minutes the structure collapsed.Chu told this publication that she can’t recall if she tried to jump out of the way of collapsing wood, but she fell on her belly and some rice that was being cooked fell on her foot, but it was “nothing major”.Upon hearing the crashing sound, neighbours and public-spirited persons rushed to the elderly woman’s aid and pulled her from the rubble. Chu said that she is not quite mobile and is unable to move at a fast pace, which made it very difficult for her.According to the elderly woman she is not sure what her next move is since just a few of her belongings are still good enough to be used again.The owners of the property are overseas-based and were preparing to renovate the premises since it was in dire need of repairs. Chu’s son was reportedly strengthening the main columns of the house, but this proved not to be enough.The other occupants of the premises were not present. Chu was unable to give an estimate of her losses.
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Date: 22 Jun 17 01:40am
The Fifth Pan Caribbean Business Coalition Forum on HIV/AIDS opened yesterday at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown. Under the theme “Caribbean Business Leadership: A Holistic Wellness Approach beyond HIV”, the forum recognised the indispensable role of the business community in the fight against HIV/AIDS.The aim of the two-day gathering of Caribbean business leaders is to enhance the understanding of the various stakeholders in response to the scourge. Participants focused on the multi-sectoral response to the disease by governments, businesses, and persons living with HIV/AIDS.The meeting also sought to strengthen the partnership between the Regional Insurance Industry and the Pan Caribbean Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS.Chairperson of the regional organisation, Douglas Camacho, during the opening ceremony of the meeting, noted that the business community in the Caribbean has taken on the responsibility over the last couple of years, of having a collective and holistic approach to the treatment of persons living with HIV/AIDS.He pointed out that this input is most valuable not only from a medical perspective, but is also valuable for its responsibility as a collector of funds, and as a producer of goods and services. He stated that, “Business leaders have a responsibility and obligation as part of the societies where they live, to ensure that some of the discrimination, lack of knowledge, awareness and ignorance is eradicated.”Noting that there has been much talk about legislation targeting the discrimination of persons living with HIV/AIDS, Camacho also urged the business leaders to come out of the meeting with concrete solutions and clear deadlines. He encouraged the participants to take the decisions back to their own countries, and act as an effective lobby to ensure that they are put in motion.Observing that in many countries, legislative agendas are driven by matters considered more important than HIV/AIDS, he urged the businessmen to use their influence to ensure that the political directorate in their countries put on the agenda, at least some of the things to be accomplished.United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on HIV to the Caribbean, Sir George Alleyne, stated that business involvement is important not only because of the value of their corporate social responsibility, but HIV has the potential of affecting the very reason for the existence of the business sector.In his address to the forum, Sir George asserted that there is a major role for businesses in assisting national programmes with the kind of expertise they have in the various areas. He pointed out that the Caribbean has been fortunate that, “there has not been the catastrophic impact on our economies that was projected at the onset of the epidemic.”Sir George explained that this was because of the valiant efforts of many persons and institutions to control it, to measure and advise. He publicly thanked and congratulated Guyana’s Health Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, for his work nationally, regionally and internationally.“He has been a true champion for the cause of HIV/AIDS, and he has shown what determined and persistent efforts can achieve.”As he outlined the global statistics, Sir George noted that more persons are living with HIV/AIDS in the world today. There are just over 33 million HIV-positive persons worldwide – 2.1 million of them are children less than 15 years of age. This, Wholesale China Jerseys, it was noted, is because HIV-infected persons are living longer as a result of effective therapy. AIDS-related deaths have declined by 10% over the past 10 years and it is estimated that at least 3 million people have been saved since effective therapy became available in 1996. Globally, the spread appears to have peaked in that year.Pointing to the success in HIV prevention, Sir George stated that lowering the death rate has led to the increased amount of persons living with HIV/AIDS. This in turn has lead to increased risk among key populations.“It is pellucid that programmes to prevent new infections among those populations are extremely important part of the national AIDS response, ” he declared.He also made it clear that since there is no immediate prospect of a vaccine – success therefore has to be measured in the achievement of less ambitious and often partial goals. The failure to produce the vaccine must not weaken the resolve to apply those prevention methods which are effective in combination.He pointed out that there are still countries, including a majority of the Caribbean ones, in which there is criminalisation of the population affected by HIV/AIDS, and this should be addressed.Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, in the feature address, stated that in the Caribbean more than 90% of the persons who should be receiving treatment are receiving treatment for the prevention of the disease, and their survival rate has increased.In Guyana, the role has moved from reduction of mother-to-child transmission to the elimination of mother-to-child transmission by 2015. In fact most of the Caribbean has seen prevalence rates decline.Nevertheless, he urged that such encouraging news should not be used by the region to ease their determination to fight HIV/AIDS, since danger still lurks.He pointed out the looming threat caused by wobbling of the global success in raising financial resources. In this decreased flow of financial resources, the Caribbean countries are particularly impacted, Prime Minister Hinds said. He observed that the region’s improved economic standings must not be weapons to be used against them in the fight against a common enemy.Hinds emphasised that business coalition is critical to the region, but will not be established to compete with national authorities for limited funds.“The business coalition was established to help in the mobilisation of new and additional resources.”
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Date: 22 Jun 17 01:40am
Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh has expressed the Guyana Government’s pleasure with the strong support given by the United Nations (UN) towards human capital development as he explained the positive developments of the country in the recent past.“It would be fair to say that we have as a country recorded considerable progress in addressing main development challenges that we have faced…Guyana has been able to bring the country from bankruptcy to one where today, its economy is now viable and viewed as credit worthy by the world at large, ” he said.Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh addressing attendees during the UNDP’s Country Programme Action Plan (2012-2016) consultation at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GINA Photo)Minister Singh stated that over the last five years, Guyana’s fiscal deficit has decreased from 10 to four percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as Government continues to invest in critical productive sectors.“We have moved today from a place where we had effectively no external reserves to a point today where we have an equivalent of five months of import covered in external reserves, ” he said.Dr. Singh was at the time speaking at the United Nations Development Programme’s Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP), consultation at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC) in the presence of other Government officials, Members of the Diplomatic Corps and other high ranking dignitaries.Minister Singh said the UNDP and the United Nations (UN), family of agencies have collaborated with Government over the years, to design and implement a wide range of programmes which have achieved momentous development results.Touching on the recent high food prices which have plagued many countries in the past, the Finance Minister stated that the Administration has invested tremendously in agriculture which has helped the country to reap benefits, making reference to the rice sector which is currently benefiting from strong external prices.“On all these efforts, we have failed no effort as a Government to establish and strengthen the environment we require for long-term growth and development…we have continued to invest in people and have achieved significant gains, ” he said.Dr. Singh stated that while the Administration is ensuring that the country develops at a rapid rate, the continued support of development partners is critical.The UNDP’s new five-year Country Programme Action Plan (2012-2016) was presented for discussions and for agencies to identify ways in which they can join alliances for its implementation.Meanwhile, UNDP Resident Representative Khadija Musa expressed pleasure at the agency’s collaboration with the Government of Guyana to provide support, even as the country is undergoing noteworthy changes.“Guyana is experiencing significant changes in all sectors of the country, in addition the exploration of oil, if successful, will expand the development opportunities available to Guyana in the coming years, ” she stated.The process of developing the Country Action Plan commenced in May 2010, when the UN initiated planning for successful implementation of the 2006-2011 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).Government and the United Nations, Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, after intense consultations among stakeholders signed the UNDAF on August 10, 2011. It identifies important areas for UN support in Guyana which are; – Inclusive Growth, Inclusive Governance, Human and Social Development and Environment and Sustainable Development.Among the many areas in which the UNDP Country Programme provides assistance to Guyana, are in promoting and catalyzing of poverty reduction and supporting inclusive growth strategies which target the most vulnerable groups in society.“A collective achievement of these goals contributes tangibly to the fourth pillar of the UNDAF which is human and social development. The CPAP entails our broad intentions which we plan to take over the next five years. It takes into account what UNDP is able to do globally and our experience as a development partner in Guyana since 1977, ” Musa said.The CPAP Country programme will address pertinent areas including inclusive growth and governance and environment and sustainable development.While strategic and acceleration plans for the development of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) will be developed, operational tools for the three Rights Commissions and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will also be addressed. (GINA)
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Date: 22 Jun 17 01:39am
The brutal murder of Enmore grocery store watchman Rudolph Narine has brought home the stark reality that the once secure community is fast becoming a haven for drug addicted thieves.And if nothing is done to arrest the problem, the situation threatens to reach alarming proportions where criminals could reign as they once did in another East Coast Demerara village only a few short years ago.Narine was found with his throat slit at his place of employment, the R. Ramlogan grocery establishment early Saturday morning.The killers then ransacked the business, carting off an undisclosed amount in valuables.This was just a few days after a popular business place a few doors away was broken into and millions of dollars in cellular phones and similar equipment stolen.And just a little under two weeks ago, the bound body was taxi driver Rajendra Narine was dumped in the village, not too far from where Narine was slain.And a little over a month ago, another Enmore man was found in the outfall canal, a death which is still the subject of controversy.No one has been held responsible for these crimes.These recent incidents have sent shockwaves throughout the Enmore community and while there have been several suggestions as to what is responsible along with recommendations for its arrest, the blame game is being played out.While the statutory law enforcement agency -the Guyana Police Force has to accept the main responsibility, the performance of the village’s Community Policing Group and the commitment of the residents themselves to crime prevention are also coming under question.Chairman of the Enmore Station Management Committee Taijnauth Jadunauth is of the view that residents, including businessmen in the village must understand that community policing is everybody’s business, and merely giving financial assistance alone will not keep the community safe.“They have to show their support by volunteering their services to patrolling the village, ” Jadunauth told this newspaper.Dead: Rudolph NarineHe acknowledged that there has been a lull in active community policing.Jadunauth said that the police are not doing enough work in profiling the youths of the community.“As Chairman of the Station Management Committee, my minutes to the Commissioner of Police refer to certain names of regular perpetrators. But the police are doing selective patrols. In law enforcement profiling is important and in Enmore, Cheap Stitched Jerseys, people know who the perpetrators are but the police are not targeting them, ” Jadunauth explained.Some of his sentiments were echoed by a prominent businessman who asked not to be identified.“There is a group of young boys, drug addicts, who I believe are responsible for most of the criminal activities in this community, ” the businessman told this newspaper.And there is some talk about police collusion with the criminal elements in the area.This newspaper understands that following investigations into a recent breakage in Enmore, the police had arrested several persons after recovering some of the stolen items.But according to residents, the suspects were released last week, two days before the watchman’s brutal slaying.“They stole cell phones and just after the police finish taking statements a young woman turned up with one of the stolen phones to buy batteries for it. She took the police to people she bought it from and yet there is no proper prosecution, ” one resident complained.Residents said that so much is criminally wrong in their village but people are afraid to speak out because of fear of being targeted by criminal elements.But the police have their version of the situation and the constraints they face in effectively carrying out their duties there.One investigator told Kaieteur News that, while the situation is definitely getting out of hand, residents are themselves to be blamed.“Many times when we make arrests in Enmore, relatives of the persons detained will call some big one and we get instructions to release them. These people got connections to top people and they run all over the place and complain that we lock up Tom or Harry, ” the investigator said.He believes that the police have so many villages to focus on and can only do so much in one particular area at a time.However, they are hoping that the recent upsurge in criminal activity in Enmore will spur residents to cooperate more with the law enforcement bodies to return the village to it former secure status.
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Date: 22 Jun 17 01:39am
With just seven weeks left in the year, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is nearing its 200, 000-tonne sugar production.According to the corporation yesterday, the year’s second crop to date has produced 118, 180 tonnes of sugar or 80.7 % of the estimate for the crop.GuySuCo says it is nearing 200, 000 tonnes in sugar for the year with 87.6 percent of the target reached.As of week ending November 6, Skeldon and Blairmont Estates in Berbice surpassed their weekly target while Albion, Rose Hall and Enmore Estates achieved 91.43%, 90.29% and 90.26% respectively.Last week, Blairmont recorded its highest daily production of 240 tonnes sugar for this crop, GuySuCo said.In total, some 199, 323 tonnes has been produced for the year to date which represents 87.6 % of the total sugar production estimated.Attention is being placed on the industry which has been in turmoil for more than two decades.Once the biggest foreign currency earners, the industry has fallen behind rice and gold with workers leaving in droves. Production fell to a two-decade low.The previous Government had been forced to inject billions of dollars annually to help keep the industry afloat, despite GuySuCo reportedly producing sugar at more than double the cost it was selling at the world price for. It has also been failing to meet targets.With a new Government in place following the May 11 general elections, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, GuySuCo has been reporting a gradual turnaround with its US$200M Skeldon factory, in Berbice, finally meeting its production targets.Following the May 11 elections, the new Government sacked the entire Board and its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Rajendra Singh.New Chairman, Professor Clive Thomas, has credited less political interference as one of the reasons for the improvements.