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Date: 17 Aug 17 08:39am
As the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) commences this new initiative to share weekly insights in this column “Standards In Focus” on the various aspects of Standardisation, Consumerism, and activities and services offered to its stakeholders, it is best to begin by establishing in the minds of readers an understanding of what are standards bodies and the activities in which they are engaged.Wikipedia defines Standards organization, standards body, standards developing organization (SDO), or standards setting organization (SSO) as “any organization whose primary activities are developing, coordinating, promulgating, revising, amending, reissuing, interpreting, or otherwise producing technical standards that are intended to address the needs of some relatively wide base of affected adopters”.Put simply, standards bodies produce standards to satisfy the needs of stakeholders.In almost every country of the world standards bodies can be found. They are usually categorised as private or public, national or international. All CARICOM member states have their established national standards bodies, for example, the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS), the Jamaica Bureau of Standards (JBS) and the St. Lucia Bureau of Standards.  Meanwhile, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the International Organisation for Legal Metrology (OIML) are all international standards bodies which exist.Like the GNBS, which is the National Standards Body in Guyana, standards bodies are established to develop, promote or where necessary implement standards to regulate the quality of goods and services. Most National Standards Bodies are geared to develop technical standards to improve production and trade, ensure safety and protect consumers against health hazards and fraud in all aspects of life.The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (not to be confused with the Bureau of Statistics) was established under the Standards Act No. 11 of 1984 and its vision is to improve the quality of goods and services in Guyana by partnering with Government, Consumers and Industry, through the process of standardisation.In an effort to fulfil its mandate, the Bureau provides a number of essential services which are geared to foster the development of key sectors of our economy, such as agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, health, tourism and the construction sector. These services include Standards development, Technical Assistance to companies, Training Services, Auditing Services, Product Certification, Laboratory Certification, Testing Services, Legal Metrology Services, and the monitoring of some imported and locally manufactured products.More specifically, the GNBS develops national standards based on the needs of stakeholders, promotes and implements standards to improve the products, services, processes and practices of industry, and provides testing, verification and calibration services in areas such as mass, length, volume, temperature and pressure to maintain the accuracy and traceability to international measurement standards.To ensure the delivery of quality and reliable services to its stakeholders, the staff complement of the GNBS comprises mainly of Technical Officers, Inspectors and Laboratory Technician who are trained to provide the various services falling under their purview. Further, over the years, the GNBS has managed to decentralize the provision of some services from its Head office in Sophia by establishing sub –offices in some Administrative Regions of Guyana.This has allowed its stakeholders residing in outlying areas to readily access the services they need from the organisation.As the discipline of standardisation continues to expand to meet the needs of the individuals, companies, industries and sectors of the national and the global economy, the scope of work for standards bodies would have to be widened to meet those needs.For the GNBS, Adrian Gonzalez Jersey, it will continue to engage in the process of continual improvement and collaborate with other standards institutions worldwide to train its staff and build capacity to offer the kinds of services needed in Guyana within the ambit of Standardisation.For further information, please contact the GNBS on telephone numbers: 219-0062, 219-0065 or 219-0069 or visit its website www.gnbsgy.org
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Date: 17 Aug 17 08:39am
…says cameras will help police ticket defaulters A minimum sentence of 25 years is being touted for persons causing fatal road accidents while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  This advocacy was vocalised yesterday by Executive Member of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Hilbert Archer.He was at the time addressing a sensitisation session for teachers at the Regency Hotel as part of the Council’s effort to raise road safety awareness among educators.NRSC Executive Member, Hilbert ArcherThe event which was organised by the NRSC saw the attendance of two police officers who were representing the Guyana Police Force on matters of concern raised by the participating teachers.“We always have to remember that a vehicle is a very lethal weapon and persons have to understand they have a very serious responsibility when behind the wheel…When you become a driver it is a responsibility; you are responsible for people’s lives, ” Archer stated.There are currently a number of people who are afraid to travel on the roadways, particularly in minibuses, because of the spate of accidents, he said.“When we look at what is happening on our roads today some people think it hard to travel in minibuses and would pray sincerely before boarding a bus.“What we have been recommending and I have always been advocating for is that the laws be changed, Blank Manchester City Jersey UK, ” said Archer even as he expressed his conviction that “if you are going to drink and drive or smoke weed or take cocaine and then take a bus or a car and cause an accident and 10 people or five people are killed and you are the only survivor you should face (the requisite) counts of manslaughter.”The NRSC Executive recommended that “your minimum sentence should start around 25 years. That is one of the things I have been advocating; so the drafters, I believe, need to look at the draft again based on the Police recommendations because they know whether the charge for manslaughter or dangerous driving is needful.”In the interim though, Archer opined that functioning cameras (Closed-circuit television (CCTV)) positioned at the city’s traffic light intersections will seek to help the Police Force in its efforts to capture perpetrators. He disclosed, yesterday, that “functioning cameras at traffic lights were the reason why the police were able to identify and apprehend criminals who had robbed people…”He said that the Road Safety Council is currently advocating a system whereby persons who fail to adhere to traffic lights could in fact be served with a ticket at their homes. This approach is utilised abroad.“I think what we have been advocating for and what will happen shortly is that as soon as you jump a red light the camera will pick upThe sensitisation session in progress yesterdayyour number plate and the ticket will meet you at home, ” Archer disclosed.Yesterday’s forum also saw teachers venting their concerns about congested traffic on the East Bank Demerara at peak hours and whether it is necessary for mobile police officers to adhere to traffic lights.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 08:39am
The Christmas spirit was ushered in Friday evening at Rahaman’s Park, East Bank Demerara. Some 200 children received gifts from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the annual Rahaman’s Park, Christmas tree light–up.The crowd at Rahaman Park on Friday evening.The event attracted children from surrounding villages.The tree at Houston is an attraction for persons traversing the East Bank of Demerara, especially at nights.The 60-foot tree has been adorned with 5000 multi-coloured bulbs. The switch was flipped by Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, Friday evening.Minister Gaskin in brief remarks told persons gathered that they are in a season where their attitude and behaviour change.“We become kinder and nicer as we take into consideration those who are less fortunate and especially the children, ” Minister Gaskin said.The Minister added that the tree is erected at a good spot, Morgan Rielly Team North America Jersey, which is ideal for welcoming persons to the Capital city, Georgetown.Ray Rahaman, the organiser of the event for the past 11 years, said that it started out with just 15 persons and now there are over 1000. The tree was at 12 feet and is now 60 feet.Rahaman explained that the gifts are compliments of Gafoors Houston Complex and China Trading, while Chico Sweets (Beharry Company) was on hand to share sweets to the children.Rahaman said that the 60-foot tree is the tallest in the Caribbean.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 08:38am
The Georgetown-Lethem run can welcome the presence of yet another Cessna Caravan plying the route.The reconditioned aircraft is the latest addition to the Air Services Limited (ASL) fleet and has been recertified by Cessna Air before making its way to Guyana. Its addition to the company’s fleet brings the number of planes up to 18.ASL has been in the local flying business for more than 50 years and part of the company’s operations includes a local flying school which according to Annette Arjoon-Martins, Cody Eakin Jersey, Superintendent/Director, may be on the verge of expansion.At a recent company sponsored event celebrating ASL’s acquisition and the forging of a new professional relationship between the Nicaraguan company, La Costina which supplied the plane and ASL, Arjoon hinted at the possible expansion.She spoke of the closing of a flight school in Boa Vista and said that ASL is hoping to gain a little foothold in the pilot-training market in that country.She pointed out that an incentive for these foreign students attending flight school in Guyana may be the fact that the country is English speaking and international aviation regulations dictate that English be spoken by all Air Traffic Controllers and Flight Crew Members engaged in or in contact with international flights.Minister of Transport and Hydraulics, Robeson Benn said of the new industrial relationship between the two companies that it was a prime example of the need for integration at all levels within the region and he hoped that there will be more of the same in the future.The Minister added that he is very pleased at ASL’s continued investment in the Cessna line citing the exemplary safety record of Cessna aircraft.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 08:38am
Well known Berbice resident, security guard and former Berbice cricketer Frederick Nathaniel Minty, Ryan Arcidiacono Villanova Jersey, 78, of 4 Cumberland, East Canje, died around 21:00 hrs on Sunday evening at the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Hospital after he was rushed there from the New Amsterdam Hospital.Dead: Frederick MintyMinty who worked as a security guard with A Nabi and Son at Mud Lot Stanleytown for the past 10 years was bludgeoned by two bandits who invaded his worksite on Thursday night. According to information the men attacked the elderly man with pieces of wood and severely beat him before escaping with his phone, bicycle, a small television and a bag with his Identification and NIS Cards, pension book and personal items.According to the man’s son, Ezra Minty, a school teacher and Deacon in his church, his father left home as was customary around 15:00 hrs on his bicycle to go to work.“He would leave early because he was a very friendly man and would stop along the way to converse with family and friends”.Ezra Minty stated that his father would work during the night and it was a routine thing for him. He said that they received a call around 06:30 hrs informing that his father had been beaten and was at the New Amsterdam Hospital. The younger Minty immediately rushed to the hospital where he saw his father being tended to in the emergency room by doctors. The senior Minty received many injuries including three broken ribs, a punctured lung, black and blue marks around his eyes, a broken shoulder and other bruises about his body. He was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Hospital around 11:30 hrs on the same day.Minty, a father of 16, including seven with his wife of over 43 years, Florizell Minty, worked as a Quantity Surveyor with the Ministry of Public Works for a number of years before doing duties with a number of security services.The man who lived with his wife, two children, a daughter in law and grandson, was a former cricketer and was a prominent fixture in the first division circle in the ‘60s, ‘70s – a feared batsman who represented Berbice.Minty is also survived by two brothers and four sisters.The body has been transferred to New Amsterdam and a Post Mortem Examination is to be performed soon.  Investigations are continuing.
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