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Date: 17 May 18 06:20am
Residents of Coldingen and a section of Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara, are laying the blame for the collapse of a section of the Coldingen Access road squarely at the feet of road construction company Dipcon and the tardiness of the Buxton/Foulis Neighbourhood Democratic Council.(Above) The sections of roadway which caved in yesterday.(Below) A tractor and trailer from the Buxton/Foulis NDC dumps material into the holes as a temporary measure.The road collapsed into a culvert, making it impassable for commuters for most of yesterday, and residents are convinced that it buckled under the weight of the company’s heavy duty machinery that traverses there daily.And it’s not that the signs of the imminent collapse were non-existent, especially since heavy rains pounded the coast over the past week.Prior to the complete collapse, for several weeks commuters of the Coldingen Access Road were forced to navigate a huge crater to get to and from their homes.The affected section of the road runs over a main culvert that facilitates drainage of the area.The appeal from residents to the relevant authorities, including the Buxton/Foulis Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to fix the small problem, fell on deaf ears.In the meantime several vehicle owners had to fork out huge sums of money to repair the damage caused when they unknowingly drive or ride into the crater.Well yesterday the situation got worse as the entire road caved in, rendering the road impassable.“Is a low bed from Dipcon…it about forty something feet; is the fuss time I see something so long. Estate truck and all does run hay too. But this morning a big truck pass with a big machine pon top and he had to reverse and dis is wha happen, ” a resident told this newspaper.He said that a motorcyclist, a brand new Toyota Allion motorcar and a Toyota Tundra along with other categories of motorists have suffered as a result of the damaged road.The collapse of the road also exposed the substandard work done by the contractor, Wholesale NFL Jerseys, given the fact that the Coldingen Access Road is one of the main carriageways for heavy duty machinery in that section of the East Coast of Demerara.The residents are calling on those responsible for the damage to the road to fix it and not leave it up to the government.For now, Dipcon, in collaboration with the NDC, has employed a temporary arrangement by filling the collapsed section with materials from its nearby asphalt plant.“They break up dis road and dey might want charge government nuff money fuh fix it back, ” another resident opined.
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Date: 17 May 18 06:20am
Hospital officials have confirmed that Jamaican national, Richard Gayle, was still excreting packets containing cocaine up late press time yesterday. Kaieteur News understands that the man excreted a quantity of packets yesterday morning and has hinted to police that he still has more packets of cocaine inside of him.On Monday, Gayle had excreted 53 packets of cocaine.The Jamaican was nabbed at the airport last Thursday as he was about to board a flight to Trinidad and Tobago. Gayle was taken into custody around 05:00 hours by the Police Narcotics Unit, under the suspicion that he had ingested pellets containing cocaine for the intent of trafficking.He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where X-rays of his abdomen showed several foreign objects in his stomach.He had arrived in Guyana on February 26.During his departure he was searched by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).Their initial search uncovered no drugs on his person, but Gayle was later detained by the Police Narcotics Unit.A few weeks ago another Jamaican national, Errol Barrett, China Jerseys, spent three days at the GPHC before finally excreting the pellets containing the illicit substance. None of the pellets containing the drug ruptured in his stomach.Over the last few years, several drug mules have died when the pellets containing the drugs they were trafficking ruptured while still inside of them.
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Date: 17 May 18 06:19am
International consultancy examines potential insurance lossesA team of consultants from McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm, is currently conducting a study in Guyana in an effort to quantify the potential losses that Georgetown and surrounding areas would suffer should there be any catastrophe relating to climate change.During last week, one of the consultants held a meeting with representatives from the insurance industry to exchange information.Commissioner of Insurance Maria Van Beek, during an interview, said that the researchers are specifically focusing on flooding and are looking at two main risk factors, which are breach of sea defences and increased rainfall.She added that the consultants are here trying to put a number on what the potential losses could be for this area and, obviously, the cost to the economy. According to Van Beek, they are in the preliminary stage of the project, and part of the groundwork was to meet with insurance companies and her office to get supporting data for the data they have already collected from various agencies, such as the Bureau of Statistics.“The insurance industry in particular would have quite a bit of data on residential and commercial properties that they have insured, given that the nature of their business is also to quantify those kinds of risk.”In other words, she added, for the insurance company to be able to charge a premium and particularly to cover flood, it would want to try to quantify the amount of money it could potentially lose.In a way, the insurance sector is already doing some of the work that the team has to do, Van Beek noted.She pointed out that the team has to look at not just insured houses and property, but also at everything else. It is, nonetheless, useful to have the information from the insurance sector, since it would add weight and confidence to the figures that they are producing.The consultant was also able to share ideas and thoughts with the insurance sector, and since the sector would have an insight into the cost of these things, the members were able to give him some information right away.Van Beek indicated that her officer is playing the role of helping to coordinate that exchange of information.She noted that it is a very important study and something that will benefit Guyana in the long term.“It’s something that, if you look, it’s not just short term; it’s not just what is going to happen next year or during the next flood, but it’s really to do with a very long term review on what climate change will mean to this country, particularly to the coast and Georgetown.”Van Beek also said that since climate change has been a major area of focus, especially over the last few years, it is very useful to have an independent company, and one of such international respect, come and try to quantify this.This study, she stated, is being funded by various international partners, and not just the World Bank, but also insurance companies.“One of the biggest international companies, Swiss Re, is behind this project as well…And it is not just focusing on Guyana. What it is trying to do is really to produce a report to highlight the effects on all kinds of countries…Not just the developing countries but the developed countries also.”According to her, the idea is to get as many diverse countries as possible, and Guyana is one of them.“What they are really trying to do is to map out what is climate change costing. They know the sea level is going to rise and that will obviously affect Guyana differently than maybe other countries.”Van Beek noted that, for the insurance industry, it is quite an interesting study, because the insurance companies would love to know the conclusion on the effect of climate change on Guyana.The company conducting the study, McKinsey and Company, Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, is a global management consulting firm that focuses on solving issues of concern to senior management.McKinsey serves as an advisor to the world’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions.It is widely recognized as a leader and one of the most prestigious firms in the management consulting industry.McKinsey has over 7, 500 consultants in 90 offices across 51 countries.Clients include three of the world’s five largest companies, two-thirds of the Fortune 1000, governments and other non-profit institutions.McKinsey’s clients represent more than 70 percent of Fortune magazine’s most-admired list, more than 90 of the 100 leading global corporations, and governments in more than 35 countries. Forbes estimated the firm’s 2007 revenues at $4.37 billion.
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Date: 17 May 18 06:19am
The son of the Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Water Inc. Shaik Baksh is now hospitalized after writing off a Toyota Hilux double cab pick-up that is attached to the state owned utility company.The GWI vehicle is a total wreck.The young Baksh was reportedly heading towards the mining town of Linden when in the vicinity of Yarrowkabra, the vehicle he was driving clipped an oncoming car before turning turtle several times and then land in the nearby bushes.The impact caused the tray of the pick-up to separate from the cab.The driver reportedly suffered a fractured foot and hand and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he was admitted.According to a source, the young Baksh was not authorized to drive the vehicle, Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, since he was not carrying out the official business of the GWI.“That vehicle belonged to the GWI and was not a Baksh family vehicle, ” the source said.Kaieteur News understands that the elder Baksh, who once held at least two Cabinet posts in the Bharrat Jagdeo Administration, was out of the country at the time of the accident.He flew into the country early yesterday morning after learning about the mishap.
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Date: 17 May 18 06:19am
Winston Murray has resigned as Chairman of the People’s National Congress/Reform (PNCR) following disagreements over his position on the Economic Partnership Agreement between Europe and CARIFORUM, the party announced yesterday.Winston MurrayMurray’s resignation as Chairman marks a further rift in the leadership of the main opposition party, which has summoned a general members meeting for today at its Congress Place, Sophia headquarters.Murray is the highest ranking member of the party to have taken such drastic action over disagreements with the party hierarchy.Murray’s resignation took effect on January 15, the party said. However, he remains a member of the PNCR and will continue to sit as a Member of Parliament for the party.Murray said his resignation is a direct result of his principled objection to the issuance of a statement in the name of the PNCR, which essentially amounted to an abandonment of the position that he publicly represented at the consultations held by President Jagdeo during September of last year on the then proposed EPA.He had represented the party as leader, since the PNCR leader Robert Corbin was out of the country.Murray had essentially supported President Bharrat Jagdeo’s position that the EPA was a bad deal for Guyana.“We do not see the reality as a fair agreement between the EU and CARIFORUM countries and it has always been understood, given the levels of development, that these agreements would be contentious. They should be without injury and send us into development of our people.“If an impact assessment was to be conducted, I do not think that we have enough information on the cost and the impact this will have on our countries…I think that we need time to scrutinise this agreement and also it serves as a wake-up call for the Caribbean and Caricom in terms of where its development is going, ” Murray had stated.Jagdeo had commended the PNCR for “the strong, firm and positive position” that the party took on the matter.However, the PNCR dropped Murray’s position and called on the government to join the other countries of the Caribbean Community in signing the EPA.As a result of the party’s abandonment of his position on the EPA, Murray expressed his strongly held view that “it has become impossible for him to continue with any credibility in the office of Chairman of the Party”.However, following discussions with the Leader, the PNCR said Murray has agreed to be a key member of a special Task Force set up to redefine a strategic plan for the future of the PNCR and to reposition the Party before 2011 as directed by the 14th Biennial Congress.The party thanked Murray for “the tremendous contribution he has made over the years as Chairman.”Murray’s resignation as Chairman sparks renewed controversy over Corbin’s leadership of the party.Early in December, 2008, Vice-Chairman Vincent Alexander resigned from the Local Government Task Force, on which he was representing the party, and did not renew his membership of the party.Alexander’s resignation followed the decision of the party to recall James McAllister as a Member of Parliament.McAllister was part of “Team Alexander” which in April, 2007 expressed interest in mounting a challenge to Corbin’s leadership at the party’s biennial congress. The challenge was withdrawn just before the Congress in the face of “hostility”, Wholesale NBA Jerseys China, Alexander had stated.“The party, in its attempts to destroy the seeds of a new polity and to emasculate those who dared to traverse a new and progressive path, went into killer drive and trumped-up charges against those who dared to challenge the status quo, ” Alexander said when he resigned.Dissent in the PNCR started to show up glaringly when Raphael Trotman resigned in May, 2005 and joined with Khemraj Ramjattan, who was booted from the ruling People’s Progressive Party, to form their own political movement and contest the 2006 general elections.Since then, several key members of the PNCR have left, including Stanley Ming, Peter Ramsaroop and Jerome Khan.VCT television owner, Anthony Vieira, who joined the party in 2006, had also recently resigned from being a Member of Parliament for the party, but withdrew his resignation upon the insistence of Corbin.
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