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Date: 19 Jan 18 05:02pm
…Grow More food campaign extends to Mahaica Complaints of unattended canals, water problems, damaged bridges and roads, need for financial support, access to land, and high prices for animal feed were yesterday morning raised when the ‘Grow More’ food campaign was extended to Jonestown, Mahaica. During a meeting, residents used the opportunity to highlight to Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud all the problems affecting their village.It was indeed a community meeting, as residents gathered under a huge tree in the village, where they met with the minister.Taking seats on the ground and on pieces of tree trunk while others stood, the residents gathered to voice their concerns.Of major concern to farmers were the high cost of animal feed and the need to clear canals within the community.Residents of Jonestown expressed their worry that the community was being neglected by the regional administration.This prompted the minister to ask the Regional Executive Officer for Region Five, Shafdar Ally, to explain to the community the reasons for the apparent lack of infrastructural development within the community.Ally explained that many of the projects for that particular area will be done early next year.By their own admission, the regional administration revealed that no community meeting had been hosted for some time now with residents or the Neighbourhood Democratic Council.In resolving some of the issues raised by the residents, the minister suggested that the farmers group in the area discuss some of the community problems and make representation to the regional administration and the NCD on behalf of the village.Persaud said that to resolve some of the drainage problems within the neighbourhood, three 18-inch tubes will be installed to increase the drainage flow.These, he said, cost some $2M.According to the Agriculture Minister, the reality is that everything cannot be done at the same time, because of lack of resources.“Our primary emphasis has been on the big agriculture cultivation areas, trying to get those going well, and then, at the same time, supporting the small farming districts; so we don’t want to neglect one for the other.”He told residents that he will also try to link the village and the established farmers group in the area with various non-governmental organizations and other groups who want to support farmers.Tackling the issue of high cost of animal feed, Persaud said that feed stocks that were being used for animal and human consumption were being converted to make bio-fuels, and that triggered a shortage and an escalation in the prices.“Because rice has gone up, all the by-products of rice have gone up, too, ” he said. He pointed out that there has been a restriction on the exports of broken rice and rice bran.“Exporters were getting US$450 per tonne for broken rice. We had to develop a quota system, whereby we said that once the local market is satisfied in terms of the feed producers, then we will allow the rest to be exported.”At the same time, Persaud added, the export of rice bran was ‘totally stopped, ’ because that, too, was carrying a high price on the international market.“Some of the producers were trying to buy out our rice bran, and we had to put a ban on it.When we did that, the prices came down, but the local millers had a problem with storage.”This, he noted, was as a result of local farmers not purchasing large quantities, as was expected.“We had to send officers to examine the bran that was stocked up, and there were all sorts of environmental problems, because it was backing up.We had to allow some of them to export the excess, because local farmers were not buying it.”He encouraged farmers to organize themselves, and promised that, with the support of the Guyana Rice Development Board, he would negotiate for them to get the rice bran and broken rice at a reduced price from millers.“I am sure that the rice millers will say that they can sell farmers in the area at a reduced price, once they can guarantee that you would take a certain amount from them.”The millers, the minister added, will not be able to sell on an individual basis or in small quantities.Persaud also used the opportunity to draw attention to the fact that, Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping, beginning December, the ministry will be starting a farmer’s training school.This will facilitate farmers being trained in various aspects of business management.Following the meeting, planting materials were distributed to residents.
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Date: 19 Jan 18 05:02pm
By Leonard GildarieIn recent months, we have been receiving quite a number of queries on house lot applications, contractors and new housing schemes. I have attempted to answer the questions based on what is available, and as they pertain to the Guyana situation. We have also been receiving a number of queries on the issue of gated communities. However, I have stayed far from it… until now.Based on research, there has been the continued debate as to whether gated communities are good for societies, with the main argument against them being that they close off society from a certain group of people.Today, I want to make it clear that I am neither encouraging nor advocating against the gated communities. My personal feelings are that one has a right to decided where and how he/she wants to live…whether on the streets, in gated communities, up in the hills or on a houseboat.An artist’s impression of Windsor Estate’s North Haven gated community upon completion.There are a number of ways in which homes can be owned in Guyana. You can buy one from another person or you can build one. In the latter case, there are a number of ways that land is made available. There are either from private land owners who are selling portions of their holdings, or from Government. In the private landowner scenario, there are a few cases of these being converted to house lots and sold individually or in parcels.However, the Government programmes have been the most popular. Government has allocated portions of land, especially on the East Bank of Demerara, for private development. It has also retained portions which are made into lots and have been allocated or will be allocated.For the Government house lots, applications have to be made at the Ministry of Housing’s Central Housing and Planning Authority. Government is also building a number of turn-key homes on the East Bank of Demerara.Several private developers who have been allocated pieces of land for development under a public-private partnership arrangement, including Green Acres and Windsor Estates, are offering homes in gated communities.According to Windsor Estates, it is building its gated community behind Republic Park, East Bank Demerara, in two phases. The first, called North Haven, offers 24-hour security at the entrance, street lighting and night vision Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras “strategically” placed in various areas of the development to give residents “more peace of mind”. Back-up power is to be available for security gate and CCTV cameras.This area will also have its own recreation park, with a swimming pool, showers and changing rooms, a playground, water feature, park benches and a walking track. According to Windsor’s website, all public areas will have professional landscaping with palm trees, flowers,  plants and lush green lawns which will be maintained year around.The second phase, Esplanade, is catering for a higher end/exclusive suburban living “offering residents a rewarding life style of elegance and sophistication.” Windsor is promising state-of-the-art features, including 24-hour security, a recreation park with a children’s play area, a clubhouse with a swimming pool, a lounge, a movie room, Jerseys NFL Wholesale, game room, and a rooftop bar.“We are adding an infra red security system that will be mounted on top of the entire perimeter fence to add another level of security for your protection. Sidewalks will be added to both sides of the road and all drains will be enclosed to give an elegant feel to the community.”Green Acres will be by far the largest community built by Buddy’s Housing Development. Buddy’s is promising this gated community to be “complete with paved roads, streetlamps, and a shopping complex which will allow basic services to be easily within reach. There will be access to a swimming pool, tennis court and a basketball court. It is located within a “two minutes” drive to the “Guyana National Stadium as well as the Princess International Hotel, multiple service stations and local schools”.In researching gated communities, I came across this: “These types of communities are typically residential communities in which public access by nonresidents is restricted, usually by physical boundaries, such as gates, walls, and fences, or through private security. These communities sometimes require a special entry system, such as entry codes, key cards, or security guard approval.”I am going to stop there. I saw the housing scheme that Buddy’s built at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara. My memory tells me that it would be a decade ago that that scheme was established. I use the words scheme loosely, as someone could also argue it has some semblance to a gated community as there is a guard hut at the entrance. The roads seem pretty decent. I am not sure about crime in the area. I know one person had complained of a car wash operation being a nuisance. Most of the homes have been upgraded.Gated communities are nothing new across the US and other developed countries. Some common advantages include reduced traffic, which impact positively on the noise level. Residents with children often feel this arrangement also provides a safer playing environment for their kids. There are rules in which residents must also follow including cleanliness and appearance and noise level from music. There are also what some might call “negatives” including high-than-average prices for properties and a possible fee for security and essential maintenance.There are some questions to be asked before buying a home in a gated community. Are there any guarantees that the developers will deliver the other amenities, like a promised pool and playground? Who pays for security? How much will it cost monthly for maintenance? What are the security arrangements?But perhaps the most important question for me is who is in charge of the infrastructure, like the roads in the gated community. I am aware that the NDCs have some jurisdiction over the areas. Once the roads go bad, and they will, who repairs them? Will it be the NDC or the developer? There are a host of other questions.For me, I would love to live in a gated community…once there is a guarantee of total quiet. I like the peace, after a hard day’s work. How would I know that an industrial site would not be built next door?So yes, the questions will be many. We will have to explore this topic more next week and maybe talk to the folks at Green Acres and Windsor Estates.Enjoy the weekend and don’t forget to drop your comments as usual to [email protected]
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Date: 19 Jan 18 05:02pm
Inmates of the Camp Street, Georgetown Prison, waiting for years to have their cases heard, were recently promised by Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, during his visit to the holding facility that efforts would be made to start the process of speedy trials.Minister Ramjattan recently told the media that he visited the facility and had discussions with inmates, after there were reports of gang fights in the penitentiary, resulting in the subsequent hospitalisation of an inmate.It was during this visit that it was brought to the Minister’s attention, that persons were being held there for many years and are still awaiting trial.“I am confident, having spoken to them and knowing fully well that I will keep my promise to have the courts give some early trials to them, or at least start the process, they are comforted by that and will not be so explosive…they promised to keep their part of the deal and wait for the early trial, ” Minister Ramjattan explained.Meanwhile, addressing the issue of overcrowding in the prisons, the Public Security Minister told media operatives that the APNU AFC Government is working to address this issue, since it is of major concern.“The over crowdedness is a huge problem, we need another prison, but the capital works for another prison is going to be humongous, and at this time, we might not be in a position to afford that, and so we will have to make do with what we have.”This issue was the subject of the United States State Department’s 2014 Report on Human Rights in Guyana and other countries. The Report stated that the Camp Street Prison was built to accommodate 775 inmates, but it now houses more than 900 inmates, according to data provided in 2011.  However, it is believed that this figure gradually increased over the years, since the 2011 data showed that in total, there were 1, 962 prisoners in five facilities with a combined design capacity of 1, 580.To this end, Minister Ramjattan explained that efforts are being made to occupy the brick prison, which is located in the Camp Street Prison compound.   “We are now trying to open that extension we had made at the brick prison. That was a brand new structure that can accommodate 160 prisoners…the new brick prison needs some renovations, some of the doors might not be of the best construction, we are working to get that done and then bring them over, ” he said.Minister Ramjattan reported that as the prisoners are transferred there, “We will then do some rehabilitation to that prison (Camp Street). Of course I would have to get Cabinet’s approval, and the Cabinet paper is now being prepared to get the approval for the reconstruction of that area that was very dilapidated.”It is anticipated that this rehabilitation work will cost approximately $150M as the intention is to build a better structure at the Camp Street Prison and in the long- term, plans would have to be made for the construction of a prison elsewhere.Responding to a question as to whether the Government is seeking to introduce skills training for the prisoners as is done in other countries, Wholesale Jerseys Cheap, the Minister advised that there are several projects, which are currently ongoing for prisoners, as they are engaged in carpentry, masonry, and electrical installation among others.
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Date: 19 Jan 18 05:02pm
The police were summoned to Kingston seawall aback of Le Meridien Pegasus yesterday after early morning swimmers stumbled upon the body of a man in a pavilion on the seawall, Cheap NBA Store.Reports are that early yesterday; persons after getting a pungent smell decide to comb the area aback of Pegasus where they found the partly decomposed body of a man. The man appeared to be of African descent.After police arrived on the scene undertakers from the Lyken Funeral Home were summoned to the area and the body was removed.The body has since been taken to the Le Repentir Cemetery.
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Date: 19 Jan 18 05:01pm
In an effort to ensure that the organization is not infiltrated by criminally-minded elements the Guyana Defence Force Recruitment Board is currently in the process of vetting potential recruits for the second Basic Recruit Course which is to be conducted in 2009.The initiative is being intensified in the wake of the recent embarrassment to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), in the form of three of their Coast Guard ranks being charged with the murder of Bartician Dweive Kant Ramdass.According to the army, potential recruits who have completed their documentation are then interviewed by the Board to determine their suitability to become soldiers.The Board is meant to appraise the potential recruits while providing transparency and credibility to the army’s recruitment process.It comprises the Colonel General Staff; the Commanding Officer, Training Corps; the Officer Commanding, General Personnel Department; the Force Sergeant Major and one other Warrant Officer, and a civilian selected by the Office of The President.In the wake of the Coast Guard incident Chief of Staff, Commodore Gary Best had expressed shock by the actions of the ranks.“I just want you to know that this is not the Guyana Defence Force, this is not the army, it’s not what we are set up for, neither do we train anybody to do these kinds of things, ” Best told the family of the dead Bartician during a visit with them last Saturday.He stated that the army is prepared to search internally to ferret out those persons who may have criminal minds.He said that boat owners and other persons who ply the rivers must feel safe whenever they see the Coast Guard since the Coast Guard has the authority to operate in the rivers.He assured that the GDF will continue to discharge its duties since as an organization it will have to rise above the incident.“We’re not going to separate ourselves from this activity but I’ll say this, this is not the face of the GDF, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, this is just some rogue elements in the Defence Force and we have to look internally and deal with the others, ” Best told the grieving family.
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