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Date: 12 Aug 17 06:19pm
“Work and work hard…nothing comes easy, and if you work hard, one day the Creator will smile on you.”By Sharmain GraingerIt is said that education is the key to success. From time immemorial this concept has been emphasizedRahim Bakshand backed by purposeful efforts to ensure that children attend school in order to benefit from the teaching/learning process. However, there are some who have defied the odds and have gone on to have successful lives, even more than some of the most educated.Mr Rahim Baksh, more familiarly known as ‘Karim’ Baksh, is one such extraordinary individual.It could be argued that he was born educated for life or perhaps learned all he needed to know through his many experiences, some of which might very well be too much for many people to bear.His theory of attaining success, however, like you would hear from most successful people, is hard work. And it was this that allowed the now 51-year-old to achieve just about all his dreams, except, of course, for the one that parents will eternally dream of – their children listening to their every advice.A DIFFERENT PATHKarim Baksh hardly has any exciting childhood memories to reflect on. But if there are some they are suppressed in the depths of his sub-conscience and will likely remain there. What he recalls quite easily, however, is how he was forced to work, and work hard, as a young boy doing chores that a man would.But maybe life could have taken him down an altogether different path. Perhaps if he wasn’t dealt a bitter hand from his entrance into the world, his story might today have been a much different, but comparatively ordinary one.You see Karim, the last of seven children, was born on January 21, 1964, to parentsOn their wedding dayHassim Baksh and Shamuin Neisha. Tragedy, however, struck one hour after Karim’s birth. The delivery was a very difficult one, resulting in his mother being recorded as a maternal mortality.He never got a chance to be cuddled and loved by this woman who for nine months had been the loving support of his development.His father sometime after took a new wife to care for his still young children.  The new union would see the addition of three more children to the household. While all his other siblings were being educated or tasked with normal household chores, Karim alone was sent out into the rice fields to work. He was also responsible for caring cows and sheep in the backdam, among other duties.It was tough for him and even as a 10-year-old he knew that he hated the work he was made to endure.LIFE ON AN ISLANDKarim recalled what things were like growing up in Caledonia, a small village in Wakenaam, an Island in the Essequibo River.“I grow really hard…I was always in the rice fields. I had to go down to the backdam every morning to look after cows, sheep and I had to cut grass; me alone for boy pickneyEnjoying Phagwah Day with his wife and only grandson, Rahim Siayad Bakshhad to do all this, ” Karim said, as he reflected on how his other siblings were favoured over him.He hardly got an opportunity to attend school. But while this didn’t bother him too much, the young Karim was desperate to rid himself of the daily responsibilities that kept him trapped all day.He started contemplating the unthinkable – running away from home. But where in the world would a 10-year-old living on an island run away to?At first he was clueless, but then it all became clear. He would ‘run away’ to his aunt’s house. It would be remiss to not clearly point out that Karim’s aunt, Bibi Khan, lived directly opposite his father’s house.“I just get away and run and hide out at me aunt house, ” he recounted, while adding that one of his cousins encouraged him to travel to Georgetown.The trip to the city was all business. According to Karim, his aunt owned a truck which would transport all sorts of items – from flour to cement – for sale in the capital city. He was only too eager to help.His willingness saw him being recruited as a porter on the truck and, according to one of his close relatives, Karim was a dedicated and hard worker, who barely earned a few dollars.“The money he earned from being a porter couldn’t do anything much for him, but he worked like an animal, ” said his relative.Instead of feeling overworked and taken advantage of, he was overwhelmed with excitement to experience the world beyond Wakenaam. He remembered being able to travel on a ferry for the first time in his life.For about a month he stayed at his aunt’s house undetected by his father whoWith the family on his daughter’s wedding day earlier this year.eventually filed a missing person’s report.“I keep going to town every day, come back, hide in the truck, eat, sleep and everything by my aunt, and head back to town… and me father didn’t even know a thing, ” said a smiling Karim.His father eventually got word of his whereabouts, but could do little to reverse the situation.While to most he was merely a ‘porter boy’, Karim was absorbing all of the business tactics that occurred before his very eyes, and it was truly alluring.As he became a teenager he had no idea what the future had in store for him; he had absolutely no plan, but he knew that he was prepared to be the best at whatever he was tasked with doing. Moreover, he was only too happy to be the best possible porter he could be.But one day during a routine trip to the city, the young Karim would run into his older brother, Azeem Baksh, at Parika, East Bank Essequibo. His sibling would encourage him to travel to Bartica with him, where he had started a business.NEW OPPORTUNITYBefore long, Karim was enticed enough to take up his brother’s offer. And like he did whenKarim outside his First Avenue, Ken Griffey Reds Jersey, Bartica home and business place.he was just 10 years old, again he ran away, leaving the security of his aunt’s home behind.He remembered clearly that it was a Thursday when he travelled with his brother for the first time to Bartica – deemed the gateway to Guyana’s interior and already a very thriving business hub.It was a long and tiring seven-hour journey to Bartica aboard a launch named ‘Glory, Hallelujah’.“When me reach with he (his brother) to Bartica it was done night…” Karim recounted.His new home was a very modest house which also served as the office for the small business his brother operated. And he intimated that his first task was to sell cigarettes at the Bartica market, which eventually evolved into a buying and selling trade that extended in the mining area of Mahdia, and even other areas.“I used to be like a clerk, buying all kinds of things that we find that the people need in theOur Special Person in his younger daysbush (mining area), ” said Karim, who noted that while he didn’t attend school he was very versed in Mathematics.“Nobody can’t smart me in Maths; that is always my brightest subject but reading no, I can write neat and everything, but not the reading…But for sure I always had good business sense and I learn more and more working when I was with my aunt, ” he disclosed.He spoke of travelling in a land rover through the interior areas to sell to miners and being very good at making significant sales. And it was while working for about two years with his brother that a plan, unknown to Karim, was hatched for him to meet a potential wife.He remembers well how on his 21st birthday, in the company of his brother and others, he took the long trip through the interior and then into Linden with a plan to head into Georgetown. Karim had never before travelled this way to the city. And as they travelled, he thought of this being an opportunity to visit the home of one of his older sisters at Prospect, East Bank Demerara.“Nobody never tell me that I was going to meet my wife, ” said a blushing Karim, as he recalled how the impromptu meeting was in fact “love at first sight”. He immediately knew that the young lady he met, Babita Petamber, now known as Rufeena Baksh, was clearly good enough to be his wife. And according to him, she too was very accepting of him.“Less than one week time we done decide on everything to fix (a) wedding, ” said Karim who related that a month later, he and his sweetheart were tied the knot at his aunt’s house at Wakenaam.  Karim was happy to have his father, who passed away, close to three decades ago, attend his wedding.Thirty years later, the couple, whose union produced two children, are still visibly happy and very much in love. They are the proud grandparents of five-year-old Rahim Siayad Baksh.According to Karim, he and his wife are extremely proud of their two children, Fazeela and Karim, who are both successful entrepreneurs.BECOMING A SUCCESSReflecting on life immediately after marriage, Karim said that he took his wife home to a rented house at First Avenue, Bartica, where they remained for four months. By this time, he had branched off into his own business – a grocery shop.“I used to reach till to Berbice to buy and sell, ” said Karim, who emphasised that at that point his focus was on building a house suitable to accommodate his wife and a growing family.His business swiftly grew and he was able to buy a sprawling property at Second Avenue, Bartica, which currently accommodates his home and business place, R. Baksh and Son, a general store that caters not only to the needs of the Bartica community, but especially to miners as well.“Anything that dem can sell me does buy, ” said Karim when asked about his store which sells from cooking gas to land dredge (mining) equipment.With the support of his wife, over the years, he became one of the most popular businessmen in that section of the country, owning properties at Bartica, and also at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo.“I get all my money working right here in Bartica, ” said Baksh who proudly related that he was even able to employ one of his sisters at one point.One of his relatives, Glenn Lall, expressed amazement at how, against the odds, Karim evolved into a successful businessman. Lall is convinced that it is “nothing but a miracle how his life has changed over the years”.Not only has Baksh been able to make a comfortable life for himself, but he has over the years maintained the view that “family must always come first…as long as I can help them I help them in any way I can.”“I love to assist my family, money-wise or any way I can. I love to do it for them, ” said Karim as he recalled that he was ready and willing to assist one of his sisters, a single-parent, who was involved in an accident last year. Prior to that, he was very supportive of the same sister who lost her son in an accident.But although he is duly recognised as a successful businessman with his family close to his heart, life has remained quite routine for our ‘Special Person’. Throughout the years he has been a committed Muslim and finds time to attend the Masjid as often as possible.His day starts as early as three-thirty and according to him, “by the time six o’clock reach, I done doing all that I have to do in my yard and ready to start my business every day. I eat breakfast every day at 7 o’clock for more than 10 years now…”added Karim, who noted that “I don’t let anybody slow me up. Time is time; if I say I’m reaching somewhere for a certain time to do business, rain or shine, I will be there.”In concluding the still very passionate and dedicated businessman gave thanks where he insisted it is due and added some advice for young people.“I thank the Creator for everything I have. I want to say to the young people to work and work hard…nothing comes easy, and if you work hard, one day the Creator will smile on you.”
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Date: 12 Aug 17 06:19pm
– appeals for community support to retain integrity of communityAlthough he had tendered his resignation during the latter part of last year, Public Relations and Press Officer attached to the Bartica Interim Management Committee/Neighbourhood Democratic Council (IMC/NDC), Sherwyn Downer, has resumed duties.Bartica IMC/NDC Public Relations and Press Officer, Sherwyn DownerThis publication understands that Downer at a Council meeting had submitted his resignation to Chairman of the IMC, Ovid Benjamin, but it was however not accepted.Although there were some speculations about Downer’s move to resign, persons close to the operations of the IMC/NDC were however tightlipped about the development.Downer’s resignation intent was nevertheless deemed a surprise and some persons were claiming that his departure could be a severe blow to the IMC which is currently on a mission to work closely with both residents and organizations within the Region Seven District.Downer, in a brief comment, regarding his resumption of duty said that the move by the Chairman and the Council to not accept his resignation is in fact “well appreciated. I am most humbled by the confidence placed in me by the Bartica IMC and I plan on redoubling my efforts in ensuring that Bartica and its residents continue to receive the highest level of representation possible, Wholesale Real Madrid Jerseys, ” added Downer.The IMC in a statement issued by Downer sought to commend the ranks of the Bartica Police Station for what he described as “hard work and dedication towards ensuring the safety of the residents of Bartica.”Speaking of evident heightened security, particularly during the Christmas season, Downer said that even the providers of entertainment were able to collaborate well with the police force in order to ensure that such events were incident free.“While other parts of the country experienced a number of criminal activities, Barticians actually enjoyed an environment that could be considered incident free, ” said Downer.He in attributing this state of affairs to the very visible presence of Police ranks pointed out that the tactical operations had certainly not escaped the eyes of the IMC/NDC.“We wish to encourage the same practice and attitude throughout the year – the positive and peaceful behaviour of residents and we are calling on them to continue in the same spirit in order to keep Bartica as a community where persons would be desirous of visiting, ” said Downer.“Our hospitality has no limit, kudos to the police and entertainment providers.” said Downer. He noted that “the IMC/NDC looks forward to continue working with all stakeholders and community minded individuals and groups to ensure a better and safer community.”
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Date: 12 Aug 17 06:19pm
ADVENTURE, CORENTYNE – The Region Six Administration has undertaken to rehabilitate a building at the Felix Austin Police College Division ‘B’ situated at Adventure on the Corentyne.Regional Chairman Zulfikar Mustapha indicated that the Regional Engineer Paul Luyken is in the process of preparing an estimate for work on the structure.The process began last Monday and so far it appears as though the figure should be in the vicinity of $3.5 million.Work is expected to get started within one month and be completed by June.According to Mr. Mustapha, late last year the Regional Administration expended some $2.6 million on restoring another block at the college which is now used as the staff quarters.Mr. Mustapha said that he had discussions with representatives of the Office of the President and is also encouraging private entities to contribute towards making the venture a success.According to Mr. Mustapha last year he approached the President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo and he approved the last sum of $2.6 million, “Again I plan to approach him to get this $3.5 million. I am very optimistic that the President would approve this sum because of the interest he has been showing in helping to rebuild our security forces.”Commander of Division ‘B’ of the Guyana Police Force, Assistant Commission George Alexander Vyphuis indicated that plans are on the drawing board for the facility to have, inter alia, Kevin Love College Jersey, a computer laboratory, an officer for training instructors, and a gymnasium and also to offer a range of service to the community.Some individuals from the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce and other agencies were identified to be a part of an oversight committee for the college.He indicated that donations continue to roll in – last week the management of the Church View Hotel gave $10, 000. This week, the $400, 000, a freezer and a vehicle, promised to the facility by Commissioner of Police Henry Greene, are to be delivered.The Felix Austin Police College Division ‘B’ was re-commissioned on two Fridays ago and is now back in operation after some six years.Last week some 14 recruits are at the facility, they had commenced their training stint in Georgetown and were transferred to their home base.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 06:18pm
– 42 city schools remain closed, more rains expected  The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy was caught at the crossroads. On the one hand, sections of the country were affected by yesterday’s flooding whilst farmers were demanding water for their crops.The dilemma was stated yesterday at a press briefing held at the Ministry of Agriculture. Dr. Ramsammy said that they expect more showers within the next 24 hours.Dr. Leslie RamsammyHe described yesterday’s rainfall as the most intense the country has ever recorded during a six-hour period. The heavy rains forced the closure of several private and public schools. Even businesses were forced to forfeit the day’s earnings as the flood waters crept into some stores.The Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Middle Street was also closed as its entrance and holding cell were “ankle-high” with water.   Several streets were also covered while garbage floated around the city.Dr. Ramsammy said that the Hydro Meteorological Office noted a high pressure system over Bermuda which was dominant and forced the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) to shift from its last position bringing it directly over the Guyana Coast.It brought in heavy rains, which the Minister said, could not have been predicted yesterday. The Botanical Gardens in Georgetown which is one of the measuring sites recorded 128.9 mm of rain in a six-hour period from 02:00 hours yesterday.According to the Agriculture Minister, the 128.9 mm is the most intense period of rain in the history of weather recording in Guyana.He said, “Indeed, we have never experienced that intensity which surprised me because I would have thought that the rains during the 2005 floods would have been the worse. However, this morning’s rainfall had an intensity of 21.5mm per hour, compared to 6.9mm per hour in 2005 and 5.9mm per hour in 2004.”In terms of flooding, more than 75 percent of Georgetown was affected by the floods.Regions Five and Six, the Minister said, reported low flooding but the struggle in those areas was ensuring the rice fields had water. In Region Five, there was a great need for water. The frontlands of Black Bush Polder are in a critical situation in terms of having adequate water. And this, the Minister said, created a dilemma, as they were faced with two situations; “floods and a drought.”While cloudy conditions are expected to continue over the city the heaviest rainfall over the next 12 hours is expected to be over Regions Two and Region Four, recording between 50mm and 100mm of rainfall.East Coast Demerara was not significantly affected.And the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority has been instructed to remove two excavators from the Hope Canal Project to clear priority outfall channels. The first outfall expected to be cleared will be Cottage, Mahaicony, Region Five.Meanwhile, flood warning remains in effect for areas along the Coast.“For Georgetown, we operate with seven pumps and all are controlled by the Municipality. Two of those pumps we assist in operating. These two are the Liliendaal and Kitty pumps. These are automatic pumps which require a certain amount of water in the reservoir.”“The other five pumps are also operated with collaborative assistance. We were informed yesterday morning that two pumps that are located at the mouth leading to the Demerara River are not working and the Municipality has requested our assistance. We have instructed the NDIA to help them and bring them into operation.”“The pumps at the Lamaha Canal and the one within the vicinity of the Guyana Forestry Headquarters are not working and we are trying to provide as much support as we can.”Dr. Ramsammy also disclosed to members of the media corps that during the flood there was a high tide and the two pumps which are not operating are critical to this situation. He said, “The channels and the sluices had to be closed as we have to determine why the two pumps aren’t working. We have sent engineers there and while in the past there were minor problems with these pumps, I don’t think that is the case now.”Also of note, is that the pump at Diamond, East Bank Demerara is not functioning properly but the Agriculture Minister has assured that it should be in operation today.But Mayor Hamilton Green said, “The flooding in the city has to do specifically with clogged drains and ensuring that canals are cleared regularly and, desilting of the main canal around Georgetown requires the use of trucks to remove the waste and sludge.However, Town Clerk Carol Sooba, refused to sign the cheques to have this system in place so that the canals can be desilted.”He explained that the garbage situation during the Christmas season is inevitable, thus the unauthorized move by the Town Clerk to have removed the contractor has led to the garbage build up in the city.He said, “In my 19 years of being at this council we have never had this situation before even during the great flood in 2005.”However, Mayor Green explained that work is underway to clear the flooded areas.Meanwhile, in light of the unforeseen weather, the Guyana Power and Light has implemented several initiatives in an effort to moderate the likelihood of network faults.And members of the Opposition are questioning how effective are the “so-called” irrigation and drainage projects since the same problem continues to remain a problem year after year.Reference was made to the Agricultural Diversification Programme (ADP), Discount NFL Jerseys, a component aimed at improving drainage and irrigation.It was also highlighted that a number of pump stations which were done under the programme are not completed by their initial deadlines.Minister Ramsammy said that the contractor, who was blazed for lagging behind on the $237M Patentia Pump station, is still moving slowly as the pump has not been installed as yet.The 2012 budget had said that Government expended $7.1 billion on drainage and irrigation systems across the country whilst in the 2013 budget, a total of $6.5 billion was budgeted for the final payments towards the acquisition of fixed irrigation pumps, the construction and rehabilitation of pumps and pump stations in Regions Three, Four, Five and Six.
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