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Date: 16 Aug 17 02:45am
…new proposed legislationGovernment says new legislations will ensure that rice farmers are paid within 42 days by millers.Additionally, millers will not be granted a licence to operate unless they pay off 95 per cent of what they owe farmers.These are among several pieces of new regulations that government will be seeking to pass when Parliament comes out of recess.The measures, according to Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, are designed to further protect them and the rice industry.Persaud made the comments, Wednesday, Mel Blount Steelers Jersey, while addressing a group of farmers at the Rice Research Station, Burma, Region Five.On January 11, 2007, the Amendment of the Rice Factories Act was passed in the National Assembly making it mandatory that millers pay a minimum of 95 percent of outstanding amounts owed to farmers at the end of the year before their mill/export licences are renewed.“For too long we have been receiving complaints from farmers about poor treatment by millers, people taking long to pay or no payments…When Parliament comes out of recess one of the first pieces of legislation that will be tabled would be an amendment to the Rice Factories Act, ” Minister Persaud said.The Minister further told farmers that the regulations have already been established and it is for the farmers to make use of it.In 1998, Government enacted the Rice Factories Act, No.8 of 1998. The Act sought to regularise the construction of mills, paddy grading and purchasing, and improve the overall quality of rice exports.Over the last few months, the cries of rice farmers have increased. They complained heavily that late payments were hampering their productions.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 02:45am
A young gold miner may lose his sight after being brutally chopped on Monday night during a bizarre confrontation with a group of men near Grant Sand Road, Soesdyke.Warren Johnson, 24, alleged that he was chopped in the face, back and right arm by four men who emerged from a car and attacked him with cutlasses while he was standing on a roadway near his home. He also claimed that some of the men had guns.Johnson has been admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and relatives said that they have been informed that he had suffered severe damage to his left eye.Relatives also claim that they have given police at Timehri the licence number of the vehicle in which the suspects fled. They said that they have received reports that the car belongs to a police rank who often rents out his vehicle.A female relative said that the wounded man works as a miner at Mahdia and had no problem with anyone. However, she speculated that the assailants mistook Johnson for his brother, Junior Seau USC Jersey, since the siblings are identical twins.Johnson was unable to speak clearly – the left side of his face was badly swollen.According to reports, the miner and two other young men were standing on a roadway near Grant Sand Road at around 20:00 hrs on Monday, when a car with four men stopped near them.The occupants, who were reportedly carrying guns and cutlasses, emerged from the car and one of hem reportedly told Johnson ‘Ah now ketch yuh…’Johnson said that he and his two companions immediately took off, but the men managed to corner him near his relative’s home and began to chop him.Luckily for Johnson, the men reportedly fled after seeing the light of an approaching motorcycle.A relative took the wounded man to the East Demerara Regional Hospital, where he was treated before being transferred to the GPHC.One female relative said that medical staff at the GPHC had initially feared that Johnson would not survive the attack.“They had said that they were not sure that he would make it…he had lost a lot of blood, the bones in his left cheek were showing, and they said that a nerve in his (left) eye was damaged.”But the relatives expressed concern that no one has been apprehended although police have been given a description of the vehicle the attackers used and its licence number.Police have not yet taken a statement from the victim.Speculating that Johnson was a victim of mistaken identity, relatives conformed that his twin brother was involved in a recent dispute with a group of youths over a mobile phone that the youths had allegedly stolen from a cousin of the Johnsons.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 02:45am
GPSUBy Zena HenryVarious implementations and allocations to ease the burden of public servants past and present are lacking in this year’s budget, head of the Guyana Public Service Union, Patrick Yarde has highlighted.In a detailed explanation to this newspaper about provisions for workers his union represents, Yarde said that the government has failed to implement policies that would aid in the development of state workers before charging that the government has ignored, for the larger part, initiatives towards the betterment progress of workers.According to Yarde, the system should implement, “A non-contributory Health Insurance Scheme funded for public servants and their families.” This, it was indicated, would assist with the burden of health bills and serve as a guaranteed access line to health care, while posing as an incentive to state workers.He said that the budget should make provisions or allocations for substantial increases to provide realistic advances to public officers who are entitled to loans to purchase motor vehicles in discharging their duties, Jerome Boateng Jersey, while substantial allocations for increases in allowances should also be made.Yarde charged that state workers have not seen an increase in travel allowance since 1995; subsistence allowance has not increased since 1995, while the last increase for uniform allowance was made in 2001. Meal allowances Yarde also mentioned, have not increased since 1996, and housing allowance since 2009. The GPSU president also felt that more should be done for state workers working out of town, stating that, “Other allowances as a condition of service, particularly workers serving in hinterland areas, should be provided.”Provision of infrastructure for housing projects for low and middle income public servants with specific emphasis on hinterland regional areas should also be made, Yarde asserted.GPSU president Patrick Yarde“The union wishes to urge that substantial funds be allocated for the enhancement of the New Amsterdam Psychiatric Hospital – to upgrade the facilities of the institution and have trained staff, so that the reality is for patients to be able to re-enter society.”Adequate funding of health institutions, including the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, as well as other health institutions throughout Guyana, is needed. Additionally, adequate funds also need to be made available for drugs, medical materials and other hospital supplies to enhance the delivery of primary health care in all administrative regions of Guyana.Substantial funds must be allocated to Critchlow Labour College (CLC) in order to liquidate all existing liabilities and to adequately meet all expenses for the effective administration, technical and educational functioning of the college.”In relation to confronting corruption, Yarde urged that, “A vigorous anti-corruption exercise should be executed. Currently, as it relates to contracts, large amounts of revenue are being misused/paid-out for substandard work and/or incomplete works. Most importantly, the GPSU advocates a transparent and broad-based stakeholders’ involvement in the reorganization of management and operations of the GPL.”“The GPL performs an integral and essential role in Guyana which cannot be over emphasized. The Union as a representative of Management workers is confident that a more efficient, reliable and dependable supply of electricity could be obtained at a cheaper cost. The current situation is most unreliable, costly and burdensome on the people of this country and must be replaced with an efficient and effective alternative.“The GPSU is prepared to work with the Government of Guyana to execute any exercise that is evenhanded and fair; upgrading the Public Service to guarantee the citizenry of Guyana quality public service, improving performance; enhance efficiency and productivity in an enlightened, exemplary manner to all consumers. Large amounts of revenue could be saved and be available to be utilized otherwise, if such actions are taken, ” Yarde concluded.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 02:44am
The Guyana Police Force has faced significant challenges for 2015. As a result, President David Granger has commended it for “turning the corner”. He assures that his government will continue to ensure that adequate resources are provided to ensure the security and safety of the country.President David Granger speaking to seniors of the Guyana Police Force at their Traditional Christmas Breakfast.Speaking at the Force’s annual breakfast hosted yesterday at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, the President said, “Without hesitation, the Police Force has faced tremendous challenges but right now on December 15, as we look back, I would say that the police force has overcome the most severe challenges. I think that better days still lie ahead.  Let us put the past behind, ” he said.The Head of State added, that the formation of the National Security Council has been instrumental in ensuring that Government is heavily involved in supporting and working with the force to ensure that the crime situation in the country is arrested.“The Minister of Public Security is obliged to report to Cabinet every single Tuesday morning on the State of the Police Force and on the success in overcoming the crime problem.  That’s how seriously we take it.  We haven’t ignored it.  We haven’t told the police you are paid to do a job go ahead and do it.  We sit down and plan and strategise to make sure that Guyana can become a safe country for all of our citizens.”The President also assured that the Police Force will be given the resources it needs to enable it to make Guyana safe, and added that Government  is working to have the Security Sector Reform Plan, T.J. Oshie Capitals Jersey, offered by the British Government back on the table.“We have great plans for Guyana, but those plans will not bear fruit unless Guyana is a safe place and the Police Force is central to the safety of our citizens and the security of our nation”, the President told the senior officers.At the breakfast, too, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, said that the new administration has created much hope in the Police Force through the announcement that the resource and welfare issues will be addressed.“We are very motivated.  Our investments in capacity building, particularly this year, have been paying dividends.  We see the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and crime intelligence working together, and [they] have been adequately addressing a lot of the high profile crimes that we see in our streets”, he said.The Commissioner added that Operation Dragnet, which was launched on December 1, is already demonstrating some success.The Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Fallen Heroes Foundation and the Force’s Scholarship Fund are to benefit from a Presidential contribution of $1 million.President David Granger who was also a beneficiary of a GPF scholarship to attend Queen’s College, confirmed this yesterday.Commissioner Persaud hosted the event which was attended by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, Attorney General Basil Williams, Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Mark Phillips, and members of the National Security Council, Senior Officers, Division and Branch Commanders of the GPF.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 02:44am
The price of bread at Bakewell has been reduced as a result of the decision by the National Milling Company (NAMILCO) to decrease the cost of flour. This reduction was implemented from Tuesday last.Yesterday, Chief Executive Officer of Bakewell, Naeem Nazir, said that there are notices in the outlets they operate informing the public that the price has been reduced.Nazir said the price for bread has returned to what it was before the increase of flour on the world market last May. Just under a month ago, NAMILCO announced a 17 percent reduction in the price of flour, and bakers at a recent meeting with Minister Manniram Prashad agreed to reduce the price for bread and other related flour products.The minister was informed that, since flour is purchased in bulk, it would not have been economical to reduce the price for the commodity immediately.The drop in the flour price has been calculated using the increased price as of May 5 last versus the new price, which means that most bakers will benefit from a $1, 280 reduction in the cost per bag of flour.Consumers are also benefiting from a reduction of $20 per kg on Thunderbolt packet flour.Last Thursday, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, said that Government is considering the ‘name and shame’ approach for wholesalers and retailers who are not decreasing their prices for commodities that have fallen on the world market.Dr. Luncheon said that as the world’s financial sector and economic crisis deepens, prices for goods and services are falling steadily.He noted that, in Guyana, consumers are reasonably expecting that the lower prices would be reflected in the cost of procuring goods and services in marketplaces.According to Dr. Luncheon, there was some cause for alarm, since consumers were not predictably or consistently benefiting from these price decreases.The prices for bread, fuel, poultry and transportation fares continue to attract the attention of the administration, Dr. Luncheon added.The wholesale price for a bag of Thunderbolt flour will now be $6, 175, while the retail price will be $6, Adam Joseph Duhe Dolphins Throwback Jersey, 220.Earlier in the year, the prices were $7, 390 and $7, 500 respectively. Now, a one-kilogram packet of Thunderbolt flour is $165, down from $185.
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