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Date: 15 Aug 17 09:20pm
Crucial breakthrough…By Leonard GildarieGuyana’s fight to introduce disaster insurance has moved one step closer to becoming a reality with a regional body saying that it will be ready with a plan to provide coverage within months.On Friday, the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) indicated that it will be able to provide coverage for excessive rainfall by year end.Currently, CCRIF only provides coverage for hurricanes and earthquakes, but following representation by Guyana and other interested groups, CCRIF has been developing a facility that will assist the country in managing the cost of impact of excessive rainfall.A team headed by Todd Crawford from CCRIF met with Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud on Friday to discuss, among other things, the different possibilities.Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, meeting with Todd Crawford and other officials of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) on Friday.Also present at the key meeting was Prema Roopnarine, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance), Ministry of Agriculture.According to the Ministry, Persaud made a case for “urgent attention” in this regard as Guyana attempts to mobilise support for a risk insurance facility in light of the intensifying negative effects of climate change.The Minister noted that the insurance could also be a pilot for other CARICOM countries facing flood risks and threats to its economy and infrastructure.“Further, Minister Persaud emphasised that the facility will provide a regional tool which can be used to help manage the risks caused by extreme rainfall, as well as droughts, which are being experienced in a number of CARICOM countries currently.”Meanwhile, both parties agreed that the facility will be invaluable in analysing the impacts of past rainfall (and drought) events and changes in rainfall patterns due to climate change.“This will also contribute a great deal towards efforts by the Government of Guyana in Risk Management and Agriculture Insurance.”The issue of crop insurance and coverage for flood, drought and other related insurance is one that Guyana has been attempting to tackle for a while now, with farmers every year facing threats.However, insurance companies locally and regionally have been reluctant to come on board, expressing worry about a sector that may be too risky.A recent forum of financial analysts and agriculture experts, while recognising the need, failed to arrive at an immediate solution.Within recent years, farmers have lost millions from a yearly cycle of flooding, and just recently, a drought.With Guyana’s coastline well under the sea level, the threat has become even more evident, especially with increasing high intensity rainfall.In June, a three-day symposium in Antigua and Barbuda recognised the enormous challenges in implementation of any plan.The Guyana government said that all is not lost and a public/private partnership may be the best solution.Any system involving agricultural insurance in Guyana must be effective, efficient and sustainable in the long term and the exact details of this partnership are currently being examined, according to Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud.The symposium was co-ordinated by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the Ministry of Agriculture of Antigua and Barbuda and the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA).The World Bank, Eddie Robinson Indians Jersey, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and Government of Australia Aid Programme also supported the event.The issue of crop insurance has been taking the front burner recently with increasing calls for mechanisms to ensure that the agricultural industry is protected a little more.Between 1988 and 2006, Guyana has recorded annual losses due to flood and drought at an average of US$35M.“These events can put a tremendous amount of pressure on Guyana’s productive capacity, its economic stability, its budgetary planning systems and compromise food security both regionally and nationally. Furthermore, they have the frightening power to reverse any gains on poverty reduction, which is predominantly concentrated in Guyana’s rural areas, where agriculture is the main source of income, ” Persaud said in a message to the Antigua meeting.The meeting had concluded that some farmers’ insurance in Guyana and the Caribbean may just not be possible.Insurance companies may have to modify or customise their policies to fit particular situations, experts say.Agriculture is the most important economic sector in Guyana, accounting for approximately 50% of employment, 30% of GDP and 40% of export earnings.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 09:19pm
During the Mayor and City Council’s statutory meeting yesterday, City Hall’s conference room was transformed into a ‘courtroom’ with the City Engineer’s Department on ‘trial’. Town Clerk, Yonette Pluck, was also ‘questioned’ and threatened by Councillor Patricia Greene with a ‘No Confidence Motion’ to oust her from Office.A motion was moved by Councillor Greene and seconded by Councillor Gwendolyn McGowan to suspend the standing orders to ‘question’ the City Engineer’s Department and those up the hierarchy on pertinent issues.Emphasis was placed on the City Engineer Department’s August Report which was deferred twice because of previous discrepancies. Further, the construction of structures without Council’s authorization, tender process of City Hall’s heritage project, and inadequate reporting of the department’s operations to the Council were some of the issues raised.When questioned about specific projects in the report, Bobby Doerr Red Sox Jersey, long pauses and the few responses by City Engineer Gregory Erskine frustrated some of the Councillors. They alleged that Erskine was purposely refusing to answer to prolong the meeting until there was no quorum.According to Councillor Ranwell Jordan, he was dissatisfied with what transpired. The report was deferred twice and the City Engineer should have looked over the report and answered the questions without hesitation. The engineer had enough time to check details. However, in the end it was decided that site visits will be executed. This was not taken well by some Councillors.In relation to illegal construction, Councillor Greene noted that a private developer is executing works in the vicinity of Canary Road, going east on Punt Trench dam. While explaining that no construction works should be carried out there owing to several culverts and sewerage under that dam, she insinuated that someone in top hierarchical position gave permission to the private developer.However, Erskine, Pluck and the Deputy Mayor, Robert Williams, claimed that they are unaware of the works. Mayor Hamilton Green who had already left the meeting was unable to clear any suspicions on his behalf.Nonetheless, Pluck pledged to investigate the matter and to report to Council. At this point, Councillor Green was enraged with Pluck for being an Executive Officer who was unaware of the ills of the City.Councillor Green told Pluck and other Councillors that a ‘No Confidence’ Motion in the Town Clerk should be moved.The Deputy Mayor was not spared. He was accused of allowing a tax payer who is before the Court for owing the Council rates and taxes to carry out construction work on Camp Street.Councillor Greene emphasised that the errant tax payer approached Williams, who sent him to the City Engineer’s Department to consider approving a plan to construct a fence. Councillor Green argued that this should not have been allowed since the taxpayer is before the Court.Council Greene contended that the restoration works to the Council should be done through a competitive tender process. She added that the City Engineer’s Department like outside bidders should tender for the works.Pluck also found herself in another tough spot when questioned by Councillor McGowan about the Council’s vehicles and machines. When asked if the Council’s cherry-picker was in operation Pluck answered in the affirmative.However, investigating further to obtain the machine’s location, Pluck stated that the machine is in the workshop.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 09:19pm
And the domestic abuse of women continues. This time Akeem Adams of lot 97 Pineapple Street, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown,   found him self in hot water before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry.He was there to answer to the charge of unlawful and malicious wounding.Police Corporal, Venetta Pindar, who prosecuted in the matter, told the court that on January 25, last, at Pineapple Street, the accused pulled Oneka James down a flight of steeps and slammed her head into a brick wall. Pindar further explained that on the day of the incident, the accused and the plaintiff were involved in an argument; hence Adams became annoyed and committed the unlawful act.The plaintiff however managed to make her way to a private health centre, where she was medically examined. The matter was then reported to the police and Adams was arrested.Attorney-at-law Paul Fug-a-fat merely said anything in representing the accused, but nonetheless applied for bail in a reasonable sum for his client.After the matter was stood down for a few minutes, the Magistrate called the plaintiff Oneka Adams to give her evidence in chief. The accused was given the opportunity to cross-examine the witness. He declined.The matter will continue today.And two men who came from Matthews Ridge, in the North West District, Region One, Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, were on Tuesday implicated in an arm robbery.The two accused Keron Elkame and Curtis Arjoon who appeared before the same Magistrate were not required to plead to the indictable charge.It is alleged that on February 15, somewhere between High and D’Urban Streets, Georgetown the two suspects while being armed with a gun, robbed Dominick Paul of two silver chains worth $42, 000.The prosecutor added that Arjoon was the gunman.After allegedly robbing Paul, the two made good their escape.Unfortunately for the two suspects, on the same day, Paul was able to assist the police in apprehending them. The gun was reportedly recovered on Arjoon.The Magistrate informed the two robbery suspects that bail was being refused. The matter will be heard again on February 28.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 08:31pm
Police at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, Larry Ogunjobi Womens Jersey, at 12:50 hours yesterday arrested a Guyanese man, who was an outgoing passenger aboard a flight bound for Trinidad. The man was arrested by ranks of the police Narcotics Branch after 2.5 kgs of cocaine were found concealed in his suitcase.The man whose address was listed as Sheriff Street, Section K, Campbellville was headed to a final destination in St. Lucia.He is expected to be charged soon.
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Rob Earth planning and scheming fuh mek money and it look like if is a good scheme. Dem find a new milch cow and it deh pun High Street. Was a building that dem use to broadcast radio from. When dem move de radio station dem boys didn’t know bout de plan to tun de place into a cow wid big udders.Dem break down de old building and start de milking process. Dem get one contractor who start hot and sweaty. When he think he drink enough he lef de project. De people who order de project talk li’l bit and dem lef de building fuh stall. But dem get thirsty again. That is how dem hire another contractor.Well this one start fuh wuk but from de pace of de wuk dem boys know that de man was milking de cow more than wukking.  After couple morning this contractor think that he get enough milk and he move on.But de thing is that all de milk was not fuh de contractors alone. Other people had to got a share and that is wha happen.Now dem boys seh that de people getting thirsty again, but only this time is new people, because de old ones pocket full. In fact, de Waterfalls boss man know nuff of dem and he seh that dem pocket full, dem mouth full and dem tail pipe full.That is how Rob Earth come in. He start fuh look at de building and he decide that he got to get a new office. Right away he apply to de cow, but he got to get a contractor. Before he even get a contractor and get de man to even inspect de building, Rob Earth know that he got to get $600 million. Dem boys seh that he already in discussion wid one of de Bees who got more contract than he can handle.This contractor is also like de pipe, Cheap NFL Jerseys Supply, de milk only flowing through he like when people got diarrhea.Is now people understand why that building can’t done yet and so much money spend.Talk half and watch de skullduggery.
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