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Date: 30 Apr 17 05:56am
Adding to its 11 sites which are already functional, SOL Guyana Inc. officiallyPresident Donald Ramotar and the daughters of Robin and Michelle Low cutting the ribbon to officially open the Shell Bel Air Park Service Stationopened its flagship site, the Shell Bel Air Park Service Station, last evening, with a simple commissioning ceremony at the Vlissengen Road location.Ken Figaro, General Manager of SOL Guyana Inc, stated that such an achievement has brought his company closer to fully operating its local retail network, which comprises 12 sites.Ten of these sites are owned by the company and operated by retail contractors while the others, which are also Shell-branded, are owned and operated by respective dealers.Figaro went on to say that the reconstruction of this latest service station signals SOLâs continued confidence in the local economy and fits with the companyâs strategic plan to deliver quality products and services to customers at âstate-of-the-art service stationsâ now in Georgetown, Berbice, Linden, and on the East and West Banks of Demerara.The Bel Air Park site will be operated by a couple, Robin and Michelle Low, who have been at this location for the past six years.President Donald Ramotar, who graced the occasion with his presence, asserted that SOL has the most modern service station in Guyana, if not in the Caribbean. He added that while SOL has taken over the Shell brand in the Caribbean and expanded in many countries in the Region, the company continues to commit itself towards improving standards and services in Guyana.The President noted that for Guyanese, the petroleum industry is of major importance, even though the country is not presently a producer of the precious commodity, which represents the single largest expense the country has on its importation bill.According to President Ramotar, this is testimony to the fact that the countryâs economy is improving and the population of vehicles has increased tremendously.This has resulted in a lot of pressure to improve existing infrastructure and possibly add new infrastructure to accommodate all that is taking place.While Guyana is investing heavily now on alternative energy, petroleum will remain very important to the country in the future.âWe see petroleum being very important to sectors of our economy. I envisage that mining will be a very growth tool for the development of Guyana. Already it is making a big contribution to the development of our country and you know, the mining sector is already consuming a lot of petroleum and petroleum products, â said the President.He emphasized that it is especially important as âan Agriculture countryâ since many chemicals and fertilizers used in this sector come from petroleum itself.This newspaper also understands that the administration is aiming to have Guyana join the group of countries producing oil and fuel soon.Robin Low (right) demonstrates to President Ramotar on how the pumps at the service station will be operated.âSuch a find will help us to create a complex of industries; refineries, producing lubricants, fertilizers, many of the inputs that we have⦠Now we have to start preparing for that and we have to start to prepare the human capital to meet the challenges that will be ahead of us.âIn February of 2005, the acquisition of Shellâs Petroleum Distribution and Marketing businesses in the Eastern Caribbean, Authentic NFL Jerseys Wholesale, Guyana, Suriname and Belize marked the creation of the SOL group.SOL currently supplies fuels, lubricants, bitumen and LPG through an extensive service station network and through its aviation, marine and commercial operations. It uses the Shell brand under licence across its service station network, and acts as the sole distributor of Shellâs fuels and lubricants.
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By Dr Zulfikar BuxAssistant Professor of Emergency MedicineMarijuana use is on the increase in Guyana and worldwide. There is an increase in the request for legalizingDr Zulfikar Buxits use, but there is still a division in views when it comes to this controversial drug. Marijuana is a drug that comes from the leaves and flowers of a plant. (The plant is also called marijuana.) It is usually sold in the form of leaves and buds. Today we will highlight the effects of this drug and the challenges faced when itâs misused. WHAT DOES MARIJUANA DO TO THE BRAIN AND BODY?Marijuana can make you feel happy and relaxed. It can also make you feel less anxious, China NFL Jerseys, tense, and depressed. But it does bad things, too. It makes it hard to focus or remember things, or to think clearly. Plus, it slows your reaction time and impairs your judgement.Marijuana can also:Make your heart raceRaise your blood pressureMake you breathe fasterMake your eyes redMake your mouth dryMake you hungryWHO USES MARIJUANA?Marijuana use is common worldwide. About four percent of people ages 15 to 64 in the world have used it in the last year. Younger people are more likely than older people to use it, and men are more likely than women to use it. DOES MARIJUANA HAVE ANY MEDICAL BENEFITS?Maybe. Marijuana might help ease pain and other symptoms caused by cancer or cancer treatment. It might also help with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Some medicines are made from the same active ingredients that are in marijuana. It does not cure cancer or any illness. WHAT IS CANNABIS USE DISORDER?Cannabis use disorder is basically the medical term for marijuana addiction. People used to think that marijuana was not addictive, but that turns out not to be true. Marijuana addiction does exist, and it can be mild to severe.People with marijuana addiction have two or more of the following problems. The more of these they have, the more severe their disorder.They end up using more marijuana than they planned to, or they use it for longer than they planned to.They wish they could cut down on drugs, but they canât.They spend a lot of time trying to get drugs, getting high, or recovering from being high.They crave or have a strong desire or urge to use marijuana.Because of their marijuana use, they often donât do things that are expected of them, such as go to work or school, remember family events, and clean their home.They keep using marijuana even if it causes or worsens problems in their relationships or interactions with other people.They stop or cut back on important social, work, or fun activities they used to do.They keep using marijuana even in situations where it is dangerous to do so (such as while driving).They keep using marijuana even when they know they have a physical or mental problem that was probably caused or made worse by their marijuana use.They need to smoke more and more to get the same effects they used to get with less. Or they get less effect from using the amount that used to get them high. This is called âtolerance.âThey have âwithdrawal symptomsâ if they stop using marijuana after using it for a long time. Withdrawal symptoms can include:Irritability, anger or aggressionNervousness or anxietyTrouble sleeping (sometimes because of weird dreams)Decreased appetite or weight lossRestlessnessSadness or depressionAt least one of the following physical symptoms: stomach pain, shaking, sweating, fever, chills, headache HOW IS MARIJUANA ADDICTION TREATED?In general, treatment involves addiction counseling and taking part in a support group.Addiction counseling â People with addiction work with a counselor to better understand their addiction. They learn new ways to lead their life that do not involve drugs.Support groups â In support groups, people with addiction share their experiences with each other.Some people cannot stop using marijuana even with counseling and support groups. They might benefit from a more structured treatment programme that includes specific types of therapy, behavioral exercises, and routine drug testing.There are also a couple of medicines that might help some people who cannot stop using marijuana with the usual treatments. There is not a lot of proof that these medicines work, but some experts think it is worth trying one of them and should be supervised with regular doctor visits.For specific situations, there are other treatments. An example is family therapy, which can be especially helpful for children or teens with addiction, who have families willing to participate in treatment.Now that you are aware of the effects of marijuana, you may be able to make a better decision about its use. My take is that it is not safe and has too many health hazards. It gives your body the short term pleasure with long lasting ill or sometimes even deadly effects.
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Date: 30 Apr 17 05:56am
-claims institution suffers from political interferenceGuyanaâs premier public health institution, the Georgetown Public Hospital CorporationDr. Carl âMaxâ Hanoman displays the letters informing him that he has been relieved of his position as Chairman of GPHC.(GPHC), is faced with a protracted drugs shortage challenge. This state of affairs was yesterday amplified by Dr. Carl âMaxâ Hanoman who during a press conference held at his Brickdam, Georgetown clinic, attributed the situation to political interference.Dr. Hanoman up to Wednesday was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the hospital.But he insisted that during his tenure as Chairman he was not able to operate independently because of interference from Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton.Dr. Hanoman was appointed to the position of Chairman earlier this year after Dr. Noel Blackman who was initially identified for the position of Chairman was found to be involved in an indiscretion linked to his United States-based medical practice.Yesterdayâs press conference came on the heels of Dr. Hanomanâs receipt of letters from the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Health, Mr. Trevor Thomas, and Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton, informing him that the life of the Board had come to an end effective November 30, 2016. Dr. Hanoman said that he had received these letters one day earlier.While Minister Norton urged in his letter to Dr. Hanoman that projects such as the appointment of a Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO), which was initiated by Dr. Hanoman, be left to a newly appointed Board, the Permanent Secretary hinted that he (Dr. Hanoman) was not likely to return as a Board Member by wishing him âsuccess in his future endeavours.âAccording to Dr. Hanoman, he had taken up the meagrely compensated ($10, 000 per month) task of Chairman with the understanding that he would be in that position for a period of three years.This publication was reliably informed that typically, the life of the Board is supposed to span the period of three years with the members of the Board being informed of the continuance of their membership in the month of November each year.But Dr. Hanoman is convinced that he was essentially relieved of his duty because he did not always âsee eye to eyeâ with the Public Health Minister.Dr. Hanoman disclosed too that when he took up the role as Chairman he immediately recognised that there were a number of difficulties at GPHC. He claimed that he was prepared, NFL Jerseys Authentic, despite little or no support, to improve the operation of the hospital.âThere were administrative difficulties in that governance was poorâ¦the nurses and doctors were not getting along and the place was in turmoil, â related Dr. Hanoman as he revealed that on the occasions that shortages of drugs were highlighted in the public domain the Minister would wrongly assure that this was not the case.âPatients would accost me on the road and say they donât have insulin or the hospital does not have this or that type of drugsâ¦â divulged Dr. Hanoman as he pointed out that addressing the problem was not easy given the prevailing interference.âI realised at that time that the hospital could not have been autonomousâ¦decision making processes were under the thumb of the Minister of Health. He felt he was the âall-powerfulâ, â said Dr. Hanoman. He disclosed that his many efforts to address the drugs shortage issue and other problems at the hospital it were often to no avail.The situation became even more damning, according to Dr. Hanoman, following the revelations of a forensic audit that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Mr. Michael Khan, was guilty of some indiscretions in carrying out his duties.In spite of the findings and the fact that a recommendation was made for Khanâs services to be terminated, Dr. Hanoman said that he decided to retain him. But this, he noted, yesterday, was only intended to be for a period in order to utilise Khanâs institutional knowledge to help improve the facility. He alluded to his need for Khanâs support to help revamp sections of the hospital that are required to facilitate clinical sessions for medical students of the University of Guyana.This was recognised as a necessity to aid the possible re-accreditation of the School of Medicine by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).Khan has since been sent on leave which will end in July 2017 after which his contract will not be renewed.âI am not an advocate for Mr. Khan butâ¦if a Government appoints a Committee of Inquiry and pays $8 million of taxpayersâ money I am duty-bound to heed the recommendations of that Committee, â said Dr. Hanoman.He, however, noted that when the Board of Directors questioned the auditor as it relates to Mr. Khan, the pronouncement was not in sync with the publicised findings. It is Dr. Hanomanâs belief that â(Dr.) Norton had his own agenda against Khan and he did tell me that there is no way that Khan is going to come back here.ââI said but the man is a civil servant, he must have rightsâ¦ââAccording to Dr. Hanoman, he is convinced that his dealing with Khanâs situation was âright and justâ.He noted that he was also prepared to act similarly with the Director of Nursing Services (Matron), Sister Collene Hicks, pending the outcome of an investigation into complaints levelled against her. In this case too, Dr. Hanoman said that Minister Norton instructed that Sister Hicks be sent home.âIt was reported that I was the one who sent the Matron on leave but that was not soâ¦The (Minister) said he did not want the Matron there because she was causing disruption at the hospital, â related Dr. Hanoman.Dr. Hanoman also has an issue with the fact that while efforts were made to retain a Deputy CEO in the absence of Mr. Khan to help with the management of the facility this too has essentially been put on pause by the Minister.In fact, he is convinced that the Minister has plans to put in place someone he has favoured for the position.Although attempts were made to appoint the DCEO with the Ministerâs approval, Dr. Hanoman said that this simply was not realised and this too he believes was due to deliberate interference.Dr. Hanoman is certain that he was not allowed to be effective in his duty as Chairman because the Minister simply did not want him to be there from the day he was appointed. According to Dr. Hanoman, what is particularly troubling to him is that although he was appointed by the Ministry of the Presidency he was relieved of his duties by the Minister and the Permanent Secretary.According to Dr. Hanoman, he has written to President David Granger seeking an audience with him but he is yet to be granted this privilege.While he is not willing to return to the hospital as Chairman during the tenure of Minister Norton, Dr. Hanoman said that he is however worried about the efficacy of the operation if it is not under professional management.â(Minister Norton) never worked along with me; there was no cooperationâ¦he is myopic and I will not go back to Georgetown Hospital if George Norton is the Minister of Health. I hope the Government sees the wisdom in looking after the health of this nation, â asserted Dr. Hanoman.But the Minister of Public Health in an invited comment yesterday insisted that the decision to relieve Dr. Hanoman of his duty as Chairman was not his doing but rather it was a Cabinet decision. âI seldom, if ever, make decisions without Cabinetâs approval just to be on the safe side.âCommenting on the reported drugs shortage situation, the Minister shared his belief that while such a development is more a shortcoming of the Board and its Chairman âthe Minister gets the blame.â
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Date: 30 Apr 17 05:55am
â admits $1B âClean up my countryâ project could have been better handled     By Jarryl BryanFormer Minister of the then Local Government and Regional Development Ministry, Norman Whittaker, is contending that efforts to clean the capital city under the PPP failed because the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) refused to co-operate with him.But he conceded that the $1B âClean up my countryâ project during his tenure could have been more effectively executed.Citing âpolitical interferenceâ on the part of Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Green and others, Whittaker told Kaieteur News  that he had  held âone on one discussionsâ with Green, during his tenure, but these discussions did not produce positive results.âA lot of what was done was political, â Whittaker said. âThey did not support the Peopleâs Progressive Party. Look at the city cleanup. A lot of the containers (were acquired) under the PPP. The apathy was because of political influence.âWhittaker said that he had complained about the lack of cooperation, and efforts were made to deal with Greenâs attitude.One measure was Whittaker himself attending the City Hall statutory meetings, during which some discussions with the Mayor were also held.However, Whittaker related that he was made to feel unwelcome on occasions and was even forced to leave at one point. The former Minister stated that recourse was then made to technical people such as the Town Clerk and Deputy Town Clerk, and he got some results.$1B âClean up my countryâWhittaker also spoke of the $1B âClean up my countryâ project that was initiated in 2014 under his tenure and which has been the source of some contention.It was reported following an audit of the fund late last year that about a third of the $1B was spent on the acquisition of tools and equipment including tractors and trailers, mini excavators and a skid steer loader.According to the records kept at the Ministry, the tools were issued to various community groups to clean their environs and should have been returned at the completion of the exercise.When the audit office made its checks however, it was found that both used and new tools were stored in the same area with no means of distinguishing one from the other.Former Local Government Minister, Norman WhittakerThe Durban Park complex taking formâIn addition, these items were not properly stored to enable a physicalverification, â the audit report had stated. The audit found too that the necessary checks and balances were not employed to keep track of receipts and issuance of the items.As such, the Audit Office âcould not have verified whether all the items were received, properly brought to account, and whether proper control was exercised over their use.âWhittaker yesterday noted that tools and equipment, along with bins and vehicles, were indeed procured for the work of community groups, on the premise that they would be returned.He noted that when returned, it was the intention that they would be handed over to the Neighborhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and other authorities that had complained about lack of equipments.He noted that some equipment was returned and handed over before the May 2015 General and Regional elections. While Whittaker stated that he was not privy to the details of the 2015 audit into the $1B âclean up my countryâ and had only heard mention of it, he noted that that could explain some of the other equipment found in the store rooms.He noted that the programme itself was conducted largely by the technical personnel and on the basis of a committee composed of different Ministries, including his and the Ministry of Agriculture.According to Whittaker, the committee came up with recommendations and his Permanent Secretary directed the show in accordance with the Committeeâs recommendations.Having said that, Whittaker admitted that better work could have been done in the Georgetown leg of the cleanup programme, towards which half of the âClean up my countryâ money went.He said that there were various factors that had to be dealt with, including inclement weather.â(But) note that the Council did not support the cleanup project and so did not avail any of the 200 plus underutilized workers at their disposal as they did recently, â Whittaker related. SubventionsWhittaker said that the M&CCâs primary revenue streams were revenue collected from businesses. However, he noted that they also managed the monies from subventions each year.Whittaker claimed that provision of these monies was fair and cut across the entire municipality of Georgetown, to remove claims of discrimination. In fact, Whittaker said, they got more than Guyanaâs five other municipalities.âNote also that the PPP/C Government did provide annual grants/subventions to the City Council to assist that body to do works in the various constituencies, â Whittaker related. âNotwithstanding the fact that that body was collecting in excess of $2B annually in rates and taxes and market fees etc. from citizens.âSo what went wrong?Whittaker stated that while huge sums of money passed through the M&CCâs hands, a fact that will be supported by financial statements, the Council did not use these funds wisely.Whittaker claimed that it was instead used for wages and salaries of workers attached to the Council, despite workers sometimes not living up to their responsibility.He spoke of M&CC once having workers employed in road building and building construction, but upon a closer look there was little to no work being done. He alleged that while some were exceptional, others were prone to idling.The cleanup campaign, initiated by the APNU AFC since coming into office back in May 2015, has incorporated numerous measures that can be considered innovative, relative to Guyana and its track record.Under the popular initiative âLetâs Keep Georgetown Cleanâ there have been youth clean-up drives, celebrity clean up drives, City Court staff embarking on clean up drives and residents from communities in Georgetown emerging to do their part. The result of this collaboration has seen massive changes.Last week, Town Clerk Royston King pegged the money spent on community cleanup projects in Georgetown at some $131M.Meanwhile, in the offing is the impending construction of a complex behind the 1763 Monument, in the Durban Park area, between Homestretch Avenue and Hadfield Street.The complex, which will be known as the Durban Park Jubilee Stadium Complex, is being spearheaded by the Ministry of the Presidency, with critical sections geared to be ready for Guyanaâs 50th Independence anniversary celebrations on May 26th.When completed, the facility is expected to consist of a tree-shaded promenade, stadium and health and recreational facilities. The project was announced several weeks ago, but there were little details about how it is being financed.The complex is designed in three sections: â the promenade, stadium and Health and Recreational Park. The stadium is expected to host up to 30, 000 persons. Section One â the promenade â will consist of nine ponds, each for a former president of Guyana. It is the initial plan to build tennis courts, Cheap NFL Jerseys, tracks and play facilities for children.President David Granger and Minister of State Joseph Harmon had visited the area and it was announced that other national events will be held there. The President said that he looks forward to Durban Park, which will be equipped with an all-weather surface in some areas and flood lights, becoming a major public venue.
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â¦disqualified US Company paid US$1M to supervise construction  The management fee that will have to be paid to Marriott International will not be publicly disclosed, said Chairman of Atlantic Hotels Inc (AHI), Winston Brassington.Brassington told media operatives during a press briefing on Thursday at the NCN studios, that AHI has already executed a number of agreements with Marriott International.AHI Chairman, Winston BrassingtonHe said that it has inked in addition to the Management Agreement, a License and Royalty Agreement.This agreement, he said, would be for the use of Marriott Trademarks for hotel services and other related goods.Brassington said, NFL Jerseys Supply, too, that an International Services Agreement has also been inked with Marriott International. This allows for the participation in international advertising, marketing, promotion and sales programme.He said too that AHI has also inked a Technical Services Agreement- for the provision of limited design and architectural services. The agreements will be binding for 30 years.Asked why AHI would not be disclosing the amount to be paid by AHI to Marriott International for the management fee, Brassington said that it was competitive information that could not be disclosed.âThatâs competitive information that Marriott doesnât allow us to make public.âHe would only say that the fee would be a percentage of the annual revenues that the hotel would make. âIt is very small, â he addedUS$20M SpentTo date just under US$20M has been spent on the Georgetown Marriott Hotel all of it coming from the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).NICIL has invested as an equity partner in the project US$4M and has also made out a loan to the project for US$15.5M.âThe money that has been spent on the project is based on what we said we would be putting into the projectâ¦The total expenditure we have in the project is a little under US$20M.âWith AHI not having financial closure for some US$39M of the required US$58.5M for the completion of the hotel, Brassington downplayed any notion that this would not happen.According to the AHI Chairman, âWhen we started the project we knew that we were still missing the equity investor.âHe explained that there is a binding term sheet with Republic Bank for the money it was asked to syndicate for the project.âThe way the money flows into the project, our money comes first, then the private investors money, then lastly the Republic Bank financing.âAs such, Brassington said that AHI needs to have financial closure with the unnamed private investorDisqualified CompanyMeanwhile, he did disclose that MA Angeliades had been issued the contract to provide construction supervision services.According to Brassington, the company is being paid just over US$1M for this service.That company was disqualified from tendering for certain state contracts in New York, US.According to US news reports, M.A. Angeliades, of Long Island, New York, pleaded guilty in June 2010 to shortchanging 300 workers it had employed on nearly a dozen substation construction jobs.According to Brassington, the Marriott project has been on the cards for a decade now and is now nearing completion.According to the feasibility study conducted last year for the project, it has an overall rate of return of 11 per cent.Brassington told media operatives that the Marriott Hotel comes to Guyana at a time when the last branded hotel came 40 years ago.The Princess Hotel did take over the then Buddyâs International Hotel in 2009.âGuyana lacks any quality branded international Hotelâ¦we expect this project to have considerable benefits to Guyana, â according to Brassington.