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Date: 15 Aug 17 02:22pm
Diamond Secondary School is the first of several secondary schools to have benefited from a Canadian non-profit organisation with computer laboratories.At an official handing over yesterday, the Chairperson of the Global Partnership for Literacy, Geoff DaSilva, through which the programme is being conducted, said five more schools will soon benefit from this programme.Diamond Secondary school children in their new computer lab These schools will also be provided with full time technology people.The donations are being made through a new component of the group called SchoolNet Guyana Programme being done in partnership with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, several private sector companies and Qualfon Call Centre.He stated that the group will be building standardised laboratories in 38 schools being targeted over a five-year period.  Funding is being provided entirely by the Diaspora in Canada, United States, and the United Kingdom with further assistance from Microsoft, in the form of provision of software.The chapters will assist in the acquisition of funding, equipment and technical expertise.The SchoolNet project has five main elements, including a systems-wide ICT infrastructure that entails a laboratory in each school consisting of a small LAN of 30 computers, Internet connection and video projection.Professional development, training and capacity building will also be provided to teachers in computers and computer aided instruction and capacity building with PTAs across the country.The group will also provide digital content, Dallas Keuchel Astros Jersey, which will assist the Ministry to develop online content and access to information on Guyana for educational purposes.They will also assist the Ministry in the area of software, by securing software to improve the delivery of education and increase efficiency of its management systems.Collaboration will also be promoted with the Ministry, non-governmental organisations in order to develop programmes that extend the use of ICT beyond the classroom, more specifically, through multi-media community kiosks across the country.The kiosks will expose the community to the internet, provide after school programmes, distance learning, distance learning modules as well as serve as internet access points in communities.Five teachers have so far been trained at the Diamond Secondary School, and students from Forms One to Three are already receiving instruction in computer operations, Head Mistress of the school, Pamela Bridegwater, told Kaieteur News.Education Minister, Shaik Baksh, remarked that his Ministry will be focusing on five different aspects in the education sector over the next five years, aimed primarily at educating students and teachers in information technology.One component focuses on teacher training and education, with ICT being an important component at Cyril Potter College of Education.  Baksh said that as a result of this they are now expanding the laboratory at CPCE, putting in more computers to ensure that every teacher that comes out of the college is computer literate with the ability to use the technology as a teaching tool.A second component on the five-month plan looks at technical and vocational education, and government has already approached an agency in Colombia, for assistance in applying IT procedures.“The third area is Literacy; this is an area of concern now, especially in our primary schools and we must use technology to help improve literacy, as well as for adult literacy…â€� the Minister pointed out.Improving the infrastructural development, namely IT labs and schools infrastructure is another main part of the Ministry’s five year plan.Baksh stated that at the end of this period his Ministry hopes to have 50 per cent of the schools in Guyana equipped with IT labs. This plan has been set in motion and so far 30 schools have been prepared across the country, he added.“We want others in the Diaspora, whatever school you attended, to come together and “adoptâ€� a school, get together and supply 20 or 30 computers, â€� Baksh said.He added that major intervention is coming in through UNESCO, through a programme called the ICT Teacher Competency Framework, and a consultant will be arriving next month to help prepare teachers.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 02:21pm
–    bows to sacking decisionHead of the Privatization Unit and the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Privatization Unit’s Winston BrassingtonWinston Brassington, on Monday last, sought to castigate this publication’s reportage on Makeshwar ‘Fip’ Motilall, Synergy Holdings Inc and the administration.However, in the process he contradicted pronouncements by Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon.Brassington in his statement to the media on what he calls an attempt to “clear the air”, says that “given that time is now of the essence, in that the main project should be ready to start towards the end of the second quarter of this year, Government considered Synergy’s breach of the recent amendment and the time that one or more third parties would take to complete the project, and opted to terminate.”The larger project is that of the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Plant for which the price tag has escalated to some US$835M with financial closure still pending.Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon, last December, when he announced that Motilall had got an extension to April had also told this publication that the delays in the road construction would not affect the financial closure for the larger project.Dr Luncheon, in December, said that the financial closure has not yet been made “and there will continue to be opportunities to synchronize the road conclusion and the beginning of the hydro construction.”The beginning of the dam construction of the Hydro project depends on financial closure. “So we are not locked in, ” Dr Luncheon said. He explained that should there have been a drop dead date such as February 2, then there would have had to be financial closure by then.“The completion of the road is not linked to financial closure…Financial closure depends on the parties involved; Government, those who are financing, those who are constructing agreeing on a financial package to get the work done … the road is not included in those considerations.”Makeshwar ‘Fip’ MotilallHe explained that the road is a ‘vehicle’ to ensure that when the construction (of the hydroelectric project) starts it is not encumbered by access difficulties …”so there is a bit of a room, there is a bit of possibility for some movements to take place.”Brassington in his statement to the media again defended the award of the contract to Makeswhar ‘Fip’ Motilall of Synergy Holdings Inc. He said that the tender for the approach roads to Amaila Falls was evaluated via normal procedures within Government.“As would be expected, given the size of the contract, this award received the no-objection of Cabinet, following which the contract was executed by the Government of Guyana, NICIL, and Synergy Holdings Inc…It has been well established, that the tender sum from Synergy Holdings was the lowest of the four tenders received, with the price ranging from US$15.4 M to US$26M.”Originally there were several bidders, including a consortium comprising, B&J Civil Works, Ivor Allen & Dynamic Engineering Co. Ltd with a bid of US$16.65M; BK International Inc with a bid of US$21.1M and Roopan Ramotar with a bid of US$26M.Synergy Holdings Inc’s bid of US$15.4M was the successful one and it was pointed out that before an evaluation of the proposals was undertaken, the persons submitting proposals were first examined to determine whether they satisfied the pre-qualification criteria/process which was set out in the advertisement and the tender documentation.The prequalification process was an assessment of the applicable experience of the potential contractor; availability of equipment, Daniel Norris Tigers Jersey, access to materials, adequacy of personnel of the potential contractor to perform the job and capacity of the potential contractor to undertake the scope of the works within the allotted timeframe among others.Motilall’s road building experience has always been a bone of contention with the administration and the contractor himself failing to provide any evidence of comparable roads built in the past in Georgia and Florida as had been touted.Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger LuncheonMotilall has admitted that the roads that he has purportedly built are on his own private land and has only admitted to a total of some 24 miles of road in two different states which is yet to be supported by any evidence.As it relates to equipment, Motilall also conceded that at the time he had gotten the first Construction Notice To Proceed on the Road to Amaila Falls, he did not have the requisite equipment for that section. He had to wait for several months for equipment, which was purchased overseas with the help of an advance that was made to the Contractor by the Government of Guyana.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 02:21pm
–  More expected as training continues todayNearly two years after the Guyana Mining School hosted its inaugural training, more than 400 persons have benefited from training. This number will grow as training commences today.John Applewhite-Hercules, Administrator/Coordinator of the Guyana Mining SchoolThis is according to John Applewhite-Hercules, Administrator/Coordinator of the Guyana Mining School and Training Centre.  Applewhite-Hercules said that hundreds of persons have benefitted from the six training courses that have been held thus far.According to the coordinator, 397 persons received training from the school in 2014.He added that the courses were open to miners and new entrants to the mining sector. The first training session was held from August 15 to August 19, 2013 and focused on occupational health and safety courses. There were other areas of focus, among them space entry requirement, fall protection, workplace hazards, and transportation of dangerous courses. These areas were taught by the Canadian-based College of the North Atlantic, Jose Altuve Astros Jersey, under contract by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Applewhite-Hercules added that there was a subsequent course which focused on efficient blasting techniques for mining. This course was conducted by the Guyana Mining School in collaboration with the Australian company, Orica Mining Service.The Australian company, he said, was responsible for the marketing and sale of explosives and also provides training to persons who blast in mining operations. In this course, 78 Guyanese received training. They were drawn from a number of Guyanese businesses including BK International, Toolsie Persaud Limited and Troy Resources, and organisations such as the Guyana Defence Force, the University of Guyana and the GGMC were also involved.“Given the fact that Guyana is moving towards large scale mining exercises, we saw it necessary to have our quarry operators as well as our large scale mining operators trained in blasting courses, ” Applewhite-Hercules said.He continued, “It served as a good introduction for persons who wanted to get into blasting.” However, he said, the course was not a complete one and had not completed a field component. This component, along with supervised blasting, is necessary before certification.Continuous trainingIn an attempt to improve the local mining sector, Applewhite-Hercules also said that the mining school is planning to expand its reach across Guyana.According to him, persons trained last year had benefited from training sessions not just in Georgetown but also in Port Kaituma, Mahdia, Bartica and Linden.Applewhite-Hercules said this year the school will expand, for the first time, to Berbice. Training sessions are scheduled to be conducted later this month at the Regional Democratic Council in Fort Wellington, West Berbice.The school is also considering expanding to the Essequibo Coast. However, Applewhite-Hercules said that this is dependent on the availability of the school resources.The school is offering free registration to miners and new entrants. Applewhite-Hercules explained that though there is a cost attached to the training, it is being subsidized by the GGMC.He further said the courses fall within the function of the GGMC in lending assistance to miners. In this form, he said, the assistance has taken the form of the provision of training to miners and new entrants.For this year, training commences today and goes until Thursday, March 5. This new course is introductory level training of prospectors for the extractive industry.Applewhite-Hercules explained that the course is an “invaluable” one, and is the 22nd batch of training conducted by the mining school. Topics will include map scale interpretation, GPS and compass navigation, and land application processes, he said.“The course is geared towards explaining to miners and demonstrating to miners how they can use maps…and how they can interpret those maps, ” Applewhite-Hercules said.He added that understanding maps is critical for persons as it allows them to prospect better and know where they need to go to mine. He said that in many cases a miner could not identify the very land that had been awarded to him legally.“Learning these skills is beneficial, because miners will find themselves equipped with an invaluable skill. This [map reading] is normally a high cost activity and miners can save themselves a lot of money because normally, they would have to pay someone who can read a map to locate properties, ” Applewhite-Hercules said.Registration for this new course is already completed. The course is geared towards 30 persons, though Applewhite-Hercules said, there are in excess of 30 persons who have registered. These persons, he said, are a mixture of males and females and also persons who are already miners and new entrants.Furthermore, this course will be taught by Applewhite-Hercules. “I don’t know how I should evaluate myself, but I would say that I have put my best foot forward and I would have worked hard to ensure that training sessions are done on a regular basis, so that these persons have the skills and tools to make informed decisions as they venture into the high risk activity of mining, ” Applewhite-Hercules said.Meanwhile, the school plans to train about 60 persons each month for the rest of the year.“There are many programmes planned but we can only execute once the resources are available. As we gain more staff and we get more resources, then we’ll be able to put more things in place, ” Applewhite-Hercules said.The Guyana Mining School was established after mining companies had struggled to acquire skilled workers. The school is geared towards capacity building for the local mining sector. (Desilon Daniels)
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Date: 15 Aug 17 02:21pm
A popular Rose Hall Town money-changer was yesterday shot and injured, in the region of his chest, Harold Baines White Sox Jersey, by two gun-toting bandits, before being robbed by his assailants who escaped with an undisclosed quantity of money he had in his hands.According to information, Anil Sookraj, 25, of David Street, Rose Hall Town, was shot around 14:00 hrs opposite Demerara Bank where he regularly operates.Reports are that Sookrai called “Fat Man” was sitting on a stand with a wad of money in his hand, soliciting business, when two men came up to him. The men demanded his money before shooting him. The man fell and the bandits grabbed up what they could before escaping.The men ran though different streets before reportedly boarding a car which was waiting in a back street and making good their escape.In the meantime, the injured Sookraj was picked up and rushed to the nearby private Anamayah Memorial Hospital where he was admitted for emergency treatment.Sookraj was reportedly first hit in the left forearm as he tried to bar the gunman’s aim. The bullet reportedly exited his arm and re-entered the right side of his chest.The police were contacted and responded promptly. They scoured the area, but were unable to locate the men.  Up to press time, Sookraj’s condition remains critical.Investigations are continuing.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 02:20pm
Brazzy try fuh hustle de Linden Commissioners. He hear that dem paying compensation and he tun up fuh claim $204 million in compensation. He plan was to collect de money and hide it away. Before he guh before de commission he call Bharrat.Like any good money man Bharrat tell he that he got to mek a claim; then he can keep de money in NICIL till de Bees ready fuh it.When he go to de Commission and he mek de claim, dem commissioner ask he if he mad. One commissioner ask he who gun pay de money. Another one ask he wheh de money going.Brazzy tell dem that de government paying de money and he smile. He think he was smart. Is when de commissioner ask he if he mad, that he jump –well not really jump because he can’t get off de ground.De Commissioner tell he that claiming de money is like tekking from Peter to give to Peter.Imagine de government tekking its own money to give to Brazzy to give back to de government. Dem boys seh that it was alright except that by de time de money reach back to de government it woulda short.And all this happen when Donald gone to Chile. De President find that de capital mek Guyana look like a garbage heap. Dem got a subway but people can’t vex that Guyana ain’t got none. De mud can’t tek a tunnel but de place got lights all de time, everybody wukking and dem restaurant always attracting people which mean that money deh round.Dem boys seh that when he went he was deciding to invite some of dem world leaders but he change he mind because when he call Bharrat and ask he if some of dem could stay at he house Bharrat seh that dem got to pay. When world leaders get invite to another country dem don’t pay.Bar Bee seh that he house got medicine store in three of de bedrooms and Donald know that State House still got to get clean up because of de rat smell in de place.Food would never be a problem but fuh ask some of dem restaurant to prepare fuh all dem people after dem had to do a lot of preparation de other day fuh Bharrat birthday party is a task.He tell some of de leaders that he gun invite dem when de Marriott finish but dem boys seh that the hotel might never finish because de government ain’t announce who is de private people who put in dem money.However, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, is only time before de whole story come out.Talk half and wait fuh de news.
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