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Date: 15 Aug 17 01:20pm
– courthouse will be set up at same locationThe Ministry of Home Affairs had transferred young first offenders to the Lusignan Prison in an effort to separate them from hard core inmates.A court is also being set up for these prisoners at Lusignan.A release from the Home Affairs Ministry said that the relocated inmates are between 18 and 21 years. Director of Prisons, Dale Erskine, told Kaieteur News that some 30 first offenders on narcotics offences have already been transferred.The transferred inmates are mainly those who were charged with possession of, or trafficking in narcotics and who are on remand.According to the release, the move is in keeping with the Home Affairs Ministry’s desire to place greater emphasis on correctional services within the prison system.“The objective of this new arrangement is to avoid incarcerating young offenders with recidivists and hard core criminals. With that in mind, Alex Killorn Lightning Jersey, the Prison Department has removed all first offenders to Lusignan Prison, ” the release said.It added that formerly, young offenders who were remanded at Lusignan and elsewhere had to be taken to Georgetown to attend court.“The Chancellor of the Judiciary was subsequently approached and agreed to establish a Court at Lusignan to hear cases of first offenders only, as this would avoid transporting  on a daily basis, the young offenders from Lusignan to Georgetown for their cases to be heard.”The Ministry of Home Affairs is pleased with the notice by the Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary…establishing a Courthouse at the building housing the Lusignan Prison Officers’ Sports Club.Members of the National Commission on Law and Order, at a meeting of the Commission held on Wednesday January 13, last, applauded the positive approach by the Chancellor of the Judiciary.There have been many horror stories in the past about young prisoners being physically abused while being housed with dangerous, older inmates.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 01:20pm
Approximately 1500 children and senior citizens from various orphanages, geriatric homes and the Dharm Shala were recipients of cash, hot meals and blankets when Gafoors hosted its annual Christmas gathering yesterday at the Houston, East Bank Demerara complex.Mrs. Ameena Gafoor (left) is all smiles as shehands over a blanket to one of the guests.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Sattaur Gafoor said that this is the company’s last charitable activity for the year. Mr. Gafoor stated that his company would carry out events of such nature four times annually.The CEO related that children and the elderly from the various orphanages and homes and persons in neighbouring communities were beneficiaries of two hot meals, refreshments, and cash among other items.Mr. Gafoor and his wife, Ameena Gafoor were actively involved in the distribution of food and gifts to their guests.The event was aimed at bringing cheer to the less fortunate during the festive season. Gafoors has been giving back to the needy for over two decades.Yesterday’s event started at 09:00hrs, with several staffers of the company dishing out meals for their guests. While some sat enjoying their treats, Jack Tatum Raiders Jersey, others queued to collect blankets and cash from Mr. Gafoor.The Christmas spirit was much alive as Santa Claus interacted with almost everyone.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 12:24pm
The University of Guyana Berbice Campus (UGBC) scored a first in its delivery of tertiary education in the Ancient County, using the latest in technology.The campus, on Tuesday, linked with a Network IT Specialist from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, through which a face-to-face lecture was done using Skype technology.The PowerPoint presentation was conducted by former Network Administrator at the campus, Michael Dabydeen, via Skype with Year Two students in the Internet Computing CSI 225.The session was based on Introduction to Flash Technology and was aimed at informing students how to use Flash on their websites, as well as the benefits of using the technology. The lecture will continue via the same mode on Thursday. There will also be a follow- up Discussion Board on Facebook through which the specialist will answer students’ queries.According to Lecturer at UGBC, Kemuel Gaffar, this is the first time that an overseas video-conferencing lecture has been done at the campus. Last year, a similar link-up was done by Professor Rory Fraser from the Faculty of Agriculture who conducted a lecture between the Tain and Turkeyen campus.“It has a lot of scope for the Tain-Turkeyen connection because UG spends millions of dollars practically every month on commuting lecturers. If we can have a fully- functional audio- visual centre, then we can save the university lots of money, ” Gaffar said.He added that one of the major difficulties presently is the bandwidth they receive. He noted the ‘choppy’ video and slow connections at times during the video link-up on Tuesday.He noted that UGBC was utilizing a 384 kilobits internet connection, “which is not ideal for a video-conferencing session. Ideally, we would want at least a one Megabit per second connection”, he said. He said that the campus is awaiting the government’s internet cable and GT&T’s E-magine Broadband service which he said would make these ‘e- lectures’ more cutting- edge.Director of UGBC, Professor Daizal R. Samad, told Kaieteur News that Tuesday’s history-making session has opened a vista of possibilities. He added that the same technology can be used for other classes as well. He recalled the huge sums of money spent everyday to shuttle lecturers from Turkeyen to Tain.“It could render obsolete things like traveling to Turkeyen to Berbice and Berbice to Turkeyen. We spend oodles of money, tons of money, just traveling back and forth. People go for every meeting, every drop of a hat; a departmental meeting, a faculty meetings, Board of Deans, Dick Butkus Bears Throwback Jersey, academic boards, every exam people have to go, and its everybody. You count all that money up. It’s a frightening amount”, Professor Samad stated.He said UGBC needs to get on board with that technology. The Director said that students in public schools can be reached out to as well using the same form of technology.“But how about high schools? Put them all in one room and we get some specialist outside and we don’t have to pay these people, these people will do it. It’s just an hour. And think of the interest that will generate in every single subject. And therefore, trigger students to want to do more.“You’re creating a brand new culture and it starts right here”, Prof. Samad said.He thanked Dabydeen and referred to him as a “committed” and “dedicated” to UGBC. “We need to somehow fertilise this idea of loyalty” It’s not just about money; you need to develop in people their sense of loyalty. That is the idea. People are not really loyal to UG the way they ought to be loyal to UG.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 12:24pm
–  Dr Frank Anthony The flagging primary health care referral system is the source behind Guyana’s high maternal death rate, says Shadow Public Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony.Anthony stated that Guyana will continue to struggle with maternal mortality if the Public Health Ministry does not address the issue of its faltering referral system, especially health centres across the country.There are many incidences, he said, when women would be experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and health centres would drag their feet to refer patients to a tertiary medical institution. He stated that if there is early detection of high-risk pregnancy a lot of lives would be saved.“The referral system is the reason for us having this problem of maternal mortality, ” Anthony said, insisting that he has not seen any improvement in the health care system over the past few months.“There is an urgent need for health centres to detect early cases of high risk pregnancies, ” he added.As of December 30, 2015, Guyana had recorded 17 cases of maternal deaths, which is one case short of the 2014 figure. This has caused the country to miss its goal to reduce maternal deaths by three-quarters between the years 1990 and 2015.In 2000, 189 world leaders met at the United Nations (UN) Millennium Summit and accepted the Millennium Declaration. It was there they agreed to the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), intended to overcome poverty and other related targets. One of those goals was to improve maternal health and reduce it by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015.So far, the maternal mortality ratio has decreased from 270% in 1990 to 86% in 2012. Therefore, in order to achieve its target Guyana would have had to reduce its maternal mortality rate to 67.5 percent by the end of 2015.“If the health centres would detect a- risk pregnancies early we would be in a better position to treat the patient, ” Anthony reiterated.Chief Medical Officer Dr Shamdeo Persaud said the Public Health Ministry is looking to establish high-risk clinics for pregnant women.  He said it was very important for these mothers to be under close observation along with the medical institutions having adequate supplies of blood for emergency situation.He said further that the ministry was working assiduously to reduce teenage pregnancy since it is one of the causes for high risk pregnancy.The CMO also insisted that an acute shortage of Obstetricians was another reason for the high mortality rate. He stated that they were looking to increase the number of Obstetricians through training programmes.“We are also advising pregnant mothers to register early at clinics so that we will better able to evaluate their situation. They also need to attend their clinics regularly…we recommend the minimum of four visits in the first eight months of their pregnancy, ” he implored, adding that the mothers need to work along with the medical facilities.Public Health Minister George Norton, however, stated that there is a need for a multi-sectoral approach when undertaking the issue. He also expressed his disapproval with the response of the health care practitioners, especially doctors and nurses, when treating pregnant women.“I want the doctors to be more involved. They are negligent and I will not hide that fact. I’m hearing talks that I’m micro-managing everything but if that’s what it will take to stop mothers from dying and dropping the maternal mortality rate so be it, ” Norton said.Recently, a United Nations (UN) report revealed that Guyana was among five countries in the region with the highest Maternal Mortality Rate, and among six nations where the incidence had amplified notably between 1990 and 2013.According to Global Causes of Maternal Death: A WHO Systematic Analysis, more than one in four maternal deaths are caused by pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, Cameron Maybin Jersey, HIV, malaria and obesity, whose health impacts can all be aggravated by pregnancy.“We made a commitment in our campaign trail to have maternity mortality rates reduced and we uphold that, ” Dr Norton said, adding that the majority of maternal death cases were pointing directly to the negligence of health care professionals.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 12:24pm
President Donald Ramotar has said that the country has a bright future ahead, and projects like the Marriott Hotel, help to pave the way for that future.The government has faced unrelenting criticism for its decision to go ahead with the US$58 million project despite the evidence that hotels are struggling to fill their rooms.Among the reasons for the decision to build the hotel, Ramotar stated at a press conference, Ben Zobrist Cubs Jersey, is that it will allow Guyana to host “important conferences.”But it is the future prospects that Ramotar boasted most of yesterday to justify a decision to build the hotel.“Look at what will be happening in this country if we find oil…should we not try to anticipate our future and prepare for that?” Ramotar asked.President Donald Ramotar at yesterday’s press conference.The sort of planning for the future, Ramotar said, is precisely what his government is doing.“We have a bright future ahead of us…we have to have the infrastructure in this country to deal with what I anticipate, ” he stated.The pessimism about the feasibility of the project stems from the fact that many of the country’s hotels concentrated in and around the capital and built for Cricket World Cup 2007, are operating on less than favourable occupancy rates.Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh, said that there was a market feasibility study conducted by the Marriott Hotel Group and one conducted in 2010 by an independent American firm which is being updated for 2012.The American firm was not named, nor was the study by Marriott released.Dr. Singh said that confidentiality issues bar him from releasing those feasibility studies.The government, under Atlantic Hotels Inc. has entered into a contract with S.C.G International of Trinidad (a subsidiary of Shanghai Construction Group, China) to construct the hotel.The Marriott Hotel group, through one of its subsidiaries, will manage the hotel in accordance with standard Marriott rates per annum. The management fee would be a percentage of gross revenue with an incentive fee being a percentage of operating profit as well as other fees based on services.The financing structure for the proposed Marriott-branded hotel locks in private investors for a return of their dollars but taxpayers money risks being washed away if the ambitious project fails.Finance and industry sources say the project is a high risk one, given that existing hotels are struggling to fill their rooms, but government is pressing ahead and could end up putting US$21 million ($4.2 billion) into the project.But the plan to get the total financing required for the project includes arrangements that could see the government being unable to recover its money ahead of investors in a scenario where the project is doomed and left in the red.This could be deduced from explanations offered by Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh in response to several questions raised by Khemraj Ramjattan, lead Parliamentarian for the Alliance for Change.The arrangement for financing, as announced by Dr. Singh, includes “senior debt” syndicated by Republic Bank (Trinidad and Tobago) of US$27 million.
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