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Date: 15 Aug 17 05:22am
The Alliance For Change (AFC) has demanded that the government “come clean” on the “secretive affairs” relating to the Amaila Falls project.  Party leader, Khemraj Ramjattan noted that government’s boast of transparency and accountability would demand that it would, Alexis Sanchez Jersey, ever so often, make releases about the status of major projects that “affect all citizens of this country.”Ramjattan was responding to questions relating to this newspaper’s recently published article; headlined “Amaila Falls Hydro Project…Construction unlikely before 2015.”Kaieteur News had quoted a senior engineer connected to the project.Ramjattan’s position, on behalf of his party, is that the government should have been the source of information for “such a major and valuable project to society.”The party leader stated emphatically that the government needs to find it necessary to be accountable to the Guyanese public; “…that has not been happening, ” he noted.Further, he expressed that “We understand that the delay has to do with the fact that the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) hasn’t finalized its US$100M into the deal. We understand too that there might be problems in relation to issues dealing with the back-up electricity generating plants.”Ramjattan noted that, assuming the dry weather comes “as suggested by the President”, the government hasn’t put any mechanism in place for electricity to still be generated in the absence of water force.Asked if his party has any trust in the Guyana Power & Light Inc. (GPL) as it relates to its technical capacity to accommodate the project, Ramjattan stated that GPL has presented the AFC with a detailed plan of improvements needed to be implemented so that the project could be accommodated. However, Ramjattan said that “if it will come through is another matter.”Kaieteur News reported that the Amaila Falls Hydro Project will be facing major setbacks and is unlikely to start anytime soon.This newspaper learnt that delays in road construction and the completion of a feasibility study of the project coupled with due diligence by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will contribute to the hold up. However, the IDB has already signed a mandate letter, paving the way for due diligence to begin.The Bank is being sought after for US$175M to complete the consortium of investors in the project which has an announced price tag of US$840M.The senior engineer explained that the feasibility study is important as the project has to show that it can generate enough revenue to service its debt, grow the economy and not become another Government “’sinkhole’ like the Skeldon Factory”.Among other things, the bank will want to examine GPL management’s technical capacity and its ability to reduce electricity losses from thefts and system inefficiencies. Further, it was noted, that the IDB would have conditions to its loan, including improvements to GPL’s systems.In September, government announced that Sithe Global had signed a US$506M Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) agreement with China Railway First Group (CRFG) for the project.The 165-megawatt project is to be built in Region Eight with funding coming from a number of sources including US$100M in equity from the Guyana government.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 05:22am
By Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO, Suriname- Vowing to cooperate more closely in their fight against crime, Suriname and Guyana on Monday signed a bilateral anti-crime agreement, the so-called ‘Nieuw-Nickerie Declaration’.The pact came as delegations from Suriname and Guyana, respectively led by Minister of Justice and Police Chandrikapersad Santokhi and his Guyanese counterpart of Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, met for a one-day bilateral meeting in Nickerie, Delano Hill Seahawks Jersey, which is at the border with Guyana.It is the intention of both countries to cooperate intensively to tackle crime and security threats in Suriname and Guyana, said Santokhi, who further disclosed that it was the first time that the two neighbours have signed an agreement at the level of their Ministers of Security. The agreement covers areas such as trans-national crimes, money-laundering, trafficking in illegal firearms and drugs, smuggling, trafficking in persons, piracy, and violent crimes.The two delegations have further decided to establish a permanent 24-hour communication line at the political and operational levels between the two ministers and the Police Forces of Suriname and Guyana. There will also be the enhanced exchange of intelligence and expertise.The agreement also stipulates that the two ministers will hold talks at least once a year to assess if there is progress in the implementation of the agreed issues.“We had very fruitful and intensive discussions, and as ministers we have received valuable and instructive information from both sides, ” said the Surinamese official. The two ministers recognized that Suriname and Guyana are being confronted by similar crime and security issues. “This indicates that one country can’t address the problems on its own, but must cooperate with the other to be successful, ” Santokhi argued. He further noticed that Guyana and Suriname, for an extended period of time, have worked together on an informal basis, while criminal elements have exploited the lack of official cooperation between the two neighbouring countries.“That period has come to an end now, and let this be a clear message to all criminal elements that we will tackle crime between the two countries together, ” he said.According to Minister Rohee, Suriname and Guyana, with the signing of the agreement, are setting a trend for other CARICOM member states. With the closer cooperation, security for the peoples of Guyana and Suriname should improve, said the Guyanese official.He recognised that often the follow-up on agreements could bring about challenges. “However, it’s always the follow-up; what mechanisms do we put in place to follow up to translate what we have decided on into concrete activities to result in development for our respective countries, ” said Rohee.He contended that the inbuilt mechanisms and establishment of vocal points, and the usefulness of bringing together the officials to sit and interface with each other, would bear more results, “so that it’s no longer a telephone number, a fax number or e-mail address”. It is now a face; it is now a person; it is now the chemistry that will bring the process forward, ” he added.According to Rohee, all the ingredients are in place to make the cooperation a success.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 05:22am
The Caution Statement, (CS) taken from murder accused, Dennis Williams, was yesterday admitted into evidence before Justice Roxanne George and a mixed 12-member jury.Dennis Williams called AnacondaWilliams, called “Anaconda, ” is one of three men on trial for the February 17, 2008 killings at Bartica.According to reports, at approximately 21:40 hours on that date, gunmen attacked Bartica, slaughtering one dozen people, including three policemen during an hour-long strafing. It was reported that the gunmen attacked the police station first, killing the policemen and freeing prisoners.The men allegedly then took the vehicle assigned to the police station and went on a rampage, terrorizing the community before departing the island by boat, Budda Baker Jersey, taking with them firearms they had grabbed from the police station and from a mining company.When the trial continued at the Georgetown High Court yesterday, Police Witness Trevor Reid was called to the stand by State Prosecutors Stacey Goodings and Diana Kaulesar.Officer Reid testified to obtaining the caution statement from Williams after he was arrested. He then proceeded to read the Caution statement taken from Williams in open court, yesterday.According to the statement which Officer Reid read aloud to the court, Williams told police that he joined his friend, Clebert Reece, whom he knew as “Chi Chi, ” on a trip to collect something from the “bush.”The accused told police that the trip started with a boat ride from Kingston, Georgetown.“Me and Chi Chi left wid the boat from the back of the wharf at Kingston and we reach dem man pon land at the back of some place. Me ain’t really know the place. About five or six ah dem come pun the boat wid nuff big guns, ” the witness read.According to the witness, Williams recalled travelling by boat to Bartica. After reaching the community, Williams told the police that the men disembarked the vessel but he remained in the boat with a group of young men whom he met when they arrived.“Me and a couple youth man stay in the boat and Chi Chi and them man went on land with the guns. Shortly after, we hear shooting.”The shooting, he said lasted for about 20 minutes “and them man come back on the boat with two big canisters.”“Then them youth man that went wid me stick up some men pon the Stelling and before them man could go in the boat, they shoot them.”In his statement, Williams further told police that although he witnessed the shooting at the stelling he could not identify the shooters because, he didn’t know the “youth men.”However, he said Chi Chi and the others joined the boat again and they drove up the river.In the statement, the accused further told investigators, that the men abandoned the boat up the river and ventured into the bush with the canister; they traveled through the bush until they came to a camp and joined a 4X4 pickup truck.According to the statement which Officer Reid read, the accused and Chi Chi spent about two days in the bush before they travelled to Georgetown.Williams also told police that he did not see what was in the canister but Chi Chi gave him about three ounces of raw gold.The next day, he took the raw gold and converted it to cash under the clock at Stabroek Market.“Me ain’t know the man but he give me about $200, 000 fuh de gold. Me buy clothes wid some ah the money and me spent out the rest pun food and other things. That is all I know, me ain’t know who plan it. Me bin go with Chi Chi in the bush to collect something…“Dem man give the gold because me see what happen… To tell you the truth Big man (Officer), ah vex about the whole thing, ” Williams’ statement concluded.Moments after it was read into evidence, the authenticity of the statement was taken to task by Williams’s attorney, Saphier Hussein. The attorney had suggested to the witness that his client was beaten to give the alleged statement.Hussein also suggested that police officers had used “a baton to shock” his client into admitting that he had involvement in the Bartica killings. The witness denied the suggestions.Several of Hussein’s questions were met with objections from the Prosecution and Judge.The questions posed by the attorney to the witness were met with a number of “don’t answer that question” from Justice George.The judge would ask the attorney on occasions to either rephrase the question or tell the witness to completely disregard the question owing to its irrelevance.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 05:21am
– Dr. Ramsammy The newly opened ophthalmology centre at Port Mourant, Berbice is now operational, Villanova Wildcats Jerseys, but it is not offering all of the services as yet.According to Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, while only some services are being offered to the public, such as screening, major services like surgeries would have to wait until June.It was explained that the Cuban medical technicians have already completed the process of installing medical equipment, which arrived from Cuba in Guyana recently. It is also expected that other shipments of medical equipment will arrive soon.The Port Mourant Ophthalmology CenterRecently the Ministry of Health and the Regional Health Authority in Region Six have been doing some civil works at the Centre.The housing accommodation for the 40-member Cuban medical team who will manage the Centre has been completed.The team includes doctors, nurses, technicians, bio medical engineers and support staff.The medical centre was constructed at a cost of some $140M, and is first of its kind to be built in the Caribbean.It would have the capability to conduct approximately 10, 000 eye surgeries per year in the areas of corrective refractive error, cataract, glaucoma, and retinopathy and retina detachment, while one of the centre’s long-term plans is to conduct eye transplants.The establishment of the centre is part of the Cuban health assistance package which was initiated in 2006 following a visit by Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo to Cuba.
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-airport’s capacity to land planes in poor weather, C. J. Beathard 49ers Jersey, visibility boostedA major programme to upgrade the navigational system at the Cheddi Jagan InternationalThe glide path transmitter will provide vertical guidance to the pilot.Airport (CJIA) has been completed and Guyana now has enhanced capacity to land aircraft during bad weather or poor visibility.The announcement was made yesterday by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), regulators of the country’s airspace.According to GCAA, the two special systems were commissioned under a Government of Guyana capital project to modernize the navigation system.The navigation equipment comprises the Timehri Instrument Landing System (ILS) which includes approach Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and a new High Powered DME co-located with the Timehri Very High Frequency Omni Directional Radio Range (VOR).“These en-route navigational and landing aids have been flight-checked, tested and certified during the first week of February, 2012 and have been commissioned for use by aircraft operating in Guyana’s national airspace, ” GCAA revealed.The ILS provides enhanced capability during bad weather with poor visibility since it allows flight crews to make precision approaches for landing.The system comprises a localizer transmitter, a glide path transmitter and distance measuring equipment (DME).“When an aircraft approaches to land and is on final approach it intercepts the localizer which gives accurate horizontal guidance along the centerline of the runway. When intersected at the correct angle with the glide path, the instrument in the cockpit will indicate to the flight crew that their aircraft is precisely on the centerline and at the correct gradient, ” GCAA explained.The Timehri ILS will now allow the airport the possibility of safely guiding an aircraft to 200 feet above the runway as against 520 feet when only the VOR is in use.“The DME gives information on the distance the aircraft is from the runway.  The DME co-located with the VOR provides more accurate positioning of an aircraft. These tools provide  bearing and distance information  which are used in the air traffic management environment to pinpoint aircraft positions relative to each other in order to provide a more efficient and effective service.”The new equipment will go a far way in allowing better use of the airspace since more precise position information is available to air traffic controllers.According to GCAA, the air traffic controllers who manage Guyana’s airspace can apply more efficient separation standards to ensure adequate spacing between aircraft, optimizing use of airspace and allowing aircraft to operate at their optimum profile while ensuring safety of our skies.”Prior to this installation, CJIA and GCAA’s infrastructure was supported by a single VOR since the removal from service of the high powered DME in 1997 and subsequently the ILS in 2003 followed by the decommissioning of the Non Directional Beacon.Navigation throughout Guyana’s airspace was accomplished with the use of the VOR complemented by satellite technology such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).There had been major concerns over Guyana’s capacity expressed especially by Trinidad and Tobago following a crash-landing incident of a Caribbean Airline jet in July at CJIA.Guyana had insisted that its systems were working fine and its track records unquestionable.Guyana has announced a major project to build a bigger airport with a deal already signed with a Chinese firm.
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