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Date: 17 Aug 17 11:14pm
Guyana’s health sector over the past 50 years has seen major achievements and laudable developments.  It is only fitting that this is extensively highlighted when Guyana commences celebration of its 50th yearDr William Adu-Krow (left) and Dr. Paul Edwards.as an independent nation.This was the primary focus of a Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)-spearheaded forum convened on Monday.It was disclosed that even as national preparations are being made, PAHO is streamlining its own plans to be part and parcel of this auspicious celebration. Guyana gained its Independence from British rule on May 26, 1966.At Monday’s forum which was intended to enlighten media operatives about PAHO’s plans, Health Services Advisor Dr. Paul Edwards, revealed that PAHO’s input will be done in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health.Regarding the half century celebration as a very important venture, he disclosed that the PAHO/WHO office made the decision to “capitalise on this opportunity to reflect, to compile and to present, on the achievements of the health sector.”According to Dr. Edwards, the achievements and changes that Guyana realised over the years were supported by contributions in various forms, from different development agencies as well as key stakeholders, in collaboration with the Government of Guyana.“This is the backdrop; this is the context as it relates to PAHO sitting down at the table and determining what would be our contribution to Guyana at 50, ” Dr. Edwards announced.Moreover, the Health Services Advisor, aided by a Power Point presentation, revealed that PAHO will be engaged in six specific activities. These are the development of a photo gallery book; a progress health report; the launch of both the photo gallery book and health report; a dinner to honour persons of outstanding contributions; a symposium to highlight the progress report and a health fair to be held in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry.And according to Dr. Edwards, PAHO is looking to complete two key features of its contribution to the 50th celebration by mid-April 2016. These features are the photo gallery book and the progress health report which are slated to be launched on May 12, 2016 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.The Health Services Advisor disclosed that it is expected that in addition to those involved in the delivery of health care, the media will play a major role in gathering health information that showcase health developments over the past 50 years.Dr. Edwards in his presentation on Monday considered that the first 25 years of health care delivery would undoubtedly reflect a challenging state of affairs when compared to the latter 25 years. He anticipates that the information that will be compiled will prove to be useful to many.“It is envisioned that the report (that we are preparing) will benefit a wide array of persons including the current health sector, students and the public at large, as it will present a foundation that will inform development planning, ” said Dr. Edwards.Meanwhile, the dinner planned by PAHO will be held on the evening of May 12, also at the Marriott Hotel, while the symposium will be convened the following day at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Dr. Edwards informed.In order to ensure that only the best product is produced in terms of its contributions to the independence celebration, Dr. Edwards disclosed that PAHO has taken on board “every single person in this organisation. We know that it is very challenging but we want the very best, Taylor Mays USC Jersey, so we are engaging everybody to make this a reality.”PAHO’s planned contributions have already been endorsed by the Ministry of Public Health and the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport.According to Dr. Edwards, “PAHO/WHO (Resident) Representative, Dr. (William) Adu-Krow has shared (our) plans with the Ministry of Public Health, including the Minister of Public Health. He and his team from this (PAHO) office have also met with Minister Nicolette Henry, the Minister within the Ministry of Education.”Minister Henry is also the co-chairperson of the National Commemoration Commission which is tasked with planning for the independence celebration.While the Commemoration Commission has been able to fit the PAHO activities into its independence celebration schedule, PAHO is expected to also have on its Planning Committee, at least, two officials from the Ministry of Public Health.And as if the contributions already detailed are not enough, Dr. Edwards disclosed that PAHO will also be inviting its Director, who is based in Washington D. C., to travel to Guyana to be a part of the independence celebration. Also, past PAHO Representatives who would have worked in the Guyana office, during the period 1966–2016, will be on the PAHO’s list of invitees.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 10:25pm
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Date: 17 Aug 17 10:23pm
Alliance For Change Prime Ministerial Candidate, Sheila Holder told Berbicians last Saturday evening that the People’s Progressive Party and the People’s National Congress (PNC) are two peas in the same pod, and the PPP “thrives and survives on the fact that they drive fear into the Indian constituency about the PNC.”She blasted the PNC for not making any attempt “to seek additional votes other than their own constituencies” and getting the cross-over votes. “They [the PNC] are deceiving you, they cannot win the elections, ” she said.She also defended her statements in the National Assembly regarding phantom pensioners and how the ruling party misconstrued the statements.Also addressing Berbicians on a live television programme on Saturday night, was AFC Executive Member and Economist, Sasenarine Singh, who, on the same topic about the phantom pensioners said that the ruling party is “trying to divert the attention of the Guyanese people away from the issue, and that is why they will curse Sheila publicly because she is on to something.”He added that the AFC is of the belief that Guyanese are losing $1.3B a year in “pension losses that are supposed to go to real pensioners, not phantom pensioners”. He noted that an AFC government would stop that $1.3B  from going where it is going and channel it through so that pensioners would get the increase.“We would be launching a forensic audit into the Pensions Register and where the chips fall, they shall fall, and the savings from that investigation will go directly back to the real pensioners and we shall commit to them a pension of $11, 000 in the first year of an AFC Government, Quincy Wilson Jersey, ” Singh added.He recalled a recent study by Red Thread which found that a pensioner still needs about $58, 000 a month to survive. He noted that $7, 000 pension a month is nothing more than “a PPP joke on the people.”“They have to peddle these lies about Sheila because Sheila is very good at exposing them and they’re always focused on Sheila because she is on top (of) it!”On the laptop programme the government is pursuing, Singh told Berbicians that the laptops were paid for by the taxpayers and “it is no gift from the PPP…your money is buying those laptops”. He appealed to Berbicians to take the laptops since Berbicians are paying for them in taxes.He noted that the AFC will not be doing procurement “like barbershops” but will equip secondary schools with desktop computers. In the 1ST year of AFC government, Singh said that they will have central administrative mechanical workshops in all the regions of Guyana. These workshops, he said, will serve the purposes of taking students from the various technical institutes and university “as an absorber for them to get practical training and a job…to empower them to learn a trade and get paid, and when they feel they’re strong enough, they leave the job to start their own little businesses”.He said that an audit will be done in the Amerindian communities and missions in Guyana to find out what their main produce is and the AFC will assist them in setting up cottage industries to create employment. “The government of the AFC shall provide the transportation link to bring these produce to Georgetown and marketing it”. He challenged the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) to do this to help the Amerindians.The Amerindians, he said, are the poorest people in Guyana. “These people survive on less than $11, 000 a month.”Touching on the sugar industry, he stated that the AFC “is not going to close GuySuCo”, a message being spread by the PPP’s “15- member bottom house meetings” in Canje and Corentyne.He said ethanol will be produced and blended with the gasoline which will be used in Guyanese cars, using Brazilian technology “because they [the Brazilians] are masters of it”.He said under an AFC government, cane cutters will get newer jobs at a higher pay, “doing less slave- type work”. “Slavery was abolished a long, long time. We’ve got to stop this slave- type work that the PPP is perpetuating in the cane fields, it has got to stop! We want to incrementally mechanized cane- harvesting in this country. And this is our vision, to move from the subsistence slave- type economy that the PPP likes, because that’s the only way they can keep you in poverty and subservient to them”. “We want to modernize Guyana!”He mentioned that the government only has a small amount of increase for sugar workers each year, even though “there is no shortage of money in this country”. He blamed the small remittances of increase for the sugar workers on “the distribution of the income, which is skewed to the business buddies of the rulers, and there is nothing left but crumbs”…so “the cream is already gone to the business buddies of the rulers”About the Automatic Promotions issue in the school system, Singh chastised the Ministry of Education (MOE) about the “logically crazy” policy, since “they [the MOE] are basically making that child into a functional illiterate”. He noted that the child who has 20 per cent and is promoted will “be useless to the society because he can’t be the best he can be, and will not be able to unleash his potential”. He said that an AFC government will move these kinds of children to Special Schools in the designated regions where they would be given individual attention to learn. “Every child has the capacity to rise…and be a useful citizen to this country”, he noted.On medical health, Singh questioned why PPP leaders do not go to the Georgetown Hospital for medical treatment.“They all go overseas! They make their babies overseas, we got evidence! Why don’t they trust a medical system that they say is so good? They are fooling the people over and over, ” he noted.Singh accused the PPP of “the great betrayal of the Cheddi Jagan ideals by saying that Jagan always believed “in sharing the national treasury more equitably among the people”. He called on Berbicians to get in touch with the AFC when they hear stuff on the State media about the AFC. The AFC members urged Berbicians to find out directly from the party what is happening “and not believe the PPP, NCN and the Chronicle”. Singh chastised the monopoly of the government on NCN. “I have friends in Georgetown who tell me that ‘we won’t even look at NCN, because as soon as you turn it on, is a lie’; people say even if they get the Chronicle for toilet paper, they won’t even use it, ” he noted.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 10:22pm
…still being awarded lucrative contractsResidents of the Matarkai Neighbourhood Democratic Council in Region One are perturbed at revelations that a former senior official owes the Council $4.5M in what appears to be an accumulated amount handed over to him over a period of time.What is even more disturbing is that the same official who is no longer aligned with the Council is still being awarded contracts to undertake works in the sub region.The information was uncovered and ventilated at a recent Council meeting. There are now calls for the Audit Office to investigate to ascertain whether the money owed is far more, Evan Gattis Astros Jersey, given the fact that several records have gone missing.The money owed to the Council was also previously not included in the financial statements of the Council.The residents are calling for a criminal investigation also into the situation and to file charges if necessary.Following the revelations of the money owed to the Council another senior official who was reportedly in cahoots with the former official implicated walked off the job on Monday without due process.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 10:22pm
A 23-year-old woman was yesterday granted bail to the tune of $75, 000, after it was alleged she stole a large sum of money from her employer.Parmattie Abhimanan of Vryheid’s Lust, Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara, denied the accusation which stated that between Thursday, March 5 and Monday, March 9, last, Jelani Jenkins Dolphins Jersey, she stole $361, 000 in cash, property of Hardat Persaud.The facts stated that Abhimanan was employed by Persaud, as a sales clerk, at the Full Works Store, on Regent Street. On March 5, Persaud secured the money inside a drawer that was located in the store room. He later made checks for the money on March 9 and discovered that it was missing. A report was made to the police and the accused was arrested and told of the offence.At the police station the accused admitted under caution that she was the one who removed the money. She also explained to the police that she took the money to pay for her mother’s surgery.The defendant’s attorney asked that her client be released on reasonable bail because she is not a flight risk.Police corporal Bharat Mangru had no objections and bail was subsequently granted by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.Abhimanan will make her next court appearance on April 13, before Magistrate Annette Singh.
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