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Date: 17 Aug 17 10:20pm
Minister of Education Shaik Baksh, on Wednesday last, described the industrial action engaged by staffers of President’s College as precipitous. He said that the Ministry was not previously aware of some of the concerns upon which the action was based.The industrial action, which according to reports was instigated by the school’s teachers’ association, took the form of a sit-in that commenced on Tuesday.Baksh was critical of the Tuesday June 9, 2009 Kaieteur News report of the industrial action. He pointed to the subhead of the article, “Prominent secondary institution going to the dogs”. The minister contended that this was very irresponsible reporting.The Minister said that contrary to the newspaper’s report, President’s College is not the only residential secondary school. He listed those at Bartica, Waramadong and St Ignatius as having dormitories and being residential.Baksh said that the Ministry was not prepared for the industrial action. Ministry officials are now considering whether the teachers involved will be paid for the days they participated in the sit-in, he said.The Minister’s disclosure came during a press conference held in his office.He told media operatives that the Ministry was in receipt of a letter from the Teachers’ Association, which highlighted some grievances that prompted the sit-in.Chief among these, the Minister said, Brent Seabrook Jersey, was the fact that teachers at the premier institution had not received an additional five per cent back pay for last year.According to Baksh, the teachers had received an initial five per cent based on negotiations by the Guyana Teachers’ Union for last year. In December, a decision was made to also pay an additional five per cent, retroactive to May.But according to the Minister, “This additional five per cent is under active consideration by the Ministries of Education and Finance and there has been some delay in arriving at a decision because of the various benefits being enjoyed by teachers at President’s College.”All of the teachers are eligible for a duty allowance amounting to about $6, 000 per month and are in receipt of a housing allowance of about $2, 000 per month, he said.Some of the senior staff members, he said, have been receiving a 25 per cent allowance on their salary and various honoraria, which are paid to some members of staff, both on the teaching and management side.“We wanted to look very closely at what is taking place and who should benefit from the additional five per cent in light of these varying allowances that are being paid.”And according to the Minister, this was in fact made known to the teachers association, through the Chairman of the Board.Another stated reason for the industrial action was delayed senior appointments, which according to the Minister is not an issue, since the posts have already been filled. They were advertised this year and recommendations were made in April. The Minister acknowledged, though, that the institution suffers from an insufficient water supply thus provisions have been made in the 2009 budget to provide more water tanks in time for the commencement of the next school year.The Ministry will be working with the Guyana Water Incorporated to put in place a long-term resolution to the problem, Baksh said.And while some of the concerns have been duly noted by the Ministry, the Minister said, that he was disturbed when he learnt that the refurbishing of the Science and Home Economic Laboratories, staff rooms and classrooms were basis for the action too.“This has come as a surprise, because this was never raised as an issue from the beginning of the school year. I have spoken to the principal and I have spoken to the Chairman of the Board and nothing in the minutes reflect that this matter was raised at the Board level. I have checked the minutes of the Board meetings myself and there is a representative of the board, and a representative of the GTU, in the person of the President, and this matter had not reached a higher level to draw our attention.”According to the Minister, there is a procedure to be followed for things to be corrected, even as he emphasised that things could have been corrected had the Ministry been aware.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 10:20pm
By Leonard GildarieIn recent months, we have been receiving quite a number of queries on house lot applications, contractors and new housing schemes. I have attempted to answer the questions based on what is available, and as they pertain to the Guyana situation. We have also been receiving a number of queries on the issue of gated communities. However, I have stayed far from it… until now.Based on research, there has been the continued debate as to whether gated communities are good for societies, with the main argument against them being that they close off society from a certain group of people.Today, I want to make it clear that I am neither encouraging nor advocating against the gated communities. My personal feelings are that one has a right to decided where and how he/she wants to live…whether on the streets, in gated communities, up in the hills or on a houseboat.An artist’s impression of Windsor Estate’s North Haven gated community upon completion.There are a number of ways in which homes can be owned in Guyana. You can buy one from another person or you can build one. In the latter case, there are a number of ways that land is made available. There are either from private land owners who are selling portions of their holdings, or from Government. In the private landowner scenario, there are a few cases of these being converted to house lots and sold individually or in parcels.However, the Government programmes have been the most popular. Government has allocated portions of land, especially on the East Bank of Demerara, for private development. It has also retained portions which are made into lots and have been allocated or will be allocated.For the Government house lots, applications have to be made at the Ministry of Housing’s Central Housing and Planning Authority. Government is also building a number of turn-key homes on the East Bank of Demerara.Several private developers who have been allocated pieces of land for development under a public-private partnership arrangement, James Conner Jersey, including Green Acres and Windsor Estates, are offering homes in gated communities.According to Windsor Estates, it is building its gated community behind Republic Park, East Bank Demerara, in two phases. The first, called North Haven, offers 24-hour security at the entrance, street lighting and night vision Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras “strategically” placed in various areas of the development to give residents “more peace of mind”. Back-up power is to be available for security gate and CCTV cameras.This area will also have its own recreation park, with a swimming pool, showers and changing rooms, a playground, water feature, park benches and a walking track. According to Windsor’s website, all public areas will have professional landscaping with palm trees, flowers,  plants and lush green lawns which will be maintained year around.The second phase, Esplanade, is catering for a higher end/exclusive suburban living “offering residents a rewarding life style of elegance and sophistication.” Windsor is promising state-of-the-art features, including 24-hour security, a recreation park with a children’s play area, a clubhouse with a swimming pool, a lounge, a movie room, game room, and a rooftop bar.“We are adding an infra red security system that will be mounted on top of the entire perimeter fence to add another level of security for your protection. Sidewalks will be added to both sides of the road and all drains will be enclosed to give an elegant feel to the community.”Green Acres will be by far the largest community built by Buddy’s Housing Development. Buddy’s is promising this gated community to be “complete with paved roads, streetlamps, and a shopping complex which will allow basic services to be easily within reach. There will be access to a swimming pool, tennis court and a basketball court. It is located within a “two minutes” drive to the “Guyana National Stadium as well as the Princess International Hotel, multiple service stations and local schools”.In researching gated communities, I came across this: “These types of communities are typically residential communities in which public access by nonresidents is restricted, usually by physical boundaries, such as gates, walls, and fences, or through private security. These communities sometimes require a special entry system, such as entry codes, key cards, or security guard approval.”I am going to stop there. I saw the housing scheme that Buddy’s built at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara. My memory tells me that it would be a decade ago that that scheme was established. I use the words scheme loosely, as someone could also argue it has some semblance to a gated community as there is a guard hut at the entrance. The roads seem pretty decent. I am not sure about crime in the area. I know one person had complained of a car wash operation being a nuisance. Most of the homes have been upgraded.Gated communities are nothing new across the US and other developed countries. Some common advantages include reduced traffic, which impact positively on the noise level. Residents with children often feel this arrangement also provides a safer playing environment for their kids. There are rules in which residents must also follow including cleanliness and appearance and noise level from music. There are also what some might call “negatives” including high-than-average prices for properties and a possible fee for security and essential maintenance.There are some questions to be asked before buying a home in a gated community. Are there any guarantees that the developers will deliver the other amenities, like a promised pool and playground? Who pays for security? How much will it cost monthly for maintenance? What are the security arrangements?But perhaps the most important question for me is who is in charge of the infrastructure, like the roads in the gated community. I am aware that the NDCs have some jurisdiction over the areas. Once the roads go bad, and they will, who repairs them? Will it be the NDC or the developer? There are a host of other questions.For me, I would love to live in a gated community…once there is a guarantee of total quiet. I like the peace, after a hard day’s work. How would I know that an industrial site would not be built next door?So yes, the questions will be many. We will have to explore this topic more next week and maybe talk to the folks at Green Acres and Windsor Estates.Enjoy the weekend and don’t forget to drop your comments as usual to [email protected]
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Date: 17 Aug 17 10:20pm
Sharma Solomon, Wayne Gretzky Rangers Jersey, who is leading negotiations with the government for the people of Linden, described President Donald Ramotar’s visit to the town yesterday as a mere photo opportunity, and wants the government to withdraw the security forces from the town.Solomon said he was not informed of the visit by the President, even though his team was locked in negotiations up to the evening before the visit.Regional Chairman, Sharma Solomon and Parliamentarian, Vanessa KissoonAnother of the Linden negotiators, Vanessa Kissoon, a Member of Parliament for the town, went as far as describing the President as being “disrespectful”.  She explained that it is a normal practice of courtesy for the President to inform leaders of areas he plans to visit ahead of time.Sharma said that while the President is free to visit any part of Guyana at any time he chooses, those in the community would have been able to describe for him “the vibes” on the ground.On the first occasion Ramotar planned to visit Linden, Solomon said guidance from on the ground caused his security team to advise him against visiting the community.Solomon repeated frustrations about the fact that the security forces continue to fire at Lindeners and have been harassing young men and women, almost driving them off the road at certain hours of the night as if a curfew is in place.While young men of the town have been placed before the court for using obscene language, Kissoon said she personally witnessed members of the security forces hurling vulgar abuses and threats against Lindeners, including women. She wanted to know who would be charging the policemen.Lindeners say they will come off the streets when their demands are met, and that includes an immediate cessation of activities by the security forces and their complete withdrawal from the town.The Region 10 officials expressed alarm that even though residents are the ones who identified the alleged arsonists in the burning down of the school in the town, the Police are claiming they do not have any evidence to charge him.That notwithstanding, the Region Ten Chairman said the people of Linden are determined to rebuild the One Mile Primary school, and that work would start this Sunday.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 10:20pm
Delroy Beresford, of Lot 77 Cummings Lane, Beterverwagting, East Bank Demerara, was yesterday found guilty of causing the death of Carol Overton by dangerous driving.On November 7, 2014, Beresford drove motor car, PPP 9521, in a manner dangerous to the public causing the death of Overton, 45, of Barnwell North Mocha, East Bank Demerara.He was sentenced to 50 months imprisonment by City Magistrate Judy Latchman after his trial concluded in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.During the trial Police Prosecutor, Inspector Vishnu Hunt, called a number of police and civilian witnesses to testify.Hunt contended that on the fatal day the defendant was proceeding north along the Mocha access road, Jean Beausejour Chile Jersey, while Overton was walking along the said road.  Beresford told police that a vehicle was approaching from the opposite direction with bright lights on and claimed that he swerved to avoid hitting the vehicle, when he collided with the woman.The convict made his first court appearance before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry last November and was placed on $250, 000 bail after pleading not guilty to the charge.According to reports, Overton was struck down and killed instantly by a speeding motorcar, whilst walking along the Mocha access road around 20:30hrs.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 08:05pm
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