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Date: 24 Apr 18 01:25am
… Charlestown chopping spreeWilliam Lyte, 42, of Stevedore Housing Scheme, the man accused of chopping two neighbours to death and severely wounding two others, was yesterday arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, before Magistrate Priya Beharry.Lyte was charged with two murders and two counts of attempting to commit murder when he appeared before Magistrate Beharry.The first charge stated that on October 26, at Charlestown, Lyte murdered 75-year-old Cedric Blackman.Another charge stated that Lyte on the same day murdered 38-year-old Ann Cham-a-Koon. It is further alleged that on the same day he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Radesh Persaud with the intent to commit murder.Murder accused William Lyte yesterday at courtAnd Lyte was also accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Sean De Souza, with the intent to commit murder.He was not required to plead to any of the charges, since they were all indictable. He was also unrepresented by lawyer when he appeared yesterday.Lyte who seemed well aware of his surroundings, answered questions which were posed to him the magistrate.He was remanded to prison and is expected to make his next court appearance on December 6, when the preliminary inquiry is expected to begin.Just around mid-morning on Tuesday last. Lyte allegedly began chopping four persons, in a savage attack.Cedric Blackman and Ann Cham-a-Koon were pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Hospital, while Persaud and De Souza were immediately rushed to operating theatre for surgery.Persaud managed to escape with only a chop to the head, while De Souza was chopped to the shoulder and neck.Kaieteur News understands that the incident started at Cedric Blackman’s residence.Persons in the area opined that Lyte had carefully planned his attack, Nike Air Max 2018, since according to them he was seen sharpening his cutlass a few days before.“Dis man know exactly wha he do, because about two days ago he deh sharpening he cutlass…and when he done chop dem people he go and wash off he cutlass, ” one resident related.Another resident recalled that the man was even overheard saying that he had to “cleanse the earth of its demons”, after which he walked away in the direction of Blackman’s house.
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Date: 24 Apr 18 01:24am
The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) yesterday bade farewell to eight members of the Cuban medical brigade who have completed their tour of duty.The hospital also welcomed seven new doctors who have come as replacements and will perform functions at the facility for the next two years.The farewell reception, which was held at the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre, was complemented by remarks from head of the medical brigade, Dr. Rody Cerventes Silva; Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba, Pedro Arteaga Cardenas; Chief Executive Officer of GPHC, Michael Khan; Minister within the Ministry of Health, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran; and Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy.Dr. Ramsaran presented plaques of appreciation to the outgoing medical team.Michael Khan noted that the relationship between GPHC and Cuba has strengthened over the years.He also pointed out the significant contributions of the medical experts in areas of pathology, Nike Air Max 97 Silver Bullet Australia, anesthetics, paediatrics, physiotherapy, psychiatrics and other departments.Dr. Ramsaran presenting a plaque of appreciation to an outgoing Cuban medical team member Dr. Ramsaran noted the presence of Cuban doctors not only at GPHC but in every region of Guyana.He identified the four comprehensive treatment and diagnostic centres at Diamond, Suddie, Leonora and Mahaicony, which are manned by Cuban medical experts and which were constructed with the expert advice of the Cubans.According to Minister Ramsaran, the Port Mourant Hospital which will focus on ophthalmology will again be manned by Cuban doctors.This facility, he added, will be capable of handling some 10, 000 operations on any eye disease per year.Dr. Ramsaran also noted that the Medical Training Programme of Guyana which is based in Cuba is bearing fruit.He said that by 2011, some 700 qualified Guyanese doctors will be in Guyana as a result of Cuba’s contribution and assistance.Minister Ramsammy said that the financial support of Cuba has been extraordinary.According to him, the cost to do the work that Cuba has done for Guyana in terms of training doctors in the United States would exceed US$100M.“This is not a small contribution, ” Ramsammy pointed out.The Minister also said that he hopes that the day will come soon when Guyana can provide health care all by its self and, when that day comes, Cuba will take its place in our history for the significant contributions.He also noted how significant the results of Cubans and Guyanese doctors working in unison have been great.According to the Minister, Guyana’s maternal mortality rate is less than 10 per 10, 000 deliveries.He added that Guyana set a target for infant mortality in 2001 to be 16 per 10, 000 births by 2012. In 2007, Minister Ramsammy said, the infant mortality rate was 19 per 10, 000.“Look at how far we have come…It is our health care providers working together. That is the kind of miracle that we can create when we work together.”A few years ago, he pointed out that the waiting list for simple surgeries was more than three years. Now the backlog has been significantly reduced.Cuban Ambassador to Guyana, Pedro Cardenas, said that since the regional agreement was signed in 2006 between President Bharrat Jagdeo and Cuban President Fidel Castro, the quality of health service has improved.There are currently some 180 Cuban doctors and technicians working in all the regions of Guyana.The outgoing members of the medical team are Rafael S Torres De La Nuez, Juan Carlos Gonzalez Fonseca, Fatima De Los Angeles Garcia Aquiles, Ada Milagnos Gonzalez Delis, Antonio Vila Sanchez, Raul Manguel Arego Bedevia, Maria De Los Guiterrez Martinez, Jorge Rodrigez Fernandez and Andras Cristobal Rosa Teledo.The incoming members are Omani Alba Turino, Luis Enrique Tellez, Rues, Edgar Areas Deoncares, Carlos Rafael Moran, Ernesto Enriquez, Giralt Reyes, Juan Carlos Borroto Gomez and Edila Chinea Rodrigez.
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Date: 24 Apr 18 01:24am
Continuing physical works are been executed in Pomeroon/Supenaam to transform the Region into an attractive area that persons would be motivated to visit.Apart from the concept of creating”green areas” within the Region, the aim is also to ward off potential squatters who may have their eyes on unutilized lands.A cleared canalNewly installed Regional Executive Officer, Rupert Hopkinson disclosed that the Region plans to establish a number of recreational parks throughout the Essequibo Coast. Hopkinson said that benabs will be installed at the recreational parks while persons visiting the Region will be able to go on boat rides along the stream in the vicinity of Anna Regina.Hopkinson said that additionally, Mens Nike Air Max 2018 Shoes, some reserves would also be transferred into recreational facilities.
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Date: 24 Apr 18 01:24am
A forensic audit report has revealed that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Industrial andNICIL CEO Winston BrassingtonCommercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington, collected $1B from Guyana National Cooperative Bank for the construction of the Marriott Hotel but never spent it. In fact, it was hidden in a secret account and was discovered in NICIL’s books.This is according to Chartered Accountant, Cheap Air Max 95 For Sale, Anand Goolsarran. He documented this finding in his audit report on NICIL.After making the discovery, Goolsarran challenged Brassington to state why this money was not returned if it was not used. The NICIL Chief Executive Officer did not offer many details in this regard except to say that the money has since been returned.Notwithstanding Brassington’s comments, Goolsarran maintained, “This amount was not expended. It remained in the books of NICIL as of December 31, 2014 as a liability. It is not clear why, after two years, the funds were not returned to the Bank.”The US$60M Marriott Hotel was met with much contention by the then Opposition bloc A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC), when it was being constructed under the previous regime. The project had been criticized for lacking transparency.Managing the construction shares of the company was Atlantic Hotel Incorporate (AHI), a subsidiary of the National Industrial Commercial and Investments Limited (NICIL) which falls under the Government.AHI had invested over US$20M of taxpayers’ dollars and was looking to raise US$27M more from a syndicated loan arrangement through Republic Bank, Trinidad.Another US$8M would have been coming from two private investors reportedly out of Hong Kong, Forensic Auditor of NICIL, Anand Goolsarranwhich would have subsequently led to them gaining 67 percent control of the hotel. However, the transfer was blocked via a court case that was filed by then Parliamentarian, Desmond Trotman.The Marriott was also given “extravagant incentives and benefits”, which left other local hotel operators screaming over the unlevel playing field.Despite the controversy, the hotel officially opened its doors last April 16 to begin its phase one operations even as other sections of the Marriott are still under construction.Three months later, the 197-room facility was already showing signs that it was not going to be the overnight success the PPP claimed it would be.In fact, Marriott racked up a $60M loss up to the end of June, according to Government officials. The state-owned hotel’s biggest expense is its electricity consumption. Its monthly bill to Guyana Power and Light (GPL) is in excess of $25M.This has been a major factor why construction of a critical component of the hotel- the adjoining entertainment complex- has not started.Marriott’s electricity tab would contrast starkly with that of its nearby competitor, the Pegasus Hotel, whose electricity consumption averages $15M monthly.Marriott also has a five-megawatt generator with the capacity to power the Kingston area. It has been using this from time to time.While in Opposition, the AFC, of which Tourism Minister, Cathy Hughes is a member, had made it clear that the party would revisit, review and if necessary impose sanctions should the party get into Government.However, the Minister explained that while the former Opposition was critical of how the hotel was handled, it has no reservations about the actual Marriot franchise itself.“I want people to understand that the concerns we had about the Marriott were purely in terms of the fact that we as an administration did not feel that the Government should spend (US) millions on a hotel, ” related the Tourism Minister.She said they had felt that the private sector or international investors should have been the ones to put their money into the hotel, without spending taxpayers’ dollars.Minister Hughes said that while she and the coalition were on the campaign trail, they encountered communities just off the East Bank Demerara Public Road without electricity, potable water and with insufficient infrastructure.Minister Hughes had said that some of these communities, like Friendship Squatting Area, are located en route to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. The Minister related that she wondered whether the millions in US dollars could have been spent towards improving such areas, instead of on one hotel.According to the Tourism official, Guyana has an ample number of local hotels and accommodations, which can serve to build the tourism sector already.  She contended that for these hotels to improve standards an “incentive regime” needs to be adopted. This would ensure that local hoteliers are given the requisite opportunity to invest in Guyana’s tourism industry.“We have a tremendous advantage in Guyana, in that most of the hotels are owned by Guyanese and have been here for the last 25 years trying to push the industry forward. And therefore, some of the concessions, I feel that are given to foreign investors, should be given to the (local) hotels, ” said Minister Hughes.For a long time Minister Hughes said that smaller hotels (with less than 30 rooms) did not qualify for concessions, but shared that as Head of the tourism sector, she wants to put forward an argument to Cabinet which will change that.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had said that Government would be willing to rid itself of the controversial Marriott Hotel once the price is right. He recalled that the government has made it clear on several occasions that it has no intentions of being competitively involved in the hotel industry.
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Date: 24 Apr 18 01:24am
– to stem violenceMinister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine has made clear his intent to establish a central counselling body soon and to have trained counsellors in each school across the country.Roopnaraine related that the rampant violence in society is finding its way into the school system. As such, there is an urgent need for counsellors within these schools to help create an environment of learning.He stated that only through regular and professional counselling can the issue of violence in schools be adequately tackled. While admitting that such a move is a big one, he stated that it is a necessary and good step.He related his unhappiness of the number of qualified counsellors currently employed in the school system as the student to counsellor ratio is too high.The Minister has also been aiming to stop the practice of corporal punishment within schools and revealed his disappointed that this is still being done.Roopnaraine intimated that corporal punishment can often lead to psychological scarring as it is no different from physical abuse. Classrooms should not be a place of fear but rather, one of learning. It is for this reason that the Minister is looking to do away with the practice by adjusting relevant legislation in the near future.GTU President, Nike Roshe Run Sale Outlet, Mark Lyte however, stated that the union is against the abolishment of corporal punishment. “The union’s position remains the same on the issue. We are not supportive of corporal punishment being taken out of the schools as the Ministry is yet to put alternatives in place to deal with aggressive children.”Lyte said that when various (proven) alternative measures have been put in place, only then will the union rethink their stance on corporal punishment. “Unless the Minister provides effective measures to deal with badly-behaved children, we as a union must say that this must remain.”In the year 2013, the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), indicated that it did not support the abolition of corporal punishment. Former GTU Secretary, Coretta McDonald, opined that the abolition of corporal punishment may prove to be disastrous for teachers as there are many hostile students.Many members of the GTU stated that corporal punishment is the only tool available to them to better mold future generations.
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