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Date: 13 Aug 17 11:00pm
Ranks of the Customs and Excise Department yesterday conducted a search on a container and found a quantity of marijuana.The container was in the vicinity of the now defunct Guyana Rice Development Board where several persons engage in the scarp metal trade.The shipment was purportedly delayed given that Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company had expressed concerns that the container may have been laden with some of its copper wires.During the search a rank found a bag containing the substance. This bag was placed outside the container and the rank headed back into the container to continue his search.At this time someone who was observing what was transpiring absconded with the quantity of marijuana that was placed outside of the container.Meanwhile, Cheap Jerseys From China Online, police in Berbice stopped a passenger boat plying the Canje Creek and conducted a search during which they unearthed 500 grams of dried marijuana in a bag belonging to a male passenger. The man was arrested and is in police custody.
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Date: 13 Aug 17 11:00pm
– Scores of students offer statements to policeSome of the distraught students after they offered statements to police officers yesterdayAn investigation into the operations of the Inter-American Nursing School was kicked into motion yesterday when more than 100 young persons who have enrolled for various medical courses at the institution were forced to solicit the assistance of the police.According to reports reaching this newspaper, following Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy’s disclosure that the school may be engaged in fraudulent activities, several of the students sought to get an explanation from the female owner of the entity whose name is given as Nanda Kissoon, in the hope of retrieving monies they had paid for courses.They claimed that the woman offered a variety of courses, all of which she taught herself at a location in Cummings Street.This newspaper had incorrectly reported, based on information from Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy, that the ‘so-called’ nursing school was located at the corner of North Road and Alexander Street.According to the students, when questioned, after the Kaieteur News article was published, they sought answers from Kissoon but she dismissed the Minister’s allegations as “mere rumours”.However, information began to reach them that the woman had been involved in a previous scam in the medical field.The owner of the school leaving the Alberttown Police Station last eveningAs such their curiosity got the better of them and several of them formed a delegation yesterday and visited the Minister’s office where they were given details of the vast irregularities which exist at the institution.The students said that the Minister also upbraided them for even enrolling in the school and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars without garnering certain information from the relevant persons.Later in the day the riled up group of students then paid a visit to the woman’s Duncan Street residence where they attempted to seek an audience with her.Some of the students related to this newspaper that they asked persons believed to be relatives of the woman of her whereabouts but were told that no one by that name resided at the location.It was during this conversation, the students said, that the woman drove up in a car. The police was summoned at this point and showed up just in time to apprehend the woman from the confines of her home. She was subsequently taken to the Alberttown Police Station where she was reportedly interrogated by officers.On learning of the development, other students of the school hurried down to the police station in their numbers to give their account of the operations of the school.Several of the students said that they had paid in excess of one hundred thousand dollars and claimed that they simply were hoping to ‘get a break’ in the medical field.According to the students, it is their hope that the police will deal condignly with the matter to prevent anyone else from being deceived by the woman.The students, after giving individual statements at the station, were advised that they should visit the Fraud Department of the Brickdam Police Station around 09:00 hours today to give further statements.Minister Ramsammy in an invited comment last evening said that he is satisfied that the matter is now in the hands of the police where it belongs.He disclosed that the woman who has been known to use about five aliases was first discovered to be a scam-artist some years ago.He said he was forced to close the Instant Laboratory which was operated by the woman in the year 2001 when he re-assumed the post of Health Minister.According to the Minister, the woman had represented herself as one Dr Nikita Basdeo, adding that it was eventually discovered that the woman is not even qualified as a doctor. After the scam with the laboratory was uncovered, the woman disappeared.About two years later the Minister said that the woman returned using the name Donna Gomes and represented herself as a Bio Chemical Engineer.Minister Ramsammy said that the woman was successful in persuading a number of medical entities to retain her services to maintain laboratory equipment.So convincing was she that she even managed to get a number of the entities to sign contracts with her, allowing her to misrepresent herself for a period of time.After her scam was detected by the Health Ministry and the police was called in, the Minister said that the woman once again disappeared, returning this time around with the nursing school delusion, using the name Nanda Kissoon.The Minister expressed disappointment that again several young persons have been swindled by the woman but noted his satisfaction that the deception was not allowed to be continued for much longer.According to the Minister, there is no way that his Ministry could keep track of all deceptive operations thus it is reliant on citizens to be its ‘eyes and ears’.And in order to ensure that the students can be able to gain some degree of qualifications after investing so much money, the Minister said that he will try to accommodate as many students as possible into courses for which they qualify, Wholesale NFL Jerseys, adding that once the requisite requirements are met the Ministry offers courses free of cost. At a press conference last Saturday, Minister Ramsammy made the disclosure about the nursing school which, according to him, had been promoting itself on the basis that it has been accredited by the Ministry of Health.The Health Minister pointed out that the school seems to be boosting its existence by erroneously informing its students and potential students that once they graduate their certificates will be recognised by the Guyana Nursing Council and can be used as admission to the three local nursing schools – the Georgetown School of Nursing, the New Amsterdam Nursing School and the Charles Rosa Nursing School at Linden.However, the Minister related that the nursing schools have very specific and very rigid requirements for admission, adding that qualifications for those schools are not the same as that for the Inter-American institution.Students were also informed that once they complete the course at the nursing school they could be recruited to take up jobs in the United States, the Minister had revealed.The Minister said that he first learnt of the unethical situation when young female students of the school filed complaints with his Ministry even as he disclosed that from information that he had received, the institution has plans to open another branch in Berbice.And while the Ministry of Health does not have the authority to stop persons from starting such institutions, Minister Ramsammy said his Ministry can, however, advise people about what they are paying for.And to address the situation, the Minister said that he intends to meet the operators of private nursing schools and other such institutions to extend a warning that legal action will be ensued should they choose to misrepresent their operations. Commenting on Kissoon’s detainment by the police, the Minister proffered the view that she could be charged with a number of offences since reports indicate that a lot of what she said and did at the institution was fraudulent.
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Date: 13 Aug 17 11:00pm
Guyana is now one of the countries to become engaged in the evaluation of the impact of alcohol and life in Guyana.This is according to Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, who noted that Guyana is working in collaboration with a number of countries that have already begun this process in a project called ‘Genacis.’He explained that there are over 40 countries around the world that are currently engaged in this activity.The project is being promoted and supported by the Germany-based Kettill Broom Society of Epidemiological and Social Studies on Alcohol. This society promotes the work so that countries can have a better idea of the impact of alcohol on societies.The project is co-ordinated by the North Dakota University in the United States, the South University of Denmark, the Medical University of Berlin along with a Swiss Institute for the prevention of Alcohol problems, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).“Guyana has joined these institutions so that we can study the impact of alcohol in our society. This study is now underway in Guyana and this will help us to have an idea of the consumption. We know it is high but we would have an idea of consumption per capita in our country, ” Minister Ramsammy told reporters at a press conference on Saturday.He explained that Guyana will also study alcohol-related accidents, violence, and its role in domestic violence.“We believe that alcohol is a serious social problem in Guyana, but Guyana is not unique in this. We cannot ignore the fact that alcohol is a major problem in terms of family problems, interpersonal relationships and violence at the work site. So these are some of the things that we want to study.”Apart from being one of the primary causes for underdevelopment in Guyana, alcohol has also been identified as the country’s number one drug problem.It was revealed from a two-day discussion on alcohol control which was hosted by the Health Ministry and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO in April.At this workshop, it was found that alcohol is the leading drug of choice for youths, and results in a host of physical, legal, economic and social consequences for them and the communities in which they live.The alcohol industry earns approximately $22 billion annually from underage drinkers who consume mostly beers. A total of $4.8 billion is spent on alcohol advertising, which aims to ‘normalise’ drinking.Research shows that youths who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence and two and a half times more likely to become alcohol abusers than those who wait until the age of 21.Alcohol abuse has many potential consequences including accidental falls, burns, drowning, NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap, brain damage, cirrhosis in the liver, impaired driving, pregnancy, poor school performance, work productivity loss, sexual assault, truancy, violence and vandalism.At the workshop it was observed that there is a drinking pattern between adult and youths. It was explained that while adults consume alcohol moderately, by sipping, youths would guzzle or gulp. Most adults would drink at home, while youths would cruise around seeking bars.Alcohol options have also changed over the years, as a wide array of new alcoholic beverages now appeal to youths.Today, the new container sizes encourage greater consumption as instead of a 12-oz standard beer, there are now 32, 40 and 60 oz containers.Communities may unintentionally promote youth alcohol use by allowing alcohol sponsorship at youth-related events.It was recently reported that the Guyana Government collects some $2 billion in taxes from alcohol purchases, on a yearly basis, but Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy had said that the taxes collected only comprise a small part of what the government actually spends on the health sector.It was noted that close to 60 percent of youths between the ages of 13 and 15 would have taken a drink at some time.
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Date: 13 Aug 17 10:59pm
“Industry is sitting on an economic time bomb”- Economist Dr. Clive Thomas By Kiana Wilburg The more local economists continue to analyze the accounts of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), the more they realize that the sugar industry is in a financially dreadful state.EconomistDr. Clive ThomasDr. Clive Thomas in an interview with Kaieteur News on Sunday related, that the industry needs to be purged and its deficiencies addressed from several areas, apart from a managerial perspective.Recently, the board members of GuySuCo and the entity’s CEO were forced to step down after years of failing to nurse the ailing industry back to “good health”.But the condition seems to have gotten worse.Dr. Thomas said the industry has now found itself “buried” in excess of $90B in debt until 2017. Based on an overview of GuySuCo’s accounts, he said that it was just less than this for the period 2012 to 2014. Dr. Thomas said in no uncertain terms that, “the sugar industry is now sitting on an economic time bomb.”The economist said that he had warned about this in a series of previous columns he had dedicated to examining and proving that the industry was at a point of no return.“But my findings were either too alarming for some to digest or were just completely ignored. People should not allow themselves to be left in bewilderment when they hear certain things coming out at this point; like the industry being unable to pay its workers. I had pointed to many of these before, ” Dr. Thomas reflected.He added that he was not the least bit surprised when it was announced that the coffers of the industry hadn’t enough money to pay some of its workers.The economist said that GuySuCo has become an entity which “produces less and less and it is costing more and more”, while its sales decline.He posited that GuySuCo’s survival now depends on direct official bailouts, while it unceasingly increases its indebtedness. He said that this quite frankly is unsustainable.In previous columns in 2011 and 2012, Dr. Thomas had addressed several important topics, in some detail, which revealed that in comparison to the rapid global growth in production and exports of sugar, stagnation and decline have been the hallmarks of Guyana’s sugar industry. These have lasted over three decades.He had also addressed a set of strategies designed by the authorities to turn around the sugar industry. These strategies are mainly the Sugar Modernization Project (SMP) and the later Turnaround Plan (Blue-print) initiated by GuySuCo’s Interim Board in 2009.The SMP includes the construction of the Skeldon Factory along with its related Berbice agricultural fields restructuring, as well as the construction of the Enmore Packaging Plant.Dr. Thomas reminded that over the decades, sugar’s contribution to GDP, export earnings, and tax revenue has fallen well behind that of other traditional commodity sectors such as gold, rice, and bauxite, as well as the services sector.He added, “I had earlier columns which also looked at the money that was given to the sugar industry by the European Union (EU).”In that series dedicated to the sugar industry he had said, “I had calculatedly treated this as conscience money paid by Britain and the EU as compensation for their unilateral revocation of the EU-African-Caribbean-Pacific countries (ACP) Sugar Protocol, from which they had previously drawn considerable benefit.”“Large sums directed to Guyana’s sugar industry by the EU have to be seen in the light of the additional massive bailouts provided by the Government of Guyana to GuySuCo in recent years.”Dr. Thomas said that as worldwide experience has shown, it is hard, politically, for governments to stop providing unwarranted subsidies to state industries. He said, however, that it is far worse for them to yield to those interests that are driving the need for the subsidies.He emphasized that the misallocation of national resources, implicit in this posture, is inevitably bad for everyone economically, but it will eventually also carry a devastating political cost, given the size and configuration of the sugar industry in Guyana’s political economy.Economist Rawle Lucas had also recently added his voice to the subject matter.He said that one should be concerned about the state of GuySuCo’s coffers given that the Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, disclosed that the Consolidated Fund is in overdraft by some $60B.He defined the Consolidated Fund to be a reflection of the total sum of money that is collected or received by the Government of Guyana. The official account is kept at the Bank of Guyana. The government uses the money to meet expenditures on the goods and services that it provides to the public.The financial commentator said that while the Consolidated Fund is the most important account of the government, GuySuCo is its most important enterprise especially when one considers that it employs about 16, 000 persons and contributes about four per cent to domestic output.“Given what we heard about the $16 billion debt of GuySuCo, the Consolidated Fund has probably seen no money from this entity in a long time. Instead, GuySuCo has been a perennial drag on the hard-earned money of the taxpaying public, ” Lucas opined.He said that in the case of GuySuCo, the impact of this type of behaviour on the taxpayers of Guyana is hard.“In the first instance, the taxpayers gave annual subsidies to GuySuCo…What GuySuCo consciously did was transfer about three times the amount of the subsidies to consumers overseas. When Guyanese take account of the money that they get from the European Union (EU), GuySuCo still ends up transferring twice as much taxpayers’ money overseas.”Under these conditions, Lucas opined that GuySuCo is doing absolutely nothing for Guyana, since it is also taking a portion of its foreign earnings to pay the subsidies of foreign consumers.He said that without a restructured GuySuCo, it is impossible to see how the new government could reduce Value Added Tax and pay higher wages to public servants, both of which have the potential to help the economy grow faster and stronger.He said, too, that the new administration also has to take a pragmatic position on the sugar industry.Lucas said that the malpractice of holding the majority of the population to ransom needs to be discontinued.  He reminded that the contribution of sugar to the economy has fallen significantly. He said that gold, Tyler Naquin Indians Jersey, other agricultural crops and rice have all surpassed sugar in importance to the Guyana economy. At the same time, gold, rice and bauxite bring in far more foreign exchange than sugar.“The sugar industry must undergo radical change if this country is to move forward, since GuySuCo can hardly qualify as a “going concern”. The taxpayers did their part on May 11 and it is now up to the government to do the rest, ” he concluded.
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Date: 13 Aug 17 10:59pm
Residents of a large section of Number 28 Village, West Coast Berbice are at their wits end over not having a supply of potable water for the past months. Most heavily affected are residents in Carmichael Street, Housing Scheme.Residents dug this hole to access water at ground level.The area is being supplied by the well station at Kingelly, WCB.Genera Harewood complained that in the past the water pressure being extremely low on a regular basis, now there is no water.Another problem in the area is that the frequent blackouts interrupt the operation at the well station. Another resident, Wayne Wallerson said that the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) and Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) are playing the blame game.Wallerson is of the opinion that a large pump was removed from Kingelly—the neighbouring village— and it was replaced with a smaller pump. “Apparently it cannot push the water into this scheme and other low lying areas.” He last received potable water in February.He said that several visits and complaints to the Regional Chairman, Bindraban Bisnauth, proved futile. “He promised to look into it, but nothing.”Residents took it upon themselves to dig under a pipeline so that they can access water at the lowest level.A furious Stacey Wallerson accused the administration of discrimination, since residents of neighbouring villages are getting water into their backlands. She claims those residents are watering vegetation and plants with it.“Right now we have a sore issue with this water!” The woman said that living way down into the village proves to be a disadvantage to her and family since the water distribution is at its lowest and poorest there. “I have children that have to go to school in the morning and they cannot get water to bathe!”“I don’t know if we (are) going back in the days—because they have this political affair right now in the air! I want to know if we the smaller people—if we don’t have a voice.”Several efforts to contact GWI and Bisnauth yesterday, Carlton Fisk Red Sox Jersey, proved futile.
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