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Date: 22 Oct 17 12:54pm
– as work permits denial, deportations of Guyanese continue The Honourable David Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados, is promising a shake-up of the island’s Immigration Department over growing concerns by immigrants, including Guyanese.The Department has been at the centre of much debate in recent weeks over allegations that larger-than-usual numbers of immigrants were having their applications for work permit extensions denied, or were being deported for overstaying their time.Barbadian Prime Minister, David Thompson “I believe that there are going to be major administrative changes coming; there will be a shake-up. That is the one thing I can say, ” he told a press conference last week.He insisted that the large number of applications for work permit extensions being denied had only to do with the fact that there was a backlog of cases.“Matters just weren’t dealt with… and I think that has created some of the challenges, Cheap Mens Jordan Sneakers, ” said Thompson, as quoted in The Nation newspaper of Barbados.The steady increase in the number of Guyanese being rejected renewals to their work permits had caused Guyana’s Honorary Consul Norman Faria to urge employers in Barbados to assist their Guyanese workers.Faria wrote to Harry Husbands, the Executive Director of the umbrella group Barbados Employers Confederation, to pay more attention to their personnel departments.“There are, of course, firms that deal most professionally with all their employees, and we must commend the generally progressive and vibrant nature of the Barbados private sector; but the Consulate is, nevertheless, concerned about the high number of reports to their Consul by workers questioning difficulties they are experiencing at the Immigration Department, in particular when renewing their work permits.â€�He insisted that Government was not targeting any particular nationality, saying: “Out there, there are some people who think that we are targeting illegal Guyanese immigrants. There are some people who are stirring up that element of strife.“I have spoken to President [Bharrat] Jagdeo about it on several occasions, and I think he understands our position.“Our position has nothing to do with the origin of the immigrants. The fact that there are more Guyanese immigrants in Barbados means that whatever actions taken in relation to immigration policy will impact more on them. But nobody should be of the view that our policy is targeting one group.”Thompson’s position comes on the heels of comments by his Agriculture Minister, Haynesley Benn, who said he wanted to help Guyanese facing immigration woes on the island, recognizing the critical need for workers in the agricultural sector.Benn said he was willing to help local farmers get the “eyes and ears” of the minister with responsibility for immigration to look at the situation with Guyanese labourers and work permits.“If Barbadian farmers cannot get Barbadian labourers, and we want to see agriculture go forward, we would need to help them. Guyanese farmers are renowned for their hard work on farms, and expertise, ” Benn was quoted as saying.“Some farmers have even advertised for local labour, and it seems as though the response from our people is not as forthcoming as the farmers would like, hence they have asked for assistance.”
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Date: 22 Oct 17 12:54pm
Guyana and Mexico on Tuesday toasted to the prosperity and the strong friendship shared between the two countries. The occasion was Mexico’s 205th independence anniversary. The function was hosted at the Marriott.The local celebration was hosted by Mexican ambassador, Ivan Sierra. President David Granger, First lady Sandra Granger and other dignitaries were among the guests.The special occasion featured the symbolic cutting of a cake, well wishes from President Granger and the Mexican ambassador Ivan Sierra followed by feasting on Mexican influenced delicacies and beverages.The event was done in the context of Mexico being a trusted friend of Guyana and a partner in the greater Caribbean. At the function President Granger lauded Mexico’s support for the region through the CARICOM-Mexico cooperation programme.“Mexico’s geopolitical role will be fundamental to addressing the many challenges faced by the Caribbean Region, especially in the area of food security, climate change and transnational organised crime.“We wish, therefore, to urge Mexico to use its influence in the hemisphere and on the international stage to reject the use, or threat of the use of force between states, to promote development and to preserve the Caribbean as a zone of peace, ” President Granger said.The President noted that despite the disparities in wealth and size, Mexico and Guyana share many similarities. They can seize many opportunities for collaboration. Guyana, like Mexico, adheres strongly to the values of democracy, liberty, and respect for human rights, sustainable development, the rule of law and peaceful solutions to international controversies.Mexico’s technical assistance, especially in the field of training and education, complements Guyana’s national efforts to create a more competent workforce, which is needed to provide vital services to support Guyana’s development, the President also pointed out.“The groundwork for the intensification of bilateral activity between our countries has been well laid. We hope to work closely with your Embassy here in Georgetown to bring these projects to fruition. We hope also, to deepen the dialogue between our two countries and to explore and exploit the considerable potential, which exists for increasing investment opportunities between Guyana and Mexico, ” the Guyanese Head of State said.Mexican ambassador, Ivan Sierra, noted that the proclamation of independence elicits pride and joy in the heart of every Mexican. He said at the very heart of national independence lies the will of political freedom and the commitment to build a better life.After three centuries of colonial oppression, the major Spanish colony of New Spain reclaimed her lawful seat in the community of nations as an Independent Mexico.When celebrating their heroic heritage, the Mexican people renew a shared commitment to build a better future that leverages the strengths of the world’s 12th largest economy to improve the living standards for 115 million citizens.This Endeavour received new impetus under the leadership of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is implementing transformational reforms in key areas such as education, the energy and financial sectors, democratic institutions and telecommunications.In this light, the Mexican ambassador said major internal reforms should have a direct impact in the diplomatic dialogue with the world and especially with sister nations in the Americas.Reflecting further the ambassador noted that Mexico is Latin America’s largest exporter, selling annually more than US$400 billion to the world, and 80 percent of those exports take place within the western hemisphere.“Clearly, there is a huge potential for a more dynamic engagement with the greater Caribbean, and Mexico has every intention to work closely with Guyana to broaden the political dialogue, improve economic exchanges and make strides in international development cooperation.”While saluting the vibrant democracy in Guyana, the ambassador made it clear that his country wants to join efforts with the David Granger government to build stronger ties in the auspicious context of the forthcoming celebration of the 50th anniversary of Guyanese Independence.The ambassador expressed the hope that later this month in New York a meeting of senior authorities will mark the starting point in this new stage of partnership.On the subject of capacity building ambassador Sierra said, “In a few days, we begin the project for the digitalization of the national archives. And immediately after that, Mexican experts will provide training in Guyana to secondary school teachers from Caricom nations.”Guyana and Mexico’s collaboration in the agricultural sector was also noted as being diverse and productive, ranging from training of stakeholders in the enhancement of the coconut industry, to the promotion of Guyanese rice.The Mexican ambassador announced that his country is also expanding training opportunities for Guyanese medical practitioners to pursue specialization in Mexico.Mexico and Guyana’s shared interests in relevant multilateral initiatives was also highlighted in the ambassador’s address to those present. These include the arms trade treaty that recently held its first conference in Cancun, and the climate change conferences to take place in December in Paris.In October, Mexico will chair a summit of the 66 countries that are members of the open government partnership, a forum that is willing to collaborate with the government of Guyana the ambassador said.Being sister nations on the greater Caribbean, Mexico is a quick hop away from Guyana and the ambassador invited friends of COPA to showcase the six destinations in Mexico that are accessible with a connection in Panama, ranging from beach paradise in Cancun to industrial hubs in Mexico City and Guadalajara.Guyana and Mexico are already busy in capacity building. In a few days Mexico will begin the project for the digitalization of the national archives which would be immediately followed by Mexican experts providing training in Guyana to secondary school teachers from Caricom nations.“Our collaboration in the agricultural sector has been diverse and productive, Adam Shaheen Jersey, ranging from training of stakeholders in the enhancement of the coconut industry, to the promotion of Guyana’s rice. We are also expanding training opportunities for Guyanese medical practitioners to pursue specialization in Mexico, ” the ambassador said.
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Date: 22 Oct 17 12:54pm
Police special constable, Denita Vanderburgh, 34, of Reliance Settlement, East Canje, Berbice, was yesterday granted $50, 000 bail, when she appeared before Magistrate Adela Nagamootoo at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court on the charge of Dereliction of Duty by a Peace Officer.The woman who is attached to the Reliance Police Station is accused of allowing a prisoner to escape.Prosecutor Inspector Satrohan Dayaram stated that on March 16, last, NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap, while being a Peace Officer at the Reliance Police Station, Vanderburgh voluntarily and intentionally permitted one Chetram Singh, a prisoner at the time and who was being held on a charge of simple larceny, to escape.Singh, 26, a Deportee, had escaped from the Reliance station lock ups at around 01:30 hrs on the day in question.A known felon, Singh was arrested after he was found in possession of a stolen electrical generator. It was alleged that he had broken out of the facility, but a closer examination by senior investigators revealed that one board approximately four to five inches was missing.This observation by senior investigators brought some suspicions which led to the two ranks that were at the station being arrested.The senior investigators had doubt that the man could have slipped through such a small space. The two were placed on open arrest and allowed to work.Singh was later recaptured and under interrogation, had told investigators that he did not escape, but gave the officers $35, 000 for his release and that the breakout was a concoction.Meanwhile, the other person involved in the saga, the neighbourhood policeman, Deonarine Rambarrath, called “Watrash” was not charged, but investigations are continuing and he may be disciplined soon.The matter has been transferred to the Reliance Magistrate’s Court for June 16.
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“The revolution lives on, ” said President of the University of Guyana Students Society (UGSS), Joshua Griffith, in wake of the end of industrial action at the University of Guyana (UG).UGSS President, Joshua GriffithGriffith in an invited comment to this publication yesterday said that although students are grateful that UG has returned to some degree of normalcy, there are still many concerns that must be addressed at the tertiary institution.“Students are appreciative that we can finally have all classes resume, but at the same time though, the effort is to ensure that the students are not affected severely. We are approaching the Academic Board, where decisions will be made on how the semester progresses in terms of duration and how it will treat with different courses that haven’t been running, ” Griffith outlined yesterday.Although some courses were being offered during the five-week long industrial action at UG there were some lecturers who continued to offer regular classes. However, the majority of classes, this publication understands, were not being held.The industrial action was reportedly the result of a breakdown of negotiations between the University workers’ unions – the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association and the University of Guyana Workers Union – and the University’s Negotiating Team.Although the UGSS was not opposed to the workers embracing their right to strike, the student body was however not fond of the resulting situation characterised by too many classes not being held.The industrial action was called off yesterday after an agreement was inked between the Unions and the University Administration based on an interim agreement which, among other things, will see workers being afforded a 10 per cent salary increase.But even with the end of the industrial action, Griffith asserted that the paramount concerns still faced by students are issues such as the dates for examinations and when their grades will be made available.“Students have planned their lives and this disruption would affect that and we are trying our best to see how we can make the best of the whole situation, ” the UGSS President intimated.About one week ago, the UGSS met with the University’s Administration to discuss measures that were being put in place to address its many concerns, which range from academic to infrastructural issues. The UGSS has plans to meet again this week with the Administration for an update, Griffith disclosed.“There was some amount of progress, but we are not satisfied, and so we will be advocating for more progress going forward, ” said the UGSS President who pointed out that a call to have the concerns addressed at UG will not simply end because industrial action has been called off.Through #UGRevolution, an initiative of the UGSS, efforts are being made by students to highlight, with a view of addressing, the prevailing substandard and poorly maintained facilities at UG.  These concerns, according to Griffith, have been evident for decades and have remained constant because of the lack of financing.Moreover, he is adamant that the #UGRevolution is a conscious effort by students to demand improved facilities against the backdrop of increased tuition. The manifestation of the initiative has constituted action such as student rallies, the mounting of banners of shame and even multiple campus shutdown tactics.“We remain steadfast in our struggle for basic facilities. The #UGRevolution is a student effort to rebuild our campus, ” said Griffith at a forum last month. And he has since asserted that “I wish to state unequivocally that all actions taken thus far by students, led by the UGSS, were to bring forcibly to the fore our utter disdain at the prevailing substandard conditions at the University of Guyana.”Although attempts to address some of its concerns, such as moves to improve the physical environment at the UG campus, by the Ministry of Public Works, the Parks Commission and other such entities, were recognized, Griffith has insisted “that this generation of students will not be dissuaded by cosmetic changes.  Unless our demands are closely coupled with sustainable commitments, the students will not relent in their struggle for a better University.”“It is not going to end because the strike ended, the revolution is not even related to the strike…It did have to do with getting classes to resume, but even beyond that, it is working towards students’ activism and students speaking up and speaking out and demanding the standards that we deserve, ” asserted Griffith yesterday.As part of its efforts to advocate for the return of normalcy at UG, cheap jerseys nfl wholesale, the UGSS had disclosed plans to seek legal advice, an undertaking that was being channelled through a UGSS Special Committee that was created for just this purpose. In commenting on the development in this regard, Griffith said that he is awaiting a report from the Committee which will ascertain whether there is yet a need for legal support.
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