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Date: 22 Oct 17 05:06am
Fire prevention coverage across the Demerara County was put to the test yesterday with four big blazes erupting within the space of a few hours. The penultimate fire occurred yesterday afternoon as the West End Youth Culture Centre at Hope Street, Cummingsburg went up in flames.As three fire engines worked to contain that blaze, the last fire erupted at a dwelling house at Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara location.While the origin of the Youth Centre’s fire is so far undetermined, initial reports are that the blaze started soon after a man was seen leaving the building. He was promptly taken into police custody.The other fires occurred at Zeelugt Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara; Crane Public Road, West Coast Demerara; Melanie Damishana Public Road, East Coast Demerara and Hope Street, Cummingsburg.Three of the four fires were at dwelling houses.Just around 17:00 hours, Cummingsburg villagers reported seeing the bottom flat of the Youth Centre on fire with heavy smoke emanating from the two-storey building. When Kaieteur News visited the scene, dozens of residents were standing around the burnt building.The fire service came in for heavy praise for the work they did on the building. Residents were grateful that the blaze was contained promptly and that the building had not been burned flat.The 45-year-old wooden building was once the centre of activity in the community. It once housed a gym on the bottom flat and the upper flat was used for sewing and other classes. Up to yesterday, the back of the lower flat was being used by two customs brokers for office space.According to the residents, it was also being used by the police for its initiatives in the area.No one was injured.Fire Chief, Marlon Gentle said “This period always has the tendency, from our records, for a lot of fires to be occurring, mostly because school is out and some other activities also start to happen like camping.”He said, too, that persons are not always careful. “Caution should be the watchword every day. People have to take responsibility for their actions within their own environment in which they operate. They have to be safe and stop taking chances.”The Fire Chief stated that there needs to be a heightened level of how electricity is used. According to him, the Easter, Jerseys NFL Cheap, August and Christmas periods are considered the peak times for fires.He said that investigators learnt that the fire started shortly after a man was seen leaving the building. That person was taken into police custody. The blaze was contained by fire fighters who responded from three stations, including Central and Alberttown.“Someone was seen coming out of the building and then they saw fire so we are still investigating. I can’t say exactly what caused the fire but we are dealing with it with some degree of suspicion.”As it relates to the fire at Zeelugt, Gentle said that investigators have determined that it was caused by “some form of malicious act stemming from a dispute.” He said that the fire at Crane was electrical in origin.Investigations are continuing.
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Date: 22 Oct 17 05:06am
…even as Speaker strikes out Prime Minister’s challengeBy Gary EleazarA division in the ranks of the political opposition parties in the National Assembly yesterday saw the approval for the $3.4B Financial Paper #8 which came by way of Supplementary provision.The Financial Paper had forced the previous sitting of the National Assembly to end in a stalemate with the Deputy Speaker of the House, Deborah Backer, suspending the engagement to seek further advice on the way forward.Following the announcement of the ruling by substantive Speaker of the House, cheap jerseys paypal, Raphael Trotman, the remaining Financial Paper was put to a vote, yesterday.On the very first item up for consideration which was a $400M allocation for the Office of the Prime Minister’s Electrification Programme, A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) Chief Whip, Amna Ally, demanded a division after there was no clear indication on the oral vote. The Alliance for Change (AFC) at this point in time abstained from voting and even though each of APNU’s MP’s voted against the provision, their 26-bloc vote was not enough to defeat the ruling party’s 32 votes.The entire Financial Paper was eventually approved in the House clearing the way for the first Bill to be introduced in the House for 2012 approved.That was the Supplementary Appropriations Bill reflecting the two Financial Papers representing in excess of $5B advanced from the Contingency Fund.Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh had elucidated that the Financial Paper #8 merely represented a ‘bringing to books’ of foreign inflows into Guyana.The Bill was eventually cleared in the House but with the amendments to reflect the provisions which had been voted down by the combined opposition.Those excluded provisions include a $25M allocation for the hosting of the 2011 Investiture Ceremony among others, but according to the ruling by Speaker Trotman, the Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh, may re-submit the items for reconsideration.Following the approval of the more than $5B on the two supplementary financial provisions sought, the AFC Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan, used the opportunity to remind the House and particularly the Finance Minister, that the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act mandates that he provides documentation to outline the impact that the expenditure will make on the nation for which the urgent and unavoidable expenditure was advanced from the Contingencies FundPM’s Five-Page ChallengeAs yesterday’s session opened, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman, informed the House that outside of the ruling he would have had to make on behalf of his deputy, the Prime Minister in a five-page, 40 paragraph submission had challenged the voting down of the provisions by the Combined Opposition in Financial Paper #7.To this end, Trotman ruled that the Opposition was well within its jurisdiction to vote down the provisions for which approval was being sought by the Finance Minister.Trotman informed the House that “the Prime Minister and Leader of the Government’s business, by way of letter dated March 6, 2012, challenged the propriety and legality of this removal of Heads, and requested me to consider his challenge.”Trotman in his ruling as it relates to the challenge told the House that, “It is my considered opinion that the Assembly, or a majority thereof, is within its right to leave out or exclude, any item or sub-head of a Supplementary Estimate or Statement of Excess.”He added also that the manner in which the Assembly dealt with Financial Paper # 7 seems to be in order.“It is unusual for a notice to be given for voting against a question put…This is exactly why the question is put for adoption by the House for Members to exercise their constitutional function of supporting or voting against a proposal…A question is put to the Assembly for a decision and is determined by a majority and that was the case here…Voting against the items was not wrong.”The Speaker said that the Prime Minister’s interpretation of the various standing Orders of Parliament are flawed given that he seems to be advocating that Financial Papers must not be subject to an affirmative or negative vote in the Assembly.In that case, Trotman said that the Financial Papers should only be laid for information sake and not to be considered and voted on.“A decision to vote for or against a Supplementary Estimate or a Head or sub-head thereof, cannot be reversed by the Speaker; though I am of the opinion that the Hon. Minister of Finance, or his designate, may re-introduce them for consideration.”Meanwhile as it relates to the Motion which was introduced by APNU’s point man on finances, Carl Greenidge, to have Financial Paper # 8 completely withdrawn and resubmitted with adequate information detailing the affairs of the expenditure, the Speaker ruled the motion was never actually carried in the House as it was never voted on.Trotman told the House that Backer at the time of the proposing of that motion was not certain about the admissibility of the motion and, “instead of proceeding in contravention of the Standing Orders, she was right in suspending and asking for an adjournment to be properly advised on the way forward.”Trotman then ruled that it was a decision arrived at with the assistance of the Clerk of the National Assembly that Greenidge’s motion for the withdrawal of Financial Paper #. 8 was out of order, “and I so rule.”According to the Speaker, the Standing Orders clearly set out the procedure to be followed when Supplementary Estimates are before the House.Greenidge sought to have an amendment to the motion as it relates to consideration of the Financial Paper #8 to which the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira objected saying that no such amendments were permitted.At this point in the proceedings, some of the members sought to present arguments based on their understanding of the Standing Orders for and against whether the motion can be allowed or not.Long standing PPP/C stalwart Moses Nagamootoo, who has since taken up residence in the Opposition benches in the ranks of the AFC, said that in the interest of adequate details on the billions for which the government is seeking approval, the administration should not seek to hide behind technicalities and procedures.Nagamootoo reminded that the National Assembly is a body that regulates itself as it relates to rules and procedures and that the temptation to veer off into technicalities and procedures may be a subterfuge.The former PPP stalwart told the House that if the Finance Minister “wishes to have these things approved all he has to do is provide more details…to resort to rules is a form of trying to avoid being frank and open.”In the end the Speaker did rule that an amendment may be made to the motion but subject to the parameters provided for in the Standing Orders.Trotman said too, that the event pointed out to the House that there was a clear ambiguity as it relates to the Standing Orders addressing the matter at hand and further points out a “clear contradiction.”The Speaker did say that he was not prepared to wait for two years before the Standing Orders Committee sorts out the mess.In the end the Financial Papers minus the provisions which were already voted down were approved in the House.
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Date: 22 Oct 17 05:06am
The Environmental Community Health Organization (ECHO) believes that if people are asked to pay for plastic bags there would be a reduction in the excessive use and wanton disposal of the items.For this reason, the organization has requested via letter, the EPA, the Private Sector Commission, and the Consumer Association, Wholesale Jerseys, to support its campaign to ban plastic bags distributed at Supermarkets and other shopping centres country wide.It was observed, on many instances, that the plastic bags are not recycled; instead they are discarded into the environment.“Plastics are very hazardous to birds, marine life, and the general environment. Discarded plastic is not biodegradable and it lingers in the environment for thousands of years. The environment is affected with used plastic bags that end up in drains and other water ways; hindering the flow of those canals. If these plastics are burnt they infuse the air with toxic fumes. All things considered, plastic creates a serious public health nuisance and harm the environment in many different ways, ” the entity stressed in a press release.It continued: “The current garbage crises in the city reveal that citizens are using plastic excessively and thus it showcases the indisciplined attitude of some citizens towards the disposal of refuse. This has changed the kind of garbage generated and facilitates a deficit by the authorities to actually cope with this kind of garbage.  “A ban on free plastic bags could assist this situation and simultaneously make available a reference that would consent to corporations, consumers, and citizens to reflect on their attitude towards the environment.”
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Date: 22 Oct 17 05:05am
Amelia’s Ward Jets soared to their fourth consecutive win in the Pioneer Construction and Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) League Friday night when they played Alleyene’s Retrieve Raiders.Jets won 68–61 despite a 13–point deficit with less than five minutes to play in the final quarter. Raiders led the first period 17–15 and maintained the lead 33–24 at halftime before taking a 49–32 advantage after the third.Point Guards Delbert Kitt and Captain Kevin Joseph led the Jets surge with 22 and 18 points respectively while the Webster brothers supported with nine points each for the team that had beaten League leaders, Royals last week.Devon Gittens had 17 points and Louis James had 14 points for the Alleyene’s Raiders in the first game as Victory Valley Royals slumped to their second straight defeat at the hands of Patriots this time in the featured game.Patriots edged Royals 64–62 after the latter led the first quarter 19–17, NFL Jerseys Outlet, half time 33–30 and the third quarter 47–41. The game was well poised after the scores were leveled at 58 points in the closing minutes of the final quarter.Veteran Ron Wilson scored a lay–up with just over one minute to play and the final basket from the free–throw line to give his team the win with 1.2 seconds left in the game and little time for Royals to score an equalizer.Neil Marks top scored with 21 points for Patriots, while Wilson and Thorton Wilson made good on their opportunities with 11 points each. Lawrence Dacista scored 20 points while Orlando Glasgow and Ron Beckles had 12 each for Royals.Raiders took on Patriots while Jets handled New Ballers last night; meanwhile Ballers are to play Patriots and Jets Wismar Pistons when the LABA League continues at the Mackenzie Sports Club court tonight.Reigning National Champions, Pistons took over the lead from Royals with 9 points from four wins and one loss while Royals and Jets are tied for second in the Pioneer Construction–sponsored League with 8 points each.Jets have four wins from four games, while Royals are with three wins and two defeats from five games. Patriots are on 6 points from two wins and two losses while Raiders and Bulls have 4 points each from their games.
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Date: 22 Oct 17 05:05am
The Indigenous Peoples Commission (IPC) yesterday handed over the first report since its inception in 2010, to Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman.In commending the body, Trotman explained that since the National Assembly does not have interaction with civil society, there is need for reports to be submitted by various commissions.Speaker of the National Assembly, Wholesale NFL Jerseys Online, Raphael Trotman receives a copy of the report from Indigenous People Commission (IPC) Chairman Doreen Jacobis in the presence of Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai.“I don’t want to have these reports placed on the desks of parliamentarians, I need them to be discussed and debated and to have you present at these kinds of sessions.”Adding that he is thinking of breaking tradition, Trotman said he wants to allow citizens to address the National Assembly, whereas this is only done by parliamentarians.Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai, said the IPC was formed in September 2010 and it is impressive that for a relatively new commission they have already submitted a report to the National Assembly.“It is an important sign that Guyana has taken a bold step in the promotion of indigenous rights and where their concerns can be raised… and deal with issues that come before them, ” Sukhai said.Indigenous People Commission (IPC) Chairman Doreen Jacobis said the entity needs funding and assistance from parliamentarians and as such, from the report presented, would underscore the various issues faced by the Amerindian community.
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