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Date: 22 May 18 02:53am
The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) yesterday said that it was “concerned” about its pension scheme contributions to Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) which has been placed under judicial management by the government, freezing all transactions.President of the Union, Komal Chand, told Kaieteur News that over the past 12 years the Union has made some $20M in contributions to Clico through its Pension Scheme.The Pension Scheme covers the 37 employees GAWU employs to run its operations in representing the rights of workers – some 18, 000 in the sugar industry alone.Chand said that since the Government moved in to place CLICO under judicial management it has been unable to make any transactions. He did not want to say whether the Union had moved to have its money withdrawn from the giant insurance conglomerate which has been crumbling in the Caribbean.Chand said that Union officials have been trying to meet with the Judicial Manager Maria van Beek – also the Commissioner of Insurance – but she has not yet responded.He said he hopes that meeting could take place next week.The President of GAWU said the Union was satisfied with President Bharrat Jagdeo’s statement that policyholders of CLICO will not lose their money. However, he said the Union wants from van Beek “a clear answer” on the status of CLICO.CLICO’s troubles first surfaced publicly in January when the Trinidad and Tobago government offered a rescue package for its parent company CL Financial, which also owns Republic Bank in the Caribbean.It was when the Registrar of Insurance in Nassau, The Bahamas ordered the liquidation of CLICO (Bahamas) late February that the Government here made moves to put CLICO (Guyana) under the management of the courts, since 53 percent of the Guyana holdings were invested in the Bahamas operations.That action now prevents CLICO here from issuing any new policies, varying any existing contracts, or repatriating any funds and disposing of any assets without the prior written consent of the court.Now, the Jagdeo administration is battling with the authorities in Nassau over claims by the Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham that CLICO there has no record of the Guyana investments.The Finance Ministry now has the financial records of the investments in The Bahamas, and this evidence is to be forwarded to the Bahamian authorities.The collapse of CLICO is spreading across the Caribbean. Just after the government here felt obligated to step in to put CLICO operations under judicial management, Cheap NFL Jerseys, authorities in Belmopan moved to do the same in Belize.Now in Barbados, Prime Minister David Thompson has announced that CLICO is in discussion with a local firm regarding the sale of CLICO Life.The Leader of the Barbados opposition, Mia Mottley, says that she has filed a motion of censure against the Government in Parliament, warning of a debt of around US$46 million in CLICO Life’s Statutory Fund, seriously undermining the viability of the fund.
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Date: 22 May 18 02:53am
The voting down of two Bills related to the Amaila Falls Hydropower project by the Opposition in the National Assembly on July 18 last is more horrid in proportion to the loss of lives of three Guyanese during Linden protest on July 18, 2012, said Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon.  Speaking to the press during his weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the President yesterday, Dr. Luncheon said that it would be recorded in Guyana’s history that three Guyanese, Allan Lewis, Ron Somerset and Shemroy Boyea, met their deaths in Linden, which led to a Commission of Inquiry.That Commission brought to light much clarity particularly surrounding allegations, accusations and such like that was being bandied around and had enjoyed a life prior to the final report and its conclusion.On June 26 last, relatives of the three dead men along with the victims injured in the mayhem during the protest action, received the cash award for damages that had been determined by the Commission of Inquiry.The men and women who uplifted the payments lamented the quantum received. They further charged that they were made to sign for the money under ‘duress’.Region Ten Chairman Sharma Solomon, who addressed members of the media after the grouping had collected the compensation, said that the sums awarded by the Commission “symbolize a slap in the face of the victims.”He told media operatives that they have since demanded the formula used by the Commission in determining the compensation amount.Solomon said that they are not officially recognizing the payment as compensation but rather as payments made by the state after the Commission had determined that it was the state that was responsible for the “murders and injuries.”He questioned how the Commission determined that a young man just past adolescence could have his life valued at $1M, or that a father of two, who was gunned down, would be worth $3M. “How does one justify the assumption that a life is only worth $1M.”Nonetheless, Cheap Jerseys From China, Dr. Luncheon said that the voting down of the Amaila Falls Hydropower project is of more horrid proportion than the death of the three persons.According to Dr. Luncheon, the voting down of the Bills was an act of economic sabotage. The Bills voted down were the guarantee to raise the debt ceiling and Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project.According to Dr. Luncheon, “How could 31 peoples’ representatives in their right thinking mind make such a decision? The rhetorical question asked is what on earth possessed these 31 persons and these MPs presumably in their right thinking minds to make the decision, a decision we are all familiar with…how could their leaders informed to the max…package that decision and present it as a viable option to their followers.“Put the blame on all 31 but reserve the crown of ignominy for those leaders who selfishly betrayed Guyana.”
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Date: 22 May 18 02:52am
What started out as a highly anticipated event for residents of Sophia yesterday proved to be a great disappointment to a majority of the gathering since the official commissioning of the Sophia Water Treatment Plant was postponed. President Bharrat Jagdeo failed to show up.Never the less, Jose Manuel Ruiz, Chief of Operations, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Country Office, played his role at the “would be commissioning ceremony”.Ruiz explained that it was only one week ago that the Inter American Development Bank was in Linden signing off on two operations; the Linden Water Rehabilitation Programme which is a US$12M loan that would benefit the residents of Linden by improving water quality and efficiency of the water supply system, and the Caribbean Regional Wastewater Management.Besides the Linden Programme, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is currently implementing with IDB resources:– A US$10M “Georgetown Sanitation Improvement Program” with the objective of improving the Georgetown sewerage system and strengthen GWI performance by improving asset management and decreasing energy consumption– The TC “Financial and Institutional Strengthening of GWI (US$500, 000) aimed at improving GWI operating procedures and accounting system; and– The TC “Preparation for the Water and Sanitation Upgrade Program” (US$650, NBA Jerseys From China, 000) aimed among other things at updating the 1995 sewerage master plan for Georgetown.The US$14.7M Georgetown Water Supply and Sewer System Programme was completed in 2010 with the aim of improving the sanitary conditions of the population in Georgetown.Another aim was to reduce the current levels of environmental degradation through an improvement in the quality of the water supply and sewerage services. In order to achieve this goal, the program had three objectives;(a) the improvement in the availability and quality of potable water and the reliability of the distribution system;(b) the improvement in the level of operation of the sewerage system; and(c) the consolidation and further improvement of GWI as the operating agency.Under components (a) and (b), Iron Removal plants were constructed at Sophia and Central Ruimveldt. Additional outputs of the program included rehabilitation works of the sewerage system and works at the GWI’s Shelterbelt.Minister of Housing and Water, Irfaan Ali, told the gathering that water treatment is a “very expensive formula” and in 2006, 25 percent of the population had access to treated water.To date, 45 percent can now access treated water and the aim is to have at least 70 percent of the entire Guyanese population in five years times benefitting from access to treated water.Though 98 per cent of the Coastal population can access water, it is still a limited per cent that can access treated water, since Guyana’s water content has a high level of iron.As he highlighted areas of importance to the water sector, Minister Ali pointed out that an area which is very critical is wastage and results of “line wastage”.Since many households for some period of time could not access water, people resorted to breaking some water lines and this has proven to be costly for GWI since a lot of money had to be spent to conduct necessary repairs, not forgetting there was a high wastage of flowing water.“Another integral piece to be completed is the Cummings Lodge Well which has not been activated as yet. In two weeks we will be able to fully activate the complete system and the level of service here at Sophia will be improved greater.”He stated that there has been tremendous improvement in pressure and flow of water for the past five years since nearly $3.6B has been invested to improve water services in Region Four.With the addition of the Sophia Water Treatment Plant another 30, 000 residents are expected to benefit from improved water service due to the construction of this water facility.According to GWI’s Executive Director of Capital Investment and Planning, Ramchand Jailal, the fully functional Sophia Water Treatment Plant was funded by the IDB to the tune of in excess of $300M. The facility was constructed by the Trinidad-based firm UEM Inc.“This new facility successfully serves the population in and around Sophia “A” Field, Sophia “B” Field, Bel Air and Prashad Nagar” said Jailal.Information from a press release sent by GWI stated that the new Sophia Water Treatment Plant is a state-of-the-art facility which comprises of a modern energy efficient gravity type water treatment technology. The plant utilizes a sodium hypochlorite generation system which aids in the chlorine purification process.It is complemented by aerators and lime dosing systems which aid in the adjustment of concentration ions (acidity and alkaline) content and oxidation tanks that facilitate the removal of iron via filtration and backwash lagoons.The facility is also supported by an electricity control building which aids in efficient operation.
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Date: 22 May 18 02:52am
By Sharmain GraingerDr. Jorge Tomas Balseiro Estevez (L) and Dr Bhiro Harry.Like so many diseases, mental disorders do not target people of a particular race, gender, creed or even age – everyone is vulnerable.A recent visit to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)’s Psychiatric Clinic proved this notion to be very true. The waiting area was packed to capacity; some patients were mumbling incoherently, some were reading newspapers, Jerseys China Wholesale, others were chatting about issues of concern to them while a few just sat quietly awaiting their names to be called.What they all had in common was that they had some mental ailment and were seeking help to get better – a laudable move on their part.But oftentimes it is the move to get help that is the hardest for people with mental disorders. This may simply be because some people are not aware that there is help available to them.And immense efforts are being made to arrest this challenge by the Ministry of Public Health.According to information released to this publication by Chief Psychiatrist within the public health sector, Dr. Bhiro Harry, the most common cases of mental disorders seen are depression, anxiety disorders and acute stress, alcohol- and drug-induced psychosis, other psychosis and schizophrenia. These, according to Dr. Harry, have been identified as the five main contributors to the disease burden in Guyana.Without treatment, mental disorders can have devastating outcomes. A well-known result that many of us know all too well is suicide. Suicide – which is the act of taking one’s own life – has over the years become much too frequent; a genuine source for concern.In fact the Public Health Ministry has recognized this situation as a “serious social problem” and has assured that it is not being taken lightly, especially since Guyana has earned the reputation of being the suicide capital of the world – recording the highest number of suicides per capita worldwide. This was a few years ago.But although the data for 2015 are not yet available, it is believed that Guyana has retained this unflattering “title” within South America and the Caribbean.BUILDING CAPACITYGuyana currently has an estimated population of 750, 000 and the Mental Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry has predicted that an estimated number of 75, 000 to 112, 500 Guyanese suffer from mental disorders and require some level of mental health care services.While facilities to aid treatment are available and sustained efforts are being made to expand services throughout the country, there are limited specialists trained in the field of psychiatry to help tackle mental disorders. This state of affairs was acknowledged by Dr. Harry, who related that there are currently a total of five trained psychiatrists in the country. Three of these trained specialists, including Dr. Harry, are based at the public hospital’s Psychiatric Department, while the other two are attached to the National Psychiatric Hospital – the Ministry’s rehabilitation centre for persons with severe mental disorders located in Berbice.Care provided at the mental hospital is primarily custodial and heavily reliant on pharmacologic intervention, and more recently include the introduction of psychotherapy treatment and Electro-Convulsive Treatment (ECT).According to informed reports, ECT is a procedure done under general anesthesia in which small electric currents are passed through the brain, intentionally triggering a brief seizure. ECT seems to cause changes in brain chemistry that can quickly reverse symptoms of certain mental illnesses. It is said to be an efficient method when all other treatments fail.Even as he emphasized the important role of psychiatrists, Dr. Harry shared his conviction that “anybody else who claims they are trained psychiatrists should be jailed and lots of people are claiming that they are psychiatrists, but they are not.”But the number of trained psychiatrists in the system is not nearly enough, and is in fact below the world reference average of 4.2 per 100, 000 population, according to the World Health Organisation standards, says Consultant Psychiatrist at the GPHC, Dr. Jorge Tomas Balseiro Estevez.The Cuban national has for the past year been rendering his expertise to the GPHC.He disclosed that in order to complement the efforts of the trained psychiatrists in the system, the public health sector has within its employ five General Medical Officers (GMOs) trained in psychiatry. These GMOs are based at the Psychiatry Department of the GPHC along with two psychologists. One other psychologist and an occupational therapist are based at the National Psychiatric Hospital.In addition to this, Dr. Estevez related that there have been training sessions for specialized mental health professionals and even some non professionals.  And training, he noted, is continuing with support from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.“Mental health staffers have received various levels of training and share experiences with some professional mental health specialist overseas, ” he intimated.ADVANCING STRIDESBut in order to fully understand the state of mental health and the care required, a number of researches were conducted by staff of the public hospital, Dr. Estevez said. The most important one done thus far being the “Profile of suicidal behaviour in Guyana: A retrospective study from 2010 to 2012.”The research was in fact a complete review of the characteristics and style of suicide and suicide attempts in the country. It was presented at the 60th Caribbean Public Health Agency Conference held in Grenada, while similar studies were presented at the second Caribbean Suicide prevention symposium held in the Cayman Islands earlier this year.Based on the strides that have been made, a report from the Ministry’s Public Health Unit has been able to conclude that “Guyana is improving step by step, and has been integrating care for the mentally ill more and more into the general health-care system.”This therefore means that mental health services are increasing in number, with a view of reaching more communities across the country, Dr. Estevez asserted. As part of the expansion efforts, the Ministry has been doing monthly psychiatric clinics at Parika, Linden and Suddie, even as plans are apace to incorporate similar services at Bartica, Baramita and other areas by early next year.Available treatment, according to a report out of the Ministry, currently sees at least one medication from each class of psychotropic drug (relating to or denoting drugs that affect a person’s mental state) being available at all mental health facilities as well as most primary and secondary care facilities in Guyana.  It was also pointed out that there are guidelines or protocols in process for the use of psychotropic drugs, and some mental health workers have received training in the rational use of these medications, Dr. Estevez pointed out.In essence, the Ministry of Public Health in its quest to arrest a daunting mental health situation has been implementing all necessary and possible measures that have thus far been yielding favourable results. This has particularly been possible not only through strategic collaborations, but by ensuring that mental health services are incorporated at the primary health care level which the Ministry has been increasingly embracing.More on the state of mental health in next Sunday’s Edition.
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Date: 22 May 18 02:52am
…admits to killing a man while on the runA prisoner, who was on the run for the past two years, and who was recaptured last week, was sentenced to two years jail by Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson.Ronald Daniels, 28, called “Black Boy”, of Bethany, Essequibo Coast, had this additional sentence added to the five years that he had been serving before his escape.While the sentence will run concurrently, Daniels could be in jail for even longer. The man admitted in open that he “killed a man” on the Essequibo Coast since he escaped from prison.Daniels, on December 12, 2006, escaped from the Mazaruni Prisons.According to Police Prosecutor Sherwin Matthews, on the day of the escape, Daniels was at a construction site when he managed to “scale the western” fence and make good his escape.On December 13, last, Wholesale Jerseys, the police conducted a search in the Queenstown, Essequibo area and the defendant was found.When asked by the presiding magistrate if he had anything to say, Daniels said that he was sentenced to five years for “break and enter”.He added that the main reason he escaped was because his family was “not visiting” him.
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