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Date: 18 Jun 18 05:58am
Almost two weeks after being hospitalized, a 40-year-old man who was shot in the back by a security guard succumbed to his injuries.Paul Alexander died while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital some time on Saturday.On September 12 last, CHeap NFL Jerseys China, Alexander, who is said to be a deportee, was shot after he reportedly jumped over the fence surrounding Fulton Court in Queenstown. The security guard on duty shot the man, and was taken into police custody but was subsequently released.Meanwhile, it is not clear what will be the outcome of the matter, since initial reports had stated that the man was an intruder at the Fulton Court at the time he was shot. Investigations are ongoing.
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Date: 18 Jun 18 05:58am
…OLE  to be published by late March Citizens have until February 22; next, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, to rectify all issues that could pose a hindrance to them being able to vote at General Elections come May 11. The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) currently has the claims and objection drive ongoing.During a press conference hosted by the GECOM Chairman, Steve Surujbally, and Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield and their team at Cara Lodge yesterday, it was noted that before February 22, the agency’s officers will go to every populated part of Guyana. There are a small number of areas left to be visited. The idea, they said, is to ensure that all citizens have an opportunity to make the necessary approach to GECOM.GECOM’s CEO, Keith Lowenfield, urged “individuals who would require a transfer or are not on the list (preliminary list of electors), that they still have an opportunity to do so until Sunday (February 22).” These persons would have to go to their nearest GECOM office to make the necessary inquires about their status from the election agency.“We will be visiting by (February 22), every location in Guyana that is populated.” The next location is New River where GECOM agents are expected to be today. Regardless of population size, every area across the spectrum has to be visited. No Guyanese will be left out, Lowenfield emphasized.“They will have an opportunity to get on the list or state whether they have moved. So far, GECOM has recorded around 3, 200 new registrants and some 3000 transfer requests for the claims and objection period.”At the end of this exercise, there will be administrative processes to go through, such as  cross matching exercises for new registrants. Hearings are also a feature when objections are made, for example in the case of a death, and that name has to be removed from the Preliminary list of electors (PLE).When the official processes are completed with the PLE, GECOM will create a revised list. Once this is compiled it must be publicly posted for another 21 days so that they can again ensure that their information is accurate. Once all operational procedures are further satisfied, Lowenfield pointed out that the Official List of Electors (OLE) will be the next step.This list, according to Lowenfield, should be out 48 days prior to general polls. He agreed therefore, that the official list should be out by next month.The CEO noted however, that there are a few challenges that the Commission continues to face. These include a shortage of staff to man polling stations and the failure of some persons to make necessary moves to ensure the smooth flow of the system.It was related that since 2008, at the last registration activity, approximately 38, 000 identification cards are still to be uplifted. Over the weekend, Lowenfield highlighted, reports were made of persons not being on the list but have identification cards. This was clarified. It was found that those persons are on the list.He charged that these persons might not have uplifted there ID cards, since there are thousands of cards to be uplifted by persons from across the districts. According to the commission, there is no definite way to give out these cards since the onus is basically on the citizen to uplift their national identification cards which is a prime means of locating one’s name on the list.On GECOM’s online site, the ID cards make it easier to locate ones name, rather than using the name itself. It was noted also, that one must know one’s district when searching for one’s name. The individual must also be aware that the larger the district the longer the search process could take.GECOM said that it is still short of staffers to man the 2, 260 polling stations across the country. Lowenfield said that of the 12, 000 staffers that are needed; the Commission is short by 1, 623 persons.Since September last year, the Commission commenced training Election Day staffers  to create a “reservoir of trained individuals, ” so that in the event of any elections local or other, there will be a pool of persons to be refreshed and brought to work.There were also accusations against the Commission of not hiring suitably qualified persons to serve as Election Day staff. This was once again refuted by the agency which detailed its criteria for hiring such persons and devising ways of getting suitable persons onboard.To fill spaces, GECOM has asked institutions to provide persons to serve on the GECOM staff. Lowenfield said that GECOM is moving to have adequate staffing on polling day.“Historically, or more often than not, there was always a mad scramble where two or three days before elections we still don’t have the right complement of staff per polling station.” The creation of a reservoir of workers eradicates such scenarios.GECOM assured that the Commission’s employment process is guided by established employment practices to ensure best candidates are chosen. There are some 1000 applications pending currently.
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Date: 18 Jun 18 05:57am
…Organic chocolates and fudges launchedForeign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Burkette gets the first taste of North West Organics chocolates. Ms. Anette Arjoon seems delighted.North West Organics, a company made up of Amerindians from Guyana’s North West District, is adding something “sweet” to its mission to protect sea turtles at Shell Beach and also keep Guyana’s forests standing.A range of chocolates and fudges was launched on Friday under the name “Green Gold.” It will add to conservation efforts in the Barima-Waini region, which is attracting growing interest not only for its conservation efforts, but also for its role in organic agriculture.Green Gold adds to the line of products already being sold by North West Organics, including organic cocoa sticks, Crabwood oil, cassava cassareep and Crabwood soap.Sales from the chocolates and fudges, as is the case with the other products, will go towards the company, which is made up of Amerindian women from communities strewn along Shell Beach – a 100-mile stretch of beach which becomes the nesting ground for four species of endangered marine turtles from March to August annually.North West Organics is a project of the Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society (GMTCS), which was formed exactly nine years ago today. Once it started converting turtle hunters to turtle wardens, the society knew it had to find alternative employment for these converts, to feed their families and also to meet the unemployment needs of other Amerindians, particularly women. And so North West Organics was formed.“Nothing says ‘I love you’ eternally like a gift which is divinely, decadently delicious yet is forged on the principles of sustainability, environmental stewardship, and enablement of women and indigenous communities, ” the society said, taking advantage of the timeliness of the launch of its confectionery brand close to Valentine’s Day.Green Gold products are produced from the organically grown cocoa tress of the North West; and Annette Arjoon, the driving force behind the GMTCS, boasts that the chocolates produced are not diluted, as popular chocolate brands.The society is betting on the some 1000 different flavours of cocoa “expertly released through the careful and loving attention to its processing by the Blue Flame Women’s Group of the North West.”One might want to say, however, that their method of producing the chocolates and fudges is hardly “expert.” When you unwrap the chocolate from the beautiful gold-coloured box and discover that the chocolate inside has the form of an ice-cube, it’s no coincidence. The chocolates actually get their shape and form from conventional ice-trays.So maybe they don’t have the best in equipment yet, but make no mistake – the chocolates are just about the best you can get out of cocoa.Those who make products are the ordinary women from the villages of Hosororo and Wanina, Cheap NFL jerseys China, but they are perfecting a locally adapted method to produce chocolate developed by Dr Suresh Narine, the Head of the Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST).In fact, the Green Gold line of products was born out of collaboration between the IAST and North West Organics, in response to a need for a value-added market for the high quality, locally grown cocoa beans.In 2000, when Britain’s Prince Charles visited Guyana, he was so impressed with cocoa growing that he vowed to buy all the seeds produced once they could meet international certification of being organic. The British Government began offsetting the US$10, 000 annual cost for the certification, and soon Guyana’s cocoa was being used to produce Prince Charles Duchee’s chocolates.But the funding from the British Government soon dried up, and the Amerindians of Region One were then without a market for the cocoa seeds. It was then that the GMTCS stepped in with North West Organics and started producing cocoa sticks, which are now sold locally and in Canada.The cocoa sticks from which the chocolates and fudges are made are produced by machines that are powered by biodiesel, produced in Wauna by Agri Solutions Technologies – also a project of the IAST.The GMTCS says, “the production of a green product powered by green energy” is North West Organics’ initiative to support the national agenda to combat climate change.The products made from the Crabwood tree, such as massage oil and soap, save the trees from being cut down, Arjoon pointed out.The Crabwood tree has the same properties as the prized Mahogany wood, which is one of the most expensive woods in Guyana.Instead of cutting the trees down and selling the logs, the people of the Waini now harvest the seeds during the two seasons annually, and sell the oil to North West Organics.Some 50 gallons of crabwood oil are bought every season, earning about US$2, 500 for the Amerindians.Without North West Organics, they would have had to earn a livelihood cutting down the Crabwood trees and selling logs for about US$1 per square foot.Proceeds from the sales of North West Organics products are reinvested in the local communities in areas such as equipment, training for women, environmental education, and the promotion of agro tourism.
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By Leon SuseranThe Guyana and Suriname Governments, yesterday launched the 12th Vaccination of the Americas Week simultaneously in the border town of Corriverton with a grand march that began at the Skeldon/Line Path Secondary School and ended at the Skeldon Hospital.In attendance were several dignitaries from both countries, including Minister of Health, Dr.  Bheri Ramsaran; both Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) of Guyana and Suriname, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud and Dr. Martinez Ersel, Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, a Surinamese Member of Parliament , Dr. Premdew Latchman; Director of Regional Health Services (DoRHS) in Suriname, Dr. Sarju and Pan American Health Organization Representatives including Ms. Jennifer Sanwigo of Washington.Nurses march into the compound of the Skeldon Hospital during yesterday’s simultaneous Guyana-Suriname launch of VWA.The theme for this year’s celebrations is ‘Vaccination: A shared responsibility.’Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) is an annual effort by the member countries and territories of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to promote equity and access to immunization. VWA was initially proposed in April 23, 2002 under the presidency of Dr. Patricio Jamriska, Secretary of Health of the Republic of Ecuador and by the Ministers of Health in the Andean Region following a measles outbreak in Venezuela and Colombia.VWA activities strengthen the national immunization programmes in the Americas by reaching out to populations with little access to regular health services, such as those populations living in urban fringes, rural and border areas and in indigenous communities.Since its inception in 2003, more than 410 million individuals of all ages have been vaccinated during campaigns conducted under the framework of VWA.Guyana’s health system offers 16 free health vaccines to the population, including Yellow Fever, Measles and Rubella. And at the launch, the country was praised for having nearly 100 per cent coverage, “comparable to any other developing country in the world where vaccinations are concerned”.Region Six Chairman, David Armogan, 21 raised the fact that the vaccines are available free to the population of both Guyana and Suriname, since many Surinamese were said to have been accessing healthcare in Skeldon.The CMO of Guyana, Dr. Persaud, stated that the simultaneous launch was a “great moment for Guyana and Suriname as we once again take another bold step, bringing our two health care systems together.” Both countries, he stated, should be proud to work hand-in-hand for the health sector.Guyana has been working with all the countries of the Americas “and we are trying now to improve immunization so that those diseases that we vaccinate you against can be eliminated, ” Persaud noted. The vaccines, he stated, are more than just a Ministry of Health initiative “to keep our population healthy.”The VWA has emerged, he stated, as a main approach to ensure vaccines are given to everyone who needs to get them. “No one should be left behind and everyone should be protected with vaccines, once they are available.”The Surinamese Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Martinez invited her Guyanese counterparts and all Guyanese to Nickerie next year for the launch of VMW where the two countries plan to launch the week simultaneously once more.“We think how we can work better with the government of Guyana to ensure that all the children who cross the border are properly vaccinated”.She noted, too, that the two countries ought to think carefully [of] “how we can fulfill our shared responsibility as two nations, towards the health of people at both sides of the Corentyne River.”Surinamese Member of Parliament, Dr. Premdew Latchman, said that the 100 per cent coverage by vaccination is laudable. Suriname is closely in the nineties, too. “We have to share our knowledge and organize these kinds of occasions—Let us come together and meet and talk about the problems—because not only vaccination is important but we have seen that patients with chronic diseases, we have a lot of them—Guyanese in Nickerie have the same problem and …discuss and share knowledge”.After the launch, which involved several school children, nurses and other health care practitioners, vaccination drives were held at several schools in Skeldon, Line Path and Crabwood Creek.These will be ongoing throughout the week in Berbice and across the country.
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