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Date: 21 Oct 17 11:14pm
… still no date on rehabilitation worksActing Town Clerk Carol Sooba has made it clear that the decrepit Kitty Market will not be privatized, nor will it be torn down. The Town Clerk told media representatives that the City Engineer’s department had an estimate done to renovate the aged colonial edifice, but will be redoing it. She expressed the hope that the document is submitted soon.Unable to state when the renovation works will commence, Sooba added that the market is a heritage structure and can’t be destroyed. She noted that while the City Mayor Hamilton Green has called on private persons to aid in the market’s rehabilitation, none have come to the fore.The current state of the Kitty Market.However, those concerned with the market are unconvinced that the government or the City Council intends to rehabilitate the English built bazaar.Two main concerns remain with the stakeholders; the building’s non-privatisation and its instant rehabilitation. Earlier in the year, Acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba said that plans were being made to relocate vendors to the Kitty Public Road before a private group demolishes the heritage building.She said that the private group submitted a proposal to the Local Government Ministry, and expressed an interest in tearing down the wooden structure since it was a threat to “life and limb and that the Guyana Fire Service had already declared it a fire hazard.Kitty residents, especially the market vendors have blamed the Government and the City Council for ignoring constant pleas to have the market renovated. They aired their belief that a conspiracy was at work to dispose the market to private entrepreneurs.“We heard for months of some Chinese interest and that they made proposals- to government I suppose- to take over the market, ” Kitty Market Action Committee member and stallholder, Tacuma Ogunseye said.In an interview with this newspaper, he said that the news is being treated as a rumour since no actual proposals were made, Cheap Air Max 90 Men Shoes, “but we have come to the conclusion that the market is being kept for private friends. But we hold the Minister responsible for the market’s rehabilitation since he had stated a willingness to address the matter.”Ogunseye said that a letter from the Local Government Ministry to address the Kitty Market issue was the first official response to the matter. “The response was the first official acknowledgment of receipt of letter and we await a plan from Council for rehabilitation.”Another committee member Bibi Ferguson charged that Mayor Hamilton Green had told them in an earlier meeting that the Chinese wanted to buy the market, but they refused, “because we are Guyanese and we can’t go anywhere else and make a living. We got to stay here and make our living. This belongs to us, ” she said.Ferguson said, “We blame the Mayor and City Council wholly and solely for the state of the market.” She questioned what happened to the money that was being collected over the years and questioned further why the market was left to deteriorate.The Action Committee is however adamant that they are against the privatization or wholesale sell out of the market. “Our contention is that the market is a community institution, the space was dominated by residents of Kitty for the sole purpose of the market and we believe no one has the right to deprive the community of the market.”“We believe that the market can be rehabilitated and the Council and Central Government have the moral obligation to rehabilitate it.” The committee members claim that they are aware of monies allocated for the market’s rehabilitation but which was never used for that purpose.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 11:14pm
An East Bank Demerara man was shot multiple times yesterday afternoon after an alleged altercation with his neighbour.Alvin Mursalin, 39, of 887 Diamond Housing Scheme, was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) from the Diamond Diagnostics Centre, sometime around 20:15hrs.He was reportedly shot in his head and his foot. Whether the bullet is lodged in Mursalin’s head, remains unknown since his wife, Shanaz (only name given) informed that a CT scan is yet to be conducted.Although the circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear, cheap jerseys elite, Shanaz told this publication that she learnt about the incident from a resident.However, she revealed that their opposite neighbour (name provided), and her husband had an “old beef” and would from time to time cause the two men to have heated exchanges.Shanaz and other relatives, who were present at the GPHC, are convinced that Mursalin was shot by the neighbour.Shanaz  also recalled an instance some time ago when Mursalin was chopped by the same neighbour, whose brother, is a Regional Chairman hence, all reports to the police she said, would usually fall on “deaf ears”.Present at the hospital also was Mursalin’s brother, who stated that some time ago, the neighbour had received a restraining order after the chopping ordeal. He said that this attempt on his brother’s life was a violation of the Court’s order.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 11:14pm
— major emphasis on importance of breast milkTaking pride in its baby friendly status, the West Demerara Regional Hospital yesterday afternoon officially kicked off its observance of National Breastfeeding week with a Church Service in its Maternity Ward.Under the theme “Just 10 Steps the Baby Friendly way” the Region Three Breastfeeding Committee spearheaded the activity, which culminated with a presentation of hampers to new mothers who were patients in the ward at the time.Dr Ravi Persaud (at right) hands over a hamper to a new mother yesterdayAddressing the gathering at the service, Regional Health Officer, Dr Ravi Persaud, emphasised that the Region Three hospital, Cheap Jerseys, which was the first locally declared baby-friendly hospital in the country, has been operating on the primary basis of promoting, protecting and supporting the practice of breastfeeding.He highlighted further that not only is breastfeeding best for babies but added that it has been proven that breastfeeding mothers are less prone to ovarian and breast cancers.Breastfed babies, Dr Persaud noted too, are more likely to grow up to be healthy adults with intellect above those that are not breastfed, thereby amplifying the importance of breastfeeding.For this reason, he disclosed that consistent efforts are made to ensure that mothers are not left alone to ensure that babies are breastfed but rather are in receipt of the support of other family members, including fathers.Fathers, he revealed, have a pivotal role in ensuring that mothers continue to breastfeed their babies, a practice which will more than likely ensure that financial expenses are limited and there is more to deal with health problems.According to the RHO at the Regional Hospital, mothers are continually reminded that breast milk is best and cannot be compared to any other product. And in order to maintain its status as a baby-friendly facility, the 10 steps are continually adhered to by officials at the hospital who have been receiving optimal support from mothers, according to Dr Persaud.Among the 10 steps to ensure baby-friendliness is the availability of a written policy, appropriate training of staff, informing mothers of the importance of breastfeeding their babies, particularly during the first half of an hour after birth. This practice he revealed helps mother and child to readily create a bond.Also addressing yesterday’s activity was former RHO, Dr Holly Alexander, who cheerfully reminisced on the introduction of the 10 baby-friendly steps to the West Demerara Hospital.She further commended the members of the Committee, who she believes have been instrumental in ensuring that the hospital retains its baby friendly status over the years. Regional Chairman, Julius Faerber also graced the proceedings and revealed that Government has been playing its role in ensuring that the hospital lives up to an acceptable standard. This, he said, is evident with the training of sufficient staff and the availability of drugs to ensure that the facility operates optimally.Breastfeeding activities will continue throughout this week at hospitals across the country.These will include educational talks geared at sensitising both staffers and patients, exhibitions and workshops, road marches and other outreach activities.Meanwhile, the Georgetown Hospital, which will also be engaged in a number of activities this week, has revealed plans to have that facility achieve a baby-friendly status by this year end.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:25pm
“Corruption undermines democracy, weakens the rule of law and perpetuates poverty…Corruption hurts everyone who depends on the integrity of persons in a position of authority.”Guyana has improved by three points over its 2013 rating on the Global Corruption Perception Index, but the country remains at the bottom of the list of English Speaking Caribbean countries.The result of the 2014 Annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) was released yesterday and out of the 175 countries surveyed by the international body, Guyana ranked 124, with a score of 30 .(0 being highly corrupt;100 being very clean.)The only other countries in the region that ranked below Guyana were Haiti and Venezuela.Guyana’s rating places it among countries such as Vietnam, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Mauritania.Countries in the region that outperformed Guyana significantly include Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago which scored 38 points, Cheap Jerseys Authentic, Dominica with 58 points, St Vincent and the Grenadines which racked up 67 points and Barbados which scored 74 points.The Bahamas was awarded 71 points.The top five performers in the world were Denmark at number one with New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Norway following.According to the international anti corruption body’s local arm, “The ranking of Guyana on the 2014 CPI is just another international indicator which taken together with the local reality, simply increases the public perception that corruption remains a chronic problem in Guyana of crisis proportions.”Transparency International Guyana (TIGI), following the release of the results yesterday, repeated its earlier calls for the larger members of civil society such as the Guyana Bar Association, the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers, Private Sector Commission, Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and the trade unions among others, to get involved in combating corruption.It called on the civil society bodies to speak out against corruption and be proactive within its own membership on tackling the scourge.TIGI also called on the civil society bodies to partner with TIGI in order to embrace more collective efforts.“These organizations have the potential to influence change but have been largely silent on the corruption epidemic which continues to have a debilitating effect on Guyana’s development, ” said TIGI.The local anti corruption body reminded too that, “corruption undermines democracy, weakens the rule of law and perpetuates poverty…corruption hurts everyone who depends on the integrity of persons in a position of authority.”José Ugaz, Chair of the international body, following the release of the results called on countries at the bottom, such as Guyana, to adopt radical anti-corruption measures in favour of its people.TIGI as a result, renewed its previous calls to government for measures such as the urgent appointment of members of the Integrity Commission; the urgent appointment of members of the Public Procurement Commission; Implementation of laws to regulate election campaign financing; Implementation of modern anti-corruption legislation; Implementation of whistle blowing legislation and the enforcement of existing anti-corruption laws by investigating and prosecuting the corrupt, among other measures.The findings on Guyana by the international anti corruption body is based primarily on surveys carried out by four reputable international institutions – the International Country Guide, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the Global Insight Country.The administration over the years has repeatedly rejected the findings by Transparency International and has accused the body of soliciting only the views of a few anti government activists.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:25pm
–    Country’s chief justice reinstated two years after impeached by former govt.Sri Lanka’s new president has reinstated the country’s chief justice, who was impeached twoSri Lanka’s former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake is greeted by lawyers at the Supreme Court complex in Colombo on Wednesday. Photo: Ishara S.Kodikara/AFP/Getty Imagesyears ago after she refused to back a law granting wider powers to the former president’s brother.In a statement on Wednesday, the president’s office described Shirani Bandaranayake’s ouster as illegal, and said it and her successor’s appointment are now “null and void according to the law.”A senior court official said Bandaranayake reassumed her duties Wednesday afternoon but would retire after attending a farewell ceremony.That would allow the government to appoint a new chief justice.Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa built up immense power during his nine-year rule, including the ability to appoint the heads of formerly independent agencies.The government of new President Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated Rajapaksa in the 8 January election, has been slashing the former leader’s influence and investigating corruption allegations against his family.Rajapaksa’s government had accused Bandaranayake of misusing her power and amassing wealth. Her impeachment was widely condemned as an act of political revenge, and Rajapaksa appointed a close aide, Mohan Peiris, Cheap Jerseys USA, as her successor.The senior court official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, did not explain why Badaranayake was quitting in a day, and the chief justice was not available for comment.Earlier Wednesday, lawyers and activists demonstrated near the Supreme Court against Peiris, saying he undermined the judiciary’s independence by being partial to Rajapaksa. They cited accusations of his involvement in an alleged coup plot by Rajapaksa immediately after the election.Police have questioned Peiris over his presence at Rajapaksa’s official residence when results of the election were being announced.A complaint from the new government alleges Rajapaksa discussed with his guests ways he could illegally stay in power when voting results indicated he was losing.Peiris could not be reached for comment.Rajapaksa was widely credited for leaving office peacefully after he lost the election, but the subsequent coup allegation has raised doubts about what really happened. Rajapaksa has denied the allegation.Last week, the government pardoned and reinstated the rank of former army commander Sarath Fonseka, who was imprisoned four years ago after he challenged Rajapaksa in the 2010 presidential election. Fonseka said his imprisonment was a political vendetta against him for daring to run against Rajapaksa.
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