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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:36pm
The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission’s (GGMC), Geological Survey Unit is undertaking a geological mineral survey in the Itaballi area as part of an effort to map the mineral deposits.Among those conducting field tests and studies for the project in the Region Seven area are several women.Some $40 million has been budgeted for the eight-week Regional Geological Sampling project, according to a recent government release.The project is being conducted by 42 GGMC officers, including eight females and auxiliary staff. It started on October 13 and is due to be completed by December 8, 2016.A University of Guyana (UG) scholar, now Chemical Geologist, Nkechi McPherson, started at the GGMC in 2011.According to her, the field experience has been good. “It’s a lot of hard work so you should be active before you get in the field or else you’ll really feel the pressure.”McPherson added that this is the first trip where she led her own team of GGMC staffers. “You have to be confident in yourself and you have to understand that not everything you see on the map is what will be on the ground so you have to cater for all of those uncertainties.”GGMC’s Geologist, Tiace Fraser, who started her stint in 2009, views her career as a challenge, but one that she likes. “You know it challenges your mind and your body at the same time. When you’re out there you have to think about the dangers, Authentic NFL Jerseys Cheap, but at the same time you have to keep pushing yourself.”For Tricia Tulloch, this is her first trip into the fields. The Geological Technician noted that, “It is quite interesting, I like it a lot. I didn’t expect to like it but I do, I really do. You get to experience new things and realise that you’re not fit, sometimes you need to exercise. You learn a lot about your country.”Senior Geologist, Unata DeFreitas, has already served more than 19 years with the GGMC. The veteran pointed out that more females are finding the career and the environment suitable. There is lot of experience to be gained.De Frietas added, “more so what is given back to our country. We have a passion for the natural patrimony and we understand that the more information we get, the better position our country will be in.”Getting a firsthand look at the project was Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes, who described herself as living evidence of what women can achieve in the sector.“People say, oh she’s a miner, she’s a porkknocker but look at me now, I’m a minister. The sky is the limit. I would want to encourage women to get involved. We are tidier. We can make a difference in these areas.”The Minister, who was a successful mining operator, said she really admired the female geologists, “who spoke about their passion so when we come to do things we do it in a particular way, looking for that result. The vision, the opportunity is real.”
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:36pm
Police on the West Coast of Demerara have recorded the largest drug bust so far for the year, following the seizure of a whopping 21 kilograms of cocaine yesterday.The drugs valued about $80M were unearthed in a car in which three men, two of whom are known drug dealers, were travelling.According to reports, around midday yesterday, the police acting on information, trailed a car from Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara.In the vicinity of Anna Catherina, they managed to get a glimpse of the occupants whom they immediately recognised as known drug dealers.They followed the car to Uitvlugt, where the two known suspects, upon realising that they were being followed, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, hurriedly exited the car, leaving the driver to ‘face the music’.The ranks then carried out a search of the vehicle and discovered the cocaine.The driver reportedly denied any link to the drug claiming that he was hired by the two men.This newspaper understands that the bust was a result of a sustained surveillance operation on the two suspects which began some time last week.The police have assured that they will be relentlessly hunting the men who escaped with a view to having them appear in court.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:35pm
In his experience as a road contractor there has been the construction of a road at Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara, said Regional Chairman, Julius Faerber. He was commenting on the contractor who rehabilitated the now deteriorating School Road at Stewartville, West Coast Demerara.According to Faerber, based on information from his Regional Engineer, School Road, which is 200 metres long, was in fact constructed last year, a project which commenced on October 1, 2008 and concluded on October 30 the same year.The project, he said, was valued at $6, 650, 000 and was awarded after a tender process. Several contractors placed bids for the contract but it was the bid placed by Yogeshwar Bhola from West Coast Demerara that was found to be most favourable.This newspaper first highlighted the state of the road last month after residents had reported that six months had not elapsed and it was already deteriorating.Regional Chairman, Julius FaerberFaerber, in an invited comment, said that since the road was rehabilitated with crusher run it was never intended to be permanent. He said that through the Region’s budgetary allocation a decision was taken to upgrade the loam road to that of crusher run.“They are not permanent. After a while with the weather you will find that the crusher run would wash away and things like deterioration can occur.”He said that the Region would usually upgrade roads on an annual basis with the intent of improving their durability. By next year, School Road should be eligible for a double bitumen surface, he said.Yesterday, Faerber said that the information he had provided was in fact for another road. He related that the details of the contract required Bhola to patch potholes and render sectional repairs to the road. And all this at a cost of $6.6 million.But according to residents, prior to an asphalt surface, Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, the road they now traverse on a daily basis was surfaced with loam.When this newspaper visited the area last month, residents did not hesitate to raise their concerns about the road. Residents have also alleged that the contractor who rehabilitated the road had admitted to the fact that he had never constructed a road before. They had also claimed that they are aware that the man had to borrow equipment to complete the job.One resident related that he was elated when news reached the neighbourhood that the loam road they had utilised for years would be upgraded. But from the time the work began several residents recognised that it was a case of substandard work.“We had to report this man because somebody see that he de putting on the tar before the crusher run. The Region people come and he had to scrape up all the tar then put down the crusher run and grade it into the loam…”And the tar, according to the residents, was of a quality that leaves much to be desired.“The tar that they use on the road is like none I ever see before in my life…de thing spill on me clothes, because I does walk and sell, and if you see how it thin and spotty, spotty. Was like water, ” another resident divulged.A drive along the near 200 metres long road had revealed several burgeoning potholes.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:35pm
By Latoya Giles Controversy surrounds the shooting to death of 28-year-old Hewley Nicholas Barker, of Norton Street, Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, Lodge.Barker was shot dead early yesterday morning, by an off-duty Assistant Superintendent of the Guyana Police Force.Dead: Hewley Barker A friend of Barker, Mark Caesar known as “Lil Mark” was also shot during the scuffle; he is currently a patient in the High Dependency Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital. His condition is listed as critical.There are reports that the police officer was attacked by a number of rogue elements at Roopa’s Bar in Kitty and he retaliated in self defence.An eyewitness to the shooting said that the officer had earlier parted a fight between one of the victims and another patron of the bar.The eyewitness further explained that the victim felt annoyed and left the bar only to return about 30 minutes later with two other men.“They all began beating the officer, who in turn fired shots towards the men.” Barker and ‘Lil Mark’ were hit.The eyewitness said that after the officer began shooting, the men began running away but the two injured men collapsed.They were taken to the hospital where Barker was pronounced dead. A police patrol was immediately summoned to the scene.It was also alleged that after the police patrol arrived at the scene, there was confrontation between the officers and a few of the dead man’s friends.Police Commissioner Henry Greene told this newspaper that the Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the circumstances relating to the actions of the officer.According to Greene, statements have already been taken and at least two persons have supported the policeman’s version of the events.But when this newspaper visited the dead man’s relatives they told a different version.They are claiming that the killing was extra judicial. Barker’s mother, Sandra Barker, said that she received the grim news some time around 03:00hrs yesterday.She said that she last saw her son earlier on Friday when he brought his clothes to be washed.She explained that one of his friends called and said that Hewley was shot and it does not look like he would make it.The woman said that she and her husband immediately went to the hospital. When they arrived there Barker was already dead. His body was already wrapped up waiting to be taken to the mortuary.“When I saw him he was covered in blood. I really could not tell where exactly he was shot, ” the mother said.The woman described her son as a very jovial individual who loved his family. However, at the same time the mother said that she would not stifling her conscience.“My son was no saint but he did not deserve to die in that manner. If there was a problem he should have been arrested, ” the woman cried.She said that she never really liked the friends that her son kept because they all had unsavoury characters.The woman also noted that son was never really a “talkative person” when it was about his personal life.The woman said that she hopes that the police would do a thorough investigation to ascertain what really transpired. She also said that she would be praying that there is no “cover-up”.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 07:35pm
PPP Councillor of the Regional Democratic Council of Region Four, Kwame McCoy, has accused Regional Chairman Clement Corlette of being a ‘control freak.’ This accusation was made during a press conference held at Freedom House on Monday.The war between the two men began last week, after Corlette banned McCoy from speaking at meetings of the RDC until he apologises or withdraws two offensive comments he allegedly made against Corlette.However, McCoy has since denied making any offensive remarks against the Regional Chairman. He said that all he did was point out the fact that Corlette has committed an illegal act.According to McCoy, on March 6 last, the Region Four Chairman wrote a letter to a city bank requesting that the bank resuscitate an account.Corlette has since denied the allegation that he attempted to resuscitate the bank account, as all he did was inform the bank that the Regional Women’s Affairs Committee of Region Four wishes to resuscitate the account.Kaieteur News was able to get possession of the letter to the bank, signed by Mr. Corlette. The letter informed the bank that the current names of persons as signatories to the account were no longer valid, and named the new signatories to the account.Regional Chairman of Region Four, Clement CorletteAt the press conference on Monday, McCoy noted that this is an illegal act, since Corlette does not have the authority to resuscitate any bank account of the council.He explained that under the Financial Management and Accountability Act of 2003, under section 45, it clearly states that only the Minister of Finance has the responsibility to resuscitate any bank account.He added that the Finance Minister can delegate that responsibility to the head of a budgetary agency, and in this case it would be the Regional Executive Officer (REO). “So this is a clear violation of the laws. For Mr. Corlette to write to a bank to resuscitate an account shows not only an act, but a clear intent to act illegally, ” McCoy told reporters.McCoy explained that, due to the vigilance of the bank, where the officials are familiar with the financial regulations and procedures, they referred the letter to the REO, who did not have any knowledge of the letter until it was brought to his attention.“What is really interesting is not only that this was an illegal act, but this is someone who boasts of having knowledge and being very familiar with all the laws… 2801, 2802, FMAA, all the regulations, the public health ordinance, everything…He is extremely knowledgeable, and he usually makes his references to where he had some of his exposure in London. How then, in this particular matter, the Regional Chairman was not familiar with this particular part of the law that says you have no authority to establish, re-establish any bank account? And this is what is frightening, ” McCoy said.He added that, over the past few months, the RDC has been dealing with administrative matters, but he has noticed that the Region Four Chairman is trying to take general control and direction to the council.“What we find here is someone who is a control freak. He wants to have control of everything and to be involved in the administration of the region. He wants to ensure that, at the end of the day, Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic, he is dominating every aspect of the RDC, so much as to say for the first time in the history of Guyana that councillors must submit their names before speaking, and he will determine the questions to be asked, ” McCoy noted.He noted that he was never officially informed by Corlette that he would not be able to speak at any future meetings, but was only made aware of it through the media.Mr. McCoy assured that Corlette will not continue to have ‘his way, ’ as the PPP councillors will continue to ensure that they defend the interest of the people in Region Four.McCoy claims that the continued dictatorial behaviour and attitude of Corlette is coming into conflict with many councilors, including some on the PNC side, who from time to time comment on his deliberate attempt to suppress, dominate and control every single aspect of not only the RDC statutory meeting, but also the region as a whole.“Even in instances where there are issues relating to the administration of the region, we see the Regional Chairman becoming very involved in a way that brings on great suspicion. He’s a political directorate of the region. He is expected to guide the region and the Regional Democratic Council along the line of quality-oriented issues. Whenever these issues are being discussed at the level of the RDC, it must take into consideration the policies and objectives of Central Government.”McCoy noted that it is not his place to say so, but it is now up to the Ministers of Local Government and Finance to do their part in dealing with the issue.(Fareeza Haniff)
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