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Date: 12 Aug 17 05:22pm
– Guyana owed US$194M at March 31The Government of Guyana has denied a report in Venezuela news which put this country’s oil debts at a staggering US$580M.Yesterday, the Ministry of Finance made it clear that the statement earlier this week regarding Guyana’s debt to Venezuela is clearly incorrect and grossly overstated.Guyana has disputed reports in Venezuela that it owes that country US$580M for oil taken under the PetroCaribe arrangements.Rather, as at March 31, Luuk de Jong Jersey, 2015, Guyana’s total debt to Venezuela was about US$194M.According to the Ministry, this debt would be reduced further by another US$45M shortly, when the Debt Compensation Agreement with Venezuela is signed.The Debt Compensation Agreement, the Ministry explains, relates to rice and paddy shipped by Guyana to Venezuela under a trade agreement done within the framework of the PetroCaribe arrangement.So far, Guyana has repaid more than US$550 million of the debt to Venezuela through the rice trade arrangement.Earlier this week, Venezuela’s online newspaper, the ‘El Nacional’ carried a story which said that Guyana’s “long-term” debt with that country under PetroCaribe was about US$580 million.The report would come as Guyana is fighting off a claim by Venezuela on its lands and sea.President David Granger on Thursday afternoon called on Caribbean leaders to come out strongly against Venezuela for its aggression.That country in May published maps which included parts of the Atlantic Ocean under the jurisdiction of Guyana as belonging to Venezuela, sparking tensions and threats of military response by that neighbour.Parts of the Atlantic Ocean being claimed include an area which was successfully drilled for oil by US-owned ExxonMobil, a company that was under licence by Guyana. There are questions now over the timing of the El Nacional report.The arrangements of the oil deal has proven a boon to many of the PetroCaribe countries, but the Venezuela government has been facing growing internal pressure to adjust what the Opposition  described as being too generous.“The benefit has been solely political. PetroCaribe has allowed the government to be shielded from international bodies such as the Organization of American States, for instance. It maintains a financial relationship with a number of benefits to other countries and that helps you get votes when needed, ”said Economist and University Professor Luis Oliveros.Oliveros’s calculations, based on data from Petroleos de Venezuela, detailed that between 2006 and 2014 the country sent an average of 186, 000 barrels of oil per day through PetroCaribe, an amount that has been declining in the past two years.The bill for oil sold to these countries is nearly US$50B but not all the money has been collected. According to Oliveros, Venezuela is owed nearly US$30B dollars for shipments made under the arrangements.Under the PetroCaribe arrangement, which is adjusted in relation to oil prices, financing can be up to 80% of the total payable within a period of 25 years with an interest rate of between one percent and two percent, with a two-year grace.In addition, the part of the bill to be paid in cash has not been canceled only with cash. Several countries are paying in rice, spice, coffee and other products.According to the El Nacional report, one of the beneficiaries of the PetroCaribe agreement is Guyana, which is currently also facing claims by Venezuela for parts of the Essequibo county and its fishing waters.The border claims were recently revived after explorations by US-owned ExxonMobil, which found significant evidence of oil and which potentially holds up to 1.5 billion barrels of oil, according to Governance Minister Raphael Trotman, who is responsible for natural resources.Guyana has been paying Venezuela in rice and cash for the oil supplies.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 05:22pm
Residents of Kilcoy, Chesney, Fyrish and other surrounding areas on the Corentyne Coast came out in their numbers last Tuesday to protest the granting of a plot of land at Kilcoy to a businessman.The lease, which is for 50 years, was signed by former President Donald Ramotar. It is dated January 27, 2015 and was issued jointly to Mohammed Alli (ID number 2172750 and Neri Alli (ID number 131668965). No address was given for the two individuals.The pond that was dug on the landResidents meeting to discuss the issueThe 3.96 acres of land is described as Tract ‘MA’ being a portion of block four, Plantation Kilcoy, Corentyne, Jourdan Lewis Cowboys Jersey, Berbice.Speaking to the media Chairman of the Hampshire/ Kilcoy NDC Haseef Yusuf stated that one of the main contentions of the residents is the way that the process was done. According to the statutes, for any land to be distributed to anyone, the NDC in the area must first investigate as to ownership, if rates are paid. Yusuf stated that the NDC never gave permission for any land to be given to anyone. He said that neither the NDC nor the residents were informed that the land was leased.A section of the disputed areaFrom information gathered, Alli instead of going first to the NDC went directly to the Regional Administration which granted permission. The papers were then sent to The Lands and Survey Department which also granted permission.It was signed by the former President on 27th January 2015.The lease states that the document was granted for 50 years from 17-11 2014. However at the back of the document it was noted that the date 14th May 2014 was scratched and replaced with 14th May 2015. Some residents have suggested that police investigate the matter.They claim that the land, which is situated next to a play field, was reserved for house lots.  They want the lease revoked and the land given to them instead of Alli, who reportedly plans to develop a green house.According to the residents, they were surprised when persons turned up and began fencing the area. A deep drain and a pond were then dug.Residents are calling on the relevant authorities to intervene.According to Yusuf, they also plan to file an injunction and write the RDC, the Lands and Survey Department and the Minister of Communities on the issue.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 05:22pm
The Post Office at Mabaruma is now an enhanced building after extensive renovations were done there.The repair work that was done at this office by an external contractor included dismantling the top flat and making the entire building one ground flat. It also involved plumbing and electrical work, Per Mertesacker Arsenal Jersey, living accommodations on the ground flat and painting the interior and exterior of the building among other things.The Guyana Post Office Corporation expressed its gratitude to the persons using the services at this office for their kind understanding and cooperation during the repair period.Plans are afoot for extensive repairs to be done to other offices including the one at Suddie on the Essequibo Coast.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 05:21pm
Though the worry may be small when compared to what happens in Guyana, Barbados is now into soul-searching following five apparent suicides in five weeks.The last incident was over the weekend, and in a country with a national average of seven persons per 100, 000 in a population that fluctuates just below 300, 000 according to World Health Organization 2006 figures, this rash of death by people at their own hands would create shock waves.For that same year, Guyana registered 52 deaths by suicide for every 100, 000 persons in a population estimated to be just over 750, 000.A sign that many societies are yet to treat such loss of life with the seriousness it deserves, is that accurate figures on these deaths are difficult to come by.The fifth death in Barbados was of 56-year-old Selwyn Sobers, who neighbours found hanging in his home Sunday, two days before World Suicide Prevention Day.The other suspected suicides were a young woman, Monica Marshall-Wilkinson, whose body was found at the bottom of a cliff on August 2; 49-year-old David Layne, who was found hanging on August 6; 18-year-old Chevonne King, who was also found hanging on August 30; and a police recruit, 30-year-old Darwin Downes, who is believed to have shot himself in the head at the Regional Police Training Centre on September 1.Prior to these, there were two reported cases of death this year believed to be by suicide. One person is said to have jumped off a high building in June and the other was found hanging in July.Prominent Barbadian priest, Father Clement Paul, who counsels many distressed souls, said money is not usually the problem, but a breakdown in the traditional family relationship.“In the Caribbean we had our own family structure. It was mother, father, grannies, Gary Cahill Jersey, aunties and the village that reared the child. The teachers and principals were the other parents; now all that is gone. Now children are having children and nobody is mentoring these young people. The family is no longer sacred, ” Father Paul said.He also blamed modernization and technological advances for contributing to social dislocation. “Technology is making islands out of people and no man is an island.”Clinical Psychologist and University of the West Indies Lecturer, Donna Maynard, agreed with Fr Paul. “We have adopted this individualistic culture in Barbados that is alien to our way of life, ” she said, and added, “We have lost a lot of family connection through migration and death”.Anderson Kellman, a Psychologist and Counselor opined that young people are no longer resilient, “At the first sign of difficulty they want to give up. Also, the whole idea of sanctity of life is under attack. People shoot and kill one another over small things and suicide is only a step from that because it is violence against yourself.”Guyana’s Member of Parliament, Dr George Norton, last week quoted statistics from research commissioned by Dr Frank Beckles showing 501 reported cases of suicide here over a five-year period from 1995.Dr Norton did not comment on whether there is scant regard for the sanctity of life in Guyana as the Barbados scenario painted by Psychologist Kellman, but called on Government to come up with a new plan because a 2007 strategy failed to halt what he described as an epidemic here.“The so-called National Suicide Prevention Strategy apparently has been abandoned and something else needs to be done, ” he said.Regardless of the reasons, these two regional territories of vastly different sizes share a problem of suicides among their people.
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While Mathematics may not be a “Love-at-first-sight” experience for some students, teachers of the subject at various Secondary Schools across the country are determined to improve student performance at the next sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations by using more effective teaching strategies.As the first week of school ended on Friday last, teachers have told this publication that they have already started implementing new teaching strategies.One Mathematics teacher from a junior high school noted, “Often we take for granted that a student is supposed to know the basics which would have been taught at the primary level and even in First and Second Form.But I strongly advocate a revision course before starting the Fifth Form Mathematics syllabus. I have never done it before, but this year, after evaluating the individual performances of my students, who recently wrote Math, most of them, this round, earned either a Grade 4 or 5 and that is not satisfactory. It invariably reflects upon my ability to teach. This year, I insisted that each student write on a piece of paper, all the topics that they have problems with and I plan to examine each topic carefully in this coming week.”He added, “It is time that we understand how important it is to tend to the cracks in the foundation.”Another teacher at one of the leading High Schools stated, “While being in this profession for about 32 years, most of my students have always done well but it is time to pay attention to those that are not doing well. We should not give students the impression that, if they get a grade 4 or 5 it’s fine. More importantly, I have heard students complain that they can’t stand the way a teacher approaches a subject. Some have even said that the teacher makes him or her feel as though they are simply dumb and doomed to failure if they don’t get the grasp of a topic from the first explanation.”“The perception a student has of a subject lies within our hands and we must not take this for granted. It can affect the relationship the student has with the teacher as well. So it is our responsibility to ensure first of all that we have created a comfort zone in the classroom.We must also bear in mind that not every child learns the same way and especially in this subject area, I cannot begin to stress how important it is to be armed with numerous approaches in teaching a topic. Mathematics is without a doubt fun, but when a student tells you that the subject reminds them of eating bricks, it is something to pay attention to.”The teacher said, “It is for this very reason I plan to focus this year on a one-on-one approach. I plan to devote more of my time to those students who have a difficulty with certain topics by talking to them privately and teaching them separately. Students will also be rewarded for voicing their concerns, especially as it relates to not understanding any aspect of a topic that is being taught to them.”A Private School teacher of the fifth form level opined that, “A strategy that I plan to use is what I refer to as becoming the student. After teaching a topic, the very next session, I plan to ask most of my students, if not all, to teach me what they have learnt from the last lesson. I believe giving the student the chalk and asking them to explain along the way will help you to identify step-by-step where the faults are.”In addition, “Making the subject as relatable as possible has proven to be very successful, ” expressed a retired Mathematics teacher who has taught at Queens College and St. Joseph’s High School.He explained that some teachers of the subject area can be very, Mens Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United Jersey, “robotic.”  He said that, “Most teachers make the mistake of sounding like a voice recorded text book.”“The subject should as often as possible be related to everyday life.  It makes a huge difference. Ease the autocratic approach and converse with your students. Change the dynamics of your classroom. Being a music teacher as well, I have found a very tactful way of incorporating relationship issues and popular hip hop and dancehall music into my approaches so as to help students remember some basic theories. Believe it or not, it works like a charm. We must also empower each student by letting them understand that they have the potential to be extremely proficient in the area if they practice.”The educators also suggested that the Minister of Education include in her programme for Education Month, a seminar aimed at providing information on how to teach the subject area more effectively.
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