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Date: 16 Aug 17 07:04pm
While the more developed and recognized areas in Guyana are enjoying free and easy access to a proper education, the residents in Moblissa, a small community on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, are complaining about the absence of a suitable environment for education.The school which some students in Moblissa have to attend on a daily basis. During the commissioning of the first water system to be established in the community yesterday, pastor of the community and Vice Chairman of the Moblissa Water Users Association, Arthur Reynolds, complained about the many challenges facing the school system in Moblissa.Reynolds told this newspaper that only five or six students attend the school, due to the dilapidated state it is in. The school has only one teacher, whom he noted is frustrated to the extent that he doesn’t even want to teach anymore. He added that the institution only teaches to the level of Common Entrance examinations.According to Reynolds, there are only a small number of children attending the school, as the majority has migrated to the Bamia New Hope Primary School, which is approximately nine miles from Moblissa.It was evident from the condition of the building that it is dangerous for students to attend the school. The steps leading to the upper flat of the building do not have any rails, there are no proper windows, and the structure generally is badly in need of some repairs.As it relates to teaching and learning materials for the teacher and students, he noted, none has been made available to the school.At the commissioning ceremony yesterday, Reynolds appealed to Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud to assist the school in anyway the Government can.“If we don’t have education in this area, then we would be a backward community. We are not casting blame, but we are just saying that it is part of our concerns, ” Reynolds said.Meanwhile, another concern of the residents in the community is the issue of land leases, which the Vice Chairman noted are not being made easily accessible to residents.He explained that residents in the area have been applying for land over a period of time and have not received their leases.In this regard, Reynolds noted, the community is willing to work assiduously with the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission to sort out this issue.Accordingly, Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud told the residents that his ministry is already examining the issue. He pointed out that, in the past, there were certain areas which were restricted to livestock farmers.He noted that the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission already has a number of proposals to regularize and to bring to an end some of the outstanding problems that have been affecting farmers from moving forward, and their long-term certainty in terms of access to the land.As it relates to the crops planted in the community, the vice-chairman noted that farmers do not have a readily available market for their produce and, as a result, many farmers have abandoned their farmlands. Reynolds called on the relevant authorities to look into this situation.Another concern for residents in the area is the $60 million access road which was recently built for them. According to Reynolds, Angel Di Maria Paris Saint-Germain Jersey, this road is being significantly destroyed by timber trucks which traverse it on a daily basis.“We have to work within the parameters of the law to see how best we can stop these heavy timber trucks that spread the loam on the road and thereby destroy it.You build the road, and then you have these trucks destroying them. Then we are going nowhere.But, as a community, I would like to say to my brothers, don’t be moved by what you see around here, but be moved by what you believe in, and you believe that as a people we can move this community forward if we work together and work assiduously to bring Moblissa to what it was and even beyond that, ” Reynolds noted. (Fareeza Haniff)
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Date: 16 Aug 17 07:03pm
Singing sensation Terry Gajraj, through the “SAVE ABEE” foundation, is assisting with the development of a playground and other facilities at the Shaheed Girls Orphanages, Oleander Gardens, East Coast Demerara.SAVE ABEE, is a non-profit organization registered in the United States of America. It is in the process of obtaining a non-profit status in Guyana and Canada.Gajraj said that in order to fulfill and continue the dream, the NGO needs everyone to come together and contribute to children’s development.He explained that a playground with floodlights and developed structure will be constructed at the girls’ orphanage to assist with their extracurricular activities.Gajraj said that the foundation is set-up based on the principle of giving the children of Guyana the skills required to operate in society. SAVE ABEE, is primarily focusing its efforts on the rural regions of Guyana, where the lack of transportation and computers poses a burden on the people.To spread the word, SAVE ABEE will go to four villages in each county, (Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo) and prepare a meal for the underprivileged. At this gathering, attempts to establish relationships with business associates will be made to see if someone can help provide a home or land, with which the foundation can extend its project to that village.“We would like to give back to each village, as our donors will be from many parts of Guyana, and as a means of providing accessible educational resources to the children despite geographical location.”He said, “As the children continue to excel in computer courses, our foundation will grant a scholarship, (or scholarships, based on the availability of funds) to the children so that they can further their academic studies.”According to secretary of the Board, Hakeem Khan, the completion of the playground is being funded by the SAVE ABEE foundation. The entire concept started several years ago but funding was prioritized based on the needs of the children.“Over the past two years the board made two important decisions that were costly. Firstly, we brought in our own bus for the children. Then, because we weren’t satisfied with the quality of education in the public school system we enrolled the girls into private schools which developed their academic standards, ” he explained.Adding that the playground will have day and night capability, Boston Red Sox Throwback Jersey, Khan said Guyana Goldfields is supplying play equipment.Pic in Sunday as Save AbeeCaption: Singing sensation Terry Gajraj (center), Secretary of the orphanage board Hakeem Khan flanked by some of the orphans along with visitors and other officials on the site where the playground will be constructed.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 07:03pm
… to introduce first ever underground miningOne of South America’s largest gold mines and Guyana’s second largest gold extracting operation since the departure of OMAI in 2005 is expected to pour in the first of thousands of gold bars in 2015. On hand is a US$238M Aurora Gold Project. Canadian –based Guyana Goldfields Inc. (GGI) officials, during the projects launch at the Conference Centre yesterday, added that Guyana will also see its first ever underground mining set up; extracting ore to be processed.Sedgman officials explaining to attendees the extent of their work.With this multi-million dollar venture Guyanese are said to be benefiting immensely. The greatest prize is in the areas of local employment, training and remittances to the local economy. Project officials said that some 400 to 500 locals would be employed during operations, while the workforce would be primarily, 90 to 95 percent locals.Employees also stand to benefit medically; and will attain training from foreign experts in technical skills, geological, underground and surface mining; managerial, leadership and professional development. The company has also vowed to provide during its beyond 17-year mining life span, health services to other miners in the Aurora Region Seven district.GGI has embarked on attaining a total 3.29 million ounces of gold, averaging 194, 000 ounces per year. GGI has further executed a “Heads of Agreement and Term Sheet”, documenting the principal terms and conditions with joint venture partners, Sedgman Limited and Graña y Montero for the full engineering, procurement, and construction (“EPC&rdquo ;) of the initial processing facility and power plant.”Of an explained four-phase mining process, Aurora is at the second stage which speaks to the development of the mine during its lifecycle.  At the first phase of exploration and pre-development, more than 250 Guyanese were hired; this stage involves investment, exploration.The next phase; development and construction involves up to 900 locals being gainfully employed.  Actual operations are to start in 2015; and beyond will some 500 persons earning jobs.Scott Caldwell, GGI CEO explained that the company is pleased to be undertaking such a massive project in the country. This is an extremely significant milestone for the Project and for the Company. We are excited to be moving the Aurora Gold Project forward and have engaged an excellent team whose strengths complement each other.”Chief Operations Officer Lello Galassi said, “We have set ourselves 2015 as the first gold pour.”He said, “Open mining is where we start and then it is an underground mine 18 months later, to increase production.” That operation is expected to start 2018.Natural Resource Minister Robert Persaud congratulated the company on the project before accusing sections of the society of stifling government process. “As a nation we have always been talking about the rich potential that we have and we need to unleash the potential especially in developing and ensuring that our people and country benefit from resources but we will not be able to do so if we sit around… and that is where we have to give incentives to both locals as well as creating an environment for pouring investment.“I want to speak to that issue because it seems as if every time there is an effort made to ensure that we attract some form of investment to move the government forward, there are probably segments of the society which take that to mean, sell out or buy out or whatever terminology used.”Persaud announced however that as of yesterday morning the gold production declaration was in excess of 452, 000 ounces, surpassing the 451, 000 target.  After explaining environmental considerations; he expounded on the benefits of interior community development and economic mobility.It was explained that the proposed EPC contract will be on a “not-to-exceed” basis, valued at US$137M. The agreed general terms and conditions for the engineering, procurement, management and construction of the initial 5, 000 tons per day (“tpd&rdquo ;) processing facility and power plant for the “not-to-exceed amount” of US$137M, while the total capital cost for the entire project is now estimated to be US$249M.”Sedgman Limited is a services company involved in test work, design, Phil Jones Manchester United Jersey, construction and operation of mineral processing plants. Graña y Montero is the oldest and largest engineering and construction company in Peru and is publically listed on the Lima and New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of over US$2.3B.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 07:03pm
A monitoring and evaluation unit has been put in place by the Ministry of Education in order to monitor the implementation and the attainment of certain goals outlined by the Education Sector’s Strategic Plan.Minister of Education, Shaik BakshAnd parts of the plan, which is geared at working towards improving the delivery of education over a five-year period (2008-2013), have already been put in place according to Education Minister, Shaik Baksh. The Strategic Plan addresses the “bigger goals” of the education sector, he disclosed, including areas such as literacy, school health and nutrition as well as the assessment systems.Accordingly, Baksh disclosed at a recent press conference that the Ministry will commence a review to determine how much progress has been made since the plan was implemented. Baksh revealed that all departments of the Ministry have already submitted work plans and action plans, which details how they will achieve certain goals.The minister noted that by the end of September, “we will do a total one-day review on where we are. We will do this at least twice a year to ensure that we do not wait until the end of the five-year period to evaluate where we are. We will do this and continue to monitor progress on a six monthly basis.”Earlier this year the Minister had announced that the strategic plan was accepted by Cabinet and the donor community. With funding from government and a whopping $20.5M grant through the ‘Education For All Fast Track Initiative’ (EFA-FTI), it is anticipated that the goals of the plan will be reached within the specified timeframe.Minister Baksh had revealed last year that it was during his attendance of an EFA-FTI meeting in Paris that he was able to solicit the much needed grant.In accepting the details of the plan, the Minister disclosed that the donors paved the way for Guyana to be in receipt of a full three-year tranche of funding which will be made available overtime.And according to the Minister, previously, the education sector was afforded annual funding for the FTI initiative for three years, most of which have been used for upgrading of education, including the delivery of education, teachers’ houses, school feeding programmes, sanitation facilities, general utility upgrades, resource materials, and learning resource centres.He had noted last year, too, that the plan will feature health and nutrition prominently, San Diego Padres Jered Weaver Jersey, which indicates the Ministry’s intent to address the safety and wellbeing of students. The objective of universal secondary education is also expected to be reached through the plan.And according to the Minister, the administration has been very much concerned over the years, and right now will direct immense attention to the improvement of the education sector.Moreover, he emphasised that the plan is intended to better the current status of the local education system, adding that the additional funding will eventually be afforded. He explained though that over the period of the plan the government will have to look at its priority.During the past year, the Minister acknowledged that the government had been very committed to the education sector, which was evident by the allocation of the highest percentage of the budget to the Education Sector, adding that on a regional basis, Guyana is at the top of the league in this regard.According to him, the statistics of the most recent educational global monitoring report, Guyana is at the top in terms of expenditure on education, even as he noted that every effort must be engaged to ensure that there is greater value for money in the education system.In the year 2008, 23 new schools were built across the regions, among them nine nurseries, 10 Primaries and four Secondary schools, a development which is regarded as a good achievement by the Minister.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 07:02pm
A young man, who was on an alleged robbery rampage in Linden, was today remanded to prison, following his court appearance before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.Martin FraserMartin Fraser, 18, of Lot 6 Constabulary Compound, Linden was today arraigned on four counts of break and enter charges, and pled not guilty to all.The first charge read that between October 28 and 30, 2014 at Central Amelia’s Ward Linden, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Nikesha Fitzkow and carted off a quantity of electronics totaling $329, J. D. Martinez Tigers Jersey, 000.It is also alleged that he between January 28 and 30, 2015 broke and entered the house of Dian Phillips and carried away a fridge amongst other items, valuing $195, 000.Particulars of the third charge read that Fraser broke and entered the dwelling house of Rolston Leon and carted off $479, 000 worth in electronics.Finally, the defendant was further accused of breaking and entering the house of Leonard Jennings. Therein, he stole a quantity of household appliances to the value of in excess of $4M.Police corporal Bharat Mangru prosecuted the matter. Fraser was represented by attorney Gordon Gilhuys, whose bail application was refused by the magistrate.The unemployed defendant will appear at the Linden Magistrates Court on March 31, for the commencement of a trial.
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