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Date: 16 Aug 17 06:09pm
– US$32 million ingrants from Canada, UK receivedGuyana will be one of the Caribbean countries to benefit from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) which has approved a multi-faceted programme to improve competitiveness and boost private sector development in 15 Caribbean countries. This is according to the IDB in a statement released yesterday.Donors provide funding for a comprehensive five-year programme aimed at boosting Caribbean private sector development.The programme, Addison Russell Cubs Jersey, known as Compete Caribbean, is a joint initiative of the IDB, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID).The programme will be implemented in Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.Compete Caribbean will provide technical assistance and investment funding to a variety of activities aimed at establishing productive development policies, implementing business climate reforms, launching clustering initiatives, and promoting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout the region.The programme is to be carried out in close collaboration with regional institutions, Governments and private sector entities, at an estimated total cost of US$32.55 million.CIDA is contributing a C’dn$20 million grant (around US$18.70 million) and DFID is providing a £8.656 million grant (approx. $13.85 million).The IDB will establish and manage a program coordinating unit in Barbados for the effective implementation of the program. The Bank will also provide the expertise to identify, design and implement the projects included in Compete Caribbean.The programme is expected to contribute to an increase in non-traditional exports, from the average 2.2 percent of GDP in recent years to a five percent of GDP by 2017. It is also expected to create 8, 000 new jobs, and make measurable advances in gender equality indicators. All 15 countries are expected to advance positions in the global rankings measuring competitiveness and business climate.According to the IDB, the Caribbean economies were hit hard by the recent global recession, given the inherent constraints of their size and their limited diversification. Tourism dropped, demand for Caribbean exports fell, and foreign direct investment decreased, bringing a reduction in income that significantly affected the countries’ GDP and national reserves.“Even without the burden of the global downturn, the Caribbean economies face the structural challenge of defining new areas of competitive advantage”, said IDB project team leader, José Jorge Saavedra.“We hope this initiative will help the region overcome some of its constraints to growth, and help increase productivity, exports, and employment in strategic sectors.”
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Date: 16 Aug 17 06:08pm
Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh, in the wake of the court ruling on the ability or inability of the opposition to be able to cut the national budget, said that the decision is most welcomed by Government.Chief Justice, Brian Bellows Jersey, Ian Chang, yesterday ruled in favour of Government and said that the Opposition could not cut the budget only approve or disapprove allocations for the various agencies.According to Dr Singh, in a public missive last evening, “while Government intends to examine and study the ruling in detail, it does appear to bring closure to the vexing matter of the budget cuts.”He said that the opposition’s initial responses to the ruling, and in particular their apparent refusal to accept the conclusiveness and authoritativeness of the ruling, display their continued contempt for the courts of Guyana and their lack of concern for that which is in the public interest.“It is time for the opposition to accept the ruling of the Court and permit progress and development to continue in our country.”He said that now that the ruling is out, the Opposition would be well advised to take heed and be guided accordingly.“The Opposition would also be well advised to engage in meaningful consultation on Budget 2014 instead of refusing to meet with Government and continuing to threaten further unconstitutional cuts.Despite Government’s numerous invitations to the APNU, the party has bluntly announced their refusal to participate.”The ruling he said, is a win, not only for Government, but for all law abiding Guyanese who have agonized for two years over the Parliamentary spectacle of unconstitutional cuts being imposed on the national budget.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 06:08pm
The Schools’ Welfare Department has recently hosted a mini-exhibition to promote the work of a few teenage mothers under its supervision.According to Acting Chief Schools’ Welfare Officer, Carol Melville, the one-day exhibition aimed to showcase the creativity and talents of the girls, cheap nfl jerseys, raise their self-esteem, instill in them a sense of accomplishment and self-worth and provide them an avenue to earn an income.Some of the exhibits displayed were place mats, napkins, cushions, baby comforters, soft toys, pillow slips and various leather craft items.Melville pointed out that of the 17 participants who took part in the exhibition, five were reintegrated into the formal school system; two are being trained in leather craft production and through the networking system of her department while four have secured employment.She noted that her department continues to counsel and open-up new opportunities for the participants to ensure that they lead a disciplined and productive life.Earlier in the year, five students who became pregnant while in school have been reintegrated into the school system. Four of the girls have been placed at secondary schools within the city and the parents for the other have opted to send her to a private school on the East Coast of Demerara.Melville pointed out that the young mothers came to the attention of the Schools’ Welfare Department following her officers outreach visits to health clinics, schools and communities.The Acting Chief Schools’ Welfare Officer said that the teenage mothers are undergoing educational sessions in several areas including building self-esteem, parenting and child care and stress and anger management, all designed to empower and help them to cope with their new role.These efforts, she said, are focused on helping the young mothers to adjust to their new role as parents; be able to complete secondary school; further their education and become meaningful contributors to society.The Ministry of Education has recognized the drastic changes in people’s lifestyles over the past three decades and the programme to re-integrate teenage mothers in school is one of the measures it has taken to ensure a progressive society for the vulnerable.The Ministry has stressed that it views education as a fundamental human right and stands firmly by the position that a 14-year-old who has become pregnant while still in school has not lost that right.  The programme to reintegrate teenage mothers in schools is also part of the ministry’s wider policy of education access for all.Headteachers have been encouraged to develop a sense of appreciation for teenage parents as some are victims of broken homes and other varying unfortunate circumstances.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 06:08pm
–    new partnership strategy being developedThe Head of Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and for the Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories, Ambassador Robert Kopecký, yesterday presented his Letters of Credence to the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.The ceremony, held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Turkeyen, saw Ambassador Kopecký being accredited as the Plenipotentiary Representative of the European Union to CARICOM, an EU statement said yesterday.Ambassador Robert Kopecký (left) presenting his Letters of Credence to the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.“Ambassador Kopecký will now formally be able to continue building on the long standing relationship between the two groupings.”The EU and CARICOM currently have an extensive programme of cooperation centred on the 10th European Development Fund’s Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme of 165 million euros that concentrates primarily on assisting the region in implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement [EPA].This agreement was signed between the EU and CARICOM, supporting progress in the CSME and facilitating cooperation with the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the latter needing particular assistance to participate fully in regional cooperation since its disastrous earthquake. It also supports further integration in the OECS sub-region and private sector development through Caribbean Export.CARICOM and the EU are currently working on a new joint Caribbean-EU Partnership Strategy. This is being accompanied by increased attention to political dialogue, the EU indicated yesterday.Head of the Caribbean Unit of the European External Action Service, John Caloghirou, Bill Lee Red Sox Jersey, was scheduled to arrive in Guyana yesterday to further discuss these issues with CARICOM and the EU Delegation.Commenting after the ceremony Ambassador Kopecký said that he was “pleased to discover upon arrival in Guyana that 80% of the current Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme has been committed and looked forward to working with CARICOM to ensure that the development of the remaining 20% of EU-funded programmes in the areas of Health, Linguistic Support, Civil Society, Crime & Security and enhanced cooperation with all territories in the region are fast tracked”.He also expressed the hope that the EPA progresses further in its implementation and expressed the EU’s renewed commitment to working with CARICOM in this regard.
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Date: 16 Aug 17 06:08pm
By Zena Henry Chief Justice (CJ) Ian Chang has dismissed the legal proceedings brought against the Guyana Police Force (GPF) by former Superintendent of Police, Simon McBean, ruling that the claims of both parties have no bearing and each side should stand their own legal costs.The case was dismissed on the grounds that McBean could not have been an active member of the Guyana Police Force, while remaining in the United Kingdom as a full-time student at Leicester University. It was thus decided that by this action, McBean had “effectively terminated his own service” to the police force and the dismissal letter he received from the institution was only a confirmation of his action.Former Superintendent of Police Simon McBeanMcBean, being the plaintiff in the High Court matter, was thus denied his claim of $100, 000 in damages; pension; gratuity and monthly pension, among other requests, while the police, being the defendant, will not have the salary paid to McBean prior to his job termination returned.McBean was represented by Attorney-at-law Patrice Henry.The lawyer presented to the court that in 2009, Drew Kaser Chargers Jersey, his client received a termination letter from the Police Service Commission (PSC), stating that McBean had unlawfully extended his annual leave by almost nine months and his services were no longer needed in the force.McBean claimed that he was wrongfully terminated because he had followed the stipulations which necessitate officers informing the force of their inability to resume work for reasons such as illnesses. Following Mc Bean’s 112 days leave, which commenced in August and ended on December 24, 2007, he said he became ill, and informed the GPF of the developments via the Guyana High Commission in London.The GPF, which had the representation of Pritima Kissoon, contended however, that Mc Bean’s extended stay was unauthorized and during that time, he enrolled and completed a Master’s Degree programme in the UK without the requisite approval. The Force claimed that by failing to obtain the approval, McBean had abandoned his position and was therefore liable to dismissal by the PSC in accordance with the terms and conditions of his contract of service.The Force said too that since McBean pursued his Master’s Degree while on his annual leave and was not granted approval to continue thereafter with his study or no-pay leave, he erroneously received salaries from the time he returned to work, to the time he was dismissed.It was however revealed that McBean had applied for study leave prior to the vacation leave, but was denied same. It was not until McBean was granted his vacation leave that he commenced studying in the UK.According to the court information, on the day McBean’s vacation was scheduled to conclude, he reported his illness to the UK-based Guyana High Commission and returned for duty the day following the completion of his course. They said that McBean was diagnosed by a UK doctor with an acute nerve disorder. Medical certificates were thus faxed to the GPF via the UK-based High Commission. The certificates, according to the UK doctor, advised that for McBean to fully recover, he had to complete the Master’s programme as a form of therapy.Chief Justice Chang however stated in his ruling that McBean was not an Inspector or Constable or subordinate officer, so Section 37 A (1) (a) of the Police Act, which deems the act by an officer absent for more than 24 hours an illegal withdrawal, could not apply to McBean. The Chief Justice stated that McBean however sought to cover his absence from duty “by way of medical certificates of sickness.”He said that assuming that McBean obtained vacation leave up to the concluding date and subsequently went on a study course, “it was not open to him to cover his absence from official duty thereafter by medical certificates since he was then an attending full-time student at the University without study leave which was inconsistent with his obligations to be a serving member of the GPF on active duty.”Chang said McBean could not have been a full-time University student without study leave and thus formed the view that the plaintiff had effectively terminated his own services by remaining a full-time student following the conclusion of his vacation leave.To the police, Chang said that it was not McBean’s fault that he sought to resume duties in the Force and was paid until he received his termination letter. In light of this, the police’s counter claim for the return of his salary was dismissed.
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