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–    Ram and Mc Rae survey The government has won overwhelming support for its pursuit of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).This is according to the results of the Ram and Mc Rae Business Outlook Survey for 2010.Fifty nine business entities were asked whether they agreed with government’s decision/actions in respect of 17 issues which arose or were considered critical in 2009.The government also won support for the new Anti – Money Laundering and Countering of Terrorism Act while its non–investigation of CLICO’s failure and continuation of its radio monopoly were tied for highest levels of disagreement.From a list of 14 issues, the respondents were all adamant that the government should take immediate action in accelerating tax reform, while they would also like to see the administration deal with corruption, tackle crime, tax evasion, reduce interest rates, improve the efficiency of the government, enhance governance, implement measures to curb the migration of skilled personnel, control inflation and expand export incentives.Meanwhile, when asked to rate 21 public entities that affect businesses ranging from poor (ineffective) to excellent (very effective), 83 per cent of the respondents (from a total of 53) rated the Guyana Power and Light Incorporation as ineffective, while 68 per cent (from a total of 56) also rated the Guyana Police Force (GPF) as poor.Additionally, the Ministry of Home Affairs was also rated as ineffective by the 68 per cent of the respondents.Those which received the highest ratings for being moderately effective were the Ministry of Agriculture (76 per cent from a total of 49), Bank of Guyana ((58 per cent from a total of 45), and the Ministry of Labour (66 per cent from a total of 50).According to the survey, among regulators, the Bank of Guyana received the highest favourable rating followed by the Guyana Securities Council and the Guyana Tourism Authority. The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, which came to prominence in 2009 for its supervision of the failed insurance giant CLICO, was the lowest ranked with 30 respondents considering it ineffective.Meanwhile, for the first time the survey sought respondents’ views on private sector/non governmental organisations, but in a similar manner to the public sector ratings, Cheap Jerseys Online, not all surveyed respondents expressed a view on any of these.Of the 10 organisations, the two trade union umbrella bodies were rated lowest in terms of effectiveness, with the Guyana Trades Union Congress slightly ahead of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions.According to the survey, 80 per cent and 84 per cent of the respondents rated them as being ineffective or marginally effective, respectively. Neither received an ‘excellent’ rating from any respondent.At the other end of the scale, the institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana and the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association were rated highest with 33 per cent and 22 per cent rating them as effective and very effective, respectively.
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– willing to help with oil exploration, energyPrime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, says that her country is in full support of Guyana as it relates to recent decree made by Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, over most of Guyana’s exclusivePresident David Granger meets Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Kamla Persad- Bissessar in Barbados.economic zone.According to the Trinidadian leader, the decree is illegal as it is clearly in contravention of the International Law of the Sea, and it is in this regard her country will remain steadfast to President David Granger’s call to have the decree withdrawn.President Granger met the T&T Leader on the sidelines of the ongoing heads of Government summit of CARICOM being held in Barbados.“Trinidad and Tobago fully supports Guyana with respect to the border dispute. We have gone a step further, we have always had discussions with Guyana and we offered to assist in any way that we can by having dialogue at the bilateral or multilateral level, ” the Prime Minister is quoted as saying a Government statement yesterday.Persad-Bissessar reiterated that at this point in time she is pleased to see the support being offered to Guyana, by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and CARICOM since the impact of the decree is far reaching.“Guyana should find the support because it (the decree) is in violation of the rule of law, and we are looking at the impact on the Eastern Caribbean.”The Prime Minister pledged her country’s continued support to Guyana even with its newest oil exploration project.Support is also being offered in the area of energy and an invitation has been extended to President Granger to visit Trinidad to hold further discussion on this subject.Meanwhile, Persad-Bissessar stated that she will be in talks with Venezuela with the aim of making dialogue possible with Guyana.She stated that even though the situation seems to have gone beyond the point of dialogue, Cheap Jerseys From China, it is her belief that discussion is the best way forward.As it relates to on-going projects with CARICOM countries and Venezuela, the Trinidad Prime Minister said these are moving ahead smoothly; she does not see any reason why her support for Guyana would affect these projects.The Venezuelan decree not only claims sea space belonging to Guyana, but also of Trinidad, Suriname and Barbados.However, Guyana is most affected as United States Company ExxonMobil exploration which is operating in the Stabroek block, falls within the space being claimed by Venezuela.That country’s claim came shortly after ExxonMobil announced that it had discovered a significant quantity of oil in one of the two wells it was exploring, the Liza -1 well.Thus far, President Granger has secured the support of the United Nations, Commonwealth and CARICOM on the claims.
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Date: 18 Dec 17 12:07pm
Expanding its customer service programme, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC) has introduced a system which it says is designed to provide a hassle-free experience for arriving passengers.The new arrangements at CJIA, Timehri.The system was implemented on March 12, Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Authentic, 2016 to positive feedback, CJIAC said in a statement yesterday.“When passengers leave Customs and enter the Greeters Hall they could choose to remain in the enclosed area within the protection of the barriers and wait to be picked up. Additionally, it would prevent any solicitation from illegal taxi operatives. Also passengers would not be subjected to the harassment of illegal baggage handlers in the car park, ” explained Andre Kellman, the airport’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer.From today, the airport’s Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) would be distributing flyers to airport users and passengers to sensitise them on this initiative. The flyer outlines how the system works.Motorists could now leave the parking lot, gain entry through the designated barrier and collect their relatives and friends at the Greeters’ Hall curbside, ensuring the arriving passengers are not subjected to the elements of the weather.Airport Security Officers are stationed at the barriers to assist with crowd control and direct the traffic flow.According to Kellman, the retractable stanchions currently used would be replaced shortly with “a more solid structure”.“Our engineers are currently preparing some designs for management’s review and approval. I anticipate before May 2016 a more permanent structure would be in place, ” he added.
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Guyana’s emergency responders are better equipped to execute their duties following the completion of a five-day training programme in collaboration with a US-based institute.(Seated, right to left) Dr. Zulfikar Bux, Head of the A&E Services at the GPHC, Dan Batsie of the Atlantic EMS Group and EMT with the GPHC Ron Morrison with several participants following the conclusion of the programmeFor about 7 years, Cheap Jerseys From China, the Atlantic EMS Group has been partnering with Guyana to provide training services to local health care providers. Two years ago, the relationship with the group was rekindled by the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). So far, the relationship has been reaping benefits.One of these benefits is the recently concluded training programme. During a brief ceremony yesterday held at the Project Dawn Health Center, Dr. Zulfikar Bux, Head of the A&E Services at the GPHC, said that the hospital has reached the level where it is sustaining emergency health care by itself. Nonetheless, he said, the GPHC was looking at developing other systems and initiatives like the training programme. These, he said, would go a far way in assisting Guyana.“The programme was very successful, ” Dr. Bux said. He went on, “This training was basically to prepare staff in cases where there is massive trauma and massive casualties and they can actually go to the scene and relieve the hospital of the burden because there are some people that don’t need to go to the hospital and can actually  be treated on scene.”He said too that the 80 participants were paramedics and nurses from the Georgetown Hospital and nurses from the West Demerara Regional Hospital.He further explained that the overseas based institution would not be the only ones travelling. According to Dr. Bux, the institution has been facilitating exchanges so that local paramedics can go to the US to have an idea of how a developed system works. These paramedics also receive additional training and in turn return home to incorporate their new found knowledge into Guyana’s system.“This is going to continue because we’ve discussed this with them and we have the blessing of the GPHC and the support of the system, ” Bux added.The programme saw the participation of 8 persons from the Atlantic EMS Group. Six of these persons were paramedic students.One of the leaders of the group, Dan Batsie, explained that Guyana was not the only beneficiary of the training programme. Rather, he said, the training was symbiotic and saw the Atlantic EMS Group also benefiting tremendously.“We brought 6 of our paramedic students who had the unique and wonderful opportunity to spend time in your ambulances and hospitals, learning a different world of pre-hospital medicine than what we’re used to and that’s a tremendous benefit to their education. So thank you very much for allowing us here, ” Batsie said.He explained that his group is primarily a training organisation and focuses on paramedics, EMTs and hospital personnel like nurses and physicians.He further said that the week was spent on continuing education and included classes on trauma care, emergency nursing and disaster medicine.Dr. Bux added, “Obviously this is a symbiotic relationship and we’re both benefiting but I look at it as though we’re benefiting more because the training you provide will definitely go a long way in assisting us to provide better care, not just in the hospital but pre-hospital. And we realize that emergency medicine is not just about taking care of patients in the hospital.” He added that the hospital must ensure that parents are taken care of wherever they are, “so whether it’s in the interior, on the road in an accident, or they’re having a heart attack, we need to take care of those guys, stabilize them, give them proper care and bring them to the hospital.”Similarly, Chief Executive Officer of GPHC Michael Khan expressed hope that the knowledge imparted in the 5 days will be used not only for personal growth but also that of the healthcare system in Guyana.He further shared that plans are in the works to expand the EMS system and create new headquarters at the Project Dawn Health Center in Liliendaal.According to Dr. Bux, plans are underway to develop a national ambulance authority in Guyana. He also noted that while training was paramount, the issue of limited funds and few trained persons in Guyana remain as deterrents.
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– hopes to help arrest worrying societal trends“Why would somebody look at another human being in the eye and kill that person? Why would a youngCPCE Principal, Ms. Viola Roweman get into a house of an aged woman and rape and then kill her? Why would a mother lock her children up for days without leaving food for those children? And why would we pass each other on the road or in the classrooms without greeting each other?Why do we use words that hurt and not think of healing words? Why can’t we encourage instead of discourage efforts and good intentions?”These were some of the many searching questions that were asked by Principal of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), Ms. Viola Rowe, when she officially launched a pastoral care initiative.Pastoral care refers to a friendship that intentionally seeks to help a person along life’s path. Its focus is to offer emotional and spiritual support.The recent launch of the initiative, which is expected to help reverse worrying trends in the society including a skyrocketing suicide situation, was convened in the Bain Gray Hall of the Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara teachers’ training institution.And according to Rowe, who addressed a gathering of mostly teachers in training and CPCE Faculty members, “It is not by chance we have stumbled upon this initiative. It was well thought out and we believe we have to start somewhere and we have to keep going…”She noted that the College is seeking to embrace the pastoral care initiative with “a deliberate focus on the affective domain of learning. Because we are educators, whatever we do must be tied to our education principles and philosophies, and so for us it is nothing happening in isolation.”She moreover shared her conviction that “the affective domain of learning is all part of what educators are about, those along with the cognitive aspect of development and the psychomotor aspect as well.”But even as Rowe boasted that CPCE has been doing well with regards to the cognitive development of its students, she however confessed that “we still have to work hard on the affective domain.”A section of the gathering at the launch of the pastoral care initiative.It was primarily against this background, she noted, that CPCE with its newly introduced initiative will be seeking to help young people embrace values, skills and attitudes that are needed in today’s society.“It is the pastoral care approach that will support the affective domain of learning against the backdrop of the apparent lack of value by some of our students, particularly for self and others, ” said Rowe.And according to her, it has to become necessary to have a consolidated approach to complement the affective attitudes garnered by students through classroom experiences.Rowe noted that the general objective of the initiative is to equip or re-inform in students’ transferrable skills and values which include interpersonal skills such as basic courtesy, communication, decision making, volunteerism, problem solving, conflict resolution and negotiation, respect for self and others, group leadership and followership.“We are also going to be looking at and placing emphasis on personal skills, time management, motivating self, self esteem, self respect, confidence building, anger management, personal health consciousness, personal appearance and deportment, professional and spiritual development, ” Rowe shared.But according to her, “We are not going to lose sight of what we are about at this College in terms of the cognitive abilities and development.” The Principal noted that emphasis will simultaneously be directed to improving study skills, peer support, reading and research skills.The ambitious initiative will see the involvement of staff members of the College who are willing to participate in extra-curricular activities in the interest of the all-round development of students. Rowe pointed to the importance of collaboration to realise the needed change but acknowledged too that it isn’t likely that change will occur overnight.“We are not talking about just self change; we are talking about the nation’s children. We have a responsibility to make significant difference out there.Education and educating others is our business; it does not stop with students passing exams in a classroom; it does not stop with students gaining five, 10 , 15, 20 CSEC subjects; its more than the cognitive development, ” stressed Rowe.The initiative has already attracted support from Dr. Kenneth Hunte who has written a book that coincidentally speaks to pastoral care titled ‘Towards education for the common good’. Dr. Hunte has also written other publications.The pastoral care book, Cheap NFL Jerseys, however, is expected to serve as a guide to the pastoral care initiative at CPCE.Even as he lauded the initiative and reiterated his support, Dr. Hunte said that he had long recognised that all teacher training institutions have a role to play in pastoral care.“I was saying to myself, I wonder if I would live long enough to see it happen. I am happy, really, really happy to know that CPCE has started the ball rolling.”The programme, which is already in motion, has in place a committee and will be coordinated by Mr. Paul Cameron.Although the programme will initially target students at CPCE, it is designed to eventually be filtered down into the wider society.Pic name Principal RoweCaption :Pic name CPCE gatheringCaption: A section of the gathering at the launch of the pastoral care initiative
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