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Date: 15 Aug 17 09:21pm
By Leon SuseranVendors along the shoulders of the Rose Hall Town Independence Avenue Road located next to the municipal market clashed with Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of the town, Bhadenauth Somrah, on Friday morning.Somrah had banned all vendors from the road earlier in the week, sparking a protest from irate vendors.Earlier in the week, vendors protested the IMC’s decision to dismantle their stalls causing destruction to items which they had on the stalls for sale.Things heated up on Friday morning after vendors of the market turned up to see the gates locked by the Constabulary. The move angered vendors and a verbal clash between the vendors and the IMC Chairman ensued.Regional Chairman Zulfikar Mustapha and his team then arrived at the market to try and open the gates. But that action was prevented by the IMC authorities.According to the disenfranchised vendors, if they sell in the market, they will lose a lot of customers. They stated that they invested a lot of money to construct concrete pavements on which they are selling their items.The residents also said that the Regional Chairman gave them permission to sell on the road shoulders. In response, the IMC Chairman questioned the authority of the regional administration to pry into the business of the town.The market can accommodate 500 vendors but there are nearly 600 who wish to do business in the area.The Rose Hall Town IMC, which came into being in January 2008, has been under heavy criticism from some citizens of Rose Hall Town and the Region Six Administration for the way in which Somrah has been dealing with members of the public and actions by the committee.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP)- run IMC replaced the Mayor and Town Council a few years ago.In October 2010, government officials from the ruling party had called for a probe into the daily operations of the IMC.  The spokesperson noted that based on the statutory minutes for July 2010; there were breaches in the financial regulations. The organization was accused of “financial irregularities”.Regional Chairman, Zulfikar Mustapha, when contacted for a comment on the situation said that he has since spoken to Somrah in a bid to continue to allow the vendors to vend on the road shoulders.“We can’t go abruptly and stop these people’s living because this is a livelihood for these people. They should remain there until we get better facilities.”Mustapha said he spoke with the vendors and told them to remain on the road and sell. He told them this after discussions with the Minister of Local Government.“The Chairman is arrogant. He went and did his own thing. This thing is not supported by the Ministry and come Monday, the Minister will be in Berbice to talk to vendors about this matter.“And I am very disappointed with the action of the chairman of the IMC. He represents the PPP and we will be discussing his actions with a view to taking disciplinary actions, ” Mustapha said.He accused the IMC Chairman of favouritism in that only one set of vendors were targeted and others were not.According to the IMC Chairman, Bhadenauth Somrah, he wants to move the vendors closer to the market in a bid to clear the road shoulders.“The Regional Chairman has this brazen [attitude] to usurp authority. This has been causing problems for several years now in Rose Hall. He would interfere with the work [of the IMC]”, the IMC Chairman added.“Ever since I took over the IMC, the Chairman always cursing me; always condemning my work. I spoke to the Minister [of Local Government] once concerning (the interference) in our work.“It seems that everything we do in this town is a problem with him, and nobody else. Every time he call me, he cussing me up and say he will get somebody else to run this town”, Troy Polamalu College Jersey, Somrah said.“What warrants the Regional Chairman coming into my town and creating this unrest today?”On another matter, Somrah said that the report that he had assaulted Wynette Trim, wife of the Rose Hall Town Anniversary Events Committee, was false. He said that he never assaulted the woman.He added that the woman pushed him at the Low Carbon Development Strategy Fair and Exhibition held on the streets of Rose Hall Town on April 30, 2011. His IMC did not give permission to hold the event.Somrah and the police then turned up to stop the event and an argument between him and the event planner Andrew Griffith and his wife, Mrs Trim began. She pushed him, he said, and the matter was brought before the Albion Court.They shook hands and settled the matter in front of the magistrate.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 09:21pm
The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority has commenced strong action against its internal auditor who recommended the dismissal of its Chief Executive Officer Lionel Wordsworth and a Senior Section Engineer in a damning audit report.The auditor was sent on administrative leave as the entity probes what it described as a breach of protocol and procedure.The auditor in a report, which alleged procurement fraud on the part of NDIA Chief Executive Officer, Lionel Wordsworth, in collusion with Senior Section Engineer, Aneel Chowbay, and a conflict of interest involving Chowbay, was sent on administrative leave last Thursday.LIONEL WORDSWORTHThe auditor in an unprecedented move had forwarded his report to President Donald Ramotar, a move that was criticised by the Minister of Agriculture Dr. Leslie Ramsammy and more recently by Chairman of the Region Four Democratic Council, Clement Corlette.Only recently, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NDIA, Dharmkumar Seeraj to whom the initial audit report was addressed, had told this newspaper that he is still awaiting a final report after the CEO and the Engineer would have responded to the allegations made against them.While the move to send the auditor on leave is being viewed as retaliation to his audit report, informed sources at the Ministry of Agriculture have informed this newspaper that the action taken was in response to the auditor’s walking out of a meeting that was chaired by the Permanent Secretary.The meeting was reportedly dealing with the leakage of the report to the media.The move against the auditor is also being seen as dealing with the messenger rather than the message.It certainly will not surprise Alliance For Change Leader Khemraj Ramjattan who had predicted it a few weeks ago when excerpts of the leaked audit report were published.Ramjattan, in a recent interview, had expressed pessimism that anything would be done to the CEO, since that he deemed him (Wordsworth) a favourite of President Ramotar.He opined that the auditors who dare to reveal the corruption may have their contracts terminated.Many internal audits are conducted and their findings are kept from the public. This should not be the norm, Ramjattan said. He suggested that these reports should be presented to Parliament and given to the media for dissemination to the public.Unless the culture of transparency and accountability is cultivated, Carlton Fisk Red Sox Jersey, auditors will be unable to bring to the public’s attention corruption, Ramjattan said. “It will also have a serious effect on a number of auditors not wanting to do anything, ” he added.“Instead of sending Wordsworth and the Engineer on leave to facilitate an investigation, they have decided that the auditor must go, ” said a source at the Ministry of Agriculture.The audit on the NDIA’s fuel consumption and equipment operations and maintenance, was conducted between May and September. It was completed and submitted to the Chairman of the NDIA Board of Directors on September 26.The report concluded that fraudulent acts were committed by NDIA Chief Executive officer Lionel Wordsworth and Senior Section Engineer (SSE) Mr. Aneel Chowbay, in breach of the Procurement Act 2003.It speaks of conflict of interest and sole sourcing of services such as the supply of fuel and the awarding of contracts to relations of senior NDIA operatives, in breach of national procurement procedures.Since the publication, the Ministry of Agriculture has sought to discredit the author of the audit report and there are reports that the Auditor is under tremendous pressure to retain his job.The Ministry had described the report as unsubstantiated by a person who has a personal agenda.The Internal Auditor is the Head of the Inspectorate Department of the NDIA which was set up in following a meeting of the Board earlier this year.This body which is up and running is to provide oversight of the management of the D&I infrastructure.In 2011, the NDIA was allotted a whopping $1.495B, out of which $1.228B was expended on the payment of contracts amounting to $1.227B, and for the purchase of office furniture to the tune of $1.128M.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 09:20pm
Princess Hotel (Guyana) General Manager, Muharrem Kulekci, NFL Jerseys Sale, and other members of staff on Christmas Day made presentations of gifts and goodies including a chocolate cake to the Children’s Ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital;The Hotel staffers also made presentation of pampers to the mothers of the Christmas Day babies.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 09:20pm
In light of climate change and the added pressure it places on drainage and irrigation infrastructure, several measures have been taken to boost the capacity of the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC).The conservancy was developed in 1880 to channel several water sources and distribution systems from the Lama and Maduni rivers. Its principal users are sugar cane plantations, and rice and cash crop farmers of the East Coast and East Bank of Demerara and Georgetown.During a visit to the conservancy on Saturday, Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Lionel Wordsworth, and other officials inspected ongoing work and outlined some of the major interventions made at the EDWC.Significant sums are being invested to enhance the effectiveness of the conservancy. Approximately $140M has been spent on machinery and equipment to conduct works, while about $22M is being spent to open additional waterways and strengthening the embankment.Work presently ongoing includes widening the dam and building it higher, resulting in increased storage, so that in times of intense rainfall more water can be stored and flooding will be avoided or reduced.Two things are being done –increasing the seepage path and making the embankment suitably sound. This is done by taking suitable materials from the savannah to make the dam, Lionel Wordsworth explained.A seepage path is being filled up, as this was unsafe for the embankment. This will create more inland space, strengthening the embankment. The cleaning of the perimeter channel also allows for a more efficient discharge of water.At present, major rehabilitation works are being done from Flagstaff to Lusignan, on the East Coast of Demerara, which covers about 20 miles.However, Minister Persaud said that works are being done throughout the conservancy, but this stretch is said to be a vulnerable section.A major intake structure at Enmore was built at a cost of $27M. This will provide irrigation for sugar and rice farmers in a more efficient and inexpensive manner.The minister explained that farmers had to take the expense of pumping water before, so now, with the completion of the intake structure, they will benefit.Additionally over $14M was spent on the installation of a new door and lifting mechanism at the Kofi Relief Sluice on the conservancy end.This will increase the discharge capability of the conservancy during periods of heavy rainfall. This, Minister Robert Persaud said, will relieve pressures put on the Mahaica/ Mahaicony areas.Currently, Lance Parrish Tigers Jersey, there are ongoing technical work and engagement with the World Bank and the Department for International Development (DIFID) to finance the improvement works at Cunia through the Conservancy Adaptation Project.This project will finance the development of the hydrologic baseline, which forms the technical foundation for a master plan for the EDWC and adjoining lowlands to guide future projects, as well as upgrading works aimed at improving the operational improvements and flood control capacity of the EDWC, which will serve as guidance.To date, over $500M is being spent to improve the storage and discharge capability of the EDWC.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 09:20pm
Crucial breakthrough…By Leonard GildarieGuyana’s fight to introduce disaster insurance has moved one step closer to becoming a reality with a regional body saying that it will be ready with a plan to provide coverage within months.On Friday, the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) indicated that it will be able to provide coverage for excessive rainfall by year end.Currently, CCRIF only provides coverage for hurricanes and earthquakes, but following representation by Guyana and other interested groups, CCRIF has been developing a facility that will assist the country in managing the cost of impact of excessive rainfall.A team headed by Todd Crawford from CCRIF met with Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud on Friday to discuss, among other things, the different possibilities.Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, meeting with Todd Crawford and other officials of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) on Friday.Also present at the key meeting was Prema Roopnarine, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance), Ministry of Agriculture.According to the Ministry, Persaud made a case for “urgent attention” in this regard as Guyana attempts to mobilise support for a risk insurance facility in light of the intensifying negative effects of climate change.The Minister noted that the insurance could also be a pilot for other CARICOM countries facing flood risks and threats to its economy and infrastructure.“Further, Minister Persaud emphasised that the facility will provide a regional tool which can be used to help manage the risks caused by extreme rainfall, as well as droughts, which are being experienced in a number of CARICOM countries currently.”Meanwhile, both parties agreed that the facility will be invaluable in analysing the impacts of past rainfall (and drought) events and changes in rainfall patterns due to climate change.“This will also contribute a great deal towards efforts by the Government of Guyana in Risk Management and Agriculture Insurance.”The issue of crop insurance and coverage for flood, drought and other related insurance is one that Guyana has been attempting to tackle for a while now, with farmers every year facing threats.However, insurance companies locally and regionally have been reluctant to come on board, expressing worry about a sector that may be too risky.A recent forum of financial analysts and agriculture experts, while recognising the need, failed to arrive at an immediate solution.Within recent years, farmers have lost millions from a yearly cycle of flooding, and just recently, a drought.With Guyana’s coastline well under the sea level, the threat has become even more evident, especially with increasing high intensity rainfall.In June, a three-day symposium in Antigua and Barbuda recognised the enormous challenges in implementation of any plan.The Guyana government said that all is not lost and a public/private partnership may be the best solution.Any system involving agricultural insurance in Guyana must be effective, efficient and sustainable in the long term and the exact details of this partnership are currently being examined, according to Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud.The symposium was co-ordinated by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the Ministry of Agriculture of Antigua and Barbuda and the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA).The World Bank, Eddie Robinson Indians Jersey, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and Government of Australia Aid Programme also supported the event.The issue of crop insurance has been taking the front burner recently with increasing calls for mechanisms to ensure that the agricultural industry is protected a little more.Between 1988 and 2006, Guyana has recorded annual losses due to flood and drought at an average of US$35M.“These events can put a tremendous amount of pressure on Guyana’s productive capacity, its economic stability, its budgetary planning systems and compromise food security both regionally and nationally. Furthermore, they have the frightening power to reverse any gains on poverty reduction, which is predominantly concentrated in Guyana’s rural areas, where agriculture is the main source of income, ” Persaud said in a message to the Antigua meeting.The meeting had concluded that some farmers’ insurance in Guyana and the Caribbean may just not be possible.Insurance companies may have to modify or customise their policies to fit particular situations, experts say.Agriculture is the most important economic sector in Guyana, accounting for approximately 50% of employment, 30% of GDP and 40% of export earnings.
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