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Date: 21 Oct 17 04:13am
Ten years ago, the first university campus opened its doors in Berbice, paving the way for numerous Berbicians to acquire a tertiary education in the county.In the past, Berbicians had to travel to Turkeyen to attend the University of Guyana. President Bharrat Jagdeo declared the Tain Campus of the University of Guyana opened on November 19, 2000.At the recently held convocation of the Tain Campus, Director of the University of Guyana, Berbice Campus (UGBC), Professor Daizal Samad, stated that a few months ago during a UG high-level meeting, he was called a “nuisance”.Professor Daizal SamadHe said that later during that same meeting, it was opined that his campus was a “mistake and that they should have expanded Turkeyen instead”.“No one laughed. No one disagreed. So what do we have here? We have a Director who heads a mistake.”He went on to discuss some of the hardships the campus faces and the ‘push-around’ UGBC would normally get when sometimes small things have to be done.“If we want to spend money from our governmentally allocated budget, we have to be a nuisance and knock on the doors of the bursary at Turkeyen. If we want to advertise a vacancy or hire or discipline or praise or promote at any level, we become a nuisance by knocking at the door of Personnel in Turkeyen”, he posited.The Director identified other hurdles such as extending the online registration; his campus has to “cry at the gate of the Registry in Turkeyen”.“For examination questions or grading of scripts, we sit at the threshold of heads of department or deans at Turkeyen. If we want to have new programmes or reform old ones, we do the same. These things are done each and every day, several times a day. And to our own discredit, this begging and scraping has become a habit, ” he lamented.He informed the convocation that his campus would continue to be a “nuisance” until it has what the new Strategic Plan calls “decentralisation of authority” vis a vis Turkeyen and UGBC. This plan is scheduled for 2011.“This campus is not a mistake. Neither is UGBC a single faculty. This is a campus, and at the very least it needs to be treated as such, ” he reiterated.“This campus has become central to life in Berbice! Our philosophy then, Cheap Jerseys 2018, as now, is simple: We shall make this campus porous to the community. We shall establish an osmotic relationship with the people of this community. And we have done that, ” the director passionately said.The Administrative Officer of the campus, Ramdat Nandkishore’s term has come to an end, but the director reiterated his plea with Turkeyen to allow Mr Nandkishore to serve a few more years as he is still fully capable of doing so.“It took someone in Turkeyen six years to suddenly discover that Mr Nandkishore was six years above the retirement age. I pleaded, beseeched, begged, became aggressive, made the case that we need this man for another year at least. The answer was no, ” he said.Prof. Samad stated that he has asked for Mr Nandkishore to be kept on to operate in an advisory capacity for three months, which has come to an end. He said that he would now attempt to find another position to have Mr Nandkishore where he would be needed.Prof. Samad recalled the instances where his campus became involved in the life of the communities across Berbice. He said that the campus has worked closely with the Guyana Police Force and has trained recruits in various areas.“For the first time in the history of this country, we have officers of the law who are IT literate.”He said that UGBC also works closely with the Community Policing Group, the Chambers of Commerce, and individual businessmen from Corriverton to the East Bank of Demerara. The campus is also involved in nursery, primary and secondary schools, helping however they can. The campus now houses the Cyril Potter College of Education Secondary teachers at the John’s location.There have been numerous calls for the way to be cleared for the Berbice campus to become autonomous from its Turkeyen location. This call was echoed by the 2010 Valedictorian, Nadia Khan.Present during the convocation last Saturday were officials from Turkeyen including UG Vice- Chancellor Prof. Lawrence Carrington and Pro- Chancellor Dr Prem Misir.(Leon Suseran)
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Date: 21 Oct 17 04:13am
The prime suspect in the murder of insurance executive Bert Whyte is reportedly claiming self-defence in the murder of the Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara resident.Kaieteur News understands that the suspect has admitted to killing 45-year-old Whyte while giving what he claimed was a motive for the brutal attack.He is likely to appear in court this week.The suspect, identified as Clive Knights, was nabbed on Sunday when ranks stopped a minibus at Yarrowkabra, on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Kaieteur News understands that one of the ranks recognized Knights as being the individual that police have been searching for in connection with Whyte’s murder. However, the suspect allegedly claimed that he was ‘Troy David, ’ but eventually admitted to his true identity.Knights had worked as a security guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital, while Whyte was employed there as Personnel Manager.Whyte was stabbed to death on May 14, last, while sitting in his car in the Tiger Bay area.Checks of Whyte’s movements revealed that he had picked up his niece from a private school in the city, hours before his death.Reports indicate that the suspect was driving while Whyte, Authentic Jerseys For Sale, a Manager at Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Life Insurance Company Limited, was in the front passenger seat.An eyewitness reportedly later saw Whyte struggling with another man in the vehicle.Although wounded, the victim managed to exit the vehicle and run into Main Street before collapsing outside of a restaurant and bar.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 04:12am
The ability of the criminal justice systems to process effectively and efficiently is a basic ingredient of proper system functioning in any nation. Significant delays in one part of the system often reverberate through other parts of the system, reinforcing the cliché that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, according to the Caribbean Human Development report 2012.The report further stated that case processing delays and backlogs have had a debilitating effect on criminal justice systems in the Caribbean.It was noted that various explanations exist for the processing capacity of the justice system, most notably is institutional weakness. Corruption, poor management, and inadequate finances and resources are also often blamed.However, researchers concluded that backlogs were partially responsible for massive increase in homicides and shootings because violent repeat offenders who might have been incarcerated based on the evidence were free to continue offending.In underscoring Guyana in the report, it was noted that in 2010, nearly 41 percent of its prisoners had not yet been tried or convicted on the current charges for which they were being detained. For defendants who are not guilty, backlogs might mean spending a lot of time in jail for offences they did not commit.Although systematic data are not available, scattered evidence suggests that conviction rates in the Caribbean are alarmingly low. For instance, Guyana’s Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2006-2010 reports that an estimated 90 per cent of criminal prosecutions in the magistrates’ court are unsuccessful.Many people awaiting trial in the region are held in pre-trial detention, sometimes for years. The practice of pre-trial detention is controversial. Setting pre-trial detainees free may endanger the public and reduce citizen security in the region, but holding them for lengthy periods is an affront to justice and overwhelms the capacity of prisonsWhile overcrowding is problematic on its face, the report noted that it has generated residual issues associated with the conditions of confinement. Some reports document widespread deterioration in prison conditions in the Caribbean because of overcrowding, poor sanitation and resource constraint.Noting that the large number of people held in pre-trail detention is a major contributor to backlogs and overcrowding, Caribbean Human Development Report 2012 states that many nations faced with increases in crime, China Jerseys Wholesale, particularly violent crime, have passed laws containing provisions for harsher sanctions and longer prison terms for certain type of offenders, particularly those convicted of gang-related crimes.“Harsher prison sentences for certain type of offenders are likely to produce public safety benefits, but such sentences for other types of offenders–particularly non-violent drug offenders and older offenders who have aged out of crime–contribute to prison overcrowding.”The report also states that policymakers facing an increase in crime and high levels of violence often focus so intently on being tough on crime that they forget about the importance of rehabilitation and alternative sanctions.
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Our ‘Special Person’ is Alex Montgomery Foster“I believe that one must speak from the heart because the heart would not lie. Due to the fact that I grew up without many things and support other children had, I am of the opinion that anyone can reach his potential once given an enabling environment.”By Melissa JohnsonROSE HALL TOWN, CORENTYNE – Alex Montgomery Foster has not invented anything or performed some extraordinary act, but to me he is a Special Person.The 41-year-old of Rose Hall Town on the Corentyne made his mark in the lives of many for his altruistic nature.Alex Montgomery FosterOver the years he has done much to make the existence of thousands of underprivileged persons more bearable, giving hope of a brighter tomorrow.Some of the beneficiaries, both at home and on the international scene, felt his generosity in tangible ways while others were taught a skill for life or received just an encouraging word.His drive to help the deprived comes from his knowing what it is like to be without.You see, Alex Foster was raised without a father, with his mother and maternal grandmother (the late Josephine Foster), being the most important figures. And things were not easy by any stretch of the imagination. “My childhood was rough. My two brothers and I had to work at an early age doing all sorts of odd jobs. We baked; we sold cakes, poultry, fruits made from five-finger, ‘sourie’ and gooseberry to put in cakes. When our friends were playing we were busy fetching wood to cook and bake on, we planted garden and did things that many of my peers did not have to do to survive, and I felt so cheated.”That sour-puss attitude was left behind as he aged and realized that those were actually the rungs on the ladder he needed to climb up and out of his situation. “My mother and grandmother instilled good values in us. We were taught at a very young age, that success comes only from hard work, the honest way. We were also taught that a woman should always be placed on a pedestal and respect must be given not only to women, but elders and our peers. We were told that in humbling ourselves one day we will be exalted.”Alex and his wife, DeorainieToday Mr. Foster wears several caps, to name a few – the Executor Director of the St. Francis Community Developers (SFCD), a Justice of Peace, Public Relations Officer of the Management Committee at the Felix Austin Police College Division ‘B’ and a representative on the Enhanced Public Trust Security and Inclusion Project which is coordinated by United Nations Development Programme.He is a former Deputy Mayor of Rose Hall Town and later, at age 22, served as Mayor of the said municipality. He was the youngest to hold such office.In December 1998 he was identified by 12 International Donor Agencies as one of the 60 Most Influential Young Social Entrepreneurs across the World.His purpose in life took him to 26 countries where he served, was taught, and gained experience to function in the capacity he does today, “All men are created equal, and the indifference is created by us when we do not believe in ourselves and our potential. I believe in education – it is the only way to emancipate the mind from mental slavery. Education without character is a social sin; those were the words of the late great Mahatma Gandhi.”On February 24th 1968, healthily screaming his lungs out at the Port Mourant Hospital, he entered the world. Since then his mother Claudette Foster held on to the belief that he was destined to serve mankind.His earlier education was had at the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic School, Rose Hall Primary, and later, Mc Gowan Primary. After he wrote the Common Entrance Examination he was placed at the Lower Corentyne Secondary.Alex Foster (left) during the launching of his organization’s magazineAfter completing high school, he was an apprentice at the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s Training Centre at Port Mourant for two years.In 1986, he re-established the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Youth Club which is now called the St. Francis Community Developers (SFCD), and has been the Executive Director since 1992.One of the services offered by the organization is the Family, Youth, and Children at Risk project which is supported by UNICEF and other donors and well wishers. It has several components including the Child Friendly Spaces, Nutritional Enhancement Programme, Foster Care Umbrella Scheme, Counseling Psychosocial Support, Technical/Training Support and Housing drive.He attended several training seminars in different countries including Trinidad & Tobago, Bangladesh, South Africa, and the United States of America.One of his big breaks came in 1994 when he was sponsored by the Commonwealth Youth Programme – Caribbean at the University of the West Indies where he spent a few weeks. He was also a part of the United Nations World Youth Leaders’ Training Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in 1995.Mr. Foster said his life is filled with poignant moments but there is one that stands out – it is engraved in his memory and brings tears to his eyes.In that story, Alex and his group went to visit a foreigner whose daughter was sexually abused by the son of her Guyanese foster-father.They knew not where she lived but only the community. The mother felt she had no one to turn to because she was in another man’s country and moreso was not fluent in the English language.Eventually they found the mother and her 11-year old daughter in a school, cleaning the toilets, “I was shouting her name for quite a while, and she heard me but didn’t answer. She later explained that she couldn’t believe her ears; she felt God was playing a trick on her. The woman told me she had been begging God to help them out of their situation, to send help their way. After talking for a short while we left the washroom and as we walked she said these words, I’ll never forget – ‘God never comes but he sends’.”She kept a journal in a Food for the Poor exercise book where the entries were made in both English and Dutch, “All the bad things that happened to both she and her daughter were in this book. The things I read I will never forget. She listed every bad incident in her life. As I read the journal tears flowed, we were all crying.”At that moment I was convinced that God was using me to do his work. I cried to break my heart. We held on to each other and wept. I felt something I never felt before. And it was there and then I re-committed myself to serve even more people.”The matter was reported to the police but the man and his son fled to Essequibo. The father met a gruesome end in the interior, and the alleged rapist, who is in his 20’s, is still at large.The SFCD, led by Alex Foster gave whatever assistance they could have to ensure that the woman was empowered; counseling was also provided for the two.Having no children of his own, Mr. Foster plays the ‘Daddy’ figure to scores of children in and around Berbice, “I give my time, and do everything I can do for children. It brings back memories of my childhood where I desperately wanted the love of a father – not just any father but my father and did not get it. So I play Daddy to those who would let me in.”Alex is one of the loudest persons I know, one of the few who can address a gathering in the most unfavourable acoustic conditions and yet still be heard, “I believe that one must speak from the heart because the heart would not lie. Due to the fact that I grew up without many things and support other children had, I am of the opinion that anyone can reach his potential once given an enabling environment.”Alex Foster has been married for 15 years, his wife Deorainie resides in Canada. He described her as someone who is prepared to make any sacrifice for the husband she sees twice annually, “Deorainie is a virtuous woman who believes in me and my work and she gives me the space to grow and serve the people who are not as fortunate as we are. I thank God everyday for bringing her into my life. I know it’s a ‘till death do us part’ sort of love, ” he added as he chuckled.Mr. Foster’s life is not picture perfect; he receives his fair share of criticism. “Some of the comments made may not be to my liking, but I try to use them as a stepping stone to correct and as motivation to go on. My style is unique but effective and to me that is all that matters. I also learnt at an early age – ‘no pain, no gain’.”His organization expanded by leaps and bounds over the years. His ability to persuade persons to support his ideas and vision is what he said ensures a sure ‘Yes’ when he seeks the assistance from funding organizations, “Some of the agencies I must be grateful to are Food for the Poor, UNICEF, CIDA, British High Commission, UNDP, USAID, Wholesale NFL Jerseys, Commonwealth Youth Programme, NAPS and quite a few government agencies. I thank you for enriching the service my club offers.”Among the awards won by Mr. Foster for his service are the Youth of the Year (Y.Y.) for Guyana 1988-1994, first runner-up Commonwealth Caribbean Centre – Youth of the year award – 1988/1989, Caribbean Entrepreneur of the Year 2001 Award, International Year of the Volunteer Award for Guyana – 2001 and as the head of the St. Francis Xavier R.C. Youth Club – the International, Commonwealth Youth Service Award – 1992/1993 and 1994/1995.He is a member of the Common Futures Forum and the Global Meeting of the Generation.His organization is the only group to ever secure the Commonwealth Youth Service Award on three occasions.Mr. Forster’s top priority is to ensure that the SFCD and its collaborative partners are empowered with the necessary skills, ability, and vision to satisfy the needs of residents and to continue their ‘teach the man to fish policy’.Mr. Foster lamented that he did not travel the ‘reach out and touch’ journey by himself, “I did it with the support of the members of the SFCD, our 22 support groups, advisors/counselors and well-wishers. My lasting legacy would be, ‘If you cut me down several of me will spring up’ – the words of Toussaint L’Ouverture.”He insisted, “I cannot tell my life story without thanking the people who assisted in paving the way for the life I know today. To name a few, Claudette Foster…Mummy everything you taught me is here in my heart. I love you and thank you for all you have done for me. Father Harold Wong – he believed in me when no other outsider believed in me, the late President Desmond Hoyte – he was a friend and confidante, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hanoman, Krishna Jagdeo, Poonai Bhigroog,   they all believed in me and helped my personal life in ways when so many others refused to.”
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All is not well in the Georgetown Prison this Christmas, with inmates mourning the tragic death of a colleague whose lifeless body was discovered in a cell on Boxing Day.The dead inmate, an epileptic whose name was given as Barnes, of Old Road Craig, East Bank Demerara, was recently incarcerated for simple larceny.Kaieteur News understands that the man was locked in a cell reserved for persons of unsound mind despite fellow inmates who knew him telling prison authorities that he was sane.A source within the prison told Kaieteur News that Barnes was placed in the cell on Thursday last by prison officials and was apparently forgotten.The source said that when officials finally remembered the prisoner, Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys, they went to the cell on Boxing Day with a view to checking on him.However, after frantic efforts to get the cell open, they eventually discovered the stiff body of the prisoner.Barnes was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital mortuary to await a post mortem examination.The prisoner’s death threw a damper on the already sombre mood among fellow prisoners who are experiencing their worst Christmas in terms of meals for several years.The prisoners complained that instead of the customary special Christmas meals, they were given the ordinary dry bread to consume for the entire holiday period.“For over two weeks now, they giving us dry bread morning and afternoon. One hot dog bread wha cost $20, and then they give you $60 rice in de midday, ” one inmate told this newspaper.This is despite Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee telling the National Assembly a few years ago that it costs the administration $19, 000 a month to maintain each prisoner.Only recently, senior officials of the prison debunked claims that prisoners were being given substandard meals.But inmates have a different version of what takes place behind the prison walls.“This is the biggest fast food restaurant in the country. Before they start serving meals they sell. That is why they cook the substandard meals so that you are forced to buy. From $100 a bowl to now $200 a bowl for special food, ” another inmate told this newspaper in a telephone interview.“If I don’t buy food from the canteen I will die in here, because what they serve you, you cannot eat, ” another inmate added.This situation they claimed is what forces prisoners to engage in illegal activities to earn money for their upkeep.According to the inmates, this Christmas, prison officials claimed that the beef for the pepperpot, which is normally served with bread on Christmas morning, came late.In the end the prisoners ended up getting the pepperpot with rice for lunch on Boxing Day.The inmates claimed that whenever they complain about the situation, the prison authorities lay the blame squarely on the Ministry of Home Affairs, who they said was responsible for the prison menu.“But is de prison officer themselves who fetching out the stuff. We could see them every afternoon carrying out the things in buckets. We are planning not to eat any food until this is rectified, ” an inmate told this newspaper.
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