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Date: 15 Aug 17 06:20am
The need for immediate measures to be implemented to address a flooding situation affecting residents in the Pouderoyen area was high on the agenda when the Best/Klien/Pouderoyen Neighbourhood Democratic Council met yesterday.The venue was the NDC headquarters at Phoenix Park, West Bank Demerara.The meeting kicked off with a dramatic hype half an hour after the stipulated starting time of noon yesterday, due to the late arrival of Mr Jagdesh Jadunandan, the Chairman, a state of affairs which evidently angered some councillors and residents alike who were waiting to ventilate their concerns.However, the concerns of the residents took precedence when the forum swung into full session.  Residents were able to put to the council the issues they thought needed to be remedied with much urgency.In highlighting the flooding problem, which according to some residents, persists even if there is no rainfall, a number of reasons were presented. One was that it was being caused by an improper drainage system.One resident, Wholesale Authentic NFL Jerseys, Ann Bowman, of Pouderoyen underscored that the water was cloudy (brown)  suggesting that it was being caused deliberately by an individual who recently damaged a dam to facilitate agricultural works.Residents of Middle Street, Depot Dam, Coglan Dam and Samaroo Dam are affected as a result of the excess water which according to residents, seems to have no place but “into yards and homes to run.” Residents claimed that their properties are constantly flooded.It was however noted by the Chairman that similar complaints of such flooding situations have been surfacing in recent months. He revealed that the matter was ever since brought to the attention of the Regional Chairman who had promised to address the problem.Regional Vice Chairman, Mam Persaud, said that the problem could perhaps also be linked to the lack of internal drains on individual properties in the affected areas.  He promised that a Public Health Inspector will visit the areas to ensure the presence of suitable drains.The need for consultation with the Regional Engineer was also emphasised by Councillor Vincent Bowman and the Vice Chairman, who pointed out that persons must take into consideration that the existing system was designed to accommodate cane fields rather than the residential areas which were subsequently added over the years.Even with the addition of kokers, the Vice Chairman pointed out that waters are not drained fast enough since these mechanisms are intended to drain a mere two inches of water swiftly rather than the six inches that seems to be the result of current rainfalls.“The kokers cannot take off water fast enough so there will be some flooding but we will be working with the Drainage and Irrigation Authority…” he asserted.In the meantime though, the Chairman speculated that the use of a pump could help to temporarily address the situation, a move residents believe would be of no effect if the state of the drainage system is not address.Another resident, Claudette Warner, stressed the need for more collaboration to address the flooding problem even as she pointed to some structures which have the potential of hindering the free flow of water when the excess water emerges.Warner also highlighted the fact that some residents have been utilising the Coglan Dam Koker as a dumping ground for waste. Her concerns also extended to the state of the roads but she was pacified to some extent by the Vice Chairman’s disclosure of plans in the pipelines.These plans will see Central Government accessing funds through the Caribbean Development Bank to rehabilitate some roads which is expected to include some within the Pouderoyen area.  He anticipates that the project should commence by September.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 06:20am
The government has debunked reports that the hiring of contract workers has “ballooned” under its watch.Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael TrotmanIt said that figures coming from the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP) take into account the new functions the Ministry has taken on.This is in the wake of a report which had quoted a 2016 budget review done by Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram. The review had stated that the number and salaries of contract employees had increased.It noted that the MOTP had reported an increase in contract employees in 2015 from 298 to 505 in 2016. It also noted that the cost of wages and salaries had increased from $142M to $798M.During yesterday’s post Cabinet press conference, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman, described such a jump in numbers as “impossible.”He noted that when Minister of State Joseph Harmon came to office, his first tasks had been to bring everything together in order to get a “composite view” of the number of people on the payroll of the then Office of the President (OP).“It would be impossible for the numbers in this compound to jump so astronomically, ” Trotman said. “Minister of State Harmon had said that when we took over, we found people were employed throughout different agencies and offices.”Trotman denied that Government could have gone out and hired hundreds of personnel. He also noted that when the budget was being considered, the Ministry of the Presidency had comprised of the Public Service Ministry and Staff College, the department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Ministry of Citizenship, the Ministry of Social cohesion and the General Registrar’s office.“So this is why you would see what appears to be a jump, ” he pointed out. “It has not been this mass hiring of staff, but because of the bundling and the new functions of the Ministry of the Presidency.”“The General Registrar’s office alone processes birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates. The Ministry of the Presidency handles social cohesion and citizenship issues. I think the coalition of the numbers will give you what appears to be frightening figures.”Trotman also provided statistics. He noted that as of May 2015, when the government first assumed office, there were 375 employees at the then OP. By January 2016, the number was down to 325.Meanwhile, a press release from the Ministry of the Presidency also categorically denied the report. Calling it “misleading at best”, the MOTP noted that it could have been avoided had the newspaper made contact with Harmon.“According to Minister Harmon, following the May 2015 elections MOTP now comprises the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Ministry of Citizenship, and still includes the Public Service Department, which was a standalone Ministry under the previous administration, ” the release said.“In addition, all the accompanying departments are now part of MOTP, including the General Registrar’s Office, Immigration, E-Governance, and the National Community Development Council, ” the release continued.“The Ministry of Natural Resources was only recently designated as a separate Ministry. It was also a Ministry within MOTP until January 2016.”The release noted that these organizational changes have meant that the Ministry of the Presidency now covers a wider range of operational areas and cannot be compared to the (OP) under the previous administration.“In addition, NFL Jerseys Outlet, the staff complement dedicated to the work of the office of the President under the current administration has actually gone down.”He also noted that as of January 2016, the Public Service Department, previously the Public Service Ministry staff totalled 50, Department of Natural Resources; 58, Ministry of Citizenship; 141 and E-Governance; 69.The Ministry of Public Infrastructure, in a press release also stated that the information published by chartered accounting firm, Ram and McRae, in its “Focus on Guyana’s National Budget 2016″was inaccurate.“In the firm’s analysis, it was stated that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure saw an increase in contract employees’ salaries, from $9M to $51M under the Policy Development and Administration Programme, ” the release said.“Additionally, it was stated that, under the Public Works Programme, the figure moved from $182M to $533M. These figures represented an increase in the number of contract workers from 20 to 38 for the Policy Development Programme and 250 to 255 for the Public Works Programme, ” the firm stated.“However, the published information is inaccurate and only focused on the second budget presented for the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.Under the Ministry, the budget was divided into two parts: the first, from January 2015 to August 2015, and the second, from September 2015 to December 2015.”The release noted that for the first period, the budget was for Agency 31, Ministry of Public Works, while the second period was for Agency 32, Ministry of Public Infrastructure.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 06:20am
By Gary EleazarDespite the many hiccups with electricity supply on Guyana’s coast where there are numerous complaints, Coastlanders are in a better position than those in the Mabaruma Sub-region within Region One-Barima/Waini.Regional Chairman Fermin Singh Electricity is supplied in the Mabaruma/Kumaka area between the hours of 18:00hrs and 23:00hrs but the members of the business community and residents are hopeful that they could received some more hours so that they can expand and diversify their businesses.One of the businessmen that this newspaper spoke with pointed out that most of the businesses have purchased small generators but he noted that it would be better if the electricity could be supplied by the power station in the locale.Another resident also added that he would love to open a small business such as selling of poultry meat but maintained that given the level of electricity supplied, it would be impossible for him to stockpile the meat in order to carry on a viable business.The resident also pointed out that many persons have expressed an interest in small projects such as the making of fruit juices to sell cold but are unable to do such on the scale that they would like, given the few hours of electricity that is supplied.In an interview with this newspaper, Regional Chairman, Fermin Singh, said that while he would love to accommodate the plea at this point in time, he was restricted, given that the amount of money available for the purchase of fuel could only suffice for the stipulated period of electricity supply.A lineman tending to a fault atop of a utility pole in KumakaHe also pointed out that because of the size and limitations of the power station in the region, the supply has to be limited since it would be better to have a few hours of power as against overworking the station, which would see it out of commission for days on end.“Is only one engine we have and if we overwork it and it damage it we don’t have a standby…while we would like to give them more current we have to minimise on the use of the engine.”According to Singh, the region was looking forward to some additional support so that there could be an additional two to three hours of electricity supply in the mornings.The Power Supply Station in MabarumaHe said that whilst they have made representation for a bigger capacity engine, Cheap NFL Jerseys Stitched, priority was being placed on the Port Kaituma area so that residents there could have the opportunity to access longer hours of electricity.He said that following the upgrade to the network at Port Kaituma, attention will be paid to the Mabaruma/Kumaka/Hossororo areas.
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Date: 15 Aug 17 06:20am
Government has announced plans to move ahead with the establishmentPresident Donald Ramotar interacts with Brazilian customers at a supermarket in the Lethem commercial zoneof a Lethem Authority to help develop trade with that Region Nine area which borders Brazil.Over the weekend, President Donald Ramotar met with the Rupununi Chamber of Commerce and stressed that entrepreneurs in the district are in an advantageous position to benefit.During a scheduled meeting with the stakeholders Saturday evening, President Ramotar said that Lethem is poised for rapid growth and development given its close proximity to Brazil. But with a keen eye on the development agenda, he said that regulation is an absolute prerequisite and that he plans to establish a Lethem Authority for this purpose.The Authority will include representatives from Lethem, other parts of the Rupununi and Georgetown.“The reasoning behind that is essentially because I think when people are living in an area sometimes they are so close that they don’t see what is taking place. On the other hand in this area you have developed a lot of local knowledge but when you bring fresh eyes from outside, technical and otherwise… that can go a far way, ” President Ramotar said.According to a government statement, Guyana intends to support the upgrades toPresident Donald Ramotar interacting with the Rupununi Chamber of Commerce in the company of Minister of Tourism, Craig Biggio Astros Jersey, Industry and Commerce Irfaan Ali and Minister of Public Works Robeson Bennthe Lethem airstrip but local authorities must be cognizant that possibilities for extension are not impeded.Major road works are also in the making as part of the overall plan to develop roads in the hinterland for the benefit of vehicles traversing the area on a daily basis with agriculture produce and commuters.Given the heavy flow of traffic that has been evident in the Lethem and Rupununi areas since the opening of the bridge across the Takutu River linking Guyana and Brazil Road, upgrades to the infrastructure are of an even greater importance, the statement said.During the opening of the Takutu Bridge, former President of Brazil Luis Inacio Lula da Silva had promised his Government’s support in the development of the Lethem to Linden road as they too recognize the significance of this infrastructure linkage.As Guyana and Brazil broaden the scope of their bilateral relations, President Ramotar said the Guyana Government is looking to develop projects that will be of mutual benefit to the interest of both countries.With Guyana’s natural waterways and the prediction by experts that Brazil will exhaust power by 2020, President Ramotar told the stakeholders that hydro power is one of the potential areas.Members of the Rupununi Chamber sought to identify a few areas which they can make the vision a reality and they shared these prospects with President Ramotar.President of the Chamber, Roger King, made reference to a proposed location which he said was brought to the attention of Prime Minister Samuel Hinds for consideration.The President’s meeting with the Rupununi Chamber stakeholders was held at the Kanuku Lodge, a few hours after opening the annual Rupununi Rodeo. He was accompanied by Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce (ag) Irfaan Ali and Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn.While hailing it as a good tourism product, President Ramotar said the fact that hotels are often booked during the Easter weekend highlights the need for a review in accommodation services in the district.
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