LGE results a foretaste of what is to come in 2020

first_imgDear Editor,Somewhere in one of the dailies the question was asked, are we getting a new or a renovated airport? The article went on to explain why Guyana was about to get a spruced up or renovated old airport, reasons being, it bears no resemblance to that ultra-modern facility inked by the former Administration. That airport most certainly, would have been completed within 32 months had the People’s Progressive Party/Civic been in office. However, what we see is a coalition Government that cannot get anything right – they are into a fourth year of their governance. To top it off, more money had been expended, and maybe millions more, yet that “brand new second hand” airport cannot meet a completion date, unbelievable! Is this a Government that anyone can place their trust in? I would hastily respond with a resounding no!Now, I would bring into focus the East Bank Demerara highway that goes along with this airport modernisation. This too cannot get off the ground, so to speak, with the latest report of the simple construction of a roundabout at the Timehri Junction becoming a stumbling block to further progress there. These and other lame excuses, too numerous to mention, are the order of the day when you analyse the performance of this People’s National Congress-led coalition Government.Other major projects like the East Coast Highway, which should have been completed up to its proposed location at Belfield, is also another eyesore backwardness that will never see completion. So, the question comes back again – what has this coalition Government achieved by way of major projects? And the answer comes back very little if anything at all.We are talking about millions of dollars in spending and millions more to be spent, can this Government get it right? Seems not! In 2015, I am sure Guyanese were looking forward to an Administration that in all fairness said it was going into office to make that all important change; however, what change was actually effected? The change we have witnessed so far is a Government that has enriched itself two months into existence and is right now showing its gross incompetence in getting the people’s business right. No wonder the last Local Government Election gave them the shocking reminder that we are not going to put up with this nonsense any longer.So, come 2020 or before, the people of this country will continue that pattern of rebuke when an outright rejection would be in place.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Harris Paints continues to champion building career pathways with Youth Employment Programme

first_imgHarris Paints, the Caribbean Champions of Colour, once again launched its annual Internship and Summer Employment Programme, showing its continued investment in the future workforce across the Caribbean.According to a release from the company, over 40 interns from Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, and Guyana, in addition to others from as far as Canada, were selected to participate in the 2016 programme which began in May and runs until August 31.With studies varying from Science/Engineering, Chemistry, Business Management and Finance, to Tourism & Hospitality, Marketing and Aviation Management, the students were challenged to use their skills and training to add value to the workplace while advancing their career goals.Marguerite Desir, senior VP for Human Resources and head of Harris Paints Guyana, St Lucia and Dominica, said, “Our goal is to offer opportunities to these students who have clearly expressed a desire to work and showcase a level of proactivity and creative out-the-box thinking that belies their age. In doing so, Harris is helping young adults take the next step in their career path and our region as a whole take the next step in developing our future workforce.”One intern, Abigail Welch from Guyana, who is studying in Canada and majoring in Economics and Finance said: “It was certainly a privilege to work at the Caribbean’s leader in the paint industry. My experience working in the finance department alongside the Senior VP Finance was rewarding. I learnt so many things that will better equip me as a new grad entering the corporate world. I thoroughly enjoyed the internship programme as it has been a transformative experience and allowed me to demonstrate my true potential.”This year Harris Paints also collaborated with the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) which offers an annual Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE). SPISE is an intense four-week enrichment residential summer programme for the most gifted Caribbean high-school students, 16-17 years of age, who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. Several SPISE graduates are currently attending MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia and University College London as freshmen or sophomores.The long-term goals of the programme are, to help address the low numbers of Caribbean students pursuing advanced degrees in science engineering, to groom the next generation of science, engineering technology and business leaders in the Caribbean, and to help diversify the economies of the Caribbean by stimulating more technology-based entrepreneurship, the release added. About Harris Paints: Harris Paints celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012, having started as a small manufacturing operation in Barbados. Still owned and managed locally, it is now a regional paint manufacturer promoting quality objectives built on the five core values of the Harris Group of Companies, inclusive of: High Ethical Standards; Excellent Customer Service and Quality; Development of People and Team Work; Excellent Business Efficiency; and the highest regard for Safety, Health and the Environment. Harris Paints operates in five countries across the region -Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Guyana and Jamaica, trading there as B-H Paints and employs over 200 staff region-wide. Harris Paints’ premium quality painting and decorating solutions can be found at over 1400 dealers (with 70+ Harris/BH Paints Colour centres) spread across 15 countries throughout the Caribbean.last_img read more

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Chambers, Weah Ditch Lawrence’s Funeral

first_imgA cross-section of sympathizers at the Sacred Heart CathedralHaving been accused by some of his fellow lawmakers that he has failed to play the required leadership role, mainly in managing circumstances which led to government not holding a state requiem for fallen Montserrado District #15 Representative, Adolph Lawrence, House Speaker Bhofal Chambers did not attend the funeral service held on Friday, April 26, 2019.In spite of the Speaker’s notable absence from the funeral service at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the ceremony went on peacefully, although several of the mourners expressed grief and surprise at his behavior, which one mourner (not named) described as being “heartless.”Other CDC elected officials who were conspicuously absent from the funeral included Thomas Fallah, Acarous M. Gray and President George M. Weah. Notably, President Weah and Speaker Chambers were in full attendance at the funeral of the late Senator Geraldine Doe Sherif, which was held at the same venue, just weeks earlier.It may be recalled that several lawmakers on Thursday, April 25, 2019, also expressed their frustration and disappointment when a planned solemn state requiem was not held for their fallen colleague in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building due to a scuffle that erupted reportedly between a group of militants from the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and others from the Liberty Party (LP) and its collaborating political parties.“We have said it on numerous occasions that Chambers has proven to us his inability to play the role of a speaker. This is why we have decided to be called the Independent Legislative Caucus to bring sanity to the House,” Representative Larry Younquoi told journalists on Thursday, following the disruption of the planned state requiem in the Rotunda.Also speaking to the Daily Observer via telephone, Margibi County Electoral District #2, Ivar, K. Jones, said it is left to Speaker Chambers — and no one else — to tell the Liberian people the reason he did not attend the funeral ceremony of the late Lawrence.“With that hanging over Chambers’ head, we the members of the Independent Legislative Caucus will not relent to ensure that sanity is restored at that august body.”At Friday’s funeral service, Carlos Edinson Tingba, one of the persons who survived the accident in which Rep. Adolph Lawrence and a young female university graduate lost their lives, told reporters that he will never agree with anyone that the late Lawrence and the young lady’s tragic deaths are not political.“Being alive today does not mean I am better. All I can say is that I was not a direct target, but the lawmaker. This government has a calculated attempt to eliminate all critical voices against its poor management of the country,” Tingba alleged.According to him, he was not surprised that Speaker Chambers did not attend the funeral service of the fallen lawmaker.University of Liberia Student Unification Party Chairman, Carlos Edinson Tingba (in blue T-shirt) with bandage at his left hand survived the accident in which Rep. Adolph Lawrence died. He attended the funeral to pay his last respect to the fallen Lawmaker“Some of us, I am sure, may die too for our strong advocacy against ineptitude and poor governance of our nation, but we will not relent. The moment I recover, we will amalgamate more strong minds that will join us in the Weah step down campaign,” Tingba, who is the chairman of the University of Liberia (UL) Student Unification Party (SUP), said.Still recovering from injuries, Tingba said the country should have no confidence in the leadership of President George Weah to provide security for all, as well as other basic necessities.He said his going up with a number of militants of SUP to bid farewell to Rep. Lawrence was because the late lawmaker was a product of the UL, who later became a Geology instructor with so much passion to motivate young people.“His ideology was synonymous to ours. As he believed and worked for justice, so we too have stood ever since to pursue justice for the benefit of the suffering masses,” Tingba said as limped in excruciating pain due to his wounds.At the Sacred Heart Cathedral, scores of sympathizers made reference to the fallen Lawmaker’s humility and the simplistic life he lived, which they said imbued him with love.Delivering a tribute on behalf of the Senate and also on his family’s behalf, Senate Protempore Albert Tugbe Chie said, other than their meeting at the Legislature, he knew Lawrence for a long time. He said Lawrence was a good person, committed to sacrificing his personal comfort for the well-being of others.“We will all miss him, because he was a utility player at the Capitol, who was always of help, not only at that august body, but even at the Senate too. He used to encounter chambers to support the Legislative quests of his wife, Senator Yongblee Karnga-Lawrence,” Senator Chie said.Hundreds of the mourners were in tears as stories of the late Adolph Lawrence, particularly concerning his assistance to his district and acts of good will to individuals.Among those who paid tributes at Friday’s funeral service, was former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Kabineh Mohammed Ja’neh, who represented the Nimba Women United for Peace and Reconciliation.He described the loss of Lawrence as a blow to the country, because he was always there in the interest of the ordinary citizens.“One character of Lawrence I so much cherished — because that is me — is being bold on issues affecting the larger society,” Ja’neh said other mourners, many of who were visibly weeping.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Berbice security guards sent home empty-handed again

first_imgSeveral security guards in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) attached to Integrated Security Service were on Friday evening give their transportation fare to go home, after waiting for almost 12 hours for their salaries, to no avail.The guards had been waiting outside the company’s office situated at Trinity Street, New Amsterdam, for owed salaries. When Guyana Times visited the security guards on Friday afternoon, it was relayed that some persons were waiting close to 12 hours. Some were paid while others were sent away empty-handed. Those who were not paid were told to return on Tuesday for their salary.Some of the guards have not been paid since January of this year.One of the guards told this publication that several of them have been very patient with management of the security service but noted that they are being treated very unfairly.Guards flocked Integrated Security Service for hours waiting on their pay on Friday evening“He tell we that we can go to who we want, no one can’t make him pay we. He is very disrespectful; some of these people could be his grandmother,” one guard related in tears on Friday night, saying that she had nothing to cook and was waiting on the money to buy groceries.“He tell me, is not he send me to make children,” the single parent added, when she related that she has children to feed.The guards were attached to a private company, which has been contracted to provide security services for schools, hospitals and other Government buildings in the region, as well as the Regional Democratic Council compound. More than 200 guards were not paid.Meanwhile, for most of those who walked out of the office with an envelope, there were no smiles on their faces, as they said the money they received will all go into paying debts. “Dis money aint right,” many told Guyana Times.According to the guards, only some of them were paid in full for December but the majority only received a part payment for December and January.On Friday, some of the workers were paid at the New Amsterdam office. However, the majority were told that they will be paid this week.Some of the guards were told that their money was deposited at a commercial bank but when Guyana Times visited that bank in New Amsterdam, several guards were there and all claimed that there was no money in their accounts, as was related by management of the security firm.“What will we do now? He said that he don’t have money to pay everybody,” one frustrated guard related.Meanwhile, a source close to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) said the security company visited the RDC with documents purporting to indicate that all of the guards were paid for the month of January.Chief Executive Officer of the company, Ghalee Khan told the guards to take him to the Labour Department if they feel that they were treated unfairly.Meanwhile, many of the workers are single parents, with school age children. The workers met outside of the company’s Trinity Street, New Amsterdam office and expressed their frustrations. The workers complained that they have worked inflexible hours and earned nothing.Meanwhile, guards in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) who are employed by the same company are also being made to wait on their salaries. The situation is the same with monies allegedly being owed for the months of December and January. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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MOTP clarifies Harmon’s statement

first_imgResponding to an article published by Guyana Times and Inews on Friday, March 29, 2019, the Ministry of the Presidency has sought to clarify that Minister of State Joseph Harmon has said he “will not give up his foreign citizenship but will continue to serve as a Member of Parliament (MP) until the ruling by Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).”According to the Ministry, in responding to a question posed to him, Minister Harmon said: “The question of dual citizenship, this is matter which is hot in the media right now and therefore, I believe it is important that we clarify this matter. I must say to you that this matter has engaged the attention of the High Court of Guyana, it has engaged the attention of the Court of Appeal and it is also a matter which has been appealed to the Caribbean Court of Justice as one of the grounds for appeal. In that regard, the attorneys representing the State will advise the Government with respect to the situation with Members of the Government that are dual citizens so in that regard, I will say that this matter is still engaging the attention and Cabinet has not made a ruling on it. In that regard, it is contemplated that on April 11, 2019, when the National Assembly sits, that all the members of the Government side will be there.”Further, in response to another question posed by another journalist, who asked, “Sir, could you explain the Government’s reasoning for not wanting to uphold the court’s decision on dual citizenship even though that is under appeal as is the passage of the No-confidence Motion? The Opposition Leader has accused you of being duplicitous…”Minister Harmon said that while the matter is under appeal at the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Government will respect and honour the final decision of the Court.last_img read more

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Two bizarre Highway Two incidents

first_imgThe most serious injury appeared to be to the female driver of the first of the two SUV’S involved in the crash, who required fire department assistance after being trapped in her vehicle.Police say there were also three child passengers in that vehicle, but it’s believed that all those involved in the crash, requiring hospital care, were treated and released.The investigation into the cause of the crash involves both the Dawson Creek RCMP and Provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement inspectors.Meantime, both are also involved in the investigation into another bizarre Highway Two incident, several hours later.Advertisement The Dawson Creek Mounties report this one occurred just before five o’clock, near the 203 Road, and involved an east bound five tonne truck and a westbound pickup.The big truck lost its driver’s side wheel assembly, when it went over a bridge…and that assembly then slammed into the pickup, which suffered “major frontal driver’s side damage”.The only one reportedly hurt was the 19 year old driver of the pick-up, but his neck and chest injuries are not believed to have been life threatening.Police have already cited mechanical failure as the reason for the wheel assembly separation. The Dawson Creek RCMP says everyone involved managed to escape serious injury, following a four vehicle chain reaction crash yesterday on Highway Two, between the EnCana Events Centre and the Dawson Creek Airport.It occurred shortly before noon, and involved a west bound gravel truck towing a pup trailer.It collided with an east bound Alaska registered van that was also pulling a trailer, which had the axles torn from its undercarriage.- Advertisement -The gravel truck subsequently collided with two east bound SUV’S…with one losing its front driver’s side wheel assembly…and the other ending up in the ditch of the east bound lanes after being side-swiped on the driver’s side.The gravel truck then narrowly missed a hydro pole, and rolled onto its side into the ditch with its fuel tanks ripped open and on fire.However the 61 year old driver, described by police as a local area resident, walked away from the wreckage.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Valentines seek out Fidelity

first_img“I choke up every time. I never got a letter this touching,” says Ruyle, 61, who’s been postmaster here for 13 years. “I can picture a little man and woman, sitting in a rocking chair or porch swing, just being happy. That’s a good picture to have.” At this time of year, Ruyle absolutely loves her job and her small role in keeping romance alive, one postmark at a time. Few ever see this Jersey County outpost, population 115. It is little more than a collection of weathered mobile homes 35 miles north of St. Louis, as the crow flies, and well off the beaten path. But folks somehow have heard of Fidelity and its aluminum-sided, shack-like post office with white shutters, the only business in town. Each year, Ruyle says, a few hundred Valentine’s Day mailings come her way from around the globe – as far away as Thailand. Fifty-three arrivals one recent morning included return addresses from Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Florida. FIDELITY, Ill. – Among thousands of Valentine’s Day mailings that have been sent to this place over the years for the fitting holiday postmark, a widow’s loving plea instantly grabbed Peggy Ruyle’s heartstrings. Tucked in with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to be given the Fidelity postmark, the old woman’s note lamented losing her husband a year ago, six days after his 85th birthday and just months before the two would have marked 64 years as husband and wife. “Among the flowers I will put on his grave” this month, the widow wrote, “I want to include this envelope stamped `Fidelity.”‘ Ruyle figures she’s read the widow’s note a dozen times, and it never gets easier. Many requests include notes simply asking Ruyle for the postmark. Some are collecting postmarks with a shared theme, including Loveland, Colo.; Valentine, Texas; Kissimmee, Fla.; Romeo, Mich.; and Juliet, Ga. Others, like the mournful widow, give what Ruyle calls windows into the sender’s soul, “just a little piece of their life.” One woman wanted the enclosed stamped, self-addressed card sent “to my wonderful boyfriend.” “He is the love of my life and I couldn’t be happier with him,” the woman cooed. “It’s funny how you meet the ones you fall in love with. We met a year ago at my work. I was working and he was the cute volunteer.” Connie Cooper recently drove 12 miles from the tiny town of Kane to get the Fidelity postmark on 10 “save the date” notices for her daughter’s nuptials in September. She expects to be back with some 300 wedding invitations. “This is neat, unique. Not many people are blessed with the name Fidelity,” Cooper says. By some accounts, folks here can thank a horse for that. While researching the town’s origins, Audrey Bohannon – Fidelity’s historian, if you will – found that a Tennessee group passed through the area in 1829. When Joseph Russell’s horse turned lame and couldn’t get him back to Tennessee for business, Samuel Simmons volunteered one of his horses. “That’s true fidelity,” Russell supposedly exclaimed to Simmons, who stayed behind and built a log cabin. In 1850, Russell and his brother settled the town and eventually got it named Fidelity. The post office came four years later. The town has seen better times, by some accounts once boasting an Army barracks, grain elevator, several doctors and dentists, a blacksmith shop and grocery stores – all long gone. “Unfortunately, it’s turning into a trailer town,” Bohannon says. “People die, people move away and things change.” But not the post office or Ruyle.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Countrywide reports increase in overdue house loan payments

first_imgCountrywide Financial Corp., the largest U.S. home mortgage lender, said payments were at least 30 days late on 2.9 percent of prime home-equity loans serviced by the company, up from 1.6 percent a year earlier and 0.8 percent at the end of 2004, according to a newspaper report. The Calabasas lender said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that payments were late on 19 percent of subprime mortgage loans, compared with 15.2 percent at the end of 2005 and 11.3 percent at the end of 2004, The Wall Street Journal said on its Web site. Subprime loans are for borrowers with weak credit records. First American LoanPerformance, a research firm in San Francisco, also show a rising trend in late payments. The firm said payments were at least 60 days late in December on about 14 percent of subprime loans packaged into mortgage securities, up from 8.3 percent a year earlier. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Use of small appliance recycling program growing in Fort St. John

first_img“The [Eco Depot] manager told us that the awareness has been growing,” says Liu. “They get a pretty high volume. It’s the only depot in town and most people know that they can return all their old toasters, blenders, coffee makers, and power tools here.” ElectroRecycle, formerly known as Unplugged, is a free, non-profit program that collects and recycles household electrical products, in an effort to keep them from the landfill. It’s touted as reducing waste, saving energy, and keeping potentially hazardous materials out of landfills.In the two years it has been running in Fort St. John, more than 21,234 kilograms of electrical products have reportedly been rounded up. The “ElectroRecycle Ambassadors” attribute much of that to the Fort St. John Landfill’s policy against accepting those items. – Advertisement -“There’s a landfill ban here for all kinds of items. Small appliances and power tools can’t actually go there, so when people bring them, they’re told to bring them here instead,” Shaw explains.“It’s not like that throughout the province,” adds Liu, “so in other places people might not know what exactly to do with it, and if they bring it up to the landfill there, not only are they filling it up unnecessarily, but they pay for it as well. At least with this program it gives the consumers an option if they want to dispose of these products in an environmentally friendly way.” Advertisement There’s also the hope that a ban like Fort St. John’s will be adopted by other cities in the province. “I think that’s a really good initiative and I think that more municipalities and regional districts across B.C. need to adopt things like that in order to really ensure that people are recycling their small appliances and power tools,” says Shaw. Shaw and Liu were in Dawson Creek at the Exhibition and Stampede with the Northern Environmental Action Team, and are on their way to Fort Nelson this afternoon for an appliance round up. For more information on the ElectroRecycle program, click here.Advertisementlast_img read more

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