17 Jan

Is GECOM intent on shifting the boundaries? (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,It is known that some persons who are interested in seeing development in their communities and serious about getting their supporters on the voters list, are now calling for clarity. Hence, it is imperative that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) circulate the lists according to the relevant constituencies with the correct boundary descriptions. Citizens must know the clear boundaries and make sure that their names are in the specific constituency.Last Local Government Elections (LGE), changes to the original configuration of the various Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) impacted results. It is observed that the Division #333122 in La Parfaite Harmonie/Two Brothers was made up of two Sub-Divisions that are #3332122A and #3332122B. These two Sub-Divisions form part of the Canals Polder NDC which is listed as comprising of Divisions: #333121, 333122, 333123, 333124, 333125, 333126 and 333127.However, in the list for LGEs in 2016, the Sub-Division #333121A was annexed on the GECOM list without any consultation with political parties, to the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC which was originally listed as comprising of Divisions #333241, 333242, 333243 and 333244. This Sub-Division #333122A was then used to create constituencies for the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC, and persons residing in this Sub-Division, casted their votes as part of the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC.A careful look at what took place is a revelation as persons in Division #333122 voted in two different NDCs. While persons in Division #333122A voted for Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen and persons in Division #333122B voted for the Canals Polder NDC. We must therefore ask GECOM if that kind of voting was legal? Further, citizens are seriously concern with the original composition and are asking if the changes were official.More serious is the fact that the La-Grange/Nismes NDC is tasked with the responsibility for the removal of garbage in Sub-Division #333121A. These boundary issues will come to a head-on confrontation as they impact the choice of Councillors to represent the NDCs and communities. GECOM must do their job and resolve these issues now.Finally, one very important observation is that GECOM needs to establish markers on the ground which defines constituencies. This is essential as the demographics of many areas have changed due to development. An example can be noted in the description for Division 412235 as follow:Division 412235 (Sugar Cane Fields – Eccles Ramsburg):This Division extends from the common boundary between Eccles and Rome from the western boundary of Sugar Cane Field Number 3 in Eccles (North), to the common boundary between Eccles and Sage Pond, the common boundaries between Rome and Sage Pond, Rome and Profit, Rome and Henry, Rome and Perseverance to the centre line of Mocha Village Public Road and its western prolongation from the Lamaha Canal to the western boundary of Field Number 3 in Ramsburg, at its southern extremity, and from the Lamaha Canal at its western extremity to the western limits of Sugar Cane Cultivation in Fields Number 3 in Ramsburg 27 and 28 in Providence, 87 in Pater’s Hall, (South) 84E in Peter’s Hall (North) and 4 and 3 in Eccles South respectively at its western extremity.The questions are obvious because many of these names are no longer used and cane fields have become housing developed areas. Could GECOM actually establish for the benefit of the public the following?1. Where sage pond starts and ends now.2. Where field Number 3 & 4 starts and its extremity lie. And,3. What are the Geographical parameters for places called Profit and Henry?The resolve must be to make the process simple and transparent!!!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

12 Jan

“Create your own jobs if you can’t find right career” – Valedictorian

first_img220 students graduate from UG Berbice campusAs Guyana continues to struggle with a high unemployment rate, 220 more students have graduated from the University of Guyana (UG) Berbice Campus, and were told to use the knowledge they have acquired to create job opportunities for themselves, rather than wait around for the ideal job.That was the encouragement Valedictorian Trishan Budhram give to the Class of 2017 when the Tain Campus hosted its 16th Convocation ceremony on Saturday, when persons received various degrees and certificates.Of the 220 academics put out by the Berbice Campus, most were graduating from the Faculty of Education.220 graduated from the University of Guyana Berbice Campus on SaturdayIn his valedictory speech, the Bachelor of Social Science graduate called on his colleagues to go after their dreams despite challenges, such as not finding the ideal job.“This is the reality! We may not find that job or that career we hoped for, but that doesn’t mean we should accept it. If we can’t find that job, create it. Make it happen. Use what we learned, and do not allow external circumstances to define who we are. Let us use our Degrees to become innovators. So, Class of 2017, let us believe that we can achieve anything.“We came into this campus with different backgrounds and life experiences, we can now leave this campus as a collective unit ready to transform our communities into a nation we can be proud of. We are the class of 2017! No matter what faculty we come from — be it Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Agriculture or Education and Humanities — we are all members of this one university,” he asserted.Budhram, who is currently a Manager at Environmental Solutions and a radio announcer in the ancient county, told Guyana Times that his future endeavour is to be happy with a life he created for himself. He explained that, in life, a person’s goals might change, and as such, the demand for new careers may not always be available.However, in his feature address to the Class of 2017, Budhram said that, as the time passed, experiences at the university evolved.“In the words of Maya Angelou: ‘If you don’t like something, change it’. There are many things here which we don’t like, and because we accepted them, current students might inherit some of these problems if they don’t seek to change them. I find that many Guyanese complain about too many things in life, and instead of finding ways to change (things), some of them resort to settling with the circumstances. I’m here to remind you that only dust settles, and we are not settled dust. We are a robust melting pot of different races, beliefs, values and backgrounds.”Meanwhile at Saturday’s ceremony, 10 persons from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry obtained their Bachelor of Science degrees; and in the Faculty of Education, eight persons graduated with Bachelor of Education degrees and three with Bachelor of Education Administration degrees; while 13 received Bachelor of Science in Early Education degrees.  In all, 83 persons received bachelor’s degrees from the Facility of Education.On the other hand, the Faculty of Natural Sciences saw 39 persons being awarded certificates. The Facility of Social Science had a total of 22 persons graduating, including the best graduating student.Additionally, there were also 16 persons who were granted certificates from the Faculty of Social Work, and a further 13 who got diplomas in Accountancy. In the field of marketing, there were only two persons who received certificates.However, 25 persons graduated with diplomas in Public Management. The Republic Bank Award went to Budhram, while the Banks DIH Award was copped by Lisa Ladona Denny of the Facility of Education and Humanity.The Massey Security Solutions Inc. Award was given to Jaunita Beejaimal of the Facility of Natural Science.Meanwhile, the Director of the University of Guyana Berbice Campus Award for the Graduating Student with a Bachelor’s Degree who has attained at least a pass with credit and has made the greatest contribution in other areas of University activities was presented to Lauristan Anthony Augustus from the Faculty of Social Sciences.last_img read more

12 Jan

US State Department issues alert on Pegasus

first_img…says American Govt workers movedThe United States State Department on Monday issued an alert on the Pegasus Hotel. The alert comes hours after a major fire was averted at the hotel on Sunday night. However, the State Department has announced that US Government personnel staying at the hotel have decided to move to other locations. This move was made after there were dysfunctional fire alarms and emergency exits were cloaked.Pegasus Hotel in GeorgetownOn Sunday evening, guests at the Pegasus Hotel had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in the kitchen area at about 22:45h.The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was summoned to the scene; and upon arrival, the fire fighters were able to contain the fire to one area.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, GFS Station Officer with responsibility for fire prevention, Andrew Holder, told the media that the fire started as a result of a ‘deep-fry’ accidently or deliberately left on. This, he noted, caused the appliance to overheat, and it eventually ignited the installation for the extractor.This created a smoke-logged environment, but fire fighters were able to quickly put out the fire and create some form of ventilation.All efforts were made to ensure that everyone was out of the building. Holder noted that smoke would have reached at least the second and third floods, thus causing some panic among the guests who were staying at the hotel.The fire official noted that there were several safety breaches at the hotel. He said the emergency exit doors were chained and padlocked, there was no fire alarm, and staff were not trained to deal with such an occurrence.“This is a serious breach of safety, and it has severe consequences,” Holder added.Guest at the hotel expressed shock that there was no fire alarm. One guest recalled that he went to the emergency exit after his room was consumed by smoke, only to discover it locked.Pastor Ellsworth Chester of Brooklyn New York told <> that he is on vacation with his children, and as he was on the second floor he started to smell smoke, and quickly alerted them, and they made their way out of the building.He added that as he rushed to the emergency exit on the lower flat of the building, the doors were chained and locked. As he rushed to another exit, it was the same thing, and at that point in time he made up his mind that he had to go through the thick smoke. In addition, he reportedly went to all the doors on the second flood and alerted the occupants.He was nevertheless thankful that no one was severely hurt as a result of the smoke.An investigation has been launched into the incident by both the Guyana Fire Service and the Guyana Police Force.last_img read more

10 Jan

Migne begins preps to bring down Ghana

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne conducts a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 3, 2018. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 3 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne had five foreign based players in camp on Monday evening as preparations began in earnest ahead of Saturday’s crucial African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.The Zambia legion of keeper Ian Otieno (Red Arrows), Teddy Akumu, Jesse Were and David Owino (Zesco) as well as Clifton Miheso (Buildcon) joined a bigger group of local based players in training though Miheso sat out with a bout of flu. The tactician expects to have more players trickling in on Tuesday and by evening should have his entire squad as he carefully sifts out the best 18 to name for Saturday’s do or die tie.“I am happy to start with some new players today. In June it was only with locals and some foreign based players and it was a long time to wait for four months before I could have my entire squad together,” Migne said after conducting the first session on Monday.Gor Mahia utility player Philemon Otieno controls the ball under watch from Zesco United midfielder Teddy Akumu during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 3, 2018. PHOTO/FKFHe added; “Hopefully tomorrow 9Tuesday) I can have all the players in and we can start develop a good link and look at them to get a good line up for Ghana.”The Sweden based David Ochieng and Eric Johannah (IF Bromma) as well as Ovellah Ochieng and Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma (Vassalund) are already on their way and should be available for the Tuesday evening session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.There’s a huge hope that skipper Wanyama will be available for the tie with the midfield enforcer having just returned to full training and only made the bench for his club Tottenham Hotspur in last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Watford in the English Premier League.Wanyama has been out with a recurring knee problem and has missed the entire opening four games for Spurs including a huge chunk of the pre-season.The team is already without the suspended duo of Brian Mandela and Ayub Timbe with the latter’s absence set to be especially felt after hitting top form for his Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe.Un-attached striker Massoud Juma controls the ball under pressure from Bandari’s Nicholas Mejja during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 3, 2018. PHOTO/FKFStars began their campaign for the qualification to next year’s Cup of Nations with a bad footing losing 2-1 away to Sierra Leone and the match against Ghana on Saturday will have a huge bearing on whether their campaign goes north or South.“We are playing against one of the best teams in the continent and we know it is a tough game. But if we are mentally strong, we can win. We are playing at home and we have to make sure we win so that our chances of making it to the Cup of Nations remain high,” assistant captain Owino said.Midfielder Francis Kahata has also called upon fans to turn out in large numbers at Kasarani and cheer on the team as they keep the dream of making it to the Cup of Nations for the first time since 2004 rolling.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

10 Jan

Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society is accepting nominations for Christmas families.

first_imgThe Firefighters Society is accepting nominations until December 15th for a family you feel could use a win this Christmas. – Advertisement -If you would like to nominate a family, email a short write up for your own family or a family you know. The Firefighters Society asks that the email shares a little bit of who the family is, and why they deserve to get selected as one of the families. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society wants to sponsor five Christmas families this December 2019. The five chosen families will receive Christmas dinner with all the fixings, a present for each child, and a decorated Christmas tree all delivered to their door. center_img Email nominations to applicationsfsjfcs@gmail.com To view the FSJ Firefighters Charitable Society FB Page; CLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more