A 12-member team from Guadeloupe and Martinique is currently in Guyana on a Trade Mission, which will conclude on December 5, 2017.According to Guyana’s Honorary Consul to French Guiana, Travise Tracey-Lecante, the group is here on the invitation of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.PM Nagamootoo, speaking to the media on Saturday, explained that the team came as a result of a visit he made to Guadeloupe in March.Members of the Guadeloupe-Martinique delegationThe Prime Minister further explained that the delegates were presently exploring trade opportunities to replace those disrupted by the recent hurricane. “They are looking for contacts to supply fish, coconut, sugar, rice, fresh vegetables and fruits. They have sent the list of what they require immediately.”Martinique and Guadeloupe were among the Caribbean countries recently affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Trade through several hurricane-affected countries has been stalled or rerouted, in some cases resulting in raised prices for shippers and consumers as products take longer to get to their intended destinations.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the visiting team is looking to develop trade partnerships with local lumber dealers.Guyana’s Honorary Consul to French Guiana, Travise Tracey-LecanteTracey-Lecante noted that the trip was very well-coordinated with the help of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest). “We have visited coconut farms, the Guyana Marketing Corporation; we also had the pleasure of being welcomed by the Prime Minister himself along with the Ministry of Business,” Tracey-Lecante mentioned.Head of the Delegation and President of Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), Michel Narananinssamy said: “I am very happy to be here and most of what we have seen here is impressive. We really appreciated all the manufacturing products that we saw.”He further added, “We were also happy and impressed with all the various Ministers that were present during the different meetings. There are endless possibilities for us to invest in and will present an Agri Tourism Project to the Government of Guyana.”Professor, Dr Renuka Naidu-Voisset from the University of the French West Indies disclosed that she was on the trip for cultural reasons. “We are interested in Guyana, because we found out that it is not only a country that is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and this is what Martinique and Guadeloupe are and that’s why Guyana is so interesting so that we can create greater links with dancing and music, among others.”Another member of the team, Gobardhan Jean Marie noted that the will of the country to go forward was very strong and commendable. He added: “We have noticed that Guyana has a lot of potential and willing to invest”.
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A woman who allegedly left her Chihuahua unattended was charged after the dog attacked and bit a child.Alvaveen Alberts denied that on November 16, 2017 at Wortmanville, Georgetown, she failed to restrain her Chihuahua, which attacked the child.However, in her defence, Alberts told Magistrate Leron Daly, before whom she appeared that the boy was in the habit of teasing the dog which caused it to bite him.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh told Magistrate Daly that the excuse given by the defendant was not valid.He asked that bail in a substantial sum be imposed in order for Alberts to take better care in the future.Bail was granted in the sum of $30,000. The defendant is expected to return to court today.
Several persons were injured on Wednesday afternoon when a minibus bound for Mahdia in Region 8 reportedly suffered a blowout in the vicinity of Moblissa on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway and toppled several times.While details of the accident are sketchy, this publication understands that the driver of the bus, who hails from Amelia’s Ward, Linden, lost control of the vehicle after the blowout.The injured passengers were taken to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC). They are 26-year-old Mark Cartwright of Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, who suffered lacerations to the right foot; 46-year-old Burt Samuels of a West Bank Demerara village, who has been hospitalized in stable condition; 38-year-old Curt Cox of a Pomeroon river community, who suffered trauma to the head and left hand; 26-year-old Jerry Jones of 1265 Section B, South Sophia, Greater Georgetown, who suffered head and shoulder injuries; and 39-year-old Mark Benjamin.Cartwright and Benjamin were treated at the hospital and sent away, while the other injured passengers were admitted in stable condition.
Residents of Matthews Ridge in Region One (Barima-Waini) are thrilled at the economic prospects resuscitation of the manganese industry will bring to their community; but are also desirous of meeting with the major players involved in the industry — a request which Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley has said can be facilitated.The Chairman was part of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan’s delegation which visited several communities in Region One On Saturday, and met with residents of the village.One of the concerns residents raised was their lack of knowledge about what is unfolding in the community regarding the project. They requested that officials of the Guyana Manganese Incorporated (GMI) meet with them.The Regional Chairman told residents that the council had recently met with, and had requested a proposal from, the company on how the RDC can lend its support. He explained that the council is only interested in the welfare of the residents.“My concern, as Regional Chairman, is not to say yes when a company has come into the region — that we want them to work and provide jobs; but it must be something that is sustainable, and the people must not be shortchanged,” Ashley declared.“So, we are going to hold them to their words; at the end of the day, the people are the priority and they must benefit,” he expressed.Some of the residents of Matthew’s Ridge at the meeting, with Barima-Waini’s Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley addressing residents in the presence of Minister of Communities Ronald BulkanLast Monday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, along with Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun, visited the site to assess the progress that has been made since Guyanese Manganese Incorporated purchased the area from Reunion Manganese Incorporated (RMI) of Canada.Minister Trotman charged the company to honour its corporate social responsibility, and singled out the community hospital for attention in this regard.“We expect you to be a good corporate citizen, and to give back,” Minister Trotman said.When construction of the plant commences in July this year, some 550 Guyanese are expected to be employed. Extraction of the manganese is expected to begin in early 2019.
Skyrocketing fuel pricesHire car operators plying the New Amsterdam/Corriverton route on Friday temporarily parked their cars in protest over the increase in the price for gas, while demanding that short drop (five miles) fares be increased.The drivers parked their cars at Port Mourant, Berbice, from about 10:00h and stayed until midday before resuming duty.The drivers are seeking to have fares increased by up to 40 per cent to compensate for the recent hike in the price of gas which has increased by 15 per cent.Fuel prices at the pumps in Berbice moved from $198 per liter at the start of the year to $231 per liter. However, the drivers are demanding that short drop faresThe Corentyne hire car operators outside the office of the Prime Minister at Port Mourant, Berbice on Fridaymove from $100 to $120 of $140.Two weeks ago, it was $940 per gallon of gas at some Guyoil stations in Berbice; now it is $1040. At the start of last month, most hire car operators were using $7500 to fill their car tank, now it will cost them over $8000.Drivers on Friday argued that at the current price for fuel, they can only stay in business if they increase fares.The operators are nevertheless demanding that commuters be made to pay the proposed increases. They called for the increase to be implemented immediately.At Port Mourant, scores of operators on Friday parked their cars and went to the Office of the Prime Minister, however, no one was at the office.Thakur McLeen, a father of five, who operates his car says since the increase in fuel cost, he has only been taking home under $1500 daily.“$100 for a short drop will not work because the gas price going up every day; it will not work out plus we have to get new tires, oil and filter.”While the drivers argue that spare parts have also been increasing since the fare was set at $100 for a short drop, it should be noted that the price for all of the other expenses was factored into the price when the fare was set.Meanwhile, Subhas Singh, a hire car driver for eight years, said the increase in competition is also another reason for proposed increases to be implemented. He claimed the following the recent increase in fuel prices, he has been taking home less than $1000 at the end of the day.He explained that there are more hire cars on the road today as against when he started operating.Many of the drivers who ply the New Amsterdam/Corriverton and New Amsterdam/Rose Hall route are contending that with current prices for gasoline at the pump, the hire car business cannot sustain them and their family. Many of them have to pay a rental for the vehicles while a large number of the operators have loads on the vehicle. They say they are operating at a loss.The operators are seeking to stage another demonstration on Monday and hope to get the support of a larger number hire car operators and owners who are non-operators. (Andrew Carmichael)
Four female inmates of the New Opportunity Core (NOC) escaped from the youth correctional facility on Monday, and are currently on the run.The New Opportunity CorpsThe escapees are aged 15, 16 and 17. Two are from the Linden Squatting area, and were charged for wandering and unlawful wounding; they were sentence to serve one and two years respectively at the NOC. Another is from Third Avenue, Bartica, and was charged for wandering and sentenced to three years. The fourth, a 17-year-old of Pamela Backdam in Mahdia, was also charged for wandering and sentenced to three years.Based on information received, the four were in the compound of their dormitory when the main gate was left open. It began to rain, and the teens, left unattended, used the opportunity to dash for freedom. Checks were subsequently made, and it was discovered that the four were missing. The Police were summoned, and a search has been launched for the four teenagers. Investigations are ongoing.This is not the first time that inmates have escaped from that juvenile facility.The New Opportunity Corps houses youths between the ages of 10 and 18 after they hae been sentenced to spend time there by the courts in order that they could participate in correctional programmes lasting up to three years.Most of them housed there have been sentenced for petty offences, such as wandering, minor assault and theft. However, over 50 percent of the more than 100 inmates are at the NOC for wandering.There are separate dormitories for males and females. However, understaffing and general favouritism are being blamed for illegal relations, according to a source at the facility.Apart from condoning illegalities, the source also accused a senior official of inviting friends into the NOC compound after hours to participate in parties.Several accusations of rape have been levelled against both ministry officials and NOC staffers in the past.Since the Coalition Government came into power, responsibility for the NOC has been assigned to the Social Protection Ministry.
A search conducted at the New Amsterdam Prison on Saturday morning unearthed a number of contraband and other prohibited items.According to information received, the raid was conducted by ranks of the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) and Guyana Police Force (GPF), and five grams of marijuana, five cellular phones, and a number of improvised weapons, lighters and phone chargers were discovered.Less than one month ago, it was reported that officers had unearthed some 146 Ziploc bags containing marijuana and more than forty prohibited items from the Prison during an impromptu search of the penal facility.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, had informed that 146 Ziploc bags of narcotics, amounting to 292 grams; six cell phones, 12 phone chargers, five packets of cigarettes, eight improvised weapons, three SIM cards and seven lighters were discovered.Meanwhile on Friday, a raid conducted at the Lusignan Prison uncovered another set of illegal items, which included syringes with needles, six bottles of pepper sauce, six earphones, a number of razor blades, 17 chargers, 24 lighters, five cellular phones, 10 improvised weapons, eight metal spoons, two pairs of scissors, one plastic knife, two nail clippers, four bottles of oil with suspected cannabis seeds, three mirrors, one wrist watch, one pack of cards, one memory card, and a quantity of wire and Ziploc bags.Additionally, just one month before, a similar routine search had removed a number of knives, scissors and blades from the penitentiary.The Director of Prisons had at the time also indicated that five officers had been relieved of their duties after they were reportedly involved in an incident in which a package containing cannabis had been tossed into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was greatly displeased with the numerous attempts being made to smuggle illegal items into the Prisons. He is of the belief that it is due to a possible collusion between officers and the prisoners.
Patients with diabetes can now have their eyes tested free of charge at the Guyana Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Centre at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Dr Shailendra SugrimThis service will, however, be extended to all ten administrative regions of Guyana. The service is part of the Guyana Diabetes eye care project, which is aimed at having health-care professionals trained to detect complications which may appear in a diabetic patient’s eye.Head of the Georgetown Public Hospital Department of Ophthalmology, Dr Shailendra Sugrim explained that not all diabetic patients would need surgery.However, in an effort to prevent blindness as a result of diabetes, regional health-care professionals are being trained so that they will have the skill to do the screening of patients who may develop complications in the eye.“Most of these complications we refer to as diabetic retinopathy [this is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. DME is a consequence of diabetic retinopathy that causes swelling in the area of the retina called the macula] and so we promote screening of the eye because there are certain signs that we can detect in the eye before it comes to a complicated case where it can cause blindness, so the main focus is to teach health-care professionals about the eye, so that they will know when to send patients for screening and so that they can know when the parent needs treatment,” Dr Sugrim said.A training session was held for health-care professionals in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) over the weekend. This followed similar training programmes at Suddie, Essequibo Coast, Region Two, (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and on the East Coast of Demerara.The Ophthalmology Department is also hosting two training workshops per year and plans to have similar training programmes in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) and on the East Bank of Demerara in 2019.According to Dr Sugrim, the project started with the automated screening as a pilot project at the Georgetown Hospital where cameras which can focus into the eye are being used.“This is so that we can take pictures to detect any haemorrhaging or bleeding,” Dr Sugrim said, adding that once conditions of retinopathy are detected, the patient was then sent for treatment.The project also has the capacity to use lasers for the first time in Guyana to treat patients.“So we are doing these workshops across the country to sensitise our practitioners so that they can spread the work to their patients,” Dr Sugrim noted.“All patients with diabetes should make an appointment at the screening centre: walk into the clinic to make an appointment.”About 14 per cent of all Guyanese have diabetes. The workshops are being sponsored by the World Diabetes Federation, the Public Health Ministry and the University of Toronto and Orbis International.
The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha held its Annual Phagwah Mela on Sunday at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground in Region 2 (Pomeroon-Supenaam).In his brief remarks, former Minister of Culture Youth and Sports Dr Frank Anthony reminded those gathered that Phagwah is to overcome evil and restore good and urged residents to celebrate with peace, love and unity.Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt also called for peace and unity to prevail.President of the Essequibo Coast Praant of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Pandit Kedar Prakash in his welcoming remarks said that as Guyanese celebrate the colourful festival, let the many colours remind us of peace, prosperity and happiness among humanity.Essequibians turned out as usual in their numbers to celebrate this annual event. The entire ground was transformed into a colourful arena as residents renewed their relationships with each other, and for some, made new friends.The event is sponsored yearly by Parmal Singh, his wife Ramrattie Singh, both residents of Anna Regina who migrated to the USA and have committed themselves to give back to Essequibians by sponsoring the event on an annual basis. Seven curry and other sweetmeats were in abundance.
Attack on teacher…investigations ongoingTwo Constables of the Guyana Police Force have been placed under close arrest in connection with the brutal attack on 22-year-old Kescia Branche while another two have been questioned. The Police said one of the ranks, under close arrest is refusing to cooperate with investigators.Branche succumbed to her injuries at around 17:00h on Tuesday while receivingDead: Kescia Branchemedical treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC).The unconscious body of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher was found in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown on Sunday morning and was rushed to the GPHC where she remained in an unconscious state hooked up to life support machines.Branche, who resides in Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, was last seen on Saturday evening when she left for a night out with her friends and the Police is seeking the public’s assistance to determine what may have transpired resulting in the inhumane beating the young woman received.A source close to the investigation revealed that detectives were on Monday reviewing the CCTV footage at a popular Newtown nightclub where the woman was seen partying and came across evidence of the officers interacting with the deceased.Police investigations are ongoing.