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UNSUNG: The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgIn one of the classes I teach at a local university, I asked my students to explain the role of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications or MoPT in Liberia. Out of 23 students, only ONE student was able to provide a response substantial enough to be considered the answer. Her response was: “In addition to handling postal activities of Liberia, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications is the policy maker of the ICT sector. ICT here is an umbrella word for telecommunications, radio and TV broadcasting, etc.” The rest of the class responded with an “I don’t know” or that the Ministry is merely the “Post Office” of Liberia.I find it very interesting how many Liberians between the ages of 18 to 45 do not know the role of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications or many of the other ministries. Obviously, this is because people of this generation rarely use the post office; they email, Skype, or just do everything on Facebook. And it seems that many believe that the MoPT has been attenuated since the creation of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority. So, if that’s the case, why does this ministry exist? Why can’t it be changed to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Industry as I suggested in one of my previous articles? The answer to these questions will be left for another article. Today, I have decided to take an evenhanded approach to bringing light, in a more telling manner, to the “UNNOTICED” progress that has been made by a government institution.I remember returning to Liberia a few years ago and seeing a Ministry as a refugee camp where dirt was thrown from upper level floors to the middle of the complex below. Today, the building is revamped, postal services have been rekindled, and mail boxes can be retrieved or bought, to name a few. But, there are few other things that one must give the administration and its staff additional credit for. Firstly, the Ministry’s Expedited Mail Services (EMS) now effectively delivers mail in FIVE working days and packages in EIGHT working days.Secondly, the ministry’s regular mailing services work but I take the liberty to surmise that the plurality of mail being handled tend to be particularly international. Thirdly, within the premises of the Ministry you will also find, Western Union, Money Gram and an IB Bank depot, an added convenience and new experience for the customer. Most noticeable is the professional attitude of the staff; something you don’t find at other government agencies. In fact, the Ministry has a customer service desk to accommodate the needs of customers.The Ministry should be credited for developing the country’s ICT policy giving us a roadmap and guide to achieving a modern ICT sector for national development. But reigning paradigms do need to be adjusted to reflect the changes of time, hence, the ICT policy may need to be updated soon. For example, the IT world now speaks of Cloud Computing, Open Source Software, Green Computing, Quantum Computing etc. What is our policy on these technologies? The corollary of failing to adjust to the changes of time is that economic, social, cultural, and political life suddenly becomes even more challenging. Our ICT sector needs to make with sufficient rapidity the sweeping, transformative choices it demands– a modern approach unshackled from the inconveniences of politics and corruption, the “metastasis” which plagues every nadir of our society and threatens development. We need policies that will transmogrify our ICT sector making it a more viable one.In a country like Liberia encumbered by the lack of infrastructure, illiteracy, and several other challenges, demand for new capabilities and services is often best met by utilizing generation-leaping technologies (for example the development of open source software), a phenomenon that is helping to drive a large global craving for landmark technological innovation. I am not proposing a re-conceptualization of the current paradigms. And I am in no way attempting to co-opt the verve and urgency for a new ICT paradigm but rather my aim is only to create awareness in this realm. In recent times, the Ministry in collaboration with the Civil Service Agency (CSA) of Liberia created the Chief Information Officer, Republic of Liberia (CIO) “regime”. Subsequently, the Ministry put up and advertisement for the CIO position at various government institutions. Personally, I had hoped to see COUNTY CIOs instead of CIOs of government institutions, since those institutions already have IT Director positions. A County CIO with mandate to champion ICT in his/her county would at the very least kindle a national approach to ICT integration in Liberia, I would assume.Another development at the Ministry is the setting up of a Project Management Office within its premises. I understand this is done in collaboration with LTA via a WARCIP project being funded by the World Bank. I cannot give you details on this since I stopped following its developments for some time. But it is my hope that this initiative is successful.While we acknowledge the achievements and progress being made at the MoPT, I personally still maintain, as I wrote in a previous article that this ministry should be changed to a Ministry of Science, Technology and Industry. Such a ministry will enable Liberians to become PROSUMERS and not just consumers. PROSUMERs are those who produce and consume what they produce. This approach could ignite a viable manufacturing industry and provide jobs for our youthful population and those who our educational system has failed.This can be done without any significant personnel changes as the current minister, I have been told, has vast experience in industry and people familiar with his services to government have informed me that he made significant strides with regard to industry when he once served at the Ministry of Commerce.Also, I strongly believe that an agency that champions ICT should be instituted where an “empowered” CIO becomes the head and bring some sanity to ICT in government in Liberia. A courier service that competes with the likes of DHL and FedEx could also be set up to handle “postal affairs”.  And this “courier service” would embark upon 21st century approaches to delivering mail. That is creating a “digital post office” in rural areas, allowing our folks in those areas to be able to communicate with the families abroad, digitally. For example, set up a Digital Post Office that allows Ma Juah or others who can’t afford a camera phone, to send a photo of herself to her son in Sweden, who she hasn’t seen in years A low cost generator, at least five computers with scanners, printers, a low cost camera at each “Digital Post Office” could make this a reality!All of what I have discussed in today’s article may not be all that the MoPT has achieved in recent times. In fact, I believe much of what they’ve accomplished has been omitted, inadvertently in this article. But I felt it necessary to write about this ministry today, simply because 22 out of 23 students could not tell me the role of the MoPT and many Liberians only know it for its postal services. I also believe it is one of the many UNSUNG institutions of Government. I hope this article provides new insight!Until next week, Carpe diem!!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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Thomas Woewiyu ‘Misrepresented’ Past under Oath

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first_imgSixty-eight-year old Jucontee Thomas (Tom) Woewiyu, has been arraigned in a United States Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania on charges of fraudulently attempting to obtain citizenship and fraud in Immigration documents.Woewiyu faces a US$4 million fine and 110 years of imprisonment if he is found guilty.Woewiyu also known as “Jucontee Thomas Smith” was arraigned on a 22-court charge of indictment, providing false information on his form number 400 Application for Naturalization and his involvement in the civil war in Liberia.He was also the former spokesperson of the NPFL and Defense Minister in President Charles G. Taylor-led National Patriotic Reconstruction and Assembly Government (NPRAG) in what was then ‘Greater Liberia.’According to the indictment, Tom Woewiyu allegedly provided support to the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) a rebel group that executed civilians, killed peacekeepers of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) as well as forced sexual slavery and raped of girls and women, according to the indictment.He was further accused of conscription of child soldiers and murdered of humanitarian aid workers.The Grand jury in their indictment stated that on January 30, 2009, in the US Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere the defendants Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, in his declaration certificate verification a statement, question 18 on his form was false in that he knew at the time he made the statement, he did not disclose his 1970 New York State conviction for falsification of business record, in violation of title 18 of the US code section 16.21 2.It further alleged that he did not disclose that while he was a member of the NPFL, he persecuted others because of their political opinion and membership particularly,  member of the Krahn and Mandingo tribes in violation of Title 18 of the US Code section 16.21.2.“While he was under oath before a competent tribunal, the defendant falsely stated, while responding to question 11 on the form he did not disclose that he was member of other organizations, including the NPFL that prosecuted political opinions and members in the particular social group,” the document said.It also said, “in response to question 8A and sub B on his form, Defendant Woewiyu knew that he did not disclose his membership and association with all organizations other then the Union of Liberia Association in the US, including but not limited to the NPFL and the NPFL-CRC.”Woewiyu earned a bachelor’s degree in labor studies from Rutgers University in 1981 and is pursuing a Master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. He has made his living through real estate investment.He first applied for citizenship in 2006, submitting a form that prosecutors now say contained many misrepresentations.Asked whether he had ever advocated the overthrow of another government, Woewiyu said no during his application. He also allegedly failed to mention his association with Taylor when asked whether he had ever engaged in political persecution, according to the indictment.But Raymond Basso, Woewiyu’s Philadelphia-based immigration lawyer, on Tuesday questioned why prosecutors had waited eight years to bring a criminal case against his client.Homeland Security agents interviewed Woewiyu in 2010 for nearly four hours about an unrelated case, the lawyer said. He described that meeting as “cordial.”And though Woewiyu’s citizenship application had been denied in 2009, federal authorities did not indict him until January or arrest him until Monday.Basso said Tuesday that his client took no part in the more brutal aspects of Taylor’s campaign.“Tom had nothing to do with any of that,” Basso said. “Immigration and the U.S. government were fully aware of that.”Woewiyu has maintained legal residency in the United States since 1972, while shuttling back and forth between here and Liberia — at times even serving as its Labor Minister and President Pro Tempore.Woewiyu was returning from a recent trip to Liberia, where he has declared his intention to contest in the up-coming senatorial race for Grand Bassa County, when U.S. Homeland Security agents detained him Monday at Newark Liberty International Airport.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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Moving to the Finish-Line

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first_imgThe Ebola Virus Disease is gradually being contained in Liberia, but as is always the case, more robust efforts, endurance and high-level concentration are needed to get the country to the finish line in terms of being declared Ebola free.Everyone seems to be saying this but there is a lot to saying than doing. Liberians and foreign residents have been reminded on several occasions to not to let down their guard otherwise it could trigger a resurgence of the Ebola virus.It was against this background that an International Charity organization, Delivering Good Health Community Service (DGHCS) saw the necessity to intensify its provision of medical supplies and assorted items to institutions responding to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.The founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of DGHCS, Nallie Brumskine Moore, is reminding Liberians that although the situation in the country is gradually improving, Ebola is still here and dangerously contagious and there is no need for complacency. She added, “Adequate resources and efforts must be urgently exerted to completely contain it”.Madam Moore spoke from the United States via telephone upon the arrival of the consignment in the Monrovia. The supplies were subsequently distributed to health centers, orphanages, and humanitarian intuitions. Madam Moore said the donations are intended to buttress government’s efforts in “this final phase” of the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.“We acknowledged those who are playing vital roles at the frontline of the Ebola response”, Madam Brumskine Moore asserted, adding that “the needs of frontline workers and volunteers should be urgently addressed including adequate support and regular recognition of their efforts and commitment.The DGHCS CEO paid special tribute to the Donohue Family Foundation, Georgetown University Hospital, International Association for Human Values and Project Hope for their continuous support to the people of Liberia through DGHC.This is the DGHCS second large donation since the Ebola outbreak. The organization initially imported into the country a large consignment of medical supplies in March this year.The latest DGHCS donation initiative benefited several hospitals, clinics and humanitarian institutions such as the Liberian Red Cross which is heavily involved in the Ebola response and is responsible for managing the retrieval and disposal of Ebola.The country’s largest health facility in the capital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital that was abruptly shut down as a result of the Ebola outbreak was one of the key beneficiaries of the DGHCS donations. Other institutions include the Suehn Clinic in Bomi County, Al Halil clinic on Jamaica Road and the ‘Love a Child’ Orphanage on the Robertsfield Highway.The DGHCS country coordinator, Rev. Joseph Roberts, told the beneficiaries that the donation was part of the organization’s way of helping to strengthen the capacity of hospitals and community clinics to combat the Ebola epidemic.Rev. Roberts emphasized that community clinics and hospitals were hugely affected by the Ebola outbreak in March and it is important to continue to identify with them while the country is experiencing a decline in the Ebola virus disease.Rev. Roberts commended DGHCS founder Moore and her USA partners for their commitment to support the health sector of Liberia and the less fortunate.Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the coordinator of Logistics at John F. Kennedy Memorial hospital, Abraham Attoh, and the founder of Love a Child Orphanage, Madam Rebecca Wreh, lauded the efforts of DGHCS.  Mr. Attoh and Madam Wreh in separate remarks recounted the lack of equipment as a critical challenge that had hindered the fight against Ebola during its first outbreak in March 2014.The Liberia National Red Cross Society Director of Disaster Management, Abdullai Perry also commended the efforts of the DHCS and its partners. He added that the donation would assist the Red Cross which is scaling up its activities covering Social Mobilization, Contact tracing, Psychosocial counseling, community home based protection, provision of survival kits, food distribution and safe and dignified burials in Montserrado County.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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The magic of Guyana cross-buns

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,Every year, as Easter approaches, something almost magical happens: bakers throughout Guyana prepare themselves for a particular phenomenon; in my opinion, a mystical phenomenon — the massive demand by Guyanese from all backgrounds for delicious, freshly baked cross-buns.For many years, the original cross-bun recipe has been tweaked in different ways to produce a wide variety of unique Guyanese products. Tips and tricks of cross-buns’ preparation have been handed down from mother to daughter and from father to son over many generations.Individuals and families who don’t have the time or skills to bake their own cross-buns have to place their orders early with their favourite bakers and patisseries. The demand is high; if you wait too late, there’s a good chance that they might be sold out. And there is much debate over what cross- buns taste best, and where they can be bought.Come Good Friday, some people eat only cross-buns, sometimes with cheese, or even peanut butter or jam.While the cross-bun is associated with the Christian observance of Good Friday, Guyanese from all religious backgrounds pursue their share of this delicious treat, which is essentially a sweet bun symbolically marked with a cross. There is a beautiful, silent contract among Guyanese where this, the smooth, rich bun enhanced with dried fruit and spices, is concerned. The contract is to make the bun only for Good Friday.Known as the Easter Bun in some countries, the cross-bun’s history is somewhat blurry. But it is said that a monk made the first one, and marked it with a cross in observance of Good Friday.It is felt that if the bun is consumed bearing in mind the solemnity of the occasion, miracles can occur. Some claim they have seen the Lord, while others claimed they saw the Mother of Christ.The British, in the early days, felt the bun had healing or magical properties.I wish to take this opportunity to recognize the bakers, consumers and all peoples of this country for their wisdom in preserving this recipe, and the fact that they do not use it during any other period of the year other that on Good Friday.We, as a people, also know that good food brings good health and happiness to the human soul and human heart.Whether it’s cross-buns or parsad, black cake or siranie, food is a great tool of unification among people.Respectfully,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

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Hoping good sense prevails

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first_imgDear Editor,In a section of the media on May 1, 2005, Mr Raphael Trotman was quoted as saying “I would like to be part of a movement for change and I reject the current form of politics being practiced in Guyana.” In that same article, Mr Trotman reaffirmed his commitment to an independent Parliament. Let us reflect on this commitment to an independent Parliament.  Has the Speaker Dr Barton Scotland not acknowledged that the motion had been affirmed and ruled upon to allow for the official notification of the decision to be dispatched to the mover of the motion – the Opposition Leader?   Has the Opposition Leader received the notification?  Yes!   So proper Parliamentary procedures were followed, and the process should have been deemed as complete.But not so in the books of these people who are on a far-fetched journey to blatantly sabotage the Constitution. Has the Speaker lost all his constitutional powers because the APNU/AFC – PNC-led de facto regime says so?  Isn’t the house regulated from the Speaker’s chair?  Has the Speaker not ruled?  They should seek proper guidance, and there is no better source than the book called the ‘Treatise on the Law, Privileges, Proceedings, and Usage of Parliament’ written by the father of Parliamentary procedures in the British Commonwealth, Mr Erskine May.Much of the Parliamentary procedures in practice today were developed over centuries across the British Commonwealth. Guyana’s Constitution was derived from such a system and there is a precedent that supports the position that the Speaker acted correctly on December 21, 2018.  In Mr May’s most informed authoritative book on Parliamentary procedures it clearly states that “when the measure or policy of Ministers is condemned by Parliament, a change of administration restores agreement…”  Mr May further stated that “Ministers are responsible to the Parliament and so long as they are able to retain confidence from the Parliament, the harmonious actions of the several estates of the realm are secured.”  Then Mr May went on to state that the “necessity of refusing to assent is removed by the strict observance of the constitutional principle that the (head of state) has no will but that of its Ministers who only continue to serve in that capacity so long as they retain the confidence of Parliament”.This de facto Granger regime, that has lost the confidence of the majority of the House (Article 106 of the Constitution), ought to have resigned by now and submit themselves to this 90 day period as a caretaker Government.  But instead they have taken the decision to migrate from the realm of legitimacy to illegitimacy and from their now bastardised seats, are choosing to engage in mathematical fantasy.The glorious art of mathematics guides us on this matter. By way of a paper authored by the William D Hacker Professor of Economics and Political Science, Professor Charles R Plott, he clearly put to rest what is a majority.Professor Plott asked an important question – What is the constraint to achieving a majority?  In Guyana’s case, the constitution said “all the elected members” can vote.  That number is 65 and it is an odd number, these are the constraints.  On that fateful night, all 65 elected members were present and voted, so one of the constraints was fulfilled. On the second one, Professor Plott instructs that in the case of an odd number, the majority must be derived from the formula as follows:MAJORITY = (m+1)/2where m is the number of eligible voters (in Guyana’s case 65).MAJORITY = (65+1)/2 = 66/2 = 33.Following Professor Plott’s guidelines, a majority in the Guyanese Parliament is 33.But I did not need the wisdom of the esteemed and celebrated Professor from Caltech, a world-renowned educational institution that is ranked No 5 in the world to tell me this.  I learned this elementary stuff in high school in Guyana from a Sri Lankan who taught me three types of Mathematics during my Bishops High and Queens College days – Pure Maths, Additional Maths, Further Maths.  So why are the PNC and AFC political parties behaving in this manner and trying to sell me and the rest of the Guyanese nation an untruth?I am hoping Mr Trotman remembers his words and reject this sort of politics as he alluded to 13 years ago.  He might be the last hope as it appears that elementary common sense has now departed the minds of all the other lawyers with allegiance to the PNC and AFC.  I am hoping that good sense prevails.Sincerely,Sasenarine Singh,MSc – Finance, ACCAlast_img read more

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Why were 6 Govt Ministers at the CCJ?

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first_imgDear Editor,It is with great dismay that I observed the presence of no less than six Ministers of Guyana’s Government in attendance as ‘observers’ during proceedings at the Caribbean Court of Justice.None of these Ministers is directly involved in any of the cases being heard.Christopher Ram has already raised a valid question of taxpayers funding this cheerleading exercise.What concerns me most is the early corruption of two new Members of Parliament (MP) and Ministers, namely, Ministers Tabitha Sarabo-Halley (Public Service) and Hemraj Rajkumar (Business).These two Ministers have only been appointed two weeks ago, it is not unreasonable for the taxpaying citizens to expect service given the hefty remuneration and benefits packages that accompany the job. However, the two Ministers find themselves in the viewing gallery of the CCJ and not performing the functions of their offices.Instead of immediate focus on the job, these two Ministers have been handed titles and asked to perform political acts instead of honest labour to deliver service to the people of Guyana.Editor, this pattern of corruption where political favours are asked of appointees and agencies is very much a feature of the Granger Administration with attending consequences. Familiarity breeds contempt. It has in the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), where the use of the agency for political witch hunting led to employees becoming corrupt by the thought of favours owed for partisan actions taken. It does not take much extrapolation to reach the conclusion that two new Ministers now feel special consideration is now owed for overt support given in person at the Caribbean Court of Justice.The irony of being asked to perform a political act does them great harm and that point is sadly lost on them or perhaps refusal was not an option.Regards,Roodi Balgobinlast_img read more

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NIS woes cannot be disconnected from sugar minimisation

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first_imgDear Editor,The October 10 edition of Guyana Times reported that the General Manager of the National Insurance Scheme, Ms Holly Greaves lamented the effects of the shrinking formal workforce in Guyana vis-à-vis the NIS. According to the newspaper article, the NIS’ GM said, at this time, the Scheme receives contributions from “…173,758 active employed persons and 10,734 active self-employed persons”. She went on to point out that “[t]he decline in the active employed population does not augur well for the future of the scheme…”.The utterances by the NIS GM mirrored what was said in the Scheme’s 2016 Annual Report. That document, at page 100, said “In 2017, there was a reorganisation of GuySuCo leading to the closure of several estates. It is likely that this may have a material impact on the contributions receivable by the Scheme”. It appears, that the Scheme has already begun to feel the material impact it anticipated as evidenced by Ms Greaves’ remarks.While not wanting to blow our own trumpet, as this certainly is not the time for it, the reality that the NIS faces today was anticipated by the GAWU and drawn to the Government’s attention prior to the closure of sugar estates. The GAWU, in its presentation to the Government of Guyana on February 17, 2017, in expressing its views on the then planned closure of sugar estates pointed out that “[t]he reduction in formal employment and its implications for the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS); the effects can be debilitating, especially for the latter”.Of course, the magnitude of the impact would have been better quantified had the sincere suggestion to pursue a socio-economic impact assessment been pursued. On that score, we had told the Government in February 2017, that “…decisions cannot be made in a slipshod manner, as the consequences and repercussions can be serious, if not disastrous, for our people and nation.” That suggestion was bluntly refused by the representatives of the Government who engaged the Trade Unions in the industry and the political Opposition regarding the future of the sugar industry. In fact, Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, astoundingly, told the Unions and the Opposition to conduct the study since we were making the suggestion.The situation which the NIS now faces is one for a great degree of concern and worry. Undoubtedly, it has been made more acute by the ill-conceived and patently wrong decision to shutter estates and put thousands on the breadline. It should be pointed out too, that many of the affected workers are, probably, qualified for NIS pensions which they will seek when they obtain pensionable age. In the meantime, the Scheme has lost the benefit of their contributions for many years though it is indebted to them come retirement. This may well make a bad situation worse.The reality of the NIS is one of the many consequences of the minimisation of the sugar industry. It is an ignominious legacy that is now bequeathed to the current and future generations of Guyanese. Of course the most profound impact has to be the pain, suffering and difficulty experienced by thousands of ordinary Guyanese men, women and children.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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More road safety education needed – Education Committee Chairman

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first_imgChairman of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Education Committee Denise Belgrave said there is need for additional road safety education to be imparted to the Region’s students.Education Committee Chairman Denise BelgraveAccording to Belgrave, this is one of the recommendations brought to the fore at a recent committee meeting. She noted that generally, students have been observed using the roadways in a haphazard manner, hence the need for more education. As such, she said the committee will be targeting the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) bodies to try to bring the “much needed” road safety education to school-children across the region.“Because we would have found that the children use the road very haphazardly, so we want to incorporate the Road Safety Committee to the PTA body to work along,” she said.Meanwhile, Councillor of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Charles Sampson has also made calls for traffic education to be taught in schools, through the Ministry of Education. He said teachers should be trained in order to impart knowledge to students.Belgrave has also stressed the need for guidance counsellors in every school since there are a lot of social issues that need to be addressed. She said while she is uncertain as to how soon this will happen, the need still exists.last_img read more

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2 am curfew temporarily adjusted for Jubilee

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first_imggiven the many events planned for Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations, over the coming celebratory days, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan has announced that, in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the 2:00 am curfew will be temporarily adjusted until May 30, 2016.According to a release from the Ministry, the curfew is now 4:00 am effective Friday, May 20, 2016.“(The Ministry) will temporarily relax the enforcement of the 2 am business deadline to 4 am for bars, night clubs and other places of entertainment. It is a time for celebration and knowing the Guyanese spirit, the Ministry has seen the need for this relaxation,” the release stated.Nevertheless, the ministry has cautioned businesses and individuals that the Police Force will continue to investigate and prosecute noise nuisance reports, drinking and driving, and other offences during this period.A similar adjusted was done during the Christmas season.Ever since the coalition APNU/AFC took office in May 2015, it enforced the curfew, which has faced a barrage of criticisms, with many persons describing it as antibusiness.However, Minister Ramjattan argued that the curfew was part of his crime fighting strategy.last_img read more

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Region 2 Department of Education raises awareness on child labour

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first_imgBy Indrawattie NatramThe Region Two (Pomeroon – Supenaam) Department of Education over last weekend conducted severalA section of the gathering at the spelling bee competitionactivities throughout the Region and in the Pomeroon River, raising awareness on Child Labour. According to senior School Welfare Officer Haimraj Hamandeo, the Region has joined the rest of Guyana to observe International Day against Child Labour, which is today. According to Hamandeo the first activity was a child labour spelling bee competition which saw participation from all primary schools. Copping first position was Taymouth Manor while Suddie and Hampton Court came in second and third, respectively.He added that the second activity was an impromptu speech competition, which saw the participation of the dormitory students from within the region. The topics were centred on child labour and child sexual abuse. Charity students collected the first place prize while Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary collected second and third prizes.The week of activity concluded at Lower Pomeroon with a workshop at Wakapoa Secondary. The workshop saw the participation of approximately 40 parents and community members. Facilitating the workshop was Hamandeo, Labour Officer Jason Narine, and School Welfare Officer, Meenawattie.last_img read more

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