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Dear Editor,The recent debate on the No-Confidence vote in the National Assembly highlights how fractured we have become as a people. For years we were the first to say that “is only election time we have problem, but other than that we alright.” But is this actually true today? Recent discussions, video interactions, and especially social media (the place where everyone is an expert at everything) have highlighted these – frankly – nasty attitudes of some of our peoples.This is a wealthy nation. Look at the geological map and you will see that we are blessed with a lot, and we have no need to beg for anything. Yet, increasingly, we are getting poorer with our morality and civility.We are by no means the most troubled spot in Caricom in terms of our politics and our diversity and ethnic relations, but we have failed to capitalise on the decency of our common sense to iron out the creases in the national fabric.Our sister state of Jamaica is known for political divisions which often affects individual towns through ‘gully politics’. The reports of this political confrontation at the local level is numerous as is the violence that can accompany it. Yet despite the intense personal rivalry of the JLP and PNP which often goes back generations, Jamaica consistently sees the peaceful transfer of power between the two parties after elections.Take a look at the swearing in of a new Jamaican Prime Minister and you will see gathered; the outgoing Prime Minister and all of the living predecessors regardless of political affiliation. This at the bare minimum displays a respect for the system of Government, the Constitution and more importantly the will of all the people. When was the last time this minute act of symbolism was present in our country?Trinidad and Tobago is possibly the Caricom state that closest resembles our diversity and recent colonial history. The pages of Trinidad and Tobago’s history contains the evidence of political agitation and the current disagreements between the PNM and the UNC often mirrors our own. Yet like Jamaica, in recent history Trinidad and Tobago have seen peaceful transfer of power from one political group to another and back again.What is our problem? Are we so engrossed with political differences that we can no longer be civil as the bare minimum? We go overseas and deck our halls with our nationalism but at home we are ashamed of it, we disown it. How can we be part of a country when we see ourselves and our identities distinct from it?We have forgotten that ours is a history of struggle, hard work, determination, and dynamism. The illustrious history of our culture is carried on the shoulders of all our peoples. Each group has contributed something to make this piece of land home. Today our ancestors must surely be ashamed of some of us and the hate we have for each other.As a person in their 20’s I can say a part of this problem is the complacency of people my age. We need to spend time understanding our history – all of it – and how our constitutional systems work. You cannot change the system if you don’t know the system. The youth have to show that the old people saying “stay out of big people business” has no place today in our society.Today we see people arguing among each other. We lack respect for each other. We judge each other by trivialities. We see each other as the enemy while our enemies circle us like vultures enjoying the self-destructive show we are carrying on.We expect PPP/C, AFC, APNU, PNC, WPA, JFAP, and WXYZ to set our houses in order and we let political affiliation become a part of our core identity. Over 50 years independent, our mentality towards each other remains colonial and divisive.The third stanza of our national anthem says:Great land of Guyana, diverse though our strains,We’re born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains,And ours is the glory their eyes did not see,One land of six peoples, united and free.We have a lot to be proud of, if only we recognise it all. No one is going to fix our house and our problems. That task falls to all of us. We have a lush agricultural land, massive potential in water, gold and mineral wealth, the endurance to strive and make our country better and the zeal and dynamism to see that it is a success. What are we waiting for?Regards,V Hemsworth
Former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Following African Transformation ForumFormer President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will chair a new panel to drive the transformation of Africa’s economies; it was announced at a major financial summit in Accra this week, a release has said.According to the release, the African Transformation Leadership Panel will focus particularly on opportunities for women and young people in its efforts to reform Africa’s economies, said Dr. K.Y. Amoako of the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), who will also join the board.The announcement concluded the African Transformation Forum (ATF), where many of the continent’s leading thinkers gathered to discuss the policies and partnerships needed to drive sustainable growth and regional integration.“We need leadership that promotes growth for the many, not the few. As this continent’s first female President and the former leader of a very young population, I am passionate about getting our economies firing for everybody. We must learn from and with each other to develop a shared vision. That’s what this panel is all about – it’s very exciting,” said Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.“Our biggest economic opportunities are social ones too. By 2035, 450 million Africans will have joined the working age population, more than the rest of the world combined in that time. Our economies will leap forward if we create jobs these young people know how to do. Achieving this will require leaders committed to sustained investment and intelligent policy-making. That work starts now,” said Dr. Amoako.Heads of state, senior government officials and business leaders were among approximately 300 delegates from the public and private sector at the ATF. Discussions focused on themes including improving regional integration, energy efficiency and technological innovation, and tackling youth unemployment and gender inequality.Key attendees included Africa’s richest person and owner of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Cote d’Ivoire Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) Dr. Vera Songwe.The inaugural Forum in 2016, saw President Paul Kagame launch the Pan-African Coalition for Transformation (PACT), a new platform for regional collaboration and sharing knowledge on economic policy.PACT has delivered seminal research and convened policy debates focused on how Africa’s farms can power its future and industry can collaborate with government in increasing manufacturing.Mastercard Foundation CEO Reeta Roy delivered the inaugural African Transformation Lecture, and is also available for media interviews at the Forum. A new magazine on Africa’s economic future, “DIRECTIONS,” was published at the Forum, featuring a lead interview with Mrs. Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Several health centres across the West Coast of Demerara have been facing significant drug shortages for the past month thus causing some to worry they would have to purchase basic medications.The issue started at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) and continued as a trend at the Leonora Cottage Hospital and the Meten-Meer-Zorg Health Centre.Sources at the WDRH confirmed on Thursday that many individuals, primarily senior citizens, were diagnosed with their respective illnesses and were forced to leave without any medication.“We have people coming in here and we having Panadol to give them. Old people who need medications are being turned away, because we can tell them what’s wrong, but we can’t really help them, because they need the drugs,” a medical professional told Guyana Times.He explained that this matter was of concern, since some rural families depended on public healthcare.“These people need their blood pressure and cholesterol and other medications. Just today we had a complication with a child and the parents had to go and buy the meds, because we don’t have it to give them. It’s a public hospital and we should be able to provide these pills at least,” he explained.Meanwhile, other patients shared similar sentiments on Tuesday about other services being provided at the Leonora Cottage Hospital and also hinted that the Hospital lacked medical personnel to attend to patients.Adding to that, accident victims are usually transferred to the WDRH during the night owing to a lack of doctors.Councillor of Constituency Four (Zeelugt), Poorandai Sukhu informed this publication that patients have complained of a medicine shortage at the Meten-Meer-Zorg Health Centre. During visits to the clinic, basic drugs are not supplied and patients are told that “they do not have”.“People complain that when they go, they are not getting any medicine which should be provided, and then they have to do without or go and buy,” she said.Last year, doctors and nurses at the Skeldon Hospital staged a sit-in and refused to see patients given a shortage of drugs and lack of basic equipment for them to carry out their duties.Since they had no tools to down, the staff at the Accident and Emergency Unit simply refused to see patients who turned up at the facility.During that same period, workers at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) downed their tools, staging a three-hour sit-in as a result of the same issue. Immediate intervention was sought by contacting the Public Health Ministry to temporarily dispatch some drugs.
The long overdue 5.4-megawatt power station was commissioned on Saturday morning at Anna Regina, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).The new power plant at Anna ReginaThree of the Caterpillar generators will be stationed permanently at the powerhouse on standby in case of emergency or servicing, thus avoiding long periods of power outages. The new generators were in operation since December 2018 as part of a testing period and were handed over on Saturday after approval.The new power plant was commissioned by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who urged engineers of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) to take good care of the equipment. He noted that the three generators have a life span of over 20 years and with a capacity of 5.4 megawatts, they will be able to supply the entire Essequibo Coast at peak hours with kilowatts to spare.Meanwhile, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told residents that they will now receive a more stable and reliable flow of electricity.Patterson added that the foundation for a fourth generator is already in place and that Government will soon be importing another generator to take care of the growing needs in the region.In 2017 and 2018, residents living along the Essequibo Coast were plagued with a series of nonstop power outages, which have affected persons throughout the region. At the time, residents had said that they had lost faith in the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) which they said was incapable of ending their woes.In 2018, only two of the five standby generators at the Anna Regina Power Station were up and running. As such, engineers are appointed to work on a 24-hour shift.It was related that residents have been affected by this issue, which is a major inconvenience. Additionally, the business community in the region had complained about the significant losses which are incurred, since frozen items thaw and spoil. Further, this publication was told at the time that there was a heavy cost attached to running individual standby generators and the high fuel prices were adding to the burden of residents as well as the wider business community.In August 2018, the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) had called on Government to intervene to alleviate the blackout situation since residents, especially the business sector, expressed their fear of losing millions of dollars in cool storage items.ECCI President, Suean Seewnarayan had told Guyana Times that the commerce in the region was collapsing due to the poor service offered by GPL. She revealed that businesses were dumping products and those who have standby generators are pumping thousands of dollars into fuel and maintenance costs.The Chamber had said Government was silent on the very important issue.
Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Thursday met with Michael Grant, Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas in the Ministry of Global Affairs of Canada. The meeting was held at the Ministry of the Presidency.During the meeting, the two discussed matters of mutual interest including the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy; the migration of Venezuelans and its effect on neighbouring countries; Canada and Guyana’s bilateral relationship and the assistance given to Guyana in a number of areas, including support to manage the influx of Venezuelan migrants.Minister of State Joseph Harmon in conversation with Michael Grant, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Americas in the Canadian Ministry of Global Affairs, at the conclusion of their meeting on ThursdayCanada has donated CAD$46,000 to the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) to support Guyana’s efforts in accommodating the Venezuelan migrants. Minister Harmon thanked the Government of Canada for the contribution, even as he noted that the Guyana Government wishes to take a holistic approach to address the issue and would therefore welcome any kind of support in this endeavour.“Our intention is to provide a better facility to these migrants and that means we must provide a place where they can live and work. We would therefore welcome any additional support than can be given in this area,” he said.Minister Harmon also welcomed Grant to Guyana, while noting that the two nations have shared a strong and fertile relationship for over 50 years.“We value and cherish the relationship we have shared with Canada over the years and as you know, outside of the United States, the majority of Guyanese are settled in Canada. We also have strong collaboration in several areas, and as such, Guyana can only look forward to strengthening this relationship,” he said.Grant expressed his appreciation to the Minister for his remarks. He also said he recently took up office here and as such, he is endeavouring to familiarise himself with all of the areas that fall within his remit.“We value very much the relationship between the two countries as well as the Guyanese community. While it is a shared population, it is so central for Canada as well. We are very excited about the relationship between the two countries and as you rightly said, we have collaborated extensively over the years,” he noted.Additionally, Grant also took the opportunity to express his country’s support and solidarity with Guyana on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy. He noted that Canada has made its position clear on this matter and this stance has not changed.The Assistant Deputy Minister was accompanied to the meeting by Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee.
A solicitor has questioned if a teenager used by the Health Service Executive in an underage smoking sting operation in Donegal looks older than she is.The teenager, who is 16 years of age, was sent into a filling station to purchase a packet of cigarettes.The girl, an unpaid volunteer, was not asked for identification at the Iscourt Falcarragh Service Station and successfully purchased a packet of 20 Silk Cut Purple cigarettes. The service station, the shop assistant and its operators Iscourt Ltd, were brought before Falcarragh District Court.They were charged under the sale of tobacco regulations for the offence on October 30th, 2013It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 years.Environmental Health Officers carry out checks, known as test purchases, using underage volunteers, to make sure retailers are not breaking the law.Solicitor Margaret McGinley said her clients admitted the breach but stressed they operated strict control of the sale of cigarettes.As well as giving training to employees, the cash tills at the service station used prompters to remind operators to ask for proof of age when selling tobacco products.On the particular day of the incident, the shop was busy and the sales assistant was dealing with a queue of people.However Ms McGinley drew the attention of the profile picture of the unidentified girl used in the operation by the HSE.Ms McGinley, who agreed a birth certificate had been produced, said she had spoken to a number of colleagues and asked them to guess the age of the girl in the pictures.She said the answers ranged from 19 up to 25.However Judge Paul Kelly said the case demonstrated the need for employees and businesses to be “ultra careful” in such cases.“It is notoriously difficult to tell the age of young people and the best policy is to ask the question,” he said.He fined the operators Iscourt Ltd €100 and ordered them to pay €900 in costs.He also disqualified them from selling cigarettes for one day and gave the sales attendant the probation act.SOLICITOR QUESTIONS AGE PROFILE OF TEENAGER USED IN SMOKING STING OPERATION was last modified: March 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Falcarragh District CourtHSEIscourt Ltdunderage smoking
BREAKING NEWS: A father of four died after taking up to a dozen ecstasy tablets at a New Year’s Day party.David Orr, 30, took the tablets at a party in Lismonaghan, Letterkenny, on January 1st, 2008.Orr of Trentamucklagh, St Johnston, was also drinking vodka on the night of the party. Witness Peter McGinley, a brother-in-law of the dead man, said he saw Orr taking 10 or 11 ecstasy tablets on the night.After about an hour Orr began to have fits and was rolling around the floor.“I didn’t pay much attention to that because that’s the way he always went when he took ecstasy.“We left him on the sofa then and he seemed to be okay,” said McGinley.However a few hours later other party-goers noticed Orr was not moving and his lips had turned blue.They rushed him to the local NowDoc service where he was pronounced dead at 8.08am.Mr Orr’s wife Susan (pictured), who was not at the party, had been partying the previous day but denied her husband was addicted to drugs.Another witness James Mitchell told Letterkenny Coroner’s Court he saw Mr Orr taking up to six tablets at one time and a half an hour later be began to talk to himself and then roll around the floor.Pathologist Dr. Catriona Dillon said the autopsy report showed that Mr Orr had up to five times the level of MNDN (Ecstasy) in his body than the toxic level.She added that death was due to this and cardiac complications which arose as a result.The jury agreed with the direction of John Cannon that Mr Orr died as a result of ‘due to ecstasy toxicity”.Coroner John Cannon expressed his sympathy but said there were lessons to be learned from the tragedy.He said it showed the present day easy access to such drugs, the unknown chemicals contained which were “made in back street laboratories and are readily available on the High Street’ and the fact that such substances can cause death.“We can only have sympathy for him. We have heard he went on what was described as a bad trip after taking that horrible drug ecstasy.“We have heard the tragic circumstances and that he was rolling around full of energy.“I would like to express my deep sympathy to his wife Susan and their four children. It is simply a very tragic case,” he said.Picture by John McLaughlinEndsST.JOHNSTON FATHER-OF-FOUR DIED AFTER SWALLOWING HANDFUL OF ECSTASY TABLETS was last modified: June 22nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Independent MEP Marian Harkin today called on the HSE to “immediately honour its commitments concerning eye screening and footcare in order to combat the increase in diabetes-related health issues in Ireland”.Speaking in the European Parliament on the occasion of World Diabetes Day, Harkin argued that “Diabetes Action Ireland estimates that the disease is now the single biggest cause of amputation, stroke, blindness and kidney failure in the country”.She added that “with 190,000 sufferers in 2011 – projected to rise to 280, 000 by 2030 – we are experiencing nothing less than a Diabetes epidemic in Ireland, with major implications for our healthcare system: currently, 7.7% or our health budget goes to Diabetes and this will continue to increase”. “As such,” said the Ireland North & West MEP, “we face two problems: first to reduce the incidence of Diabetes and secondly to diagnose the disease as early as possible in order to minimise the health implications for patients and the costs to the health service”.She noted that “the HSE in its 2010 Service Plan committed to having retinopathy screening and a national footcare programme in place by 2012, and while some progress has been made, we are still a long way from completing this plan. I am hereby calling on the Executive to make this an immediate priority and speed up the rate of implementation”.“Taking these steps would have the biggest impact and provide the most long-term value for money,” the Independent MEP concluded. HSE FAILING TO HONOUR COMMITMENTS ON DIABETES SCREENING – MEP was last modified: November 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HSE FAILING TO HONOUR COMMITMENTS ON DIABETES SCREENING – MEP
Cllr Frank McBrearty, Mayor Donegal County Council, Cllr Thomas Kerrigan, Chairman Strabane District Council with children from Castlederg, Lifford and Raphoe pictured in front of the ‘Breaking down Barriers’ arts sculpture which is in place at Castlederg Castle site. The educational and fun day which took place on Friday 19th October in Castlederg and was supported by the Reconciliation through the Riverine Autumn School brought together numerous visual and drama arts projects that had taken place in schools and youth organisations in the Castlederg and Donegal areas.The Mayor of Donegal Frank McBrearty has thanked all those involved in the inaugural Riverine Autumn School, which took place from the 12th to the 19th October in the wider Lifford and Strabane area.The Riverine Autumn School was hosted by community, voluntary and sports groups from the area and was led by Donegal County Council. The Autumn School was supported by the International Fund for Ireland.The Autumn School involved the communities of Strabane, Lifford and the wider hinterland, coming together, and hosting events that showcased the shared history of the area through drama, sport and the arts. It is hoped that it will become an annual festival. The showcase of the Autumn School was the Flann O’Brien Literary Festival which celebrated the life and work of Brian O’Nolan who was born on the 5th October 1911 in Strabane.Both a novelist and satirist he is well known for his works including An Béal Bocht and his columns in the Irish Times under the name Myles na gCopaleen.Other events included Literary and Heritage walks around Strabane and Lifford, fishing on the local river, an afternoon tea dance in Killygordon and themed workshops covering local history and the peace process both in Strabane and Lifford.Winston Patterson, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland, congratulated everyone involved on the success of the Autumn School. He said, “the Fund is delighted to be supporting the community involvement element of the Reconciliation through the Riverine project. It is very important that this project had the support and involvement of the two communities and the number and variety of events and groups involved in the Autumn School is evidence that this is the case.” Mayor McBrearty said: “It was amazing that over twenty different events took place as part of the first ever Riverine Autumn School and the diversity of those events is what contributed to its overall success.“I wish to thank all those groups who assisted both Donegal County Council and Strabane District Council in making the Autumn School a reality. I hope you will review the success of your event and look to build on it for next year to help establish the Autumn School as an annual event.“Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the International Fund for Ireland for the continued support and commitment to this area and the Reconciliation through the Riverine project.” MAYOR’S PRAISE FOR RIVERINE PROJECT was last modified: November 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LiffordMAYOR’S PRAISE FOR RIVERINE PROJECTstrabane