Expressing his utmost disappointment with the “haphazard approach” being undertaken to transform the country into a green economy, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday demanded that the Government give specific details about its plan to promote sustainable energies and ultimately create an economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels.According to Jagdeo, at every available opportunity, President David Granger talks up his Government’s intention to develop huge wind farms, solar farms and hydropower plants; however, he hardly ventured into pointedly speaking about how he intends to attain those targets.Only recently at the official opening ceremony of GuyExpo 2016, Granger unveiled Government’s intention to adopt a Green Development Strategy (GDS), noting that every Government institution (hospitals and schools)Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeomust soon convert to using green energy.Granger also committed to placing another two million hectares of Guyana’s land under conservation in an effort to protect the country’s rich flora and fauna so that “our grandchildren can see the good things we inherited from our grandparents”.Previously, the President had announced intentions to reduce the tariffs on the importation of key materials and all equipment used to generate renewable energy.The President had also pronounced that the Norway Funds will now be utilised for more strategic projects such as reforestation in mined-out areas, generation of energy apart from hydropower, coastal zone management and tackling the impacts of El Niño.But in light of certain actions taken by the current Administration, the former President believes that their promises are merely rhetoric for support of a green economy.“The President said it is absolutely imperative to develop a green economy… he said it is important for our future and industries. On the other hand, his Government has killed a project, for political reasons not economic reasons… they killed a project that would have saved us at least US$2 billion in 20 years at 2012 prices…,” Jagdeo pointed out, referring to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project.“The Amaila was the biggest green project that would have had the biggest impact. It cannot be replaced by planting trees. The green economy is not about planting trees, it is an economic concept,” the Opposition Leader argued.He asserted that no one is even sure about “anything anymore about the green economy”, given Government’s apparent lack of strategy on the matter.“No conceptual framework, no vision excepting they are implementing in a haphazard way some of the things we’ve left,” he posited.Jagdeo also expressed concerns over the status of several of the green projects that were introduced by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration under the Norway/Guyana partnership.It was previously pointed out by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira that since the change of Government, a number of initiatives regarding the partnership have been falling by the wayside, including the LCDS Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee meetings, the absence of information about GRIF-funded projects on the LCDS website and Amerindian and other stakeholders not being consulted on the LCDS or the Guyana-Norway partnership.Jagdeo also noted that the public does not know whether the funds from Norway were released and whether or not Government has embarked on discussing a successor agreement.In general, the Opposition Leader explained that if promoting a green economy is indeed of the biggest thrust of the Government, then its leaders need to be more specific about the respective strategy for the future.
Several medical doctors from the various health institutions, including John F. Kennedy Medical Center and Firestone Medical Center, where the late Dr. Samuel S. Brisbane, Liberia’s leading internist served up to the time of his death, remember his passing as a great loss to the country.A service held to his memory yesterday at the GEDA A.M.E. Church in Brewerville, celebrated his life with songs, stories of working experiences with family members, friends, sympathizers and tributes.Speaking on behalf of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Dr. Billy Johnson, Chief Medical Officer, said he was proud to be part of a man who inspired other doctors, nurses and patients through the love or passion of his profession.Dr. Johnson said the late Dr. Brisbane and other health workers remained the authentic heroes who fought to contain the deadly Ebola virus and would be recorded in Liberia’s history.“We should not forget such a hero who died while performing his duty. Dr. Brisbane was one of Liberia’s outstanding doctors of hope and was confident even at the point that he would give his life to bring back life,” Dr. Johnson said.Dr. Johnson said many HIV patients are alive today due to the effort of Dr. Brisbane in ensuring that the sick got well and also those in search of health education (nurses) and other health practitioners obtained their desires.“Dr. Brisbane always said being a doctor is more than the paper anyone can have. He said many times that we were treating other diseases before the Ebola outbreak and we must continue to offer our professional services to the needy,” Dr. Johnson said.Dr. Philip Ireland of the Emergency Medicine Department at the JFK also spoke about the pleasant working relationship with Dr. Brisbane.“Dr. Brisbane was a humble man whose services to his country and the JFK Hospital remains a milestone for everyone, including his students at the nursing school. He was receptive in dealing with his students, patients and staff.”Dr. Robert Kpoto said, “Dr. Brisbane’s death is a great loss to everyone in the medical arena and we hope that God’s blessings will be upon his family.”Dr. Kpoto noted that it was difficult to lose Dr. Brisbane and urged the children of the deceased to be proud of their father’s bravery and contribution to his country.On behalf of his family, Elizabeth Brisbane and Samuel Brisbane, Jr. said Dr. Brisbane was a father who loved his profession noting that the family is extraordinarily grateful.Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott-McDonald read a famous quote of a German doctor as a tribute and described the late Dr. Brisbane as a loving father, renowned doctor, teacher and scientist who believed in his work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… calls for it to be withdrawnAs outrage continues to mount over the proposed Hamilton Green Pension Bill 2016, which was tabled in the National Assembly, the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) said it is “utterly shocked” at the proposal.The Bill, which will be read for the first time on Monday, provides for Green to be paid a pension “based on the salary paid to the Prime Minister, as though he actually earned the said salary, taking into consideration his record of service as a legislator.”Former Prime Minister Hamilton GreenIt also provides for Green to receive all benefits provided for by the Former President (Benefits and Other Facilities) Act 2015. The value of these benefits are an annual pension of G$20,580,000, others benefits to the value of G$3.1 million annually, two vehicles provided and maintained by the State and two first-class annual airfares free transportation provided by the State.Additionally, the former Prime Minister, who served in the position from 1985 to 1992, also qualifies for an ex-parliamentarian pension together with whatever benefits accrue from his period of Mayor of Georgetown.In a statement on Saturday, the GHRA said the Prime Minister Hamilton Green Pension Act 2016 on the Order Paper is utterly shocking and called for the non-submission of what it called an “obnoxious” Bill.In fact, the Rights Association went as far as to list several ground why the proposed Bill should not be submitted to Parliament, including the fact that there is no justification for the provisions of the Bill except for “cronyism”.It was added too that the Bill is insulting to Guyanese taxpayers of this generation, who are prominently wage-earners, (rather than businesses or private professionals who mostly don’t pay taxes according to the GRA) to shoulder the burden of excessive pension for people who have so curtailed this generation’s life chances.The GHRA also outlined that to date, Green, a former Mayor of Georgetown, never apologised for the humiliation, hardship and violence to which the Guyanese people were subjected during his harrowing term of office, adding that had Dr Jagan in 1992 not ‘drawn a veil’ over the past in the interests of social peace, Green would have found himself facing the courts.Another ground proffered by the Rights Association is that the idea that former Presidents and senior politicians deserve to be treated as ‘Princes of the City’ with excessive pensions and benefits, reinforces rather than undermines the repugnant notion that the purpose of politics is to enrich politicians.The GHRA statement went on to say too that a personalised Bill to reward Green for a lifetime of politics marked by incompetence and divisiveness is provocative in the context of the current Administration’s anti-corruption campaign. It also noted that the Guyanese Parliament is still to distinguish itself for the quality of its contribution to public life; while adding that if the Bill under discussion is entertained; its reputation would be further eroded by the ridicule it would justly attract.Moreover the GHRA pointed out in the release that since Green’s entire political career reflects the attributes that have kept Guyana ethnically polarized and, for this reason, securely anchored at the bottom of all Caribbean indicators of social and economic progress in the modern era.“As a young and ruthless politician in the early 1960s, his name figured prominently in the violence from which this society has still to recover. During the 1970s and 1980s he was a leading Government figure in the political repression reflected by Guyana heading the list of countries with most refugee applications to Canada and mass exodus of Guyanese of all backgrounds to any other country they could find respite.Those years saw bizarre hardships imposed on the Guyanese people including being criminalised for possession of onions and garlic, blocks-long queues around gas stations due to gasoline shortages and outbreaks of beri-beri,” the statement from the commission details.Moreover, it was pointed out that during the last two decades, Green, as Mayor of Georgetown, had presided over its physical decay. Despite a career marked by incompetence and divisiveness, Hamilton Green, now well over 80 years of age, was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), the release added.“Thanks to the legacy of economic and social turmoil for which he and other leaders were responsible it is ironic that Guyanese of the same age group as Hamilton Green are now condemned to live on old-age pensions of G$17,000, while he complains at having to eke out a living on his pension of G$100,000 plus his benefits from being Mayor,” the rights body noted.This bill has raised many eyebrows, with many denouncing the fact that the former Prime Minister, under the People’s National Congress Demond Hoyte rule, name was included in on the Bill. In fact, current Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said on Friday that singling out Green for a legislative package that statutes pension and other benefits of a former Prime Minister might not have been the best course of action since the package should have been tailored to suit all former Prime Ministers of Guyana.
…demands answers from GovtCiting the delays in allocating land titles since the former Government left office, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is demanding answers on exactly when Government intends to fulfil this mandate.Speaking during a press conference, Jagdeo called for the President to answer for the delayed Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) project. He pointed out that apart from the titles they had already processed; no new titles have been given out.“When does he plan to give out the new Amerindian land titles? We left a significant amount of money, US$10.7 million, in the Amerindian Land Titling project, to continue the work of giving out land titles.”“They have not given out a single one!” Jagdeo pointed out to members of the media. “Except for those which were already prepared in the past… not a single one. When does he plan to do that?”In May, Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock had admitted only aOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoquarter of the money for the project was spent. The Kingdom of Norway had provided US$10.7 million through the United Nations Development Project since 2013.At the recently held National Toshaos Council (NTC) Conference, land titling was one of the areas Government was criticised for. Government, for its part, has said that it needs an extension on the life of the project.Government has also faced criticism over its handling of the ALT project from members of the Opposition. Matters came to a head when Minister Allicock appeared before a parliamentary committee meeting on natural resources in May.“I have not been able to title any village, because we want to do things that are truly reflected in the Free Prior and Informed (FPIC) process,” the Vice President had informed the media at the time.The Minister told the Committee that the ALT work programme will require another decade before it could be completed, although the project life comes to an end in October 2018.He had explained that funding was not the constraint, but claimed that the project was faced with manpower issues, as there is need for an anthropologist, and equipment also to support it. “Several communities are targeted for demarcation and work is continuing,” Allicock asserted despite members of the Opposition calling for the Minister to provide greater explanation on the matter.Allicock also lamented the time constraints of the project given its sensitive nature.Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney AllicockHe said had the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) been in place, it would have afforded more technical resources.In his report, Allicock also noted that the Ministry was working to complete the demarcation of an additional four communities by the end of the stated project life, which concludes in October.The Minister also indicated that it was likely that an extension would have to be sought to allow for all unresolved Amerindian land titling. He said, “We are in discussion and we are hoping that we could have another extension. We would have to come up with some justifying facts to seek an extension.”Meanwhile, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and former Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai had argued strongly that from the information provided on the project, it seemed that the Government was dragging its feet on the issue and as such, the land titling process was now at a standstill; a label Allicock had denied.
“B.C.’s highway system is the backbone of a strong economy,” said the Premier in a statement. “Safe and reliable roads are a vital link between our communities for residents and industry and are a conduit to job creation. We will continue to work with the trucking industry to keep goods and services flowing throughout the province as we open up new markets for our natural resources.”The project is funded through the province’s Oil and Gas Rural Road Improvement Program (OGRRIP), a program that accounts for $19 million of the $54 million being invested in highway and road improvements in the South Peace this year. Work is underway on the project and is expected to be completed in early October.”Highway 52/Boundary Road is heavily used by the oil and gas industry and supports local jobs in our region,” said Blair Lekstrom, Peace River South MLA and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This improves safety for both industry and the travelling public.”- Advertisement -In the Peace region as a whole, $30 million is being invested this year to improve rural roads through OGRRIP. Since 2001, the provincial government reports it has invested more than $925 million in road and bridge improvements and maintenance in the Northeast.The province is celebrating Oil and Gas Week 2011 between September 4-10 to coincide with the annual Oil and Gas Conference.
…several others injuredAn 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death on Sunday night by a group of men after he stopped at a stand at the main entrance to the Diamond New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara to purchase fish and chips.Murdered: Ravildo WilliamsDead is 18-year-old Ravildo “Michael” Williams of Lot 37 Friendship, EBD.According to information received, the incident occurred at about 23:30h. The young man left a wedding reception at Grove, EBD with his family but they stopped to purchase fish and chips from stand before going home.As they placed their order, they were approached by a group of men in a bid to rob them and it was this time, the teenager was fatally stabbed after he put up resistance.After realising that the teen was wounded, the suspects fled the scene. Williams was picked up and taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.At the home of the dead teen, relatives and friends crowded the yard to offer their condolences to the family. The teen’s father, Romel Paknram said he was present at the scene when they were approached by suspects.The Diamond Housing Scheme entrance where the family stopped to purchase foodHe recalled the men arriving on bicycles and was about to rob them, but his son intervened and was stabbed several times to the left side of his upper body with a sharp object.His 25-year-old daughter was dealt one blow to her head as she attempted to render assistance to her brother.“We had left the wedding. My niece got married. We were heading home that time but we went to buy fish and chips and in the heights of that, couple guys roll up with bicycle and go to rob them. After my daughter see they hold her brother, she come out the bus and they lash she in her head and she fall down. She brother run behind them and they start stabbing him up,” the distraught father recalled.Moments after, the perpetrators fled the scene. Williams was found lying on the ground with blood oozing from the wounds he received.“It was about four or five of them that I see…They gone and we just see he lying on the ground and we take him to the hospital”.Guyana Times understands that several others were injured during the incident. One of teen’s cousins received a stab wound to his left chest while another was injured on his hand.They too were taken to the hospital where they were treated and sent home.So far, the Police have arrested one person in connection with the murder and he is assisting with their investigations.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has lifted the evacuation alert for Charlie Lake, Montney and Rose Prairie.The alert was issued after snow and rain allowed crews to make progress on the Beatton Airport Road fire. An evacuation alert remains in place for the following area:Red Creek Road254 Road from the Alaska Highway east to the 281 Road289 Road, 287 Road, 285 Road, 283 Road and 281 Road all north from the 254 Road256 Road from 281 Road to Prespatou RoadNorth on the Prespatou Road from 256 Road south west along the Blueberry River, crossing the Beatton Airport Road, to the junction of the Aitken Creek Road, south along Aitken Creek Road to Alaska HighwayFollowing Red Creek south adjacent to the Alaska Highway to Red Creek Road including a portion of the Lower Cache Road260 Road off the Alaska Highway, and 260 Road west of the Prespatou RoadBeatton Airport Road to the Blueberry River272 Road of the Prespatou Road277 Road off 272 Road277 Road north off the 256 Road279 Road between the 262 Road and 264 Road264 Road, 260 Road, 258 Road all west of the Prespatou RoadThe area listed above was under an evacuation order, but that was also lifted Sunday morning and replaced with this alert.- Advertisement –This is the only evacuation alert that remains in place for the Beatton Airport Road Fire.This map shows the two evacuation alerts that remain in place and the approximate location of the two fires.This map shows the two areas that are now under an evacuation alert. All evacuation orders have been lifted.Advertisement
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LIAM Adams has been found guilty of raping and assaulting his own daughter by a jury in Belfast today.Adams, the brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, had denied the charges.But a jury of nine men and three women found him guilty. The court had heard how Gerry Adams had gone with his niece Aine to Buncrana in Co Donegal 20 years ago to confront Liam Adams.He was living in the town at the time.Aine had claimed her uncle Gerry had threatened Liam with a hammer after hearing of the abuse allegations.The Sinn Fein leader denied threatening violence during the trial.Liam Adams, from Bernagh Drive in Belfast, had denied all 10 charges – three of rape, three of gross indecency and four of indecent assault.The offences took place between March 1977 and March 1983 when his daughter Aine was aged between four and nine years old.Liam Adams was remanded in custody.LIAM ADAMS GUILTY: COURT HEARD ABOUT DRAMATIC BUNCRANA CONFRONTATION was last modified: October 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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)