Dear Editor,The much talked about Local Government is a point blank facade. It is a fraudulent scheme that has been foisted on the people with a seemingly pleasant outward appearance whereas in its workings there is a horrible reality.The reasons for my statement is that you just have to look at what transpired in the intervening two years since the last elections and you will be jolted to the stark reality that absolutely nothing was achieved by this Administration in the troubled area of governance.There are vivid signs of retrogression wherever Local Government has entered a community. There are still clogged drains, with the intendant mosquito infestation; there are still large piles of solid waste build-up, leading to cockroaches and rat invasion.Added to these evils, we have to deal with corrupt deals from equally arrogant and corrupt officials who are always buzzing around the Treasury. Is this the Local Government they were talking about? Is this the good life?The fact is the inept Central Government has simply passed the buck on to the local communities so that they would not be held accountable for the wrongdoings there.And you don’t have to look very far, because most, if not all the areas, held by the People’s National Congress or its affiliate partner, the Alliance For Change, the problems are multitudinous that are always in the news.So, I call on The ABC’s in our midst especially, the USA here in Guyana, you foisted a programme to “educate” the People’s Progressive Party/Civic on how good and clean governance should be administered, why not put forward such a programme now? We are in dire need of it!The leadership and development project (LEAD) meant to teach us natives down here as to how good and proper civilised beings ought to conduct themselves, well; I must say we need it now more than ever. Could someone in the USA Embassy apprise us on this one? Just asking?Respectfully,Neil Adams
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) on Wednesday signed a $400 million contract with 15 contractors to upgrade roads in more than five regions.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan (centre) and CH&PA’s CEO, Lelon Saul flanked by the contractorsCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan and CH&PA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lelon Saul, were present at the signing. The contractors were called on to be committed to delivering quality products.“We will not tolerate unnecessary variation and poor quality work; we have a robust monitor and control mechanism. Likewise, it is expected that you will have your own monitoring and control mechanism for the delivery of quality products,” Saul is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying, adding that the project will have a positive impact on the country’s economy.Bulkan explained that the contracts would provide for the upgrading and consolidating of housing schemes.“This Administration has been engaged in the past three years with the task of consolidating the infrastructure within housing schemes that we inherited where the infrastructure was incomplete, where roads were not to the proper standards, the drains, the water supply, the electricity. In excess to $4 billion dollars to date has been expended in the consolidation exercise in existing housing scheme,” the DPI quoted the Minister as saying.Among the schemes that will benefit are those in Region Three – La Parfaite Harmonie, Belle West and Zeelugt Phase Two; Region Four – Herstelling, Farm Phase One, Good Hope Phase Two, and Section D Non-Pariel; and Tabatinga, Lethem, Region Nine.The work will commence as early as next month and is expected to be completed before the end of the last quarter.Some of the contracting companies listed on the project are XL Engineering, Puran Brothers Disposal Incorporated, Eron Lall Civil Works, Bardon Construction Services and Guy America Construction Incorporated, among others.
…health officials facing challenges – RHOWith the large influx of Venezuelans in Region One (Barima-Waini), health authorities operating there are encountering major difficulties in executing their Tuberculosis (TB) programme, which was already facing challenges.RHO, Region One (Barima-Waini), Dr Latchmie LallThis is according to Regional Health Officer of that area, Dr Latchmie Lall, who over the weekend stated that as a result of the large number of migrants moving into villages in the region, the health workers have been “forced to increase” their TB programme since many migrants are being diagnosed with this disease.Although at this point health officers are managing to stabilise those patients, they continue to be a “moving population.”“The grave challenge that we are seeking to address is that while we are able to stabilise them with the TB, they are a population that is moving back and forth. And when they go, they go for three to four months, and this results in them not being able to follow up thus placing undue pressure on the Direct Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) workers. It simply means that back here we are now forced to start that process again,” she admitted.She explained that this results in several TB patients being “lost” since they cannot be tracked due to their mobility and when they are found once again by health workers, then those patients have to restart the treatment process.According to Dr Lall, another challenge which is a thorn in the side for her region’s health officials is that residents there are not adhering to nutritional advice or ensuring they eat healthy meals.As such, a significant burden is placed on the limited medicinal drugs and medical supplies that are given to or procured by Region One health authorities since no patient who seeks medical attention from health facilities will or can be turned away.The RHO noted that her Regional Health Department is currently undertaking an initiative to create multiple databases that contain various information on the migrant population.Each database will comprise of patients who are recorded with a specific illness/disease under different categories. It would also allow health officers to be aware of the numbers of migrants accessing health care and other health-related services.Dr Lall noted that to date, there are presently 900 vaccinated and documented migrants who are living in Region One but that there are several more there who are yet to be vaccinated and/or documented by relevant authorities.Despite being curable, TB continues to be listed as the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over approximately 4500 lives daily.Earlier this year, former Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings during her address on World TB Day had explained that the Ministry’s National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP) identified TB as a priority health problem in Guyana and through its DOTS programme, the NTP has been able to expand TB services to all ten developmental regions of Guyana.Currently, there are 19 TB sites across the country. Presently, DOTS coverage is just over 90 per cent. However, there is still a need for improvement, especially in the hinterland regions where more coordination of efforts and ownership by all stakeholders is required, the Minister also said.At that time she had urged that more persons become involved in the fight against TB by educating themselves about the disease and to assist in raising awareness among others.
A youth cricketer and his girlfriend were on Sunday arrested after more than nine kilograms of cocaine were discovered in a house at Delph Avenue, Campbellville, Georgetown.The cocaine blocks concealed in the gas cylinderBased on reports received, ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) swooped down on the house and conducted a search of the premises, unearthing nine well wrapped rectangular packages hidden in a cooking gas cylinder that had a false bottom.The house, Guyana Times understands, belongs to a well-known drug dealer with whom the cricketer is presently employed. According to well-placed source, the businessman had previous brushes with the law.However, after the discovery of the cocaine was made, the teenagers were taken to CANU Headquarters where the illegal drug was weighed and amounted to more than 20 pounds. The teens are reportedly cooperating with members of the drug enforcement unit.Only a few months ago, race car driver, Nazim Gafoor; ace rider, Steven Vieira; and two others were charged in connection with the recent discovery of $550 million worth of cocaine in dressed lumber at Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo.On May 12, 2017, members of CANU swooped down on a lumber yard at Lot 227 Zeelugt, where they conducted a search on a truck that was laden with several pallets of 1×6 dressed lumber that was being prepared for export to the UnitedThe well wrapped rectangular blocks of cocaine found at the Delph Avenue homeStates.Some 85 kilos (187 pounds) of cocaine, with a street value of $550 million, was found concealed in some of the lumber. During the search, several boards were reportedly drilled randomly, and a whitish substance suspected to be cocaine was detected. The truck was escorted to CANU headquarters, where the lumber was further examined, and it was discovered that each of the compromised boards had a dugout cavity that held vacuum-sealed plastic packets containing cocaine paste.However, Nazim Gafoor and Stephen Vieira were initially remanded to prison but were subsequently granted bail by the High Court, while Sherwayne De Abreu and Tazim Gafoor remain in the lockups.
He was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m. His attorneys had sought clemency from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and reprieves from state and federal courts, claiming the man, who was mostly blind and deaf and suffered from diabetes, was too old and sick to be put to death, that a lethal injection amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. “The death penalty is always wrong, but tying a blind 76-year-old man to a chair and injecting him with poison is grotesque,” Terry Davis, Europe’s top human rights watchdog, said in a statement after the execution. Davis chairs the Council of Europe, where the death penalty is outlawed. Medical records show Allen was indeed ailing, and prison officials don’t dispute his condition. However, some observers saw a man in better condition than he had been portrayed. Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, witnessed the execution as a member of a legislative committee debating a moratorium on the death penalty. “He did not appear to be as infirm as news accounts portrayed him. For 76 years old, he looked to be in remarkably good shape,” Spitzer said. Allen died wearing a beaded headband, a medicine bag around his neck and a ceremonial eagle feather on his chest. Two American Indian spiritual advisers visited with him in the hours before the execution. He released a last statement read by Ornoski saying he enjoyed his last meal – a buffalo steak, fried chicken, Indian pan-fried bread, a pint of black walnut ice cream and sugar-free pecan pie. But Allen had proclaimed his innocence, and his final words never mentioned the 1980 hit job that resulted in the murders of a 17-year-old girl and two men, ages 18 and 27. The family of one of Allen’s victims, Josephine Rocha, said in a statement that Allen “abused the justice system with endless appeals until he lived longer in prison than the short 17 years of Josephine’s life.” The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Allen’s last-minute appeal. “It went smoothly, it went as it was planned, and I believe ultimately, Mr. Allen received the justice he deserved for the murders he committed,” state prosecutor Ward Campbell said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Anticipating a possible replay of his September heart attack, Allen had asked prison authorities to let him die if he went into cardiac arrest before his execution, a request prison officials said they would not honor. “At no point are we not going to value the sanctity of life,” said prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon. “We would resuscitate him.” Crittendon explained that executions are scheduled for one minute after midnight because the death warrant is only valid for that day, giving authorities time to treat an inmate’s ailments, then kill the prisoner without having to seek another order. Allen suffered cardiac arrest four months ago, but was revived and returned to death row. Yet his heart proved strong enough Tuesday, forcing prison officials to administer a second shot of potassium chloride to stop it. “It’s not unusual; this guy’s heart had been going for 76 years,” said Warden Stephen Ornoski. SAN QUENTIN, Calif. – In the end, California’s oldest condemned inmate wasn’t as feeble and frail as his attorneys portrayed in their futile efforts to spare his life, describing a man who would have to be carried into the death chamber. With the help of four large correctional officers, Clarence Ray Allen shuffled from his wheelchair to a gurney in San Quentin State Prison early Tuesday morning, a day after his 76th birthday. Though legally blind, Allen raised his head to search among execution witnesses for relatives he had invited, mouthing “I love you.” “Hoka hey, it’s a good day to die,” Allen told the warden in a last statement nod to his Choctaw Indian heritage before being led into the chamber. “Thank you very much, I love you all. Goodbye.”
A woman had to be airlifted to safety after she broke her ankle in the Poison Glen today.The 38 year old was part of a 150 scout group on a three day hiking group en route to Slieve Sneacht.The Scout group was led by an experienced member of the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team. The area was remote so the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team, who had been alerted to the incident by Milford Gardai at 1pm, requested Rescue 118 assistance from Malin Head Coastguard Station.Malin Coastguard co-ordinated the rescue and the helicopter in poor conditions found the group and winched the lady on board and transferred her to Letterkenny Hospital.The Scout group continued their hike and are spending a second night in the mountains in the area.DMRT were stood down en route to the group. RESCUE HELICOPTER WINCHES WOMAN TO SAFETY AFTER POISON GLEN FALL was last modified: October 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:fallPoison GlenRESCUE 118scout group
BREAKING NEWS: AMBULANCE, fire and Garda crews are at the scene of two serious road traffic accidents.One of the crashes happened at a notorious accident blackspot near Burt chapel.Gardai have closed off the road in both directions. Traffic is being diverted at Bridgend.A second accident happened on the back road between Burt and Killea.Emergency services also attended the scene there.The Burt chapel accident is close to the scene of several serious accidents over the years. EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF TWO SERIOUS ROAD CRASHES was last modified: October 31st, 2014 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) Tags:accidentBURTcrashtraffic
DONEGAL GARDAÍ are hunting drugs suspects who fled officers during a dramatic high speed chase.The weekend chase through the streets of Letterkenny could have had fatal consequences, according to eye-witnesses.Drugs unit Gardaí were on the tail of a suspect in a Seat Leon who refused to stop when ordered to do so. Instead the suspected dealer took off at high speed, going the wrong way around roundabouts, mounting footpaths and reaching high speeds.Gardaí were forced to stop the chase, fearing the suspect would kill another road user.An eye-witness who saw the car chase at the Ballyraine Roundabout said the driver of the Seat Leon could have caused carnage.“I couldn’t believe it when I saw this guy coming out of nowhere with three Garda cars behind him. He went the wrong way around the roundabout. “It was around midnight on Saturday night so there was still traffic on the road. If anybody had been coming around that roundabout they would have been killed.“It was the most frightening thing I have ever seen. I was still shaking a couple of hours later thinking about it.“If I had been a few seconds earlier then that car could have ploughed into me,” said the driver.The Seat was later found abandoned in Meadow Hill in the town.The vehicle was taken away for forensic examination. GARDAÍ HUNT DRUGS SUSPECTS AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE was last modified: June 9th, 2014 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)Tags:chasecrimeletterkenny
Quick-thinking neighbours managed to apprehend a burglar who attempted to break into the parochial house in Lifford.The raider smashed a glass window at the house on Sunday last but the noise was heard by residents living nearby.The residents managed to apprehend and hold the burglar until the Gardai arrived.The local priest was not in the house at the time and nobody was hurt.The suspect is to appear at a future sitting of the local courts.NEIGHBOURS FOIL ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN AT PARAOCHIAL HOUSE was last modified: July 16th, 2015 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:burgalryGardaiLiffordNEIGHBOURS
The newly-appointed Chief Proctor of Banaras Hindu University Royana Singh says her priority will be the stationing of more security guards, particularly females, for the safety of girl students.What is your plan for the security of girl students as the new Chief Proctor of BHU?The security of girl students is our priority. It was our founder Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya’s dream to ensure safety and justice for students here. We want the campus to be a home away from home for girl students. For this, our vision is safe hostels and the presence of more guards, particularly women guards. The recruitment of women guards began under my predecessor but we plan to step up the process and recruit and station more female guards.One hears of a women’s curfew after 8 pm there, meaning they cannot go out of their hostels after that. How do you look at this?No, girls can come and go any time. However, they have to inform that they need to go out and also tell us where they are going. Their parents have sent them here with faith in us and this rule helps us ensure their safety better.But do you think such a rule is good? And would you want to either relax the time or extend this rule even before 8 pm?The 8 pm rule is good. Varanasi gets a bit secluded after that. It is not a big city like Delhi. Girls stay in the library, too, till late, once they have informed the warden. Guards are stationed near the library and often one guard is told to escort them to somewhere near their hostel.It is said that girls are not provided non-vegetarian food in their hostels, while boys’ hostels serve non-vegetarian food. Why is it so?Most girls in the hostels are vegetarian. They are uncomfortable with the idea of non-vegetarian food in the hostel and there have been such complaints. So, we have not kept it in the menu. But if a group of non-vegetarian girls tells the mess staff they want to eat it, it is arranged for them from outside.We also hear that wi-fi facility was extended to the girls’ hostels very recently, while it has been there in boys’ hostels for longer…No, it was there. But the wires got cut because of the construction of a boundary wall. Wi-fi facility has been brought back now.Is it true that sexual harassment cases in BHU have been on the rise in recent times?I am in charge of the women’s grievance cell. So, I can say it with certainty that under the present Vice-Chancellor such cases have come down.Police was called into the campus and videos show girl students were lathi-charged by male policemen. How do you explain that? Do you think it was a case of excesses being committed on students, particularly girl students?I was out of town and have just returned. I am not aware of the details and will have to find out.