Hard-pressed ex-Skel­don sugar work­ers re­new protest for out­stand­ing sev­er­ance

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Al­most 50 ex-Skel­don sugar work­ers protested out­side of the es­tate’s Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fice yes­ter­day for GuySuCo and the govern­ment to make out­stand­ing sev­er­ance pay­ments with­out any fur­ther de­lay. Some of these work­ers got part of their sev­er­ance in Jan­uary and were promised that the re­main­der would be paid in the sec­ond half of the year. That has not hap­pened as yet. The work­ers’ main con­cerns yes­ter­day, which marked 273 days since the Skel­don Es­tate was closed, were about putting food on their ta­bles, pay­ing their bills and loans and en­sur­ing their chil­dren stay in school. Some work­ers said they were un­able to con­tinue the con­struc­tion of their houses which they started while be­ing em­ployed at the es­tate, while oth­ers added that they were un­able to pro­vide three meals per day for their fam­i­lies. Melissa Sin­clair, 25, of Num­ber 77 Hous­ing Scheme, a mother of an eight, five, three and one-year-old who was em­ployed in the fer­til­iz­ing gang at the es­tate, stated, “Since the es­tate close down we left half way with we house.”

Man dead, two oth­ers crit­i­cal af­ter Lilien­daal crash

A Castello Hous­ing Scheme man is now dead, while two other per­sons are crit­i­cal af­ter the car they were in crashed into a util­ity pole at Lilien­daal, along the Ru­pert Craig High­way yes­ter­day morn­ing. Dead is Isa­iah Cor­lette, 25, of 99 Castello Hous­ing Scheme, who lost his life on his birth­day. The in­jured have been iden­ti­fied as Mikhail Punch, 25, of Lot 33 Mid­dle Street, Sparen­daam, East Coast De­mer­ara, who is said to have been the driver of the car, and Akeisha Jones, 24, of Leopold Street, Werk-en-Rust, who was trav­el­ling with them. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred around 2.20 am yes­ter­day, af­ter which the vic­tims were all taken to the Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal, where Cor­lette was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival. Punch and Jones were ad­mit­ted to the In­ten­sive Care Unit (ICU), where they both re­mained up to last evening.

Law al­lows for LGE nom­i­na­tors to be made pub­lic

The Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party-nom­i­nated com­mis­sion­ers on the Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion (GE­COM) are re­ject­ing a claim by the Lo­cal Govern­ment Elec­tions cam­paign man­ager for the Al­liance For Change (AFC) David Pat­ter­son that they were re­spon­si­ble for the names of the nom­i­na­tors of party can­di­dates be­ing made pub­lic. “At no time what­so­ever has the is­sue re­gard­ing publi­ca­tion or rather post­ing of the sub­mis­sions on Nom­i­na­tion Day by the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer come to the com­mis­sion for dis­cus­sion or oth­er­wise prior to Nom­i­na­tion Day,” PPPnom­i­nated com­mis­sioner Sase Gun­raj told Stabroek News. Re­spond­ing to the claim made by Pat­ter­son at an AFC press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, Gun­raj, an at­tor­ney, said, “In fact, the Lo­cal Govern­ment Elec­tions Act Chap­ter 28:03 caters specif­i­cally for that to hap­pen. It was not based on an in­sis­tence by any PPP-nom­i­nated com­mis­sioner or any other com­mis­sioner. It oc­curred as a mat­ter of law.” Con­trary to Pat­ter­son’s claim that the list of nom­i­na­tors were not posted un­til the cur­rent process, Gun­raj added, “It has oc­curred in the 2016 Lo­cal Govern­ment Elec­tions, pur­suant to the law. This is a pub­lic process.”

Sun­day, Septem­ber 30th NICIL hop­ing for sale of sugar es­tates by early next year, Chair­man says

With Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers (PwC) hav­ing com­pleted its val­u­a­tion of the four GuySuCo es­tates that are up for divest­ment and po­ten­tial bid­ders cur­rently analysing the find­ings, the Na­tional In­dus­trial and Com­mer­cial In­vest­ments Lim­ited (NICIL) is hop­ing that by the end of first quar­ter of 2019 all the es­tates would be sold. “PwC has fin­ished their val­u­a­tion and the in­for­ma­tion mem­o­randa sold to in­ter­ested com­pa­nies, who now have up to Oc­to­ber 31st to sub­mit their bids,” Chair­man of NICIL Ho­race James told Sun­day Stabroek in an in­ter­view. James said af­ter the dead­line for the sub­mis­sion, an eval­u­a­tion process would be un­der­taken. Af­ter the bids have been sub­mit­ted and eval­u­a­tions com­pleted, it will be Cab­i­net that will make a fi­nal de­ci­sion. “PwC would give the score, be­cause they will use a scor­ing sys­tem for the busi­ness plans as they eval­u­ate them in terms of tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial as­pects and that sort of thing. They will look at the bids, score, make their eval­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions but we still have to sub­mit to Cab­i­net.”

Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1st Vin­cent Adams to head EPA

En­ergy Ex­pert and sci­en­tist Dr Vin­cent Adams is tipped to be the new head of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) and is ex­pected to for­mally take up the reins to­day, sources have con­firmed. Dr Adams takes over from Khem­raj Parsram who has been act­ing in the po­si­tion fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of the sub­stan­tive head, Dr In­der­jit Ram­dass. With a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in the en­ergy sec­tor, Adams’ ap­point­ment comes against the back­drop of im­pend­ing pro­duc­tion in Guyana’s nascent oil and gas sec­tor. With pro­duc­tion ex­pected to be­gin in 2020, it is ex­pected that the EPA will have a crit­i­cal role in plan­ning and over­sight. Adams is the holder of a De­gree in Civil En­gi­neer­ing, a Mas­ters’ De­gree in Pe­tro­leum and Ge­o­log­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing and an­other in Geo­hy­drol­ogy. The Lin­den-born sci­en­tist is also the holder of a PhD in Pe­tro­leum and Ge­o­log­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing and an­other in En­vi­ron­men­tal En­gi­neer­ing. He re­tired last year, af­ter three decades with the United States Depart­ment of En­ergy, where he served in key lead­er­ship roles in­clud­ing tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment; dis­man­tle­ment and cleanup of the na­tion’s nu­clear weapons com­plexes; ex­e­cut­ing the Govern­ment’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Stim­u­lus pro­gramme and cre­at­ing and man­ag­ing the Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing & Math (STEM) pro­grammes for nine uni­ver­si­ties in the U.S.

West Ruimveldt fa­ther dies af­ter Mid­dle St crash

A West Ruimveldt fa­ther of two is the coun­try’s lat­est road fa­tal­ity fol­low­ing a col­li­sion be­tween two ve­hi­cles at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mid­dle and Carmichael Streets, Ge­orge­town early yes­ter­day morn­ing. Dead is 26-yearold Ja­son Mar­ques called ‘Sui­cide’ of Lot 85 West Ruimveldt, Ge­orge­town. Two of his friends, Mark Ja­cobs, 17, of Lot 32 Camp­bel­lville and Tim­o­thy Fair­bairn, 26, of Lot 212 Char­lotte Street, Ge­orge­town were in­jured. Fair­bairn re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal (GPH) while Ja­cobs was treated and sent away. The driv­ers of both ve­hi­cles were drunk, the po­lice said. Ja­son Mar­ques

Knit­ting keeps fi­laria pa­tient on the move

Bat­tling Lym­phatic Fi­lar­i­a­sis for most of her life, it has be­come a strug­gle for 63-year-old Edna (not her real name) to move around as the dis­ease has pro­gres­sively de­gen­er­ated her body, but she marches on, putting her fin­gers to work and earn­ing an in­come through knit­ting. She fights against the pain, cen­tred on her left leg, and the de­pressed feel­ings, by cre­at­ing chair backs, cen­tres for cof­fee ta­bles and other items. Her cus­tomers are mainly from nearby vil­lages but be­cause of the qual­ity of her work, she some­times get or­ders from North Amer­ica. She finds it chal­leng­ing to pur­chase the cro­chet thread though be­cause the price has in­creased. Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), lym­phatic fi­lar­i­a­sis com­monly known as fi­laria is a ne­glected trop­i­cal dis­ease, which later re­sults in painful and pro­foundly dis­fig­ur­ing vis­i­ble man­i­fes­ta­tions of ele­phan­ti­a­sis, hy­dro­cele and lym­phedema. In­fec­tion oc­curs when fi­lar­ial par­a­sites are trans­mit­ted to hu­mans through the culex mos­qui­toes. It is usu­ally ac­quired in child­hood caus­ing hid­den dam­age to the lym­phatic sys­tem.

Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 2nd State agen­cies’ staff be­ing trained in reg­u­la­tion of oil and gas sec­tor

Key stake­hold­ers in Guyana’s nascent oil and gas sec­tor are tak­ing part in a ca­pac­ity-build­ing work­shop aimed at im­prov­ing in­dus­trial safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tion. The three-day work­shop is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Em­bassy of Mex­ico, in Ge­orge­town, and the Govern­ment of Guyana. At the launch at the Mex­i­can Em­bassy on Brick­dam yes­ter­day, Mex­ico’s Am­bas­sador to Guyana Ivan Sierra said that he could not be hap­pier at be­ing able to make a con­tri­bu­tion to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Guyana’s Green State De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy. Mex­ico’s Agency for Safety, En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment (ASEA) is fa­cil­i­tat­ing the work­shop, un­der the theme ‘Lessons Learned and Reg­u­la­tory in­sights for Guyana’s Ex­trac­tive In­dus­tries.’ The gen­eral aim of the work­shop is to pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with an ini­tial overview of em­pir­i­cal find­ings re­gard­ing in­dus­trial safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tion of the oil and gas in­dus­try based on the Risk Man­age­ment Model that was de­vel­oped by ASEA, which is also the main reg­u­la­tory body of the Mex­i­can oil in­dus­try.

Driver charged with killing man in Mid­dle St crash

One of the two driv­ers who col­lided at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mid­dle and Carmichael streets, Ge­orge­town, early on Sun­day morn­ing, re­sult­ing in the death of Ja­son Mar­ques, was yes­ter­day charged with killing him. Although both Keron Deo­dat, 25, of Bath Set­tle­ment, West Coast Ber­bice and Deion Jer­rick were charged with Driv­ing Un­der the In­flu­ence (DUI), it was the for­mer who was the lone per­son to be charged with caus­ing Mar­ques’ death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing. He was granted his re­lease on $350,000 bail on the caus­ing death charge by Ge­orge­town Mag­is­trate Fabayo Azore, who set Oc­to­ber 11th for his next hear­ing. He was also granted $20,000 bail on the DUI charge and was given Novem­ber 14th as his next court date for that charge. Jer­rick, who faced a sep­a­rate charge over the tint on his ve­hi­cle, was also due to be charged with caus­ing Mar­ques’ death but he man­aged to post bail on his two other charges and left the court be­fore the third charge could be read to him. He was re­leased on $20,000 on the DUI charge and $15,000 bail on the charge for pro­hi­bi­tion of tinted glass. His next court date for those charges is Novem­ber 14th, although he is ex­pected to face a death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge this week.

City wharf claimed by M&CC, NICIL, GNIC

Three dif­fer­ent en­ti­ties have claimed own­er­ship of the ‘Sus­sex Street Wharf,’ which was leased to Quick Ship­ping Inc. by Town Clerk Roys­ton King. Paul Sandy, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Quick Ship­ping Inc., told the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry (CoI) into the op­er­a­tions of the Ge­orge­town Mayor and City Coun­cil (M&CC) yes­ter­day that he be­lieved that the prop­erty be­longed to the city when in April, 2016, he en­tered into a lease with the city for use of the 25,000 sq. ft. prop­erty at Lom­bard Street, pop­u­larly known as the ‘Sus­sex Street Wharf.’ Un­der ex­am­i­na­tion by his lawyer, Jerome Khan, Sandy told the CoI at a hear­ing at the Critchlow Labour Col­lege that his be­lief was bol­stered by an ex­pired lease for the same prop­erty, which had been granted to In­ter­na­tional Fish­ing In­vest­ment Com­pany Lim­ited by City Hall. This lease had ex­pired in 2006. “At all ma­te­rial times, Mr Sandy was labour­ing un­der the be­lief that the land was owned and con­trolled by M&CC, but­tressed by the fact that a pre­vi­ous lease ex­isted be­tween M&CC and the fish­er­man group,” Khan stressed re­peat­edly.

Isa­iah Cor­lette

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