Several communities are set to benefit from improved electricity distribution with the construction of new substations and the expansion of existing ones.Acting GPL CEO Renford HomerPlans are moving apace to construct new substations in Parika, East Bank Essequibo; Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara; Kuru-Kuru on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway; and Williamsburg, Corentyne, Berbice.According to acting Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Incorporated Renford Homer, “This will bring relief to residents from those communities who for years awaited proper electricity distribution.”Homer made this disclosure during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), where he revealed that the substations at Kingston and Sophia, Georgetown; Columbia and Good Hoop, East Coast Demerara; Vreed-en-Hoop, West Bank Demerara; and Number 53 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, will also be expanded to improve service to residents in those communities.GPL is currently awaiting Cabinet’s approval for the construction of the substations which are expected to commence early in 2017.“Towards the end of 2017, one or two of those substations should be constructed, in conjunction with the line hardware that is required. We are assiduously working to move forward,” Homer explained.The construction of substations can run for a minimum period of one year and the company has already started the process, with tenders already out for bidding.Tenders are open for the expansion of the current substations. “We’re just short of a couple of days of seeing the tenders close, and we have to go through that process of evaluation and have the contract awarded by December,” the acting CEO said.These substations will assist the power company in improving the level of services offered, Homer said. “We are shortening the lengths of the conductors that feed the various areas, it makes isolation and management easier and it also helps in the reduction of losses,” Homer explained.GPL has engaged consultants who are knowledgeable in transmission designs, to provide assistance and advice in this regard.Earlier this year, GPL had disclosed that it planned to upgrade, extend and build substations to improve the overall distribution of electricity countrywide. A total of $543 million has been allocated in the 2016 Budget for the development of substations.
Faeces throwing caseColumnist Freddie Kissoon failed to demonstrate comprehension of basic questions posited to him by defence attorney Glen Hanoman, during the trial of the three men accused of throwing faeces on him. The trial continued on Friday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.In a packed Courtroom, the three defendants, Sean Hinds, Kwame McCoy and Jason Abdulla appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman.Hanoman continued his cross-examination but Kissoon had to be caution several times by Magistrate Latchman after he kept ranting at every question posited to him by the attorney. Kissoon went on to ask the Magistrate if he was required to answer certain questions that were put to him by the attorney, of which the magistrate replied in the affirmative.Freddie KissoonHanoman experienced great difficulties securing direct answers from Kissoon, who opted to respond to every question with a philosophical answer. His responses seemed to entertain the courtroom that chuckled every time he answered. More than once Kissoon sought to overpower the attorney and instead began to question him. Kissoon further pleaded with the magistrate to answer a particular question that the Magistrate ruled she would not be allowing in her courtroom.Hanoman requested that the evidence given by Kissoon to be withdrawn since he has proven on several occasions that he is incompetent to stand trial. He added that several criteria are met by Kissoon that can deem him to be incompetent which are, memory lapse, understanding the questions and unable to give simple and direct answers.The defence council told the court that Kissoon was unaware he had to tell the whole truth to the court since he told the court that he is only there to tell the truth which has dimensions. A frustrated Hanoman blurted that “too much education is a bad thing.”At the previous hearing when the question was posited to Kissoon about whether or not he could have identified the person/persons who threw the substance on him he replied in the negative.Kissoon claimed that he did not recognise anyone of the accused as the person who threw the “nasty-smelly” substance on him when questioned by Police Prosecutor, Kerry Bostwick. In fact Kissoon told the court that the image of the person that threw the substance is engraved in his mind as much as the first time he kissed his wife.He added that he can describe the ‘culprit’s’ facial features and height since at the time the substance was thrown at him, he was wearing his glasses and it did not affect his ability to see. In his evidence, he told the court that prior to the incident he had never seen the individual.Kissoon further explained that he saw the person who threw the substance on him for 90 seconds, who later ran east to west of North Road.He was cross-examined by attorney Latchmie Rahamat at the first hearing, who is representing McCoy, while Abdula’s attorney, Glen Hanoman, concluded his cross-examination on Friday.Attorney George Thomas, who is representing Hinds, will be cross-examining Kissoon at the next court hearing on September 16. It is alleged that on May 24, 2010, in Georgetown, McCoy, Abdulla and Hinds assaulted Kissoon.The trio allegedly walked up to Kissoon and instigated the throwing of faeces in Kissoon’s face after he had emerged from Nigel’s Supermarket, Robb Street, Georgetown.
As part of a larger goal of creating a safer and more prosperous Caribbean community, efforts are underway to ensure that at-risk Guyanese youth receive maximum benefits from the new United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project.USAID’s General Development Director Ted Lawrence and Attorney General Basil Williams after signing the pact on ThursdayTo this end, USAID’s General Development Office Director, Ted Lawrence and Attorney General Basil Williams on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will govern an impact evaluation of USAID’s YES programme.The evaluation aims to ensure that programme interventions are evidence-based and both USAID and the Government of Guyana learn from the approaches utilised and the reforms enacted.The YES programme will support reduction of youth involvement in crime and violence in targeted communities in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, with particular focus on Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia.The initiative will utilise a robust monitoring and evaluation system to track and support the attainment of programme objectives. To support the evaluation process, data will be regularly collected from a number of sources, including Ministries or agencies that handle child justice data – the Probation and Social Services departments, the Police, the Magistrates’ Court, and youth detention facilities.A non-disclosure agreement was also signed to protect the rights of youths within the juvenile justice system, while still allowing for a thorough evaluation of reforms. This data will support and inform efforts to reduce recidivism and increase reintegration of youths who come into contact with the justice system.
Government has made a commitment to maintain an effective Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime that gives priority to effective supervision and enforcement of the laws.This view was expressed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who addressed participants at the opening of a three-day Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) National Risk Assessment workshop that commenced on Wednesday.Jordan made a commitment to move swiftly to enact the relevant legislation toFinance Minister Winston Jordan addressing participants at the opening of the Financial Intelligence Unit’s National Risk Assessment workshop on Wednesdayaddress new threats and vulnerabilities to money laundering.“I am very cognisant of the catastrophic macroeconomic effects that money laundering and financing of terrorism can have on our country, if left unnoticed and unattended,” he stated.He noted that they could impair the integrity and stability of the domestic financial system, the current and capital accounts of the balance of payments, and reduce legitimate financial inflows entering the country.But more importantly, these offences also have the potential to drastically reduce the Government’s actual revenue collection and negatively affect investment and, ultimately, distort economic growth.“And so, it is to safeguard against these eventualities that the Government of the Guyana has been making stringent efforts to strengthen the country’s AML/CFT regime, through appropriate enactments and amendments to the relevant laws,” he added.The Minister told participants that sharp prudential standards have caused international banking institutions to avoid reputational risks and penalties by reducing or severing their relationships with jurisdictions that are perceived to be high risk, on account of inadequate AML/CFT regimes.He explained that many developing countries, including Guyana, were adversely affected by this de-risking practice. Some local financial institutions either have completely lost or have reduced relationships with their correspondent banks.“This development creates difficulties, including higher cost for individuals and businesses involved in the trade of goods and services, including remittances. In this regard, an efficient anti-money laundering regime will protect our country from the severity of the de-risking practice and sustain the level of development in the county.”Meanwhile, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams urged participants not to take the risk-based approach for granted, but encouraged them to use it as a catalyst for positive change.The workshop was also addressed by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Country Representative Sophie Makonnen and World Bank Senior Financial Sector Specialist Stuart Yikona, who both commended Guyana for its effort to tackle money laundering.A working group has completed a comprehensive analysis of Guyana’s money laundering and financing of terrorism risks. The National Action Plan prepared by the team will not only satisfy the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendation, but it will also form the basis for the efficient allocation of the country’s scarce financial resources.The National Assembly in 2015 had passed the Anti-Terrorism and Terrorist Related Activities Bill, the AML/CFT (Amendment) Bill No 1 and 2, and the AML/CFT Regulations.Currently, a draft amendment bill to the AML/CFT Act is being prepared to ensure that the assets and funds of terrorists or terrorist organisations are immediately frozen by the court.
A 26-year-old chef of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown was on Sunday morning intercepted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) after he admitted that he had swallowed cocaine pellets. The cocaine mule was about to board a Caribbean Airlines flight to The Bahamas.Police have since confirmed that the suspect had been on their radar for quite some time and upon seeing him at the CJIA, members of the Police Narcotics Branch confronted and interrogated him. During the interrogation, he admitted that he had swallowed cocaine pellets.He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital and an X-ray was done which confirmed his confession. He has since excreted 52 pellets, which amounted to 554 grams of cocaine. He remains a patient under guard at the medical institution. He is expected to be charged once he excretes all of the pellets.
More than one week after the discovery of a body of an unidentified woman at Foulis Foresore, East Coast Demerara, it was positively identified as a domestic worker of Enmore, ECD.The body was reportedly identified as Indroutie ‘Indra’ Dass of Logwood, Enmore, ECD. At the time of the discovery, the woman’s blouse was pulled to her chest and her pants and undergarment were below her knees thus leaving investigators to believe that she was sexually assaulted.Dead domestic worker, Indroutie ‘Indra’ DassThere was also a yellow metal chain wrapped around the woman’s neck. In addition, a pair of slippers and a hammock was found in close proximity of the body. She was lying face up and her arm sustained a gaping wound. The body was discovered by a man whom had gone to the foreshore to dispose of garbage.Loretta Narine, the cousin who identified the body told the Guyana Times that the woman went missing 10 days ago after she left home for work. She reportedly worked in the area for several people.However, after days passed and she did not return home, Narine went to the woman’s house which she shared with her common law husband to enquire. While there, the woman claimed that he had not seen the woman but failed to lodge a missing person’s report at the police station.Nevertheless, after days passed and she did not show up at one of her employer’s house, the businessman and his wife went to the now dead woman’s house to enquire the reason for not turning up to work but it was at that time, the couple learnt of the woman’s disappearance.The cousin noted that she recalled listening to the news about a woman’s body being found. “I remember but after they say that the woman was ‘dougla’, we didn’t pay much attention but after we search all ova for Indra, we decided to go to the police station”.Narine explained that she took the woman’s identification card to the Cove and John Police Station on Wednesday last where they related their story. They were accompanied to the mortuary where they positively identified her cousin’s body.The woman further stated that after they made the report, the reputed husband and another man were taken into custody to be questioned in connection with the woman’s disappearance and subsequent death. They were nevertheless, released from custody.A post mortem is expected to be performed today (Friday). The woman leaves to mourn her six children – two of whom are minors and presently cared for by an aunt. Investigations into the woman’s death are on-going.
Models hit the runway in over 130 exotic pieces from the “Shape” 2018 collection, bringing to life the creative vision of local fashion designer Donna RamsammyModels display Ethiopian –themed piecesJames as she again stole the limelight in the local fashion industry.The 20th annual staging of “My heart beats in Africa”-themed fashion show, which exhibited both male and female attire incorporating the softness of Asia, the depth of Africa and the colour of the Caribbean, was inspired by James’s recent visit to Nairobi in Kenya, East Africa.Guests attired in glamorous African-themed outfits gathered on the lawns of Herdmanston House in the cool atmosphere of Sunday evening in obvious anticipation of the much-talked-about event.The two-hour-long mesmerizing fashion show saw several sequences featuring the diverse fashion trends of various African tribes, every design exquisite and unique.Following the glamourous presentations, the genius behind it all, James, took toMother and daughter “dress-alike” pieces featured in Kente PrintModel Treasure James takes hold of the runwaythe catwalk to express her undying appreciation to supporters. She disclosed that the proceeds of the show go to the Guyana Relief Council (GRC), and she called upon Chairperson of the organisation, Mrs. Yvonne Hinds, to graciously accept the cheque.Designs were available for purchase.
In observance of World Science Day for Peace and Development, Iwokrama was presented with a cheque for million from US oil giant ExxonMobil.Held under the theme, “Science for Global Understanding” with its key aim being combining global sustainability and local action, World Science Day is designated to emphasise the importance of science in society and also to engage the public inIwokrama Centre CEO Dane Gobin receives the cheque from ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Hensondiscussions revolving around science.According to Iwokrama Centre Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dane Gobin, Iwokrama has scored a lot of firsts for Guyana and has provided leadership on global understanding of sustainability development in the context of social, economic and environmental viability.Gobin further noted that in the last 21 years Iwokrama has taken a ‘peoples sample’ approach on the wise use of the forest, has come up with methods that could be used without losing the forests and has partnered closely with the local communities in the North Rupununi.“Iwokrama is a multi-faceted organisation which is engaged in capacity building to monitor sustainable tourism in Guyana and is certified international in timber and harvesting operations,” Gobin noted.A short video clip was shown to the audience on the role Iwokrama plays in “green development”, and it was explained by Andrew Mitchell, founder director of the Global Canopy Programme.Meanwhile, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson thanked the oil company for the donation towards the development of Guyana’s rainforests and to science in the whole.
As Mercedes boss Toto Wolff kept a beady eye on proceedings at the Circuit de Catalunya, the setting for the first test of the winter, he was asked about the prospect of Ricciardo joining the team.“I think one of the most important values in business and privately is that you have to stay loyal and be loyal,” he told Sky Sports.“Our two drivers, Valtteri and Lewis, we trust them, we empower them and give them all the support.“If we were at the start of the season and already entertaining negotiations with other drivers we wouldn’t be giving him the right support.“Let’s see how the season pans out.“We are absolutely behind him (Bottas), as we are with Lewis. We will re-evaluate in the summer.”Ricciardo enjoyed a good first day of testing in the RB14, topping the Day One timesheet in both speed and lap count.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mercedes’ Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas steers his car during the third practice session ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 25, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 27 – Mercedes are prepared to let Valtteri Bottas stake a claim for the Silver Arrows seat beyond 2018 before considering alternatives such as Daniel Ricciardo.Bottas and Ricciardo are both out of contract at the end of this season, prompting the latter to be linked with the Mercedes seat and partner up with Lewis Hamilton, a driver he has a huge amount of respect for.
Woods, who has plummeted to 62 in the world rankings, said the back pain that forced him to pull out after 11 holes of the first round at Torrey Pines wasn’t related to the surgery he had last year and that with daily physical therapy he was improving.But he does not know when he will tee off again in a tournament, just the latest hiccup in a turbulent career marked by marital infidelity and mounting injuries.“Right now, I need a lot of work on my game and to still spend time with the people that are important to me,” he said.“My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back.”Woods, 39, said he still hoped to play the Honda Classic in Florida, which starts on February 26. That was his next scheduled start.“But I won’t be there unless my game is tournament-ready,” he said. “That’s not fair to anyone. I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon.”– Career-low ranking –Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the record of 18 majors held by Jack Nicklaus, carded an 82 in the second round at Phoenix on January 30, missing the cut by 12 strokes.He endured another setback last Thursday at Torrey Pines, where his eight titles include his most recent major — the 2008 US Open.Woods, who could be seen grimacing and rubbing his back during the round, was two-over for the day and well off the pace when he spoke to his playing partners and walked gingerly away, hopping onto a golf cart to the parking lot and departing.He said his back stiffened up during the morning fog delay and “just never loosened back up again.”Woods, whose world ranking is his lowest since he turned professional in 1996, said last week his back trouble felt different from the pain he dealt with early last year, when he opted for surgery to ease a pinched nerve and missed the Masters and US Open while recovering.He made his return in June, missing the cut in the US PGA Tour’s National at Congressional and finishing equal 69th at the British Open — the worst 72-hole major finish of his pro career.Overall, in six PGA Tour events since he returned to competition at the National, Woods has missed three cuts — including at the 2014 PGA Championship — and withdrawn twice.“Next week I will practice at Medalist (Golf Club) and at home getting ready for the rest of the year,” Woods said. “I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game.”The first major of 2015, the Masters, will be held at Augusta National April 9-12.Woods has won the Masters four times, but has never donned a green jacket without first winning a tournament earlier that season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LOS ANGELES, February 12- Fallen world number one Tiger Woods is taking a break from tournament golf in a bid to get his faltering game back in shape after the worst round of his career.In a statement posted on his website, Woods said the last fortnight — which included a disastrous 82 at the Phoenix Open and a mid-round withdrawal at Torrey Pines — had been “very disappointing.”