The Central Housing and Planning Authority is currently constructing a total of 10 elevated two-bedroom houses at Onderneeming, West Bank Demerara, which are expected to be completed by April, according to the engineer.The houses under constructionEngineer Darron McKinnon said that there were four contractors executing works on the 10 houses. He noted that on account of the rain, the three-month contract had to be extended with the new completion date being April month-end.He explained that the houses measured 30x20ft with approximately 670 square feet of livable space. McKinnon added that they were monitoring construction closely and testing all materials to ensure that they were up to standard.The cost for one of the houses is $8 million – $7.5 million for the structure and $500,000 for the land.Additionally, CH&PA Chief Executive Officer Lelon Saul said as part of the 2018 programme, the Housing Authority expected to allocate some 1000 service lots across the country namely at Linden, Cummings Lodge, and Perseverance.“We have 10 of 19 houses under construction. It is from part of our 2018 target. In 2018, CH&PA will be delivering 247 house units across the country. In addition, 750 houses will be delivered via public-private partnership,” he noted.While on a tour of the site, Director of Projects, Omar Narine noted that the La Parfaite Harmonie Housing Scheme is one of the largest housing schemes in the country with more than 8000 lots compassing six plantations of which Onderneeming is one.“Right now, we are doing 10 units and a potential nine units to commence in the next two weeks. Those units will be two and three bedrooms, the flat version of this (elevated) option, but those options will be two and three bedrooms, 600-900 square foot,” he explained.Some 758 housing units (530 duplexes and 228 townhouses) will be built under this Government to maximise land use and increase affordability, while building cohesive communities in 10 locations across six regions. The construction of the houses is part of the Government’s plan to make affordable housing available to every citizen, particularly Public Sector employees and youths.In May, the CH&PA held its inaugural Housing Expo in its Model Village at Perseverance on the East Bank of Demerara. The Housing Authority is expected to construct an additional 40 duplexes at Perseverance with each apartment costing $7.1 million inclusive of the cost for the house lot.CH&PA Director of Operations, Denise King-Tudor said that for persons to qualify for the houses, they must have an active application in the system and have an interview to be prequalified. Upon completion of that, they will be issued with a letter to take to their preferred financial institution for a loan prequalification, and would be placed on the waiting list.“Once we are ready and you are selected, then you will be required to pay the initial deposit and the initial deposit is dependent on the amount that the applicant have been prequalified for by the banks,” she noted.
With pollution taking its toll presently on the environment, resulting in more frequent flooding as a result of clogged drains and canals, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reiterated the importance of having the ban on single-use plastics implemented sooner than later.In an interview with Guyana Times on World Environment Day, Executive Director of the agency, Dr Vincent Adams explained that the EPA has been in consultations with international agencies in this regard.“We’re still working on it in partnership with others too. Of course, you know we have been going to international meetings and conferences with the international communities under the United Nations etcetera but we are putting together a programme and a plan for it and again, all of that is going to be built into our entire strategic plan for the agency in terms of work,” he explained.According to him, the ban on single-use plastics is critical at this point as is a second look at what mercury is doing for the environment.He intends to have a microscopic view of what the effects of these and other contaminants are.When asked how soon can the ban implemented, the Director said he chooses to be “realistic”, saying “in a few years”.Adams reminded that consultations must be held with Guyanese before such a step is taken. He stated that “There are commitments and I don’t wanna say next year. I would like for it to be as soon as maybe next couple of years or so but we’ve got to be realistic here too. It’s not as simple as saying ‘okay you’re going to ban it.’ What are you going to put in place after you ban it and how it’s going to impact business, so there are all kinds of complexities but of course we are doing everything possible to make it happen as soon as possible.”Last April, the then Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at a post-Cabinet press conference announced Government’s position on ending of the use of plastic bags across Guyana.He explained that plastic is a problem across the world and Guyana, for its part, was not exempted from the consequences of this pollution.“Cabinet agreed that the matter had to be addressed if we were truly committed to the tenets of our Green State Development Strategy… It was further agreed that the Government would adopt and institute measures to minimise the use of plastic and propose appropriate legislation to give effect to these measures,” he had explained.According to Harmon, a Cabinet memorandum was prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency in this regard.Providing a timeline, Harmon was optimistic that the ban could be pulled off by the year 2021.“The intention is not going to be immediate, but they are basically going to get people, over time, to wean themselves off of plastics. There are six supermarkets that have indicated willingness to work with the EPA that they start to reduce… the use of plastic bags.”The implementation of this initiative comes at a time when Guyana happens to be one of the countries in the Caribbean that is mostly affected by plastic pollutants.In Guyana, plastic articles, specifically plastic bags, have been the reason for clogged drains, trenches and canals and have oftentimes resulted in flooding over the years. As though a precursor to banning plastic, the Government took a decision to place a ban on styrofoam back in 2016, after much contention.
…says Essequibo still to record a successful conviction for 2019Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-HackSexual offence cases continue to dominate the courtrooms across the country and although there are notable increases in convictions nationwide, the county of Essequibo (Region Two) is yet to record a successful prosecution in this regard for 2019.According to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack, since the commencement of the year, there has been a 32 per cent conviction rate for the county of Demerara and a 12.5 per cent conviction rate in Berbice.However, earlier this year, the 2019 February Criminal Assizes got off to at the High Court in Essequibo where some 81 cases were listed to be heard. Sex-related offences accounted for 44 of these cases.Rape of a child under 16 years heads the list of sex-related offences, accounting for 31 of the 44 cases.Thus far, there has been zero conviction in Essequibo. Nonetheless, the DPP acknowledged that with the advent of the Sexual Offences Court in November 2017, much work has been done to have such cases dealt with in Demerara.It was also noted that in the June 2019 Assizes for Demerara alone, there were 177 cases for sexual offences, out of a list of 301 cases. Of these 177 sexual offence cases, 126 are for children, either sexual activity (no penetration) or rape (penetration).“The counties of Demerara and Essequibo have more sexual offences listed to be heard (for 2019) and they are on an average 55 per cent of the cases on the list…it is important for us to consider the jury’s reaction as this sometimes is indicative of the thinking and attitude of our people towards sexual violence in the society. For 2016, there was an average 10 per cent conviction rate, 2017 there was an average 25 per cent conviction rate and in 2018 there was average 60 per cent conviction rate”.Zeroing in on the prevalence of sexual offences committed in Guyana, the DPP highlighted that statistics reveal that in 2018, of 922 cases listed to be heard, there were 618 sexual offence cases.“The conviction rate in 2018 for Demerara, there were 37 cases and 23 of those cases, there were convictions. Ten acquittals and four hung jury. That was 62.1 per cent conviction. In Berbice, there were nine cases and six convictions out of the nine and three acquittals that is 66.6 per cent. Essequibo: seven cases, one conviction, five acquittals, one hung jury and that is 14.2 per cent”.She reiterated that over the past three years, sexual offence cases continue to account for the majority of cases heard in the courts.“In 2017, the sexual offences cases on an average comprised of about 55 per cent of the cases listed. In 2018, an average 60 per cent of the cases listed. And in 2019 an average of 55 per cent of the cases listed to be heard”.In 2016, there was a two per cent conviction rate of all sexual offences cases in Demerara. In 2017, there was a 27 per cent conviction rate, and last year, there was a whopping 62.1 per cent conviction rate, she stated.The Sexual Offences Act of 2010 stated that a sexual offence is any sexual violation on an individual that includes rape, and any other form of sexual assault, such as touching or causing the complainant to touch a third party in a sexual way.
Criminal activities have been prevalent at marketplaces across Georgetown but most of these petty offences have now graduated to gun-related incidents.Chief Constable Andrew Foo explained at a recent press conference that security has always been a concern and during the last few years, most of the persons committing unlawful acts are armed.“Security is always a concern for the constabulary because we have a responsibility, we have a mandate in terms of providing security. Policing have to do with numbers. You have to be able to dominate the ground to deter persons from perpetrating offences…What we recognise is that over the last couple of years is that most of the incidents are committed by persons who are armed and more so gun-related in terms of robberies,” he said.Foo added that there is always a need for patrols and solid presence from ranks because if not, criminal activities will spiral out of control. He established that while robberies and other offences are due to the economic activities at Stabroek and Bourda Markets, it is due to inadequate lighting.“Outside of that, you have to have an established presence either in terms of uniformed ranks or ranks in plain clothes. Unless you have that, you will not [stop] the sort of activity that is happening. The fact is that area is a hub for economic activities and you have persons selling around the clock. If you look at that area, there is need for lighting,” the Chief Constable said.Just recently, a couple of stalls were broken into at the Bourda Market and vendors heavily complained about their losses. However, he informed that those culpable individuals were apprehended and hauled before the court.“A few weeks ago, we’ve had a few stalls that were broken. Fortunately, we were able to apprehend those persons and they are before the court. While we have a limited amount of strength, the strength that we have is in terms of presence.”Last Thursday, a man was caught in the morning hours as he attempted to scale a gate at the Bourda Market. The suspect was spotted climbing over the structure by a rank on patrol and an alarm was raised.However, as the man retreated from proceeding further, he opened fire at the City Constable, who at that time reciprocated with similar actions. This caused the suspect to flee the scene and after a high-speed chase with backup from other ranks, he was apprehended at Hadfield Street and placed in the lock-ups. A search was conducted at the said location, where a pistol and 15 live rounds were discovered.
…say he failed to represent their interest after collecting millions in union dues…hundreds more to be dismissed, economic genocide being committedHundreds of sugar workers and senior persons in the sugar industry are dissatisfied with the way the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) had handled the sudden closure of sugar estates along with severance benefits and other issues relative to the sugar industry, and they are calling on GAWU President, Komal Chand, to resign.GAWU President Komal ChandGuyana Times spoke with several workers in the sugar belt, and they say they felt betrayed when GAWU agreed to accept that only some sugar workers who were dismissed would get their full severance at the end of January.The meeting the workers were referring to was held between the Union and Government on Friday last, to discuss severance. The Union had initially stated its disapproval at having workers receive part of their severance; but at the end of that meeting, Chand was quoted in the press as saying that he was pleased with the outcome, as he noted that the Union is now committed to working with the Administration.A worker from Enmore, who asked not to be named, told this newspaper that the situation in the sugar industry has only worsened under Chand’s leadership. He claimed the Government which owned GuySuCo was committing genocide against sugar workers because with no jobs how will the thousands of workers and their families survive. The sugar worker claimed that Chand has lost his zeal, and cannot now serve the interest of the workers anymore.Another worker pointed out that in fact GAWU did very little for them since the issue of severance is directed by law and not the Union. According to the worker, GAWU should have been fighting for estates to remain open.Another worker noted that Chand, although having been leader of the Union for many years, had presided over the firing of thousands of workers, sending them into hopelessness. He added that having for years collected Union dues, GAWU should have done a better job in representing the workers at their darkest hour.Another former estate worker feels that for GAWU to win the battle in these difficult times the industry faces, the Union would need a new leader; one who has the capacity to represent and deliver.“There are other good leaders in the Union who are being suppressed. He has served his time, and needs to give others a chance to represent the workers. The Union is lacking strong representation with Chand at the helm, and this is the time we need strength to fight,” the worker opined.Contacted for a comment on the workers’ contentions, Chand told Guyana Times he does not in any way feel he has betrayed the workers.More dismissalMeanwhile, several hundred workers who were retained at Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara and Wales estates to work with the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) would soon be made redundant, according to GAWU. This comes mere weeks after hundreds of workers were dismissed and the Government approved supplementary provision to offset partial severance payments to thousands of displaced workers.GAWU claims being informed of this decision by the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. (GuySuCo), and that the workers identified for retrenchment would be notified shortly.These workers were mainly retained as the sugar company was seeking to provide certain services to the NDIA. Unfortunately, an arrangement in that respect has fallen through, and the workers are now facing redundancy.GAWU, on Monday, said further expansion of unemployment in the sugar belt is without doubt making a “really bad situation even worse.” Given the absence of any plans to deal with the fallout from the closure of several estates and the fiasco that has surrounded the workers’ severance payment, this pending retrenchment has been described as “heart-rending.”
Grande Prairie RCMP say they are looking for a missing Grande Prairie man, and are asking for the public’s assistance. Torben Timothy Campbell, 27 years of age, of Grande Prairie was last seen on the morning of October 30th at his residence near 103 Avenue and 105 Street. Later that day (around 4:00 p.m.) via cell phone, Campbell told his girlfriend that he would be meeting a friend that evening. Campbell did not meet the friend, and has not been seen nor heard from since. Campbell is described as:6′ in height; weighs approximately 200 lbs.; bald; brownish/hazel eyes; heavy set.Campbell was last seen wearing:Jeans, cream colored shirt, ball cap. – Advertisement -Police ask if anyone has information regarding Campbell since the last known contact on October 30th, whether it be in-person or via telephone, or knowledge of his current whereabouts, to contact the detachment at (780)830-5700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
TEMPE, Ariz. – Angels manager Mike Scioscia sometimes watches Howie Kendrick swing a bat and run the bases, and all of a sudden it’s 1983 again. That’s how much Kendrick, the Angels’ young second-base prospect, reminds Scioscia of former Dodgers teammate Steve Sax. “There’s definitely some comparisons,” he said. “Both guys worked hard to become good second basemen, both have plus speed, although Saxy might have had more pure speed in terms of stealing a base. And both can hit.” That last part is the reason the Angels are so high on the 23-year old Kendrick and why they let Adam Kennedy leave as a free agent after last season. Kendrick is expected to take over for Kennedy at second, but it’s his ability to produce with the bat that could make him a mainstay in the Angels lineup for years to come. He’ll start the year batting lower in the lineup, but Scioscia envisions him settling in anywhere from second to fifth in the order as his career progresses. “I know the opportunity is there and I want to make good on that,” Kendrick said. “But I just want to work hard and not make them regret any decisions they made. I know I want to play at this level and I know I can play at this level.” Jered Weaver passed his first test of the spring Friday before the Angels played the San Diego Padres. Weaver, recovering from biceps tendinitis, completed a pain-free, 30-pitch bullpen session and reported no problems later. Kendrick, much like Sax, has the ability to hurt opponents with his bat and legs. And, also like Sax, Kendrick is developing into an adept second baseman. Sax played 14 years in the big leagues and finished with a career batting average of .281. Scioscia sees plenty of similarities between him and Kendrick. “I’m hopeful of being ready by the season opener,” he said. “If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, then I’ll miss a couple of starts and I’m not too worried about it. I’d rather be there toward the end of the season rather than blow it up at the beginning of the year.” vincent.bonsignore @dailynews.com (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Trailing, 35-14, Centennial scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to pull off the upset. Centennial amassed 374 rushing yards and 518 total yards of offense. “That was a great comeback by Centennial,” South coach Josh Waybright said. “My hat’s off to them.” White had 174 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns for South, but he had three costly fumbles, each of which resulted in scores for Centennial. Smith rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. South led, 28-14, at halftime and seemed to take control of the game early in the third quarter. Brett Campbell picked off Theron West to give South the ball deep in Centennial territory, and Will Brown threw a short touchdown pass to White to give the Spartans a commanding 35-14 lead. (4-4, 2-1) After Centennial cut South’s lead to 35-27 late in the fourth quarter, John White fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Centennial recovered and cut the lead to 35-33 on Dayvonte Smith’s 3-yard touchdown run. Centennial missed the two-point conversion. South (4-4, 1-2), which has lost four of five since a 3-0 start, was forced to punt on its next possession, and Smith returned it 82 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:12 remaining. “This was the biggest win in the history of Centennial,” Coach Aaron Craver said. Centennial switched gears, inserting Chris Smith at quarterback. Smith rushed the ball 13 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and also threw for 80 yards on 6-for-8 passing and another touchdown. Centennial quickly cut the score to 35-21 on a 46-yard run by Smith. White then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which was recovered by Centennial. Centennial then scored on a 13-yard run by Smith to make the score 35-27 as the extra point was missed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PIONEER LEAGUE: Apaches rally for landmark victory against Spartans. By Geoffrey Nielsen CORRESPONDENT South Torrance had never lost to Centennial in the 50 years the school has been in existence. That all changed on Friday night as Centennial defeated host South, 40-35.
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