first_imgA Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman has said that the Education Ministry is yet to send a file or a list of documents over to the Police with information regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct over at The Bishops’ High School.Teacher Coen JacksonThis comes days after the Education Ministry claimed that it sent a file to the Police after it would have completed its investigations into the allegations.On Friday when Guyana Times contacted the Commander for an update on the investigation, he said, “The only thing we got is a call from the Minister telling us to go ahead with the investigation…they have not sent any file or a list saying that this is the information we have.”He, however, noted that the Police were in the process making contact with victims to receive their testimony, but they were yet to contact the implicated teacher, Coen Jackson, about the allegations.Meanwhile, the Bishops’ High School Old Students Association (BHSOSA) has decided to offer mentoring and counselling for psychological trauma to students and teachers at the institution in light of the damning allegations of sexual misconduct at the school. The decision was taken at the BHSOSA’s extraordinary meeting on Tuesday last.Education Minister Nicolette HenryThe Association, in a statement, revealed a number of recommendations it would be collaborating with the administration to implement. In addition to counselling, the body would also be collaborating with the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA): to train teachers how to handle complaints of abuse, particularly sexual abuse; sensitise the male students of the school about sexual harassment, abuse, gender equality and ethics; and facilitate sensitisation sessions to equip students with the necessary information on abuse and the process of reporting any act of abuse or victimisation.Commander Marlon ChapmanThe BHSOSA is also working with the administration to implement an anonymous reporting system and for the adoption of a child protection policy within the school.“BHSOSA unequivocally condemns any act of sexual misconduct and abuse against students in and out of The Bishops’ High. We recommend that the Ministry of Education immediately commissions an inquiry into the issue of sexual misconduct, abuse and subsequent reporting in the school and that policies and protocols are put in place to ensure that such behaviour is eliminated and students are encouraged to report such matters without fear of ridicule or repercussion,” the statement said.“BHSOSA thanks the general public and interest groups for their concern with the safety and well-being of the students of The Bishops’ High School and requests their continued support as we seek justice for victims of abuse,” the statement concluded.Jackson is accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher when he began grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 – the legal age of consent. He has vehemently denied the accusations, but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are both in their early 20s.last_img read more

first_img…female driver in custodyThe intersection where the East Bank Demerara Highway meets the Access Road at Houston near Rahaman’s Park has recorded another accident, but in this instance, a motorcyclist was killed.While information surrounding the cyclist’s demise was sketchy, he has been identified as 22-year-old Owen Carrington of Issacs Street, Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara.From preliminary reports obtained, he died instantly as a result of the impact.Motor cycle CJ 3815 minutes after the accidentAccording to reports, the accident occurred just after 13:00h on Sunday, when Carrington, who was not wearing a helmet, reportedly lost control of motorcycle CJ 3815 as he was proceeding north on the eastern carriageway at a fast rate.Reports are that Carrington, a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Private, had been swerving in and out of traffic, and the left side handlebar collided with an unknown vehicle before the Honda motorcycle sped over the road partition and hit motorcarGuyana Fire Service responders checked Carrington for a pulsePPP 5567, causing him to be flung off the motorcycle as it came to an abrupt halt.The female driver of the Toyota motor car, visibly shaken by the ordeal, was questioned by investigators who arrived on the scene minutes after the accident had occurred. The woman, Marrisa Sawh, 27, of Tucville, Georgetown, was driving the vehicle that belongs to her father, Colin Sawh.The Guyana Fire Service ambulance was first on the scene, but those first responders opted against removing the cyclist’s body after they examined him for a pulse. After this ambulance departed, the body of the private was left lying on the road. He was later removed from the scene and was officially pronouncedPPP 5567, reportedly driven by 27-year-old Marrisa Sawh, has been taken into custodydead.Reports are that the man had received multiple extensive injuries, including to his neck and head.Last Tuesday, a major accident was averted after heavy-duty truck GVV 9475 crashed into a lantern post at the corner of Rahaman’s Park in an attempt to avoid colliding with a motorcar. The incident occurred just a short distance away from the new Christmas tree which replaced the one that collapsed recently after vandals had stolen the straps that were holding it up. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

first_imgThe Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) has indicated in its 2017 year-end report that two water taxis will be provided for persons travelling the Rosignol-New Amsterdam route in the Berbice River.The report, which was presented by the General Manager of the T&HD, Marcelene Merchant, indicated that the two water taxis are to be constructed at a cost of $23 million. The vessels will be outfitted with outboard engines.The two water taxis will replace the two that are currently rented to transport passengers across the Berbice River from Rosignol to New Amsterdam and back.last_img read more

first_imgA senior Policeman was arrested following an accident on Saturday afternoon on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.According to reports, the senior Cop, who was the driver of motorcar PWW 5491, was proceeding South along the Linden Highway heading to Georgetown when he lost control of his vehicle. This resulted in a collision with a Police patrol vehicle which was heading in the opposite direction.The Police vehicle which was involved in the accidentAs a result of the impact, the car which the senior Police Officer was driving careened off the road and into trees alongside the highway, before turning turtle and coming to a halt.Two of the three Policemen in the patrol vehicle received injuries and were transported for medical attention. The Policemen were responding to a report of domestic abuse in the Yarrowkabra area and were on their way back to the Police Station when the accident occurred.Instigations into this accident are ongoing.last_img read more

first_imgIn light of recent developments in Region One (Barima-Waini), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is calling for an audit to be done on the digitisation of records at the General Registrar’s Office (GRO).Jagdeo’s comments came in light of recent pronouncements made by Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, who claimed that the process is transparent and one that does not include partisanship.However, the Opposition Leader feels that there might be attempts to fiddle withOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothe registration process at the GRO using the digitization of records as the cover for “fictitious names being registered, which could then be used, (seeing) that it is registered with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).”Jagdeo said he would also urge GECOM to pay careful attention to the issue, because the integrity of that entity’s data base would depend heavily on the source documents being issued by the GRO.“But (it is) not just GECOM that has to worry, but all the foreign embassies and everyone else; because if people have fake Guyanese documents and some of them are not Guyanese, they pass through here and just get the fake documents for the purpose of registration, they can eventually secure passports and a whole range of other documents,” Jagdeo opined.The Opposition Leader is asserting that the integrity of the disgitisation process is vital.“We in the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) are paying careful attention to this, given what has happened historically — that the heavy padding of the voters list with fictitious names was a norm under previous Government sometime back in our history,” Jagdeo recalled.He also reminded that the Opposition is still concerned with the Government’s closeness with groups of people, including Haitians who pass through Guyana. He said that from reports that he has received, these foreign nationals are mainly chaperoned through Guyana by Government officials.“It’s normal for people to transit your country, but they don’t have ministry officials meeting them when they are transiting. They just come in, they get stamp in at immigration and (then) they go out,” he added.Jagdeo said encounters with Government officials and Haitians transiting Guyana’s main port of entry are something that does not look too convincing, and there might be something happening.Region One Chairman, Brentnol Ashley, has only recently raised concerns about the active participation and involvement of Government Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Allen in the affairs and functions of several State agencies and elected bodies in the Region.Ashley complained about MP Allen’s active involvement with the GRO visiting team issuing birth certificates in the Region, and had noted that the MP was not employed at any of those agencies.While Ashley has said he commends the work of the GRO in reaching out to Region One with the objective of ensuring the people of the Region are registered, he has questioned the transparency and equality of treatment due to MP Allen’s apparently being “embedding” in the team’s day-to-day operations and process regarding the issuance of birth registration.Ashley went on to disclose that he has even received reports of Allen personally distributing birth certificates in bulk to people in various communities.With Local Government Elections due this year, birth registration documents are critical for the registration of voters, and in the past, the toshaos and other community leaders had been the ones who worked with the GRO team, since they were knowledgeable about the eligibility of residents in their communities.However, the Regional Chairman pointed out that the fact that “Allen (is) accompanying and directing the GRO team as to who needs birth certificates and subsequent distribution of birth certificates is highly questionable and suspect”.In addition to the MP’s access to such personal and sensitive documents, Ashley went on to highlight that Allen has been distributing pension books, despite the Social Protection Ministry’s objection to anyone other than staff members doing so.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bank of Guyana (BoG) has decided to stop minting the $1 coin, and this could see this currency, first introduced during 1996, being removed from circulation in a few years’ time.A notice from the BoG has said the decision to stop minting this coin is based on the general public’s reluctance to accept it, compounded by the low redemption rates and high production cost.A senior BoG official told Guyana Times that it is costing the bank four times more than the normal cost to produce one coin. In other words, it currently costs the bank $5 to produce one dollar coin.Although the BoG would no longer be minting the dollar coin, this currency would continue to be a legal tender, and would continue to be accepted throughout Guyana. The BoG notice has said that if, for some reason, the $1 coin is not available, payments may be rounded to the nearest $5.The BoG has said it would continue to issue the $1 coin until the stock is depleted, and it will exchange these coins for banknotes. Stopping the dollar coin from circulation is nowhere close to happening, it has said.A local expert in finance and economics told this newspaper that the decision taken by the BoG is a necessary one, and should have been made much earlier.He confirmed what many Guyanese have said over the years: that the $1 coin does not carry any value. In fact, the expert feels that not only should the BoG stop minting the $1 coin, but the $5 coin also.To support his argument, the expert said that coins are also bad for the environment, especially since most of them are metal copper plated. So, reducing the production of metal would be beneficial.Another point he raised is the fact that coins are cumbersome for people’s wallets. And with the transition to credit and debit cards, it becomes even more irrelevant to have those coins around.Guyana currently has one-dollar coins, five-dollar coins and 10-dollar coins in circulation.last_img read more

first_imgThe Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) in its continued staff development drive, conducted a one-day intense training for several categories of employees from various departments.The training was facilitated by National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) officials.The facilitator from GRA going through his sessionRegional Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas disclosed that the training sought to better educate the staff on a number of NIS and GRA matters pertaining to payments, filing of returns and other documents, Government’s two per cent on certain payments among other critically important issues.The REO pointed out that such training is pertinent in ensuring that the employees from the RDC can better serve and respond to the public’s concerns on various matters.“This is part of our efforts to ensure that we become more effective and efficient, thus delivering enhanced service to all. We as a region recognises that if we are going to better serve the public that we must be knowledgeable of all issues, thus better serving those that we come into contact with. As such, as the REO, it’s my responsibility to ensure that optimum training is available to employees so that they can better serve,” she said.Employees representing several departments attended the training, which according to the REO, forms part of the Region’s 2018 focus on enhancing training for staff at all categories. Among some of the departments that staff was drawn from were Education, Accounts, Health, Engineering, Registry, Personnel, NDCs and administration.The Region Four REO noted that such training was executed regularly as they recognised the importance of better educating their employees, who in turn would better educate the public. She promises that they will continue on the path of executing several training forums, noting that each section of the Region has training geared at enhancing the skills and knowledge of every level of employees.“We as a region are responsible in equipping our staff with the right knowledge, skills, and tools to better deliver and that is what I can assure you that I will continue to do as the REO,” she promised.Commenting on the training that was provided, several employees thanked the REO for bringing the training to them, stressing that they were now more equipped to better serve the general public.The staff noted that such an aggressive plan of regular training would certainly boost their efficiency, adding that the public could be guaranteed a better service.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Genevieve Allen stressed the need for more training, declaring that it all served in better improving the continued quality of care being offered by the Region.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost two years ago, residents on the island of Leguan, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) thought traversing the island would be made easier since sections of their road were resurfaced with asphalt for the first time, but that hope was short-lived when they realised only about 70 per cent of the island’s road would be upgraded.A deplorable section of the roadNow residents are saying the narrow road is rapidly deteriorating with craters spanning the entire width and to depths of almost two feet in some places. The sections of bad road start after Endeavour Village and run to the back of the island.One resident, Vidya (only name given), says her children are the ones who suffer the most, since quite often their school clothes and boots are soiled. She has been living on the island for over 17 years.Another section of the road“When them ready for school them, have to ride in all the mud and them school clothes does nasty and all them boots. I like fuh see if somebody can come in and look at it. Now them get plenty car and tractor does run here and that’s why the road ah bruck up so them got fuh give we better road here, man,” she said.Vidya is the mother of three children, two of whom attend the East Leguan Primary School in Endeavour, which is some distance away from their Canefield Village home. She said because she has to take care of her youngest, the older two would ride to school and when it rained, the mud would splatter them all over. This causes the teachers to fret about their untidy appearance, hence the reason she believes the road should be fixed as soon as possible.Another resident, Bharrat Narine told Guyana Times that the road was in need of urgent repairs, but posited that those repairs would be useless unless the issue of the sea defence was addressed.Vidya“This road cannot be fixed unless we do the sea defence because if you do this road is like best you nah do am. When the spring (tide) water come, it run off the (sea)wall clean and bottom it does undermine the land so the road will bruck up. The sea defence got to build first and then build the road. I see them bring some boulders and stone to fix the seawall, but nobody nah tell we nothing,” Narine said.The man said the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) was silent on those issues and called on the relevant authorities to have them addressed. He noted that with the current effects of climate change and rising sea levels, the integrity of the island must be safeguarded and to do so, they needed proper sea defence mechanisms to withstand the tide.Bharrat NarineIn the latter part of 2016, the Public Infrastructure Ministry repaired sections of the road within the island but skipped certain parts. It is those parts that the residents are calling for to be repaired. The call is prevalent among taxi drivers and minibus operators, since their vehicles are being damaged, costing thousands of dollars in repairs. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

first_imgClose to 100 workers of City Hall on Monday morning joined forces as they protested the non payment of NIS and other related issues.The details of this and other stories can be found in the Tuesday, August 21, 2018 edition of the Guyana Times Newspaper.last_img

first_imgPresident David Granger on Friday swore in Petronilla Browne-Stewart as Registrar for the Public Service Appellate Tribunal with the charge that she must discharge her duties with competence, efficiency and fairness.During the simple ceremony held at State House, President Granger reminded of the provisions of Article 215 A (1) of the Constitution of Guyana which states that, “Parliament may, by law, provide for the establishment of a public service tribunal…” The tribunal was established by the Public Service Tribunal Act 1984. The Act empowers the tribunal to hear appeals from any decision of the Public Service Commission in respect of appointment by promotion of any person to a public office and exercise of disciplinary control over any person holding or actingThe new registrar for the Public Service Appellate Tribunal signing her oath of office before President David Granger on Fridayin any public office.The Act also provides for the appointment of a registrar who shall be the chief executive officer of the tribunal. A vacancy had arisen for the position of registrar and that vacancy has been filled.“The Public Service Appellate Tribunal safeguards fairness and promotes meritocracy and professionalism within the public service by providing an inexpensive and quick means of justice for public servants aggrieved over promotions and disciplinary actions by the Public Service Commission. The Public Service Appellate Tribunal was reconstituted on May 17, 2017 after an absence of more than two decades. The tribunal provides recourse to public servants who feel aggrieved by decisions of the Public Service Commission. Aggrieved public servants, prior to the reconstitution of the tribunal, were forced to seek redress through the courts,” the Head of State is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.The Head of State also noted that the work of the Public Service Appellate Tribunal must be enhanced by a competent and efficient registrar.last_img read more