World Bank team to draft Systematic Country Diagnostic for Guyana

first_imgA team of specialists from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group met earlier today with Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence to gather information deemed critical to the development of a Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) for Guyana.This is in keeping with the World Bank’s 2030 goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity in every country.Recognising the importance of public health in any country’s development, the team of specialists engaged Minister Lawrence on matters pertaining to the sector.Johannes (Han) Herderschee, Senior Economist of the World Bank Group for Latin America and the Caribbean, explained that the initial meeting with theWorld Bank officials: Senior Strategy Officer of Latin America and Caribbean, Lars Johannes; Senior Economist of the World Bank Group for Latin America and the Caribbean, Johannes (Han) Herderschee; and Programme Leader for Caribbean Countries, Abha Prasad, meeting with Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Mondayminister is to discuss the SCD and to ensure that systems related to public health are taken into consideration.Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) reports are prepared by World Bank Group staff in close consultation with national authorities and other stakeholders. The SCD is a diagnostic exercise to identify key challenges and opportunities for a country to accelerate progress towards development objectives that are consistent with the twin goals of ending absolute poverty and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner.“An SCD sets out what are the constraints in what we call inclusive growth — that’s growth which includes a broad section of society and the bottom 40 per cent of the people — and to design policies and support that could better benefit (the country); and of course health is an important factor of these discussions,” Herderschee explained.Minister Lawrence, in a brief comment to the Department of Public Information, indicated that while the World Bank Team is looking at challenges in the health sector, there is the hope of technical assistance being provided.“I trust that after this deliberation we will be able to have some assistance, technical assistance. You know, one of our top priorities in terms of our challenges is human resources, and retaining those human resources at the highest level,” the Minister said.The SCD is intended to become a reference point for client consultations on priorities for World Bank Group country engagement. As of June 30, 2014, SCDs are required prior to sending a Country Partnership Framework (CPF) to the Board.IFC is a sister organisation of the World Bank, is a member of the Group, and is the largest global development institution.last_img read more

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$209.4M spent on overseas trips for President

first_imgFollowing inquiries from the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic, it was revealed that a total of $209.4 million has been spent by the coalition Government since it came to office in 2015 for the travelling expenses of President David Granger and his entourage.According to information seen by Guyana Times, Granger completed a total of 37 official trips overseas between May 16, 2015 and November of this year. This includes almost a dozen trips overseas in 2015, costing some $57.5 million.In 2016, Granger made eight trips at a total cost of $44.7 million. In 2017, he made a similar number of trips for marginally less – $42.7 million. For the year 2018, the President completed 10 overseas trips, costing $64.4 million. These expenses are outside of the cost of medical attention for the President.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, in whose name the questions were originally posed, had also questioned what short and long-term benefits Guyana gained from those trips. In his reply, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon related that the trips were for advancing Guyana’s foreign policy objectives.The benefits include, according to Minister Harmon, having Guyana’s territorial case referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and advancing the Government’s much-vaunted Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).“The attendance at the international conferences and meetings provided his Excellency and delegation with an opportunity to bring to the attention of the global community, issues of concern to Guyana.”“Participation in the high-level encounters provided the President with the opportunity to meet world leaders and to discuss ways to elevate our bilateral cooperation programmes,” Harmon stated in correspondence accompanying the data.The Minister noted that besides the territorial case and securing funding for renewable energy projects, Government was able to secure offers in capacity building for the oil and gas sector from various countries.“In 2018, Guyana became a founding member of the International Solar Alliance and will be benefitting from expertise, training and equipment as a result of its membership. Other overseas trips were made to the World Water Forum in Brasilia, as well as the Global Environment Facility Assembly in Vietnam.“It must be recognised that Guyana, as a small member of the international community, must ensure it is represented and its voice heard, if it is to be respected and taken seriously,” Harmon added.Foreign policyA major cornerstone of Guyana’s foreign policy has been its territorial integrity case with neighbouring Venezuela. Since Guyana submitted its memorial on Jurisdiction to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last month, a date was set for the Venezuelan Government to submit its own counter memorial.This was revealed only last week by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, during his contribution to the budget debate. According to the Minister, April 18, 2019 has been set for Venezuela to submit its counter memorial.When US oil giant ExxonMobil announced the first of multiple oil finds in local waters in 2015, Venezuela renewed its claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory. Venezuela has been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil, and has since renewed the claim to the Essequibo region.On January 30, 2018, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres concluded that the Good Offices Process – which the parties had engaged in for almost 30 years – had failed to achieve a solution to the border controversy – and chose the ICJ as the next means of settlement, for which Guyana has long been advocating.Sir Shridath Ramphal and Ambassador Audrey Waddell are assisting Minister Greenidge. The United States has since announced that it supports Guyana’s case.Prior to 2015, the then Opposition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) had constantly criticised Government-funded trips for the President and Government officials.last_img read more

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Senior Govt official reportedly shuts down probe

first_imgShooting of cattleFollowing reports and the launch of an investigation into the shooting of close to one dozen cattle in the backlands along the Upper Corentyne, Berbice, a senior Government official has allegedly intervened and ordered the probe to be halted.According to a senior police official in Berbice, the investigation has been shut down and the suspects have been released from custody.This newspaper understands that Police were placing emphasis on the firearms used in the incident.It had already been confirmed that two different firearms were used to shoot the animals.Previous reports stated that more than one dozen cattle have been shot and killed in the backlands between Number 54 and 58 Villages, Corentyne, Berbice, in the wake of rice farmers complaining that animals have been destroying their crops.Rice farmers have also recently reported that hundreds of acres of rice were being destroyed by cattle on the Corentyne. Both rice and cash crop farmers have been affected by the activities of cattle and other animals. They are contending that the cattle enter the fields at night.Meanwhile, several cattle which were not in the cultivation area died after being fed bran mixed with cement.last_img read more

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Man gets 100 years for killing “Montrose granny”

first_imgTwenty-six-year-old Colin Allen was on Tuesday sentenced to 100 years imprisonment for the murder of Montrose, East Coast Demerara pensioner, Danrasie Ganesh. The sentence was handed down by Justice Navindra Singh after a 12-member jury found him guilty of the heinous crime.Convicted murderer: Colin AllenAllen, also called “Bonus”, formerly of Cemetery Road, Timehri, East Bank Demerara, was accused of murdering the 77-year-old woman on August 1, 2015, in her East Coast Demerara home.The State was represented by Tuanna Harding, Abigail Gibbs, and Teriq Mohamed who argued that the woman, also known as “Carmen” lived alone at Lot 121 Montrose, East Coast Demerara and on the day in question, Allen invaded the property.He reportedly entered that house though a window after which he attacked the woman. During the trial, CCTV footage from Ganesh’s home was tendered into evidence. In the footage, a man was seen in the woman’s house hitting her on the head with a tyre wrench, kicking, and stomping her.Allen later escaped but was apprehended three weeks later. According to a caution statement given by Allen to detectives, he was paid $700,000 to kill the elderly woman and steal documents pertaining to her property.Murdered: Danrasie GaneshFollowing the verdict, Allen’s lawyer Rachael Bakker was reportedly left speechless while the convicted murderer maintained his innocence.With respect to the 100-year sentence, Justice Singh initially gave 60 years to the accused but added another 10 for premeditation, 10 for excessive brutality, 10 for him accepting money to kill the woman, and a further 10 years for being brutal to the woman who could have barely walked.last_img read more

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Guyana has vast untapped resources – US Ambassador

first_img…tells Private Sector potentials are enormousIn a welcome reception hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Guyana Inc for newly-accredited United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch on Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel, the new envoy showered praises on the Chamber for the rapid growth it has made since its launch last year and said she was thrilled to engage with it immediately.US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch addressing a large crowd of Private Sector representatives, politicians and entrepreneurs on Tuesday at the Marriott, with President of AMCHAM, Zulficar Ally at the backGlobally, AmCham promotes and creates bilateral trade, business opportunities, and partnerships. And the US Ambassador said these objectives are among top priorities for her mission. “So, it is very gratifying to have a local partner committed to the same goals. We see a long future of continued economic cooperation between the United States and Guyana and we will do all we can to expand economic opportunities and promote growth across all sectors,” she stated.Ambassador Lynch pointed out that Guyana’s Private Sector is carving out its role in a new and exciting era in the country’s development trajectory. Lynch said AmCham-Guyana has already had several notable successes, from taking the organisation from a mere idea to an official affiliate in record time and exponential growth of its membership since its August 2018 founding.“…to its already diverse and impactful civil engagement, AmCham-Guyana has shown that it intends to be an active stakeholder committed to seeing growth and development in Guyana. Both American and Guyanese companies will benefit from the dedication and commitment of this organisation, as will the people of Guyana and the United States,” she added.The Ambassador also highlighted another collaborative effort from this year between Guyana’s Private Sector and the US Embassy. Last June, the Private Sector became part of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (or OSAC) by setting up its own Country Council. These councils focus on issues, including business and information security, as well as intellectual property rights.“What initiatives like AmCham, and OSAC show is that Guyanese businesses and entrepreneurs are being pro-active in positioning their country to engage successfully in the global business environment. The Private Sector is not only reaching out and building linkages and cooperation with businesses and organisations across the world, it is also looking at how to become more competitive and develop strong and innovative local content for emerging markets. For this, I commend you,” the newly appointed Ambassador said.Meanwhile, President of AmCham-Guyana, Zulficar Ally, in his address to the gathering noted that the organisation now has 45 active members and seven committees through which members can participate. Further, AmCham is also an associate member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean, which received the fattest acceptance in history.Ally revealed that partnerships between local companies and that of the United States have already begun to bear fruit. In addition to that, AmCham has also made significant stride in ensuring that it is becomes a diversified and gender neutral organisation.Oil sectorWith the recent oil discoveries, now totalling an estimated 5.5 billion barrels, and which have catapulted Guyana onto the global stage; Lynch said the country’s economy is much more than oil. This, she said, is evident in the fact that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has seen positive growth for at least the last 10 years.Lynch said foreign investment is likely to greatly increase in the coming years. “Guyana has vast untapped resources, so the potential is enormous. Together with sound democratic governance and an independent and active civil society, the Private Sector here has the opportunity to thrive, and Guyana has the opportunity to become one of the wealthiest countries in the hemisphere.”The US envoy also commended the move being made to establish a Sovereign Wealth Fund. She said no matter what the future holds for the law itself, having a Sovereign Wealth Fund in place from the first day of production is needed to protect 100 per cent of the people’s patrimony. This includes not only profits from the oil that has already been discovered, but also from new discoveries.However, Lynch also said prudent management of incoming revenues will ensure that investments by the Government in its people do not simply last for as long as oil is pumped out of the ground, but beyond that, for the next 30, 50, even 100 years, through the creation of diverse new industries and projects.last_img read more

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Canadian High Commissioner underscores acceptance of elections result

first_imgCanada Day 2019As Guyana prepares to head for the polls, Canada is also following with their elections in October, prompting the High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjee to underscore some outcomes which should prevail.Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo shares a photo moment Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjee during Canada Day celebrationsDuring the celebration of Canada Day 2019 on Monday evening, the Diplomat pointed out that election preparations are underway in Canada, and are being overseen by an independent body that is unaffected by political parties or government .“Speaking of elections, there is one coming up in a few months. Election preparations are currently underway by an independent, non-partisan body answerable to parliament and not to Government or any political party. Naturally, I’m speaking of our Canadian election,” Chatterjeet positioned.President David Granger with Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjee shares a toast on MondayElections Canada is the agency responsible for these arrangements and reports directly to the Parliament, somewhat similar to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). She hinted that while it is uncertain who will prevail, there will be a “clash” of policies. But the final proclamation will not resort to violence.She said, “It is still early to know who will form Government in Canada’s nest elections. There will be a clash of policies and ideas but there will be no clash of fists. When the election is decided, there may be tears but there will be no violence. I can guarantee you that whoever loses will accept it as the will of the people.”The High Commissioner asserted that there were differentiating factors of race religion and ethnicity in the past but it was bridged by consensus and led the way for the country’s success.“We are not better than you and we’re certainly not perfect. Canada’s independence was forged by brokering among very distinct regions, ethnicities and religion. Consensus and compromise are hallmark Canadian values and led the way to Canada’s success.”On another note, the Canadian envoy reminded of their support towards Guyana, dating back to 1964 and before the massive oil discoveries.“We were here when you had no oil. We have accompanied you in all stages of your development when very few were here to support you. We are not your donor. We are your partner and you can continue to count on Canada as we cultivate our gardens of liberal democracy,” the diplomat expressed.In response, President David Granger mentioned the respect for internal affairs and sovereignty which has existed between the two nations.“Guyana and Canada have founded their friendship on the principles of mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for international law and treaties and the maintenance of international peace and security. Guyana acknowledges, and expresses its gratitude to Canada, for its strong support for our sovereignty and territorial integrity over the past five decades,” the Head of State said.He added, “Canada has provided assistance to Guyana in a wide range of fields including education, the environment and climate resilience, indigenous peoples’ development, governance, justice administration, public administration, private sector development, social development and of course, support for the National Assembly. Canada has been a leader in the global efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. It continues to provide support to small states seeking to build greater environmental resilience.”Guyana is on the brink of an unsteady political climate ever since the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Tuesday threw out Government’s arguments, ruled that the No Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018 was indeed validly passed.The Court found that 33, and not 34 as the Government and supporters have argued, was the majority the Opposition needed out of 65 Members of Parliament (MPs) to pass the motion.last_img read more

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Region 5 farmers sue Govt over revoked land leases

first_imgA group of West Coast Berbice rice farmers has filed another lawsuit, this time against Government after it was recently announced that President David Granger has ordered the cancellation of their land leases.The Region Five rice farmers who filed the lawsuitLast year farmers Phillip Johnson, Rupert Blackman and Rawle Miller had filed legal action against the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary/Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA), challenging the cancellation of State Land Leases in Rear of Seafield, West Coast Berbice. The farmers claimed that the leases were granted by former President Donald Ramotar and only the Head of State has the right to make such a cancellation.After months of hearing, former Chief Justice Ian Chang in February quashed the cancellation of the leases in favour of the farmers.However, the farmers said they were subsequently informed by General Manager of MMA/ADA Aubrey Charles that President Granger has cancelled their leases. They referred to a notice that was published in Stabroek News on 18 March under the heading “Cancellation of State Land Leases Seafield and No. 40 Villages, West Coast Berbice”.The publication stated: “Notice is hereby given that His Excellency, the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana has cancelled all State land leases as described in the Schedules.” According to the three farmers, their leases were among those published in the two schedules.This caused Johnson, Blackman and Miller to file another Motion, this time challenging the President’s revocation of their leases. The court action was filed in the Constitutional and Administrative Division of the High Court on Wednesday and names the Attorney General and MMA/ADA respondents in the matter.A date is yet to be fixed for hearing of the matter.In the Motion, the farmers are asking the court to grant a series of orders by declaring that the cancellation of the leases of “State Land for Agriculture Purpose issued under Section 3(b) of the State Lands Act, Chapter 62:01, and in accordance with the Mahaica/Mahaicony Abary Agricultural Development Authority Act No. 27 of 1977… is contrary to and in violation of Article 142 of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, is unlawful, null, void and of no effect”.They are also requesting the court to declare that, “the decision of the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana cancelling Lease of State Land for Agriculture Purpose… amounts to the compulsorily acquisition of the Applicant’s leasehold interest thereof without the prompt payment of any or adequate compensation as is guaranteed by Article 142 of the Constitution of Guyana”.Additionally, the farmers are seeking damages in excess of $5,000,000 for breach of the Applicant’s fundamental rights and freedoms as guaranteed by Articles 142 and 153 of the Constitution of Guyana.They are also seeking exemplary damages and special damages. Johnson is asking for special damages in the sum of $692,500 and continuing for every rice crop; while Blackman is seeking $619,000 and continuing for every rice crop and Miller, $346,500 and continuing for every rice crop.The three farmers are further seeking a Conservatory Order from the court prohibiting servants and/or agents of the MMA/ADA from entering upon, remaining, occupying or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the Applicants’ quiet and peaceful possession, occupation and enjoyment of their leases, as well as any other such Orders or such Writs and such directions as the Court may consider appropriate for the purpose of enforcing or securing the enforcement of Article 142 of the Constitution of Guyana.last_img read more

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Good news for the Government, bad news for the people – Jaipaul Sharma

first_imgGuyana’s upgrade to ‘Upper Middle Income’ economy…After countless debates on Guyana’s economic growth, a recently released World Bank Classification report has revealed that the country’s economy jumped from being lower middle income to upper middle income from the period July 2015 to July 2016, and Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma has stated that while it is good news for the government, it is bad news for the people.Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul SharmaMinister of State Joseph Harmon“It is good because it shows that the government has gained the confidence of the World Bank and indirectly the international community,” but pointed out that this would negatively impact how the country receives loans and concessions.He stated that Guyana’s interest rate for borrowing will inevitably be higher: “It is good news for the government but bad news for the contractors because definitely the World Bank will say we do not qualify for certain categories of loans and other international bodies will follow suit,” he noted.As of July 1, the World Bank signalled the change in Guyana’s classification, bringing the country up to par with China, Brazil, Jamaica and Venezuela, which recently fell from being a high income country.According to the World Bank, countries are reassigned on July each year, based on the estimate of their Gross National Income (GNI) per capita for the previous calendar year.Meanwhile, income grouping remain fixed for the entire fiscal year, even if GNI per capita estimates are being revised.These countries are classified so that data users can aggregate, and group statistical data of interest, and for the presentation of key statistics. Its main classifications provided are by geographic region, by income group, and by the operational lending categories of the World Bank Group.Economies are divided into four income groupings: low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high, and their Income is measured using GNI per capita, in US dollars, converted from local currency using the World Bank Atlas method.Lower-middle income economies are countries with a GNI per capita of between US$1026 and US$4035. Upper-middle income economies are the ones with between US$4036 and US$12,475, while high income economies are the ones with a GNI per capita of US$12,476 or more.Sharma stated that the government will now be depending on taxpayers’ money to finance their projects. “…and the taxpayers will demand value for their money,” he added.Sharma noted that the main criteria used by the World Bank to determine the economy’s income upgrade is the minimum wage, which is currently at the threshold of $50,000: “We fit the category of an upper middle income economy because when you convert that $50,000 to US and multiply it by 12 you would fit into that category.”While reports are being pedalled that the sudden upgrade to upper-middle income is due to the discovery of oil offshore Guyana, Minister of State Joseph Harmon stated that the report might not have anything to do with the discovery since the country is not reaping any benefits as yet.“Production hasn’t started, so it cannot be because we found oil. There has to be other factors that the Bank has noticed and took into account when making their assessment,” he said, noting that the Bank is very intense in its analysis while their reports are generally in-depth.Recently, ExxonMobil made a massive discovery of oil and gas offshore Guyana in the Stabroek Block however the International Monetary Fund had suggested that production might begin until the next five years.The discovery, along with the findings of the World Bank has placed Guyana on par with its oil-producing neighbour Venezuela, which was lately lashed with an economic crisis, riots, and food shortage. These factors may have been the reason for the country’s fall from being a high-income economy.Nevertheless, Harmon stated that Guyana has to be mindful and remember that not everyone is enjoying the “sense of improvement”. So, he opined that the greatest challenge is to move the bulk of the people living in “unfavourable” conditions into a better situation, “so that they can be a part of that feel good” state of mind.The majority of Guyana’s economic activity comes from agriculture and natural resources sectors. In 2015, the agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining industries accounted for 28 per cent of total Gross Domestic Product, while bauxite, sugar, rice, gold and timber made up 83 per cent of exports.last_img read more

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Mother of 5 found dead, reputed husband implicated

first_imgBy Ashraf DabieThe reputed husband of a mother of five was taken into Police custody following the death of the woman whose body was found on the East Coast of Demerara on Wednesday evening with numerous injuries about her body.The dead woman has been identified as 38-year-old Janice Edwards, of lot 121, C Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, while her lover was named as King Gerrad.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, the mother of five and her reputed husband were on Wednesday evening proceeding along the UG Access Road, on motorcycle CJ 1830, when the light of an oncoming vehicle forced the man to swerve further, resulting in the motorcycle collided with a pile of mud.As a result of the impact, Edwards was flung off the cycle and sustained severe injuries about her body.The woman was picked up with multiple injuries and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.This publication on Thursday visited the residence of the couple, during which her mother-in-law, Ann Garnette, relayed her understanding of Edward’s demise.Outlining a partially conflicting report from that which was published by the Guyana Police Force, Garnette noted that, “Right through of UG road full of hard mud, and he going and I just hear a message that a car hit he, hit the back of the bike and pitch he off and the two of them lying down on the road.”The mother-in-law further relayed, “Some pick-up (vehicle) then rush she to the hospital cause like he (husband) halla for help.”Continuing on the accident, a family friend of the couple who identified himself as “Buck”, indicated that he was informed of the incident shortly after the duo had left home, early Wednesday evening.Moreover, Buck pointed out what took place after he had rushed to the scene, but indicated that there were no signs of the reputed husband, King Gerrad, when he arrived at scene on the UG road.“By time I left here to go on the scene, it was nothing; no bike, I didn’t see he, I didn’t see she. But I left to come home back and after we reach was made to understand she was at the hospital.”The close acquaintance went on to say, “When we left and go to the hospital, the doctor tell me that there is nothing they could’ve done; before she reach the hospital she done dead already.”Meanwhile, this publication understands that the reputed husband of the now dead woman had fled the scene of the accident and was only discovered after he showed up at the hospital on Thursday morning.This was after Police had ransacked the house of the couple, in search of the then missing man. However, the family members are refuting all claims that foul play was involved.“Because he move off from the scene, people got it looking like it’s a murder but I don’t want people feel it’s a murder,” one close relative declared.The relative justified his statement by positing, “I just assuming based on what people told me and how I go and see the scene that after the accident, he attend to her and realise it was no life so he just panic and he move off the scene.”With that, the relatives of the couple held out that the two had no ongoing disputes and are known to resolve their disputes in a civil manner.Of the five children mothered by Edwards, the duo shared five-year-old twins, while the remaining three were prior to their relationship.The couple had been residing at their Sophia home for about 9 years, at which they operate a vending establishment.Despite the family’s efforts to erase any thought of murder, Gerrad has been implicated in the death of his longstanding lover and mother of his children.As such he was taken into Police custody where he remains as investigations into the matter continue.last_img read more

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Women should not work ‘night shifts’ – Minister Scott

first_img… calls for policy change for female security personnelMinister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott said with goals for national development in the private security service sector, his Ministry is committed to the development of a ‘decent work country programme’.The seminar for security service providers on Thursday, focused on private security services within the area of national development; the role of the security services in safety and the economy; the impact of security services on single mothers and the elderly, as well as the social impact of the security services on men, among other topics.Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith ScottMinister Scott noted that his Ministry is extremely concerned with the work arrangement for female security personnel in the field and the effect it has on single mothers.“Many days when I report for duty, I am pained and grieved to be greeted at 7:30am by a female security officer who had worked the night before.”He continued, “I’m unsure whether or not the private security industry has carefully examined the impact which night work has had and continues to have on women…”“I wish to submit without fear of contradiction that the level of danger to which the family is exposed increases astronomically when that family is headed by one parent only, who happens to be the mother and has to work all night while her children are left unprotected, unsupervised and to the mercies of possible predators,” the Minister stated.Scott believes these are the kinds of danger family members are exposed to when single parents work at night.According to the Department of Public Information, the Minister is calling for the development and implementation of policies to completely prevent women from working night shifts.“We should not wait for indisputable evidence before we seek to minimise or control the level of night work to which our women… are exposed,” he said.last_img read more

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