The construction of some 60 houses at Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) by Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), targeting low-income families is expected to commence within a month.Contractors were allowed to bid for the contract in Linden about a week ago and according to Minister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Yearwood, the project is currently at the tendering stage. Minister Yearwood said 30 flat houses at a cost of $5.1 million and 30 houses on stilts at a cost of $6.1 million would be built.According to the Minister, 128 persons applied for the homes and 60 were pre-qualified by the bank. However, she noted that persons are yet to be shortlisted and this process would be done prior to construction.“Because the bank is asking for us to send those persons in, for them to start processing them…The project is at the tendering stage. The contractors uplifted their bid documents…and the tenders will be opened on the 30th of this month (May). In three weeks’ time after that, we’ll commence construction. The roads are already in place and we’re just ready to go,” Minister Yearwood noted.She added that the homes would be completed in batches and persons would be allowed to occupy them.“As we complete one batch, we’ll allocate the houses, without waiting for the entire construction of the 60 houses before we begin to give occupancy,” she said.The Minister further noted that there was ongoing discussion with the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN), which is currently in the process of constructing a model home at Amelia’s Ward, at the cost of $3.5 million under its own initiative.Minister Yearwood said since not everyone could qualify for the 60 houses, the discussion centred on possible collaboration in constructing the lower-cost homes for persons.She noted that she recently visited the model home, along with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of the Board of LEN.“We met with the inward Investment Manager of LEN, the Chairman and the CEO of the LEN Board. We started discussions and we’re going to follow-up in a week’s time…we are now going to engage LEN, because there are some persons who cannot pre-qualify for the $5.1 million and the $6.1 million homes because of their income. So, that will be the group we’re going to target. But we have not completed any negotiations yet with LEN. We just started the discussion. But it’s more than likely that we’re going to engage LEN on that process,” the Minister said.She added that the Ministry was concerned about all categories of persons in Linden and was committed to providing houses and house lots to the people of Region 10. She stressed, however, that there was currently the issue of squatting in the Amelia’s Ward housing area. In this regard, she said lands would be allocated to those whose homes fall within the boundaries of a house lot; however, for those whose homes fall within the boundaries of a road or straddles two house lots, they would have to make a decision. Minister Yearwood said there were ongoing engagements with such persons in terms of rectifying this situation.
Human trafficking is a widespread plague in Guyana, with cases of such activities increasing every year, particularly involving women. While the country is governed by laws to ensure that victims are protected after being rescued, the institutional capacity to deal with these situations is very weak.Women’s Rights Activist Karen De SouzaThis is according to Women’s Rights Activist Karen De Souza of the Red Thread Group, who told Guyana Times during an interview that there are provisions for victims to access counselling and other assistance to regain their stability, but those provisions must be strengthened to win the battle against the epidemic of human trafficking.“The law has a number of protections in it for persons who have been rescued from a trafficking situation. They have to be given whatever assistance is necessary to get his/her life back together, and that would include counselling; training; assistance to find work; repatriation, if the person is not Guyanese, and so on. In terms of the institutional capacity to deal with all that, I would say that it is very, very weak, and a lot has to be done to build up that capacity,” De Souza said.She declared that financial and human resources are the most important aspects in building capability to effectively support persons who are liberated from trafficking rings. She thinks those resources are presently lacking to ensure that these laws are upheld.“There are a number of areas that need to be looked at more closely in relation to implementation of the law that exists; and the resources also have to be provided for the full implementation of the law, as in how do you support a person that has been trafficked to retake their lives, and put things together for a person to become a free, functioning, and emotionally secure human being. I’m saying we don’t have all those resources at the moment.”She declared that training should not be done with personnel and officers of the Social Protection Unit, but further education should be imparted at schools and in communities. This will ensure that persons are au fait with the dynamics of trafficking, and will be able to make early detections thereof. If a person is rescued from the inception of the trafficking, that person will not require as much assistance as those who have been kept against their will for a longer period of time.De Souza declared, “Training has to be done at various levels. I would say more budgetary resources have to be allocated to implementing the law. I think we have to speak beyond a certain kind of specialty. One of the things that are necessary in terms of public education is to ensure that every school child of a certain age understands what trafficking in persons is. This should extend to the community as well, so persons are on the lookout for behaviour that is clearly trying to recruit unsuspected persons to be trafficked.”She believes that with the introduction of such information in communities, violence will also be reduced.Meanwhile, the activist reiterated that some individuals choose the life of a trafficked person just to provide an income. This revelation speaks to the need for better opportunities for youths, thus preventing their urge to resort to these means.“In an ideal situation, we should have the counselling skills available in every community, and not just for trafficking. There is so much violence in our communities that we have to find some means to address it. Also, we have to look at the prevention aspect; so economic opportunities for young people also needs to be looked at very seriously, so that there is not that push-back. A lot of people are trafficked because they’re looking for some improvement in their circumstances,” she stated.In the past, the Social Protection Ministry had provided training for shelter operators who are exposed to trafficked victims. For 2018 only, some 156 cases of human trafficking were reported in Guyana.De Souza said responsible media reporting and proper Police approach to these matters are also important. After being rescued, some victims are arrested and questioned, instead of being offered counselling and other support mechanisms.“I think it is also true that we have to look more seriously at the ways in which the media report or the language that is used on trafficking. I’ve seen headlines that say persons were nabbed by the Police, and it’s clear that sometimes some of these people are trafficked. ‘Nabbed’ essentially means ‘arrested’, which is absolutely not what the Police is supposed to be doing with a person suspected of being trafficked,” she explained.For the first two months of 2019, eight cases were reported. According to officials, this is a small number when compared to the statistics of cases that remain undetected. In some cases, Venezuelan and other migrants enter the country illegally and seek employment through trafficking.World statistics show that trafficking in persons is among the fastest growing crimes, wherein there are approximately 24.9 million people trapped in its forced labour.
Placing second in the warm and windless race was Pat Ferris, finishing with a time of 26:41 and rounding out third was Roger St. Jean at 27:00.Sarah Webster placed first in the 8 km division, finishing the abbreviated distance with a time of 22:22.This Sunday, the Bike Club will be holding another Cecil Lake time trial, which will begin at 10 a.m. starting from the gravel pit. The race will feature three distances for riders to choose from, including a 100 km, 40 km or 20 km distance.- Advertisement -For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club, click here.
In the past week, while Fort St. John prices went on a bizarre roller-coaster ride, the national average price of gasoline rose slightly by three-tenths of cent to a $101.8 a liter.That’s this week’s sixty city survey average from Calgary based MJ Ervin and Associates.Its now three-fifths of a cent higher than the common local posted price in Fort St. John, which was back to $101.2 by the end of last week, shedding an increase of nearly 9 cents a liter posted earlier in the week.- Advertisement -BCGasPrices.com has the provincial average this morning up to $108.3 about three cents a liter higher than it was at the end of last month and 12 cents higher than a year ago.It also shows the lowest price in the province at 92.4 cents in Cranbrook and the top end price again in Fort Nelson at $118.9.
[asset|aid=3388|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=973fbe0c4827d6d0837f86b76d158409-Clark 2 listening_1_Pub.mp3] Clark says she understands the burdens facing residents of the northeast. The infrastructure in several communities is often not able to keep up with a community’s population growth. Clark brought up the issue of road maintenance and how she has been discussing the better linking of growth in the economy with growth in an area’s road maintenance budget.However, ultimately, she says it’s very important to ensure that all candidates running for the leadership are truthful about what can and cannot be delivered.[asset|aid=3389|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=764e8546e535da26b81c7fb24cc33015-Clark 3 Party Confidence_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Clark is the fourth leadership candidate to visit the Peace River region since Premier Gordon Campbell announced his intention to step down from the position. Kevin Falcon, George Abbott and Mike de Jong all visited Fort St. John in the middle of December. Moira Stillwell and Ed Mayne will be the final candidates to visit Fort St. John. Photo: Christy Clark made a brief campaign stop at the MacLean Family Law office in Fort St. John to speak with a group of residents./Kimberley Molina – Advertisement -One of the people considered a frontrunner in the B.C. Liberal leadership race made a pit stop in Fort St. John, Friday.Christy Clark entered the leadership race on Dec. 8, 2010 and is one of two candidates not to hold a seat in the legislature. The other is the former mayor of Parksville, Ed Mayne.Clark says one of the main focuses of her campaign is opening up the legislature, having government listen to residents and allowing MLAs across B.C. to speak for their constituents.Referencing the MLA for Peace River South Blair Lekstrom and how he spoke out against the HST, she says she admires his courage. She says she feels the provincial legislature should be a place where MLAs should be able to speak their minds, understanding not everyone will agree with everyone else all of the time.One of her biggest goals, she says, is to listen to B.C. residents. Clark says she would hold town hall meetings across the province and actually listen to people’s views, something she admits could be difficult, but would be beneficial overall.Advertisement
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The May 15 runoff election for control of the Los Angeles Unified School District is fast approaching, with the future of the educational system at stake. The candidates and power brokers have yet to come clean on what they intend to do to dramatically turn the district around, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep silent. So speak your mind by going to dailynews.com and clicking on Education Revolution or go directly to insidesocal.com/education, where we will post our editorials, information from our reporters and your comments.
Brian McDermott 1 Brian McDermott is back as Reading manager.The 54-year-old was confirmed as Steve Clarke’s successor on Thursday afternoon on a two-and-a-half year deal.McDermott took the Royals into the Premier League during his first stint in charge but was sacked in March 2013 with the team stuck in the relegation zone.The former Leeds boss had been working as a scout at Arsenal, a role he first took on at Reading in 2000 when Alan Pardew was the manager.He now returns to the dugout for a second spell with the Berkshire club.“I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Brian back,” Reading co-chairman Sir John Madejski said.“He was able to win us promotion to the Premier League before and now it is mission to do it again. I’ve always enjoyed working with Brian, he is a great manager and I wish him every success for the future.” Chief Executive Nigel Howe added: “With a connection to the club that extends back more than 15 years, Brian has an affinity with Reading, the town, its people, the fans and their football team.“His reputation within football is of the highest order and we are delighted to have him on board again. We wish him the very best of luck.”
Harps 17’s manager Declan Boyle will be hoping Liam Walsh can continue his fine run of form tomorrow against Monaghan United.SOCCER: Finn Harps U17’s and U19’s both earned draws last weekend – against Bohemians FC and Derry City respectively. Finn Harps U17’s got a respected draw on Saturday against a very good Bohemians side.Harps went 1-0 up after just 10 minutes, a dangerous cross from Patrick McColgan was played into Dylan McCroary who couldnt get his shot away – but the ball then fell to Ryan Cunningham who slotted the ball in coolly. In the first half Bohemians had a few chances but came very close on the 34th minute when an inviting Corner was attcked by the Bohemians centre half but was somehow cleared off the line by the alert Finn Harps defenders.In the second half Bohemians continued to add pressure and kept on knocking on the door however could not break down harps very solid defence.On the 62nd minute, a Harps counter attacked with Ryan Cunningham, Bohemians who were very short at the back should’ve got a man sent off when Cunningham was brought down from behind just outside the box.The resulting free-kick fell into the keepers hands. Bohemians were then rewarded for their continued pressure when they got a penalty on the 75th minute. The penalty was slotted away very coolly.Harps and Bohemians then both shared shots and chances to win it – but the game finished 1-1.The Finn Harps U19’s came up against Derry City in a derby clash.Harps went 1-0 up after 25 minutes after they won a penalty Declan Sharkey stepped up to slot away the penalty.Both teams exchanged chances however couldnt score. Late on in the game Derry took their chance and Jack Blake blasted in from close range.Harps nearly won the game late on through Sam Murphy, however Derry’s keeper did very well.Harps are now TWO points ahead of Sligo rovers.Finn Harps U17’s play Monaghan United in Gortakeegan this Saturday at 2pm. Finn Harps U19’s fixture with Dundalk has been postponed, due to the fact that Dundalk’s first team are playing in the FAI Cup Final.HARPS 17’S FACE TRICKY ASSIGNMENT AGAINST MONAGHAN UNITED was last modified: November 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bohemiansderry cityDundalk FCFinn HarpMonaghan united
THE GOVERNMENT may have scrapped work for now on the proposed A5 link from Donegal to Dublin – but there is relief tonight after the Government said the long-delayed Emergency Department at Letterkenny General has survived the cuts.There had been fears that the massive cutbacks to public spending could hit health projects throughout the country.But the new Children’s Hospital in Dublin and the Letterkenny General extension will go ahead as planned, the Government announced in its capital projects statement Work on the extension to Letterkenny General Hospital resumed in SeptemberThe €22m extension at the hospital will include a new emergency department and medical assessment unit. It will be completed in March.Work on the overdue project stopped in November last year when the building firm went into receivership.Meanwhile northern minister Sammy Wilson says the A5 is doomed. The six-county government plans to spend money set aside for the project elsewhere. A5 ON ROAD TO NOWHERE – BUT RELIEF AS LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL A&E GETS GO AHEAD was last modified: November 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkenny generalLetterkenny General Hospital
Members of Bundoran Lifeboat Station are hoping to have raised a substantial amount of cash following their annual boat push today.Once again the hardy members pushed a boat push form Ballyshannon to Bundoran.The push started at 12 noon but despite the bad weather there was plenty of people out in force to drop the guys a few euro. As we all know the lifeboat service relies solely on donations from the public to keep them in the water and saving lives on an annual basis.There were plenty of sour hands and feet when the volunteers finished their 10km push.But don’t worry if you didn’t catch them.Anyone who would like to make a donation to help the RNLI crew in Bundoran continue their lifesaving work can contact them via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bundoranlifeboat BUNDORAN REALLY PUSH THE BOAT OUT! was last modified: September 7th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boat pushbundoran lifeboat