Dead miner ID’d as father of 7

first_imgAnother mining accident has left one man dead while another is nursing injuries about his body after aDead: Ricky Hughes1mining pit collapsed at Omai Gold Mine, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). The dead man has been identified as Ricky Hughes, 45, of Lot 90 Glasgow, East Bank Berbice.Reports are the man, who operated an excavator, came too close to the edge of the mining pit it was prospecting, causing the soil to break away.The equipment reportedly landed on its side in the flooded mine pit with Hughes strapped to the driver’s seat. The excavator was completely submerged. Guyana Times understands that the depth of the pit is about 15 feet. After sometime, the now dead man was pulled from the water in an unconscious state but had no visible sign of injuries to his body.He was picked up, placed into a 4Runner and taken to the Omai Airstrip where he was air dashed to Georgetown for medical attention. This publication was told that there were no medical personnel at the mining facility at the time of the incident.The man succumbed while being transported to the city. The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission has launched an investigation into the incident. Heliantha Hughes, wife of the dead father of seven, told Guyana Times that the post-mortem examination revealed that her husband died from drowning.She explained that she left her husband in the interior about two weeks ago to look after some business at home. She said she worked along with her husband in the mining camp for the past two months.They both travelled into the interior in January but only recently, her husband started to operate the excavator at the location where he met his demise. The dead man leaves to mourn his wife, seven children and siblings.last_img read more

Pres. Weah Declares Free Tuition at UL, Tubman U.

first_imgPres. Weah said he will ensure that the grants are used properly. By David S. Menjor and Simeon S. WiakantyStudents of the University of Liberia (UL) and the Tubman University (TU) in Maryland County have all reasons to smile as President George Weah yesterday declared both public universities in the country tuition-free.Amid a thunderous applause in the auditorium of the University of Liberia’s Capitol Hill campus President Weah said considering the constraints students at the public universities face each semester, and the need to push the Pro-poor Agenda through capacity and skills development, it is now the time for students attending the institutions to learn without any worry of tuition.“We will never be successful, as a government, if we do not place more emphasis on the development of our human capital and, as such, we have to invest in quality education,” Weah said.He said as a visitor to the University of Liberia, he is fully aware of the challenges facing the university and now is the right time for the government to turn its attention to the development of the country’s manpower needs.“I, President George M. Weah, on behalf of the Liberian people and the government, therefore declare free tuition at the University of Liberia and other public universities for undergraduate programs,” Weah said amid jubilation from the students of the UL.He said the inability of young people to continue their education is a very serious issue in the country and it is against this backdrop that his government has seen it prudent to invest in order to ensure that young people acquire quality education.In addition to the two universities, Weah also said all community colleges across the country are also included in the free tuition spree.“I personally believe in education. Therefore, I feel that the constant drop out of students from the various schools is counterproductive,” he saidHe said his government, therefore, believes that the time has come to take bold steps to address the perennial problems in the country.Although he did not elaborate in detail, Weah said there is a definite link between an educated citizenry and economic growth and that in view of that the government has decided to build its human capital in order to keep a firm economic growth and make the country a better place.Concerning the hectic moments students have been going through at the University of Liberia to register during each semester, his government recently laid that quagmire to rest by providing the digital means for fast and easy registration of all students as well as administration’s operations.“Over the years, we are aware that students at the state-run university have suffered by standing in a long queue for registration purpose, which was due to a lack of a proper system to effectively and efficiently manage students’ registration processes. And with the school population up to forty thousand students, it has been a serious concern to us,” he said.He added that realizing the critical importance of the digitization system, the CDC-led government included in its scope of decisions, a maximum priority and support earlier this month when he  visited the UL Fendell Campus  to dedicate the newly digitized system that is currently providing easy access to the registration process for students as well as a vital internet access for research purposes.He said he was rising from his office’s seat at the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Friday, October 19, when he heard battle cries and chants from a group of students of the UL who were protesting against alleged attempts by the University’s administration to increase tuition from US$ 4 to US$6 or its equivalent in Liberian dollars. However, he later received information from Norris Tweh, who is Vice President for UL Relations, that there was no increment to the tuition per credit hour.He encouraged students at the University of Liberia and other public schools to always seek common ground with administrations instead of going into the streets to protest.“Let me encourage all students that if there is a problem between the UL administration and the student body, it is important to negotiate rather than to vibrate,” he said.Weah said his government is prepared to allot more funds to education, and it is his hope that the UL will become a proud university among several other universities in the sub-region.When contacted via mobile phone for the Ministry of Education’s impression on the President’s declaration of free tuition education at the UL and other public institutions of learning, Deputy Minister for Administration at MOE, Latim DaThong, said his office will today respond to the President’s statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Youths in Mashabo, Wakenaam and Essequibo Coast benefit from skills training

first_imgSome participants involved in the catering class on Wakenaam IslandIn a move to reduce or possibly eradicate cases of poverty in Essequibo, the Guyana Foundation has been offering a number of training programmes, specifically in Mashabo village, Wakenaam and Zorg-en-Vlygt.These programmes, which include training in fabric design, home economics and cosmetology, represent training of the first of its kind, since they are all being conducted at the same time while being facilitated by different trainers.In the village of Mashabo, situated on the Ituribisi Lake in Region Two, an ongoing fabric design programme is being conducted by Abiola Ulele Garraway, an accomplished craft maker and agriculturalist. Semi-finished products that were made by the participants are already being shipped overseas to have the finishing done.Persons on Wakenaam Island, situated at the mouth of the Essequibo River in Region Three, are benefitting from home economics courses facilitated by Glynis Streete. These courses are being taught with the aim of assisting those participants to become entrepreneurs.Persons residing in Zorg-En-Vlygt village, on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two, are benefitting extensively from a cosmetology course conducted by Gem Britton, a beautician and business owner. The training has seen 24 participants presently, who are being trained to do pedicures, manicures and facials.Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Supriya Singh-Bodden, has said, “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. Our mission is to bring a ray of light into people’s lives; it is up to them to make it burn bright to uplift themselves and their families.”In keeping with its vision, the Guyana Foundation has, over the years, been offering extensive training programmes in a variety of disciplines with the aim of giving persons a chance to learn how to generate income.last_img read more

Security firm accused of not transferring employees’ NIS contributions

first_imgAn employee’s pay slip showing the deduction of NIS contributionsSecurity officers attached to the Radar Security Service and Supplies in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are calling on their employer to pay over monies already collected from their salaries to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).The officers, who asked not to be named, told Guyana Times that since the Radar Security Service and Supplies took over the Security Service from Home Safe Security in December 2017, no NIS contribution was paid although $3427 is being deducted from their salaries as NIS contributions.A visit to the local NIS branch in Anna Regina confirmed the security officers’ story. According to an official, there is no record showing payment made by Radar Security for the employees who spoke with this newspaper.With this revelation, the officers are calling on the Labour Department within the Social Protection Ministry to investigate the issue since some of them will be reaching the age of retirement shortly and are afraid that they will not have enough contributions to warrant NIS benefits.The workers said that they depend on their monthly salaries to survive and upon retirement, they are looking forward to receiving their NIS pension.One worker feels that they were robbed and that the company should be charged for forgery on the grounds that they have been deducting monies for NIS contributions and none was paid over.He noted that it has come to a point in Guyana where no one cares for the working class who struggle to earn an honest dollar to maintain their families.When contacted, officer in charge of the Essequibo Coast branch, Clement Ross said that the local office is not doing the accounts. He added that he is certain that employees’ NIS contributions are being paid in Georgetown. According to Ross, a few months may be outstanding but the company is paying NIS for all of its employees at its head office in Georgetown.last_img read more

Govt submitted deficient feasibility study – CLE President

first_imgLocal law schoolWhile President David Granger on Friday impressed on the Council of Legal Education (CLE) the need for a local law school, Council President Reginald Armour has noted that Guyana’s feasibility study is deficient, and more work has to be done.On the sidelines of the ceremonial opening of the CLE meeting at the Marriott Hotel on Friday, Armour was asked for an update on the feasibility study the Guyana Government did into a local law school.The report and business plan were submitted weeks ago by Guyana’s Government. Armour explained that a subcommittee looked at the report. However, he revealed that the study does not sufficiently address concerns regarding quality assurance and the curriculum.“A subcommittee has looked at that feasibility study. We’ve met with theCLE President Reginald ArmourGovernment of Guyana feasibility study committee. We did that (earlier) this week. We’ve expressed certain concerns we have, to do with the fact that the feasibility study does not sufficiently address quality assurance, curriculum and the proposal of a school at the moment is not compliant with our treaty,” Armour said.“And we’ve asked the Government of Guyana to do some work and come back to us. They’ve agreed to that. I’ll be discussing that with Council this morning and out of that decision from Council, I expect the most that will happen is that we’ll fix a timetable to continue discussions with the Government of Guyana.”Armour assured that territories in the Caribbean region are not necessarily barred from establishing their own law schools. But he noted that it’s another matter when the Council has to give its approval.“There’s nothing to exclude any country from having a law school. If they then come to the Council of legal education and say would you approve our law school, we then have to do a number of quality assurances and curriculum monitoring tests to ensure it reaches the standard that we adhere to. (But) all possibilities exist and that’s what we’re discussing this morning.”Improved legal educationPresident Granger who gave the feature address at the ceremony, meanwhile noted the crucial role of the Council of Legal Education. But he reminded the attendees of the need to improve access to legal education throughout the region, including Guyana.“The Council’s contribution to the Caribbean jurisprudence is undisputable. The Council, however, should seek new ways of improving access top and delivery of affordable education, to all corners of the Caribbean.”“There’s much work to do for the Council to improve access. These measuresAG Basil Williamsshould include, if necessary, embracing new technologies which support their objectives. It should also ensure that non-discriminatory admissions to the regional law schools are (pursued),” President Granger said.The Hugh Wooding Law School takes in 25 Guyanese law students each year. Granger made it clear to the Council that Guyana’s demand for lawyers cannot be satisfied with the quota in place.During his address, Granger noted the importance of improving overall access to legal service. According to the President, legal aid programmes will be rolled out in previously underserved areas.“Legal Aid services need to become regionalised. The support for the criminal justice programme will soon facilitate the provision of Legal Aid services to many of our hinterland communities. Access to the courts is being enhanced with new magisterial districts and specialised courts.”“Two new magisterial districts; the Upper Demerara Magisterial District Court and the Rupununi Magisterial District Court were commissioned over the past year. The establishment of these district courts reduces the need for residents to travel out of their home regions to access legal services,” the President outlined.It was only a few days ago, ahead of Guyana’s hosting of the three-day meeting of the CLE, that Williams had given all assurances that the path was cleared for the establishment of a local law school in Guyana.last_img read more

NLC’s Energy House achieves LEED Platinum certification

first_imgThe Energy House was completed in April 2011 after construction began in November 2009, thanks to $7.8 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. It was built to LEED Platinum standard, which is the highest in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building rating system, using “low-emitting materials” and mostly construction waste diverted from landfills. “Receiving LEED Platinum certification for Energy House is a very proud achievement for Northern Lights College,” says NLC’s Regional Facilities Manager Murray Armstrong. “Earning Platinum status involved the hard work of dozens of people at the College to create and execute the plan to build Energy House.” The multi-use facility produces all of its electricity and heating needs through a wind turbine, solar panels, biomass, and geo-exchange systems, among other features like a permanent carbon dioxide monitoring system and automatic lighting controls. The wastewater generated by the building has been reduced by 92 per cent, and a recycling system is in place. – Advertisement -“Platinum status is more than just building a good structure,” adds Armstrong. “It also involves changes and shifts to cultural norms around the College, such as having smoking areas a minimum 7.5 metres away from entrances, windows or air intakes, and includes such things as having designated car pool parking spots.” There are six categories evaluated when assessing a building’s process, and a minimum of 52 points is required for Platinum status. The Energy House received 56.Advertisementlast_img read more

Salah, Can, Sturridge keep Liverpool on course

first_img0Shares0000Salah gets down to his knees after diverting Trent Alexander-Arnold’s near-post cross beyond the Maribor goalkeeper. Photo/DMLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 1 – Second-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge moved Liverpool closer to the Champions League knockout phase after the five-time European champions beat Maribor 3-0 on Wednesday.Liverpool had crushed Maribor 7-0 in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, but had to be content with three goals at Anfield as the Slovenian champions belatedly tightened things up at the back. Victory, coupled with Sevilla’s 2-1 defeat of CSKA Moscow, left Liverpool a point clear at the top of Group E, keeping their hopes of a first appearance in the knockout rounds since 2008-09 in their own hands.Jurgen Klopp’s side, who also saw James Milner squander a penalty, visit Sevilla on the next match-day later this month before closing the group stage at home to Spartak in early December.Klopp’s plan to rest Jordan Henderson had to be rethought in the 17th minute when Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum turned his right ankle, which brought the Reds skipper into the fray.With Maribor defending deep in a 5-4-1 formation, Liverpool struggled to create chances in the first half.The closest they came to breaking through was when Roberto Firmino’s header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross flicked off Jean-Claude Billong and had to be clawed onto the bar by visiting goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic.Salah soothed the home fans’ jitters four minutes into the second half when he darted in front of Aleksander Rajcevic to glance Alexander-Arnold’s right-wing cross past Handanovic with a shinned volley.The Egypt winger has now scored 10 Liverpool goals since his close-season move from Roma.Milner squandered an opportunity to double Liverpool’s lead moments later when his penalty was touched onto the post by Handanovic after Firmino was unceremonially hauled back by Rajcevic.It was the fourth time Liverpool had failed to score a penalty at Anfield in 2017 and came hot on the heels of Salah’s unsuccessful effort during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town.Handanovic saved with his feet from Firmino before Can made it 2-0 in the 64th minute, slickly exchanging passes with Milner and coolly slotting the ball into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the box.Substitute Sturridge completed the scoring in the last minute, lashing home at the back post from Alberto Moreno’s cross to notch his first Champions League goal in Liverpool’s colours.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

WATCH! £25m Liverpool target Alex Teixeira’s best bits this season

first_imgLiverpool have reportedly launched a move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira.The Reds are said to be willing to pay around £25million for the Brazilian attacker, who has hit an incredible 26 goals in 25 games this season.Check out some of Teixeira’s best bits in 2015/16 and let us know whether you would welcome him at Anfield… 1 Alex Teixeira last_img

‘There is no reason why Bournemouth can’t break into the top eight’ – LISTEN

first_imgBournemouth are targeting another record-breaking Premier League season, captain Simon Francis has told talkSPORT.Eddie Howe’s men finished in ninth place in 2016/17 – the south-coast side’s highest league position in their 118-year history.It was a remarkable achievement for a club which almost dropped out of the Football League less than a decade ago, but Francis insists it can get even better for Bournemouth.The Cherries have made some impressive signings this summer, including Asmir Begovic, Nathan Ake and Jermain Defoe, and Francis believes the squad is good enough to finish in the top eight.Speaking exclusively to Jim White on talkSPORT, he said: “Eddie always wants to improve, he always wants to better himself and better us as a team.“I think he has made a statement with the signings he has made. There have been some big signings coming in.“We are always looking to improve. We had a great finish last season – that was fantastic for the club. We improved on our first season in the Premier League. That was always the aim last season and we want to do it again this season.“That is the mind-set we have as a squad and as a club. Over the five, six years I have been here that has always been the belief we have had in the group and we want to push on again next season. “If we have a successful season again, there is no reason why we can’t break into the top eight. I really do believe that.“In and around mid-table it is almost like a mini-table, where if you pick up a run of games and get some points together you really can climb that league. We did that last season, went on a great run, and it really elevated us up the table. We are hoping for the same again this season.”last_img read more

Chelsea star’s move to Real Madrid to ‘be announced in coming days’

first_img REVEALED 2 IN DEMAND TOP WORK Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on RANKED The 26-year-old has never held back on his desire to return to the city in which he spent three years, while playing on loan at Real’s rivals Atletico Madrid, as his family still live there. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Courtois has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for a number of years Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 Latest transfer news Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Chelsea are reported to be interested in signing Alisson, the Roma and Brazil glovesman, to replace Courtois, although Liverpool remain keen on the 25-year-old. targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer With there being no indication Courtois is ready to agree to extended terms with Chelsea, the Blues are ready to sell him this summer rather than lose him on a free transfer this time next year.And, according to Marca, talks between the Stamford Bridge club and Real are so advanced Courtois’ transfer ‘could be announced in the coming days’ for a fee worth around £31million (€35m). Thibaut Courtois is set to complete a move to Real Madrid in the coming days, according to reports.Courtois, the Belgium goalkeeper, has long been linked with a switch to the Bernabeu, as he has entered the final year of his contract with the west Londoners. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland three-way race Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Courtois won the Golden Gloves award at this summer’s World Cup last_img read more