first_imgDear Editor,I have a question and I would appreciate an answer from whoever wishes to educate me about this issue. My simple question is which political party will form the Government if after the next election, the two major parties each end up with 32 seats and another party with one seat?Ok. This number, 32, has been featured too much recently. What if the two major parties each end up with 30 seats and the other parties with a total of five seats? Which party will form the Government?Editor, pity my simplicity for asking this question which might be totally irrelevant.Regards,Wesley Kirtonlast_img read more

first_imgThe non-consultative approach taken by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) regarding the severance payment for Wales sugar workers is reminiscent of the struggles associated with the Enmore workers in June 1948.This was the view of Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) General Secretary Lincoln Lewis in an interview with Guyana Times on the observance of Enmore Martrys Day Thursday.“The struggle of ‘48 has been on the question of rights – right to choose, right to a union of your choice – there were a number of issues all bordered on rights [and] cut and load was the issue that brought them to fore, the point here now is how GuySuCo treats the [rights of workers],” he noted.Lincoln referenced the laws and conventions as stipulated in Chapter 23:01 of the Trade Unions Recognition laws which speak to how an employer must deal with unions and workers.“When a trade union has been given recognition, the employer has to deal with that trade union in good faith; in their case (GuySuCo), they are not prepared to talk to the trade union on the whole question of redundancy – they are in breach of the law and what we are having is a repeat of what took place in 1948,” the veteran trade unionist emphasised.He reiterated that the only way the well-being of workers could improve was if the requisite laws were respected. “We have to respect laws and conventions; these are the things that are premised on which good governance has been built.”Earlier this year, the General Secretary disclosed that the closure of the Wales Estate was an “injustice” and had called on Government to engage in dialogue with the parliamentary Opposition on the matter. At a solidarity protest at Belle West, West Bank Demerara, Lewis told the gathering that the rights of workers were at stake.The plight of sugar workers was highlighted in a statement that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) issued on Tuesday in memory of the five sugar workers who were gunned down by colonial Police in British Guiana on June 16, 1948. The workers who died were later known as the Enmore Martyrs: Lallabaggie and Dookie from Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) and Rambarran, Harry and Pooran from Enterprise/Nonpareil, ECD.According to the Party, sugar workers today face an uncertain future with the decision to close Wales Estate and the impending closure of the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Estate, adding that workers were denied their Annual Production Incentive (API) and the fruits of other collective bargaining agreements with their union.“The gains made for sugar workers and workers on the whole are gradually being whittled away by an unsympathetic and uncaring regime which is more concerned about feathering its own nest rather than that of the working class,” the political Party noted.The PPP also said that the Administration needed to stop “playing politics” with the livelihoods of sugar workers and the decision to close sugar estates should be rescinded.“This disrespect and callous attitude displayed by GuySuCo is a clear violation of industrial relations enshrined in the Conventions of the International Labour Organisation,” the PPP added.last_img read more

first_img“Picture Boy” trialAs the third trial for double-murder accused Cyon ‘Picture Boy’ Collier continues, Detective Superintendent Michael Kingston continued his testimony in the presence of Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and a mixed jury on Monday at the Demerara Assizes.Collier is accused of murdering two brothers, Ray ‘Sugar’ Walcott and Carl ‘Alo’ Andrews at Victoria Village, East Coast Demerara in 2006.Kingston was cross examined by Defence counsel Lyndon Amsterdam, while Prosecutors Narissa Leander and Tuanna Hardy represented the State.The major part of the day was spent with Amsterdam going back and forth with Kingston on the uncertainty of three key points and errors in filing the documents.Kingston gave evidence in the High Court that the accused had uttered the words “boss man them man violate me yuh know,” and whenCyon “Picture Boy” Collierasked by Kingston about the guns used to kill the brothers, Collier pointed him to the guns on the bed.However, Amsterdam indicated that it is best practice for the officer to make note of these words in one of the many record books in the Cove and John Police Station.Kingston recollected that his role in the Criminal Investigations Department for this case was to gather information, plan and stage an operation and this resulted in the capturing of Collier and recovering of an AK-47 assault rifle.Kingston stated that during the operation he along with several other ranks, including Linden Lord, acted on information leading them to Lot 23, Bachelors Adventure, ECD.When the team reached the property they were met at the door by the accused. During discussions with the accused, Kingston was lead to the guns and ammunition after which he asked Collier if he was the holder of a firearm licences.According to Kingston’s testimony, Collier responded by saying “no” and so was arrested and taken to the Station.He said that at the station he filled out the charge sheet and the station diary but during the cross examination, it was discovered that the charge sheet was incompletely filed. It did not include the time the accused was placed in custody and the time of arrest was incomplete, having only the time 07:4, missing the final digit.Kingston tried to justify his actions by saying, “it is an error on my part in filing the documents and it was some sort of distraction thatDead: Ray “Sugar” WalcottDead: Carl Andrewsresulted in the error.”Collier is accused of murdering the two brothers in Victoria on September 23, 2006.Reports are a group of young men were playing dominoes at the Victoria four-corner when the two brothers were allegedly shot by the accused who rode up on a motorcycle.The brothers were rushed to hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.The trial continues on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Director of the Guyana National Service, Retired Colonel Desmond Roberts has been sworn in as the lone Commissioner for an Inquiry into the treatment of retired members of the armed services.Colonel Roberts took his oath as Commissioner before Magistrate Judy Latchman and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon in Court Three of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday.Retired Colonel Desmond Roberts, Magistrate Judy Latchman and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at the swearing inThis latest Commission of Inquiry (CoI) will seek to examine, advise and report on the conditions and circumstances facing armed services veterans, including those from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF); Guyana People’s Militia and the Guyana National Service. The public hearings will be held at the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Public Service, Waterloo Street.Colonel Roberts suggested that his experience in various levels of military administration has made him suitable for the post.“I’ve been a senior officer of the military. I’ve worked with the Guyana Youth Corps [and] I think administration is very important thing,” the retired army officer noted.He also related that many of the retired armed services members have skills that can be passed on.“Many veterans have skills that are actually quantifiable but are sometimes not transferrable, there is no reason why those things cannot come into civilian life, [but] we have to try to also get some equivalency to make sure that military skills could transfer.”Meanwhile, responding to questions on what Government hopes to achieve from this CoI, Minister Harmon expressed that Government would seek to implement the recommendations.“There would be some clear recommendations as to how Government should act…what institutions should be set up to ensure that veterans are given a fair share and that they are being dealt with in a fair and just manner,” Harmon further explained.Over the next two weeks, the Commission will compile its preliminary report and gather witnesses. About 60 witnesses are expected to testify from various regions across the country. These include the present and former Army Chief-of-Staff and Retired Major General and Private Sector Commission Chairman, Norman Mc Lean. Colonel Denzil Carmichael will serve as the Commission’s secretary.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Toshaos Council (NTC) and Conservational International-Guyana (CI-Guyana) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday, at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, in the presence of Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, Executives of the Toshaos Council, and representatives of CI.Alluding to aspects of the MoU, Toshao Lennox Shuman of St Cuthbert’s Mission, explained that CI-Guyana’s role in the partnership was to assist in shaping policy and institutional change at all levels, for a healthyHead of the National Toshao Council, Joel Fredericks and Executive Director and Vice President of the Conservational International-Guyana, Dr David Singh, signing the MoU in the presence of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicocksustainable Guyanese economy that incorporates a national long-term sustainable development model, which fully incorporates the value and benefits of the well being of the Indigenous People.The contract signed by both parties is valid for an initial two years, after which the option to have the agreement renewed would be available.Speaking at the signing, Minister Allicock expressed appreciation for the agreement and encouraged the entities to move forward in their venture for betterment.The audience was reminded that the NTC is a “body corporate established under the Amerindian Act of 2006 with an elected executive committee of Toshaos and with a vision to establish dynamic leadership comprising all Toshaos, diligently pursuing and protecting the spiritual, cultural, economic and traditional rights and well-being of the Amerindian People of Guyana.”In accordance with the MoU, CI-Guyana “is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation (NGO) registered and working in Guyana for over 22 years and as a subsidiary of Conservation International Foundation, CI-Guyana builds upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.”last_img read more