Handing over of report delayed

first_imgThe report on the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison riot has not been submitted. The report was scheduled to be submitted to President David Granger on Tuesday.The CoI panel tasked with compiling the findingsAccording to information reaching Guyana Times, the report is now expected to be handed over at the Ministry of the Presidency some time today. The CoI began on March 8 and was expected to conclude by March 28, but the Commission applied for a two-month extension, which was granted. Testimonies and cross-examination were wrapped up on May 9. Retired Justice James Patterson served as Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry while Dale Erskine and Merle Mendonca served as Commissioners.After two days of rioting at the Camp Street penitentiary, 17 inmates died after fire, reportedly set by inmates, engulfed the Capital A block filled with scores of prisoners on March 3. President Granger who serves as Chairman of the National Security Committee ordered an inquiry into the fire after inmates met with Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.At the meeting, the inmates and the Ministers reached a “gentleman’s agreement” whereby some of the concerns of the prisoners were addressed. These negotiations did not sit well with some sections of society and was met with criticism.Outlined in the terms of reference, which covered the period March 2 to 4, the CoI aimed to enquire into all the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the prisoners, to report the findings and conclusions to the Minister of Public Security, and to make recommendations on any action that should be taken to avoid a recurrence. When the witness statements had concluded on May 9, Commission Counsel Excellence Dazzle noted that witnesses’ testimonies along with many other materials which the Commission had in its possession would be used to compile the report.On April 20, the Guyana Bar Association withdrew from the CoI citing time constraints in cross-examination of witnesses.last_img read more

Bartica to implement tax regime to protect poor residents

first_img…consultations to begin soonConsultations will soon commence on the establishment of a tax regime aimed at protecting the poor and at the same time, be favourable to all residents of the new municipality of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Bartica’s Mayor Gifford Marshall, told Guyana Times that in order for the communities to truly develop at a rapid pace, its residents must play their role in tax contributions to fund the developmental programmes for the township.He underscored the importance of revenue collection for the new municipality but noted that the Bartica Town Council does not seek to place an unreasonable burden by applying excessively high rates.“What we seek to establish is a municipal tax regime that is fair, and which shares the overall burden so that those with greater ability pay more, and less fortunate residents pay only according to the actual market value of their property,” he said.Marshall added that this approach will “protect the poor”.“It will set a level playing field for businesses and it will assure the long-term sustainability of the Council, thus ensuring our capability to deliver municipal services to our residents,” the Mayor stated.He emphasised that the Town Council is committed to a transparent and diligent stewardship of all resources from both Central Government and local collections.“All that the municipality does is for the development of Bartica, so residents will in fact be contributing to their own development. And we will do so in a spirit of unity, oneness and a sense of community,” he stated.Truck tollsThe Mayor disclosed that recommendations were made for the implementation of tolls for trucks commuting the roadways within the jurisdiction of the Bartica municipality.“We have trucks patrolling the Potaro Road and some of these trucks are overload with fuel and so forth and that is causing the road to deteriorate. There is a recommendation for us to put in a toll, but we don’t want to impose a toll on the people just like that,” he explained. In this regard, he underscored the importance of widespread consultations ahead of rolling out the new tax system.“We are going to have consultations with the mining sector to arrive at a suitable rate because they already pay large sums of money to cross the various rivers and elsewhere. So it should not be burdensome,” he stated.Marshall said the Council will also look at other areas for revenue collection, such as making open spaces available to the public.He noted too that there needs to be a re-evaluation of the property value since the last assessment was done decades ago.The Mayor stressed that with increased revenue, the Council will be able to fund various developmental activities and improve the services available to the town.last_img read more

Preparing for The Work World With Real-Life Strategies

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If she’s ever to become a doctor, Blanca Flores knows she must overcome her painful shyness and get her first job this summer. But with no work experience, she felt unprepared to present herself for job interviews while exuding the necessary confidence to stand out in the inevitable crowd of fellow-applicants. That’s why the 18-year-old Schurr High School senior signed up for the We Care for Youth job training program offered at the Montebello Town Center. “It’s taught me how to not get too nervous,” said Flores, who plans to attend California State Los Angeles in the fall to study biology. “It helped me get over my shyness and be more outgoing. It’s cool because the guest speakers are business owners who give a lot of tips on what they’re looking for.” For the complete story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.last_img read more

FINN HARPS AGM

first_imgThe Finn Harps Co-Operative Society Limited Annual General Meetingwill be held in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey on Sunday 11th March 2012at 7.30pm.FINN HARPS AGM was last modified: February 28th, 2012 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:Finn Harps AGMlast_img

HSE PAYING CONSULTANT €110,000 FOR 13 WEEKS WORK AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL

first_imgThe HSE is paying private agencies €110,000 every 13 weeks to fill a single consultant post at Letterkenny General Hospital.Letterkenny General HospitalIn total, five consultant posts at the hospital are being filled on hourly-rate contracts, with the cost for three months equivalent to the normal pay of a full-time consultant for an entire year, the HSE has told the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee.The executive says it has encountered significant challenges in filling medical posts at the hospital. The Irish Times reports that seven out of 54 consultant posts are vacant and “in the recruitment process at various stages”. Nationally, it spent almost €200 million on agency staff in the first seven months of this year, up almost 50 per cent on last year.Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, who is seeking an extra €500 million in next month’s budget, argues that money can be saved on agency costs by employing more staff full time.Difficulties in filling posts at smaller regional hospitals have greatly increased since the Government cut starting salaries for consultants by 30 per cent two years ago. This is likely to be largely reversed soon.The five vacant posts filled by hourly-rate consultants in Letterkenny are in the emergency department, radiology, general medicine and oncology. Two paediatric posts are filled by locum consultants on payroll. According to the HSE, consultants are recruited on hourly-rate contracts “only when absolutely required, when all other approaches have not resulted in successful recruitment and where service continuity must be guaranteed”.Paying a locum consultant through an agency for 13 weeks at an hourly rate costs €80,849, it says. In addition, the agency is paid a 10 per cent fee and VAT is levied at 23 per cent, bringing the cost to €110,328. A new consultant directly employed by the HSE is paid between €109,381 and €110,328 per year.“Recruitment of consultant posts in this way is actioned only when options become very limited and timing is a key factor,” the HSE said in a written response to questions from the committee.Earlier this year, it was reported that 117 out of 122 non-consultant hospital doctor posts in Letterkenny were filled on a contract or locum basis. Nationally, at least one in eight consultant posts is unfilled. HSE PAYING CONSULTANT €110,000 FOR 13 WEEKS WORK AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: September 23rd, 2014 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:consutlantsdonegalHSELetetrkenny General Hospitallast_img read more