Let’s do more to promote our English curriculum

first_imgDear EditorIt is said that the educational system is failing Guyanese. What would you expect when ordinary people are not being educated in English to understand and converse at a high level? May I remind Guyanese that the majority of books on science, technology, business, computer science, maths, etc are written in English, not Creolese?If students do not comprehend English from an early age, it tends to put them behind in other areas of learning.Also, when the State starts promoting Creolese culture in a multicultural society, it would be at the expense of other cultures.We’re a country of less than one million people; the rest of the world is not about to abandon English and learn Creolese.Yours faithfullySean Orilast_img read more

Robberies up by 22%…its portentous effects!

first_imgDear Editor,Robberies in Guyana are up by 22 per cent… that is the latest statistical figure given by the Guyana Police Force. Now, I am more inclined to believe that this is a highly conservative statistic, given the present climate that exists in Guyana. Because many robberies go unreported, especially robberies of the armed type, or where gun/s are involved.In a country where robberies form part of the daily grind — incidents involving theft, or forceful removal of one’s property — victims are most often reluctant to report or to prosecute the offenders. They would have thrown up their hands in frustration, or might have given in, saying, ‘Why bother? This is Guyana’. So thieves, bandits and robbers are emboldened by this acceptance of the situation by the hapless populace. As someone sarcastically remarked, armed robberies are the only successful business in Guyana. I would rephrase that to say armed robberies constitute the most successful occupation in Region Four. When you can have persons as young as 17 bearing high-powered weapons and carrying out armed invasions with impunity, then you know where we are going as a nation.To make our situation more grievous, This PNC-led Coalition seems to be oblivious to the goings-on around them. And I am of the staunch belief that the reason behind that “ostrich head in the sand” behaviour is because most of these sadistic acts are taking place in or close to their main stronghold, Georgetown; so let us appear not to know.Twenty-two per cent at face value might seem an innocuous figure, but in a small society such as ours, that is a really frightening statistic, where you don’t know when you might become the next victim or fatality in another armed robbery. Guyanese are now, as it were, paralysed by fear in this sick and sad country.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Granger, PNC woke up in Linden with empty promises, begged for another chance

first_imgDear Editor,Almost five years passed, five budgets presented, more than one trillion dollars squandered, David Granger and his clueless Cabinet and other big officials jetted around the world many times, frequented all the “hot” spots in Guyana, while communities like Linden were ignored and neglected. This past weekend, Granger and his PNC colleagues woke up and discovered that without Linden, they have no chance of winning the March 2 elections. They came, as usual, with empty promises, hoping they can still fool the people.Granger decided to take the PNC to Linden to celebrate the 62nd founding anniversary of Forbes Burnham’s party. They brought supporters from all over the country, generously utilising Government resources for what was essentially the PNC launching its elections campaign. To ensure the presence of enough people, they brought out school children in their uniforms. In the process, Granger appealed to Lindeners to give him a second chance, admitting he neglected them for five years, even if he did not admit it out loud.In his second chance appeal, he promised them, if they give him a second chance, that he will ensure 150 new jobs will be created in 2020 by the establishment of a new call centre at Kuru Kuru. He also promised 500 new house lots if he gets his second chance. He promised them that a Private Sector investor will build an oil refinery in Linden. Clearly, Granger and the PNC recognised that they abandoned people, including their own supporters. Linden has been loyal to the PNC, no matter what form they assumed. When they re-birthed themselves into the PNC/One R, the Linden people stuck with them. When they took on a new name – APNU – the people of Linden stayed with them. When they took on the name APNU/AFC, the people continued to support them.But it has now been almost five years since they have had the power of Government. In those five years, they expended more than one trillion dollars. Yet Linden is no better than they were in 2015, indeed, Linden is worse than they were in 2015. The people of Linden have begun to whisper that they were better off with the PPP. Just as people realised they were deserted by the PNC before 1992, the people of Linden know they were taken for granted by the Granger-led PNC. As they descended mightily on Linden with supporters from around the country to prop them up, in case the people of Linden did not show up, they deliberately left their associates – WPA, AFC and the several others – in Georgetown. Really, it was Granger and the PNC being as devious as they have always been, whispering it was not the PNC that abandoned Linden, it was the WPA and the AFC and all the others.As most people in Linden went about their business, it was pathetic seeing Granger in his ‘not bothered’ pose watching the children sit there into the midnight hours, watching supporters from Regions Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight and Nine and other parts of Region 10 being fetched there with Government resources, wondering where the people of Linden were. In his ‘not bothered’ pose, he kept waiting to see Linden turn out to salute him. They did not because in 2018 he told them to “get up and get going” and not wait for Government to make things happen for them. The people of Linden did not forget. They also know elections are coming up and Granger and his bunch, all of whom have been incorporated into the PNC, are back with wild promises.The PNC in the form of APNU/AFC gave up the housing programme of the PPP that brought thousands of house lots and thousands of new homes into Linden. Granger and APNU/AFC had told people before the 2015 elections that they will create thousands of new house lots for thousands of new homeowners, make it easier for them to obtain low-interest mortgages. Now, as we approach 2020, they make the promise of 500 house lots, after delivering none in five years.But the most hurtful promise was the promise of 150 new jobs through a new call centre. In 2015, they promised thousands of new jobs with new call centres. But the first thing they did was a down-scaling of the call centre that was established under a PPP Government. The call centre in Linden that was there in 2015 because of the PPP first reduced its operation under APNU/AFC, and, by 2018, had closed its doors.The ‘not bothered’ Granger did nothing about it. Suddenly, he shows up in Linden and in front of the fetched-in supporters, told Lindeners if they give him a second chance, he will bring 150 new jobs in a new call centre. Sheer hypocrisy and more empty promises.In the meanwhile, other communities across the country that were neglected are making noises. The people of Buxton know they were neglected. The sugar workers across the country know they were neglected. The public servants know they were abandoned. Just yesterday, more than 4000 sugar workers sent a petition to Granger to correct a wrong he personally led – they have not been given a wage increase since the end of 2014. Granger himself led the empty promise campaign in 2015 to fool workers that they would be given an annual increase of 20 per cent. Instead, since Granger and APNU/AFC took the Government, the sugar workers have not been given a cent in increased wages. And the man he promised will build the oil refinery in Linden is the same man he took around the country to promise rice farmers they would be paid $9000 per bag for paddy. Payback time has arrived and the people of Guyana will not be so forgiving, they will not give them another chance for empty promises.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

Man remanded for attempted murder of national footballer

first_imgA man with a fractured leg that hops with crutches was on Friday remanded at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court after appearing before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on attempted murder charge.Oswald Andrews, 34, of Middle Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown, was not allowed to plea to the indictable offence.Rensford ColeridgeIt was alleged that on July 19, 2016, at Queen Street, South Cummingsburg, he unlawfully and maliciously assaulted Rensford Coleridge, a national footballer with intent to commit murder.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones successfully objected to bail due to the gravity of the offence and the fact that the virtual complainant (VC) Coloridge, sustained stab wounds to his hip, chest and shoulder and is currently in a critical condition at a hospital.The defendant was remanded and will return to Court on September 5, 2016.It was reported that Coleridge was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital after sustaining the stab wounds. He arrived GPH in a semi-conscious manner.According to reports the stabbing allegedly occurred because Andrews believed that Coleridge was texting his girlfriend. Coleridge was said to be sitting a short distance from his home at a shop looking at television when Andrew’s dealt him the stabs.last_img read more

Ebola Rescue Drama Thrills MacDonald Street Residents

first_imgThe Ebola infected man sat with his head bowed and apparently in pain as he emitted sounds of uneasiness.  Further from him, a woman, his wife, began to shout through a public address system, (PA), “Please husband don’t die.” It was evident that the fear of the unusual transmission of the deadly Ebola virus was central to the woman’s fear to go near her husband. All she was saying was, “Please don’t die,” when in fact he was losing it gradually. He was dying because out of her frustration, she had not followed the instruction to call the 4455 to get assistance from the Ebola Response Team to save her husband’s life. Meanwhile, another man, aware of what to do in such a situation, pulled a mobile phone from his pocket and began to call the Ebola Response Team.  “Yes,” he said, “there is a man who is suspected of having the Ebola virus here.” After some back and forth discussion on the phone, he turned to the woman and assured her, “Don’t worry they are coming to give the help your husband needs.”  In a few minutes, the Ebola Response Team arrived, and a man dressed in white, personal protective equipment (PPE) gear against the Ebola virus jumped out of the jeep.  “We are here to help you,” he assured the woman, who seemed very much confused.  “If you take my husband away,” the woman wanted to know from the man in white, “you are not going to take his kidney and sell it?”  “No,” the man said, and he began to address the woman’s misconceptions. “We don’t take kidneys from anyone who is suspected of suffering from this disease.” “It is that true?” the woman asked, her face askance, unsure what to believe. “You are not going to kill him, are you?” “No,” the man said, “we don’t do that to anyone who is taken to the Ebola Unit. We provide them with proper care and we make sure that they are fine.  “Early detection is the best way to give anyone suspected of suffering from the virus and it is a good chance for him to survive it,” the man in white reassured the lady.  Doing away of her disbelief, the woman said, “So all the bad things I heard about what you do to Ebola patient is not true?”  “Yes,” the man reassured her.  The man in Ebola protected gear held the suspected Ebola victim and slowly led him to the waiting jeep to be transported to a recognized Center for testing and supervision.   Meanwhile, many bystanders watched the scene from afar as this drama unfolded.  It was an awareness campaign by the Medical Renaissance League performed yesterday on MacDonald Street, near the Daily Observer newspaper’s offices.  The brief drama, according to the organization’s administrator, Ms. Theresa Praud, is part of her group’s Ebola Awareness Campaign in Montserrado County in the fight against the deadly disease.  Bystanders enjoyed the drama and, for a minute they behaved as though they were convinced that the message had been effectively communicated.  “I now know what the medical people are doing to help us,” said a woman who said she enjoyed the drama.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more