Post Offices will not become obsolete – Hughes

first_imgPublic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, in an address in observance of World Post Day 2016, said, “Times have changed, methods of communication have changed, this particular source of national revenue has undergone some changes which is why we are recalibrating our focus to more efficiently accommodate our people’s 21st Century needs.”Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes The Minister assured that “Post Offices will not become obsolete”.It was recognised that the use of postal services has declined significantly over the past few years owing to developments in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The ICT sector is being utilised for its speed, efficiency, availability and, in some cases, low cost.“Postal services in Guyana are already undergoing very dramatic changes, even to the physical amenities and facilities that will benefit our pensioners, first of all,” Minister Hughes added.Since persons worldwide no longer use the local postal systems as a first choice for sending mail and packages, systems are being put in place in Guyana, to deal with the effects of such changes.Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) Board Chairman, Reverend Dr Raphael Massiah, in his message, pointed out that over the next two years, “we plan to hone all the available skills of our human capital coupled with the maximum use of ICT to offer an improved service with greater efficiency and reliability”.Massiah said the GPOC needed to take a bold step forward and recalibrate its operations in order to remain relevant to the everyday lives of people and business.With the establishment of the Public Telecommunications Ministry, Guyana is expected to move forward with the implementation of state-of-the-art telecommunication and Internet facilities.Guyana will be preparing to confront fast advancing communication technology that has over time diminished the quantity of hand-delivered mail, which the Post Offices have been mailing across the world for more than 200 years.The 64 branches of the GPOC will soon be rehabilitated to meet international standards to keep up with the changes in the direction of postal services. Services offered by this public facility include money transfer services, government or social assistance services, registration of birth, death and marriage, bill payments, and postage and revenue stamps.This year, World Post Day was celebrated on October 9, under the theme, “Serving a new society: delivering beyond your doorstep”. The observance was declared by the 1969 Universal Postal Congress in Tokyo as a means to mark the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), which was created in 1974.last_img read more

Joint-effort between Guyana/Brazil for 100% Yellow fever coverage

first_imgIn an effort to attain 100 percent yellow fever vaccination coverage in Guyana for 2018, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Shamdeo Persaud proposed a joint effort between the government and Brazil, similar to the initiative between Guyana and Suriname.This was disclosed by Dr Persaud, on Friday, during a visit by Brazil’s Minister of Health Dr Ricardo Jose Managaines Barros and his team, to Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo PersaudAccording to Dr Persaud, Guyana was able to achieve 98 per cent vaccination coverage for 2017, one of the highest reports for yellow fever. He emphasised the need to strengthen the relationship between the countries in order to ensure that the quality and standards are maintained.“… An important issue for us, is the movement of people regardless if it is Venezuela, Guyana or some other (part) of our border sharing countries. I think these concerns are great for health because people do not only move with their money, they move with their illnesses, their infection, animals and even their food so we have to look at that”, the CMO explained.According to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) website, the yellow fever vaccine, once administered, is valid for life. However, these vaccines will be mandatory only for travellers moving between Guyana and neighbouring Brazil, and for children that are less than one year old. However, it was advised the general public should also be immunised.It was highlighted that both countries have directed their efforts in strengthening and promoting immunization. The PAHO/WHO had published a list of countries, including Guyana, which requires visitors to show proof of immunisation before entry is granted.Additionally, Dr Persaud addressed the issue of building Guyana’s capacity to provide serum for snake venom. He mentioned the difficulties faced when treating patients suffering from snake bites by common predators such as the Bushmaster, Rattlesnake and Libra. The serum for these three is produced in Brazil. The CMO said the government would like to see more development on the sharing of information regarding the manufacture of serum.last_img read more

PPP/C flays Govt over billions cut from constitutional agencies

first_imgBillions of dollars will be slashed from the budgets of constitutional agencies, preventing these bodies from optimally carrying out their functions for the upcoming fiscal year.PPP/C MP and former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall; Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and PPP/C MP and former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill at a news conference on MondayAccording to the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), these reductions are yet another flagrant attempt by Government to interfere with the rights of these autonomous bodies and to evade scrutiny.PPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, during a Monday afternoon news conference, highlighted that the total budgetary allocation for the constitutional agencies in 2016 amounted to some $8 billion, while the Finance Ministry’s proposed amount for 2017 is a mere $6 billion, a major reduction of approximately $2 billion.Even more alarming, she noted, is that the constitutional agencies altogether requested some $11 billion, but Government is only willing to approve some $6 billion, a difference of over $5 billion.Unacceptable“This slashing of the requested budgets to lessen what they received in 2016 is highly unacceptable… This is a clear case of the abuse of the Constitution which guarantees and protects independence of these bodies,” Teixeira asserted.She contended that these agencies would be incapable of functioning optimally with these major budget cuts and questioned why any sensible government would make such a decision.“How can the Indigenous Peoples Commission be slashed when most of their budget goes to bring commissioners to the meetings? How can you cut the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Supreme Courts budget when the issue of the backlog of cases and there is dire need for more prosecutors and the timely hearing of cases. How can one cut the Guyana Elections Commission budget, when we’re aware of the GECOM decision to hold a new house-to-house registration in 2017?” she outlined.Former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill, during the conference, reminded that a budget was a financial plan which articulated the direction of an organisation and the cost to get there.Therefore, he argued, by cutting the budgets, these organisations will now have to re-organise priorities and neglect funding for some critical undertakings.“Whenever the Government reduces the allocations for constitutional agencies, they are actually preventing themselves from being scrutinised. For example, the Auditor General would say this is what we need, if you cut the auditor office, the Auditor General would have to re-organise his priorities and so something will be left out, which means less scrutiny for Government,” he explained.Moreover, he expressed concerns over the cutting of the budget for Parliament Office and the repercussions for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, which is funded by this constitutional entity.“If additional monies were sought for Parliament Office, why are you cutting for the Parliament Office almost $200 million? I hope this does not mean the Leader of the Opposition allocation will be reduced… If it is cut by $200 million, the Clerk of the National Assembly will be in a mad frenzy to determine how he will spend this money,” Edghill explained.Additionally, Edghill totally disregarded Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s explanation for the slashing of the requested sums.The Finance Minister, in documents dispatched to the Office of the Opposition, explained that the monies were reduced “in the context of existing fiscal space and the consideration of the agencies’ request within national development priorities”.Non-existent agenciesFurthermore, the PPP/C is concerned about the allocations of monies to agencies that do not even exist.Edghill pointed out that there were several agencies such as the Public Service Appellate Tribunal, the Human Rights Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Public Procurement Commission, which were not functioning, yet the Finance Ministry allocated sums for their operations.The former Finance Minister explained that these constitutional agencies were the ones to determine their priorities and how they intended to operate for the fiscal year and, therefore, would make submissions. He posited if these bodies were inactive, “then who made the recommendations for monies?”More alarming, he expressed, is the situation with the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), which has a proposed budget of $76 million. “Something is terribly wrong here,” Edghill registered. He explained that since the Commissioners were not sworn in, they could not possibly engage with the Public Actions Committee to discuss emolument packages and the terms of reference to determine the scope of work; therefore, there is no possible way for the body to determine how much money it would need to perform its duties. Edghill questioned how Government arrived at the figure for the PPC and, in the same breath, demanded the immediate establishment of the Commission.last_img read more

Mischief at Lone Wolf Golf Club

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are looking for a group of individuals who vandalized the Lone Wolf Golf Club in Taylor this weekend.Sometime between Saturday, September 12 and the 14th, a number of All Terrain Vehicles drove over the golf greens and severely damaged the surfaces.If you have any information related to this incident, contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140. Alternatively, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img

For the record

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School closures in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – All schools in Dawson Creek as well as rural areas will be closed today, as well as tomorrow.Parkland, Deveraux, McLeod, Rola and Pouce Coupe are all closed.Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge schools remain open, except for Moberly Lake Elementary, which will be closed today as well as tomorrow.- Advertisement -There also will be NO school buses running in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd in SD 59.For updates, go to SD 59`s website or visit them on Facebook.last_img

CECAFA suspend Kimanzi for two matches

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi before Kenya’s match against Tanzania at the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala on December 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 8 – Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi will not be on the touchline for the team’s remaining two Group B matches after he was hit with a two match ban by the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup organizing Committee.Kimanzi was suspended for allegedly inciting the players not to honor the opening match of the tournament on Sunday against Tanzania as some of the Kilimanjaro Stars players did not have passports during the check-up. “We have heard the same but we are yet to receive any official communication from CECAFA regarding the suspension. We will wait to get the letter then decide on the way forward,” Harambee Stars Team manager Ronny Oyando told Capital Sport on Sunday night.On Monday however, the letter was presented to the Kenyan contingent at their hotel in Kampala.Kimanzi will be banned for the two games against Sudan and Zanzibar and will not even be alowed within the premises of the Lugogo Complex in the two games.Also, the decision cannot be appealed.The CECAFA organizers have also reprimanded Kimanzi’s assistant Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno for what they termed as ‘unproffesional character’Capital Sport has learnt that the decision was made by the organizers after a meeting on Sunday evening following completion of group matches.The game’s kick off delayed for about 10 minutes as the Kenyan contingent complained that three of the Tanzanian players did not have passports, a requisite pre-match document.The Tanzanians walked out of the tunnel alone and the Kenyan starting players followed behind them sooner after they were already in the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 77 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2LA MIRADA – Guest speaker Cathy Jamieson will give a free lecture on healthy yoga at 7 p.m. June 19 at 13701 Hillborough Drive. For more information, call (714) 522-7069. Low-cost vaccines available for pets PICO RIVERA – The city’s annual rabies clinic, with low-cost vaccinations for dogs and cats, will be available Saturday and again July22. The clinic will open at 8a.m. and close at noon in the City Hall parking lot, 6615 Passons Blvd. SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city’s fire department will be participating in a “Fill the Boot” fundraiser from 8:30a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today. Fire officials will be soliciting donations from passers-by at the corner of Telegraph and Carmenita roads. All donations will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more information, call the fire department headquarters at (562) 944-9713. Seminar to discuss healthy yoga tips Rabies vaccinations for $6 each will be administered to cats and dogs. A variety of other shots will be available as well as new dog licenses, license renewals and tag replacements. For more information, call (562) 801-4319. Federal employee lunch to be held DOWNEY – The National Association of Active & Retired Federal Employees (Southeast Chapter) will hold its annual June luncheon at noon Wednesday at the Downey Womens Club, 9813Paramount Blvd. The catered meal will feature a choice of three entrees, dessert and drinks. Cost is $6.50 per person and door prizes will be offered. For more information, call (562) 943-5513. Police will conduct DUI checks today WHITTIER – A driving under the influence checkpoint will be set up on the corner of Mar Vista Street and Colima Road today. Whittier Police Department is conducting the checkpoint from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Officers will check for unlicensed motorists, driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, officials said. Any motorist found driving with an invalid license may have their vehicle impounded for 30 days and be issued a citation. For more information, contact Sgt. Dan Lowe at (5620 945-8256. Whittier transit lessons offered WHITTIER – A free travel training workshop for senior citizens will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225Walnut Street. The course is designed to teach senior citizens and those with disabilities how to use the Whittier Transit fixed-route bus service. Information on Whittier Dial-A-Ride will also be provided. An optional free bus trip to the Quad will be offered. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (562) 698-2131. Run/Walk to help cancer research PICO RIVERA – For the third year in a row, Pico Rivera families and friends will lace up their tennis shoes and walk, jog or run overnight to raise funds for cancer awareness during the Annual Relay for Life of Pico Rivera. The signature American Cancer Society event that raises funds for cancer research and prevention will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 to 25, at the El Rancho High School Dons Memorial Stadium, 6501Passons Blvd. To join a team, become a volunteer or make cash contributions, call (562) 587-4634 or (562) 801-0274. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTHEY’RE a talented bunch in CLG Ghaoth Dobhair – and we’re not just talking about the McGee brothers!The ballad group have won the county Scor na nOg title and are now through to the Ulster final.Aisteoiri Gaoth Dobhair also proceed to the final with their drama “samhlaiocht” written and directed by Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhride – with the cast Liam O Cnamhsi, Cliona ni Ghallachoir, Grainne ni Ghallachoir, Etain Haiceid, Maire nic Ghairbhith, Clionagh Nic Suibhne and Aoife Ni Fhearraigh. They have been working extremely hard to make it this far with very little practice. The Ulster final that will be competing in will take place a week this Saturday, and if successful on to the all Ireland….GAOTH DOBHAIR BALLAD AN DRAMA GROUPS THROUGH TO ULSTER SCOR FINAL was last modified: November 30th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Gaoth DobhairScor na nOglast_img read more


first_imgEX-CONVENT girls are set for a trip down memory lane next month – at reunion bash.The year in celebration is 1985; the year Bob Geldof ran Live Aid at Wembley, the first commercial flight took off from Knock and in Ballinspittle in Co Cork two woman claimed to have seen a statue of Mary move!The reunion is for students who started at Loreto convent in Letterkenny 1985. One of organisers Helen Kelley told us: “We are holding a big get-together in Arena 7 on Saturday May 12th at 7.30pm. All money raised on the night will go to the Donegal Hospice.“A great night is promised and we would like to thank everyone who has shown an interest to date, submitted photos (although some quite dubious!!) and shared their stories.“Already it has been a great trip down memory lane and we haven’t even had the main event yet! Hope to see as many people as possible all there.”For ticket information and further details email or check out the Facebook page, ‘Loreto Letterkenny Class of ’85 Reunion’. Or talk to one of the organising committee:Helen KelleyRoisin Melia PattersonDonna BroganTracy Cannon Helen StewartMargaret DevenneyIT’S BACK TO THE 80s FOR LORETO GIRLS (AND JUST LOOK AT THAT HAIR!) was last modified: April 24th, 2012 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:IT’S BACK TO THE 80s FOR LORETO GIRLS (AND JUST LOOK AT THAT HAIR!)loreto convent letterkennylast_img read more