In what was a political see-saw, filled with yes and no votes, the consideration of the estimates of the 2013 National Budget has been held up.The opposition in the wee hours this morning voted against starting consideration of the estimates today, and has signalled its intention to weed out projects it says will continue to fester corruption and excesses ? a charge the Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh dismissed as an old argument.Dr. Ashni SinghThe Finance Minister said that the opposition is standing in a very lonely place when it comes to their denial of support for the budget. He pointed to the private sector and other stakeholders welcoming the measures contained in the budget.The government wanted the consideration of the estimates to begin as early as today. The opposition wants it to start on Monday and that?s what happened just after midnight. In a Business Sub-Committee of the Parliament, the opposition outnumbered the government (Five-Four) and had its way.That report of the committee was taken to the House for a vote to adopt the report.In a bold move, the government called Dr Vindhya Persaud out of mourning her father?s death so that it could have a solid position to force the consideration of the estimates to begin from today.With 33 seats, the opposition has a one-seat majority in the House. With Dr. Persaud in the House, it evened up the numbers on the government and opposition sides, given that APNU had one member less given the hospitalisation of Mr. Richard Allen.With even votes on both sides, as Parliamentary rules go, the motion was not carried, and was returned to the Business Sub Committee.With the motion not carried, the government brought its motion for a schedule for the consideration of the estimates, and with equal votes as well, the vote was not carried.The intention of the government seemed clear ? if consideration of the estimates begins today, it would rob the opposition of its power to deny support for certain items. The opposition is required to give a 24-hour notice of its intention to cut spending.The Prime Minister drew attention to Standing Order No.8, suggested that the consideration of the estimates could start today.The Speaker reverted to Standing Order 74 (4) which states that if the vote is ?negative? the matter has to go back to the Business Sub-Committee. A compromise position now is certain for the way forward.The Prime Minister proposed that the Assembly resume at 14:00 hrs today, but with equal votes again, that too was denied.With no clear majority on either side, the Speaker said the Assembly has to recommence on the roll over date, which is at 14:00 hrs today, as per the Standing Orders.The Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh, sought to soften the opposition by quoting from the manifestos of the two opposition Parliamentary parties. He said some of the measures proposed in their plans are already being implemented by the governing PPP.There is no definitive time when the consideration of the estimates, line by line, will begin; but when that time comes, the government hopes it will get the entire $208.8 budget passed. That is not likely to happen.The Finance Minister expressed disappointment with the positions taken by the opposition. He said that Parliamentarians must be able to set politics aside and be guided by that which is good for Guyana.He said that even if the opposition speakers wanted to be critical, he would have expected some honesty, since some of the promises made by the opposition parties to their supporters in the last election are being delivered by the PPP.Dr Singh again trumped up the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric and Marriott Hotel projects as being good for Guyana and once more committed to sharing the details with the opposition behind closed doors.He maintained that full details cannot be disclosed to the public because of confidentiality clauses in some of the agreements.Dr Singh stressed that the government would be the last to say that everything is perfect in Guyana.He said that every day the government wrestles with the reality that there are things to fix.The Finance Minister denounced the objections by the opposition as ?unsubstantiated,? arguing that they were saying no just for the sake of saying no,NFL Jerseys Wholesale, disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing.He expressed hope that there might still yet be time.He said that whilst there was the opportunity for political rhetoric, the critical time is when the Speaker will put the vote for the passage of budget item by item.The Finance Minister expressed the hope that the opposition would use the time between now and the consideration of the estimate to reflect and recognise that every single measure in the budget is good for Guyana.
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Residents of Riverview, Ruimveldt, are shocked at the behaviour of one of the young men in the village. This man is currently in hiding after stabbing his neighbour in the neck with a broken bottle on Phagwah night.Twenty-two-year old Mohamed Shafeek, aka ?Shabba? of 28 Riverview spent the entire day out of his house celebrating the festival of Phagwah.He was returning from the ?Colour Fest Show? at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara, when he witnessed some of his fellow villagers arguing and attempting to ?pick a fight? with another young man.According to his sister, Linda Singh, her brother told a neighbour named Shawn, that the group of men ?know who to take advantage on? and Shawn eventually ?rushed up to Shabba and pulled a wood on him?.It was reported that Shawn also told Shabba, ?Yuh lucky me dogs gone else I woulda kill you?. Linda stated that Shabba was going to sleep over by his girlfriend who lives a few doors from their home but the girl?s gate was locked and he had to walk all the way around the house.Kaieteur News was told that some time later,Nike Air Max 2018 Womens, Shabba, who was in the company of his girlfriend and a few of their friends, went to a shop at the front of the street where Shawn broke a bottle, sneaked behind Shabba and stabbed him.An eyewitness said that blood began to spurt on Shabba?s girlfriend and his friends even as Shawn quickly made his escape while Shabba collapsed.His girlfriend and his friends then rushed him to the Ruimveldt Police Station where they tried to file a report.Linda stated that she was told that the police refused to assist her brother and that the group of friends along with the bleeding Shabba were forced out of the said police station without being issued any attention.But at the Ruimveldt Police Station, the officers explained that Shabba was never ?put out of the station?.In fact, one officer stated that a plain clothes police rank stopped a friend who is a taxi driver and rushed the injured man to the GPHC, since the ranks had telephoned for an ambulance but it was taking too long to arrive.Kaieteur News understands that in a matter of a few minutes, after seeing Shabba losing a lot of blood, and not being able to get any form of public transportation, the police rank did his best to save the man?s life by preventing him from losing more blood before the ambulance could arrive.He was then taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for emergency medical treatment as he had lost a lot of blood.According to his mother, Lynette Singh, Shabba is conscious and recovering slowly. He is able to speak, although the bottle punctured the vein in his neck.She said that he told the family, ?Chucky-stone (Shawn) stab me in me neck and run away?.Shawn is currently in hiding. Residents in the area say that his grandparents ?have him in hiding?. Some villagers told this publication that Shawn is usually in trouble with the law but would ?go into hiding until the stories die down?.They referred to another case where he badly chopped a man?s hand and his grandparents hid him by a relative until the matter ?was forgotten?.This newspaper was told that the incident occurred around 20:30 hrs (08:30pm) and police ranks are yet to apprehend the culprit.
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? Chief Nursing OfficerBy Sharmain CornetteA section of the gathering at the conference More than 530,000 women die annually because of pregnancy-related complications, a reality that was highlighted Wednesday during a midwives? conference held at the Regency Suites/Hotel, Hadfield Street, Georgetown.The conference which is the first for Guyana was held by the Nurses Association, the Midwives Sub-Association in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Confederation of Midwives, under the theme, ?The world needs midwives now more than ever.?According to Chief Nursing Officer, Ms Bibi Hafrose, there is overwhelming evidence that the demand for midwives, particularly in developing countries, is ever increasing. She said that there are about 300 million women in developing countries who are living with illnesses due to pregnancy and other related complications.?We have this great need for more midwives now. They play a very critical role. The midwife is a responsible and accountable professional who works with the woman in giving support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the post partum period and care to the newborn,? Hafrose outlined.The critical role of midwives, she said, includes preventative measures, promotion of normal birth, the detection of complication in mother and baby and the assessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.?Midwives need to know what their practices and standards are. It is not that you are qualified as a midwife and you go about delivering babies and that?s it. The midwife has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community.?Mr Derven Patrick, UNFPA?s Technical Specialist on Maternal and Reproductive Health, lauded the efforts of the Nursing Association to refocus the work of midwives in the delivery of health care. According to him, the focus of midwives must take place with the knowledge that sustained and increased investment in sexual and reproductive health service which promises tremendous benefits to women, families and societies.In addition to improving health, he opined that sexual and reproductive health services contribute to economic growth, social and gender equality, democratic governance and all of the Millennium Development Goals.?If we are to better appreciate the substantial returns in sexual and reproductive health investments, policy makers need a fuller accounting of the broad benefits than we have available today.?Patrick emphasised further that investing in health systems is critical to scaling up the response to reproductive rights. He said that there are essential components of a package of health services that address the health needs of communities, adding that poor countries such as Guyana need not repeat the structural adjustment experiences of dealing with budget deficits by decreasing allocation to the social sector.?This is the minimum support for people and communities. Without social services more people will fall into poverty in all its manifestations.?And in the quest to reverse the negative manifestations, Patrick noted that it is the pleasure of the UNFPA to partner with the local Nurses and Midwives Association. The midwives programme was conceived by the International Conference of Midwives and UNFPA as a joint response to the worldwide emerging interest in human resources for health.According to Patrick, the drive to critically position midwives led to a strategic collaboration in the form of a joint programme investing in midwives and those with midwifery skills. This joint initiative, he said, was launched internationally in June 2008 with the slogan ?the world needs midwives now more than ever to save the lives of mothers and babies.?Minister within the Health Ministry, Dr Bheri Ramsaran, who also graced the forum on Wednesday,Cheap Air Max 2018, related that though it may not be widely known, the ruling administration is continually working in innovative ways to improve the nursing profession even as it helps the Nursing and Midwives Association.
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After the Report of the COI into GUYSUCO was made public several questions and issues were raised in the media regarding the accuracy and intent of the data presented to show the relative earnings of rank and file sugar workers.The majority of Guysuco workers are piece- or task-rated. They include the cane-harvesters who are paid on the basis of the amount of work done as opposed to others who are time-rated i.e paid by the hour or day or week or month, irrespective of the amount of work done.The ?preamble? to the presentation of the earnings data is titled: ?Myths about earnings of Field Workers?. It goes on to acknowledge that ?It is generally felt that Field Workers,Cheap Air Max 90, especially piece workers, are not doing as well, earnings wise, as their counterpart time workers, Foremen and Supervisors, especially, because they do not get full year-round employment or because they have to haggle over ?extras? etc?.The Report then compares the 2014 Annual Gross Salaries earned by time workers, Charge hands, Foremen and Supervisors with the 2014 Annual Gross Earnings of various categories of piece workers who typically work less than a full year, given the in-crop and out-of-crop realities of GUYSUCO field operations.The Report goes on to state that the most revealing conclusion that can be drawn from the statistical data is ?the fact that Field piece workers can earn more than their counterparts doing time work and even their Foremen and Supervisors?. These assertions are derived from the following statistics:(a)Comparative annualized Salary Scales vis-à-vis annualized Earnings of Piece Workers (2014)Annualized Salary Scales for Time WorkersAnnualized High and Mid-Level Earnings in Various Field Operations (2014)(Average of Seven Estates)Notes:1. The above salary scales were derived from the Agreements with GAWU & NAACIE for 20142. The Field workers earnings ranges were derived from the payroll data supplied by Guysuco for all seven estates showing the typical average earnings of mid to high level earners.It is important to note that the differential between high, mid and low level earners is more a function of their variable attendance at work as opposed to the price paid for the work done. For example in 2014 the average attendance rate across the Industry was 58% for cane harvesters and 71% for other field workers.3. A comparison was also done with the current salary scales for Teachers and Civil Servants all of which show that the earnings of Guysuco workers compare quite favourably especially when one considers their actual attendance at work.As a double-check on the data supplied by GUYSUCO, the COI independently and directly approached the ISD (Information Systems Dept. of Guysuco) for corroborative data on the average daily gross pay of rank and file workers. This resulted in the following data which, in the considered opinion of the COI, validates the conclusion that GuySuCo piece workers are, comparatively, reasonably well paid:For further clarification of the above statistics the following observations are made regarding Field/Factory workers? earnings and attendance at work:Re earnings:(a) 35% earn up to $4000. per day(b) 60% earn from $4000 to $8000. per day(c) 5% earn above $8000. per dayRe attendance at work:(d) 20% attend work for less than 100 days per year(e) 15% ,, ,, ,, 100-150 days per year(f) 22% ,, ,,Wholesale Jerseys China, ,, 150-200 ,, ,, ,,(g) 22% ,, ,Wholesale NFL Jerseys,, ,Cheap Jerseys Store,, 200-250 ,, ,, ,wholesale jerseys,,(h) 21% ,, ,cheap nfl jerseys,, ,,Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic, over 250 ,, ,, ,,Questions have been raised in the media as to the reason for the chronic ?shortage of workers? in the fields, given the relatively good earnings potential in Guysuco as presented above. In this context it is necessary to emphasize the following:? The ?vacancy rate? is negligible (as measured by the number of employees on roll vis-à-vis GuySuCo budgeted establishment). The problem is with the attendance which suffers because the formula for ?qualifying ? to remain on roll and enjoy all the benefits of a regular worker is overly liberal and augmented by several premia available for week-end work as detailed in the COI Report. Furthermore, many employees attend the barest minima to ?qualify? for Guysuco benefits then they opt to work elsewhere (rice, cash crops, construction and goldfields where Income tax and NIS deductions are not made as is done at Guysuco).? GUYSUCO has not done as good a job as they might have to publicize that it is a good employer (despite the extraordinarily high incidence of strikes and apparent strife in the industry.); its communication and PR have not been as good as it could have been and the COI Report does say so quite unequivocally.