Henry Relinquishes Ministerial Responsibilities

GEORGETOWN, Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry is to relinquish responsibility for the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport from September 1, 2017 and hand it over to Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton.

“I believe that I have provided the leadership and policy direction that saw us through the two years,” she said.

Henry, who has in the past been criticised for less than satisfactory planning of Guyana’s 50th anniversary celebration and mixing up Phagwah and Diwali, said  “I will no longer have ministerial responsibility for the department and I will be taking full responsibility for the Mnistry of Education.”

She made the announcement on august 28 at a meeting with staff members at the National Cultural Centre.

She said Dr. Norton is expected to take over responsibility for the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport and he “would provide you with the policy direction.”

She remarked, in saying farewell, that “in some instances I appreciated you more than you appreciated me.”

The Minister cautioned staff members to be respectful and desist from posting her announcement on Facebook. Instead, she urged them to await the announcement by President David Granger.

Henry expects a smooth transition and she hopes the staff members can sustain some of those initiatives she has spearheaded.

The Minister of Education, who recently succeeded Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, admitted that she did not place a lot of emphasis on sport compared to youth and culture.

She hopes that sport is used more for tourism purposes.

The little politically known Henry several months ago was in the spotlight about the management of the National Sport Commission which is headed by former Chairman of the Youth and Student Movement, the youth arm of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)- the largest and most influential party in the governing coalition.

Dr. Norton is Vice Chairman of the PNCR.

 

Pilot Perishes In Cesna Aircraft Crash

GEORGETOWN, In the wake of the Sunday, August 27 tragic plane crash and two other incidents in just over a month, Guyanese authorities are stepping up stringent checks of aircraft and crew.

The David Granger administration has ordered the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority to increase the frequency of its inspections to ensure there is greater safety.

On August 27, Captain Imran Khan perished after the Cessna 206 plane owned by Air Services Limited crashed just off Mahdia, a small community in the Potaro-Siparuni region. The plane, which was shuttling between Chai-Chai and Mahdia, was scheduled to land at at 8:47 a.m. but it did not. An Emergency Transmitter Locator (ELT) signal was picked up at 9:08 a.m., triggering a search and rescue operation.

Later that evening, Khan’s body was found on the ground, even as the light aircraft hung on trees. Investigations were immediately commenced amid reports that the plane was flying at low altitude in hazy conditions and one of its wings might have clipped a mountain.

Back in July, Roraima Airways’ Chief Pilot Collin Martin died when the Britten-Norman Islander plane he was flying crashed at Eteringbang. Then on August 8, a Cessna 206 plane crashed at Eteringbang, resulting in minor injuries to Captain Dominique Waddell.

Jagdeo Submits Third GECOM Candidates List

 

GEORGETOWN, Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has submitted a third list of six nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to President David Granger, saying he is hopeful that the Guyanese leader will select one of them in light of the recent High Court decision.

“It is my expectation that the President will select a Chairman from this list especially now that we have the ruling of the Chief Justice on this matter,” Jagdeo said in announcing the names.

The six (6) names are Major General Joseph Singh; Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Teni Housty; Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Sanjeev Datadin; Mrs. Annette Arjune-Martins; Pastor Onesi La Fleur and former Magistrate Mr. Krishnadatt Persaud.

 

Jagdeo commented that in respect of the names which he’d submitted to the President,

one is a former chairman of GECOM; two are attorneys-at-law with over 10 years of good standing at the Guyana Bar and both of whom are qualified to be appointed as judges of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in Guyana in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana; one who is an attorney-at-law with over 40 years of good standing and a former magistrate who served in that capacity for over 20 years; one who is a business person in the local airline industry and who has received national and international acclaim for her work in protecting Guyana’s biodiversity; and one who has distinguished himself as an agriculturalist and has made a sterling contribution in Guyana and the Caribbean in the area of Education and Religion.

 

Jagdeo further stated that it is now his expectation that the President will select a Chairman from his most recent submitted list.

 

Increasing Scientific Literacy Among Teachers

GEORGETOWN, A Toronto-based non-profit organization is hoping raise the scientific literacy among secondary students and teachers in Guyana.  The group, Pueblo Science, recently conducted a workshop at the St Stanislaus College in Brickdam, Georgetown.

The initiative was organised by the St Stanislaus College Alumni, Canada, and Ministry of Education.

The five-member team, consisting of four scientists and an engineer travelled to Guyana to train around seventy students and teachers  from the public school system how to effectively use science experiments in their classrooms and how to construct them from local materials.

Visionary behind Pueblo Science, Dr May Rose Salvador explained that the mission of the organization is to raise the level of science literacy in underprivileged communities in Canada and the developing world.

Dr. Salvador is a Physical Chemistry Scientist who was born in the Philippines.  She is currently based in Canada.

Having obtained a doctorate at the University of Toronto, Dr Salvador formed Pueblo Science, less than a decade ago. The organization has since touched various parts of the globe, educating teachers mainly of simple and affordable ways of implementing science projects that can help societal problems.

This was the group’s second trip to Guyana.

During her initial visit, Dr Salvador, had explained that her vision is to enlighten as many people as possible of the importance of Science. A mission, which she says is premised on the fact that science has the potential to stave off some challenges of everyday challenges.