LET’S LECTURE: A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE HARRY A. GREAVES

first_imgIn our Liberia, when a man or woman dies, it is usual to make speeches, to emphasize their virtues, but rarely can we say of a person, with greater justice, with greater accuracy, what we say of our late brother and friend, Harry Greaves: That he was a shining example of a Liberian patriot dedicated to the unfinished struggle for economic development and political freedom, for rice and rights in our Liberia.I first got to know Harry back in 2005 when we worked together on President Sirleaf’s initial campaign for the presidency. Before then, I had only known of Harry as a brilliant Liberian who had been sent to England where he qualified as a Certified Public Accountant. During the campaign, Harry brought his prodigious energies and strategic thinking to the table culminating in our raising a large part of the funding necessary for the successful prosecution of the campaign and the eventual victory of Mrs. Sirleaf at the presidential polls. The friendship which we forged during the campaign continued to grow and blossom, nourished by our common vision of a Liberia that should stand shoulder to shoulder with the best. Needless to say, the constant blows to the ideal of bringing to birth that Liberia pained us both grievously, so grievously.Following the elections, Harry went on to become Managing Director of the LPRC where he introduced innovative policies of governance. He was unceremoniously relieved of this post after a few years of meritorious service.Harry was no saint. How many of us are? But he was not a certificated illiterate, career sycophant or political parasite. He certainly was not a member of that ludicrous and somewhat puerile gang of high society urchins who have become professional praise singers of earned and unearned accolades.Harry was a certified public accountant, a man of no mean intellect, and a passionate patriot who dared to raise his voice against the moral sclerosis, gross inadequacies, and downright shenanigans which characterize so much of our public life. Yes, Harry was a critic. But he was always judicious, always did his homework, always remained open minded. He was never equivocal, never less than sharply, superbly judgmental.And if you were to ask Harry, as people asked another Harry, Harry Truman of the US, why he was so critical, why he gave the government so much hell, you would get the same answer given by Harry Truman: “I never give the government hell. I only tell the truth and the government THINKS it’s hell.”Did Harry have anything against the person of the people in government? Not at all! He always spoke so fondly of his long standing relationship with the highest officials in the land. But did Harry have issues with some government policies and praxis? Yes, he did. And let us admit it: Who doesn’t? In a democracy, even the most incurable and unabashed praise singers in government itself have issues.Alas! Harry’s voice has been hushed in death. And we are aggrieved: aggrieved at having lost a good friend, an intellectual powerhouse, a fearless patriot. We are aggrieved when we think that Harry was only 66 years old. We are aggrieved when we consider how much we need people of Harry’s stature and commitment during this period in our history when our country is racked by all the ills of underdevelopment—no rice and threatened, very threatened rights. Indeed, we are saddened at missing the additional fruits that we would have received from Harry’s intelligence and his even richer experience.But Harry has left us a heritage, a fine heritage, and we his relatives and friends are duty bound to promote this heritage.And what is this heritage? It is to be found in Harry’s progressive thinking, his tenacity, his capacity for hard work. It is to be found in his fearless ability to raise his voice against the many ills which pervade our society. Harry thus joins the ranks of Edward Wilmot Blyden, Didwho Tweh, Albert Porte, G. Baccus Mathews—and many others– who have gone ahead marked with the gratitude of the people in whose behalf they fought so courageously. If Harry were concerned with national issues, he never forgot his local government, Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County, where he was deeply involved in efforts to solve the burning problems confronting people in that rural area of our Liberia.What were the circumstances of Harry’s death? Who killed Harry? The pathologists with their tainted record of medical practice are saying that Harry was killed by drowning. The report from our JFK Hospital is saying something else, almost the contrary. Is there a deliberate attempt to conflate and obfuscate what should be a clear-cut case? The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) which has been assisting in securing peace and security in our country is about to leave. Whilst still in our midst, however, we are experiencing a string of unexplained deaths and mayhem. As Christ warned the women of Jerusalem on the road to Calvary: “If they do this while the wood is green, what will be done when the wood is dry?” (Luke 23:31). That is why as UNMIL prepares to exit, we may need to establish a MAMIL—Movement Against Murder In Liberia. And this Movement will not only concern itself with the deaths, the armed robberies, the rapes, that are becoming commonplace in our Liberia. This Movement must also address the fact that the Liberian masses are today the victims of an undeclared war, a sort of silent genocide—for what other meaning can we attach to the high infant mortality rate, the high death rate, the pre-mature old age, etc.? If the Liberian society is not changed fundamentally, the number of children dying will more than double in the coming years.I am about to conclude. And the question remains hanging: Who killed Harry? As a Catholic, I believe that the circumstances of Harry’s death will, in time, be fully revealed. Our people in Sinoe say that “when the tide goes out, we will see who is swimming naked.” Buddha reminds us that there are “three things which cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon and the TRUTH.” We shall know the truth.As we bid Harry farewell, let us pledge to ensure that one, two three, many more Harry Greaves will arise, to “lecture,” to continue the struggle for good governance in our beloved native land.Therefore, Precious (Presh, as Harry called you), Harry’s children, relatives and friends, let us face the future with optimism confident that today or tomorrow we shall have the victory.And for Harry, friend and compatriot, our prayer is the familiar: Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine on him. Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum – the peace of God remain with you always.Ambassador (Prof) Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson, businessman and aggrieved Liberian.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WHO Donates Ambulances to MOH

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Health were the proud recipients from the World Health Organization (WHO), of three brand new ambulances which are among contributions of international health stakeholders to strengthen Liberia’s health sector.The Land Cruiser jeeps, built for Liberia’s rough terrain, are expected to be used by three counties in the southeastern region, where the dirt roads are virtually impassable by ordinary vehicles during the rainy season and early dry season.Speaking to journalists following the presentation, Mrs. Bentoe Zoeglay Tehaingue, WHO’s H6 Office Coordinator, said the ambulances cost at least US$160,000.Mrs. Tehaingue said the vehicles were part of a package which included x-ray, ventilators, ultra sound and other equipment. Excluding the vehicles, the medical equipments are valued at over US$1 million, she intimated. “These ambulances are aimed at improving the referral system. We have formally given three ambulances to River Gee, Grand Kru and Maryland Counties,” she said, adding that the present donation was another set of three that are to be used by Gbarpolu, River Cess and Grand Cape Mount counties.Speaking earlier, Dr. Peter Clement, Acting WHO Representative to Liberia, said that the ambulances have been donated to help save the lives of women, adding that no woman should die giving life.Dr. Clement, who is the Emergency Humanitarian Assistant at WHO Office in Liberia, further stated that the ambulances were donated in order to minimize one of the challenges, lack of vehicles, facing the health system.“The ambulances will help in making sure that women receive the necessary assistance in those remote counties just in case there is an emergency,” he added. Responding, Dr. Francis Nah Kateh, Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, said one of the saddest things for him is seeing a mother losing her life while trying to give birth.Dr. Kateh, who is the Deputy Minister for Health Services, promised that the vehicles will be used for their intended purpose and that they would be properly maintained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We Will Demand Justice Next Time’

first_imgMarkerters shout “we want justice and we are going to demand it the next time we come back here,” while leaving the Civil Law Court.jpgTension erupted yesterday on the grounds of the Temple of Justice following the Civil Law Court ‘A’ decision to postpone a ruling that was expected to see the newly inducted officials of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) commence full operations on Monday, May 1.The court had placed a stay order on the induction ceremony, but the injunction was challenged and the LMA went ahead to hold the occasion on April 7 despite an attempt by a bailiff to stop the program.The LMA claimed that they also received a communication from the same court authorizing them to proceed with the induction in spite of the election results being challenged and the defeated party demanding that they be nullified.Outside the courtroom yesterday some of the marketers, who were dissatisfied with Judge Yussif Kaba’s action, grouped themselves and used threatening remarks that they would demand justice if the court fails to deliver the judgment next Monday.Yesterday’s action was the second time Judge Kaba suspended the court’s ruling in the matter, although he had earlier assured the marketers that he was going to conclude by  Tuesday (yesterday).Defending his action, Kaba said the suspension was to give him the opportunity to look not just into the election rigging allegation, but to also investigate whether or not the court’s staff was prevented from performing his duty.The decision to suspend yesterday’s ruling, the aggrieved marketers claimed, was influenced by Cllr. Cooper Kruah, who is a lawyer for the opposing party.Although, Cllr. Kruah was not available for comment, Madam Antoinette Nah Mulbah, one of the elected officials, alleged that she saw Kruah holding discussions with Kaba before the decision was taken.“I am disappointed about what I saw taking place between Kruah and Kaba, and we are not going to sit there for people to waste our time from taking authority over the association,” Mulbah explained.“We are not going to allow this to happen anymore, this is the last time we are accepting Kaba’s postponement, and we are going to make sure that we mobilize our members to come to this court by Monday,” the Ma Juah Market secretary vowed.Madam Mulbah, who is the elected National Chaplain General of the association said, “If Judge Kaba does not rule as he promised, we are going to make this place uncomfortable for the court, whereby we are going to demand justice, because this matter has been impeding our businesses.”Madam Antoinette Nah Mulbah threatens to make the court uncomfortable for Judge KabaMulbah, who is also the secretary general of the Ma-Juah Market in Vai Town, Monrovia, explained, “We are not politicians, we are business people and we are not going to leave our businesses anymore just to come to this court for the judge to tell us that the judgment is being postponed.”The confusion between the marketers came about following their February 18 election results in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, where 556 delegates from all 15 counties voted to elect Madam Alice Yeegahn, as president, securing 70 percent of the votes among 10 presidential candidates.The court issued a “Stay Order” on the induction of Madam Yeegahn and other elected officials.The action was due to a statement by the petitioner’s (complainant) legal team, accusing the outgoing president, Madam Lusu Sloan, of being behind the rigging of the elections in favor of Madam Yeegahn.Judge Yusif Kaba, hearing the case, decided to reserve his ruling on whether or not the court should nullify the result of the February 2017 election, as it was requested by the defeated candidates, including Madam Elizabeth Sambullah. After hearing arguments from both parties, Judge Kaba postponed his ruling to yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Matee Ajavon: ‘My Goal is to Come Home and Motivate Girls to Play Basketball’

first_imgLiberian-born American basketball star, Matee Ajavon (Photo Credit: AP file photo/Fred Beckham) Having immigrated to the United States at a young age and become a female basketball star, Liberian-born American women’s basketball star Matee Ajavon has revealed plans to return to home and give back through female basketball.The 31-year-old, who currently plays for Atlanta Dream in the Women’s National Basketball Association in the US, told this newspaper that her goal is to return home and motivate young female basketball players.“My goal is to come back home and motivate more girls to play basketball giving them lessons,” Ajavon said.I just want to be able to give back to the game that has given me so much. The only way the WNBA is going to grow is if we start with the youth.” (Photo Credit: Getty Images)The four-time all-big east guard, who immigrated to the US at age 6, recently launched a company, Ajavon Elite that seeks to create exposure for aspiring players who want to further their career internationally. The Ajavon Elite Company also provides training for young and aspiring female basketball athletes.Earlier in 2017 following the launched of her company, Ajavon told NJ Advance Media “I just want to be able to give back to the game that has given me so much. The only way the WNBA is going to grow is if we start with the youth.”While in high school, the Liberian-born basketball star led the Shabazz girls’ basketball team to victory in the State of New Jersey’s “Tournament of Champions” in both 2003 and 2004, the first time a school had repeated as champion. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 where she majored in Africana Studies.Ajavon started her professional career in 2008 with Houston Comets before moving on to Fenerbahce Istanbul where she played from 2008-2010. The Point Guard also played for the USA team in the 2007 Pan American games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil after the team won all five games to clinch the gold medal for the event.Professional Career2008   HOUSTON COMETS2008–2010 FENERBAHÇE ISTANBUL2009–2014 WASHINGTON MYSTICS2010–2011 ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY2011–2012 OPTIMUM TED KOLEJLILER2013- CSM TÂRGOVIŞTE2013–MERSIN BÜYÜKŞEHIR BELEDIYESI2014- MARANHAO, BRAZIL2015- TORUN, POLAND2016- BOTASCURRENT ATLANTA DREAM Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Health, Roads, Others Key Priorities of New Gov’t

first_imgMFDP meeting with UN and Development Partners at the Pan African PlazaFinance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., has disclosed that youth development, education, health, roads, and private sector development are key priorities of the new government and will be part of its short-term delivery plan.He said it will be accomplished through domestic resource mobilization and a coordinated effort led by the Government of Liberia and its development partners.Speaking during a meeting with the United Nations and other development partners on Tuesday, Minister Tweah assured that the government is committed to working with all partners in implementing its pro-poor governance agenda.Minister Tweah said the Government of Liberia is committed to mobilizing domestic resources through transparent budget execution and reduction of wasteful spending and called on development partners to align their interventions to that of the government’s to speed up pro-poor transformation in Liberia.He said the alignment of the interventions will improve the partnership and promote coordination, adding that the impact of all the interventions will be felt in all the counties.“There is a need for GoL and UN development partners to work together on a framework matrix modalities,” he noted.Tweah pledged government’s support to continue fiscal decentralization and thanked development partners for the tremendous support over the years. He also called on the partners to help transform Liberia for the ordinary people to be happy.For his part, the DSRSG/Resident Coordinator, Yacoub EL Hillo, said they are committed to working with the Liberian government to promote its pro-poor agenda. “We need to determine and suggest action, decision or intervention…over the next few months,” the DSRSG said.According to DSRSG, the overall goal of development partners and UN agencies is to promote the pro-poor development agenda that will impact the lives of the Liberian people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-Policeman detained after fleeing scene

first_imgBagotville accidentA former Policeman who was identified as Lloyd Thomas is now under Police guard at a private medical institution in the city after he fled the scene of an accident at Bagotville, West Bank Demerara, which left two persons injured over the weekend.The chaotic accident scene on SaturdayAccording to information reaching Guyana Times, the injured persons who were taken to West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) were treated and released on Sunday for the injuries they sustained when the ex-Policeman’s HC 6031 Toyota Spacio collided with a HC 7086 taxi that was transporting an elderly couple.This publication was told that the former Policeman after escaping from the area, checked himself into the medical facility after which Police were informed of his whereabouts. As such, he was arrested and placed under guard before charges are laid against him which could include failure to render assistance.This newspaper understands that the accident occurred just after 17:00h on Saturday and the ex-Policeman was reportedly showing signs of being intoxicated. Reports are that the Spacio hit the taxi, a Toyota Carina 212, after hitting a parked truck. Both cars appeared to have been written off with car oil leaking from both and their airbags being dislodged. It was reported that the taxi driver, Sewkumar Mohabir, received some injuries and his occupants received lacerations to the head. It was also noted that the driver of the taxi was released on bail after he had reported the matter to the La Grange Police Station.last_img read more

Linden Hospital nurses stage sit-in over shortage of critical drugs, medical supplies

first_img…Health Ministry launches probeAs a result of issues surrounding the shortage of critical drugs and medical and non-medical supplies within the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), nurses attached to the medical institution on Thursday morning downed tools and staged a three-hour sit- in.During this time, approximately 50 protesting nurses sat in the Outpatient Department of the Hospital, while there was reportedly no replacement staff in place. The management of the LHC, which was reportedly unaware of plans toThe Linden Hospital Complexconduct the sit-in, later met with the staff in the Outpatient Department to address their concerns.According to LHC Public Relations Officer Toshanna Alicock, the Hospital’s CEO, Dr Farouk Riyasat reassured the staff that their issues were being addressed at the bimonthly Section Heads Meeting and management was pursuing all possible avenues to have the issues rectified.She said since management was unaware of plans to conduct the sit-in, it did not have the opportunity to put a skeleton staff in place at the time, which, she noted, was worrisome.Temporary fixOn Thursday afternoon, Alicock noted that a decision was made to temporarily acquire critical drug supplies. “At 2:30 pm, Management teleconferenced with the Honourable Minister of Public Health, Dr Volda Lawrence and Director of Regional Health Services, Dr Kay Shako to address the issue, and it was decided that the LHC will be acquiring supplies through Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) temporarily.“Representatives are currently on their way to Georgetown to uplift the first set of these supplies from GPHC,” Alicock noted, stressing that this was only a “temporary fix” until the previous system of acquiring drugs was straightened outNurses during the sit-in on Thursdaywith the Materials Management Unit (MMU) bond. She added that the drugs which were being acquired under the temporary arrangement fall under the critical drugs, pharmaceuticals, and medical and surgical supplies heading.The PRO further stressed that necessary drugs were unavailable from time to time at the bond and also unavailable for private purchase. “One of the issues that we’re having is the timely release of funds from the Ministry of Finance to purchase the critical drugs that we need. Though we do get drugs from the MMU, we are allotted a certain amount of money to purchase critical drugs. So, we’re having that hiccup.”The process of acquiring the funds for purchase, she said, is a lengthy one owing to the amount of information which is now required. Alicock related that LHC management would be meeting with the staff today to provide feedback on the decisions made so far. By then, she noted, the first set of supplies would have been received.Meanwhile, Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Regional Representative Maurice Butters, who met with the protesting staff, said they related frustration over the lack of work materials and facilities and, therefore, decided to conduct the sit-in. Butters pointed out that it was a “sad” situation. He said the staff, in speaking to the Hospital’s CEO on Thursday, would have raised concerns over these issues which they explained have been affecting them for months, adding that staff have cast blame on the Public Health Ministry.“They were very firm…that they made requisitions for these things, but they don’t get it…they voiced their disapproval of the way things are going and the amount of supplies which are available at the Hospital.”He said the Hospital’s CEO would have also related difficulties which management faced. “But their contention is, while the grass is growing, the cow is starving. Because they have to provide medical service to the people of this community, and if the supplies are not there, it means they cannot do their jobs properly. These people have been working under these conditions for quite a long time and they’ve been doing their best…but it would’ve meet a stage where they cannot go further,” Butters noted.The GPSU Representative added that staff were also aggravated over the failure of the Public Health Minister to meet with them to address their concerns, although a promise was made over a year ago. “The staff is saying they noticed she’s going to other hospitals and not visiting Linden.”He also noted that he would have received information that the Minister would meet with staff today following an additional request, adding that he was hoping for a positive response from the Ministry. However, the Hospital’s PRO indicated later on Thursday that she was unaware of the Minister’s plan to meet with staff today, but noted that management promised to contact her to have a meeting with staff some time in the future.She said management had initially planned to travel to Georgetown on Thursday, but teleconferenced the Minister instead, in an effort to find a temporary solution to the issues.But the Public Health Ministry said it was currently investigating the circumstances and addressing the issues which resulted in the LHC recording a shortage of medical supplies.According to a statement issued by the Public Health Ministry, during the period March 6 to March 21, medical supplies were ordered by the Linden Hospital from the MMU. On March 6, 16 of the 24 items requested were delivered, and on March 18, 91 of the 171 items ordered were received.While it is normal procedure for the Linden Hospital to purchase drugs and other medical supplies whenever there was a shortage, the Public Health Ministry notes, as a result of poor forecasting, all the money the Hospital possessed had already been spent during the first quarter of the year.As such, the Ministry has commenced the implementation of necessary measures to correct this situation. Presently, a number of containers which contain some key medical supplies are being cleared.last_img read more

Govt announces plans to build 2 more roundabouts

first_img…Kitty roundabout opensAs Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Monday officially opened the Kitty roundabout, plans were announced to construct two more of the structures, which will help to ease traffic congestion and wastage of time.The Minister also announced that he expected a waterfront project to be completed by 2019, which will accompany the Kitty roundabout as a tourist destination in the country.“During the course of this year and next year, there will be two additional roundabouts in two equally important areas,” Patterson stated.According to Patterson, the two planned structures are scheduled to be erected at the Timehri junction, East Bank Demerara and at the corner of Mandela AvenuePublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson; Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes; Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson; Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Deputy Mayor Akeem Peters cut the ribbon to officially open the Kitty roundaboutand Sheriff Street, Georgetown, under the Sheriff Street road expansion project.While the Minister did not elaborate on the details of the planned Mandela Avenue and Sheriff Street roundabout, he reported that works for the Timehri roundabout have begun by Gaico construction for the sum of $74 million.He told the small gathering at the opening ceremony that the Kitty Roundabout project was undertaken after several phases to ensure its robust design and that it met its objective. It was explained that the project initially began with the upgrade of Carifesta Avenue, followed by the replacement of drainage pipes from Vlissengen Road and Carifesta Avenue to Kitty. Subsequently, the contract for the East Coast road expansion was renewed to help ease traffic congestion and finally the roundabout was constructed.Traffic now utilising the Kitty roundaboutAlthough the new structure was officially opened, the Minister agreed that there were still a few finishing touches to be added.As such, the centre of the roundabout will be beautified with flowers from each Caribbean country, in keeping with the name Carifesta Avenue, Paterson pointed out.“We have some traffic lights to be installed here and obviously the traffic lights will be for particular issues (like) pedestrian crossings…we have some painting of the medians and the curbs…with reflective paints,” he added.“We will be doing a waterfront development from Kitty Pump Station all the way back to the Pegasus Hotel, whereby we will be upgrading it into a commercial space…the consultancy has already been awarded,” the Minister highlighted.He was keen to note that he was expecting a report in the coming months, which would detail the scope of works for the project and importantly, the price.The Minister while noting that the specified area is already a tourist destination as it is, said the Government has been taking into consideration issues such as waste management and sewage disposal among others. He said, however, that he was hoping that the project could be completed by 2019.The Kitty roundabout was initially to be opened by May 26.While persons remain curious and uncertain about the use of the structure, the Ministry is urging road users to visit its Facebook page to have a better understanding of its use.Earlier this year, the contract for the project was awarded to S Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services in the sum of $78.9 million. The decision to construct a roundabout at this busy junction was made after a sinkhole had formed nearby.The roundabout is expected to reduce waiting and stoppage time for motorists heading to the East Coast of Demerara and those using Carifesta Avenue, Vlissengen Road, and the Kitty Public Road.last_img read more

Rice, sugar cannot sustain Berbice economy – Armogan

first_imgRegion Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Chairman David Armogan believes the time has come for the region to diversify its economic base since the economy cannot be sustained by two commodities. Armogan was at the time speaking at the Berbice Expo and Trade Fair which concluded on Monday evening at the Alboin Sports Complex. He noted that for two long, the Berbice economy has been depending on rice and sugar and it is time for the region’s economic base to be diversified to ensure that any decline or price adjustment in those commodities will not give the region an economic shock. “We must find new opportunities; we must look at new opportunities for development because the traditional way of doing things has to change. We are accustomed to doing things today the way our grandparents left it but the situation today is not the same and so we have to think outside of the box,” he said, adding that new ideas and non-traditional businessesLocal farmers’ produce on display at the Berbice Expois where the focus should be.The Regional Chairman recalled that two grinding sugar estates were shut, thus putting thousands on the breadline. This itself resulted in a disposable income being withdrawn, thus putting a dent into the economy and forcing many businesses to downsize.Even if the Private Sector focuses on non-traditional businesses, Government will still have its part to play. “The Government will be tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that these businesses are provided with incentives so that they can come to our region and make sure that we will be able to pick up where we left off a few years ago.”Armogan explained that in Region Six, there is an abundance of resources, many of which are not being exploited. He urged that they be exploited while noting that non-traditional crops have huge markets in the Caribbean.According to Armogan, there is a big marker in the Caribbean for vegetables and fruits.“Nearly all of the countries in [the Caribbean Community] Caricom have been spending large sums of money importing food from outside of the Region.”“We expect that the New GMC [New Guyana Marketing Corporation] will come to Berbice, interact with our farmers and make sure that we will be able to move in that direction to produce for the rest of the Caribbean.Armogan related that opportunities must be created for both small and medium-size businesses. He called on Business Minister Dominic Gaskin to establish a branch of the Small Business Bureau in Region Six.Berbice Expo and Trade Fair was the 14th annual expedition organised by the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce. The four-day Expo opened on Friday last and concluded on Monday with thousands visiting the various booths.last_img read more

A woman miner blazing through a male-dominated industry

The gold and diamond mining industry over the years has contributed significantly to the sustenance of many families. However, it takes lots of hard labour, long hours and courage to keep pursuing some of nature’s most precious minerals buried below.Deian Gordon is one of the few female miners in an industry dominated by men. She is also an executive member of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO). She understands the struggle in this sector all too well.Gordon, prior to taking up a career in gold mining, was engaged in street vending. She visited the interior only to understand how minerals are extracted from the earth, but that visit evolved into a business.As a woman in mining, Deian has found it to be very challenging. She is a reservoir of good and bad experiences in the sector.In a male-dominated field, Gordon has managed to rack up some 22 years in the sector but it takes strength and courage to keep persevering.“You have to be strong to work with the men… spirit, mind and body. You have to be able to stand up and demand that this is your job, you have workers, you have to respect, even though you are a female; they have to respect that they working with you,” she explained.Growing up with 11 brothers taught Gordon a great lot. So that gave her a little advantage working in a ‘man’s world’.As a woman in mining, she has learnt that one has to be calm, in the eventually a situation arises. “Like when they get a dispute in the backdam, like in your camp, you have a dispute with another worker, if you can’t go and make peace or try and get it down it will lead to that (chopping up)”.She explained that there are times when large investments are made in the mining operation with very little returns and then there are times when the rewards are bountiful; however, Deian said there is a slang that is often used by miners, “Dutty battam dark” which means you invest unsure of what will be your returns but you remain hopeful.The GWMO, along with a brother institution, have assisted in coaching Gordon in the mining field. Gordon through the organisation has been able to attend many training programmes, especially in the area of sustainable practices made possible by the organisation.The workings of the mining Industry are totally different from most sectors, she explained, “…because for me, my work starts at 5:00 am, sometimes you does gotta get up from 2-3 am (02:00-03:00h) pumping water and so forth out of the pit. So, you close off at 6 pm (18:00h) and depends on how the sun goes, you could go up to 7 (pm)… so it ain’t get a factor really like a 7 am (07:00h) to 4 pm (16:00h) work,” she noted.The GWMO executive said she was taught about the rules that govern the mining industry through the GGMC and the GWMO and abides by those rules.She also engages in sustainable working practices. After mining is completed in an area, trees are often replanted by her workers.To any dredge owner, Deian Gordon encourages to always have another business to assists in the steady flow of income due to the unpredictability of the sector.Additionally, being away from family is also considered challenging. Gordon enjoys going to the movies and hanging with friends, to “ease the brains” as she puts it. read more