No decision made on continued funding for projects in Guyana – UK Govt

first_img…contradicts Patterson, Jordan claim of secured funding for Linden-Mabura, seawall projectsThe United Kingdom Government, through its local High Commission in Guyana, on Friday announced that continued funding for the Linden to Mabura road, the Kurupukari Bridge and rehabilitation of the Kingston Seawall is yet to be decided.UK High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn clarified that no decision has been taken on continuing funding for the road. In similar fashion, Quinn also said that the jury was still out on funding for the Kingston-Ogle seawall project.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonBoth of these projects were being funded from the UK-Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF). While Quinn acknowledged that the UK did support the initial design work for both projects, he noted that no decision has been taken on funding the next construction phase.“As part of the UK-Caribbean Infrastructure Fund launched in 2016, over the last year, the UK has supported initial design work for the construction of the road between Linden and Mabura and the bridge at Kurupukari, which is being implemented by the Caribbean Development Bank”.“No decision has yet been made on the next construction phase of this project. Similarly, whilst the UK funded the design phase of the Kingston-Ogle seawall project through UKCIF, no decision has been taken on the next phase of this project either,” the High Commissioner added.Finance Minister Winston JordanQuinn’s announcement came five days after Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson claimed that the road projects would start on October 1 and that all decisions have been finalised.“I am pleased to say that we have agreed and we have worked out that there will be paved asphaltic concrete road between here and Lethem; Phase One will be launched on 1st of October and that entails the road from (Linden) to Mabura and including a bridge over the Kurupukari River,” Patterson had announced. Finance Minister Winston Jordan was subsequently quoted as saying that funding had been secured for the project.Only last week, the UK, in conjunction with the United States and European Union, diplomats had recently issued a joint statement calling on the Government to name an election date. They had warned the Government that violating the Constitution would have dire effects on what development aid they could give.A No-Confidence Motion was passed against the Government since December 2018, but elections were not called in the required three-month timeframe. Instead, the Government went through several levels of court, unsuccessfully arguing that the No-Confidence Motion was not validly passed.At the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final court had thrown out the Government’s case and had handed down judgement saying that when the No Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated. In addition, the court had noted that the provisions of the article were clear.Instead of immediately starting serious preparations to hold elections in the shortest possible time, however, GECOM proceeded to carry out House to House registration based on the orders of unilaterally appointed former Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson.A court case challenging this process and seeking to have GECOM comply with the Constitution was in fact filed and adjudicated. Following the court case, that process was ultimately stopped by his successor, retired Justice Claudette Singh, who then decided to merge the new data from House-to-House and to prioritise the printing of identification cards.Eventually, a position was reached where GECOM decided that Claims and Objections will start on October 1; a necessary move towards having an Official List of Electors (OLE) to conduct elections.In addition, Justice Singh informed the President via letter that GECOM would be able to conduct elections by the end of February 2020. On Wednesday, President David Granger had announced March 2, 2020 as the earliest date for elections. However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has put little faith in this, saying at a press conference that a signed proclamation will hold more weight.last_img read more

Day exposes girls to math, science fields

first_imgVALENCIA – Some 200 seventh- and eighth-grade girls spent Saturday morning learning how to become millionaires, pharmacists and scientists. Women with careers in math and science fields led the hourlong workshops at Valencia High School with the hopes that the young audience in ponytails and low-rise jeans will become tomorrow’s brain surgeons, veterinarians and dentists. “It’s important that junior-high girls realize the opportunities open to them in math and science fields and not to be intimidated by past male stereotypes in those fields,” said Jane Hanson, charter member of the American Association of University Women, which sponsored the event. Some of the professionals have noticed that times are changing in the work force and that fields once dominated by men now have many more women. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 In her work with emergency animal care and animal training, Fawn Nyvold said both fields are heavily saturated with women. It’s a total about-face from 15 years ago, when women were scarcely seen working with animals. Nyvold said there are still a lot of men in the field, but at the same time there are many more women these days graduating from college and pursuing animal-related professions. She wonders if women are drawn to the work because of their nurturing instincts. “I think some of it is maternal instinct and in general more women are doing more jobs that men used to do,” she said. Biology professor Jen Chotiner of Mount St. Mary’s College has noticed that the ratio of women to men in science is about equal. But the problem is that women don’t stay in the field, Chotiner said. Women sometimes leave to raise families and because they’re frustrated that they can’t penetrate science’s upper levels, she said. But science is changing as older people retire. With that, Chotiner hopes that more women will move up the ladder. “As these girls move into science careers, there will be less of that, I imagine,” she said, looking at the 12- and 13-year-old girls in her workshop. “Things are on their way to changing.” As she walked from one workshop to the next, 13-year-old Karinne Smith held up a building she made from Popsicle sticks in a session about structural design. But it was the lesson about biotechnology and DNA that really got the attention of the La Mesa Junior High eighth-grader. “The genetic part of it makes it cool,” she said. “DNA looks so small but it really is large when you think about it.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 160Want 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