Insufficient lighting, poor maintenance plagues hinterland airstrips

first_img…major upgrades expected this year – MPIGuyana’s hinterland aerodromes are slated for major upgrades this year as the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) begins the process of establishing a remote monitoring operation to be known as Aerodrome Management System (AMS).This system which will allow for monitoring of the aerodromes without physical presence, falls under the Ministry’s latest project – the Hinterland Aerodrome Development Policy (HADP).Residents and officials of Paramakatoi attend a meeting held by the MPI team during the recent village consultationThe project consists of four areas: the development of a policy to address hinterland aerodromes; the development of an administrative framework; the addressing of maintenance issues, and the sustainability of the aerodromes.The project was recently launched and will see MPI officials visiting hinterland communities to physically assess the airstrips and receive input from residents on the best way forward.In fact, on Tuesday and Wednesday last the team visited the villages of Kato and Paramakatoi in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). The airstrips in these communities are just two of more than a dozen that are expected to be upgraded from across the four hinterland regions, that is, Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).The team of six comprised of Director (ag) of Air Transport Management Saheed Sulaman; Chief Transport Planning Officer Patrick Thompson; Transport Planning Officer/Engineer Ryan Singh; Transport Planning Technician Jamaal Blair; Surveyor James Lindo; and Surveying Technician Alain Sirius.During its first stop in Kato, the team met with the Regional Executive Officer (REO), Rafael Downes; Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), Gavin Gounga; and Regional Democratic Councillor (RDC) Courtney Hardy. The deputy Toshao of Kato was also present. The team also spent time surveying and assessing the Kato airstrip.During discussions, REO Downes highlighted a number of issues of the Kato airstrip, including the lack of lights, potholes, poor maintenance, and no fencing. He suggested the introduction of a regulatory body to ultimately improve the service provided to far-flung communities, noting that there are cancellations with no warning. These cancellations greatly set back the community which heavily relies on planes arriving thrice a week, he said:“What we need here is a regulatory body that would visit air services… if we are going to move forward so taxpayers can benefit, we have to have a regulatory body. This is especially important if we are to develop tourism in the hinterland.”He also called for better communication among the MPI and those officials and residents in hinterland communities.Similarly in Paramakatoi, residents and village councillors expressed concern over the safety of the airstrips. They noted that Paramakatoi airstrip is one that serves the largest village in sub-region one.The residents noted that there are no lights at the airstrip and this shortcoming was both a threat and deterrence to pilots. They added that it was particularly difficult in situations of emergencies, such as transporting the sick out of the community.“These pilots are taking a risk to save someone’s life; the least we can do is let them see where they are going,” one resident stressed.Residents also raised concerns over maintenance of the airstrip as well as its length. According to the deputy Toshao, an extension of the runway is long overdue. He added that while the village was willing to work along with persons from Georgetown, the village council would prefer more control over the airstrip’s management.“Georgetown should not be dictating to us who must do this or who must do that,” he emphasised.Instead the protocols and policies of the airstrip should be shared with the village council to allow for some level of autonomy and improved management.Meanwhile, the residents admitted that they have been lax in some areas of management of the airstrip, especially in regards to the presence of people and animals.While the airstrip had initially been completely fenced, residents over the years cut these fence and placed gates to create ready access on either side of the airstrip. Animals have also been able to enter the airstrip through these openings.Residents explained that while they understood the prohibition of animals and people on the airstrip, the recent drought has made it difficult to access water on one side of Paramakatoi. Therefore they cross the airstrip each day to fetch water from the other side.The village council indicated its intention to address this issue. Sulaman in turn urged residents to adhere to regulations and warned that the presence of obstacles on the airstrip could prove to be a deterrence to pilots coming in to Paramakatoi.“An airstrip is an asset to a community; it serves as the economic livelihood of that community so, if air operators decide that they’re not coming here, you will ultimately suffer,” he emphasised.Furthermore, Sulaman stressed that as part of the new pilot project, the MPI will be focusing primarily on the maintenance and sustainability of aerodromes.In coming weeks the team will be visiting other hinterland airstrips on fact finding missions that will ultimately lead to the establishment of AMS.According to Thompson, who has more than a decade of experience with the Ministry, the current system is complicated, with the use of traditional methods slowing down work.“We want to collect data of the aerodromes we’re visiting and make a note of their deficiencies so, going forward, when we talk about upgrading the aerodromes, we’ll know exactly what needs to be done,” he said.Besides Kato and Paramakatoi, the other airstrips that will be assessed are: Baramita; Port Kaituma; Kamarang; Kaikan; Ekereku Bottom; Eterinbang; Bartica; Fairview; Surama; Karanambo; Annai; Lethem; Aishalton; and Mahdia.last_img read more

New Appointments Announced for Foreign and Internal Affairs

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments in government – affecting the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and Internal Affairs.According to an Executive Mansion release, those appointed include: Ministry of Foreign AffairsMr. George S. W. Patten, Sr. – Ambassador-Designate to the FederalRepublic of EthiopiaMs. Genevieve Kennedy – Ambassador Designate, Republic of GhanaMinistry of Internal AffairsHon. Lahai Lasannah – Coordinator on Disputes and Concession AffairsLocal AppointmentsGrand Cape Mount CountyMadam Hannah K. Stewart – City Mayor, RobertsportMr. Varney Diggs – Township Commissioner, Madina TownshipMr. Harrison D. Donuwah – City Mayor, Bonbohun City, Porkpa/GolaKonneh Statutory DistrictMr. Momo Kaikonoi – Township Commissioner, Beh-GondorTownship,Gola Konneh DistrictMr. J. Jengbe Seituah – Township Commissioner, Kongo Township,Porkpa DistrictLofa CountyMadam Sarah Kullie – Mayor, Voinjama CityThese appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate where applicable.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

20 Year-old Student Killed in Motor Accident

first_imgAngry crow set truck ablaze following the death of student Washington recently in Bentol Angry crowd sets truck ablazeA tragic motor accident which recently occurred in the city of Bentol, outside Monrovia, caused an angry crowd to set ablaze a ten tire truck only marked as “Jesus #3VIP.The accident led to the death of a student of the Antoinette Tubman Public School in the adjoining township of Crozierville.  Washington who was believed to be in his early 20‘s was a 9th grade student.In an exclusive interview, the newly appointed township commissioner of Crozierville, Ruth L. James, narrated that the accident happened when the truck coming from Crozierville instantly killed Washington while climbing a hill where the badly fire damaged vehicle with its tires burnt off the rims, is still parked. It was not made clear to this paper who is the owner of the truck.Commissioner James told the Daily Observer that student Washington met his untimely death when he (was returning from or going to?) visit a friend in Bentol. She alleged that truck drivers who plied the road on a daily basis had over the past times made some threatening remarks, saying “if you people do not leave the road anytime you see us coming we will kill you and go free.”The newly confirmed commissioner also recalled that the incident was not the first of its kind in the area, noting that a few months ago, a similar truck from the same group calling themselves “JESUS #3VIP killed two other persons and there was no justice.  “They do not care about anyone here. They run any kind of way they feel like,” she criticized.Anthony Knuckles, an eyewitness, also explained that the unidentified truck driver had with him two friends at the front along with his carboy. According to Knuckles,  he observed that the three of them were sharing fun while driving, which he said resulted in the accident which left student Washington dead. “When the accident happened, I saw the driver running for fear of the angry crowd,” Knuckles narrated.He noted that following the incident, police from Bentol paid a brief visit to the scene to take note of the incident, but did not find the driver and the others. Knuckles said that upon the departure of the LNP an angry crow began to gather at about 6:30 pm. He said the group of unidentified individuals were demanding, “where is the driver of the truck? He needs to report himself now to the police.”Knuckles stated that a few minutes later, the group started to stone the truck, and due to the violent atmosphere at that point he decided to leave the scene in fear, saying when I left it was the time the angry crowd set the truck on fire.”Some eyewitnesses said when police in Bentol decided to launch its investigation in a couple of days to find the truck driver, they began to randomly arrest motorcyclists in the city, which residence have described as an unreasonable action by the LNP.Meanwhile, police in Bentol city said an investigation is still ongoing into the matter and will be revealed as soon as possible.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

40 GPHC nurses trained in foreign languages

first_imgForty nurses attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) are now certified in speaking French and Spanish having completed a six-month foreign language programme.Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, East Street, GeorgetownDirector of Nursing, Keith Alonzo recently told the media that the programme was conducted by the Guyana Language Institute (GLI) through a collaborative effort with the GPHC with the aim of improving services at the medical facility by having qualified foreign language medical care staff.He noted that there has been an influx of foreigners, who visit the hospital to access medical care and that this has posed great difficulty for both patients and staff due to language barriers. According to top officials of the GPHC, among the foreign nationals who visit the hospital seeking medical care are Venezuelans, Brazilians, Haitians and Cubans. Thus, the need for having staff who are able to communicate different languages apart from our official English language in order to be able to facilitate and administer accurate diagnosis and treatment to patients.He added that the newly certified nurses will pass on their knowledge to their colleagues in the various departments of the medical facility.The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GPHC, Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis, had stated a while back that the hospital will be tackling issues and difficulties which it has been facing through offering various training programmes to healthcare workers which will benefit them in several ways including professionalism, behaviour, attitude, knowledge among others, with the hope of eliminating many of these problems.last_img read more

Technician found dead under shed by son

first_imgA technician was on Sunday night found in a shed in his yard by his young son, and despite efforts to save his life, the 42-year-old man died while receiving medical attention.Devendra BalgobinDead is Devendra Balgobin of lot 37 Middle Street, Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Guyana Times understands that the discovery was made at about 19:30h after the lad was sent by another relative to check on his father.Balgobin had reportedly been ill and was frequently in and out of the hospital. He was scheduled to return for treatment recently but had refused to go.He was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Saturday but left the hospital on Sunday. His family was unaware that he discharged himself from the hospital and returned to his home at about 18:00h on Sunday.According to the now dead man’s stepson, Kevin, the technician was still alive when his younger brother notified him that there was “something wrong” with him.“His sister who lives at the back of the yard asked me to speak to him about going to the hospital because he kept refusing. He told me he was not going either and I went into the house and was on the phone talking with my friend when my little brother went outside and he told me daddy standing up funny. I get up right away and jump out the chair and look out and see him with his foot off the ground,” the stepson related.The young man stated that he immediately raised an alarm and neighbours, as well as other family members, rushed to render assistance.He added that Balgobin would usually consume alcohol and had been encountering difficulties with certain family members. It is suspected that he committed suicide as a result of domestic issues. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

LFC fans happy to pass up chance to sign Ter Stegen if this transfer happens

first_img Marc-Andre ter Stegen is said to be on Liverpool’s transfer shortlist 1 The Liverpool hierachy are already looking to next season, with a host of new names linked with a move to Anfield in the hope of getting back into the Champions League at the very least.Among those players rumoured to be on the shortlist is Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who is also on Man City’s radar.BARCELONA SET TO MAKE TER STEGEN AVAILABLE FOR LOANHere, talkSPORT looks at how some Liverpool fans have reacted to this transfer rumour, while here is what was said on Twitter to rumours manager Jurgen Klopp wants to be reunited with Mario Gotze.HOW LIVERPOOL COULD LINE UP NEXT SEASON WITH NEW SIGNINGSlast_img read more


first_imgIt’s that time of year again when we light up Lifford in celebration of our Christmas Season and next Saturday is a date not to be missed!The Diamond in Lifford will play host to a celebration of lights, carols and festive activities.Entertainment will be provided by the Riverine Percussion and Choir Group – Sing Out Loud at 4.45 pm and the lights will be switched on by Santa Claus himself at 5.00pm. After Santa has officially turned on the lights, everyone is invited into the Courthouse to meet Santa, where refreshments will be provided to both young and old!Mayor of Donegal Frank McBrearty said, “On behalf of Donegal County Council, I am delighted to invite everyone into the Diamond in Lifford this Saturday the 1st of December for the official lighting of the Christmas tree. There’ll be plenty of carols and Christmas cheer to help us get into the festive spirit. “The event has been organised by the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project in partnership with Lifford Coummunity Groups. The Reconciliation through the Riverine Project is supported by the International Fund for Ireland and managed by Donegal County Council in partnership with Strabane District Council.For further information please contact Catherine Anne Kelly, Development Officer on telephone: 074 91 72230 or by email on  LIFFORD LOOKING FORWARD TO A TREE-MENDOUS START TO CHRISTMAS ON SATURDAY was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Christmas lightsLiffordlast_img read more


first_imgSporting events give a great opportunity for communities to come together to showcase their activities or services and it can be a rewarding experience for any volunteer to contribute to a successful event.However when it comes to sports events which share public roads or local waterways safety for all participants and road users is paramount.Now Donegal Sports Partnership are hosting and evening awareness raising seminar in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny around sports event safety and management. This event will have a panel of experienced speakers from varying backgrounds who are willing to share their experiences around the health and safety of sports events.The panel will look at best practice to ensure that you and your organisation can reduce the physical and legal risk to participants and to the general public which can be costly and damage the reputation of your event and your organisation.Other topics will include event planning, recruitment and training of volunteers, site suitability, race junctions and access to emergency support.The seminar will run from 7pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 4th June at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny and will be free of charge. To book a place or for further information please contact Donegal Sports Partnership 074 9116078 /16079 or email at SEMINAR TO BE HELD ON STAGING SAFE SPORTING EVENTS IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalDONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPseminarsporting eventlast_img read more


first_imgAston Villa are trying to lure Shay Given to the Midlands – and away from a possible move to Celtic.It is now clear that the Lifford keeper can leave Man City this summer.It’s just a matter of where he will end up, with Gerard Houllier wanting the 35-year-old to move to Villa. The Donegal man looks set to be one of the more high profile departures from Eastlands this summer.Roberto Mancini has told Given – with whom he has a good relationship – that he wants him to stay, but cannot guarantee him first team football.Now Villa has now emerged as a viable destination especially with Brad Friedel out of contract and set to join Tottenham.Championship side Leicester are also in the running, though that would be an unlikely destination for Given who would prefer to stay in the Premier League or go to Celtic. Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is said to want Given in his side next season.If Given does go to Villa he will link up again with fellow Irish international Richard Dunne.ASTON VILLA IN BID TO LURE SHAY AWAY FROM CELTIC was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:Aston VillaCelticdonegaldailyLeicester CityLiffordMan CityShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgIrish Water will not install water meters on the Churchill Group Scheme until such time as it is taken over by Donegal County Council, according to villagers.A water meter.Meter installers had already arrived the Pines Estate at Churchill last week to begin their work and despite no objections being raised they departed soon afterwards.The Tirconail Tribune reports it took place after what is being described as ‘updated information’. Preparations had just got under way to begin the installation of meters when the workmen suddenly packed up and left.This has led to speculation that Irish Water had overstepped their remit with claims they had no legal rights to carry out any works on this scheme.This point has been made vehemently on a number of occasions by Cllr. Ian McGarvey who has contended that the new utility company did not have any legal right to acquire group schemes not in the full possession of Donegal County Council.This latest move also raises very fundamental questions about who has responsibility for upgrading group schemes. Cllr. McGarvey again has claimed that it is the sole responsibility of the Council to find the finances to bring these systems up to EPA standards. In that context he’s also argued that consumers on some group schemes may not see any improvements in the next ten years.It is now claimed that Irish Water’s decision to abandon their plans in Churchill came after intervention by the Council.‘There seemed to be a flurry of activity before the contractors packed up and left without a single meter installed – much to our delight, ’ said one local resident from the scene.Local householders who’d been monitoring the situation at first hand said they were mystified at the swiftness of the departure of the contractors, as they were by their arrival. However we’ve been told that consumers on the scheme had already been informed of the meter installation some time previously.Irish Water had said they were installing water meters in Donegal in line with the information initially provided by Donegal County Council which included Group Water Schemes taken in charge by the Council and ones in the process of being taken in charge. “Churchill is one such scheme in the latter category. As work was commencing in Churchill on Tuesday 10th of March 2015, Donegal County Council advised Irish Water that it should not be metered at this point in time. Irish water have updated our systems accordingly,” said a spokesperson for the water utility company.Cllr. James McDaid said that as recent as two months ago he was informed in wiring by Irish Water that regardless of the status of the supply the metering process would go ahead. He says he was also informed that it was perfectly legal for these schemes to be connected to the system and as such there was no plan to exclude Churchill or any such group scheme not yet taken over by Donegal County Council.It is not now clear what might happen next on the Churchill scheme or on many others of similar nature in Donegal.IRISH WATER HALTS METER INSTALLATION IN CHURCHILL OVER COUNCIL ISSUE was last modified: March 19th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:ChurchillDonegal County CouncilIrish Waterlast_img read more