The Child Justice Section (CJS) of the Ministry of Justice in partnership with UNICEF-Liberia has formally launched a Prison Ebola Response project and donated several anti-Ebola items to four prisons across the country.According to CJS, this is part of collective effort to reach zero-infection of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has taken more lives in the country than other affected nations.Some of the anti-Ebola items include hand-washing drums, Clorox, soap, and disinfectant.Others were recreational materials, such as checkers and ludos, to be used during prisoners’ leisure hours.According to the CJS Acting Coordinator, Alben Greaves, the donations were made to the Monrovia Central Prison, Bassa, Margibi and Bong Prisons.“The Child Justice Section, in coming days, will also make donations to prisons in Lofa and Nimba counties,” Greaves said. The value for the donations to the six counties is US$14,550.It can be recalled that the Acting Deputy Justice Minister for Administration and Public Safety, Atty. Tony Sonkarly recently launched the Prison Ebola Response initiative.The Deputy Minister encouraged correction officers to continue to use preventative measures in the fight again Ebola. He urged them to also continue to educate inmates about the dangers of the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After firing over 7000 sugar workers, Government is attempting to restructure Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to produce 147,000 tonnes of sugar, even though the latest statistics from the remaining estates show they are some distance from achieving that goal.This projected figure was quoted by President David Granger during his appearance on the radio programme “The Hot Seat” with Stan Gouveia. He willingly admitted, however, that this cannot be achieved this year or next year, but, rather, will take time.“The idea is not to shut down the industry. The idea is to reform the industry, bring the production to 147,000 tonnes and maintain as large a labour force as is necessary. And keep the sugar industry alive”.“And we’re very confident that we’ll be able to return it, if not to profitability then to sustainability, at least in the middle term. It’s not something that is going to happen this year or next year but in the middle term, next three to five years, I’m very confident”.With General and Regional Elections just around the corner, the President also expressed regret at the number of persons who lost their jobs as a result of the closure of estates. He said that besides the 147,000 tonnes of sugar, the Government is also targeting a 5000 member GuySuCo workforce.“It’s very unfortunate that some people had to be terminated… I’m very confident that with the funding they’re getting, this is an achievable target. 147,000 tonnes, as well as a 5000-member labour force”.Last year, GuySuCo produced little over 100,000 tonnes of sugar from the three estates left standing— Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. In terms of this year, it was reported in October that GuySuCo was lagging in its second crop production target of 33,800 tonnes.Back in 2017, Government had announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.Subsequently, in November of that year, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2500 workers by the end of that year. Amid much criticism, over 7000 were retrenched. Many of these former workers had to take the Government to court to fight for the severance payments they were legally entitled to.The Government then established the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) under the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) to take over the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets that were earmarked for sale. The SPU then recruited accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct a valuation of the assets to be privatised and divested.In June, PWC Managing Director Wilfred Bhagaloo had announced at a press conference that negotiations with a consortium of investors from Guyana, India and Ghana have reached an advanced stage. He had also revealed that Rose Hall estate, which received the most interest from investors, was the targeted estate.That process has effectively been put on hold, owing to the 2018 No-Confidence Motion and the ensuing political upheaval. Government fell to the No-Confidence Motion and approached the courts soon after to overturn the vote. When the matter reached the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is based in Trinidad, the regional court validated the no-confidence vote after months of legal wrangling.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has always maintained that the Government should be acting in a caretaker capacity only and not be entering into large-scale contracts. In the wake of reports that State assets were being sold to cronies of the party, he has repeatedly warned that, should the PPP take office, any underhand transactions will be investigated. Elections are scheduled for March 2, 2020.
iVenture Card International has announced the appointment of Nijhawan Group as their local representative in the Indian subcontinent.Commenting over the development, Ryan Rieveley, CEO and President, iVenture Card, said, “Having seen dramatic growth in the number of Indian guests enjoying our products worldwide and their propensity to purchase an iVenture Card as an integral part of their holiday before leaving home, we felt it was imperative to extend our reach in the Indian market and make our products available to more consumers through their preferred travel partner. In doing so, we’re delighted to have the Nijhawan Group represent and assist us in further developing and strengthening our partnerships with the Indian travel trade.”Currently operating in 16 of the world’s leading tourist destinations including London, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Barcelona, Madrid, Sydney and more, iVenture Card recognises India as a major upcoming source market. This representation tie up will be executed by iVenture Card Managing Director, Joost Timmer and General Manager– International Business, Joy Ghose overseeing the market from their Regional Head Office in Hong Kong.Announcing this partnership, Priyanka Nijhawan, Director- Representations, Nijhawan Group, said, “We will support the tour operators and travel agents in their sales and marketing efforts to maximise the numbers of Indians experiencing attractions worldwide through iVenture Card attraction pass. With the addition of iVenture Card International to our representation portfolio, we can now offer a new product to our travel partners to further enhance the experience of their clients.”