16 complete coaching theory course

January 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Sixteen persons were successful in completing the Coaching Theory Course of the Caribbean Coaches Certification Programme at the Bartica Learning Resource Centre last weekend. The Course was made possible through the collaborative effort between the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA)and the Department of Education of Region #7 and was conducted by Mr. Nicholas Fraser– territorial trainer of the CCCP in Guyana. The Course was held over two weekends beginning Friday December 8 to Sunday December 10, 2017 and concluded January 20-21, 2018.Dr. Karen Pilgrim, Vice-President of the GOA, was on hand on the last day to assist with the presentation to participants on Doping Control.

The Coaching Theory Course forms part of the Caribbean Coaches Certification Programme (CCCP) of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC). Regional Certification will conclude with the evaluation of a practical session in any sport discipline by successful participants of the Coaching Theory Course. This is the second Coaching Theory Course to be held in Guyana; the first CCCP Course was held in Georgetown in April 2017.

Since coaching is an activity that requires competency and not merely an understanding of content, participants of this course are required to demonstrate their ability to accomplish certain tasks that are critical to the job of coaching. Whether planning a safe and effective practice or special event, ensuring a safe playing environment or improving the physical fitness of an athlete, the coach has a responsibility to carry out the duties of a coach competently. To this end, the Coaching Theory Course is designed to improve the competencies of participants to respond to these demands of modern day coaching.

The GOA utilises the CCCP to train coaches, instructors, community and youth club leaders, physical education teachers and religious organisations (involved in sport) as a precursor to Olympic Solidarity training or any specialised training in a particular sport. The successful completion of the course is also a requisite to receive funding or any other form of support from the Guyana Olympic Association.

The Regional Sports Coordinatorvattached to the Department of Education (Region #7), Mr. Mark Ambrose, was crucial to the coordination of the Course in Bartica. He indicated that plans were in train to include these coaches in the development of sport in the Region.


German consultant assists with identifying regional trade issues

January 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Over the past two days, Dr Dan Ciuriak of BKP Development Research and Consulting of Germany conducted in-country consultations with Guyanese private and public stakeholders. The visit is part of efforts to identify CAIRCOM’s [Caribbean Community] concerns in relation to trade between the region and Central South American countries under a free trade agreement.

Dr Dan Ciuriak engaging Guyanese private and public stakeholders in the boardroom of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

While in Guyana, the consultant met with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Business, Go-Invest [Guyana Office for Investment], Guyana Revenue Authority, Private Sector Commission, Guyana Manufacturers Association, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Guyana Sugar Inc. (GUYSUCO), Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Banks DIH Limited, Sterling Products Limited, and Edward Beharry Group of Companies, among others.

Eureka Medical Laboratory opens Guyana’s first Psycho-diagnostics and Family Therapy Centre

January 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In an effort to further strengthen and improve the quality of health services offered in Guyana, the Eureka Medical Laboratory (EML) opened Guyana’s first Psychodiagnostics and Family Therapy Centre.

Speaking with the Guyana Inc. Magazine about this exciting new venture was Mr. Ren Gonsalves. Mr. Gonsalves has a Master of Science in Psychology and 20 years experience in the field.

The Psychologist noted that the EML Psychodiagnostics and Family Therapy Centre was founded by himself; EML’s CEO, Mr. Andrew Boyle and his industrious wife, Dr. Karen Boyle.

He said that outpatient psychological services began in 2016 when he started accepting referrals from friends, students and more notably from the Child Protection Agency (CPA) which sought his services for psychological intervention of special cases.

The idea of establishing a centre to carry out psychodiagnostics, he said, was born in 2017, and then is when he started to purchase test materials which he now uses for psychological testing.

The psychologist shared that the idea was further cemented when Mr. Boyle broached the idea of a possible collaboration with psychiatrists in Georgetown, primarily as a support service to clients who may need counseling.

Some of the services offered at the Centre include: Counseling, Psychotherapy, Play Therapy for Children, Psychological Testing, Substance Abuse/ Addiction Therapy, Family Therapy, Training and Contracted Services.

Additionally, Gonsalves shared that since the launch of the Centre, it has partnered with a number of agencies such as the Ministry of Health.

“With the Ministry, we coordinate with the Drug Demand Reduction Services and the Mental Health Unit especially for training practitioners in drug prevention. Thus far, we have conducted two separate trainings already, one for Drug Use Prevention and the other one was on Brief Intervention in Drug Use Treatment. Both were held recently.”

“We have scheduled a series of trainings of practitioners for next year. We have an ongoing case-to-case basis partnership with CPA. We have special partnership with the US Peace Corps as well as with other private entities. Recently, we partnered with Trans Guyana for employment selection purposes.”

Gonsalves also shared the belief that the Centre has an important role to play in the national fight against mental illness.

“The operations of the Eureka Psychodiagnostics and Family Center can be described as a multi-disciplinary behavioural health care practice that offers psychological services and child and family health services to Guyana with primary focus on Georgetown and neighbouring communities. Our focus is to provide cost-effective and efficient psychological interventions for children, men, women and families from all walks of life.”

“In 2017, we introduced the EML Psychodiagnostics and Family Centre, a first of its kind, that aims to alleviate the psycho-social ills that beset the Guyanese family.  It must be noted that Guyana has been ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015 as second among the countries with the highest rates of suicide.”

“With the services of internationally trained psychologists, EML puts its stake on this issue. The issues of dysfunctional families, depression, anxiety disorders, domestic violence and drug addiction are but a few of the psycho-social issues that the centre will try to help to address. Thus, the establishment of the centre proves beneficial, not only on the individual level, but also on the national frontier of development.”

Since the launch of the Centre, the response from the public has been overwhelming. Gonsalves shared that the entity’s networks have been expanding tremendously in so far as private-public partnership is concerned. He also noted that the US Peace Corps, for instance, has chosen the Centre as one of their providers.

Govt. Ministers for Inter-Ministerial Consultations in India

January 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, will lead a delegation, including Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, to India for a meeting of the Guyana-India Joint Commission and for Inter-Ministerial Consultations scheduled for January 29 to February 3.

The visit will provide an opportunity for the two States to further enhance relations through an exchange of political dialogue as well as for the fostering of economic and cultural cooperation. The Joint Commission facilitates talks between the two countries on all aspects of bilateral relations while the Inter-Ministerial Consultations allow for dialogue in areas of common interest at both the regional and global levels.

“Since the independence of Guyana in 1966 and the immediate establishment of political and diplomatic relations with India, our mutual relationship has been strong. Our ongoing social and cultural cooperation is a reflection of this close link,” stated Minister Greenidge. “The visit is intended to set a policy framework for medium to long term cooperation,” he added.

While in India, the Honourable Foreign Minister is expected to sign and ratify the Framework Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance, a platform through which sun-rich countries collectively address common challenges related to the use of solar energy. This will serve to advance Guyana’s efforts to establish a “Green Economy”, including through its renewable energy sector, as well as further solidify the bond between the two countries. Also slated for signature is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the cultural exchange programme between the two Governments.

Guyana and India have already collaborated on several development projects in areas such as infrastructure, energy, information and communications technology (ICT) and agriculture. Additionally, in 2016, the two States signed an MOU, which allowed for the creation of a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology.

Formal diplomatic relations between Guyana and India were established on May 26, 1966.

Wales Estate closure triggers private sector intervention

January 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Private Sector Commission (PSC), in collaboration with the Guyana Region Three Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has organized a JOB FAIR. The fair is slated to be held on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at the Patentia, West Bank Demerara, Tarmac.

As a result of the retrenchment of the workers because of the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate, the JOB FAIR is intended to create an opportunity for residents in the West Demerara Region, Region Three Area, to find employment.

Over 20 companies, including members of the Private Sector Commission and other companies, are expected to attend the JOB FAIR.  Persons seeking employment will have the opportunity to meet with and be interviewed by potential employers with vacancies for general employment. Persons seeking employment should come prepared to present evidence of their education qualifications, recommendations, their NIS card and TIN certificate if available, recent curriculum vitae (CV), police clearance if any, and any other helpful documentation to support their application.

The Private Sector Commission and the Region Three Chamber of Commerce and Industry look forward to this occasion providing a real and immediate opportunity to alleviate the hardships created by the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate.

CJAIC boast of professional screening for passengers

January 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Passenger screening is an imperative at airports and at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation [CJIAC] this is not different. According Ms. Aneka Edwards Head, CEO Secretariat at the CJIA, “We continuously train and remind our staff to conduct passenger security screening in the most professional, polite, respectful and caring manner.”

Edwards explained that all departing passengers are required to be screened via a walk through metal detector or a full body scanner.

If in the process of screening an anomaly is detected, then the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) requires that our security personnel investigate the cause of the alarm and clear same thus ensuringthat there is no threat posed to other passengers, flight crew or aircraft.

According to Edward in conducting its mandatory duties, CJIAC remains committed to ensuring that “all passengers are processed in an efficient and hassle free manner whilst maintaining our mandate to protect all passengers, crew and aircraft against any acts of unlawful interference against civil aviation.”

M&CC on mission to reclaim open spaces

January 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Mayor and City Council of the City of Georgetown continues to weed, clear, and clean all of its parapets, reserves and other open spaces. This is in keeping with its obligation under the Municipal and District Council Act Chapter 28:01.

This is according to information released by the municipal which revealed that this move comes as part of a wider City plan to reclaim all open spaces that are collectively owned by all the citizens of Georgetown. Therefore, the Council is urging all individuals to desist from placing, storing, or constructing anything on its reserves and thoroughfares.

No individual has the right to appropriate any such open space or reserve without first obtaining prior permission from the Mayor and City Council. Under the law, the Council is authorized to remove any vehicle, box, barrel or anything that has been placed on its parapets and thoroughfares without its permission.

According to the law It shall not be lawful for any person to carry on a pavement or foot-path any receptacle containing fish or greasy articles, or any bundle of wood, or other article likely to incommode any other person to ride or lead any animal or ride or wheel a bicycle or drive a vehicle or push any hand-truck, wheelbarrow or other vehicle other than a perambulator containing a child along a pavement or foot-path or throw any dirty water or other fluid, fruit skins, seeds or other refuse on a pavement on foot-path

No person shall leave, place, or store, or cause to be left placed, or stored, any vehicle, cart, dray, barrel, box, dust-bin, tree trunk, branch, limb, or other thing upon any street, parapet or pavement, with any vehicle, cart, dray, barrel, box, dust-bin or other thing”.

UG planning to commemorate Dr Cheddi Jagan’s 100th birth anniversary

January 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The University of Guyana (UG) has commenced planning to commemorate the birth centennial of the late President Dr Cheddi B. Jagan in March this year. The commemoration envisages a series of academic activities to honour the co-founder of Guyana’s premiere tertiary institution, which was established in 1963. Vice-Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith recently convened the inaugural meeting of the twelvemember, broad-based planning committee tasked to recommend a comprehensive set of commemoration events.

Under the Chairmanship of Dr Nigel Gravesande, University Registrar, who is an historian, the committee includes Professor Paloma Mohamed, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement; Professor Subramanian Gomalthinayagam, Director of the Berbice Campus; and Mr Tota Mangar, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and a respected historian. Also part of the planning committee are: Ms Indra Chandrapaul of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre; Ms Gwyneth George, University Librarian; Ms Emily King, Director of the National Library; Ms Paulette Paul, UG’s Public Relations Officer; Dr Cheddie (Joey) Jagan, Jr; Dr Nigel Westmaas, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Hamilton College in New York; Mr Kadasi Ceres of UG’s Faculty of Social Sciences; and Assistant Registrar June Ann Garnett, who is Secretary to the Planning Committee. According to Vice-Chancellor Griffith, “this commemoration is intended to be consonant with universities do: facilitate discourse on significant personalities, policies, programmes, and events, analysing relevant aspects, some of which might be contentious.” At the inaugural planning committee meeting the Vice-Chancellor stressed that the commemoration will not be a partisan pursuit, nor will it facilitate such. The Committee is expected to organise a series of exhibitions on the life and works of the late President, hold symposia at both campuses, and install a commemorative plaque at the Cheddi Jagan Lecture Theatre on the Turkeyen campus. The opportunity will be taken to raise funds to renovate the Lecture Theatre, and to increase awareness about Dr Jagan among the younger generation.

Outreach to foster stronger municipalities inter-agency relations

January 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Aimed at creating a stronger inter-agency relationship with all local authorities with respect to planning permits and to address building and land use contraventions, the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) will be hosting a series of outreach sessions with the Local Democratic Organs from all 10 administrative regions.

The first outreach session will be held with the municipalities on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Regency Hotel, 89 Hadfield Street at 9:00hrs.

This session will bring together Town Clerks, Chairpersons of the Municipality Works Committees, and the Environmental Health Officers that are assigned to the various municipalities. Also slated to be in attendance are the City Engineer and the Chief Building Inspector from the Georgetown City Council.

The session will address planning and building regulations, the role of Local Authorities in the planning permission process, types of planning applications, criteria for assessment of planning applications as well as contravention and enforcement matters will be discussed by Officials of the CH&PA Planning Department.

Capacities of NAREI’s technical staff being enhanced

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The practical capabilities of technical staff of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) are being advanced owing to the provision of two volunteers by Cuso International.

The specialist areas being enhanced are Data Collection and Interpretation, and Extension Services. These areas are complementary and oftentimes guide informed decisions that allow the institute to function effectively.

Dr. Oudho Homenauth, Chief Executive Officer of NAREI, this morning had interactions with both volunteers, Mr. Simon Chibi and Ms. Jacqueline Johnson-Daley at NAREI’s Mon Repos location. Mr. Chibi will be functioning as a Data Collection and Interpretation Specialist and Ms. Daley will function as an Agricultural Trainer.

(From L-R) Ms. Jacqueline Johnson-Daley, Dr. Oudho Homenauth, Chief Executive Officer of NAREI, Mr. Simon Chibi and Vanessa Thompson Programme Manager of Cuso International

According to Dr. Homenauth, the volunteers are both qualified and experienced in their respective fields. Technical employees of NAREI, especially those with limited working experience, stand to gain significant knowledge from the duo.

With respect to Data Collection and Interpretation, Dr. Homenauth pointed out that
a very important component of agricultural research involves the interpretation of statistical data, to derive valid conclusions. He added that not many persons on staff have this skill. As such, Mr. Chibi would be providing training as well as reviewing reports compiled by staff.

Meanwhile, Ms. Daley will develop training material, conduct field visits to monitor implementation of good agricultural practicesamong farmers, and mentor extension personnel in provision of extension services with the overall goal being to improve production and productivity to improve the livelihoods of the farmers and the nation’s food and nutrition security.

Ms. Vanessa Thompson, Programme Manager of Cuso International, who was also present, said that the overall purpose of the placement is to enhance the capacity of NAREI to develop appropriate systems to promote balanced, diversified and sustained agricultural production.

This initiative is part of the VOICE Project funded by Global Affairs Canada. As part of the Voice Project focus is being placed on sustainable agriculture for food security, hence the decision to engage NAREI, she noted.

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