The stated move by Government to engage private developers to construct apartment buildings for among others, State employees, is being met with resistance. The move by Government comes even as thousands of Guyanese are currently waiting on the processing of their house lot applications.Former Director of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) Board, Mohamed Khan, has called the proposed move by Government not only a big mistake, but also a waste of scarce resources.Khan, the former CHPA Director, was at the time responding to reports that several hundred acres of land has been identified for housing, including the building of homes and apartment buildings for State employees.According to Khan, apartment buildings were built in 1989 by the late Hugh Desmond Hoyte’s Government but this had failed. He pointed to the cost of maintenance of those apartments by the occupier as being “huge and was milking them of their resources.”Speaking to some of the problems that had arisen out of the Hoyte’s apartment building programme, Khan pointed to constraints on the part of the occupier of the unit who was made to carry out all work ordered by any competent public authority in respect of the apartment.“Many of the occupiers couldn’t enjoy the common property in the manner for which it was designed; often there were complaints of noise nuisance and hazard to the occupier by an occupier of another apartment.”According to Khan, “my take on this whole issue is that Guyana has 83,000 square miles with a population of about 700,000 people, and still the present and previous Governments have been finding it hard to find land for the 10,000 outstanding applicants.”He said “with 83,000 square miles of land, every Guyanese should be able to own a big plot of land to build their house and have land space to do some subsistence gardening which will help augment their small income, but it seems to me we do not have good planners in the Government systems to guide our Ministers.”According to Khan, when the Government builds apartments, the occupiers will have no space to plant a kitchen garden or even a flower garden, “so what kind of planning is this… This plan will have little or no impact on the applicants’ needs.”He posited that an evaluation of the nature and forms of housing in Guyana for over three decades to 2016 would lead to the conclusion that there had been no recognisable policy and programme in place. “There was a better policy in 1972 under the National Development Plan, where the house lots were bigger with all the necessary infrastructure in place before the applicant occupied their land in the schemes.”Khan reminds that at the time, the Central Board of Health inspectors had to inspect the new schemes and make sure that all infrastructure was in place before the first and second certificates were issued to the Ministry of Housing.It was pointed out too that in October 1992, when the People’s Progressive Party/Civic took over the reins of Government, it removed these requirements and applicants were given plots of land without the infrastructure in place, in order to facilitate the fast-tracking of certificates of title so the owners could secure mortgages from the banks to build.The size of the house lot was reduced and the price skyrocketed 10 fold, according to Khan, who suggested that the applicants had no choice because they were badly in need of a piece of land to build a house; many of them were living in rented houses working for a small salary.“When this new Government first took office on May 11, 2015, they too followed suit, issuing small house lots at the same price without the basic infrastructure in place.”According to an advertisement in the State-owned newspaper, the Government will be embarking on several projects emanating from its strategic objectives as it relates to Housing for low-income and State employees.The development is slated to be undertaken along the East Bank of Demerara (EBD), the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) and in Georgetown.As such, expressions of interest are currently being invited.The project is expected to be undertaking in three phases – phase one will entail the executing of infrastructural works including land preparation the construction of roads, drains, heavy-duty bridges and the installation of a water distribution network. The second phase according to the Ministry’s invite will be the construction of apartment buildings and single flat houses. The final phase will be the construction of social infrastructure such as recreational facilities, commercial facilities, educational and health facilities.The areas identified comprise underdeveloped lands at Little and Great Diamond, EBD; Cummings Lodge, ECD; and La Penitence, in Georgetown. Some 150 acres of land has been identified for development in Diamond – lands that had been previously used for cane cultivation.Lands identified in Cummings lodge totals 99.31 acres while another 2.3 acres have been identified in La Penitence.
Ireland’s consultant crisis is having a ‘serious effect’ on delivery of women’s healthcare as 1,783 women are currently waiting for an appointment with a gynaecologist at Letterkenny University Hospital.There has been a 40% increase nationally in the number of women waiting to see a gynaecologist in five years.Currently, there are 28,417 women waiting for an appointment across Ireland’s public hospitals, of these, 5,394 are waiting more than a year. Letterkenny University Hospital has the fifth highest number of women waiting on appointments.The hospitals with the longest wait times to see a gynaecologist are in Dublin, while Galway, Letterkenny and Limerick had the highest regional figures.In addition, almost one in five (5,394) women are waiting longer than 12 months to secure an appointment.The Irish Hospital Consultants Association says that the consultant retention and recruitment crisis is having a ‘serious effect’ on the delivery of healthcare to women across Ireland. The group says that one-in-five or over 500 of all permanent consultant posts nationally are now empty or only temporarily filled, resulting in patients waiting long periods to access essential healthcare services.They say that consultant salary cuts are driving specialists abroad and new consultants are being paid up to 51% less than their colleagues.As part of their #CARECANTWAIT campaign, the IHCA says that it is time for the Government to restore pay parity for new consultants.LUH records fifth highest number of women waiting to see a gynaecologist was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
21 August 2012 South African independent television news network eNews Channel Africa (eNCA), formerly known as eNews Channel, has gone global, offering UK viewers African news coverage and content through the Sky pay-TV platform. Rebranded eNews Channel Africa on Sunday, the channel launched its 24-hour news service to UK viewers through the Sky digital satellite platform, which boasts more than 10-million subscribers, on Monday. On Tuesday, South African President Jacob Zuma congratulated eNCA on their move, “which contributes positively to the development of the broadcasting industry in our country and in Africa. “We sincerely hope that the outcome will be the provision of an avenue for Africans to tell their own stories to the world in their own words and perspective,” Zuma said in a statement. eNCA Africa editor Chris Maroleng told Business Day that the establishment of the UK network would allow for more objective international reporting on the African continent. Africa was often covered by the international media “in the form of stereotypes” presenting it “as a continent pervaded by doom and gloom,” Maroleng told Business Day. The eNews African Edition, appearing during UK prime time, will provide an African perspective on Africa, working from bureaux in Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi. eNCA, available to African DStv subscribers on channel 403, offers its special daily pan-African news broadcast for Sky pay-TV subscribers on channel 518 from 21:00 to 23:30, repeated later. Patrick Conroy, group head of news at eNCA, said South African and African viewers would still get to see the same content locally, from 00:00 to 06:00. “But Sky viewers get that first, because we want to see if we can grow the appetite for not just South African news, but from the rest of the African content as well.” SAinfo reporter
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We Hear YouSince introducing the Geocaching® app’s new name and icon earlier this year, we have received and read thousands of questions, comments, and survey responses from geocachers about our mobile apps. We take this feedback seriously and have spent a lot of time contemplating and debating next steps.First things first: We’d like to acknowledge and thank you for the feedback—both positive and negative—that many of you have expressed. In the post below, we’ve collected and responded to some common themes, and laid out our plans for both the Geocaching® and Geocaching Classic apps in the near future.Community Questions and SuggestionsThe following questions and themes are the most common responses collected from the survey, as well as from emails, social media, and forum posts. Offline geocaching is a must-have in the Geocaching® app.Offline maps is the most requested feature by far. Geocaching happens outside after all! Building Lists and the ability to save them for offline use was our first step towards adding offline maps to the app. See “Moving Forward” below for additional information. I need the option to award Favorite Points and submit different log types.Geocaching is a community game that’s about more than a find count. We depend on geocachers to let each other know when a geocache needs maintenance or if there’s a great geocache worth trekking to. We agree that these features are essential. See “Moving Forward” below for additional information. Did you really need to end support for the Geocaching Classic app?Decisions like this are tough and we wish we didn’t need to make them. But we are a business. We don’t have unlimited resources. Retiring the Geocaching Classic app—an app we built and love—is not an easy decision, but it will free up resources to continue doing the work we believe is most important to helping the game thrive, which includes making improvements and adding new features to the Geocaching® app.The Geocaching Classic app was developed in 2008. Mobile phone and app technologies have changed significantly since that time. The Geocaching® app was designed first and foremost to modernize the technology underlying our mobile products. We committed to making a better app built on more sustainable technology and that’s what we’re going to do. The app doesn’t do what I need it to.At Geocaching HQ, we consider it our responsibility to build products that serve as many people in as many places as possible all over the world. Sometimes that’s limiting. Because there are many different ways people like to play the game, we support geocaching partners—like Cachly, Looking4Cache, GSAK and Project-GC—who tap into the listing service we maintain to provide services we’re unable to at this time.You said it and we agree: There’s still work to do. So what’s next?Moving ForwardWe originally planned to shut off the Geocaching Classic app in September 2016. If it’s not clear already, you’ve convinced us otherwise.While the Geocaching® app is not yet complete, we are very proud of our sustained commitment to quality throughout its development. Since launch, we created a better way to find geocaches of all types, as well as trackables. We added 18+ languages to the app to be more welcoming to players around the world, and we added Message Center to make it easier for players to communicate. We also designed the app to better support outdoor play, including a live search for geocaching on the go. 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A little bit about my experience with Toastmasters and my club, Mid-day Toastmasters.Toastmasters: www.toastmasters.orgMid-Day Toastmasters: http://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club/00001802-midday-club
Senior IPS officer A. Shankar Rao has been appointed as Sikkim’s new Director General of Police, a government notification has said.Mr. Rao, a 1987-batch IPS officer of the Sikkim cadre, replaced S.D. Negi, who has been transferred to the Labour Department as Principal Secretary, it said.Mr. Rao is at present posted as the Officer on Special Duty at the State Tourism and Civil Aviation Department office in New Delhi. A. Shankar Rao will be the new DGP of Sikkim with immediate effect, the notification issued by Tenzing Gelek, Principal Secretary to the State government, said.