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            [post_content] => On Sunday night in Guyana, many residents in several coastal areas across the island went to bed without electricity as a severe storm struck the country leaving major damages. The power company is now carrying out major repairs as it mobilized it workers and spares to alleviate the situation.

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The storm which brought heavy rains and high winds that tore off roofs, downed power lines, billboards and other structures, sternly affected areas which are now without power. This includes South and North Ruimveldt, Lamaha Springs, Parfaite Harmonie and Cornelia Ida, parts of the East Bank Demerara and Berbice.

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Spokeswoman of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), Wadecia Donald, told Demarara Waves Online News that the "hardest hit area" extended from Industrial Site to Garden of Eden, East Bank Demarara. "We have several poles down along with transformers, we have got poles on people’s homes, wires are burst so we have several teas working," she said. One of the areas that was left without power, Diamond, was fortunate to regain power late Sunday.

With limited manpower and ongoing inclement weather, the spokeswoman said remedial works during the chaotic conditions were affected.

"We are sort of out-numbered. It’s so much,” she said. Donald said that other workers have even gone out to offer assistance to those a part of the usual line-maintenance and emergency crews.

"We have superintendents, engineers, we have staff who came out as a result of what was happening to try to lend a hand to power everyone that is affected but the very bad cases will have to wait until tomorrow (Monday) when we will have to replace polls and all of that," Donald said.

The progress of redeeming power is even hindered as downed poles and transformers seen in areas such as at South Ruimveldt, near Andrew's Supermarket, Fern Drive, lay across the roadway, preventing vehicles from passing. Other areas affected like this is in Berbice where a pole at Ithaca on the West Coast that suspends the main transmission line between East and West Berbice, was broken by the storm, and on the Essequibo Coast where a pole and transmission lines in several villages were tossed down resulting in blackout there.

Calls continue to bombard the GPL's phones as affected residents hope to soon be able to have their area re-powered.
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Major Repairs Occur In Guyana Today As Thousands Experience Blackout From Sunday Storm

June 30, 2015
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On Sunday night in Guyana, many residents in several coastal areas across the island went to bed without electricity as a severe storm struck the country leaving major damages. The...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => After the issuing of termination letters  to over a dozen workers over the age of 60 by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) is threatening that its members across the public service could take industrial action next week if the letters are not withdrawn. The Barbados Workers' Union (BWU), the biggest trade union on the island, also joined the force to back the NUPW to fight with the statutory board over its forced retirement of the employees.

At a news conference that was held yesterday, NUPW general secretary, Rosyln Smith, said that if  the letters given to the 13 BIDC workers are not withdrawn by next Tuesday, "serious" industrial action will commence.

"We have not ruled out a shutdown of the country," she said following meeting with workers from all statutory boards."We will recommend [to the union’s National Council] that if BIDC fails to change their decision, then the only option that we will have is to embark on serious industrial action . . . We will not be going backwards, we are going forward."

The final decision on the matter will be determined by the National Council in a meeting that will be held next Tuesday.
The termination letters from the BIDC were handed to the patrons last week, a day before its management was expected to meet with the union. Protests were triggered as the letters shared that the Board of Directors had decided to invoke its right under the Statutory Boards (Pensions) Act to retire officers reaching the age of 60.
The legality of move however became a concern as the Pensions Act had been amended to allow employees of statutory boards to work up until age 67.  In addition, it said that if the BIDC did not want to rescind the termination letters, it would have to pay the dismissed workers as if they had reached that age.
The affected workers are now seeking a court injunction to fight the matter on the legal front and stop the terminations from taking effect.
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Barbados' Public Sector Trade Unions Threaten Industrial Action Island Wide

June 27, 2015
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After the issuing of termination letters to over a dozen workers over the age of 60 by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), the National Union of Public Work...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The Guyana Ministry of Public Security is considering allowing fishermen to carry firearms at sea as piracy has become a major problem. Speaking with executives of the Upper Corentyne Chamber of Commerce and members of the Upper Corentyne Fisherman’s Coop Society Limited yesterday, public security minister Khemraj Ramjattan made the disclosure and shared that it was one of the proposals being considered to address piracy on the Corentyne River.

"I am keen on something like that because when you are out on the ocean there, it’s like the olden times in America, like you [are] out on the west and you have only a six shooter revolver to defend yourself," he said.

He informed that if the proposal is implemented, the firearms will only be issued to the fishermen when they are heading out for a voyage at sea so that they can defend themselves. The firearms and ammunition will then be turned over to the police on their return. He says that having Coast Guard vessels guarding fishermen would be too costly and so the ministry had to find a more practical solution for the piracy problem.

"So too is having helicopters in various parts of Berbice to respond to call from fishing boats . . . Just the elementary helicopter costs millions, much less the sophisticated type," minister Ramjattan pointed out. "What we would need are some practical solutions,"he added, as he identified measures such as ensuring better response time by the police and Coast Guard units. He said the latter’s metal shark boats would be put to use.

The boats will also be equipped with radio systems to ensure that their positions can be tracked.

 
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Guyana Govt Considers Allotting Firearms To Fishermen For Self-Defense As Piracy Strikes The Region

June 26, 2015
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The Guyana Ministry of Public Security is considering allowing fishermen to carry firearms at sea as piracy has become a major problem. Speaking withexecutives of the Upper Corenty...Continue reading