Flood relief efforts

first_imgRegion 2 floodingWorkers attached to the drainage and irrigation department of the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) administration were dispatched to several areas along the Essequibo Coast to bring much needed relief to affected residents.Residents chatting with Region Two Regional Chairman, Devanand RamdattRegional Vice Chairperson Nandranie Coonjah explained that despite the on-going works, several areas still remain under water. There were several reports of overtopping at Golden Fleece, Cullen, Coffee Grove, Dawa, and Onderneeming. The Vice Chairperson pointed out that prompt actions were taken to address these instances; private contractors were also hired to execute emergency works. Additionally, contractors have been dispatched to GoldenFleece where there were reports of severe flooding and the imminent threat to approximately 3000 acres of young rice plants.Drainage and irrigation workers were also sent to the Unu Creek area, where they are conducting widening works in an effort to open the outfall so that water can flow speedily.Residents as well as rice farmers in the Annanadle/Riverstown Neighbourhood Democratic Council are facing excessive losses due to the overtopping from the main conservancy and canals.Many areas are still inundated as the region continues to experience excessive rainfall. These areas include Windsor Castle, Devonshire Castle, Hampton Court, Lima, Queenstown, Golden Fleece, Airy Hall, Riverstown, Capoey, Anna Regina Charity, Perseverance, and Cullen. The floodwaters have not receded despite eight pumps being operational.Rice farmers are currently calling on Central Government to assist them with the purchase of fuel or any other form of assistance that can save their crop.last_img read more

Labour Ministry Looking to Expand School Days Count Campaign

first_img The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to expand its ‘School Days Count’ campaign to reach more institutions where there are high rates of non-compliance with the 85 per cent attendance requirement under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).The initiative was launched in February 2018 as part of efforts to address attitudes to school attendance and punctuality among students who are PATH beneficiaries.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that the first phase of the campaign was implemented in the 13 worst-affected institutions.“As an incentive, 10 scholarships, each valued at $250,000, will be awarded to PATH students who have achieved 100 per cent attendance rates,” she noted.She was speaking at a quarterly press briefing held at the Ministry’s North Street Offices today (September 4).Meanwhile, the Ministry continues to provide opportunities for young people under PATH to achieve their goals.To this end, two additional students have been presented with scholarships under PATH’s 15th anniversary tertiary award programme.They were Brittany Munroe, who received $400,000 to continue studies towards a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology at the University of Technology; and Shanique Davidson, who received $600,000 towards the attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of the West Indies.In celebration of its 15th anniversary, 17 beneficiaries of PATH were awarded scholarships valued at $15 million last year, to pursue studies at the tertiary level. The initiative was launched in February 2018 as part of efforts to address attitudes to school attendance and punctuality among students who are PATH beneficiaries. Story Highlightscenter_img The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to expand its ‘School Days Count’ campaign to reach more institutions where there are high rates of non-compliance with the 85 per cent attendance requirement under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). last_img read more