Record numbers ride MYBus

first_imgCARDINIA Shire Council saw a record amount of local youths this year, thanks to the successful MYBus initiative. A TOTAL…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Get with the new retail ‘click’

first_imgBy GARRY HOWE RETAIL veteran Bernie Brooks did not have to look past the front door of his home for…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Star-studded KC ready to end drought

first_img Mackinson will be expected to receive good support from his star-studded cast which includes, Renato Campbell, Fabian Grant, Jahvain Brown, Trey Bennett, Anthoneil Mullings Treyvon Reid, Horace Ramsay, Jahmali Morrison, Davian Shakes, Dushaun Donaldson and Raheen Irving. Although coach Ludlow Bernard not be reached for comments, word from the KC management is that they are going for all the trophies on offer but they will placed their emphasis on winning the Manning Cup title. The famed ‘Purples’ of North Street are looking to make their biggest onslaught on the corporate area ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition since they last won the tournament in 1986. Ludlow Bernard coached this talented team of individuals to the semi-finals last season and after losing just two players in goalkeeper Jahvanni Grant and right-back Denilson Simpson, the North Street school is expected to make their biggest challenge for the title in some time. The team will open their account against Spanish Town High and with the players they have retained in national representative Fabian Grant and national selectee, Javain Brown, plus the likes of their talisman of two season, Rashawn Mackison. The attacker netted an impressive 23 Manning Cup goals for the school last season, and he will be expected to lead the charges from the front once again this year. Good supportlast_img read more

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LNP to Introduce New Community Policing Method

first_imgAs the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) gradually draws down across the country, authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP), in collaboration with the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), and the Mano River Youth Network (MARYONET) among others are expected to introduce a new community-policing program (CPP) to curb crime.The new program will develop a training curriculum that will introduce its Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Local Technical Working Group (LTWG) members throughout Liberia.It will also develop a legal framework of human rights, develop information, communication and behavior change communication framework for LTWG. The occasion where the new community policing program was adopted was the National Stakeholders and Partnership Revision and Validation Seminar on National Action Plan for CPP, held over the weekend at the Carter Center in Sinkor.The validation exercise was witnessed by representatives from the US Embassy, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Liberia’s Peace Ambassador, a Community Police International Expert from Switzerland, among others.William Mulbah, Deputy Director of Police for Administration, said, “This action plan will buttress our efforts to maintain peace and order, because we believe that we can’t operate in a vacuum.”The strategy remains more critical to authorities of the LNP especially with the drawdown of UNMIL which, according to Mr. Mulbah, will leave security in the hands of police to maintain public safety and curb crimes.“Crimes have been committed in the community and having 10,000 officers will not be the solution, but relying on the community remains the best solution. LNP intends to engage the community members fully in the upcoming election, especially the youth,” Mulbah disclosed.He promised to work with other organizations, especially the Community Watch Forum, which has been in existence for over ten years and support the LNP’s efforts in fighting crime and maintaining public safety across Liberia. Also speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Liberia Peace Office, Reverend William Tolbert, III, Liberia Peace Ambassador, applauded authorities of LNP as well as local and international partners for the initiative and hoped that the plan will enhance LNP’s outreach to and within communities.“We want to applaud the community residents, religious and traditional leaders, women and youth for collaborating to ensure the completion of this exercise and their willingness to cooperate in its implementation following the official launch on June 17, 2016,” Rev. Tolbert III said.He pledged the MIA’s commitment to work with the LNP and the Ministry of Justice, local and international partners to sustain positive transformation in Liberia. “It is time for all branches of government to maintain initiatives that strengthen the foundation upon which we built the state. Opportunity such as the validation of the LNP National Action Plan ultimately sustains hope and improves quality of life for all Liberians,” he added.Obediah Thompson, Founder and Chairman of the Board of MARYONET that serves as Head of Secretariat on the LTWG, said the new initiative if completed will reduce mob violence and create the rule of law in the society.“Through the LNP, we will be working with various local groups in the 15 counties to ensure that the idea of mob justice ends. We have some of the institutions already existing, but just need the new method of community policing. Kenya has been selected for the tour to assist us in getting the methodology of community policing, and we hope to see a total change after various dialogues and interactions with various communities,” Mr. Thompson said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Job not yet done: Gilas Pilipinas eyes first World Cup win vs Angola

first_imgPaul Lee says fall of Serbia’s Marko Guduric just a ‘flop’ Gilas Pilipinas at the Fiba World Cup. FIBA PHOTOFOSHAN, China—“We still have a lot to play for. This is not over for us.”Yeng Guiao had that as a message and motivating tool for his Gilas Pilipinas crew during practice Tuesday afternoon, as the Nationals clash with Angola in less than 24 hours to look for their first win in the Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Though already relegated to the consolation round after two horrific losses, the Filipinos still have a shot at making the Olympics outright as the best Asian team in the field after China lost to Poland in overtime also Monday night in Beijing.Angola also has a 0-2 record in Group D and will also play in the consolation pool, making the 3:30 p.m. contest at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena here practically no-bearing for both sides.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But Guiao broke it down to his charges perfectly well.A victory by the Filipinos coupled by another loss by the host Chinese against Venezuela also Wednesday would deny China entry into the next round, hence, a stint in the consolation round as well. LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Blatche is averaging just 10 points and will be coming off a five-point effort against Nikola Jokic and the Serbians in a 126-67 loss.Gilas’ outside guns have also been jammed the first two games, with the team making just a total of seven triples. The three-point shot, Guiao had said, will be key for their campaign here.Becoming the best Asian team is just one of the goals left for the Nationals, according to Guiao. Gilas also has a chance to improve on its world ranking in the consolation round.“We came here ranked 31stin the world,” he said. “In the consolation round, we have a great chance to come out of here improving our standing in the world.”But that, everyone back home knows, is the least consolation prize the country would settle for.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island View comments LATEST STORIES Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption And that is the chance that Guiao and his Nationals would be waiting for, as they will play Iran and then another team, in Beijing, for the right to be the No. 1 Asian.But, they have to win against Angola first.“It’s going to be a tough, close game,” Guiao had said Monday about the Angolans, whom he conceded to also have the size advantage on them while parading a merry mix of European league veterans and ex-NCAA Division I players in the United States.Team Philippines hasn’t played its best game yet, and that could be a good sign for Gilas. The Filipinos could be due for a great one, and it couldn’t come at a better time.Andray Blatche has been getting the flak back home for his performances in the first two games—against Italy and Serbia—which the Filipinos lost by an average of 52.5 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Caretaker Government in Guyana

first_imgROAR was formed and decided to contest the elections set for 17 Jan 2001 in accordance with the Herdmanston Accord. However, a dispute between the PPP Government and the PNC Opposition over one of the agreed reforms – the number of “geographical” seats – prevented the necessary legislation being passed and the elections had to be delayed to March 19. I remember the PNC suggesting that the PPP Government should resign and a coalition Government should govern during the interregnum. An all-party committee, however, decided that the PPP should remain in office but that its powers should be reduced.I point this out against the background of the CCJ’s ruling that since the Cabinet and President should resign directly upon the passage of a No-Confidence Motion – effectively July 18 when the CCJ so ruled – and that elections should be held in accordance with the governing Art 106 – 3 months afterwards, or Sept 18 – the PNC-led coalition only has “caretaker status”. It noted, “It is important, however, that the Court makes this point. In mandating that the Government shall remain in office notwithstanding its defeat and the resignation of the President and the Cabinet, Article 106 envisages that the tenure in office of the Cabinet, including the President, after the Government’s defeat, is on a different footing from that which existed prior to the vote of no confidence”. Chancellor Cummings-Edwards, citing Hogg, the Canadian constitutional expert, was right to note that:“…The Government continues in office as a caretaker Government or an interim Government until the next elections ensue and a President is appointed (or reappointed) depending on the results of that election”.By convention, the Government is expected to behave during this interim period as a caretaker and so restrain the exercise of its legal authority. It is this caretaker or interim role that explains the three-month deadline, in the first instance that the Article lays down, in principle, for the holding of the fresh elections.The “convention” the CCJ alluded to is quite prevalent in most other parliamentary democracies – such as Canada, India, Australia, and New Zealand etc. – to cover the activities of the Government between the dissolution of Parliament for new elections – for whatever reasons – and the formation of a new Government  and are actually called “Caretaker Conventions”. The agreement between the PPP, PNC and other parliamentary parties forged by the “all-party” committee for the reduced powers of the PPP Government between 17 Jan and 21 march, 2001 is a prototype for such a Caretaker Convention here in Guyana.In its “Introduction: The Caretaker Convention” The Canadian Government declares: “The conventional restriction limiting the extent to which the Government should exercise its authority applies whether it has lost a vote of confidence in the House, whether the Prime Minister has asked for dissolution on his or her own initiative, or whether Parliament has been dissolved in advance of an election date set by legislation. It also applies to the outgoing Government during any post-election transition to a successor Government. This caretaker period begins when the Government has lost a vote of no-confidence or Parliament has been dissolved. It ends when a new Government is sworn in, or when an election results returning an incumbent Government is clear”.This does not mean that Government is barred from making decisions or announcements, or otherwise taking action, during the caretaker period. It can and should do so where the matter is routine and necessary for the conduct of Government business, or where it is urgent and in the public interest – for example, responding to a natural disaster. In certain cases where a major decision is unavoidable during a campaign (e.g., due to an international obligation or an emergency), consultation with the opposition parties may be appropriate, particularly where a major decision could be controversial or difficult for a new Government to reverse.In short, during an election, a Government should restrict itself – in matters of policy, expenditure and appointments – to activity that is:A) routineB) Non-controversialC) Urgent and in the public interestD) Reversible by a new Government without undue cost ordisruption or,E) Agreed to by opposition parties (in those cases whereconsultation is appropriate).As a long term friend of Guyana, perchance the Canadian Embassy can bring this convention to the notice of the PNC-led caretaker Government. They appear to have forgotten its 2001 restrictions on the PPP Government in an analogous situation.last_img read more

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Gladwin Hanover: From school dropout to Guyana’s Best Cop

first_imgBy Devina Samaroo At the age of 15, Gladwin Telston Hanover was forced to drop out of school to help take care of his family.At the time, he was attending the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, with hopeful dreams of becoming a police officer, just like his dad.But as he got older, those dreams slowly began drifting away, as Hanover became saddled with life’s various responsibilities.Hanover grew up in Ann’s Grove, a peaceful little village on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD). He had seven siblings; two brothers and five sisters. Life was not always easy.His father migrated with the intention of trying to provide a better life for his family. But things did not go as planned.It was at this point that Hanover dropped out of school and opened a game shop.“Whilst taking care of my siblings, I learnt to be responsible at a very young age. My main responsibility was to help them to achieve their goal,” he explained during an interview with Times Sunday Magazine.“Ever since, I have developed a desire to help other young people to realise their goals. I love helping others. I think above all things that’s what I love doing the most.”Police dreams “When I see a policeman on the road, I would always say that’s me, that’s me!” Hanover reminisced, noting that his nickname growing up was “Police”.His father, prior to migrating, was a police officer. He resigned as a Constable.“I remember telling him that ‘daddy I want to be a police like you’, he replied to me saying ‘don’t be a police like me, I come off as a constable, be ten times better than me’,” Hanover explained.However, Hanover found employment as a security driver at MMC, instead of pursuing his dreams.After one year, he became a taxi driver, then a minibus conductor, a minibus driver and a miner.“I was heading further away from my dream than closer,” he explained.According to Hanover, the circumstances were just never right.“At first, it was a time where police were being killed regularly and my parents had fear that it would have happened to me.”Eventually, Hanover wrote the police exam and on May 2, 2013, he was enlisted into the Guyana Police Force.He explained that the police took a chance on him, while he had nothing, and for that, he will forever be grateful.“Because it’s this job that pulled my life together. The discipline, the dedication, and the determination were developed there.”Hanover was attached to the Richard Faikall Police College where he underwent his initial police training.During training, he was recognised for his maturity, leadership skills and command and control abilities.As such, he was retained to perform duties at the College.And so began his policing career, as an instructor at the College and at the same time, he was in charge of the Zara Computer Centre at the College, where they have trained hundreds of persons in foundation and advanced computer skills, as well as PC repairs and maintenance.“During that time, I had the privilege to work with Superintendent Shivpersaud Bacchus and ASP Bharat Persaud: men of integrity, honesty, intelligence and professionalism. They taught me most of what I know in training.”ChallengesHanover was eventually encouraged to further his studies, since he had no CXC subjects.Wanting to be a role model to new recruits and an Ambassador for the Force, Hanover made the relevant sacrifices so that he could acquire a secondary education.He wrote CXC, gaining all Grade Ones, achieved a Distinction in Supervisory Management at the University of Guyana (IDCE), did numerous internal police courses, and is presently in his second year of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.All the while, Hanover was performing policing duties ranging from traffic, station visits and night patrols as well as conducting classes at the computer centre.“Getting to this point wasn’t easy, I faced several challenges but each and every one of them helped strengthen me to be the person I am today,” he explained.“Working on holidays and wee hours in the night and sometimes all night is a part of policing but I thank God for a supportive and understanding wife who is always there for me through everything.”Promotion Hanover’s work in the Force did not go unrecognised.From 2014 to 2016, he captained the G Division Debating team, of which he received best speaker of the round on several occasions.In 2015, he trained in excess of 600 citizens on the Essequibo Coast, including cops.The then Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud attended the graduation in August 2015, where he was impressed with Hanover’s work.“He promoted me on the spot from Constable to Corporal,” Hanover recalled.In 2016, he took over as acting Commandant of the Richard Faikall Police College for a while then was sent on a station management course.In 2018, he piloted an ambitious project, which aimed to help communities.“I had a conversation with the Zara Team with a proposal to implement free transportation. Also, I engaged the Divisional Commander to provide assistance in realising my idea of which they both agreed.”“My team and I proceeded into charity, Lima Sands, Sandpit, Red Village, Pomona and Perseverance villages’ conducting door to door registration in an effort to enrol persons for class.”In excess of 700 persons were enrolled and trained, with free transportation to and from class.Over the period September 2018 to September 2019 1284 persons were trained.“This initiative was a great success and contributed tremendously in building community-police relationship,” Hanover explained.In December 2018, he was promoted to Sergeant.Then, on December 18, 2019, at age 32 and with just six years of policing experience under his belt, Hanover was honoured as the country’s Best Cop, a prestigious award given annually to a member of the Force who has done exemplary work.“The Best Cop award is one of the best I have received but seeing the smiles and satisfaction on the faces of citizens is the greatest award I have ever received,” Hanover explained.But despite receiving this respected accolade, Hanover has no intentions of slowing down.In fact, the award has only motivated him to work harder and to continue to inspire people, young and old, both within and out of the Force, to strive to become the best versions of themselves.“I believe that my job is very important because of the area I function in. Training plays an integral role in the Guyana Police Force. It is an area that holds the responsibility of producing the standard of Police that is required. That’s why I love my job so much because I get to make a difference in the lives of young people.”last_img read more

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Whither the IMF?

first_imgAfter its heyday in the wake of the global liquidity crunch in the later seventies and eighties, the International Monetary Fund appears to be adrift. Unlike its interventionist role during the Asian financial crisis of 1997, the even larger one in the western economies during 2007-2008 basically saw it once again facilitating recovery, rather than imposing controls.The IMF, along with its “twin sister”, the World Bank, was created in the waning days of WWII as the US elbowed out Britain as the pre-eminent economic power. Whatever might have been their stated mission, their operations in the seven decades since have merely worked to facilitate the perpetuation of the exploitative relationships inherent with those imperial relations. Poor countries are basically underpaid for their work and goods by the powerful nations in control of the twin sisters, and when they run into trouble, they have to borrow from the very people that underpaid them in the first place.The IMF works as the collections agency for the private banks of developed countries. Take the case of Guyana in the seventies. After the 1973 nationalisation of oil by the OPEC countries, the windfall had to be recycled through western banks. These encouraged even Third World decrepit dictatorships like Guyana to borrow beyond their means. When these countries could not repay, they were forced to accept loans from the IMF – the bank of last resort – to tide them over. And the famous IMF “conditionalities” kicked in. The stringency of these depended on the country’s posture to the West. Jamaica under Manley, for instance, got the cold shoulder, while his successor, Seaga, was granted much more favourable terms. By the 1980s, the IMF’s portfolio of prescriptions for troubled economies was dubbed the “Washington Consensus”, expressing its point of origin. Its remedies were grouped under three headings that should resonate with Guyanese for the simple reason that we went into an IMF programme in 1989: stabilisation, privatisation and liberalisation. Stabilisation meant, for instance, reining in inflation by cutting spending, even if it meant jettisoning desperately needed services like health and education. As with the recent Barbadian IMF loan, where 3000 lost their jobs, the public sector is also a favoured area for cutbacks. The PPP government has never been given enough credit for resisting IMF pressures to reduce our public sector. Hoyte had gone along with the IMF conditionalities in 1989 and cut thousands from the public payroll. Dr Jagan balked, just as he did with demands to privatise GuySuCo. But it would appear that the PNC-led coalition intended to out-IMF the IMF on sugar when it unilaterally closed three estates and threw 7700 sugar workers into the streets.But in 1997 the IMF overplayed its hands. Several of the emerging economies in the Far East ran into liquidity problems (brought on not so incidentally by the IMF’s insistence on liberalisation of capital markets) and fell back on the IMF for relief. The conditions crafted by Geitner, who later became US Treasury Secretary, were so draconian that several of those economies nearly went belly up. Those economies (along with China that watched the debacle with close interest) then resolved to build up their own foreign reserves, so that they never had to return to the IMF. Apart from precipitating the present international imbalance in reserves and debt, the IMF was made almost irrelevant by its own wilful partiality.It was given a life raft by US administrations after the 2007-08 financial meltdown when asked to intermediate the recovery-in-progress. The institution, still headed “by tradition” by a European, even after promised reforms to increase the role of China, worked hard to prevent a default by Greece in the wider EU crisis. The treatment was totally opposite to those still imposed on the Third World countries. The project of China to create a new world reserve currency, the rise of BRICS and their development bank, and the uncertainties in the recent US policies suggest maybe it is time for the IMF to be disbanded.last_img read more

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2019 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues football team kicks off their 158th season on Sunday, August 25, 2019 as they travel to Waterloo to take on the Warriors at 7 p.m.The Blues home opener is slated for the following Sunday, September 1 as they host the Windsor Lancers under the lights at Varsity Stadium at 7 p.m.Following the home and season opener, the Blues travel back to Waterloo to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks, before heading into their bye week in Week 4.Toronto returns home for Week 5, hosting the Queen’s Gaels on September 21 at 1 p.m., and then heads to Ottawa to take on the Carleton Ravens on September 28.U of T hosts the McMaster Marauders on Saturday, October 5 at 1 p.m., before heading to York for the 50th annual Red & Blue Bowl on Friday, October 11.The Blues wrap up regular season by hosting the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday, October 19 at Varsity Stadium.Upon the completion of the regular season, the top six teams will shift into playoff mode for the following weeks. Quarter-final action will take place on Saturday, October 26, followed by the semifinals on Saturday, November 2. The OUA season will then come a close on Saturday, November 9 as the Quest for the Cup concludes with the 112th Yates Cup.2018 Varsity Blues Football ScheduleWeek 1: August 25 – at Waterloo – 7:00 p.m.Week 2: September 1 – vs Windsor – 7:00 p.m.Week 3: September 7 – at Laurier – 7:00 p.m.Week 4 – BYEWeek 5: September 21 – vs Queen’s – 1:00 p.m.Week 6: September 28 – at Carleton – 1:00 p.m.Week 7: October 5 – vs McMaster – 1:00 p.m.Week 8: October 11 – at York – 7:00 p.m.Week 9: October 19 – vs Guelph – 1:00 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Linden’s tourism potential explored

first_img– local tour operators assess tourism sitesWith the aim of boosting tourism opportunities in the mining town, tour operators from across the country were given a first-hand look at the Linden community during a reconnaissance visit last Friday, organised by the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA).Various sites within the community were visited during the tour of both Wismar and Mackenzie. Representatives from the GTA were present and actively involved in the activity. Tour operators: Salvador de Caires of Wilderness Explorers, Jamal Thomas of Evergreen Adventures and Mark McCall of Tours R Us, were also part of the visiting team.GTA Product Development Officer Hadoc Thompson explained that the aim was to ascertain the tourism potential of the Linden community, so that local operators would be able to successfully organise community tours.“We want tour operators to start packaging tours for Linden, offering tours for Linden. So that’s the whole synopsis of this trip – promoting Linden. Linden is on show right now. Our main objective is to get persons coming to Linden… We hope that the touristic potential of Linden would be ascertained by these (tour) operators, hopefully that they start offering tours to this location. The Guyana Tourism Authority is very committed to developing community-based tourism…” he said.Following visits to the Linden Museum, Hymara Park, Richmond Hill and Watooka Complex, among numerous others, leaders within the community were given the opportunity to highlight the tourism potential of the community, while tour operators shared their views during a briefing at the Watooka Complex, Mackenzie.Speaking at the event, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland expressed delight that there was such interest in the tourism potential of what he described as the beautiful, untapped Linden community. The Mayor alluded to the many natural clear springs, rivers, trails, blue lakes and fishing spots. He explained that the Demerara River, which runs through the community, is a product in itself.“I’m always boastful that our town is one of the best places to visit. This is the place where many things started… There’s something unique about Linden. When you come to Linden you would recognise that there are so many things that are untouched,” Holland told those present.He went on to describe the picturesque beauty of areas such as Richmond Hill, while relating that there were homes in that area which offer bed and breakfast services. Apart from that, Holland made reference to the many mountains to climb, as he suggested that a day tour for tourists would be the ultimate experience.The Mayor said too that already a visitor from Miami has expressed interest in building a four-star hotel in Linden. He said numerous sites in the community were already explored to ascertain which would be best.From left: Winslow Parris of the Region 10 Tourism Development Association, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland, Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph and GTA Product Development Officer Hadoc Thompson during the briefing at the Watooka Complex“I think our potential is great… I recently had a team from the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) visit Linden and I took them on a tour. They were amazed. In fact, ‘fat pork’ picking is a big thing… they were so amazed that it could be used to make wine. And it’s all found right here in Linden,” he said.The Mayor further alluded to the hospitable nature of Lindeners and what he described as the low crime rate.Sports tourism potentialThe Linden Mayor also spoke of the potential of the community to drive tourism through sports.“Sports is so much embedded in us that we continue to excel. We’ve won the National Schools Athletics Championship for a record number of years, 15 to date, and we have excellent world-class athletes… I just want to thank you for giving us an opportunity to tell you more about Linden,” he concluded.Invitation to explore other parts of the RegionMeanwhile, Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph invited all to visit Kwakwani, another part of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) which he deemed the safest place in Guyana. Adolph said the area was usually visited by persons from all across the world. He noted that the people were very hospitable and the scenery was amazing.“It’s a very beautiful place to go. We also have blue lakes where people go to get married, engaged, parties. Also, we have the Berbice River where people go fishing. There’s also the beach where persons go to play cricket when the tide is low. Down the Berbice River, we also have Fort Nassau where persons go to tour the Dutch site,” Adolph noted, while he also extended an invitation for the touring group to visit other neighbouring areas such as Aroaima and Hururu.last_img read more

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