Matarkai village without leadership

first_img… Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister ordered Council elections not be held – Vice ChairmanBy Kizzy ColemanMatarkai, a newly titled village of Four Miles in Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), is currently out of leadership, as instructions were passed for elections to elect Councillors not be held in the village.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanAccording to reports reaching Guyana Times, Four Miles was a titled reservation before the May 11 General and Regional Elections. But when the elections for Village Councillors were held in August of last year, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sidney Allicock passed instructions not to have elections in Four Miles as he was not informed that the village was titled.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney AllicockAlthough the title document has surfaced, Minister Allicock has failed to set a date for the election in the village.According to the Vice Chairman of Region One, Sarah Browne, the village is currently being run “haphazardly.” She also noted that villagers are being left in the dark as it relates to a number of decisions that are made for the community. One example, she said, is the recent visit by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.“I’m in receipt of a letter sent by a political activist who wrote the Toshao instructing him to welcome the Minister and to clean the environment. Nobody from the Ministry is observing the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC)”.FPIC entails that for a decision affecting indigenous peoples to be taken, they must benefit from ample consultation which fully informs them of the issue at hand, only after which their consent should be given independently from coercive pressure from other stakeholders.Browne explained that no protocol is being followed in the village as it is without leadership.She further explained that currently, there is controversy surrounding the Four Miles land title as ‘non-Amerindians’ are seeking to have the title revoked.The Vice Chairman pointed out that Minister Trotman in a general meeting had given the community three months in which he would solve the issue.“The Minister needs to note that Amerindian land titles are absolute and forever as provided for in the Amerindian Act of 2006 and the Government cannot revoke the title. Even considering such a move is lawless and unconstitutional”.In the meanwhile, as the village is out of proper leadership, the overall state of the village is deteriorating. One of the most notable is the neglect of road rehabilitation.According to Browne, provisions have been made in the 2016 budget for roads in the region to be built and repaired under the Infrastructure Ministry but to date, no works have commenced.“It seems as if the process is moving at a snail’s pace. Should the rains start to fall, the current situation would be 100 times worst,” Browne noted.Browne explained that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in the region had proposed for the project to be completed in the 2016 budget but it was taken out and placed in the central government budget.She further disclosed that Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson met with residents late last year and told them that the RDC is solely responsible for what is happening in the region.“I am the Chairperson of the Public Infrastructure Committee in this region and as such, I am calling on the Government to commence work as it is not the responsibility of the committee to do such.”Browne lamented that the residents of the region are suffering as the roads are currently in horrible conditions and are continuing to deteriorate.Guyana Times was unable to reach Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Allicock or Minister Trotman for a comment on the issue.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter an unveiling at IFA 2014, Sony has officially released its budget feature phone into the Indian market. The Sony Xperia E3 and its sibling the Xperia E3 Dual will be available for purchase today onwards. The smartphones are priced at Rs 11,990 for the single SIM variant and 12,990 for the dual-SIM version. Sony has released the 4.5 inch screen devices with a feature set in competition with the Android One and Xiaomi’s RedMi 1S devices. The Xperia E3 devices come packing a capacitive panel set at a tame 854 x 480 pixels, with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, quad-core processor underneath along with 1GB RAM and the Adreno 305 GPU for considerable gaming performance. These handsets run Android 4.4 KitKat and sport 4GB internal storage with options to expand it to 32GB through microSD card. Both phones measure in at 8.5 mm thick and weigh in at 144 grams. What is generally touted as Sony’s forte -imaging, has been a bit disappointing in the E3. the primary camera is a decent 5 megapixel shooter with Full HD video recording. The 0.3 megapixel front camera though is a pittance in comparison to the generally 2.0 megapixels found in this price bracket and even much cheaper rivals, nowadays.The E3 and E3 Dual both come with a 2330mAh battery and Sony’s STAMINA mode for enhanced battery performance. Connectivity features standards like 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0 and aGPS.Competition in this price segment has grown exponentially in recent months and the Android One range of smartphones  launched by Google is also strict competition with pretty much the same feature set at a  considerably cheaper price. advertisementSony’s Xperia E3 and E3 Dual seem like a rushed attempt that comes in a bit short and a tad too late along the line.last_img read more

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