“Right now is not the time to change anything you’re doing,” said Ross, who was relieved when the deadline passed. “You’ve got to stay in your routine as much as possible.”Ross, who is averaging 19.7 points off the bench over his last 15 games, made six 3-pointers and shot 13 of 23 overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“There are nights in this league when you’re driving home and say to yourself, ‘I’m blessed to be doing this,’” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “Terrence is an exceptional shot-maker and he’s a lot better off the dribble than I realized. He’s playing at a really high level.”Nikola Vucevic added 21 points, Aaron Gordon 19 and Evan Fournier 18 for Orlando, which shot 54 percent and scored a season-high 71 points in the first half. What’s in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points.Isaiah Canaan’s jump shot gave Minnesota its last lead at 39-38 early in the second quarter, but things quickly unraveled for the Timberwolves, especially on defense.Ross had 20 points in the first half, leading the Magic to a 71-58 halftime lead. Orlando shot 65 percent in the half.“They came out hot. We’ve got to do a better job contesting,” said Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders. “Terrence Ross got hot in the second quarter. We were aware of how hot he’s been shooting the ball lately. You let him see one or two or even three go through early, it’s going to be a long night.”Wiggins scored 10 points in the third quarter, but the Timberwolves could get no closer than 11 until Towns converted a three-point play with 2:39 left in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins followed with a mid-court steal and lined up a dunk that could have cut the lead to seven, but Ross chased him down and prevented a score that could cut the gap to seven.“I didn’t know if I was going to block it but it was worth the effort,” said Ross, who was not officially credited with a block. “You don’t know. Sometimes they hear footsteps and sometimes they will alter (the shot). I got lucky.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: G Jeff Teague participated in the morning shootaround but missed an eighth game with a sore left foot. … G Derrick Rose was not with the team, missing a fifth game with a sore right ankle. … Towns was shocked to hear it announced that he had fouled out with 5:10 remaining after committing his third foul.Magic: Last in the NBA with only 19 free throw attempts per game, the Magic shot 14 in a span of 5:31 in the third quarter. They made 21 of 23 in the game. … Rookie C Mo Bamba missed a third straight game with a stress fracture of his left tibia. … The Magic lost by 17 at Minnesota on Jan. 4.NO HURRYThe Magic acquired point guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, from Philadelphia, but it doesn’t sound like he will be playing anytime soon.Asked when the team expected Fultz to play, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said: “We’re going to do it right, we’re not going to do it fast.”The Magic gave up F Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick for Fultz, who is out with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve problem in his shoulder.Fultz appeared in only 33 games in his 1 ½ seasons in Philadelphia, averaging 8.2 points in 19 games this season. He last played on Nov. 19. “We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him, understanding everything he’s dealing with and getting him through it,” Weltman said.UP NEXTTimberwolves: at New Orleans on Friday night.Magic: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger, or ACF) has planned a high level advocacy for leaders to ensure domestic resource commitment are generated to fight chronic malnutrition in Liberia.Speaking at a one day workshop hosted by MOH and (ACF) on addressing the way forward by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Government of Liberia on malnutrition held on Tuesday May 13, the country Director, Madam Mireine M. Noramu expressed commitment for the fight.The ACF Country Director said it was important for the civil society organizations and the government of Liberia along with local and international partners to find the way that best addresses the malnutrition as many children have lost their lives due to low nutrition in the body.“We are using this workshop to call on civil society organizations to form alliances that join local and other international partners with the government to ensure that Liberia is free from malnutrition.She explained that they would also discuss with local marketers to improve the quality and availability of healthy food on the local market including those that are basically needed for the fight against malnutrition in the country.“We want to create the world that children can live a better life through the process of having access to nutrition and other bodies building food in Liberia, and invest to improve nutrition in the first 1000 days of the child’s life.”The program, under the theme; Liberia Civil Society Coalition for Scaling Up Nutrition is intended for working together to support, encourage and mobilize the necessary resources to scale up nutrition across Liberia.According to the country Director, they are ensuring that marketers and farmers are advised to support the ideas of providing the right nutrition for children on the market, and ensure the protection of it for long lasting period on the market.She used the occasion to express thanks and appreciation to the participants and other government institutions, including the Ministry of Agriculture, for their commitment and contribution in fighting malnutrition that has adversely affected many children in the world.Madam Jestina B. Johnson of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare said they were working to endorse the adaptation of the country initiative to sustain essential nutrition intervention, to address chronic malnutrition and ensure better living condition of children.She further explained that the Ministry of Health would ensure that, “access to affordable nutrition food is made possible on the local markets, clean water, sanitation and social protection can be provided for all Liberians and the children at large.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Grand Kru-based Non-governmental Organization, Friends of Franbarine International Incorporated (FOFI), is calling on local and international organizations to help urgently intervene in order contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the county.According to the executive director, D. Nyandeh Sieh, Sr, the deadly Ebola virus hit the county in almost a month and was necessary to begin fighting it at the early stage as a mean of avoiding any further spread to other places.According to him, it is important for county authorities and citizens of Grand Kru to focus on doing everything possible to contain or combat the Ebola virus in Parluken.‘We are calling on the county leadership not to allow the outbreak to spread to other parts of Grand Kru. The citizens are practicing communal farming where five to fifteen persons are occupying a single tent on the farm. Worst of all, there are no health facilities in most of the areas,” he explained.According to him, the county was faced with inaccessible condition of roads for motor vehicles to ply easily, causing women to tote babies on their backs and walk long distances.He explained that, “If the deadly Ebola virus is allowed to spread to other parts of the county, it will surely be an uncontrollable disaster for the people and the county at large,” Mr. Sieh noted.Ebola, he said, can only be contained in Parluken if authorities of the county and citizens caring for Ebola victims, provide proper awareness, vigorously carrying out anti-Ebola messages in the area affected by the virus.He disclosed that, the organization was considering the establishment of an Ebola taskforce on the county level, district level, chiefdom level, clan level and town or community level in outscoring better result.“If these things are done as part of Ebola campaign and Ebola burial teams are established, we can effectively combat Ebola from the county,” he said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. President, step in the shoes of an Ebola orphan and you would begin wonder why help arrived too late when what is needed to stop Ebola has always been clear from day one: more community involvement and ownership, contact tracing, more trained medical staff, more isolation units, more supplies and more beds for quarantined and sick people. You would agree that our world has more than sufficient human and material resources to have stopped Ebola in its tracks in March 2014.You would wonder why with such enormous resources at the disposal of private citizens and governments in rich and poor countries Ebola was allowed to take away your parents.Now, Mr. President, please step in the shoes of a Liberian front-line health worker and you would be perplexed at the complacency in America about the potential dangers of Ebola before Ebola hit America. It was business as usual while Ebola took its toll on West African health workers without access to basic protective gears. You would be ashamed that the world was watching as Ebola kept spreading further worldwide, creating higher risks for humans everywhere.Here is how Ebola is spreading —February 2014: Ebola killed only Guineans in a remote village.March 2014: Ebola death spread to Liberia.April 2014: Ebola began killing Sierra Leoneans.July 2014: Ebola Killed an American in Nigeria, leading to eight (8) Nigerian deaths.August 2014: American hospitals admitted two (2) American Ebola patients.September 2014: Ebola killed Spanish citizens at a hospital in Spain.October 2014: The 1st Spanish patient infected with Ebola in Europe was admitted at a hospital in Spain. Eric Duncan, a Liberian, died at an American hospital and a nurse treating Duncan contracted Ebola.Mr. President, please step into the shoes of a Cuban health worker who cannot travel freely to the United States, thanks to the 1960 Cold War-inspired embargo and the-Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917. You are only 30 years old. You just arrived and you were greeted by a red, white and blue flag and a sign “Welcome to Monrovia”, the capital city of America’s only de facto colony in the world. Your mission: to rescue little America from Ebola. You are risking your life and personal safety to do what the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama preaches: “Iit was essential the United States and other countries work to stop the Ebola outbreak at its source in Africa…”.Take another new pair of shoes and step into one worn by thousands of Liberians, Sierra Leoneans and Guineans. You are stranded in America-your flights cancelled-you are uncertain of when you’ll return home. As a result of the deadly Ebola virus spreading exponentially, you have lost loved ones whose graves you will never see and everyday grim news of rising death tolls of ordinary people. Without TPS/DED designation, the message from the White House is mixed: Ebola is deadly. Oh, Ebola epidemic is not serious enough for designation of protected status.Finally, Mr. President, step into the shoes of an American health worker. You risked your life to help fight Ebola in West Africa. Upon your return to the United States, you are subjected to official harassment and stigmatization because of your service. You wonder if you should ever consider returning to West Africa to fight Ebola.Finally, Mr. President, take off the shoes worn by millions of human beings just like you and return to the White House as the President of the United States of America. I wish you well as I remind you of the word of a songwriter: “Action speaks louder than words.” Politics aside, ending the Cuban embargo now, designating Ebola ravaged countries for Temporary Protected Status (TPS/DED) and replenishing West Africa’s battered health workers now are all the right things to do. Mr. President, Kindly consider these actions in the fight against Ebola.Sincerely Yours,Rev. Torli H. KruaTorli Krua is founder of Boston-based Universal Human Rights International (UHRI). UHRI promotes immigrant rights in the USA and democracy through ballot initiatives in African countries. Krua may be reached at: 20 Roche Brothers Way, Suite 6-182 North Easton, MA 02356 Email: email@example.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Dear Mr. President:I write to thank you for your leadership in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus ravaging West Africa. Your commitment is evidenced by your leadership in deployment of 3000 US troops, allocation of resources and your public statements denouncing Ebola fear and hysteria. Mr. President, I wish the world had acted quickly to stop Ebola. However, it’s never too late to save a life. In fact, in order to prevent more unnecessary Ebola deaths, now is the time to escalate the fight against rising Ebola fears, hysteria and embarrassing official intimidation and harassment of American health workers returning from Ebola ravaged West African countries. I urge you to take the lead by taking long overdue bold actions to buttress your words against hysteria in America. Kindly consider the following immediate actions:End the Cold War-inspired Cuban Embargo now-Continued isolation of Cuba is counterproductive when Cubans are fighting alongside Americans against Ebola.Designate Ebola ravaged Liberia, Guinea & Sierra Leone now as countries appropriate for Temporary Protected Status (TPS/DED) as winter approachesIntroduce emergency measures now to help replenish Ebola- battered health workers in Liberia, Guinea & Sierra Leone.In order to take these common sense actions, you must first take off your political shoes and step into the human shoes of an Ebola orphan, a West African front-line health worker, a Liberian stranded in America because of Ebola, a Cuban health worker and an American health worker in Ebola hot spots.“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew”- These words from Abraham Lincoln, are appropriate foundations for urgent humane and rational actions in escalating the fight against the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa and counterproductive rising Ebola fear and hysteria sweeping across America.
Dear EditorThe book “Educational leadership; A Guyanese Perspective” written by Dr Brian O’Toole and available from School of the Nations, Georgetown is one to make Guyana proud. Brian O’Toole has made Guyana his adopted home, and his 40 years of living there has resulted in a remarkable story; a story of how ordinary folk can conquer adversity and create a better life for themselves and their fellow citizens. Such change requires leadership, but not of the kind commonly found in business, politics, or even schools. Rather, the book describes a different kind of leadership espoused by O’Toole and his associates. The focus is on leaders whose primary aim is to help communities to help themselves. Not directing, managing, telling and cajoling people what to do; but listening, supporting, guiding and encouraging ordinary men and women to make the changes they want to make. Throughout the book, many practical examples are given of how this style of leadership was put into practice in all regions of Guyana. The success stories recounted here testify to the effectiveness of this approach; although Brian O’Toole would rightly give the credit to the Guyanese people, because they are the ones who made the difference. The word ‘educational’ in the title is another clue to the uniqueness of this book. The book is not just about leadership in education – although impressive examples are given of this – it is about leadership that educates. We still have much to learn about how best to help people acquire new knowledge and skills, especially men and women living in urban townships and rural villages, who have limited opportunities for learning. This book provides many examples of educational initiatives focused on disability, early childhood development, literacy, health promotion, and social problems. The approaches used contrast markedly with those found in most schools and colleges. The learning was based around practical applications of knowledge, the provision of culturally appropriate resource materials — such as locally produced video programmes — and training local people to become trainers of others in their community. The educational leadership promoted in Guyana brings to life Nelson Mandela’s assertion that “education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”. There is another dimension to the leadership described in this book that is worth highlighting; namely, it is rooted in moral principles and values. Brian came to Guyana with strong personal convictions, and he makes no apology for basing his work on them; nor should he. Over the 40-and-more years he has spent in the country he calls home, these values have been confirmed and strengthened through sharing his life and faith with the many thousands of people who have been involved in the programmes you will read about in this book.It has been my privilege to visit Guyana many times in the past 20 years, and experience at first-hand the various projects that Brian has instigated. Now a wider readership can share in his adventures, and discover for themselves Guyana’s greatest richness: its people.Yours sincerely,Professor RoyMcConkey, UlsterUniversity, UnitedKingdom.
Dear Editor,The column ‘Report on End of year Outcome 2017’ written by Anand Goolsarran warrants a response, since what Goolsarran claims is out of sync with the substantiated views expressed by economists, like Sasenarine Singh and others.Only recently, sections of the media published comments from Singh, where he pointed out that Guyana’s exports had dropped by $615 million in 2017. And this is the least of the worrying economic signs that have been pointed out. Another economist, Tarron Khemraj, also in sections of the media, pointed out that it is the coalition Government that must take blame for the loss of investor confidence and the depreciation of the local currency. Khemraj also criticised this Government about the economic performance by pointing out that is it unfairly suspicious of the Private Sector and that the Budget 2018 presentation “gives the impression that not everyone in the APNU/AFC Government fully appreciates the crucial importance of stable macroeconomic forces.”Goolsarran is not an economist, yet he claims that, based on his supposed analysis, Guyana’s macroeconomic fundamentals reflect a stable economy. This conclusion by Goolsarran would be strange if it were considered on its own. But, Editor, it is an interesting coincidence that Goolsarran’s comments came days after Finance Minister Winston Jordan was making great predictions about the economy for 2018, as reported in the State media.No one has forgotten that Goolsarran was an ardent advocate for the APNU/AFC coalition Government.No one has forgotten that Goolsarran also benefited from millions in forensic audit contracts, all of which were awarded in breach of the law. One of those audits alone was for $2.3 million.This was the man who, as a former Auditor General, presented himself as a champion for ensuring that the procurement laws were followed. Yet he accepted monies in breach of what he actually argued for. All the forensic audit contracts were given out to people. The laws were not followed. In addition to not being an economist, wouldn’t such an action call into question his principles as an accountant too?Editor, Goolsarran has also not told the Guyanese people yet about the $28 billion that was ‘lost’ annually because of weak procurement systems. As recent as 2015, Goolsarran was talking about credible reports of corrupt behaviour in public procurement. But he has not said anything about this since then. Why?Editor, I submit that in the whole context, Goolsarran’s comments and his conclusion about a stable economy must be questioned. There must be some level of responsibility to the people when certain comments are made. After all, it is the people, regular Guyanese people, who are feeling the squeeze caused by the present economic conditions. No amount of ‘dressing’ by people like Goolsarran will diminish the APNU/AFC coalition Government’s responsibility for the present economic situation.Sincerely,David Williams
Dear Editor,The APNU/AFC coalition’s characteristic and consistent malfunctioning have and continue to defiantly realise a serious decay of our constitutionally provided democracy. Our people must, therefore, take the necessary steps to preserve and defend our rights with a sense of sincere commitment and vigour. The sacrifices of our fore-parents and martyrs must not be allowed to dissipate into thin air at the fantasy of this tyrannical Government. We must resist and fight to have elections immediately, in keeping with the Constitution and the rule of law!At all costs, we must repel the sufferings of our nation under the ultra-bullying, deliberate dodging delaying tactics of this illegal, unconstitutional and oppressive APNU/AFC coalition regime. The shameful antics and devious manoeuvres are obvious demonstrations of the great fear within the APNU/AFC of facing the people at the polls.It is, therefore, imperative that we take to the streets and demand that we have free and fair elections now. The delaying tactics of abusing the courts have been exhausted and it is now time for action to rid the oppressors.The vulgar incestuous relationship transcends, contaminates, and flagrantly continues to interfere with the functions of critical autonomous agencies, approved to uphold constitutional pillars. Standing out as a beacon is the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), which ought to have been and should always be in a state of readiness to hold elections at short notice. The severe, irrecoverable times that sufferings related to the matters have been exhausted in our High and Appeal Courts as well as the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Guyana Final Appeal Court is telling enough.Although the CCJ has ruled absolutely and definitively upholding our constitutional imperatives, and removing the illegally appointed Chairman, James Patterson, who subscribed to some irrational and abusive decision, the Secretariat is now moving to implement House-to-House Registration to purportedly end in October in contempt of the CCJ ruling and an absolute breach of the Constitution. It is of note that Section 8 of the Constitution Cap. 101 states: “This Constitution is the supreme law of Guyana and, if any other law is inconsistent with it, that other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void”.It is, therefore, outright and illegal for the Secretariat of the Elections Commission to be proceeding under the direction of Keith Lowenfied or any other person, to implement actions which defy and frustrate rulings of the CCJ. As a constitutional agency, it goes against the grain of enforceability of Section 106 of the Constitution, which instructs the holding of elections within three months. The situation is outright unconstitutional, blatant, flagrant, and initiates a formula for massive resistance and protests which will be activated and should be supported by all.The deviousness of this cabal knows no bounds. It would be recalled that immediately after the fall of the coalition Government on December 21, 2018, key administrative personnel at GECOM made public statements that the organisation is ready to hold elections. Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward and the Chief Executive Officer, Keith Lowenfield, were quick to say that the list is ready and with the activation of Standard Operating Procedures while the Legal Officer Excellence Dazzell was very positive and strong in her pronouncements in respect to GECOM’s preparation for elections. The actions now by the GECOM Secretariat amuse one and all, and steps must be taken to sanction the abusive and ransom approach being illustrated from the back end by the PNC.The consequential orders are clear. National and Regional Elections must be held within 90 days after the CCJ made its ruling and that was on June 18, 2019. Cabinet and the President must resign. Further, GECOM has the responsibility to conduct elections and abide by the provisions of the Constitution that instruct elections be held within three months.It is necessary that we highlight, for public attention, revelations contained in the Official Gazette Legal Supplement—“B” May 15, 2018, which addresses the National Registration (Residents) (Revision of Registers) Order 2018, made under National Registration Act (19:08). Contained therein, it is stated as follows:“In exercise of the powers conferred on the Elections Commission by sections 61 (b), 6 (a), 14 and 15 of the National Registration Act, Cap 19:08, the Elections Commission makes the following order: –1. The Registration Officer of every Registration Area in the first schedule is required to prepare a Register of Registrants and Register of Electors for that Registration Area.2. The qualifying date, was 31st October 2018.3. This Order shall apply to all eligible persons in Guyana who have attained the age of 14 years.4. (Transactions), those persons whose names appear on the Central Register at the coming into operation of this Order may also effect changes/corrections to their particulars and request transfers.This Order was published in the Official Gazette, was signed by the then Chairman of GECOM, Justice Patterson. Following these procedures, the Register of Registrants was prepared and the final voters’ list was made available for the highly successful 2018 Local Government Elections. That Register was valid until April 30, 2019. Following the same trend, it is notable that all relevant requirements for the List of Electors to be properly updated for the upcoming Regional and National Elections was done in a very short period of Claims and Objections so that the List could be fully sanitised and ready for elections.Guyana is now in a full constitutional crisis with a caretaker Government, whose primary function is to ensure elections which must be held within 90 days from the date of the consequential orders of the CCJ. This Constitution is the supreme law of Guyana and no other law or inconsistent decision must be tolerated or allowed to override its supremacy. Guyana’s image is now damaged and deteriorating fast as the thieving, corruption, crime, prostitution and high cost of living envelopes our days.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Two persons were on Wednesday ordered to pay a ,000 fine altogether, after it was alleged that they unlawfully wounded and assaulted each other.Tianna Daniels, of Lot 17 Broad and Lombard streets pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge of unlawful wounding after making her appearance in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Fabayo Azore.It is alleged that on March 23, 2016 at Broad and Lombard streets she unlawfully harmed Keith Mitchell.According to the Daniels on the day in question, March 23, she was standing waiting on her boyfriend when Mitchell premeditated to throw a bucket of water on her, which provoked her and she retaliated by throwing a bottle at the Mitchell’s head.Daniels phone (Plum) which was in her underwear was damaged as a result of the incident. She also claimed that the phone was fairly new as it was only purchased in February of this year.Keith Daniels, 17, of Lot 17 of the same address was also cross-charged.It is alleged that on the same day at the same location, he unlawfully assaulted Tianna Daniels.According to the prosecutor’s facts both Daniels and Mitchell reside in the same yard. And on the day in question Mitchell engaged in playing with water by throwing it on Daniels, after which she picked up a bottle and threw it at his forehead, causing injuries.The prosecutor had no objections to bail, however he asked that bail be set at a substantial amount.Daniels was ordered by the magistrate to pay a fine of ,000 or spend a default of 6 months in prison.Keith Mitchell was placed on ,000 bail as well as a bond to keep the peace. The matter was adjourned to May 16, 2016.
Moments after relieving an Atlantic Ville, East Coast Demerara, businesswoman of a bag containing an undisclosed sum of cash, two gunmen were apprehended as they were about to escape.According to information, at about 14:00h on Thursday, Marilyn Burning was about to enter her home after transacting business at a bank in Georgetown, when she was attacked and held at gunpoint by two men.The men arrived at the woman’s home on a CG motorcycle which indicates they had trailed the woman from the bank.However, while the woman raised an alarm, the men took away the bag and were about to escape when they were cornered by residents in the area and two off-duty police ranks who managed to grab the bag from them.As they attempted to escape, they reportedly collided with a vehicle driven by a resident. They were subsequently arrested and handed over to police.A .32 Taurus pistol with 9 matching rounds were recovered by the police. The motorcycle used in the robbery was also seized.
In light of recent reports that government has engaged the judicial branch on reforms for sentencing policy, President Granger has observed that too many young offenders are incarcerated.Speaking at the handing-over of the Camp Street Prison riot Commission of Inquiry report on Wednesday he said the Administration had discussions with the judiciary on sentencing policies to reduce the rising number of inmates.He also stated that no President would be happy to see large numbers of young people spend so much of their lives incarcerated.It was explained that some individuals start off at the Onderneeming facility, spend time at Camp Street Prison and end up at the Mazaruni Prison, which the Guyanese leader said was responsible for Government’s dialogue with the Judiciary.Meanwhile, the Head of State opined that the main prisons in Guyana; the Camp Street, Mazaruni and New Amsterdam structures, being over a century old, were not designed to cater for the current huge prison population and suggested that the facilities at Lusignan and Timehri were built to assist the main prisons.The President recalled his visit to the Mazaruni Prison earlier this year with Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Public Security Minister Kemraj Ramjattan where they sought to explore how the conditions of prison life could be improved.“We looked at improving the production of food; providing facilities to encourage inmates to alter their behaviour so that they don’t have to return into that system,” Granger noted, explaining that his team looked into rehabilitation while on their visit.The Head of State noted further that government will now direct its efforts towards ensuring the country becomes a safer place and expressed hope that fewer children, men and women will end up in the country’s prisons.It was only last week that the President told the media that in efforts to reduce the overcrowding in the prisons, the government could review custodial sentencing for persons in possession of small amounts of marijuana. He however cautioned that while the matter came up for discussions, no decisions were taken.The Social Protection Ministry earlier in the year had announced that alternative sentencing for young offenders could become mainstreamed, but it was cautioned that such offenders should not be “grave violators” of the nation’s Criminal Laws.Calls were also made for consideration for reduce penalties against offenders between the ages 16 and 21.The Social Protection Ministry’s Chief Probation and Social Services Officer Gavin Munroe told the media earlier this year that systems for alternative sentencing were being addressed but he had observed that an assessment by departmental officials would done and the requisite recommendations were also submitted