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
As the Public Telecommunications Ministry continues to highlight the importance of women and girls in the growing field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across Guyana through several initiatives, a ‘Professional women in ICT’ luncheon was on Wednesday hosted at Cara Lodge, Georgetown.Minister Cathy Hughes speaking prior to the luncheon said it was conceptualised with the aim of providing an avenue for the women to network and look at areas of collaboration on future projects involving women and girls. It is her belief that more girls need to be encouraged to get involved in the careers that will become available in the ICT area.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes interacting with women at a luncheon hosted at Cara Lodge“By 2025, they are saying 70 per cent of all jobs are going to be in Information Communication Technology and we [Government] just want to make sure that we are ready, so the Ministry is working on creating opportunities where we are connecting people to the Internet in schools and the Hinterland,” she noted.The Minister said the focus is being placed on training and education, hence the Public Telecommunications Ministry continues to collaborate with the Education Ministry and the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).The event precedes the ‘Girls in ICT’ day being observed today. Minister Hughes said interaction with Co-Founder, SheLeadsIt, Nicole Pitter Patterson will allow the women to get a sense of how Guyana is connecting with what is happening regionally.The SheLeadsIt, Co-Founder said her organisation aims at empowering women enterprises globally and has been partnering with local organisations. For this year, the organisation has reached over 800 girls in Guyana and across the Caribbean.Marcia Thomas, Head of Information and Communication Technology at NCERD, said contrary to perceptions, ICT has always been an integral part in terms of meeting the needs of children with learning disabilities through the use of learning software to improve their performances.Echoing similar sentiments as the Minister, Thomas said within five years, especially with the emerging oil and gas sector, there will be a plethora of jobs available directly related to ICT, therefore the Education Ministry is in preparation mode.“Guyana is poised to be able to provide those specialists, those technologically savvy people because contrary to what people believe our children are using ICTs, we are using ICTs every day so we have to think ICT now, we have to live it,” Thomas emphasised.Reference was made to the ‘Guyana Girl Code’ programme and the STEM Guyana Robotics clubs across Guyana as some of the initiatives being promoted by NCERD and the Education Ministry, specifically aimed at empowering girls in the field.In Guyana, an ICT Tech lab will be developed led by Geotech Vision, which will see 55 girls from 11 schools and the University of Guyana engaged in web development activities. This will be followed by the hosting of a hackathon in July 2018, which will be larger and feature more “hands-on” activities.‘Girls in ICT’ will kick off today with an exhibition at Duke Lodge, Kingston.
Scottish company Fankilts have launched a ‘Donegal Kilt’ which will be perfect for Donegal GAA supporters this summer.You could get your very own ‘Donegal Kilt’ for this summer’s Ulster Championship.It would certainly turns a few heads on the terraces of Mac Cumhaill Park and Clones. Milford GAA girls players Claudia Ward (13) from Rathmullan, and Rachel Roarty (14) were delighted with their Donegal Kilts.The girls were the first to wear the brand new Donegal kilts which were launched just in time for Paddy’s Day.Claudia plays for the Donegal’s Under 14 team, and she was delighted to model the kilt and team it up with her official Donegal team top.Claudia said, ‘These kilts are class’, ‘I’d definitely wear one’ Rachel agreed, adding “Girls would love to wear these to Donegal matches.The kilts are the brainchild of a Glasgow company called Fankilts who first created the kilts for the Commonwealth Games.Charlie Milarvey of Fankilts told Donegal Daily, “There were lots of different nationalities living in Scotland, who wanted to support their home nation at Glasgow 2014, so we came up with the idea of a Scottish kilt in the flag colours of all the countries competing, and they were a huge hit.“We also make a guy’s kilt with a flag panel, which we created for the Scotland v Germany matches, and we’re also working on one with the Irish colours for the Scotland v Ireland match in June.“I have a friend from Donegal who said we should create this Donegal kilt for the huge support the team has, so we thought it would double up as a great outfit for Paddy’s Day as well.’ If you’d like your own Donegal kilt, just drop us an email at and Fankilts will get in touch with you.SCOTTISH COMPANY LAUNCHES DONEGAL STYLED KILTS was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsSport