The first Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub for 2018 was officially launched on last week, in Sisters Village on the East Bank of Berbice (EBB).The ICT hub’s establishment was made possible through a partnership between the Ministry of Public Telecommunication (MoPT), the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), and the Guyana Police Force (GPF).Cutting of the ribbon: Director Phillip Walcott assists two young members of Sister Village to officially launch the ICT hub. Looking on is Commander of ‘B’ Division Lyndon AlvesAddressing residents, Director of Community Development and Social Management, of the NDMA, Phillip Walcott said the Government is working to introduce more services online. Soon, residents of Sisters Village will be able to apply for birth vertificates, passports, make land registry queries and access other services online. Walcott urged villagers to share their knowledge with others who are willing to learn, “so no one gets left behind as the country moves into the digital age”.Also expressing his satisfaction with the establishment of the ICT hub was Commander of ‘B’ Division, Linden Alves. The Commander noted that the community will now be able to benefit from the internet service. He also expressed appreciation to the MoPT, on behalf of the Guyana Police Force, and made a commitment that the GPF is prepared to collaborate to establish hubs in other communities.In August 2016, a survey was conducted in the village by Regional Staff of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) to determine the youth population, the number of micro, small, and medium enterprises; safe spaces within the community and the cost of assessing internet service, among other factors.Commander of ‘B’ Division Lyndon Alves and Director of Community Development and Social Management, NDMA, Phillip Walcott.Following a thorough assessment, it was discovered that the Sisters Community Centre was inhabitable as a result of vandalism. However, through Community networking, the decision was made to approach the GPF to assist with providing a safe space within the Sisters Police Station to facilitate the ICT hub. Commander Alves readily agreed to the idea.The Sisters Police Station has a youth group of over 70 youths between the ages of seven and eighteen. These youths are involved in skills building activities such as arts and craft which they proudly displayed at the launching ceremony.This hub takes the total to 17 established in Region Six , with a further 18 more slated to be operational by December 2018.
A woman who refused to give a breath specimen after being arrested by Gardaí on suspicion of drink-driving has been disqualified from driving for four years.Kathleen Harkin, 47, with an address of 4 Radharc Na Mara, Downings, was arrested outside the premises of ‘The Lagoon Bar’ Termon in the early hours of November 9, 2013.Gardaí saw the defendant get into her Mercedez-Benz and drive across the car park without any lights on. When they investigated further and stopped the car, Garda Kelly noticed that the defendant was slurring her speech and that there was a strong smell of alcohol from her breath.Garda Kelly then asked Mrs Harkin to get out of the car, however, when she got out of the car she staggered and couldn’t stand upright. Gardaí arrested her on suspicion of drink-driving.They brought her to Milford Gardaí Station, but there Mrs Harkin refused to co-operate with Gardaí and give a breath specimen.The court heard how Mrs Harkin had met her friend at The Lagoon Bar for a meal earlier in the evening after she had finished work, but had then stayed on for a number of drinks.Mrs Harkin later claimed she was only moving the car to a safer part of the car park and had already called a taxi to pick her up.She became so incensed at being arrested that she refused to give a breath specimen to Gardaí at Milford Garda Station following her arrest.The mother-of-three is currently unemployed, but the court was told she has a strong work ethic and had raised her family on her own.In his summary Judge Denis McLaughlin said: “I’m taking into account Mrs Harkin’s early guilty plea, and the fact she has no previous convictions of note bar one minor traffic offence.“However, her failure to provide a breath specimen to Gardaí and co-operate with them complicated the matter, and I must disqualify Mrs Harkin from driving for four years.”Judge McLaughlin also fined Mrs Harkin €300 and gave her four months to pay the fine.Her disqualification from driving will commence on January 1.WOMAN WHO REFUSED TO GIVE BREATH SPECIMEN DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING FOR FOUR YEARS was last modified: November 11th, 2014 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:breath testcourtsdisqualifiednews