Sisters Village gets ICT hub

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Linden Town Council in talks with Indian Gov’t to establish solar energy project

first_imgThe office of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is in discussion with First Secretary of the High Commission of India, Vijayakumar K. for installation of a solar energy project in the mining town.Mayor Waneka Arindell and First Secretary of the High Commission of India, Vijayakumar KThe First Secretary of the High Commission visited Linden Mayor Waneka Arindell at the LM&TC on Monday to have talks on the proposed initiative.Mayor Arindell has said that while it was that official’s first visit to Linden, it came on the heels of correspondence to identify possible projects which can be initiated in the community.“They would have sent us a letter to identify projects. So, we’re in the introduction stage of it…and they’re going to return once we provide some information…” the mayor noted.Additionally, at the launch of the Linden Town Week of activities back in May, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had told residents that the presence of several ‘mined-out’ areas across the Linden community makes Linden perfect to benefit from projects under the International Solar Alliance agreement (ISA). He posited that those areas allow for a greater level of access to solar power.Minister Harmon had said there was an indication that the bauxite mining community would benefit from projects under the international agreement signed by His Excellency President David Granger in India.He also noted that the solar footprints of Linden are among its greatest assets, and ought to be explored. He further related that, based on conversations taking place, he had some indication as well, that these ‘mined-out’ areas can be converted to green tourism and conservation facilities.last_img read more

Roof Top Challenge a Success

first_imgPhoto: Members of Moose FM & Big Brothers and Big Sisters lived on the roof of the NP Leisure Pool in hopes of getting more Big Brothers and Big Sisters – Johanna Henderson/Energeticcity.caA record number of people have sign up to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The local agency held their annual Roof Top Challenge Friday and Saturday and had 27 people sign up to mentor a child. – Advertisement -Danielle Armstrong is the Executive Director and says sitting on the roof of the North Peace Pool paid off. [asset|aid=309|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=efc85b76654025eb5baae49fb2a46937-Danielle Armstrong – 1_1_Pub.mp3] Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John currently has a waiting list of over 20 children and they hope these volunteers will help. You can still sign up to be a Big Brother or a Big Sister by calling 250-787-9674. Big Brothers and Big Sisters will also hold an open house this Wednesday to celebrate the opening of their new office. The open house will run from 6pm to 7:30pm on 106th Street across from Ship to Shore.last_img read more