AsAsistance needed in Upper-Berbice communities, says Region 10 Chairman, Vice Chairman

first_imgA recent visit to areas in the Upper Berbice Region (Region 10) has revealed that the communities are in dire need of improvement in the areas of education, health, agriculture and physical infrastructure for the benefit of youths. The issues were highlighted by Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph during a press conference. The region’s leaders stressed that in the area of agriculture, an important point to note is that a community boat which was initially intended to provide assistance for farmers in transporting their produce is presently “parked” and remains non- operable at Sand Hill. Morian said this is the case, even as farmers in the area are suffering tremendously in transporting their produce to be marketed.“What really caught us is that there is a huge boat parked in the Berbice River and it is reported that this boat was built and taken there a week before elections and they’re saying it’s an election gimmick. Whether it’s an election gimmick or not the past Government had removed the boat which had transported persons to New Amsterdam with their agriculture produce. Now we have a huge boat parked there… I am approaching the Office of the President, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, so that that boat… could be put into use. We see it as a boost to enhance agriculture and the movement of persons within the Berbice River,” he stressed.Additionally, it was noted that the boat is missing just one crucial element, however Morian said a diagnostic test needs to be done to ascertain the situation with the said boat.“We’re going to go through the right channel to make sure that that boat is commissioned under the right Ministry. We have millions of dollars in tax payers money lying there…not being used and farmers want to get there produce to market and this is not being done,” he said.In addition, the Regional Chairman said it was observed that there is a huge generator at Muritaro presently parked in the bushes. According to Morian, information received suggests that it has never been in operation but was placed there under the previous Administration. He said he is seeking to have it moved and taken to Linden to be serviced so that it can be beneficial to communities without electricity and solar.Meanwhile, Regional Vice Chairman Adolph said a visit to several schools revealed deplorable washroom facilities, which are out of service. At Sand Hill, he said the teacher’s washroom facility has been out of order for over two years. He added that requests were made for more health personnel to visit the communities since it was highlighted that residents find it is too expensive to travel to New Amsterdam.“The people in the Berbice River are requesting some more help from the Ministry of Health. So we are calling on the Ministry of Health to deliver a little more… We also discovered shortage of drugs… nurses and health workers, doctors if possible need to visit the areas more often… farming is not payable like before because they don’t have transport for [their] produce. When they hire transportation it’s very expensive…so life becomes more difficult everyday for the folks in the Berbice River,” Adolph said.last_img read more

$11.8 million award in train crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Universal Studios officials declined to comment on Friday. Metrolink previously settled with Kilpatrick and some two dozen other injured passengers in an agreement whose terms are confidential. Another passenger, 76-year-old Grace Kirkness of Santa Clarita, died in a hospital 15 days after the crash. Universal Studios in court said the crash was the result of what a federal investigation called “confusing” traffic signals and roadway where the Metrolink tracks pass the intersection of Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Road. Truck driver Jacek Wysocki, who was employed by a Universal subsidiary and was killed in the crash, had stopped for a red left-turn arrow at the intersection, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Then he drove onto the tracks when the arrow began to flash at the train’s approach, the NTSB said. Burbank officials said the intersection signals met state standards and said Wysocki was at fault for driving around the crossing gates. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com (661) 267-5742 PASADENA – A former Newhall attorney crippled when a Metrolink train crashed into a movie-studio truck that drove onto the tracks was awarded $11.8 million from Universal Studios. A Pasadena jury awarded the money Friday to Jennifer Kilpatrick, who must use a walker or a wheelchair because of the injuries she suffered in January 2003 when the train derailed after plowing at 80 mph into the truck at a Burbank intersection. Kilpatrick, who was on her way to work when the crash happened, now lives in Las Vegas. The jury award was announced by Kilpatrick’s attorney, Los Angeles attorney Jerome Ringler, who is also lead counsel representing passengers injured in Metrolink crashes in Glendale and Placentia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more