Has Guyana Prize helped emerging writers living and writing in Guyana? (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,One of my major concerns is the quality of writing that has won the Guyana Prize. I have read all these books with a great deal of interest. Some of them, like “Essequibo”, Martin Carter’s Selected Poems, are great poetry that deserved the prize. Then I read some really vulgar and immoral works that are loaded with ‘cuss words,’ sexual overtures, and hardcore material that’s mind boggling to the real academic. My questions are these: how can we teach such books as literature to our young students in schools and university? What literary criteria were used to give these immoral books a prize?One of Mr.Creighton’s four-time Guyana Prize winners, Harold Bascom, wrote the following: ‘’Dear Minister Norton, there is a way for you to go down as the most effective Minister of Culture Guyana has ever had; and it will redeem you from being regarded as having been a mere political appointee with the least interest in culture—a square peg in a round hole.” (July 1, 2018 Kaieteur News)That is a very disgusting and derogatory statement to the Hon Minister of Culture, Dr. George Norton, so the Minister and our current administration must do the honourable thing and scrap the Guyana Prize for Literature until further notice, and demote the Prize Secretary and the incompetent Guyana Prize Board with immediate effect.Regards,Rev Gideon Cecillast_img read more

GPHC commissions new maternity wing

first_imgAfter 1-year delay…CEO blasts contractor for shoddy work, delaysThe new maternity wing of the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) was on Friday commissioned after a year-long delay due to poor work by the contractor. The new facility is aimed at improving the delivery of maternal and child health services toPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrence and other officials at the ribbon cutting of the new maternity wing of the GPHCGuyanese citizens frequenting the GPHC.Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, retired Brigadier George Lewis noted that the facility was already occupied but had to be evacuated after staff discovered a number of faulty construction works. He added that the GPHC then had the contractor, PD Contracting, make the necessary amendments that were recently completed; hence, the handing over after a year-long delay.“This project was conceived to improve the facilities offered by the Georgetown Public Hospital so that it can address the needs of our patients and those referred from other regional hospitals,” the CEO said. This project, he added, was tendered in 2014 and was awarded by National Procurement Tender Administration Board to PD Contracting Company and supervised by the consulting firm KALITECH INC. It was slated to cost $235,963,806 and was due to commence on December 31, 2014 and to be completed one year after. “It had a one-year defect liability period. Actual construction commenced in February 2015 and was completed on July 2016 and the defects period commenced after. On completion, this was meant to provide an upgraded neonatal unit, offices and classrooms,” he said.In July last year, however, a number of defects were observed, some of which were the flaking of the epoxy on the floor and walls, cracking on several sections in the building, defective locks and doors. “The management decided to abandon this building and demand that the contractor remedy the defects; those remedial works were recently completed, and the area reoccupied on November 7 (2017) after some trying times with the contractor,” the CEO said.Lewis added that it is his hope that contractors take greater pride in the manner in which they execute their duties so that their projects are completed in a timely fashion without any defects.“They (contractors) must also understand that time lost is also equivalent to money lost and create serious inconveniences to end users. We are hopeful that we do not have to abandon this unit again since the absences of those facilities challenge our doctors and nurses in the delivery of quality health care,” the CEO further stated.He also noted that the ceremony coincided with World Prematurity Day, which is observed on November 17 annually.Meanwhile, Chairman of the GPHC Board, Kesaundra Alves, said according to the World Health Organisation, Guyana preterm babies account for 13.2 per cent of all births. She noted that the new Maternity Unit boasts an updated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is equipped to sustain the life of a baby greater than or equal to 28 weeks gestational age. She added that the Unit is also equipped with the relevant doctors and nurses who are trained to deal with such cases.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence lauded the staffers of the facility for their vigilance in exposing the shoddy works done by the contractor. Lawrence also indicated that the Ministry would go behind contractors who provide substandard works and also called for more vigilance as it relates to public projects.“Had it not been for your vigilance we would have already paid off the contractor and would have to be dealing with the defects. We have to get the value of our money. This building should have been handed over to us a long time ago. This new facility does not just house one aspect that will extend and upgrade the services offered but it would upgrade and extend several services,” she said.The new facility houses 50 beds, two operating rooms, the birthing room, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on the top floor. The new wing also represents a step closer to eliminating instances where four persons – two mothers and two infants – are made to share one bed.The new wing has six delivery rooms, two operating rooms, a recovery room, the NICU, family planning office and a training room for the Residency Programme, and it is just part one of the of the Maternity Unit upgrade.last_img read more

Tesla Cars In Junkyards Still Retain Personal Data

first_imgEven if a car is consigned to a junkyard, Tesla is still holding onto informationIf you sell or trade-in your car, you have the opportunity to erase personal data saved to it. Stored destination in the navigation system and contacts paired from your phone shouldn’t necessarily go to the next person to drive the car. But if it’s a Tesla that’s been in a crash and in a salvage yard, your information is still in there and can be accessed.More Tesla Safety News Tesla Model 3 Yields For Ambulance, Gets Smashed By Mack Truck: Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 3, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Computer Security Experts Hack Tesla Model S Key Fob In Seconds According to a self-described “white hat hacker” who goes by the name GreenTheOnly, he told CNBC Friday. Using a salvaged Tesla Model 3 purchased at auction last year, researchers discovered all of the mobile devices that had been paired to the car, as well as phone numbers and email addresses from those devices. It discovered that it was owned by a construction company in the Boston area, the last six dozen addresses entered into the navigation and video footage from the crash that sent it to the junkyard. That was from one of the many cameras in Teslas that owners have often said they don’t know when they’re actually on.And, according to the business news network, it’s somewhat difficult for even owners to clear that data off of their Tesla.On one hand, Tesla holds car-generated data closely, and has fought customers in court to refrain from giving up vehicle data.Owners must purchase $995 cables and download a software kit from Tesla to get limited information out of their cars via “event data recorders” there, should they need this for legal, insurance or other reasons.In a statement to CNBC, a Tesla spokesperson said the automaker, “already offers options that customers can use to protect personal data stored on their car,” through a factory reset or Valet Mode, and that it is, “always committed to finding and improving upon the right balance between technical vehicle needs and the privacy of our customers.”While all cars can store destinations and contacts and all users should be careful when pairing their mobile devices to any network, it’s on the backs of all automakers to make this information more secure. And in Tesla’s case, trying to be at the forefront of in-car technology means it will also need to be at the forefront of in-car technology security and transparency of information being collected.Source: CNBC Hackers Cause Tesla Model S To Steer Itself Into Oncoming Lane: Video Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more