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Region 2 residents picket PM’s visit

first_img…call for Govt’s resignation…express no confidence in Agriculture MinisterHours after acting Chief Justice Roxanne George, SC, ruled that the December 21, 2018, resolution of the motion of no-confidence against the A Partnership for National Unity -Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government was validly passed, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was rejected by the residents of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) as he visited the region for a meeting.Essequibo Coast residents protesting at State House, Anna Regina on FridayHundreds of residents, particularly persons from the business sector and rice farmers, staged a picketing exercise as the Prime Minister made his way to the State House in Anna Regina on Friday for a series of meetings with the farmers and business persons.The frustrated farmers on the picket line, told Guyana Times that prior to being defeated by the no-confidence motion, the PM never cared for the development of the region or it’s rapidly declining economic state.“Why he visiting us now when the rice industry is already dead and buried? He promised us $9000 per bag of paddy, we give him our votes and he never deliver. He helped to kill the industry by saying rice is private business. He can fool us most of the time but not all the time. His Government has fallen. We support the no-confidence motion. Go home Nagamootoo, we don’t need you in Region 2,” one protester said.Rice farmers were among the residents who rejected the PM’s visitThe protesters bore several placards with messages such as “Moses is a de facto Prime Minister since December 21st, 2018…No confidence vote must be respected…treat farmers with respect…33 is greater than 32…Government must resign now, announce election date now…farmers can’t survive on $300 per bag urgent help needed.”Meanwhile, at the meeting at State House, some of the rice farmers who decided to go to the meeting told the Prime Minister that they have lost all confidence in the ability of Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, who was also present at the meeting. They informed the PM that they never got any help from Holder since he never took the time to listen to their concerns or provide them with tangible assistance to aid in the betterment of the struggling rice industry. They also questioned the motive of the Government as it relates to the sudden meeting with, particularly, the farmers.Additionally, during the meeting, the farmers accused Nagamootoo of neglecting the region and its residents, explaining that the only time they seem to care is around elections time.At the beginning of 2019, the rice farmers were advised to be judicious in the use of irrigation water since the water level of the Tapakuma Conservancy had dropped significantly as a result of minimum rainfall during this rainy season. The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) had said that despite its pumps working beyond the scheduled operating hours, the level of irrigation water in the main canal continued to be insufficient to adequately service all rice fields in both the front and backlands areas.last_img read more


Hope meets opportunity

first_imgLAUSD board President Marlene Canter and board member Monica Garcia both expressed the district’s support and endorsement of the Broad endowment for the alliance, which will be able to expand the number of its charter schools to 20. “We are a huge big family,” Canter said, “and we’re all working for the same thing, which is to ensure that every single child has exactly what he should have in order for him to go to college.” [email protected] (818)713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “All of us here today are seeing the tipping point in the charter school movement in Los Angeles,” Broad said in talking about his gift, which raises his foundation’s commitment to L.A. public charter schools to $36 million. “Charter schools are accomplishing what many public schools are struggling to do. They are dramatically improving student achievement. “What’s happening is we’re really seeing a revolution from the bottom up. Public charter schools are doing a better job educating children than other public schools. It’s not only parents, (it’s) students, teachers – they’re all demanding change.” Broad was joined during the announcement by representatives from the Los Angeles Unified School District, former Mayor Richard Riordan – the alliance chairman – and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. Robin Kramer, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s chief of staff, said Broad’s “return on the investment … will be found in thousands of changed lives of families and kids.” Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and South Los Angeles teenager Jesse Aguilar live at opposite extremes of the city, but their lives crossed Thursday at the intersection of hope and opportunity. Aguilar, 17, the son of Salvadoran immigrants, finds himself at the doorstep of the American dream thanks to Broad, whose education foundation funds the inner-city charter school that transformed the youngster into an honor student. “When I came to Gertz-Ressler High School two years ago I was a C student – today I’m an A student,” said Aguilar, “and when I graduate next year I’ll be the first in my family to attend a four-year college.” Aguilar shared his story at an auditorium at the Frank E. Baxter Education Center, just west of downtown, where on Thursday the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced it was injecting an additional $10 million in grants into the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, creating another 13 new charter schools and giving other Jesse Aguilars a chance. last_img read more