204 junior Police ranks promoted

first_imgThe most anticipated time of the year for members of the Guyana Police Force is here, and some 204 junior ranks made this year’s promotions list.These promotions: from the ranks of corporal to sergeant, lance corporal and constable to corporal, and constable to lance corporal, have been approved by theActing Commissioner of Police, David RamnaraineActing Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine, and will take effect from December 31, 2017.In his New Year message to the Force on Friday, Ramnarine reminded members of the Force of their onerous calling, which he noted has been fulfilled to general satisfaction, notwithstanding the numerous demands and challenges faced, in particular by those who tarnished the image of the Force and brought it into disrepute.“Let us resolve to improve out quality of service, as already we are making great strides forward in solving serious and other crimes, but obviously much more can and must be done to prevent these crimes,” he posited.The acting Police Commissioner further noted that the year ahead would bring about greater demands on the Police Force, and therefore professionalism must be compatible.“I have no doubt that with increased human and other resources, those increased expectations from our master and other key stakeholders will be met to satisfaction; and in this regard, I urge that we each make that special resolve to improve individually and collectively, in pursuit of the objectives of the Force,” Ramnarine implored.While reflecting on his tenure leading the Force as acting Commissioner, Ramnarine expressed his gratitude for the support during the latter half of 2017.He concluded by telling those who have been elevated to higher rank that promotion comes with greater responsibility and increased expectations.In regard to the promotions, 31 officers were promoted from the rank of corporal to sergeant; while 43 ranks who were once lance corporals were promoted to corporals, and 22 from constables to corporals.Additionally, 66 ranks who held the position of constables will now serve as lance corporals.Meanwhile under Special Constabulary regular ranks, four corporals have been promoted to sergeants. Another five lance corporals and two other constables were also elevated to corporals, while 11 Special Constabulary regular ranks were promoted from constables to lance corporals.With respect to the Special Constabulary (GUYSTAC), one person holding the rank of corporal was promoted to the post of sergeant; while two lance corporals and a constable were all promoted to corporals. Further, four cConstables were elevated to the post of lance corporal in the GUYSTAC department.Moreover, three ranks under rural constabulary were elevated from the rank of corporal to sergeant, while nine constables were given new portfolios as corporals.last_img read more

Minister Harmon pledges $500,000, personal support to Beacon Foundation

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Friday paid a visit to the Beacon Hospice at Thomas and New Market Streets, Georgetown where he made a personal pledge of $500,000 among other forms of support to the charitable organisation.Noted for providing home-care, counselling and other forms of support services to persons who are diagnosed with cancer, this Hospice, run under the auspices of the Beacon Foundation, caters primarily to women and children who come into Georgetown for treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and at other privately run hospitals.The Hospice aims to reduce the burden of travelling and the associated costs. All services are provided free of cost to the patient (s), including accommodation andMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, in discussion with the executives of the organisation on Friday during his visitmeals.As well as paying the wages of its employees, the entity puts all the profits from its food catering operations to fund its programmes, and takes pride in the fact that it is the only totally self-sustaining charitable organisation in the country.During his visit, Minister Harmon said he first learnt of the Foundation several years ago, after his brother was diagnosed with cancer. At that time, the Foundation provide nurses who not only administered treatment, but also provided counselling to his sibling.The Minister noted that even though some time had elapsed, he is inspired by the Foundation’s work, and believes that the nurses and care-providers of the organisation are “the unsung heroes.”“I believe that you all are the unsung heroes, because, many times we see acts of charity being publicized, but this organisation has not been one to do so; but yet your work is out there and that is because of the difference that you are making; it speaks for itself. Quietly you have been working,” he said.The care-givers travel every week to five regions: Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three), Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four), Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five), East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six), and Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region Ten) to provide welfare support and pain medication to clients at least once per month, or the Hospice provides care for 86 cancer patients currently.Senior Nurse at the facility, Bibi Salim, said the organisation tries as best as possible to ensure that patients are treated with love and care during their times of pain and struggle, as Director Dr. Kian Jabour said it operates with the motto, “No cancer patient should die in pain, or it should be minimal pain.”The Foundation already benefits from an exemption of corporate taxes as well as support from the Ministry of Public Health.last_img read more