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Opposition Members of Parliament have called on Government to swiftly cancel the hydro licence that US developer,Jerseys NFL Wholesale China Online, Sithe Global, had been operating with.Jaipaul SharmaOver the weekend, Sithe Global, which was a key player in the development of the 165 megawatts Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project, announced its withdrawal.There are fears that Sithe’s licence, currently in limbo, could be traded or sold, threatening the costs of any future development of the project.A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) parliamentarian Jaipaul Sharma, has aired his concerns with respect to Sithe Global and its current position.The entity announced its withdrawal from the Amaila project citing that consensus was not reached across the board by the three political parties in Parliament.“It was not supported unanimously by all three political parties, a necessary prerequisite to the project receiving international development funds required to complete it. Thus, the project cannot move forward.”Sharma has since expressed his concerns with respect to the licence that was initially granted to Makeswhar ‘Fip’ Motilall’s Synergy Holdings and subsequently transferred to Sithe Global to build the Hydro electric plant.His concerns among other things are that the government should retake its licence from Amaila Falls Hydro Inc (AFHI) before they sell the licence to another company and “Flip” it and profit in the same way that ‘Fip’ Motilall did when he sold to Sithe Global.Sharma believes that if Sithe Global decides to sell it, the company can do so to make a profit to offset the US$12M it had agreed to pay Motilall as well as the US$16M it would have already invested in the project.This he believes will present a higher priced portfolio to Government for the development of the Hydro Electric Project“These people have an agreement, they have a MOU, they have a licence, When they sell it back, they will sell it higher,Cheap Soccer Jerseys, just like how ‘Fip’ flipped it over and made US$12M,Atlanta Falcons Jersey, they will flip it to somebody else and the price will raise and the opposition will be blamed, because the price will raise, and it will go ahead,Wholesale China Jerseys, because they (government) will say it still feasible,” Sharma stated.                                                                                                                                                     Sharma had made reference to the Hydro- Electric Power Ordinance of 1956, while claiming that the government can retake the licence from Sithe Global.“It doesn’t matter if the people (Sithe Global) have it for 50 years, if government within two years says you are not progressing as was planned, the government can take it back.”Kaieteur News upon perusal of the Hydro-Electric Power Ordinance found under the cancellation of licence that it can be done, if among other reasons, there is “non-compliance with or non-observance of any term or condition contained in the licence.”Financial analyst Christopher Ram has expressed similar sentiments in his articles penned “Plainly speaking let us give Sithe the BOOT”His analysis can be viewed on his internet portal, chrisram.net where he spoke to 10 specific activities that the interim licence requires for completion by Sithe Global to deem it worthy of the final licence. Of these, Ram says that five that are yet to be completed are not, and a few are with status unknown.  Ram argues that “the government must act with haste to ensure that the very licence is not transferred to another company”Member of Parliament and financial spokeperson for APNU, Carl Greenidge, when asked about the state of the licence during a press briefing yesterday said  “the obvious thing to do, the sensible thing to do at this point in time, and even the prudent thing to do,Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys, would be for the government  to cancel the licence and give themselves the breathing space to put together a proper package.”He says that to simply leave it in the hands of Sithe to do whatever it wishes “can’t be an acceptable way of proceeding.”

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The implementation of the Caribbean Health Authority (CARPHA) was one of the priority issues on the agenda of the 19th Caucus of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers of Health at the weekend. The meeting which concluded on Sunday was held in Washington D.C. at the Pan American Health Organisation headquarters.During the meeting the Health Ministers approved proposals by the CARPHA Steering Committee,Cheap NBA Store, chaired by Local Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, for a Resource Mobilisation and Sustainability plan for CARPHA,Cheap Baseball Jerseys, supported by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).It is expected that the umbrella health institution will integrate the functions and administration of five Caribbean Regional Health Institutions (RHIs): the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), the Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDTL) and the Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC).At the meeting, too, the Ministers also endorsed a proposal for the implementation of a social marketing strategy,Cheap Jerseys From China, and gave the nod of approval for the main campus of CARPHA to be located in Trinidad and Tobago. That proposal is currently receiving the attention of the Cabinet of that country.The issue of HIV/AIDS in the context of the CARICOM/PANCAP Global Fund Round 9 Regional HIV and AIDS Grant was also among the subjects that were outlined for consideration.The grant was approved for a project titled “Fighting HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean: A Strategic Approach” and totals US$34.5M. A total of 16 countries have been listed as beneficiaries with the CARICOM Secretariat as the Principal Recipient of the Grant, responsible for its effective co-ordination, technical oversight and financial management.Deliberations were also expected to focus on a strategic plan to combat Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs),China NFL Jerseys, a mandate which emanated from the September 2007 Port of Spain Summit Declaration on NCDs.In this context, the Caucus had sought to rationalise the role of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) in support of the Summit’s goals including effective warning on tobacco products towards the reduction of tobacco use and mandatory labelling of foods towards a reduction of trans fat consumption and high sodium intake.CARPHA is an initiative, approved by the CARICOM Heads of Government to integrate five Regional Health Institutions into one public health agency on a phased basis by 2014.The five regional institutions are the Caribbean Epidemiological Centre (CAREC), Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), Caribbean Health Research Centre (CHRC), and Caribbean Regional Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDTL).The funding for this new consolidated agency is expected to come from various sources including quota contributions from participating CARICOM and non-CARICOM States, grants, technical assistance and a trust fund.According to a statement issued by the Caricom Secretariat PAHO/WHO continues to play an important role in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat in spearheading the resource mobilisation programme.In her address to the Caucus, Dr Mirta Roses, Director of PAHO expressed the commitment of her organisation to maintaining its level of contribution to the health agenda and in particular to sustaining the public health functions of the Region during the transition toward the achievement of CARPHA.The Ministers of Health also recognised the support so far,Wholesale Jerseys, from several development partners for CARPHA, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIIDA) and the Canadian Public Health Association, the Government of France, the Chronic Disease Control Centre, USA,Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic, and the Social Market Agency, Ministry of Health, UK.
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