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…Eventually, Chronicle Newspaper should revert to private ownership By Kiana Wilburg A free, pluralistic and independent media community, on all platforms, is important for facilitating goodPresident, David Grangergovernance and transparency.With an aim of ensuring that this is achieved on all levels and to the highest degree, President David Granger has given his thoughts on the role of the state media recently and how he sees its future in the dispensation of information.On the televised show, The Public Interest, the Head of State noted that the state has a responsibility, particularly in a country like Guyana, to provide current information. Granger said that most media houses are located in Georgetown or on the coastland. This, he said, has resulted in a large part of the country not being covered by the private media.He said that the private media, to some degree, is driven by profit and there is no profit in setting up a station at Lethem or Aishalton. Granger said that most of these areas do not get the full benefit of information and as such, the state has a responsibility to provide information to those communities whether it is on health issues, natural hazards, epidemic diseases or threats to the communities in those areas.But beyond the role of providing information, the President said that he feels that media must be free. He said that is where the private media has a role.The Head of State said that he does not believe that the state should attempt to control the private media. He hopes that the state withdraws from competing with the private media and just pays attention to its primary role of providing public information.Granger said that under the Constitution, it is quite clear that all citizens have certain rights to transmit and receive information. He noted that the state cannot contradict or contravene the Constitution by preventing citizens from receiving information. He said that in this regard, it is considered carte blanche for the private media to operate,Cheap Jerseys, but within certain limits of course.“But as I see it, eventually the state must withdraw from competing with the private media in terms of publishing newspapers or television services. The state’s role is to provide public information and I see that organizations like GINA (Government Information Agency) and NCN (National Communications Network) could continue but the commercial arms like Chronicle newspaper, in due course, should eventually revert to private ownership,” expressed the President.He continued,Wholesale China Jerseys, “It is a period of transition but I don’t believe that we need to get involved in that type of activity anymore.”Being the historian he is,Wholesale NBA Jerseys, Granger said that the state media had its origins in the Second World War when there was a need to provide certain controls and certain messages because of the security situations during the war.He noted that a period of constitutional crisis followed; the British government continued to maintain control of information through the Government Information Service (GIS). The President said he does not believe that the state should maintain those controls any longer.He said, “I believe in free media and as Head of State, I need criticisms, I need to be told where the government is going wrong. I need an alert media community, one that will look at projects, how people are being treated, the dangers of diseases, environmental hazards and alert the government to the people’s concerns.  I can’t do without criticisms. No government can do without criticisms.”The Head of State continued,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, “I don’t want someone to always be telling me ‘Oh yea, yea everything is fine, everything is going good.’ And I don’t want state media personnel to feel that their roles are to simply tell the government good things and not report what is being said by the other side.”Granger said that the Government consists of three branches; the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary and the state media must report on all three branches.He said that in the Legislative branch for example,Cheap NFL Jerseys, there are the usual debates the state media must report on Government’s side as well as the arguments being put forward by the political opposition.“I have to hear the Opposition’s side to know what half the population is taking, thinking and saying and so the state media must report on both sides. So in due course, the actual functions, the commercial functions I hope would disappear.”The President asserted that in the meantime, the state will continue to provide credible information to the entire population.

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– Proceedings defined the spirit of Mrs. Janet JaganBy Neil Marks It is said that State funerals mark the official enshrinement of leaders in the pantheon of national heroes.Former President Mrs Janet Jagan certainly fits the criteria of a national heroine and many have wrestled with adjectives to adequately define her role in pre and post-colonial Guyana, according to those who paid tribute to her.Yesterday, they quoted Khalil Gibran and Martin Carter to epitomise her work while seeking to unshackle her name from the vicious attacks she was made to endure over the years, especially when she ran, victoriously, for the presidency in December 1997 and in the 20 months that she stayed in office.Many could not hold back tears over the woman who left United States of America at the age of 23 and spent the next 65 years fighting for freedoms that would lead to a better life for the exploited and vulnerable here, a foreign country.Joey Jagan sits between two guards on the truck bearing the casket of his mother’s body just before the cortege left Freedom House for Babu John.The funeral organised by the state for Mrs Jagan bore the resemblance of the personality of Mrs Jagan. There was the grandeur of the state ceremony, but with the quietude that she would have wanted.When there was news that she had requested that there be no public viewing of her body at death, it was clear that Mrs Jagan wanted to keep the ceremony as sedated as possible and so it was.After a private viewing of her body at her New Haven home in the cool of dawn, the casket bearing her body was draped with the flag of Guyana and placed in a hearse and slowly driven to Vlissengen Road, which runs between the Office of the President and Castellani House, the home of the National Art Gallery.As the national flag flew at half-mast, representing the second and final day of national mourning for Mrs Jagan, black buntings fluttered over at Castellani House.She was chairman of the management committee of the National Art Gallery from its inception in 1993, which said that she exercised her great knowledge and love of the arts with her characteristic modesty, determination and zeal. She preferred to play a limited role at public gallery events but instead generated ideas and opportunities for the promotion of visual art events as well as an appreciation of the wider arts.From the time the military parade took off, the picture of a riderless horse with a pair of boots strung down its side proved a poignant reminder that Mrs Jagan was a “fallen soldier” having served for 20 months as Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Guyana.Cheddi ‘Joey” Jagan Jr., his daughter, Vrinda and son Cheddi Jagan III,Cheap Stitched MLB Jerseys, and Minister Jennifer Westford at the Freedom House farewell for Mrs Jagan.The military procession then guided the hearse past Square of the Revolution into Brickdam,Wholesale China Jerseys, where it crossed beneath the Independence Arch, a symbol of the end of British colonial rule, which Mrs Jagan helped to fight for.The sounds of the military band through Brickdam brought out those in their homes and offices. The appearance of spirited horses mounted by uniformed men inspired some amount of awe.The family of Mrs Jagan followed the procession in buses.After a brief stop at the junction of Camp Street and Brickdam, to allow for the arrival of President Bharrat Jagdeo at Parliament Buildings, the ceremonial procession made its way for the official state ceremony for the speeches that served to chronicle the struggles of Mrs Jagan.Among those who spoke was the young Vrinda Jagan and she was proud to declare that along with her brother Cheddi Jagan Jr. 11, she one year ago told her grandmother had joined the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and would ensure that the Jagan name live on in the PPP.After the ceremony at Parliament Buildings,Cheap Authentic Jerseys, Vrinda was with her brother over at Freedom House, the headquarters of the PPP for the party’s final farewell.By this time, the casket was transferred to a truck for the long trip to Babu John on the Corentyne Coast, where Mrs Jagan herself had helped to perform the last writes for her husband in March 1997.Even at Freedom House, where Mrs Jagan occupied an office since for 52 years,Cheap NFL Football Jerseys, the ceremony was short and solemn.As the party comrades raised their voices and hands for the party’s song “O fighting Men,” a few loyalists helped to attach PPP flags to the casket.At the end of the song,Wholesale NFL Jerseys China, the party’s General Secretary said they were saying farewell with much sorrow but with pride and thanked her for “a job well done.”No sooner had he uttered those words than the ceremonial procession headed off to Babu John for the cremation ceremony.And so while the state funeral possessed the trimmings of the military formalities,Agustin Marchesin Jersey, it was nevertheless devoid of much fuss and demonstrated the simplicity of Mrs Jagan.March will undoubtedly become a month for sober reflection on the life of Janet Jagan, as it is for her husband Cheddi.

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The President of one of Guyana’s oldest and most vibrant Road Safety Associations has called on road users to ensure that this Christmas season is celebrated without the loss of lives on the country’s roads.Chandrapaul Persaud made the appeal during the annual Christmas dinner of the Enterprise Road Safety Association.A young resident of the village hands over the cheque to the longest serving member of the Enterprise Road Safety Association.According to Persaud,Nike Vapor Max Plus, it is customary for people to partake in the drinking of alcohol. However he reminded that most accidents are caused by excessive drinking.And although there were lots to eat and drink at the dinner, members of the Road Safety Association were keen to set the example by leaving their vehicles home.This year has seen a slight increase in road fatalities compared with 2008,Adidas Shoes On Sale, with many accidents resulting from persons driving under the influence of alcohol.However, it is expected that the incidence of drunk driving will be reduced with the implementation of breathalysers.Over the years,Cheap Arizona Cardinals Hoodies, the Enterprise Road Safety Association,Womens Nike Air Max 270 Coral Stardust Shoes, which was formed 40 years ago,Andre Branch Dolphins Jersey, has been in the forefront of promoting road safety.They have been working along with the National Road Safety Council as well as the Police Traffic Department especially the East Coast Demerara Division to make the roads safer.The occasion also saw the handing over of a cheque for $85,000 from the Enterprise Support group of the USA.Mr. Bissoon  Singh delivered the cheque on behalf of USA-based Enterprise resident, Amar Persaud.He said that many Guyanese overseas have conveyed their admiration for the work being done by the association and have expressed their interest to assist.“The cheque here shows clearly their interest in having this organization sustained at all cost,” Singh said.He made mention of Mr. Cecil Narine who is the son of one of the association’s founding members, who has expressed his interest in assisting the group.According to Singh,Air Max 90 Essential White And Black, the US-based Enterprise residents are aware of the constraints of running a non-governmental organization with scarce funds, since most of the members volunteer their time to ensure its viability.