With Guyana’s 50th Jubilee celebrations just around the corner, the Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC) and the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) on Monday launched a two-day cleanup project in Linden, slated for April 29 and 30.With the aim of the exercise being to have Lindeners and, by extension, all residents of Region 10 actively be involved in the cleaning of their immediate environment, Deputy Mayor Waneka Arindell said the M&TC would be providing assistance in removing the waste that cannot be burnt or buried. Arindell and Regional Chairman Renis Morian both stressed that while the facilities of the RDC and the M&TC were limited, all efforts would be put in place to ensure full support. The Deputy Mayor is urging residents with a build-up of garbage to make contact with the LM&TC.From left: Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian, Deputy Linden Mayor Waneka Arindell and LM&TC Councillor Wainwright Bethune speaking on the clean-up initiative“We’ll try to make those services as readily available as we can. We do not have much manpower and vehicle so give us some time, but we’ll make sure we get to everyone so that Linden can be in a better state…We’re asking you to clean your space. So whatever is in your space that you think does not belong there, let’s get that cleaned up…if each of us dig our own drains, we’ll be able to reduce flooding and have that water flow through our community…We want the 50th to look good and to look good on Linden,” Arindell stated.Morian said the exercise would also be extended to include other immediate areas such as Bamia, Kwakwani and Ituni. He congratulated members of the community who have already begun cleaning their spaces. He is also encouraging stakeholders and Councillors to get on board with the initiative.“This is our town and it’s very important that we clean up…this is a collective effort,” he noted.Meanwhile, as part of the President’s ‘greening’ programme, a regional tree planting programme, Morian explained, will soon come on stream, whereby residents are encouraged to plant trees. With the assistance of Community Development Councils (CDCs) across the Region, this initiative is expected to be launched within the second week of May.
Over 50 Police officers from the Guyana Police Force’s A Division were on Tuesday recognised for their outstanding performance.Sergeant Clive Clarke, who is attached at the Brickdam Police Station, was awarded Best Cop for A Division.Sergeant Clive Clarke, Best Cop for A DivisionSpeaking at the event, which was hosted at the Brickdam Police Station on Tuesday, Police Commissioner Leslie James reflected on the various challenges Police ranks face on a daily basis in the execution of their duties.“I urge that you all remain steadfast and resolute in doing this work,” the Commissioner told the ranks, adding that when becoming a cop, officers have signed on and swore to provide world-class protection for all citizens and to remain steadfast and resolute as they execute their mandates.“This job must be dealt without fear, without affection, without malice, without ill will. You have the entire Force behind you and you must understand that. I am reminding you that the Guyana Police Force has a support mechanism, there is no need for you to extort [unassertiveness] while you execute your duties. It can be confusing when our citizens experience [unassertiveness] while you are executing your duties, so I urge while you engage the public you do so with much assertiveness,” James emphasised.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesIn addition, several officers were given on the spot promotion. The subordinate officer at the Stabroek Police Outpost, Corporal Hicks, was promoted to Sergeant. Woman Lance Corporal Rodney, who is attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Alberttown Police Station, was promoted to Corporal. Also promoted to Corporal are Lance Corporals Richard Trotz and Keyon Ward.Among the officers promoted to Lance Corporal were Woman Constables Erna Delicia and Tamesha Adams.Additionally, 43 other ranks received gifts for their outstanding performance.