Vreed-en-Hoop/Stabroek crossingThe recent incident at the Demerara Harbour Bridge led to calls for the resurgence of a ferry service between Vreed-en-Hoop and Georgetown to cater for such emergencies.People waiting to cross the Demerara River on MondayHowever, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson dismissed the suggestion, admitting that the stellings are in a deplorable condition for such a service.While addressing the incident which caused a complete shutdown of the DHB on Monday, Patterson said, “I know that persons have already asked but I would want to say that it is not possible for us to put a ferry vessel back in operation. People have been asking why not reactivate the Vreed-en-Hoop/Stabroek Ferry. The conditions of the stellings on both sides cannot accommodate a restarting of a ferry vessel. That’s not possible.”A barge and tug slammed into the southern side of the DHB on Monday morning, shifting the spans, which later resulted in a shutdown to both vehicular and marine traffic.Until Tuesday afternoon, chaos ensued at the Stabroek and Vreed-en-Hoop stellings after hundreds of persons were in lines to cross the Demerara River.Due to this situation, garbage collection also ceased since Puran Brothers Waste Disposal Services was unable to provide services to the city, since they are headquartered in the West Bank of Demerara.Patterson acknowledged that a backup mechanism is essential during these unfortunate events. But this venture would be costly, he claimed. While the stellings are up for rehabilitation, it was to improve facilities for the water taxi operation without consideration for increased vehicular traffic.“It would be quite an expensive endeavour. Obviously, what you want is some sort of redundancy. That is something that we would have to look at. I would have announced earlier that I have a waterfront development project on, which is upgrade of the Stabroek and Vreed-en-Hoop Stellings…but the idea behind that was to upgrade them for more and better water taxi services. At that time, we weren’t contemplating additional vehicular traffic,” he said.Emergency systems were put in place to fix the damaged sections of the bridge but it was hindered by unfavourable tidal conditions for a few hours. Engineers had also noticed that the structure was shifted from its aligned position between the two damaged spans.During the confusion, several passengers fainted after waiting for some time to board speedboats at the Stabroek Stelling, while some complained that the movement was stagnant and complained about the toxic air. One woman was even seen hyperventilating. Elderly and sickly persons suffered the same fate.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is focused on protecting the agriculture sector against the devastating effects of natural disasters. “Agriculture is so important to our national economic strategy. The fastest way to grow our economy is to grow the agriculture sector,” the Prime Minister noted. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is focused on protecting the agriculture sector against the devastating effects of natural disasters.He noted that agriculture is a key growth industry, and damage to the sector due to heavy rains and flooding resulted in slow gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2017/2018.“Agriculture is so important to our national economic strategy. The fastest way to grow our economy is to grow the agriculture sector,” the Prime Minister noted.He informed that he has instructed the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda “to do the necessary work and develop the necessary policies around (building the resilience)” of the sector.The Prime Minister was responding to a question raised on the development of agriculture during a social media town hall meeting held at Jamaica House on March 21.Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Dr. Nigel Clarke, underscored the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of the country.He explained that out of a suggestion that came from the EGC, the Government is looking to “incentivise or to actually undertake the installation or production of storage facilities that can be used cooperatively by farmers to store excess produce”.Some products, he pointed out, because of their nature, will need to be placed in cold storage.He added that such provision would “even out the fluctuations in supply allowing for more stable (market) prices and reducing the risk premiums, which will make it more attractive to farmers”.Dr. Clarke noted that there is also significant scope to increase the pre-clearance facility space for produce destined for the United States.“That pre-clearance facility is not used very much, and one of the reasons for that is that the way in which production is organised in silos, coordination doesn’t exist. From an EGC perspective, we’ll be recommending to the Government to ensure that there is greater coordination and make use of the infrastructure that we have here,” he said. Story Highlights He informed that he has instructed the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda “to do the necessary work and develop the necessary policies around (building the resilience)” of the sector.
My friends always insist that I should go to Mumbai and be an actor. I am handsome and smart. I’m 19 years old. How do I become an actor? My parents insist I continue my studies and do my Management.Satya, LucknowSatya, in our country we really have fantasy towards the tinsel town. I’m sure that you have the potential to try your hands in acting. But at the same time, you must understand the level of competition one has to face and overcome to make it to films. I suggest, you finish your graduation and try your luck. Parents usually think well for us. Give yourself a few years, show your determination to them make them understand how serious you are about your dream. In the meantime, hone your abilities as an actor. Enroll in a good gym, learn acting, watch good movies, read about world cinema and prepare to plunge. Good luck! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I got married very early. We eloped when I was 16 and he was 20. I am a mother of a 3 year old now. I have recently discovered that my husband is having many extra marital affairs. I’m shattered. How can I stop him?Name not givenIt is not easy to really stop anyone from doing anything. But, you should do everything to try and stop this. Words, emotional blackmail, threats, tears… use every weapon possible to rectify this situation. Confront him directly and warn him about the ugly consequence that one has to face for adultery. The age is sometimes the reason why there is a lack of maturity and may be with time the situation will improve. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWe are married for 12 years. Our sex life has lost its charm. Things have got downright boring. Sex seems to always be the same old story. How to start afresh, is it possible.Mrs and Mr Bhagat, New DelhiBreak out of your rut. Try something new. You don’t have to go crazy or anything. But you can change positions and try the ones you have never done before. You can spice it up with extra foreplay, sex toys, sexy lingerie, dirty talk, or a hot massage. Even something as simple as a romantic dinner or weekend can make the sex life better. I am a divorcee. I got attracted to my brother-in-law who helped me a lot in my divorce process. He is years younger to me but I love him a lot. But don’t know whether he loves me or not. What should I do in such situation? How do I gauge his true feelings?Name unknown, PuneYou are caught in a cleft stick. You haven’t written the reason for your divorce. In India, we find that most of divorce cases are caused by the pressure of living in a joint family. And if your case is also the same, then I do not think that any close association in that family is advisable. We all need good friends and company and this loneliness is the reason why you have got attracted to your brother-in-law. No doubt he adores you a lot but do not make the mess of your life.He might have helped and supported you only because his brother did wrong to you. So it’s better to live the life as its going and if something would be positive from his side then he himself will propose you! Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – [email protected]