The Social Protection Ministry has embarked on a series of consultations aimed at improving the Occupational Safety and Health Regulation of Guyana to specifically cater for persons working in the forestry sector.Chief Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Officer Charles Ogle addressing the gathering during the consultation forumThe first in this line of activities kicked off earlier this week when the Department of Labour met with stakeholders at Herdmanston Lodge in Georgetown.Participants in the consultation emanated from the Amerindian Peoples Association, the Guyana Forestry Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Guyana Trade Union Congress, and the Bureau of Standards, among others.During the event, stakeholders were tasked with reviewing a draft Occupational Safety and Health Regulations document proposed by the Labour Department. Upon approval, the amendments are expected to be made under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Chapter 99:06 of the Laws of Guyana.Addressing the gathering during the consultation forum was Chief Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Officer Charles Ogle, who underlined that while having regulations is one step, the implementation of these guidelines is particularly important, and is at the forefront of the Labour Department’s concern.This is as he noted that the department, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Social Protection Ministry, views the work of the forestry section as high-risk activities which necessitate that safety be of paramount concern.Ogle expounded that the nature of operations within the forestry sector is characterized by both manual and mechanical labour, which can provide complex challenges, specifically in areas such as harvesting timber, getting it to the roadside, and transporting it to the end user.A section of the representatives participating in the consultationThe OSH officer related to the gathering that workers in these fields are prone to physical hazards such as climate; noise; hand/arm vibration, which causes white finger disease; and even environmental threats which can range from bites by poisonous snake to allergic reactions to wood or other plants; as well as the possible malfunction of machines, among a long list of potential risks.He singled out forest workers who fall trees with chainsaws, saying that they are perhaps exposed to the greatest risks in the industry; with tree planters also being at risk from carrying heavy loads of seedlings and planting in awkward positions.With these factors in mind, the consultations would allow for considerations to be made of the local context, so that the regulations are more realistic. Following the completion of this mission, the recommendations emanating from the sessions are expected to materialize.
Twenty-two-year-old Preston Skeete of South Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) was last week slapped with an attempted murder charge when he appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.He was remanded to prison for the charge which alleges that he wounded 25-year-old Kevin Valladores, a labourer of Central Amelia’s Ward on September 6, 2018, with intent to murder him. The incident occurred at about 19:00h at Victory Valley, Wismar, Linden. According to the prosecutor’s case, Valladores was at a shop in Victory Valley imbibing along with Skeete and others when an argument ensued between the two. Skeete is alleged to have choked the victim, before pulling out a knife and slitting his throat. He then made good his escape.Following the alleged incident, Valladores placed a rag to his throat and ran East along Sunflower Street, Wismar. He was picked up by a driver but subsequently exited the vehicle while at Mackenzie/Wismar Bridge waiting for the traffic light. Valladores then ran in the direction of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) holding onto his throat. Another public-spirited person saw him, picked him up and rushed him to the LHC where he was treated for an eight-inch laceration to his neck.The injury resulted in him having to receive several stitches. He was then admitted a patient in a stable condition for observation. Skeete, who later went into hiding, was days later caught by Police and charged with the crime. He will make his next court appearance on October 16.
Toby Dundas (far left) with his Temper Trap bandmates 1 Each week, a leading musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. This week, it’s Arsenal fan Toby Dundas, of Temper Trap fame…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing Arsenal could make? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He’s got an eye for goal and knows how to rock a leopard print-trimmed tux, although the ticket was price was better before he left Saint-Etienne for Dortmund.If Arsenal were a song or a lyric, what would they be?Either ‘Big Spender’ (ahh the irony) or Four Tet’s ‘My Angel Rocks Back and Forth’.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not the Emirates Stadium)?Gotta be Wembley, though I think Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road (Leyton Orient) might be more our size.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Petr Cech is pretty handy on drumsBrit award or Premier League trophy?I’d love to see Wenger lift the PL trophy one more time.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Well, no one cared about ‘soccer’ when I was a kid in Australia, so all my sports posters were from my (Aussie Rules) AFL team, Melbourne: Garry Lyon, Allen Jakovich and Stephan Tingay, ‘Carn the mighty Dees! Music posters would’ve been Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and Radiohead.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he came like a king and left like a legend, ha ha!If you were in charge of Arsenal’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?They always play London Calling in the stadium before the games so I’d keep that, plus:Roots Manuva – ‘Witness the Fitness’At The Drive In – ‘One Armed Scissor’Bloc Party – ‘Banquet’Kanye West – ‘All of the Lights’Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Signing Mesut Ozil felt like a turning point. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to players leaving Arsenal, but probably Fabregas hurt the most.Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Robin van Persie – the little boy inside him isn’t old enough to get in.What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?Lots of choices for worst, but let’s go with Paul Gascoigne’s ‘Fog on the Tyne’. Best has gotta be One Day More – Transfer Day Deadline Remix…The Temper Trap’s eagerly-awaited third album Thick As Thieves is out June 10 2016. See http://smarturl.it/ThickAsThievesAlbum