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first_img…as CoI continuesNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Monday stated that the Ministry has pledged support to the veterans of the security forces, throwing out proposals for lands to be set aside for housing, mining, or farming for them.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanTrotman made this statement at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the conditions and circumstances facing veterans of the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Peoples Militia and the Guyana National Service. He stated that he has recognised that the protectors and defenders of the national patrimony must be given an inheritance or parts of that patrimony.“…they should be guaranteed specific portions that are set aside for this purpose. It may be land that is either in housing, mining, farming or forestry,” he said, pointing out to the Chairman of the CoI that: “as a means of both ensuring access to resources to veterans and for ensuring beneficial occupation of territory, persons may be assigned lands for settlements based on Company or Corps structure”.He affirmed that in his opinion, service to one’s country is the highest and most important form of service and when that service involves protecting and advancing the values, ideals, symbols and patrimony of the State and people, then it is to be treasured and set apart for the highest commendation.“It is selfless and sacrificial service that must be respected and rewarded,” he added, stating that these servicemen and women should be honoured for their service to the nation. He stated that the Ministry has several possible perspectives on how it can support the veterans.Trotman said in terms of mining in particular, many veterans are engaged in obtaining lands; therefore, he opined that mining lands can be set aside for individual servicemen or women or for large groups structured around what is referred to as a syndicate.Also, he stated, as Guyana develops the concept of generational transfers and sovereign wealth, and in the same way 20 per cent of royalties collected from mining within Amerindian titled villages is set aside, it is proposed for consideration that a percentage of royalties earned be transferred to the Treasury for addition to veterans’ pensions.The CoI is set up to investigate, examine, and report on the required support to enable the transition from service to civilian life for servicemen and women; the quality of welfare service that promotes independence, maintains dignity, and provides the required support after service; and the eligibility and adequacy of veterans’ benefits.These benefits include “compensation for disabling injuries, psychological trauma, or a terminal disease resulting from his or her participation in service activities; dedicated counselling and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder or related conditions; honouring and memorialising of fallen veterans; education, training and skills’ development; facilitation of employment placement; facilitation of or advice on business opportunities; pension; access to healthcare; and housing”.Retired Colonel Desmond Roberts was sworn in before Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman as the lone Commissioner to deliver, within two months, a report on the findings into those matters; and to inquire into all incidental consequential matters connected therewith, to report the findings and conclusions, and to advise the State on the conditions and circumstances facing the veterans”.The report will be given to President David Granger.last_img read more

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first_imgA CREDITORS’ meeting has been called following the closure last December of a well-known Letterkenny Hotel.The Gleneany House Hotel in the town shut its doors with the loss of 15 jobs.A creditors’ meeting will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny next Friday, April 8th, at 9.30am. When the hotel closed, owner Paul Kelly, said he had no choice but to close the 25 bedroom family-run business.He said at the time: “Today is a very sad day for the entire Kelly family and for me personally, as Gleneany House has been a major part of my life for almost 20 years, but due to very tough trading times, it is no longer economically possible to remain open.“I would like to thank everyone for supporting us down through the years, our customers, suppliers and most importantly, our loyal committed and hard working staff past and present,” he said.Gleneany House Hotel in Letterkenny had been open for the past 20 years and had enjoyed a solid reputation in hotel circles and particularly with tourists from Belfast. CREDITORS MEETING DATE SET FOR GLENEANY HOUSE LIMITED was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:April 8thcreditors meetingGleneany House Hotelletterkennylast_img read more

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