Giftland Mall and GPL

first_imgDear Editor,I have been following this ongoing saga with the Giftland Mall and GPL power supply, and it appears that Minister Patterson and GPL Chairman Lucas do not want to purchase power from the Giftland Mall.Mr. Beepat (Chairman of the Giftland Group) has stated that his supply cost is cheaper than what is being produced by GPL’s diesel engines, and had offered power at a competitive price to GPL; in other articles, the CEO of GPL has stated that lines have already been installed, and GPL is awaiting connection. Therefore, I can presume that the interconnection is not an issue.I actually met an engineer from Manitoba Power Company last year, who informed me that this was a viable option and it was being implemented, and that many man hours have been spent on ironing out the details. This leads me to conclude that there is no political will by this Government to purchase power, and the residents of the East Coast of Demerara be damned and must continue to suffer with the constant blackouts.Further, I was at Giftland Mall last night, and was thinking that this was the largest and most significant social and commercial development project in our history. It has brought joy and convenience to all Guyanese and visitors. Has our President ever visited the Giftland Mall in the four years that it has been opened?Regards,Kumar DiodatIndustry,East Coast Demeraralast_img read more

Bill to Criminalize Same-Sex Marriage Under Review

first_imgThe Committee on Judiciary and Gender, headed by Reps. J. Fonati Koffa and Julia F. Wiah, are reviewing a law to make same-sex marriage a criminal offense in Liberia.The proposed law is an act to amend the new Penal Code Chapter 14, Sub-chapter D and to add a New Section 14.80, making same-sex sexual practices a criminal offense.The amended law received its first reading on Tuesday, November 12, 2018, during the 5th day sitting of the House of Representatives and was forwarded to the Joint Committee to report Tuesday, November 20, 2018.Lofa County lawmaker Representative Francis Nyumalin proffered the motion, which was amended by Representative Isaac Roland, that the Joint Committee should consider Same-Sex sexual practices as not only criminal but a first-degree felony – which is non-bailable and punished by imprisonment for life or for any term of not more than 10 years.Lofa County Representative Clarence Massaquoi, the proponent and sponsor of the amended law, said it is intended to preserve the African culture.However, the issue of same-sex marriage remains complex and controversial. It has raised human rights and constitutional law issues, as well as a lot of social, religious, moral and political questions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more