first_imgTravelManagers’ annual national conference wrapped up its final day in Darwin on Saturday evening with a gala awards dinner and a spectacular Top End sunset.According to TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, the main goal of annual national conferences is to help PTMs build their businesses and achieve profitable growth. The choice of conference destinations is a component in achieving this objective, and Gazal says the decision to hold this year’s conference in Darwin was an easy one. “It has been an amazing venue for us: stunning weather, fabulous facilities and tremendous support from our friends at Northern Territory Tourism. For many of our PTMs it’s the first opportunity they’ve had to visit Darwin themselves, and they’ve taken full advantage, with some taking part in pre-conference famils or eschewing air travel in favour of the Ghan or an epic road trip.”Gazal says the company has alternated between domestic and offshore conference venues since 2011, with Bangkok the most recent overseas location in 2016. The venue for next year’s conference, which was a closely-guarded secret until the conference closed late on Saturday afternoon, prior to the Gala Dinner and Awards presentation, has now been announced: TravelManagers are off to Hawaii.“We were very excited to finally reveal a few details of our next best-kept secret to our PTMs on Saturday afternoon, and I’ve spoken to a number of PTMs who are already thinking about extending their stay in Hawaii beyond the conference itself.“The destination has such a lot of offer as a conference venue: great infrastructure, a breath-taking setting and plenty of wow factor.“Our annual conferences provide a great opportunity for our PTMs to update and/or familiarise themselves with destinations and local attractions. We alternate our choice of venue between domestic one year and offshore the next because we recognise the importance of both domestic and international travel to our PTMs’ businesses.”PTMs will have to wait a little longer for further details on next year’s conference, including its overarching theme which will be revealed at a later date. However, with their choice of destination, it’s clear that TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO) are not resting on their laurels, and will be striving to deliver an even more successful event next year. ENDSlast_img

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first_imgDr. Ekanaba (r) and his secretary, Dr. Yuah Nemah, planning to have a successful fundraising dinner on Feb. 15Inaugurates new corps of officers Feb. 15The Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA) has set February 15 as the date of their fundraising dinner and installation into office of its new corps of officers elected on December 8, 2018.LMDA is a professional body for all doctors and dentists in Liberia. The association said its program, which is expected to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday (February 15), is intended to raise funds in order to accomplish its medical outreach mission to several counties.The President-elect of LMDA Mr. Emmanuel K. Ekanaba said his organization, being a professional medical agency, is interested in ensuring that people in the hinterland, who do not have access to surgeons (operation doctors), ophthalmologists (eye physicians), cardiologists (heart sicknesses physicians), among others, have access to treatment through these medical specialists, without having to worry about any payment.“LMDA is a professional arm of the Liberia Medical Council which is the regulatory body. We are also involved in research and medical outreach,” Dr. Ekanaba told the Daily Observer in an interview at his office in the compound of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Sinkor, Monrovia.He emphasized that the medical outreach has become a component of the LMDA because the association has done a research and found out that the doctor to patient ratio in the country is terribly worrisome and, as such, too many patients with critical cases around the country lack access to doctors, most especially due to lack of money to pay the bills that appear very high to them.“We know we have limited doctors in the country, but even the few that are in the country are concentrated in Monrovia and a few of the other county capitals; thereby leading many patients of hernia, eye problems, among other sicknesses, to die almost on a daily basis,” he said.In a further explanation of why the February 15 fundraiser dinner is significant, Dr. Ekanaba said those who will show up to the occasion should not think that the cost of tickets for entry is too high.“We may have volunteer doctors to go out there on the outreach mission, but we will certainly need vehicles, fuel, medical supplies and other important things that cost so much. The doctors have to eat. That is why we should all rally around the LMDA to get implemented this great initiative,” he said.He said the fundraising event is not all about the installation of the new corps of officers but bringing like-minded people together who will sacrifice their little financial resources to help save the lives of dying patients in the remotest parts of the southeast, including Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, River Gee, River Cess, Sinoe counties and other parts of the country.“Many people in this country lack specialist health care. This is why we are running a free clinic, conducting surgeries, procedure, and we are also involved in the capacity building of future doctors and physicians,” he said. He noted that the capacity building process is carried out mainly at the medical school where lecturers from the LMDA, all of whom are professional medical doctors and health practitioners, volunteer their time.About the cost of tickets to attend the dinner, he said there are categories. “We have written letters for corporate sponsorship and it is our hope that we get the needed support; but for the sake of ensuring that we raise money for the outreach, we have tickets for medical students and interns at the cost of US$25, and for others who are single non-medical people the cost is US$45 while a couple will pay US$ 75.”He added that those written and referred to as patrons of the occasion are expected to pay US$100.Dr. Ekanaba has Dr. Yuah Nemah and Dr. Odell Kumeh as secretary and treasurer respectively, as members of his team of leadership expected to take over from Dr. Lewis M. Kpoto, Dr. Jonathan Hart and Dr. Yassah Barclay as the outgoing president, secretary, and treasurer.With his professional standing in medicine, Ekanaba said he is an internal medicine specialist who works at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.“Our leadership takes very keen interest in the outreach program and, as such, we will do all in our power to encourage our partners to support the initiative so we may be able to help hundreds of our fellow countrymen, women, and children survive those curable diseases from which they are dying in the villages,” he promised.LMDA’s secretary-elect Dr. Yuah Nemah said the fundraising dinner will also be an occasion where supporters and contributors of the medical system in the country will be recognized and honored before the audience that will be in attendance.“Our elders in the medical field will get our appreciation for their immense contribution through work and pieces of advice over the years,” Nemah said.The new leadership is expected to serve a two-year term in office. This means in 2021 new elections are expected to be held, to bring about a new leadership which will steer the affairs of the LMDA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

first_img…as Genequip facilitates tour of US$2M Houston facilityGeneral Equipment Guyana Limited (Genequip) on Monday hosted a tour of its recently-built US$2 million facility, as the company looks to ramp up its investments not only in the traditional gold and agriculture sectors, but oil as well.While lauding the company’s investment, Finance Minister Winston Jordan also gave general encouragement to companies to seek to employ persons within the community they were based, once the opportunity was there.“This is the first of several businesses to be lodged here. And the only thing I would ask those businesses is see if you can seek employment from the area, from those who live here. I’m not saying you’ll source all, but seek to source some of the employment from here so that the concept of South Ruimveldt can be realized.”The Finance Minister was also in praise of the company for diversifying its activities, as he noted that it supplied agriculture and mining equipment, as well as source items for other companies.“Happily, they are (involved in) two of the top sectors in Guyana – mining and agriculture. They’re selling mining and agriculture equipment, which is good; we talk a lot about the diversification of the economy.“And they also do other work for other companies in Guyana, where they bring in equipment. They actually brought in some equipment, which I suspect was bought with money from the bond. They have it there, equipment which have to do with cane harvesting,” he said.It is understood that the facility has a 4000-square-foot showroom and a 14,000 square-foot workshop. In an interview afterwards, Operations Manager Schelte Van Dijk explained that the structure was built to be energy efficient.“Rather than going with a green building, we went with a lean building. So we’re a little more energy efficient. All the lights are LEDs, motion sensors, keyless entry into the building. Our total consumption on this building is the equivalent of a home. We use about 28 KVA [kilo-volt-ampere] on a building of this size,” Van Dijk said.Other features of the facility include a 650-square-foot training facility, where the company takes on top local students from industrial training centres in Guyana. Van Dijk explained that places the company has training arrangements with include the Government Technical Institute (GTI).“We also have a cooperation with the School of Agriculture. But the most notable one is GTI, where we also train the teachers of GTI. Every year, we also take on as many students as we can. That’s direct employment, vacation work and internships.”“The significance is that equipment does not maintain itself, it has to be maintained by people. We’re constantly training young people to be able to maintain heavy equipment for the mining, agriculture and also the oil companies,” he said.Also in attendance during the tour was Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar, who expressed the belief that the company’s investment was a positive indicator; and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.last_img

first_imgBy Bhisham Mohamed, Davina Ramdass & Rupadai SeenaraineLocal Government Elections (LGE) had a slow start on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) as small numbers of residents from the various communities approached the respective polling stations to cast their ballots. In the morning hours, almost every polling station saw a sluggish turnout, but this changed slightly after a few hours when persons chose to appear at their convenient timings. Good reviews were heard as many got a chance to join the process without any hindrances.At the Peters Hall Primary School, Burdetta Etwah was one of the first persons at the station as she eagerly got her name checked and proceeded to vote. According to her, voting is essential, and that right should be exercised by all eligible citizens.The same was reported at the Providence Primary School, Eccles Primary and the Herstelling Health Centre.Meanwhile at the Diamond Housing Scheme, a larger turnout was seen at the three polling stations there, and citizens were keen about the election process. Diamond Secondary School was visited by Caleshwar Moti, who was elated that he was able to vote.“I get through good…This is the second time I vote because most of the time, I’m not here, but I was lucky to get here last night.”Chetram Toolsie voted at the same polling station and expressed that he wanted to see improvements in the community as it relates to drainage and land maintenance.Bhagwandas Mohanlall at the Diamond Nursery was among the first to cast his vote, emerging from the queue of voters lined up to cast their votes.At the Craig and Covent Garden polling stations, turnout was seemingly low when this publication visited as no one was at these stations. The Returning Officers were present and waiting to see when the process would accelerate. The same was observed in Mocha-Arcadia, but one resident, Roxanne Armstrong stated, “We need proper things. We need development.”One of the few good ones left: This minibus driver who resides in Garden of Eden went out of his way to make at least three trips to take the elderly in his area to voteJosephine Armstrong also called for her surroundings to be improved by the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) when she arrived at the Houston Primary School a few minutes after the stations were opened.One of the worrying factors expressed by some EBD residents was the availability of polling stations on the outskirts of the main settlements. After Diamond Housing Scheme, the prevalence of polling outlets declined. Additionally, many were not aware of the location of polling stations that were set up at residences. Some were even told that their names were not on the registered list of voters and they would have to wait on the Returning Officer (RO) to verify such.Improvement to communityMeanwhile, at the upper end of the EBD, residents of Coverden are hoping that the persons who are elected to take charge of their community and ultimately the NDC perform without fear or favour and more so, with some form of urgency to develop the area.One resident stated that the main issue in the area was the flooding of the farmlands as a result of clogged drainage. He added that more needed to be done for farmers relating that in most instances, they were at a loss. Nevertheless, the process was quite smooth and no confusion was recorded.A number of senior folks, who trotted over to their polling stations in Land of Canaan, EBD, said there needed to be better roads after the elections.They said they were hoping that the candidates keep their promises and improve the livelihood of members of the community.Although polls were opened at 06:00h, few residents of Supply turned up at the polling stations to cast their ballot.Across at Oleander Nursery, there were reports that hundreds would have cast their ballots since the polling station opened at 06:00h.Good SamaritanIn the midst of everyone hustling and bustling to get to polling stations, one resident of Garden of Eden, went out of his way to ensure that the elderly made it to cast their votes as well.The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) base was the only polling station in the area, which was quite a lengthy and fatiguing distance for the aged folks to travel, hence, Ram (only name given) said he began transporting the elderly early in the morning with his minibus to the polling station.Persons who spoke with this publication said they were looking forward to infrastructural development in the community as well as a leader who can take charge.At Friendship, several polling stations were opened at the Safari Inn Hotel. While there, Guyana Times observed that a handful of people were making their way to cast their ballots.Some thought that the elections would make way for the development of their communities. One woman complained that nothing has been done to curb the flooding situation in the backlands. She, however, was pleased that the access road to their homes was being constructed.At the Friendship Secondary School, EBD, it was related that quite a small number of voters had turned out.Clearing and collecting garbage were also highlighted as a major concern as well as the lack of street lights in some streets, with those currently in place having been privately installed. As such, residents are urging leaders to address the issue.last_img

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