Broadcast coverage for General and Regional Elections

first_imgDear Editor,A general election would be neither free nor fair if a contesting party is unfairly denied access to the broadcast media in comparison with another or a particular party is favoured access to the broadcast media, whether publicly or privately owned.In the case where there is State-owned and operated broadcast media such as NCN in Guyana, it is a generally accepted international principle that the contesting parties represented in Parliament are allocated a fixed percentage of free election broadcasting time in accordance with their representation in Parliament and that newly contesting parties unrepresented in Parliament are given a reasonable amount of free broadcasting time by the nationally owned and operated broadcast media.Party political broadcast within an election period should be specifically regulated to ensure balance, access and fairness, preferably directed by the Elections Commission. Unfortunately, that is not now happening.Already, we have the case of the National Communications Network (NCN) using its facilities to provide totally biased coverage of the major rallies held by APNU/AFC and the PPP/C in favour of APNU/AFC and the Chairman of NCN, Mr Enrico Woolford, seeking to justify this by claiming that network streaming is not broadcasting.A letter in yesterday’s Stabroek News, January 13, 2020, from Tony Vieira quite properly points out the share hypocrisy of Mr Woolford’s position. Mr Woolford seeks to misinterpret the fact that telecommunications technology includes broadcasting and to take advantage of the challenge presented by the convergence of broadcast and telecommunications technology to regulators. Television and radio broadcast and voice telephony can now be transmitted over the internet but it is still broadcasting and, in this case, the issue is content and standard, not technical.Albeit the current Broadcasting Legislation governing the functions of our National Broadcasting Authority is wholly inadequate and ultimately provides for complete control of the Authority by the Minister responsible for broadcasting. If, however, the current Chairman of the Broadcasting Authority, Mr Leslie Sobers, is serious about his responsibility with regard to the conduct of a free and fair election, he should immediately put a stop to the unreserved bias in content coverage in favour of the governing party being exercised by NCN.I also urge that the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission take an immediate interest in addressing the critical matter of fair and balanced broadcasting coverage and content of these elections by both the nationally and privately owned licenced broadcast media.I am aware that the myriad of consultants readily provided by the American, British and Canadian Governments and Commonwealth to assist GECOM in ensuring free and fair elections are now in place. I encourage them to pay more than ordinary attention to the broadcast coverage of the elections. Needless to say, the political bias practised by the Guyana Chronicle, owned and operated by the Government, is beyond repair in spite of President Granger’s declared commitment to press freedom.With regards,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more

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Triple the blessings!!

first_imgThe triplets resting comfortably at the GPHCLatifa Stephen, 21, of Paradise on the East Coast of Demerara, checked in to the Georgetown Public Hospital at about 10:00h on Friday, with the expectation of giving birth to twins. This was determined after she did an ultrasound at the Enterprise Health Centre on the East Coast of Demerara when she was seven months pregnant.This was not her first pregnancy, in fact, it was her third as she was already a mother of two (a boy and a girl), ages 3 and 2 years old, respectively. At 33 weeks, Stephen’s delivery was to be considered a pre-term since it takes at least 37-40 weeks for a baby to be fully developed.As the time for delivery drew near, the team on the afternoon shift at GPHC’s maternity unit was mobilised to ensure the successful the delivery of the expected triplets.Stephen had a normal delivery with the first baby at 15:30h and the second at 15:31h. Both the midwife and mother thought the job was done but the midwife’s intuition led her to realise that there was a third baby and at 15:37h the third baby came, making it a triplet delivery. All three babies are boys.Speaking with a Communication Officer of the Department of Public Information (DPI), Stephen said, “I was actually shocked; I couldn’t believe it… the ultrasound said twins so I thought was only twins.” She reflected that she cannot recall such cases in her genealogy hence the surprise.The father of the children, Dillon Prince, an officer in the Guyana Police Force (GPF) stationed in Corentyne, Berbice was eagerly awaiting the news of the successful delivery. However, he too was shocked to hear that he is now the father of triplets. The mother of the triplets, who is also a final year trainee teacher at the Cyril Potter College of Education, says she does not plan to have any more children.The babies are currently under watch by specialised doctors of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings was among the first of well-wishers to extend congratulations to the mother and seized a photo opportunity with her and the babies.This is considered to be the first delivery of triplets at the hospital for 2019. Public support for this family is guaranteed as various sections of civil society and the business community have pledged to provide hampers while the Government will aid the family through Public Health and Social Protection ministries.Latifa Stephen shares a light moment with Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings as she gifts her a bouquetlast_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Construction Consultancy firm seeks Quantity Surveyor

first_imgA young progressive Construction Cost Consultancy firm is seeking a Junior/ Intermediate Quantity Surveyor on a permanent basis.Junior/ Intermediate Quantity Surveyor:Working under the supervision of the Project Surveyor, the range of duties will include: Preparation of sub contract procurement packagesmeasurement of bills of quantitiespreparing and checking valuationsmonitoring and checking variationspreparing materials orders schedules etcRequirements:4-5 years Quantity Surveying experience with a Main Contractor/ PQS.Degree Qualification in Quantity SurveyingProficient with BoQ’s and tenderingWork on own initiative or as part of a teamFully competent in the use of Cubit/ Buildsoft/ Excel/ Word/ Microsoft ProjectExcellent Verbal and Written CommunicationCommitment & Motivation to join a young exciting companyOwn transportSalary: Negotiable depending on Experience.To Apply: Please send a CV to shane@smlcc.ieClosing date for applications is Wednesday 25th September Job Vacancy: Construction Consultancy firm seeks Quantity Surveyor was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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