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– Regional ChairmanBy Jarryl BryanWith Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) being on the brink of township status, according to recent pronouncements from Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan, a recent visit by this publication to the area and its environs reveals that much work remains to be done for the country’s foremost mining community.And according to the newly installed Regional Chairman, Bonaventure Fredericks, the community’s elevation could not have come at a better time, owing to the overall slowdown in business within the community. According to Fredericks, the community’s business sector would enjoy a boost.“It (community) will be boosted everywhere. Taxes are necessary to develop, and we will be getting revenue into the community, through taxes.”Region 8 Chairman Bonaventure FredericksAccording to the Chairman, Mahdia’s rate of business has been on the slump for the past two years, due largely to the global drop in gold prices. Worse, Fredericks went on to point out that while the gold prices may have dropped, prices for fuel and food items have remained the same – inflated.Fredericks noted that as fuel and food supplies form an integral part of any mining operation, this serves to compound the financial hardship being experienced. Added to this is the decline in gold declarations.“The present gold mining methods (land dredge) mean gold is a bit harder to extract. Some may use excavators,Cheap Baseball Jerseys Nike, but the results to successfully proceed are not there.”“Someone may say they burn ten (10) drums of fuel, but only get two (2) ounces of gold (to show for efforts). This cannot compensate,Authentic NBA Jerseys Cheap,” Fredericks said, pointing out a few challenges that mining operators face.At one time Mahdia nightlife would have become notorious for its late-night binges and frolicking as pork knockers sought out entertainment denied to them by months of hard work and isolation. However, with the recent imposition of a countrywide 2a.m. curfew on all liquor-selling establishments, the community was essentially muted after this went into effect.Commenting on the development, Fredericks said he welcomed the directive, which came from the Minister of Public Security (formerly Ministry of Home Affairs) Khemraj Ramjattan.The Chairman opined that the curfew has impacted Mahdia for the better.Residents say cattle and other animals roam freely within the Mahdia Police Station/Magistrate’s Court compound“Before the curfew there was a lawlessness that used to exist during the entire sporting night.Since this came on stream, we have more discipline in the community. So I support the 2 a.m. curfew.”PRESSING ISSUESMeanwhile,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, talks with residents revealed other pressing issues affecting the community. Among those issues was the prevailing absence of landline telephone services and the state of the Mahdia Police Station/Magistrate’s Court.In addition to residents’ complaints of the lack of washroom facilities within the compound,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, which was inadequately fenced, this publication was able to observe cattle and other animals roaming freely within the compound, along with garbage.Residents also complained bitterly of the policy of the Mahdia Power and Light, which occasions the shutting off of power from 06:00hrs to midday, in a bid to save fuel and the myriad potholes throughout the community and its environs. Residents also touched on the police presence in the community, pointing out that with the deplorable state of the roads,Wholesale Stitched Jerseys, police vehicles were especially susceptible to damage.“When you do ten miles on these roads in the police vehicle, it’s like you do a hundred miles in Georgetown,Air Max 90 Pas Cher Chine, owing to the conditions of the roads. The police need new vehicles every three years, and the old vehicles carried to town. The police are working as a body and they’re handicapped.”The graduation to township status – in a bid to complement the existing towns: Georgetown, the capital, New Amsterdam, Corriverton and Rose Hall in Region Six, Anna Regina, Region Two and Linden, Region Ten – was announced by Bulkan, shortly after he became Minister of Communities.Three other communities – Mabaruma in Region One, Bartica in Region Seven and Lethem in Region Nine – will also be upgraded within that time. Bulkan had noted that the communities will each have its own Mayor and Councillors. The new towns will then be able to provide all the services that other Municipalities offer, including sanitation, banking and other Government services.It is expected that the four new towns will be operational by the time Guyana observes its 50th Independence Anniversary on May 26, 2016.
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