The Britain-owned mining company, Jonah Capital, on 7th October 2014 donated two brand new vehicles to the Nimba Ebola Task Force in the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola virus. Making the presentation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during her tour of Nimba on 7th October 2014 in Sanniquellie, the Geologist consultant to the company, Mr. Emmanuel O. Sherman, said the donation was the company’s own way of contributing to the fight against Ebola in Nimba.He said Jonah Capital remains committed to the people of Nimba as they go through this time of the Ebola crisis.Along with the vehicles, they also gave 100 buckets, chloride, powder soap and among others.In response, President Sirleaf thanked the company for standing by the country during this tough period.“You are a good and honest partner in this time of needs,” she said.Jonah Capital is one of those mining companies that are on several mountain ranges across Nimba.Early this year, the mining company began the rehabilitation of feeder roads around the Twah River and Buu-Yao administrative districts where their exploration had been concentrated.The donation of these vehicles will surely enhance the fast movement of health personals across the county.The two vehicles are all Toyota Land Cruiser Jeeps, one is a pickup type that might likely be used to transport medical supplies while the other can be used to transport personnel or carryout needed support.The need for vehicles for the County Health Team in combating the spread of the Ebola virus were among the challenges the Nimba Health Officer, Dr. Collins Bowah, outlined to the President when toured the county recently. Dr. Bowah said, Nimba with 17 administrative districts has one ambulance and the task force was finding it very difficult to effectively cover all of the districts. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) is flaying the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) along with Agriculture Minister Noel Holder following Panama’s rejection of several containers of rice.The RPA said the responsible parties should take immediate measures to have the situation rectified.The authorities in Panama rejected several containers of rice following a mix-up with the shipment. One of the reasons for the rejection is that the shipment contained parboiled rice. There were more than 700 tons of parboiled rice packed in 20lbs bags in the containers.The RPA said it boggles the mind to even contemplate how over 700 tons of parboiled rice could have passed through the various quality and quantity checks and customs inspections and arrive in Panama, which is a white rice import market.“The contracted party (the seller) is the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) for this particular market. The GRDB, in order to fulfill its contractual obligations, purchases rice from millers in order to supply this market. Notably, the GRDB charges millers US$8 per unit for inspection and to certify the quality and quantity supplied.The rice is even checked during the processing at the mills by the GRDB. The bags are then packed into the containers under the watchful eyes of the GRDB officers, samples are then taken and sent to the GRDB Head Office laboratories that are ISO certified, along with the number of the containers and the containers’ seal numbers.Further, the final sample is used for the preparation of the export grade certificate. The GRDB is the buyer of the rice from the millers, the agency is also responsible for certifying the quality and quantity and they are the contracted party to export to Panama,” the RPA said via a statement on Friday.Panama is currently Guyana’s best market with the best price and according to the Association, this fiasco has the potential to threaten the continuation of selling to that market, which would be a great financial loss to the farmers. The RPA said the GRDB can also lose its ISO certification, which will be a further blow to the rice industry.