first_imgLloyda Nicholas-Garrett, who functions as Public Information and Press Services Officer for President David Granger, was a no-show at an event at State House on Wednesday. Her absence was noted as Nicholas-Garrett normally accompaniesPublic Information and Press Services Officer Lloyda Nicholas-Garrettthe Head of State at the majority of his outreaches and official events.This led to speculation that the press officer was avoiding the plethora of media personnel who, in the past several hours, made several unsuccessful attempts to contact her.Guyana Times understands that she also may be avoiding her co-workers as a source disclosed that she did not report for duty and was reportedly absent from work on Wednesday.The brewing controversy stems from alleged social media postings on Facebook where she purportedly exchanged messages with other users that included racial slurs and derogatory remarks about colleagues at the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP). The supposed leaks were shared by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament (MP) Nigel Dharamlall, who called for her firing.“I would like to call for the immediate termination of the services of the Racist Staffer and a period of race relations rehabilitation for her. My taxes are not to be used to pay anyone who is racist,” Dharamlall said on Tuesday.Dharamlall’s shared post highlighted that Nicholas-Garrett and the other users, inPPP/C MP Nigel Dharamlalla seemingly private conversation made disparaging remarks against Indo-Guyanese.Following the postings of her purported derogatory remarks, sources close to the controversy related that Nicholas-Garrett was often times a “difficult” person to work with and would “pressure” subordinate staff. At Wednesday’s State House event where two Ambassadors were accredited, before being asked about issues, President Granger indicated to the press corps that he could not answer questions as he was still mourning the loss of his brother, who passed away recently.Efforts to contact Director of the Department of Public Information (DPI), Imran Khan on Wednesday proved futile. He was, however, quoted in the press as saying that he was not able to verify the authenticity of Nicholas-Garret’s comments in the screen shots and reportedly stressed that he would wait on the Public Information and Press Services Officer to address the matter herself.last_img read more

first_imgIt is presumed but not confirmed, the delay in the hearing, originally projected for this month, will push back SemCam’s proposed construction and start-up dates.They had been tentatively set, for September this year and next year, respectively. The National Energy Board has set October 28th as the hearing date for the Redwillow Pipeline Project in the South Peace at the Best Western Inn in Dawson Creek.SemCams, Alberta’s largest licensed sour gas processor is, proposing to build the 150 kilometer pipeline, southwest of Tumbler Ridge, for just over 160 million dollars.It would connect with the company’s existing gas transmission system near Grovedale, southwest of Grande Prairie.- Advertisement -It would transport 70 million cubic feet of sour gas daily, from two northeast BC producers but, there’s opposition on this side of the border.The Peace River Regional District and the City of Fort St. John are among those who have filed for intervener status.They’re arguing Alberta will benefit from housing all of the gas processing facilities. Advertisementlast_img read more