January, 2020 Archive
Dear Editor,I refer to the article in sections of the media on Saturday, May 12, 2018, entitled, “[People’s Progressive Party/Civic] PPP/C ‘gifted’ $M tug and barge to Kwakwani supporter”. “We recovered the barge and leased it to the [Neighbourhood Democratic Council] NDC” – Patterson. That article was adorned with pictures of the Minister and the Alliance For Change Member of Parliament Audwin Rutherford.Editor, that article was a gross distortion. There was no ‘gifting’: the tug which at the time was partially sunk and virtually scrapped, was sold and bought via an open, advertised invitation of bids and subsequently rehabilitated sufficiently by its new owner, a river-crossing operator; the barge was leased as both the Minister and the MP concede after alleging that it was ‘gifted’. That barge-crossing operator (Mr Edwards) was not known at that time, nor even today to be a supporter of the PPP/C although I acknowledge that we of the PPP/C work with the hope of fairly earning the earnest approval of every Guyanese in the quiet of their hearts, and their precious votes in the privacy of the polling booth.Editor, if the article is read dispassionately, it would become clear how the Minister and the MP are playing with the emotions of the reader, going one way then another, and attempting to smear the PPP/C each way.The Minister said when he contacted National Industrial & Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) initially, he could get no information, and we know what is insinuated (lots of corruption and hiding all that gifting to a claimed supporter) but when he readily contacted the much-maligned Winston Brassington, he directed him to where he found a full disclosure. Rather than leaving damning insinuations and innuendos hanging, the Minister and MP should be heaping praise on Brassington and the PPP/C for a job transparently, honestly and well done and documented! And, also, they should be complimenting Edwards who took the risk, ventured forth and established a service to satisfy the needs of the community.Editor, in the circumstances that prevailed, the praise should be extended even more widely.The Minister and the MP are old enough to know the state to which the bauxite companies and communities would have deteriorated by 1992, after years of huge difficulties and losses, and the reasoning and insistence of the supporting multilateral financial agencies that special subsidies from our national Treasury should be brought to an end. Services provided countrywide by the Government should be handed to and handled directly by the Government. It was in such circumstances that the river-crossing service (and others) provided earlier by the bauxite company and which had ground to a virtual halt, was to be reoffered.You can imagine therefore how heartened I was when two persons, from the area (Edwards and Vandenburg), began barge crossing services, both of them at Kwakwani and Vandenburg additionally at Aroiama. They were worthy of commendation for their initial wooden barges each coupled with a small boat with outboard engine. In much the same vein allow me to mention the encouragement and facilitation we provided to Mendonca, of Kwakwani (not a known supporter of the PPP/C though I tried so greatly to win him over) to set up the gas station in Kwakwani and our search to encourage some other in Aroiama or Hururu to offer a gas station at that location, also.It is true, much to my consternation that the leased big steel barge was taken away from Edwards, unceremoniously, without notice and without cause. The Minister seems to be boasting about and finding glory in how “he had to pull out all stops to get the barge back”. And this from a member of a Government which is carried on the backs of many Afro-Guyanese who are easily agitated about the evident low number of black-owned businesses and made to blame the PPP and the PPP/C.Please allow me to set the record straight with respect to ‘other barges’ and tugs. At the time of the merger of Bermine into AMC/ABC, most of the Bermine owned barging fleet which had suffered the prevailing level of deterioration, and many of which were tied-up or sunk at various points along the river were offered by way of openly advertised tender on an as-is, where-is basis. No offers were made for a number of sunken barges and in time they were made available on a self-help, recovery basis. Some may still be available for whomsoever so wishes.Yours truly,Samuel A A HindsFormer Prime Minister and former President
Dear Editor,I would like to suggest that an urgent and serious investigation be launched into what obtains on the strip of state reserve land that is located on the northern side of the Aubrey Barker Road all the way from east in South Ruimveldt westward to way past Roxanne Burnham Gardens’ area.This reserve area, which was developed after the canal was filled in, belongs to the state, and not the Georgetown Municipality, who are merely custodians of the area. It has, however, disturbingly been cut up and sold by operatives of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to sundry business persons.The Council had first proposed that parcels of this area be leased to car dealerships, so that they could showcase and display their vehicles, without the placement of any structures allowed. The next thing one observed, however, was that this land was being parceled out and sold to Tom, Dick and Harrylall; and structures began popping up, businesses that were unrelated to car dealerships.Now an attempt is being made to take away the playfield that is extensively used by youths in the area, in order for it to be sold to a business entity. This ought to be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.The businesses operating on this reserve ought to be made to show what documentation they have that gives them the right to occupy these spots. They ought to say how much they paid, and to whom. The open spaces in our capital must be maintained as open spaces.Something is extremely wrong at City Hall, where a ‘cabal’ there has embarked on a land-grabbing exercise has illegally converted the specified use of designated open spaces, and is profiting from the illegal disposal of these state lands into private hands.This situation is reminiscent of the Farnum Field fiasco, the Bel Air Park playfield debacle, and the Lamaha Park ignominy.Sincerely,James Mc Onnell
Dear Editor,On Sunday, September 16, 2018, I heard Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan saying that the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo had publicly stated his non-support for David Ramnarine’s candidacy as Police Commissioner.Ramjattan went on to say that Clement Rohee, who he claimed is the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) spokesperson on the security sector, had expressed his opposition to the appointment of David Ramnarine as Police Commissioner. When asked why his recommendation for Ramnarine to be appointed as Commissioner was not accepted by President David Granger, Ramjattan said his was only a recommendation and that the President’s decision is final.He asserted that the President had the benefit of insights from the Police Service Commission, the Slowe Commission of Inquiry (CoI), and an interview panel to assess the capability and professionalism of the eight Assistant Police Commissioners, including Ramnarine. The President chose Leslie James as Commissioner and four others as Deputy Commissioners and did not even consider Ramnarine for one of the Deputy Commissioner positions. Granger said: “I think this is the best outcome and they are all fit and proper persons to lead the Police Force.”Notwithstanding his recommendation of Ramnarine to be appointed as Police Commissioner was rejected, Ramjattan said he accepted the decision of President Granger, who he claimed is a man who adheres to the provisions of the Guyana Constitution. Really! What a startling statement! How would Ramjattan explain Granger’s unilateral appointment of retired Judge, James Patterson as Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) chair? Granger defied the time-tested Carter-Price Formula for the appointment of the GECOM chair that has also been enshrined in the Guyana Constitution, and to state that he (Granger) sticks to the Constitution is bewildering! There are other instances of constitutional violations.Let’s put the other records straight. Jagdeo never made any public statement that he did not support Ramnarine as Police Commissioner. At the consultation meeting with the President, he had asked why Ramnarine was not considered for that appointment and Granger said he had a number of “specific reasons,” but did not elaborate. “Opposition Leader Jagdeo revealed that he questioned the President as to why Ramnarine was not considered for the post (Commissioner) and was told by Granger that there are specific reasons. Those reasons, were however, not revealed.” (Guyana Times: August 31, 2018).The assertion that Clement Rohee was against Ramnarine’s appointment is correct, but that position of Rohee was personal and did not necessarily reflect the views of the PPP. It’s the PPP General Secretary or the PPP Executive Secretary who speaks on the behalf of the party in such matters. And it was the PPP General Secretary (who is also the Leader of the Opposition) who met with President Granger for consultations and not Clement Rohee. Ramjattan has made a splurge to cast the blame for the Government’s bypassing of David Ramnarine as Police Commissioner, onto the PPP. But Ramjattan should know that the Guyanese public is smarter than that. Hardly anyone believed what he said.Another worrisome thing is Granger said he had “specific concerns” about Ramnarine’s candidacy. I believe that the “specific concerns” were born primarily out of Slowe’s one-man CoI that drove a deep wedge into the careers of both the former Commissioner Seelall Persaud and acting Commissioner David Ramnarine.Notwithstanding, it does not seem that Ramjattan had any such “concerns” nor was he aware of them since he (Ramjattan) recommended Ramnarine for the position of Police Commissioner, knowing that Granger had made it clear that he wanted someone with integrity and who is also unbribable. Taking these requirements into consideration Ramjattan placed Ramnarine ahead of Leslie James and the four Deputy Commissioners. My question is simple. How can the subject Minister Ramjattan not have “concerns” with Ramnarine when the President had quite a few? Were they reading from the same book? Something does not add up here.Also, when Ramjattan was asked why he was not around when the appointments were made, he said that he was overseas on family business. It seems that the appointment and investiture of the Police Commissioner and the 4 Deputy Commissioners were not important enough for the Minister of Public Security to be there!Shifting gear onto another level, Ramjattan boldly proclaimed that the eight American Congressmen who recently visited Guyana were there to get a first-hand look at the situation.He said the delegation was pleased with the coalition Government’s performance and then unrestrainedly expressed his (Government’s) unconditional love for America. In his rhetorical flourish on this matter, he failed to tell the listeners that the visit was part of a broader effort to cover not only Guyana but two other countries. And how could a one-day visit, shrouded in secrecy (where the press and the Opposition were excluded), achieve anything substantial relative to governance and the social conditions?Finally, the interviewer failed to ask Ramjattan the hard questions, like “why is there so much difficulty in paying the sugar workers’ severance, to which they are entitled by law?” Remember it was Ramjattan and his cohorts who said sugar was too big to fail and that, if elected, they would pay sugar workers a 20 per cent pay rise. Furthermore, “why did President Granger say that the sugar workers’ severance pay is sucking the Treasury?” In fact, “isn’t the payment of $14 million a month for a grossly under-utilised drug bond (if one could call it that) at Sussex Street, Albouystown sucking the Treasury?” Why wasn’t Ramjattan asked about the real fears that Guyanese have about electoral rigging, and what measures, if any, is the Government taking to ensure the integrity of the electoral process? “Why wasn’t Ramjattan asked about the widespread practice of racism by the Government?”Politicians should understand that Guyanese, whether local-based or oversea-based, are much smarter than they are often given credit for by them (politicians). In this age of social media in particular, politicians have to do a better job of communicating their views and position on issues. People are also looking for evidence-based information. Speculations, emotionalism, lies and deception had worked well for many but these do not have staying power and will soon dissipate. Evidence-based information and the pursuit of truth should eventually lead to a new political culture in Guyana.Sincerely,Dr Tara Singh
An East Coast Demerara (ECD) sign artist was on Tuesday arraigned on a robbery under arms charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Jevon Gillis, 20, of Lot 18 Goedverwagting, ECD, appeared before Magistrate Annette Singh. It is alleged that on April 2 while being armed with a hand gun, Gillis robbed Diane Payne of a 48-inch television set valued 0,000, a Samsung tablet worth ,000 and two Alcatel cellphones valued ,000 among other items, a total value of 1,000.Police Prosecutor Aduni Inniss told the Court that the investigating officer recovered both the television set and the Samsung tablet.Despite the efforts of Gillis’ lawyer Paul Fung-A-Fat to get his client bail, he was remanded to prison. The case will continue on May 3, 2016.Meanwhile, in a related case, Javed Nurse, 36, a gold miner of Lot 34 House Street, Charlestown, was granted ,000 bail when he appeared before Magistrate Singh.It is alleged that between April 2 and 7, 2016, he received from Gillis in Georgetown a 48-inch television set and a Samsung tablet valued at 0,000 knowing same was feloniously stolen and obtained.Nurse pleaded not guilty to the charge and his Attorney, Paul Fung-A-Fat made an application for bail. Police Prosecutor Aduni Inniss had no objections to bail. The case will continue on May 3.
Pomeroon boat ‘accident’As Police probe the circumstances surrounding the death of Abdool Shameer, 58, a labourer who went missing on Monday evening in the Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), the two suspects in the alleged murder have been released on ‘substantial bail’.This is according to Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum who revealed that the men’s 72 hours holding period was up, and as such Police were mandated to release them on bail.Shameer’s body was recovered in Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini) on Thursday. Initial reports had stated that about 02:00h onDead: Abdool ShameerMonday, Shameer also called Mohamed Shameer, of Jacklow, Upper Pomeroon, was crossing the Pomeroon River in his boat when another boat, which was powered by an outboard engine, collided with him. After the collision Police said, Shameer could not be located; however, the 33-year-old captain of the other boat, who hails from Siriki, Pomeroon River, was unharmed.Suspicions were raised after it was revealed that the dead man and the surviving captain had “old grievances”.Meanwhile, a passenger of the suspect’s boat confessed that after the collision the captain allegedly disposed of the man’s body. When questioned by Police, the eyewitness alleged that the captain took the body to Moruca, where he disposed of it. The eyewitness later took Police to the scene where the body was buried and family members positively identified the remains.The body was retrieved and taken to a Charity funeral home. An autopsy will be performed shortly. According to the dead man’s brother Fizal, he last saw Shameer on Monday morning about 10:30h in the Jacklow area. He said he left to visit a friend at Jacklow and upon returning, the accident occurred. Family members are contending that the act was revengeful as the two men had old grievances.
UK multibillion grantThe Government of Guyana has submitted two project proposals to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) as part of the newly-established United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF), from which Guyana will be benefiting from some $16 billion in grant resources.During a visit to Jamaica last year, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the launch of the £300 million fund as part of the country’s commitment to reinvigorating the relationship between the UK and Caribbean countries.The UKCIF is an ambitious investment undertaken by the UK to provide grant funding to improve or create new infrastructures such as roads, bridges and ports to help drive economic growth and development in nine Commonwealth countries across the Region. However, the UK Government has designated the CDB to work along with the beneficiary states to design, develop and implement the programme.In April, Finance Minister Winston Jordan along with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan met with British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn and representatives of the CDB and the Department for International Development (DFID) to discuss Guyana’s proposed infrastructural projects.Government had identified and submitted project proposals for six major infrastructure development programmes. These included: improved road networks, bridges, stellings and waterfronts; rehabilitation of airstrips, reliable access to potable water and reduced energy costs as well as to tackle the environmental and health risks associated with the improper disposal of waste.Speaking with media operatives on Tuesday, High Commissioner Quinn disclosed that two of the six projects – one on the water network and another on hinterland airstrip development – were submitted to the CDB for assessment. Only those projects that are assessed to be critical drivers of economic growth and able to deliver an Economic Rate of Return of at least 12 per cent or similar qualitative benefits will be approved for financing.However, Quinn noted that while the projects were actively under consideration, the process would be a lengthy one for both the CDB and the UK especially since the latter only has a staff of four within the CDB to access the project bids.“So we are talking about probably months before a final decision is taken to allow things to start. So, we start (Wednesday) and it will be a while for assessment, because they’ve got to do various environmental assessments etc,” the British High Commissioner stated.While much information has not been disclosed on the two projects submitted for funding, the water supply network project seeks to improve the network of potable water in the country and the hinterland airstrip development will see improved access to hard-to-reach areas.President David Granger has been pushing hinterland development, highlighting the discouraging geographic inequalities between the coastland and the hinterland, and urban and rural communities.“The hinterland, despite its endowment, remains underdeveloped plagued by poor infrastructure and environmental hazards. The disparities in development and in households between hinterland and coastland must be removed if we are to become a more equal nation,” the Guyanese Head of State outlined in his address to the National Assembly last month.
Residents of Diamond/Grove HousiThe water provided by GWI to Diamond/Grove residentsng Scheme, on the East Bank of Demerara, on Saturday voiced their frustration over the non-supply of potable water to the community for two weeks.According to residents, for the first week, no water was running through the pipelines and after numerous complaints, the community began receiving water at a low pressure. However, residents stated that the water that finally came through their taps was unclean and unusable.One Diamond resident who identified herself only as Shanty told Guyana Times “the water stop come for a whole week. No water at all. Then by the next week, it coming lil bit then cut off and next four hours it gon come for about five mins and gone again. Plus we cant even use the water. It coming out red, red and grumsy and sometimes I does got fine worms in it.”Other residents asserted that while some persons had stored water in their water tanks, others did not have capacity, and as such, many children were forced to stay at home away from school since there was no water available for them to shower.“My daughter is 15 years old, she does go town school. I can’t send the child to school. Is nah like she is a lil girl. It aint got no water to bathe and we try asking the neighbours fuh water but we can’t do it all the time cause they in the same struggle too,” a mother pointed out.Another villager highlighted to this publication that as a single parent, her expenses have raised since the lack of water has forced her to buy distilled water on a daily basis to cook and drink.“I work domestic right. I cant use that grumsy water to cook. Before I used to boil the water and cook and throw bleach in it for my children to drink but watch this water. I cant use this. It putting me in nuff expense, I have to buy two big bottle water from the water truck every day, that’s $240 a bottle, $480 a day and I does work for $2500 a day. That’s nuff money because I know how hard I does gotta work for my money.”Several residents told this newspaper that numerous calls were made to the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and they were informed that the water shortage was due to the breakage of a pipeline within the area. The representatives of GWI however were unable to state when this matter would be rectified.
Bomi County officials are to be blamed for the appalling state of the county’s economy, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has said.Bomi is considered one of the most underdeveloped counties in Liberia despite, its proximity to the country’s economic powerhouse, Monrovia.At a political rally in Tubmanburg City, Bomi County over the weekend, CDC senatorial candidate for the region, Prof. Duannah Kamara, blamed officials of the region in government for the difficulties the citizens are faced with at the moment.“The lack of peace and reconciliation among county officials is responsible for the underdevelopment of our beloved county,” Prof. Kamara declared.Shifting the blame to the county’s current leadership, the CDC senatorial candidate stressed that the deep-rooted disunity and an intensive and prolonged power struggle are reasons behind Bomi County’s appalling economic state.The CDC said those were reasons the party selected Prof. Kamara to stand in the election in order to “redeem Bomi County.”Commenting on his candidacy, Prof. Kamara disclosed a platform packed with promises for “economic empowerment, education, and massive infrastructural development that will involve all stakeholders of the county.“I have already crafted an economic policy intended to transform the lives of the people,” he declared. “Poverty remains a serious problem affecting the nation but Bomi’s situation is extreme and we need to work harder to fix it in the not too distant future,” the CDC candidate insisted.He used the medium to extend aid to ailing child who had been struggling with hydro-seed for the past years.According to the parents, the child had been suffering from the complication since birth but there had been no one to assist their son get medical attention.Prof. Kamara promised to bring the child to Monrovia in order to get advanced medication. He expressed regret about what he called Liberia’s poor health system, stressing; “Why should people be so closed to the country’s capital and suffer from such a problem without help.”Profile:Prof. Duannah A. Kamara is a son of Big Geveh, Sueh Mecca District; Bomi County.Kamara currently serves as Administrative & Finance Officer at the African Development Bank Liberia Office, Professor at the University of Liberia, both in the Graduate and Under Graduate programs. Prior to this, Mr. Kamara served as Director General of the Bureau of General Accounting (BGA); Ministry of Finance, as controller at National Food Assistant (NFA) Program, and both as Assistant Income Manager, and Director of Administration at the National Port Authority. He holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), and Master in International Management (MIM) both from the University of St. Thomas; Minnesota , USA, Bachelor in Accounting with Honor (Cum Laude) from the University of Liberia. He is married with kids.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As part of her humanitarian contributions to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), authorities of the Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children’s Hope (SEARCH) yesterday presented a cash contribution of US$2000 to Montserrado Electoral District #13 Representative, Saah Joseph.The amount, according to SEARCH executive director Sondah Geepea-Wilson, is to help Rep. Joseph in his fight against the EVD through the provision of his personal ambulance service.Rep. Saah’s ambulance service transports persons within Montserrado County, who might show signs of Ebola, to isolation and treatment centers within the county.SEARCH, she said, received the money it presented to the Montserrado Lawmaker from her donor, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to enhance Rep. Joseph’s capacity to run the ambulance service in this critical period.“We are honored by what you are doing with your ambulance service by transporting those being afflicted by Ebola to the various treatment units. We don’t have enough money to help you in the fight, but little is enough when God is in it,” Mrs. Wilson told Rep. Joseph as she presented the US$2000 cheque to the lawmaker on behalf of her staff. He could use the money either for fuel or to increase whatever given to his co-workers in the fight against the EVD.SEARCH is a locally based non-governmental organization (NGO) engaged in the provision of protection and welfare services, including health and medical, to Ivorian and Sierra Leonean refugees otherwise referred to as “persons of concern.”Receiving the cheque, Rep. Joseph expressed gratitude to SEARCH leadership for the empowerment, and promised to remain committed, because it is based on the fight to contain Ebola that he announced the arrival four new ambulances valued at US$40,000.“Our services look expensive, but it is the contrary since we have directed our efforts to save the lives of our people. Our goal is for every Liberian to have access to quality health services, whether Ebola exists here or not,” Rep. Joseph assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
What continues to be seen as Liberia’s downward spiraling education system, has prompted the Speaker of the National Legislature, J. Alex Tyler to express deep concern about this national crisis. Yet Speaker Tyler is of the firm belief that it can and will get better.According to him, in terms of attaining quality education, Liberia is nowhere. Yet he declared, “we have nowhere to go but up.”Speaker Tyler made the observation recently when he delivered the keynote address at a program marking the launch of a scholarship scheme by Graduate Students Association of Liberia (GRASAL) held on the campus of Cuttington University Graduate School in Congo Town.GRASAL comprises a group of students pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Liberia and Cuttingon University, the nation’s two oldest institutions of higher learning. The program was designed to raise funds to award fellowships to over 100 students whom the association believes face the risk of dropping out of school due to the financial crisis that hit most families following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).The graduate student organization has since the outbreak, observed that the Ebola virus affected the Liberian economy so badly that a good number of its citizens, some of them pursuing Master’s degrees, are unable to continue their education due to financial limitations.GRASAL also believes that the strength and growth of the increasing number of universities and colleges across the country depend on the availability of more qualified Liberians with Master’s degrees.The launch of the scholarship scheme was hosted under the theme, “Prioritizing Liberia’s Human Resource Development for Sustainable Growth.”Speaker Tyler’s argument is primarily based on recent statistics released by the authorities of the University of Liberia (UL) and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). The two bodies recently reported 100 % failure of candidates sitting the national and entrance exams.The dismal performance of students who sat the WAEC (Liberia) exams reflected what William Shakespear called “a comedy of errors,” said the Speaker.He recalled how under the administration of the former Education Minister, Dr. Joseph Z.D. Korto, the entire national examination had to be cancelled nationwide as a result of the “massive fraud and cheating discovered during the process.”Referring to the human development index, a survey which looks at the educational rankings of 169 countries, the Speaker recalled that Liberia fell second from the bottom, below the Republics of Guinea, Sierra Leone and La Cote D’Ivoire.“We are competing with Somalia for last place and we might just reach there if we continue along these lines,” he declared.Considering all the negative statistics and analyses, Speaker Tyler ardently believes and sincerely entertains the hope that the prospects for graduate education in Liberia are promising, “because, graduate education, in his mind, is an imperative.”He then challenged students pursuing post graduate education to see themselves above reproach, adding that “graduate studies put the fine-tuning on your schooling; it refines and hones your skills; it puts the finishing touches upon book-learning, and elevates you to a completely different level of engagement with your environment, your peers and your country.“Yes, the prospects for graduate studies in Liberia are not merely possible, but indeed, probable.”“But the challenges are also formidable, he declared, “and if anyone can, graduate students must rise and face the bully of ignorance, that has plucked out the nation’s hair, and now he stands in the middle of the street, daring anyone with the gall to cross the line from ignorance to education and enlightenment.”Speaker Tyler urged the graduate students not to stop at the Master’s degree level, but to push further, aiming for the terminal degree (doctorate).GRASAL is at present run by its acting chairman, Kusee L. Armstrong, the Acting secretary-general, Jonathan A. Wordsworth and the chairman on Scholarship Committee, Samuel Worzie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)