Need for policy action to boost private investment is more critical than ever in…

first_imgDear Editor,With thousands of young people entering the workforce each year; fiscal resources severely constrained; and economic, social and political risks on the rise, Guyana is at a defining moment in its history. Bolstering the private sector is critical to meeting this challenge.However, the key to success remains elusive, principally because there is no trust between the regime and the real engine of economic growth (the business community).Additionally, this policy arrogance on the part of Team Granger is fuelled by a myth that these oil investments would bring an end to all of Guyana’s troubles, and thus a marginalised private sector is no big deal.But the empirical evidence points to a different outcome, if these oil resources are not managed transparently and with a long- term, sensible and efficient work plan.The key to Guyana’s success remains in urgently unlocking the latent energy of private investments ON LAND, (both local and foreign), which would have a direct impact on the lives of the people. That will take genuine policy reforms to increase access to finance for the private sector, and improve the effectiveness of the public sector. Until that happens, we are wasting time in Guyana. The bottom line remains that there is an urgent need for a smaller government and a bigger private sector; not the other way around.This is the ideological shift that Team Granger are struggling to appreciate. They have actually expanded the public sector by some 10 per cent since May 2015, and have taken active steps towards crowding out the private sector. The ratio of private investment to GDP at the end of 2018 is expected to be under 20 per cent of GDP, based on the latest projections (the Minister is yet to release the 2018 End of Year Report with final numbers, and it is almost April 2019).With the private sector having such low confidence in the economy, there will be adversely effects on the economic health of the nation. This will directly impact the economic well-being of the people, especially those residing at the bottom half of the economy, who live mainly in rural and hinterland Guyana.This lack of confidence is creating blockages for the nation in accessing the necessary technological innovations that can bring the promised economic empowerment and upliftment truly needed by the people. For all the years that Guyana existed as an independent nation, we are still a raw materials producer in the main, and to rub salt into our wounds, Jamaica is now exporting pigeon peas in tins to Guyana. This is something we used to do on our own, but we are no longer capable of doing at a commercial level.The challenge is real, the quality of the school leavers is at the lowest level ever, the few infrastructure improvements are mired in massive corruption (see the CJIA Airport Project), and the capability levels in the Cabinet Room and at the Head of Department level in the public service are just plain downright incompetent. These people just cannot get the job done.The need for policy action to boost private investment is more critical than ever in Guyana. Policymakers need to focus on surrounding themselves with the best minds and on the necessary reforms that can help the nation catch up with their peers on education, infrastructure, financial development, and governance. These reforms would help offset the headwinds from global factors outside the nation’s control.For us to succeed, the days of ethnic marginalisation must be over. This voyage demands all hands on deck to shore up the nation’s economic resilience for the future.Can they do it? What ever happened to “let us co-operate for Guyana” Mr. Granger?Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Our political, business leaders must set the language, tone

first_imgDear Editor,“Any truth I maintain is my own property. Every honourable act is done without command or compulsion; it is unalloyed, and contains no admixture of evil.” – Seneca.Having had the good fortune of being involved in sports, academia, business and politics as a Guyanese — be it in the community where I reside, the business I manage, giving solicited or unsolicited advice to politicians — it seems to me that it is time for us to now look directly at the sunlight and cast off the Guyanese shadow of race identification that has tormented and divided Guyana for over sixty years.We have to enable and embrace a culture, especially at the political, business and governmental levels, that de-emphasises the use of such terms as African-Guyanese, Indian-Guyanese, Portuguese-Guyanese, Chinese-Guyanese; and similarly, the use of black, brown, red, white and yellow to identify Guyanese in different ways.Referring to Guyanese in a hyphenated or race-labelling manner should not be the primary means of communication on our population demographics; we can instead convey the information using inclusive language with the tone and prosody of what is being emphasised. The use by Guyanese of self-hyphenation and race-labelling tends to create racist and other destructive divisions among our people.A disturbing visual and widespread occurrence resulting from the partial consequence of this racialisation and destructive practice is cornerstoned often times in segregated local employment practices in governmental organisations and private businesses. Some of our leading private sector institutions present this social malady, and to a lesser extent, this perversion occurs far too frequently in the public sector.Having studied the evolution of two great leaders, namely Malcolm X and Walter Rodney; and having seen their transformation to believing in integrated, multiethnic, multicultural, and multiracial societies and nations, I will let their progressive wisdom guide me.The following quote is an extract from Malcolm X’s last speech in Detroit on February 14, 1965: “I am not racist in any form whatsoever; I don’t believe in any form of racism, I don’t believe in any form of discrimination or segregation”.Similarly, we have Walter Rodney concluding the following in a 1978 lecture: “…it seems to me that we are in a position to illustrate, and to illustrate not just from the distant past, but the recent history of Guyana, that race is an aberration. Viewed from a working class point of view, that it is maintained deliberately by classes whose interest contradicts with the interest of the working class…”.Tackling problems of poverty, housing, education, security and unemployment should be done without the use of race labels. We can do so in a nation building manner that advances Guyana-ism to unify our country, and not instead have a mixture of hyphenated Guyanese hordes that are easily ignited racially by our baser instincts, where these baser instincts are invariably politically instigated.The Guyana-ist system I am advocating will not allow for employment; property ownership; social services; and financial services, among other systems’ services, structures or industries, to be determined on a discriminatory basis. Instead, the economic, social and cultural components of Guyana-ism will be implemented using principles and policies that are reflective of demographic parameters in a Guyanese context.We cannot, and ought not to, ignore or try to wish away our admixture; yet this admixture must never be emphasised above Guyana-ism. Being Guyanese is what our political leaders must herald and proclaim.If great men such as Malcolm X and Walter Rodney, in their knowledge morphing, saw the necessity for racial integration and the vital importance of human rights, so must we. The meanings of words expressed and the contexts in which they are used have consequences. Let us aim to use language for positive consequences.It would be remiss of me not to recognise that the political culture of the two major parties needs to be overhauled, needs to be changed, needs to be transformed into being pro-Guyanese.Over the sixty years I referenced above, we have had two political movements that captured — nationally and in the diaspora — an ethos that we, in Guyana, need so much. The political movements built under the umbrellas of The Working People’s Alliance and The Alliance For Change were destroyed or subsumed by one of the major parties or by both of the major parties. The destruction occurred in one instant: after the death of Walter Rodney in June of 1980; and the shredding of the Working People’s Alliance continued with actions that followed over a decade after his death.What became clear with the passage of time is that Guyana-ism was not allowed to flourish, because of the actions and conduct of the two major political parties.In 2011, the Alliance For Change, at the height of its better and brighter days, inhaled, inspired and exhaled the spirit of nationhood. The soul of the Alliance For Change was subsequently subsumed and snuffed out after the 2015 General and Regional Elections, thereby losing its Guyana-ist identification. My belief is that lasting change from this ruinous race-based and race-labelling culture will best be exampled and implemented from within the two major parties.As Senator Barrack Obama said in February of 2008: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”Let us use this pre-election period to Guyanan-ise the political culture, and forge a sense of nationhood, regardless of party affiliation or party support.We ought not to have rubber stamp politicians in senior office. Terms such as race traitor, house slave, race sellout and other race-based permutations should not be foisted on those who seek to cultivate a Guyana that is inclusive and speaks for all Guyanese.Positive vibrations are what we need in Guyana from our ‘Grangers’ and ‘Jagdeos’. Our political and business leaders must set the language and tone; it is the honourable thing to do. As Guyanese, we are capable of avoiding the hyphens that cage and separate us. As Guyanese, we can be one people in one nation with a destiny of solidarity.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

Gold miner walks free from trespassing charge

first_imgA gold miner was on Friday freed of a trespassing charge that was filed against him.Joseph Calistro appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. The 24-year-old of Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), pleaded guilty when the charge was read to him. He told the court that he had an explanation for the guilty plea.The prosecution contended that on April 3, 2018, Calistro, while in the vicinity of Coomaka Water Front, was found scaling the fence which secures the property of Virtual Complainant (VC) Cynthia Khan. The VC subsequently called the Police and the miner was arrested.In his defence, Calistro told the court the on the day in question, he was waiting for transportation under a shed in the said area when he was approached by four men who asked him what he was doing there.He said that he replied saying, “who is yall to ask me that”? He related that the men then armed themselves with pieces of wood that were nearby and were about to beat him.“I had nowhere to run. I only had two options; either to go left or right and that how I ended up just over she fence to run away from them, I had no intentions to jump the fence,” Calistro explained.Following his explanation, the Magistrate reprimanded the defendant then discharged the case against him.last_img read more

President dismisses GBA’s calls for current Chancellor, CJ confirmation

first_imgPresident David Granger last week dismissed calls made by the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) for the confirmation of acting Chancellor, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards and acting Chief Justice Roxane George.Chief Justice (ag) Roxane GeorgeThe Head of State was at the time fielding questions from media operatives about the appointment of a Chancellor, saying he went through the constitutional process and recommended the appointment of Justice Kenneth Benjamin as Chancellor but Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, whose approval is needed for a substantive appointment under Article 127 of the Constitution, has not agreed to the recommendation.“So that’s where we are but life goes on and I need to ensure that the Judiciary functions without interference. That’s all I can say at this stage, it is up to him. I’ve made my proposals, they’re still on the table. If he wants to review those proposals, it is up to him,” the President said.Acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-EdwardsHowever, when asked whether he had considered the Association’s calls for confirmation of current judicial heads, Granger said point-blank, “I don’t know which article of the Constitution tells me I should comply with that requirement. I’m quite clear what the Constitution says; I did what the Constitution requires.”Amidst the impasse between the President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo over the appointment of a Chancellor of the Judiciary, the local legal fraternity has been calling for the confirmation of the current two judicial heads.In fact, President of the Guyana Bar Association, Kamal Ramkarran, had told reporters last month that the legal fraternity as a whole is happy with and confident in the ability of the two distinguish women to head the Judiciary.“We are very confident in their abilities and they hard work… and we hope that the Government would recognise that the lawyers are happy with the persons we have acting and we’d like to see them confirmed,” he noted.The GBA President went on to say that not only are the two female justices doing a tremendous job with regards to reducing the backlog and making improvements in the Judiciary but are also thinking outside the box. He was referring to the hosting of the first ever Guyana Oil and Gas Law Conference which was organised by the Chancellor last month.During his welcoming remarks at the Conference, the GBA President had told the gathering of legal luminaries that the local judicial sector is on the right path under the leadership of the Justices Cummings-Edwards and George.“This is what happens when you have two dynamic women heading the Judiciary who care enough about filling the gaps in our collective knowledge by adding to their heavy work load of hearing cases all day as well as administering the legal systems and improving it by planning something of this magnitude and seeing it through to reality. I’m sure that you will all agree that this is exactly the sort of energy and capacity we want from the heads of our Judiciary,” he posited to loud applause from the gathering.Government has since come under fire for overlooking Justice Cummings-Edwards for the top judicial post and demoting her to the Chief Justice position. Justice Cummings-Edwards was appointed acting Chancellor and Justice George acting Chief Justice in March last year.last_img read more

4 FSJ V-ball teams in action

first_imgThis win put the boys against Impact.   They played another good match winning in three sets.   The boys really showed depth and desire, as they were down 8-2, then tied them at 10 and won the third set 15-11. The boys met the Spruce Grove Ravens in the match for the consolation final and lost in two straight sets.  After completing the Saturday evening at 9:30pm and had the first match Sunday morning at 8am the boys were very fatigued. The 15U boys finished 12th out of 19 teams in AVA – marking a remarkable turnaround, since plaing last and second to last in the first two tourneys of the year. The boys received many compliments from officials and other player’s parents on their improvement, level of play, defense and sportsmanship. Advertisement Four of Fort St. John’s “ICE” club volleyball teams were in action over the weekend. The following is compiled from submissions to energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com sports. 18U Girls at Nationals in Ottawa: – Advertisement -The 18U girls day one play saw them lose to Durham Attack (evenly 18U National Champs) and BCO. They then defeated Griffons from Quebec which placed them 3rd in their pool. Day two play had them lose to Sherbrook and defeated the NAVC Pandas from Edmonton, and Sackville, placing them 2nd in their pool. The girls lost their Sunday morning match, bringing an end to their competition. Advertisement 16 and under girls at Alberta provincials in Sherwood Park: The girls went 3-0 in the round robin, and then 3-1 in the championship bracket. The girls ended up tied for fifth in division two, only dropping one game, in the quarterfinals, to the eventually tourney winners from Calgary. And finally, the U15 Girls team was in Calgary for Alberta Provincials, where they went undefeated, to come home as Provincial Champions. They were gold medal winner in Division 3.  Congratulations to the U15 girls.Advertisementcenter_img The girls ended up tied for 37th in division one, which is higher than last year as they were in division two (tied for 6-10 – total team playing would be 46th to 50th). The girls traveled with 6 players from Fort St. John and they picked up a player from Prince George. Sunday morning’s play saw them with 6 players as one player game down with the stomach flu. Congratulations to the girls on representing Fort St. John with pride. 15U Boys at Alberta Provincials in Calgary: The boys lost their three round robin games which put them up against a strong and tall GP Wolves team.  The boys had met this team in our first tournament of the season in Red Deer and lost quite handily to them in two straight sets.  Provincials proved to be different as the Fort St. John boys trumped their opponents in three sets.  The GP Wolves were definitely caught by surprise. It was the best match of the season for our boys.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Robinho signs for Sivasspor despite rape conviction

first_imgRobinho was found guilty by an Italian court in November of taking part in the gang rape of a 22-year-old Albanian woman in January 2013, when the Brazilian was playing for Milan in Serie A.Robinho insists he is innocent. The sentence is suspended while appeals take place. Sivasspor made no mention of the controversy in its statement.“There is great excitement on social media, on the part of the fans and in the press” over Robinho, club chairman Mecnun Otyakmaz was quoted as saying at the signing ceremony.“This is a transfer that puts Turkish football on the agenda of the whole world. We are trying to do our work well,” he added.Robinho, 33, has won 100 caps for Brazil and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.He had spent the last two seasons at Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro.The player said he had been in touch with former Brazilian international stars Cicinho and Roberto Carlos, who played for and managed Sivasspor respectively.“They said it’s a good club and the fans are good. After their advice I came to Sivasspor.“I know the Super Lig. Many Brazilian footballers have come here and, yes, now Robinho is here too in the Super Lig,” Robinho added.He was one of the first big-money signings at Manchester City, joining for £32.5 million (40 million euros at the rates of the time) on the day the English Premier League club was taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group. But his two seasons at the club were a disappointment.Sivasspor are eighth in the Super Lig after a strong first half of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The player said he had been in touch with former Brazilian international stars Cicinho and Roberto Carlos, who played for and managed Sivasspor respectively.ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan 23 – Brazil forward Robinho signed on Tuesday with Turkish Super Lig side Sivasspor, the club said, even though he has been sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison in Italy for rape.Sivasspor, based in the city of Sivas in central Anatolia, said the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester City player signed the one-and-a-half year deal in a ceremony at its stadium after passing a medical.last_img read more

Neymar, PSG begin vital month in style

first_imgGiovani Lo Celso’s delightful chip secured the victory late on, with PSG now 11 points clear of Marseille at the top of the table.PSG have won 12 of their last 13 games in all competitions, including four in a row since a 2-1 defeat at Lyon last month.Their season-defining Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid is fast approaching, with the first leg to come in the Spanish capital on February 14.“The best preparation for the match in Madrid is to be competitive in every match and work on the things that we can improve,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.He will hope to have the likes of Adrien Rabiot, Julian Draxler and Thiago Motta back fit for that game, while Kylian Mbappe will almost certainly start at the Santiago Bernabeu.The teenage France forward was absent on Saturday due to suspension after being sent off in the 3-2 League Cup semi-final win at Rennes in midweek.“A lot of things can still happen. I cannot say today who is going to play in Madrid, that is impossible. I just hope the best is still to come,” added Emery, whose team have a French Cup tie at Sochaux to come on Tuesday.– Debuchy debut goal –In Mbappe’s absence, Angel Di Maria again started alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani in attack, but the Uruguayan was unable to add to his club record tally of 157 goals.Giovanni Lo Celso (r) produced a touch of class to score PSG’s third goal © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENSpaniard Berchiche was handed a start ahead of Layvin Kurzawa at left-back and he broke the deadlock right on half-time, drilling home after a poor attempted clearance by Junior Alonso fell to him.Lille are a club with serious off-field worries, concerns about their finances leading to them being handed a transfer embargo that prevented them from adding to their squad in January.Sports daily L’Equipe even reported on Saturday that the club had been told they face being relegated at the end of the season if their financial situation does not hugely improve, regardless of their final league position.Christophe Galtier’s side had looked set to go into the break on level terms before Berchiche struck, and they were upset that Cavani was not flagged offside in the build-up to that goal.Just 13 minutes remained when Neymar effectively ended the game as a contest, finding the top-left corner with a free-kick from right on the edge of the area.It was the Brazilian’s 18th goal in 17 Ligue 1 appearances, with seven of those coming in his last three outings.Lo Celso arguably topped Neymar’s effort with his chip over Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, as the young Argentine again stood in well for the veteran Motta. The assist had come from new signing Lassana Diarra, on as a substitute for his league debut.Ex-Arsenal man Mathieu Debuchy scored on his Saint-Etienne debut © AFP / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIMarseille claimed an extraordinary 6-3 win over bottom club Metz on Friday, with Florian Thauvin scoring a hat-trick.Fourth-placed Monaco host Lyon, who are third, in a key game in the battle for Champions League places on Sunday.Elsewhere on Saturday, Mathieu Debuchy scored on his debut for Saint-Etienne in their 2-0 win at Amiens.France right-back Debuchy signed a deal until the end of the season in midweek after being allowed to leave Arsenal. He was also involved in the build-up to Remy Cabella’s goal that sealed the win.Bordeaux made it two wins out of two under new coach Gustavo Poyet, beating Strasbourg 2-0 away.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar celebrates with his team-mates after scoring PSG’s second goal in their 3-0 win at Lille © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENPARIS, France, Feb 4 – A superb Neymar free-kick helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 win at troubled Lille on Saturday as the Ligue 1 leaders began a decisive month as they mean to go on.The world’s most expensive player netted the second goal at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy after Yuri Berchiche had opened the scoring just prior to half-time.last_img read more

3 suspects arrested in string of robberies

first_img“They started doing their takeover and customers started scattering,” Foster said. Some customers ran through an emergency exit that set off an alarm, alerting police. The suspects, who got no money or property from the store, fled in a dark, four-door car shortly after the alarm went off. “We believe they are the same guys,” Foster said, referring to the Pasadena arrestees. At 7:05 p.m., a robbery was reported at Play It Again Sports, at 3640 E. Colorado Blvd. in an unincorporated area near Pasadena, sheriff’s Lt. Robert Craton said. One employee was struck on the head, said a dispatcher at the sheriff’s Temple station. The robbers got $400, Craton said. melissa.pamer@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110 View Larger MapView Larger Map160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Three suspects were arrested in connection with a crime spree Thursday that included two violent takeover-style store robberies, authorities said. Rick Escoe, 19, and Charles Hendricks, 20, both of Pasadena, and Kini Pearce, 22, of Altadena, were taken into custody on suspicion of two street robberies in Pasadena and earlier incidents in unincorporated Pasadena and Covina. The later robberies happened about 9:15 p.m. and involved three men brandishing a handgun at pedestrians and demanding money, police said. “They’re investigating a connection,” Pasadena police spokeswoman Janet Pope Givens said of detectives. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe first crime took place at North Lake Avenue and East Elizabeth Street when a 15-year-old male was approached. He said he had no money and ran from the scene. The second incident was several blocks away at North Los Robles Avenue and Flower Street in which a teenage couple were robbed, Pope Givens said. In the second robbery, the victims saw the men flee in a vehicle and called police, Lt. Lisa Perrine said. Officers spotted the suspects’ car and arrested them. After the arrests, detectives learned that the suspects matched the description of men wanted in two store takeovers, Pope Givens said. The first store robbery took place at a CVS/pharmacy at 206 N. Azusa Ave. in Covina about 5:50 p.m. Three suspects entered the store and ordered customers to the ground, police said. At least two of the men were carrying handguns, Covina police Sgt. Dave Foster said. One of the men pistol-whipped a store manager in attempt to get money out of the safe, but the robbers were unsuccessful. last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL FROM DAY ONE OF CLODAGH’S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgWHAT a star this girl Clodagh Barry really is.Whilst most of us spent Friday indoors sheltering from the dreadful weather, the Newtowncunningham teenager was completing day one of her two-day journey on horseback from Arranmore Island to Malin Head.The event is to raise funds for Donegal Downs Syndrome Association. Clodagh’s route started on the Island – and she hopes to complete it on Saturday.All sponsorship for this uniquely Donegal event would be greatly appreciated and if you or your business would like to donate, you can contact Liam Barry at 0872634301.You can also donate to this event at idonate.ie or directly to the Donegal Downs Syndrome Association at Convent Road, LetterkennyThe pictures (courtesy of Joseph Brennan) show the pony express taking on Duffy’s wheeled express outside Dungloe this afternoon and the long lonely road to the Corkscrew and down into Doochary where a pony change awaited. Plus a welcome from local revellers in Teach Gleann Ceo. Perhaps the most stunning, and wettest, leg of the journey then faced Clodagh, taking her up the long, lonely road to Loch Barra and by the Glenveagh National Park. By the time she arrived in Churchill it appeared the pony had an idea where to go…..but Clodagh had other ideas! Good luck Clodagh! PICTURE SPECIAL FROM DAY ONE OF CLODAGH’S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:charityClodagh BarryDonegal Downs SyndromehorseNewtowncunninghamlast_img read more

WORK STARTS ON NEW LIDL SUPERMARKET IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgWork has started on a new LIDL store for Letterkenny.A previous building on the site was demolished last week and foundations are currently being put for the supermarket at Port Road close to the Port Bridge.The store, which will have 72 car parking paces, will provide 20 new jobs for the town. It is the second LIDL store to open in the Cathedral Town.It is expected the store will open early in the New Year. WORK STARTS ON NEW LIDL SUPERMARKET IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 21st, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:letterkennyLIDLPOrt Roadlast_img read more