Dear Editor,Now that Finance Minister Winston Jordan has confirmed information that both he and I knew since the end of February 2018, I say the Guyanese economy is in trouble. A growth rate of 2.1 per cent for 2017 was announced.There is clearly a lesson this Granger regime refuses to learn from the rest of the world. But let us not even go to Asia, let us reflect on Africa. That continent failed in its lost decades, between 1970 and 2000. However, today the World Bank has projected that Africa would grow by some 3.6 per cent in 2019, and some 3.3 per cent in 2018; compared to 2.5 per cent in 2017.Guyana, on the other hand, is projected to be moving in the opposite direction, with a forecasted growth rate of 1.1 per cent in 2019, and 1.8 per cent in 2018; on the back of a 2.1 per cent growth in 2017. Guyana looks set to expect zero growth by 2020 if this policy paralysis of Mr Jordan’s continues.What can Mr Jordan learn from Africa?Managed the economies better. With policy stars like President Paul Kagame in Rwanda in power, their positive policy influence is infecting the continent. Every African leader wants to be the next Paul Kagame, who uses drones to deliver medical supplies and blood to remote hospitals in the mountains in hours, when in the past the same operation took days by land.In Rwanda, which is growing by almost 7 per cent, the Government has actively reduced the fiscal deficit as a percent of GDP in 2017, and it is set to reduce further in 2018.Investors need stability. An increasing number of African leaders are becoming global dealmakers who offer international investors fiscal stability. The change in leadership in South Africa happened for a principled reason: to weed out the corrupt one, only to replace him with professional business magnate. Out went Zuma, in came Ramaphosa. The billionaire President Cyril Ramaphosa is a private sector man who is on a mission to grow his nation’s private sector as a means of putting his people to work.Competent debt management. Africa is extremely careful in how it is managing its debt. Even a basket case like Zimbabwe has signed on to this mission. President Mnangagwa was successful in getting China to write off all of Zimbabwe’s debt owed to that country in exchange for favoured access to some of the mineral wealth. What this transaction did was positively change the cash flow dynamics in that country with the stroke of a pen.Africa is getting rid of loss-making non-exporting public enterprises. Notice I said non-exporting. Ethiopia is a clear example of this success story, where all loss-making non-exporting public enterprises were privatised. The immediate impact was that the economy took off at a growth rate which was 8.1 per cent in 2017.Africa got on board with the telecoms revolution. In 2000, Africa had 11 million phone lines; today, it has over 800 million mobile lines, with a penetration rate of some 74 per cent. Kenya was a global trendsetter with a technology called mobile money. When the Americans were waking up to the payment of bills on smartphones, that technology was already 10 years old in Kenya by way of a platform called M-PESA (meaning money in Swahili). In Kenya, there was a mobile phone penetration of almost 80% by 2017, creating some half a billion dollars in “person-to-person” transactions.Africa is making a serious attempt to invest more in education, but the focus is on the people first, then buildings. The mission is to cultivate a cadre of teachers who are better remunerated and can own the system, rather than leave it to the politicians.Africa got serious at reducing conflicts. The African Union made it very clear that democracy must be respected, and this has resulted in some important democratic transitions happening across the continent.It is a human development wonder to observe the operations of African leaders like Paul Kagame from Rwanda. He understands the concept of human development, and is making some serious moves at empowering and enriching his people at the mass level, unlike David Granger.So what is Guyana doing wrong? That is for a follow-up letter.Regards,Sasenarine Singh
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is calling on all media institutions both national and international journalists to protect the privacy of the patients and healthcare workers in discharging the function at the various health facilities across Liberia.Speaking yesterday at the regular Ebola hour press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the assistant Minister for Preventive Services at MOH&SW, Tolbert Nyenswah, said, the policy recognizes the importance of increasing local, national and international understanding of the status of the healthcare system in Liberia.“This policy covered all interviews, written, audio-taped and videotaped that occurred within the grounds of a healthcare facility or areas outside the facility perimeter that have been determined to be restricted. It also covered all photography, video recording of health facility determined to be restricted.”He continued that, the policy also covered communication from healthcare facility employees to any news or commercial media representative, adding that “The policy also recognized that patient care is the overriding priority for every healthcare facility.”According to him, the policy outlines procedures for news organizations to secure approval to take video or photography as well as conduct interviews at a healthcare facility during the period of the National Ebola Response. He said, although, the government supports public awareness of the efforts to stop the epidemic, because of the extensive amount of infection and the extremely contagious nature of the Ebola virus, stating that, the safety of those who are well and care for those ill must be this nation’s top priority.Mr. Nyenswah said, with the expansion of the initial Ebola outbreak in Liberia into an epidemic, the number of local media and international media have been interested in covering the disease and the response to it has increased significantly.He called on all media institutions both local and international to request approval for news interviews at healthcare facilities at least one full business day in advance of visiting any health care facility through the MOH&SW’s appendices.“The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, including County Health Officer will establish clear and simple processes for requesting news coverage of healthcare facilities and will designate a person or persons to respond promptly in writing to those requesting with medical official serving as the spokesperson in the process.”The Minister further said, the health facilities will designate a qualified person to accompany all reporters and crews where needed and designate where area to be use either outside the facility or inside the facility but away from any areas restricted by this policy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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…questions sudden lack of efficiency in election machinery…says a prolonged ‘caretaker’ Govt bad for businessPull quote: “It’s not good for business. It’s not good for development. And I am shocked at GECOM, that an organisation that was once highly efficient and well organised would be demonstrating this level of [inefficiency]. I still think the Chair of GECOM will make the right decision. She did promise that she will abide by the law and theGECOM Chairperson Claudette SinghPSC Chairman Gerry GouveiaConstitution” – PSC Chairman Gerry GouveiaThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Secretariat’s proposal on Friday that elections be held in March 2020, more than a year after the Government was defeated by a No-Confidence Motion, has been met with shock by the head of the umbrella representative of the local Private Sector.According to Private Sector Commission (PSC) Chairman, retired Captain Gerry Gouveia, this recent pronouncement by GECOM’s Secretariat is particularly surprising considering the fact that when they met with the GECOM Secretariat last week, no mention was made of elections in 2020.“I am stunned. We met and had a very cordial meeting with GECOM. A very clear path was [articulated]. We discussed a lot of things. Nowhere in all of that was there any discussion of March. So I’m stunned.”Gouveia also expressed concern over the likely effects on the economic climate and business environment. This is considering the prolonged political uncertainty an election delayed until March 2020 will cause. However, he retained some optimism that GECOM Chair, retired Justice Claudette Singh, would make the right decision and uphold the Constitution of Guyana.“I don’t think it augurs well for Guyana. Everybody is just waiting for elections. We want our country to be managed by a Government with full powers. Not a country that is operating at half or quarter power,” Gouveia said.“It’s not good for business. It’s not good for development. And I am shocked at GECOM, that an organisation that was once highly efficient and well organised would be demonstrating this level of [inefficiency]. I still think the Chairman of GECOM will make the right decision. She did promise that she will abide by the law and the Constitution.”Four-hour meetingAfter a more than four-hour-long meeting on Friday, both Opposition and Government-aligned Commissioners disclosed to media operatives that this is one among several timelines proposed by the Secretariat.“We have now at least four proposals from the Secretariat which suggest that elections will be held in March of next year,” Commissioner Robeson Benn stated, noting that the Opposition Commissioners are opposed to that suggestion.Government-aligned Commissioner Vincent Alexander confirmed that March 2020 is one of the dates discussed during the meeting.“The document which was before us, the proposition was March. But that document is under revision,” Alexander explained.“So, I would prefer to not be specific about a date. But indeed, the document before us did say March ,” he added.According to the Commissioners, one of the activities proposed to be undertaken by GECOM during that period is the printing of new national identification cards. However, Commissioner Bibi Shadick contended that such an initiative is unnecessary.She pointed out that ID cards are not needed to vote, as any other form of identification, such as a passport, is accepted. In lieu of any such documents, she said voters can sign an oath at the polling stations.Asked what other activities GECOM proposed to undertake from now until March 2020, Shadick did not go into details but stated “they have a lot of things they want to do”.On the other hand, Commissioner Alexander explained that the March 2020 timeframe is to allow GECOM to conduct “administrative activities”.“…How many days before you give people notice for them to prepare the nomination list? how many days to publish the OLE (Official List of Electors)?” Alexander said are some of the activities to be undertaken by GECOM before elections are held.Opposition Commissioner Sase Gunraj argued that the timeline could be pulled back to November 2019.The Commissioners are expected to meet again shortly to further discuss the March 2020 proposal and explore other options.No confidenceArticle 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) goes on to say: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”A No-Confidence Motion was passed against the Government since December 21 of last year. However, elections were not held and there was no resignation. Instead, the Government went through several levels of court, unsuccessfully arguing that the No-Confidence Motion was not validly passed.At the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final court had thrown out the Government’s case and had handed down judgement saying that when the No-Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated. In addition, the court had noted that the provisions of the Article were clear.Bound by lawCCJ President Adrian Saunders himself had noted that GECOM “too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution”. He went on to point out that elections should have been held on March 21, 2019, following the December passage of the Opposition-sponsored motion but that process was on “pause” pending the legal proceedings.That process, he added, however, was no longer on pause following the court’s June 18, 2019, ruling which upheld the validity of the No-Confidence Motion and thus triggering the need for fresh elections.Instead of immediately starting serious preparations to hold elections in the shortest possible time, however, GECOM proceeded to carry out House-to-House Registration based on the orders of unilaterally appointed former Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson.While that process was ultimately stopped by his successor, the decision to merge the new data from House-to-House and to prioritise the printing of identification cards, instead of seeking to have elections held as soon as possible, has been criticised by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) nominated GECOM Commissioners as part of the Government’s delaying tactics.In the 2000 Esther Perreira election petition case, then Justice Claudette Singh had ordered that elections must be held by March 31, 2001. Particularly, Justice Singh had ruled that the requirements for voters to have an ID card for the 1997 election was a breach of Articles 59 and 159 of the Constitution and that the elections were null and void.The PPP has, therefore, contended that prioritising ID cards over early elections is a case of putting the cart before the horse.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Jericho on April 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 – Immediate former Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr was officially announced as the new head coach of South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Black Leopards on Tuesday, barely a week after he called it quits at K’Ogalo.The Briton arrived in South Africa on Monday morning and finalized discussions with the club before signing an agreement that will see the tactician take over the newly promoted outfit. “I am happy to get this opportunity and I know it is going to be a tough challenge for me. I am ready for it. I don’t shy away from challenges and I want to have success as well in this club,” the tactician told Capital Sport.Black Leopards were promoted to the Absa Premiership for the 2018/19 season after they beat Jomo Cosmos 1-0 in their Promotion/Relegation play-off but have found life tough in the top division.They are currently placed 14th in the standings with nine points off 11 games having won twice, drawn thrice and lost six times. They are on a run of three losses in their last five games and Kerr knows he has his work cut out.-Friendly matchThe Briton watched Leopards play a friendly match on Tuesday morning against Polokwane City and is expected to take charge of his first training session on Wednesday.“We will see where they are as a team and what we need to do to bring them up,” the tactician added.Meanwhile, the tactician has paid a huge tap of thanks to Gor for giving him an opportunity for the last 18 months, saying the team will forever be in his heart.“I will forever cherish Gor and the moments I spent with them. The fans, the players, the chairman… they were good to me and these are memories I will keep. I want to wish them all the best in the coming season and they should know that I still want them to succeed,” the tactician said.He added; “I am also helping Zico (Zedekiah Otieno) prepare for the Bullets game in the Champions League and I know he is equal to the task,.” The tactician further stated.Kerr’s first game in charge of Leopards will be against Bidvest Wits on the 1st of December.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
A Chelsea spokesman said: “We’re aware of reports and video footage. We will investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary.”The Metropolitan Police said no arrests had been made but they were also looking at the incident.“We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player at a Chelsea v Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, December 8,” the police said in a statement.“We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed.”The latest incident comes less than a week after a Tottenham fan was arrested for throwing a banana at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the north London derby.“Are we going to continue to allow this type of racist behaviour go on??? All for kicking a ball,” tweeted former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who was working on the game as a pundit for BT Sport.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (right) was the victim of alleged racist abuse by a Chelsea fan on Saturday © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 9 – Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police confirmed they are investigating an incident of alleged racist abuse aimed at Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling during Chelsea’s 2-0 win on Saturday.Twitter users highlighted a first-half incident when a supporter appeared to abuse Sterling as he retrieved the ball near Chelsea supporters.
A MAN accused of the burglary of 96-year-old Buncrana pensioner Greta Lilly has failed in a legal bid to have the case against him heard in Dublin.Thomas Alcock, a 48-year-old of no fixed abode, appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court today.A barrister had argued before Judge John O’Hagan that his client could not get an impartial jury in Donegal because of the ‘widespread local and national coverage of this case’. Michael Morrisey told the judge that the case had attracted huge media attention and in light of a spate of other burglaries across Donegal since the incident involving Ms Lilly in January, he felt justice would be best served ‘by moving the case to another jurisdiction’.Patricia McLaughlin, the DPP’s counsel, opposed the application.She pointed out that the case had indeed been covered nationally and locally.She also said no formal notice of the application had been received by the DPP.Ms McLaughlin said the DPP was ready to proceed with the case.Judge John O’Hagan rose for a few minutes to consider the application. On his return he ruled that the defence had not given the DPP seven days notice of the application as required by law.But he also ruled that the case should be heard before a jury in Donegal.Alcock, who faces charges of burglary and threats to kill, was remanded in custody to appear for trial on July 16.At hearing.* For legal reasons, we cannot publish comments in ongoing court cases.MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING TO KILL 96-YEAR-OLD GRETA LILLY LOSES BID TO HAVE CASE MOVED FROM DONEGAL was last modified: April 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING TO KILL 96-YEAR-OLD GRETA LILLY LOSES BID TO HAVE CASE MOVED FROM DONEGAL
It is not in Iraq that the clash of civilizations is being fought. Iraq is already clearly Arab/Muslim territory, and we are short-termers. Right now in Europe and particularly in France the population bomb, the demographic bomb and the cultural bomb are all exploding at once. This did not have to happen. It was avoidable. After two years in North Africa, in the Peace Corps and armed with passible French and pretty good Arabic, I spent two sabbaticals in France. Out of habit and the real warmth and friendliness of the North African community, I did most of my daily reading and writing in working-class North African cafes. Unlike the mainstream cafes that served French citizens, in the North African cafes the people talked to me, showed me pictures of their children and invited me to their homes. As much as one can generalize, these were wonderful, open and hopeful people. They had hopes for their own futures, but had given up any hope of being accepted by the French. They knew they would have to make separate lives. Marie-Claire would not marry Ahmed Zine. There are more than 5 million Arabs in France, and 18 million Muslims, Arab and non-Arab, in Western Europe. What is happening in France is the start of something terrible – for everyone. The French have never accepted the North Africans as equals. They occupied Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. They fought to hold their colonies, but lost them in a very violent war with an Algerian insurgency. As independence was achieved throughout North Africa, waves of French colonials came back home. Many were angry and bitter; many felt betrayed and abandoned by France. Most kept their feelings of superiority, resentment and enmity toward the North Africans. For second and third generation colonials, France was not truly their home. They had been upper-class rulers and came to France, some for the first time, without a sou or status. These children of colonialism were often resented by French families who had lost their children in that losing war. Meanwhile, France, along with the rest of Western Europe, had a population problem, despite being nominally Catholic. They had to import cheap labor. North Africans fit the bill. They would work for very little, but at wages that seemed huge to them when compared with pay scales in their birth countries. A constant migration of men came to France to work in the factories, the fields and any other dead-end jobs the French did not want. After achieving some economic standing, some brought their families. It is their children and grandchildren who are filling the streets of France with their pain and rage. They have become a huge and angry underclass. The French complain that they just won’t assimilate. The French point proudly to their tradition of tolerance and to policies that were supposed to help the foreigners assimilate – such as secular education. They maintain that the recent outlawing of veils, scarves and religious garb in schools was to keep France fair and secular. But these bans of religious identifiers were total only in theory, only really for Muslims. Now the despised underclass that was locked out acts as if it no longer wants in. Today Muslim extremists are trying to organize the well-founded discontent of the young by saying that their culture is superior and Europe must convert to Muslim ways. This is, of course, attractive to oppressed underclasses – particularly to the young with their mixture of cynicism and idealism. From radical mosques in England, to discontent in Germany among the Turks, to a not terribly covert attempt to take back Spain, to the slums of every major French city, to the rural factory towns and mining centers, there is a festering and understandable rage. There is no good solution and probably not even an effective bad solution. The right wing wants them all to go home. That cannot happen. Just as so many the children of the colonials never knew France, these poor and angry youths are neither French nor North African. They have not lived in Tunisia, Algeria or Morocco, and if they went to North Africa they would be strangers in strange and undemocratic lands. The left wing wants them to be nice and patient and buy in to the dream of Liberte, Egalite, and Fraternite. That dream no longer seems either reasonable or feasible to the younger generation. This mixture of poverty, despair, crime and rejection awaited only the call to transcendent battle and glory. That call is coming from the militant Muslim fundamentalists. Neither soft tolerance of rioting nor draconian measures will work to tame or distract them. This is the part in a good op-ed piece where the wise author proposes the sound and sensible solution. I don’t have one. Twenty years ago, the immigrants would have gone through an open door into French society, but not today. There will be a multifaceted war in Europe, and religious culture will be its organizing principal though not its true cause. The only good news for us, as Europe struggles, is that most of our Muslim communities still buy into the American dream, and are far more represented in our middle class than the underclass. This is very good news for them – and indeed for us. This is the time for us to be educated by the terrible mistakes of the Europeans and to build bridges of understanding and doors to our mainstream. We have the chance, maybe the only chance in the developed world, to build a model of peoples and faiths living together with mutual respect and equal access to justice, society and success. If building democratic institutions in Iraq eludes us – as I fear it will – we can build those institutions here. That would be a far more attractive and relevant model to the Muslim world. Jonathan Dobrer is a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air. 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A Garda Inspector has made an impassioned plea for safer driving in County Donegal this Christmas after a court case today in which a young driver without insurance faced a number of charges.Inspector David Murphy told Letterkenny District Court that he wanted the public to take “no chances” this year and urged the public to use taxis when out and about over the festive season.Before the court was Michael Goral, from Slieve Drum, Letterkenny. He faced a number of charges following a crash on December 22 last year in the town.Inspector Murphy said 20-year-old Goral was driving his father to and from a Christmas Party. However the accused man did not have insurance and was involved in a crash.The computer degree student at LYIT had passed his test a week earlier but his father had failed to include him in the insurance policy.The court heard that no-one was injured in the smash.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Goral to go on the pro-social drivers programme and adjourned sentencing until FebruaryHis 47-year-old father was fined €200 for failing to have insurance.Inspector Murphy said he wanted a message to go out to the public as a result of this incident.“The Christmas season is upon us and I would urge people to engage the use of taxis when out and about,” said Inspector Murphy.“We want to keep the roads safe for all users this Christmas.”After the case Inspector Murphy told us: “We want people to enjoy a safe and peaceful Christmas and our officers will be out to make sure that people get home safely after a night out.“No-one should even consider taking a ‘chance’ by either drinking and driving or driving without insurance.“People should weigh up the options; do they want to take a life this Christmas on our roads and go to prison for it, or do they want to pay to get a taxi home safely. It’s a simple choice.”GARDA INSPECTOR IN CHRISTMAS ROAD SAFETY PLEA AFTER CAR CRASH CASE was last modified: December 10th, 2013 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:Christmas campaignGardaLetterkenny Courtsafetytaxis
A Donegal firm has today announced the purchase of the 2,400 acre Grianan Estate at Speenogue, Burt, Co. Donegal.Glenmore Estate Farms Ltd. have bought the land and associated assets from Donegal Investment Group plc for €17.425 million. The Grianan Estate is one of the largest agricultural estates and organic farms in Europe. The 2,400 acres of land on the north coast of Donegal includes a vast expanse of prime fertile and productive land and a 500-acre lake.Glenmore Estate Farms Limited is a mixed farming company registered by directors Karol McElhinney and Chantelle Mcelhinney at Aghaveagh, Cloghan, Co. Donegal.The company will now hold the largest farm that has come to market in Ireland in over a decade.The approximately 2,400 acre property consists mainly of land reclaimed from Lough Swilly, making it particularly fertile and suitable for all farming enterprises. It includes 1,290 acres of organically farmed prime land and grows a range of crops such as cereals, red clover and root crops. There is also an extensive range of farm buildings which have overwintering accommodation for 400 head of cattle.For the past 10 years, the farm has been producing over 3,000 tonnes of organic produce per annum including milk, vegetables and cereals. Various Irish household brands are sourced from the farm. The Grianan Estate overlooks the shores of Lough Swilly, which is famous for its wildlife-watching and diving on the numerous ship wrecks, including the White Star Line’s SS Laurentic – sunk by a German mine in 1917.The sale was today announced by Savills Ireland, on behalf of Donegal Investment Group plc.According to Pat O’Hagan of Savills, the sale generated significant interest from local and international investors, active farmers and farming companies:“No other opportunity of this scale is likely to be presented again in the Irish farming property market, therefore it was no surprise that interest – from various buyer types – was strong.”Sale confirmed on huge Grianan Estate for over €17million was last modified: July 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Grianan Estateproperty