Citizens need to do their part to protect Guyana’s landscape

first_imgDear Editor,I am writing this letter as a concerned observer to the current situation in Guyana involving the newly introduced biodegradable containers and their former counterparts – the Styrofoam containers. The deterioration time of such container is approximately two months to fully decompose minimising the amount of garbage in our country, as opposed to Styrofoam containers that do not decompose naturally in the environment, as they are essentially plastic. Normal plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose and Styrofoam, being a stronger form of plastic, will take much longer or not decompose at all in the natural environment.However, it has come to my concern that food vendors, restaurants, bars, etc, (especially in Region Six), continue to use the more inefficient Styrofoam containers that are now illegal in Guyana. Styrofoam containers are being entered illegally into Guyana through the Suriname-Guyana route.Restaurant owners will continue to say that the old Styrofoam containers are “old stock being used” because they will continue to benefit from the lower prices of the Styrofoam containers as well as the advantage of the containers being void of all taxes.When all is said and done, the Government is robbed of revenue, garbage will continue to accumulate causing blockages in our drainage systems, and our landscape will be ruined by these unlawful tax evaders that are unwilling to commit to the Government’s green policy.The relevant authorities need to step in and do something before the problem continues to grow right under our noses. Policy is policy. The Government had given adequate time for all sellers with need for food boxes to put systems in place, so that there would be no more need for Styrofoam containers in Guyana. If the Government is to enact a policy such as this one, banning Styrofoam containers from Guyana, then they need to make sure that Styrofoam containers are no longer used in our economy.As citizens, we also need to do our part to protect the landscape and waterways of our country so we would like to know, should we be sold something in a Styrofoam container or if we see items being sold in a Styrofoam container, whom can we inform? What authority would be involved in enforcing our country’s policy?With respect,Concerned citizenlast_img read more

The Venezuela option

first_imgDear Editor,The PetroCaribe deal that facilitated the export of rice to Venezuela as a form of payment for fuel imported from Venezuela is an avenue that should be pursued with the highest priority. The expanding foreign currency crisis in Guyana is in no small way linked to the unilateral cancellation by Venezuela of the PetroCaribe Agreement between Venezuela and Guyana.  Currently, Guyana must pay to the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (PETROTRIN) the full price of its oil purchase in United States dollars in advance of receiving the shipment.Guyana has, from the latter part of 2015, been unable to source significant amounts of its fuel imports at discounted prices, and obtain generous credit facilities from Venezuela. This includes an initial moratorium of two years on the financed portion of the fuel purchase, with the financed portion of fuel import ranging from 40% to 60% of the purchase price of fuel, and the financed portion was repayable over approximately twenty-three years. Also, the PetroCaribe Rice Offset Arrangement created a boom to our economy by generating increasingly high levels of rice exports at premium prices, where close to 500,000 tonnes of rice were exported by the end of 2014; employment opportunities increased in the rice industry and its many sectors; economic prosperity was created for many of our rice farmers and millers; and the Guyana economy was boosted by this key driver.The economic downturn we are now experiencing could worsen exponentially.The sugar, rice and forestry industries are haemorrhaging, and revenue from the huge oil find in offshore Guyana will not be received by Guyana until 2026, based on recent media reports and assuming anticipated oil production is not sold by the Guyana Government at discounted values.Regarding the revenue-sharing arrangement with ExxonMobil, based on comments in the media attributed to Hon. Minister Raphael Trotman, it was clearly stated that Guyana will not receive any revenue from production until ExxonMobil has recovered its investment cost. The investment cost is presently projected to be US$6,000,000,000 (US$6B) by the time production commences in 2020. Assuming production of 100,000 barrels per day starts in 2020, at current market prices, the US$6 Billion in exploration and production costs will not be repaid until 2026. Thus our Hon. Finance Minister must look to the most likely economic opportunities that would revitalize the economy over the next several years.Recently, the Democratic Labour Party of Barbados reached out to former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who held the post of Prime Minister from September 1994 to January 2008, appointing him on March 1, 2017 as Chief Economic Advisor to the ruling Administration. The Right Honourable Owen Arthur is from the Barbados Labour Party, currently the major opposition party in Barbados.My recommendation is that the Guyana Government appoint two of our former Presidents – Donald Ramotar and Bharrat Jagdeo, who are both known to have very good relationships with the President of Venezuela, Hon. Nicolás Maduro – to reactivate the Guyana/Venezuela PetroCaribe Agreement with the rice offset component. Sugar might even be added as an offset option to the fuel imported.The economy of our neighbour Venezuela is not going through the best of times; however, Venezuela has oil in abundance, and their oil reserves are the largest proven oil reserves in the world. The reinstatement of the PetroCaribe and Rice Offset Agreements between Venezuela and Guyana would certainly allow Guyana’s economy to right itself and halt the decline in our foreign exchange rate, among other positive benefits.Let us unite in our efforts to achieve the greatest benefit for all Guyanese. We are capable enough to diplomatically deal with Venezuela’s claims to western Guyana and large parts of Guyana’s Atlantic waters, while we seek economic trade arrangements with Venezuela that would benefit both countries.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

David Hinds’s jaundiced views in conflict with reality (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Last Thursday, September 7th, a section of the local media featured an article in which WPA Executive Member Dr David Hinds believes, “For the good of Guyana… PPP’s barrage has to be countered and stopped.”In this article, Dr Hinds was quoted as saying, “The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been peddling the perception that the APNU+AFC coalition is not only fraught with incompetent ministers, but (is) also virtually incapable of running the presidency effectively.”He added that, since losing power in 2015, the PPP “has been relentless in its campaign to delegitimize the government, often without challenge from the governing parties.”Like other WPA members of old, David Hinds was one of those who fearlessly fought the PNC in the trenches for a better Guyana. But like Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan of the AFC, he, too, has abandoned the noble goals of fighting for the downtrodden, and has now aligned himself with the oppressors for personal gains, much to the disgust of those who once admired him.As a political commentator and civil rights advocate, Hinds’s jaundice views are often in conflict with reality and expose his biased preference for one ethnicity over another.I admit that the PPP’s media blitz has indeed been relentless since losing power in 2015, but when we expose the remarkable ineptitude and incompetence of the APNU+AFC coalition he supports, and accuses the Granger Administration as being “virtually incapable of running the presidency effectively” because of the high numbers of “incompetent ministers” in government, it is not a “perception”, it is factually correct. And David Hinds knows it.Perhaps he is making a pitch to take over the Government’s PR department, which has long been criticized by KN Peeping Tom as being hopeless. He argues, “The PPP’s barrage, in the context of weak responses from the coalition parties and basic errors of judgment by the government, has had the effect of casting doubt in the minds of Guyanese. The (PPP) party has also been able to successfully hitch its assault on the government to legitimate civil society concerns about protests against government policies such as the parking meter issue, the sugar impasse, the broadcast legislation, the vendors’ issue and the wages struggle. This has led to the PPP gaining sympathy in sections of the media establishment, the business sector and the brown middle-class.”Did Hinds actually say that? Why is it that people like Eric Phillips and David Hinds always seem to view things through their ethnic eyes? Where were David Hinds and Eric Phillips, the black-rights activists, when the Government they protect and serve evicted 41 mostly black cash-crop farmers from their farms in Naarstigheid, West Coast Berbice, and took away their livelihood? The PPP did not do a colour-test, neither did we ask what shade of black or brown they were when the farmers asked for our assistance. It was the PPP who defended their rights in the courts, and I did not see David Hinds or Eric Phillips there.But like some of his ilk, David Hinds is now an apologist for the Granger Administration. They have made campaigning for, and defending, this Government a profession. It is no longer about people’s rights, their interest is defending the perks they’re benefiting from. Like Nagamootoo and Ramjattan of the AFC, the WPA leaders have it good now. They’re the ones living the “good life” with the lucrative state jobs they now hold, doing basically nothing… just living off of the sweet. Dr Hinds is so willing to excuse the Government’s ineptitude as a learning curve that he describes the continuous scandals and corruption as “basic errors of judgment by the government.” Yet, under the PPP, basic administrative errors were described as “massive corruption”. And after two years of exhaustive investigations by SOCU, there is still no evidence to prove massive PPP corruption and the raping of the treasury. These were all deliberate, fabricated lies and PNC propaganda designed to taint the PPP in government.Sincerely,HARRY GILLPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

Hudson’s Hope has a new mayor and seven people running for councillor

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Hudson’s Hope will have a new mayor.Dave Heiberg was the only person to be nominated for the position of mayor of Hudson’s Hope and will be voted in by acclamation.  Incumbent councillors candidates Mattias Gibbs, Kelly Miller and Travous Quibell are all running re-election.Joseph King, Patricia Markin, Valerie Paice and Leigh Summer are also running for the position of councillor.  There are a total of six spots open for councillor in the District of Hudson’s Hope.- Advertisement -The municipal election will take place on October 20, 2018, with the first advanced voting opportunity happening on October 10.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, December 7

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Chelsea have joined Man City and Arsenal in the race for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus’ signature. (Daily Star on Sunday)Man United will be hoping neighbours Man City can do them a huge favour by knocking Roma out of the Champions League, with the Red Devils’ hopes of landing midfielder Kevin Strootman hinging on the Italians’ future in the competition. (Sunday Mirror)Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is being targeted by a number of Spanish clubs – including reigning champions Atletico Madrid. (Daily Star on Sunday)Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock wants to bring Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis to Selhurst Park in January. (The Sun on Sunday)Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to bolster his midfield options with a move for Lyon star Nabil Fekir. (Sunday Express)Man United’s hopes of landing Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne look to be dashed, with the Premier League high-fliers in talks with the 23-year-old over a new deal. (Observer)Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson will be given funds to strengthen his squad in January, in a bid to help the club avoid relegation. (Sunday Telegraph)Celtic manager Ronny Deila insists his side are still in the race for Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, despite facing competition from a host of clubs, including Liverpool. (Sunday Express)Premier League sides QPR and Leicester are set to be fined for breaching Football League financial fair play rules, while seven Championship clubs are facing transfer bans. (Mail on Sunday)Sunderland are set to award striker Connor Wickham with a new five-year contract worth £60,000 a week. (Sunday Telegraph)Man City are poised to offer midfielder James Milner a new four-year contract worth almost £20m. (Daily Star on Sunday)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…MAN CITY BLOW! Aguero set to miss Champions League crunch matchThe French sensation catching Arsenal’s attentionArsenal defence ‘too tender’ in defeat to Stoke, admits WengerEverton manager Martinez angered by penalty decision in loss to Man CityLiverpool can’t always rely on Gerrard, insists RodgersItalian giants Roma planning on swooping for Tottenham Hotspur defender Vlad Chiriches in the January transfer windowLiverpool given a boost in their pursuit of Porto hitman 1 Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

Chelsea send scouts to watch Serbian starlet – January move on cards?

first_img Marko Grujic celebrates a win for Serbia Under-20s 1 Chelsea are tracking Red Star Belgrade starlet Marko Grujic.The 19-year-old Serbian has been capped by his country at every youth level and he is tipped to have a bright future.Bundesliga side Hamburg are one of many clubs who have already showed an interest but their offer was rejected by the player in the summer.Grujic instead elected to sign a new contract with Red Star, which keeps him at the club until 2018.But now, according to TMW, Chelsea could try and tempt the midfielder to England after sending scouts to see him in action.The Blues will reportedly continue monitoring the youngster until the January before deciding whether to make an approach.last_img read more

‘Manuel Lanzini could be as good as any player in the WORLD’, says West Ham chief

first_img Manuel Lanzini in action for West Ham 1 West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan says Manuel Lanzini will sign for the club on a permanent deal in the New Year.The 22-year-old has been in excellent form for the Hammers this season after joining on loan from United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira.And Sullivan, who believes the Argentine has the potential to become one of the best players in the world, has warned any clubs interested in luring Lanzini to them that they have no chance of beating the Hammers to his signature.“The contract we have is 100 per cent watertight,” Sullivan said, speaking to Sky Sports.“We have until April to make it permanent but we’ll probably do it before the due date.“He is a fantastic player and a fantastic man. By February or March, he will be a permanent West Ham player.“He could be a top, top, top player. He’s already sensational and he could be as good as any player in the world.”last_img read more

‘Watching Arsenal fans in meltdown today like…’

first_img1 It must be nearly time to put the clocks forward, because Arsenal’s season is going off the rails.Yes, the jokes are flying about after the Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup at home to Watford and a section of Arsenal fans went into meltdown.After all, Arsene Wenger’s failure to win the FA Cup three years in a row is completely unacceptable.With a Champions League away leg against Barcelona looming, in which Arsenal will aim to overturn a 2-0 deficit, and Leicester eight points ahead in the Premier League (at time of writing), the North London club are in a perilous position.Forget Aston Villa’s woes. Poor old Arsenal are facing up to a 19th consecutive qualification for the Champions League.Here’s a selection of the reaction to Arsenal ‘doing an Arsenal’. Arsenal fans: arguably more entertaining than the team they support last_img read more

How the Premier League table can change this weekend REVEALED

first_img 20 20 20 20 Middlesbrough: Current position: 19th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 19th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 19th Stoke City: Current position: 11th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 9th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 13th 20 Hull City: Current position: 17th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 17th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 18th 20 Arsenal: Current position: 6th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 6th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 7th The FA Cup dominates football this weekend, with two semi-finals taking place at Wembley.Both Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal v Manchester City are LIVE on talkSPORT, on Saturday and Sunday respectively, but there is still Premier League football to keep an eye on.In fact, there are important matches at both ends of the table.Manchester United and Liverpool are both in action in the hunt for a top four finish, whilst Hull, Swansea and Middlesbrough look to claim important wins which will move them away from the bottom three.So, just how can the Premier League table look at the end of this weekend? talkSPORT have taken a look at the data and present the highest and lowest possible position for every team after this round of fixtures.You can see all the results by clicking the right arrow above… Burnley: Current position: 14th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 11th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 16th 20 West Ham United: Current position: 13th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 9th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 16th 20 Southampton: Current position: 9th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 9th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 12th Manchester City: Current position: 4th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 4th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 4th 20 20 20 AFC Bournemouth: Current position: 16th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 12th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 16th Liverpool: Current position: 3rd – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 3rd
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 3rd Manchester United: Current position: 5th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 5th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 6th 20 Watford: Current position: 10th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 9th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 12th Tottenham Hotspur: Current position: 2nd – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 2nd
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 2nd West Bromwich Albion: Current position: 8th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 8th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 8th 20 20 Swansea City: Current position: 18th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 17th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 18th 20 20 Chelsea: Current position: 1st – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 1st
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 1st 20 Leicester City: Current position: 12th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 12th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 16th 20 Sunderland: Current position: 20th – see the rest of the results by clicking the right arrow – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 20th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 20th 20 Crystal Palace: Current position: 15th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 12th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 16th Everton: Current position: 7th – Highest possible position at the end of the weekend: 5th
Lowest possible position at the end of the weekend: 7th 20last_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: December 22, 2017

first_imgThis Friday morning on Sportsday we bring you your essential round-up of the morning’s top sports stories.last_img