The coalition’s policies are economically oppressive

first_imgDear Editor,The officials of the German penal system have acknowledged that the reason for allowing murderers and other extreme anti-social criminals to live quite normal lives which include access to television, books etc, is that they recognise that man’s behaviour is to a very large extent influenced by his environment. As such, the crimes committed by these offenders were a result of societal conditioning and influence, versus an overt, deliberate attempt by these persons to commit a crime, or do ‘evil’.I could credit them with influencing my own thoughts on this subject, as I have come to the conclusion that man is first an animal. He is then given education and religion and conditioned in order to exist in society. Behaviours expected of him are therefore largely influenced by society’s norms, but sometimes much more so by his immediate environment.A quick check of any economics textbook would show that one of the major responsibilities of governments, even in socialist economies, is to adopt policies which support job creation and liveable incomes. One of the obvious reasons for this is the maintenance of societal stability, or an environment where citizens can adequately provide for themselves and their families without recourse to anti-social behaviours which seek to extract such means of existence.The existing and more sophisticated illegal forms of income generation, along with the recent surge in robberies, therefore require little explanation as successive administrations of the former Government consistently maintained an oppressive income policy, and the current People’s National Congress-led (PNC) coalition, continuing along with this policy, has further established it is not its responsibility to provide jobs for citizens.  As a quick reminder, Granger had advocated that we all become entrepreneurs.Recent attempts to address security are a weak public relations gimmick, as it should be clear that the coalition’s policies have very likely stimulated the upsurge in robberies. African Guyanese youths become the fall guys to a political system intent on victimising them as part of Government’s wider policy of economic control, while Ministers enjoy their salaries and their CoI buddies get bountiful handouts. It would seem obvious to move in the direction of creating more jobs and better incomes for citizens, but one would imagine that a satisfied and education population is immensely more difficult to govern because then incidents of corruption and incompetence would be more easily exposed.As we continue to search for common ground against the clearly anti-welfare policies of the coalition Administration, we could do well to look abroad today. Although there is much about which to fault America’s President Donald Trump, the one thing Americans can salute him for is his America First policy. We could consider the adoption of a Guyana First policy, where our main focus is increasing our national wealth and the incomes of our citizens. Ask the woman selling egg-ball, puri and pickle mango, or the youths selling on the corner what they’re doing, and they’ll tell you: hustling, trying to make a dollar. It’s all about the money. Apparently the coalition hasn’t realised it has a country to run and citizens’ welfare issues to address. Guyanese have to start asking the coalition, “Where’s the money?”  We also have to ask them, “What are you doing for me today?”GAWU has on more than one occasion pointed out that the Administration’s non-payment of sugar workers’ severance benefits is unlawful. Yet the coalition continues to break the law and disregard the sugar workers’ union and the welfare of sugar workers.  It has been suggested that immediately before executing an extremely violent act, individuals briefly descend to a state of lunacy. The decision to withhold sugar workers’ severance is an act of economic oppression bordering on violence. The recent move to seize lands of distressed rice farmers without consultation constitutes an act of economic oppression. The continued denial of Public Sector workers their demands for a living wage constitutes an act of economic oppression.  The coalition is guilty of all of these. We should seriously consider that the policy makers in the PNC-led coalition are mad, just as Lenin was.The Minister of State’s recent observation of the apparent finality of the Exxon agreement should emphasise to everyone this Government is hardly concerned with the welfare of Guyanese, as it wilfully proceeds to forfeit potentially hundreds of millions, even billions of United States dollars in revenues, if lost tax revenues are considered, under the existing contracts. The arrogance of this position demonstrates that the now authoritarian stance of the coalition. The Administration considers itself unaccountable for its actions.This stiffed-neck attitude is not unsurprising, and was one of the reasons the coalition was engineered to include the Alliance For Change.  I have asserted in my book, a preview of which is available on Amazon, that the incessant bumbling of the coalition should be considered a great opportunity.  It took less than three years to dislodge the People’s Progressive Party which had been in power for close to 23 years. It should be much easier to form a new government to get rid what is clearly an incapacitated Administration in its less than three years’ existence. Let us look forward to and create the dawn of a new era.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more

Diaspora offered attractive investment packages – President

first_imgPresident David Granger said his Administration would be willing to make available a suitable package forPresident David GrangerGuyanese within the Diaspora, should they indicate an interest in helping to propel the wheels of the country’s economy.He said such pathways will do well for all Guyanese both here and abroad. The Head of State was at the time in conversation with journalists on Thursday, during the taping of his weekly “Public interest “programme.He was giving an overview of his recent visit to New York, where Guyanese there hosted a mini celebration to commemorate Guyana’s 50th independence anniversary.His visit to New York was however, a follow up to a conference held by Business Minster Dominic Gaskins along with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramajttan and Telecommunication Minister Cathy Hughes, who all shared with the Diaspora business opportunities that are readily available to them and also learning from them what interests they might have, in getting things moving along.According to President Granger, while there have been no formal responses as yet, Government is prepared to offer what is usually requested in this regard.“Usually people look for tax holidays, waivers on equipment and the ability to repatriate their profits”, the Head of State said.“We have offered waivers before to new companies. We want to offer them a level playing field. So at this point in time, I cannot confirm a package. The Minister of Business has been in contact with potential investors, but let’s sees what they are asking for before we make up our minds. Nothing that has been offered to any new company would be denied to Guyanese investors,” the President promised.Granger added that while the potential investors may also want access to land and other resources, they must also be committed to bringing items from the Diaspora, including transportation and capital.The Head of State said he had engaged with New York alone during his trip to the US. The United States and North America he said, probably has more than half of Guyana’s population.“Guyana is a country divided in a whole… It is my view that the Diaspora is probably larger in size, I am quite sure that the amount of Guyanese in the US is large,” he said.With that fact in place, President Granger said the Diaspora will definitely have more capital to invest, as most of them earn more than the average Guyanese. He said they also have expertise, since most of them work in industries and services in the US and elsewhere in North America.“I appealed to them for capital and expertise. I don’t think many of them will come back, what I asked them to consider is the possibility of investment. I told them that other countries and nationalities have been investing in Guyana. So yes, that is my pitch”. He said he is satisfied that there is a high degree of interest amount Guyanese Americans or Canadians to at least send capital to help Guyana.“I see many of them operating tourist industries to bring people to Guyana to see this abundant flora and fauna. It is a magnificent prize that we possess,” he said.Crime and potential investorsAsked about the perceived high crime rate and the effect that could have on potential investors, the President said he does not see the issue as having any impression on those who would want to invest here.“Maybe it’s high for some persons, but it is lower, 16 per cent lower than what it was last year, so there is some spectacular crime, but serious crimes are actually being reduced,” the Head of State said, continuing that several measures have already been taken by his Administration within the last 12 months to reduce the crime rate.“In terms of the deployment of Police, Operation Dragnet, Guyanese are safer now, than they were two years ago. I don’t think that is a serious criticism. We are working on it, I agree more can be done, but we are bringing the crime rate down”.He said he is interested in transparency and in the lawful conduct of transactions, between the Government and the Private Sector and other investors. He said he recently told the Private Sector that they needed to be careful about criticising Government excessively since because corruption come from private businessmen. “We have to bring down criminality among person who is rouged businessmen; we have to stamp it out,” he saidlast_img read more

Govt grants extended length of stay for Haitians

first_img…will be competing with Guyanese for already limited jobs – trade unionistDespite having thousands of Haitians enter Guyana unaccounted for last year, the coalition Government has sought to extend the time that Haitians spend in Guyana to six months.The letter extending the stay of Haitians in GuyanaThis was detailed in a letter dated January 31, 2019, addressed to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and copied to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Citizenship Minister Winston Felix and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.The correspondence sent by the President’s Senior Confidential Secretary was titled “Immigration Order 2019”. It noted that under the Immigration Act, Chapter 14:02, amendments were made to “allow Haitian nationals to be entitled to an automatic stay of six months”.The amendment was made by Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams.This change in the immigration policy comes on the heels of the unaccountability of over 3000 Haitians in Guyana.Already a number for persons are complaining about Haitians being employed at hospitals and in other sectors but being unable to speak proper English. This comes at a time when thousands of Guyanese have lost their jobs and are seeking employment but to no avail.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, a trade unionist questioned the decision by the Government to grant the extension.“What will they be doing in Guyana? How will they maintain themselves for six months? They obviously have to work and this means that they will be competing with Guyanese for already limited jobs,” the trade unionist added.Haitian migration has long been a troublesome issue.Meanwhile, at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs back in June 2018, the alarming statistics revealed that thousands of Haitians and Cubans are not only overstaying their time in Guyana but could not be accounted for.On May 23, 2018, Minister Felix wrote the Clerk of the National Assembly and provided statistics of the eight main groups of foreign nationals, including Haitians, with the largest arrival and departure figures for the past five years.The figures showed that Cubans accounted for the largest influx of foreign nationals, followed by Haitians and then Venezuelans after which were Brazilians, Indians, Bangladeshis, Dominicans [from The Dominican Republic] and Chinese.It was noted that as of April 30, 2018, a total of 1238 Haitians arrived in Guyana, but only 85 left the country. In 2017, 3515 Haitian nationals entered Guyana and 291 left, while the year before out of 722 Haitians who came here, only 451 were on record as leaving. There were 770 Haitian nationals who arrived in 2015, 227 in 2014 and 188 in 2013, but only 136, 113 and 99 left the country respectively.Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee, Opposition Chief Chip Gail Teixeira had pointed out that despite Haitians as well as Cubans – 22,520 of whom arrived but only 16,350 departed – speaking a foreign language, they seem to have gotten “lost”.“Both groups are distinctive in terms of language and yet they seem to be lost away,” Teixeira stated.However, the Citizenship Minister had suggested that the thousands of unaccounted-for foreign nationals must have left the country through `backtrack’. Felix had also accused Teixeira of “crying wolf in a crowded cinema” when it comes to the large numbers of Cubans, Haitians and others overstaying their time here and the risk of human trafficking.In the meantime, the Opposition’s People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had claimed that the coalition Government is granting thousands of Haitians and Cubans citizenship, so they get voting rights for the impending General and Regional Elections. But Government had rejected this.last_img

Girls’ soccer: Patriots move on in playoffs

first_imgTwo seasons ago, Palisades of Pacific Palisades competed in the City Section girls’ soccer final and Birmingham of Lake Balboa was on the humbling end of several lopsided losses, including a 10-goal setback to Hamilton of West Los Angeles. Last season, the Dolphins reached the quarterfinals, losing by a goal to City runner-up Granada Hills, and Birmingham won one game, missing the postseason for a second straight year. My, how times have changed. Vanessa Carr’s goal in the final minute Thursday lifted the host Patriots to a 2-1 opening-round playoff victory over No. 21 Palisades, giving 12th-seeded Birmingham (12-6-3) its first postseason win since 2004. Alvarenga, a freshman, gave Birmingham the lead in the first 30 seconds of the second half. After Carr received the opening kickoff, dribbled down the right sideline and split two defenders, she delivered a crossing pass to Alvarenga, who tucked a shot in the lower-left corner of the net. Palisades (9-6-5) rallied to tie the score less than two minutes later, but didn’t threaten the remainder of the half, with strong play of sweeper Jennifer Venegas and goalkeeper Charleye Schneiderman. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It feels so good to have the winning goal. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing right now,” said Carr, a sophomore forward who played on the junior-varsity team the majority of last season. “I knew I had to make the run and I knew it was the last time I could do it because time was running out. My legs are hurting so bad, but I scored in the end and that’s all that matters. Now I’m going to go home and ice.” A few minutes earlier, Carr nearly scored the go-ahead goal for Birmingham – which plays Tuesday in the championship bracket at No. 5 San Pedro – but Palisades goalkeeper Allison Kappeyne made a diving stop. Carr regrouped in time to receive a pass from Daisy Alvarenga 25 yards from the goal, before beating one defender and burying a right-footed shot underneath the crossbar. “They make these runs when they have to and someone finds a way to step up,” Patriots coach Ed Verdugo said. “That’s a good team, very similar to Chatsworth or Granada Hills.” last_img read more

Does the writers strike matter? In a word, yes

first_imgThe pen remains mighty indeed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A woman with a friendly voice called our sister publication, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Monday morning and posed a question – or maybe it was more a statement in the form of a question – about the writers strike: Who cares? she asked. The inquiry, at least from a consumer’s point of view, is valid. For the typical television viewer, the work stoppage is about as relevant as a VCR. Satellite, cable, the Internet, Netflix, podcasts and other services provide so many ways to deliver entertainment to Americans that there is little risk of redundant viewing. The multitude of choices, however, are at the core of the strike. Screenwriters and studios cannot agree on what content is worth when it is placed on the World Wide Web or on DVD. We understand the writers’ concerns because their jobs are unstable and often months or even years apart. They need residuals to pay their bills and, most importantly, to pen the shows we all enjoy. But we also understand the entertainment industry’s dilemma in determining proper compensation for content providers when television viewership is in decline, and making money on Web content is difficult. Not only are ad rates typically reduced online, there is an expectation among viewers that everything they view should be free. This is one reason why the writers’ strike matters. All of us in the business of providing content in exchange for pay want to see how one of the region’s core industries determines what words are worth online. But we recognize that this isn’t just about creators and customers. Advertisers who want to get their messages to a targeted viewership may leave television for good or at least discover the advantages of targeting customers on the Web, one of the format’s true strengths since it is so easy to track online viewing behavior. We bet many advertisers are not going to want to spend their budgets on reruns, and that money will flow into other outlets, and possibly out of Southern California. That could hurt the regional economy. Bringing one of the state’s dominant industries to a standstill threatens more than just Hollywood. It threatens the region. Many cities are receiving a healthy share of TV and film production. This is one of the reasons the writers strike now going on at such locales as Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach and Sony Studios in Culver City matters so much. As Reuters reported Monday, the strike involving 12,000 screenwriters with the Writers Guild of America could cost the Los Angeles region $1 billion. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre last_img read more


first_imgRTE star Ryan Tubridy is on his way to Donegal.Ryan Tubridy is on his way to Dunfanaghy.The Late Late Show presenter is heading to Dunfanaghy for a special feature on the Wild Atlantic Way.‘Tubridy’s Wild Atlantic Way Adventure’ will roll into the busy seaside village on Wednesday week, June 10th.The presenter will focus on the west coast tourism route, encouraging Irish holidaymakers to get out and discover the wonders of Ireland’s western seaboard.Fáilte Ireland is encouraging everyone to come out and attend the broadcasts.Looking forward to the arrival of the popular 2FM show, Fiona Monaghan, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Wild Atlantic Way, said everyone is welcome to come along and take part in the show.“We are delighted that Ryan has decided to experience the Wild Atlantic Way first-hand and more importantly tell his listeners all about it. This is the second consecutive year the show has chosen to showcase the Wild Atlantic Way.“This year, spectators who come down to watch the broadcast in either Westport, Rosses Point or Dunfanaghy can expect to see plenty of festivities including cooking demonstrations, ice cream vans and of course plenty of prize giveaways. We are encouraging everyone to come on down and join us in bringing the Wild Atlantic Way to cars and kitchens right across the country.”The show will broadcast from 8:45am – 11:00am.RTE STAR TUBRIDY TO HAVE A MINI ‘STAYCATION’ IN DONEGAL! was last modified: May 27th, 2015 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:2FMdonegalDunfanaghyRTERyan Tubridyshowlast_img read more


first_imgA heartbroken widow has appealed to the driver of a car which killed her husband to come forward.Devastated Gabrielle McDevitt revealed her heartache on the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio today.Mrs McDevit revealed “I know if it was Eugene who hit someone then he would come forward,” she said. Mr McDevitt was killed in the early hours on Saturday, September 29th last.He was walking on the N15 road near his home at Parkhill, Ballyshannon when he was struck by a vehicle.Eugene, 47, had retired as a chef at Finner Army Base before he retired three years ago.Mrs McDevitt revealed how Gardai are looking into the possibility that her husband was hit by a Volkswagen Passat car. “The Gardai ofund a piece of a bumper and are looking for a Passat car. They are appealing for any garages who may have had work done on a Passat to come forward,” she revealed.Mrs McDevitt said she is struggling to cope with the loss of her husband.“I’m still waiting for him to come home,” she said.   HEARTBROKEN WIDOW APPEAL TO HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER TO COME FORWARD was last modified: November 23rd, 2012 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:EUGENE MCDEVITThit and runlast_img read more


first_imgSpeculation is mounting that Ballyliffin Golf Club are set to make an approach to the European Tour regarding the possibility of them hosting the prestigious Irish Open event in 2019.  Ballyliffin Golf Club has already staged top quality events in the form of the Challenge Tour and a number of European Senior tour events.The course is highly regarded throughout Ireland, the stunning course boasts two championship links courses – The Old Links and The Glashedy Links. It’s Ireland’s most northerly golf course, and has drawn acclaim for its spectacular setting and outstanding presentation standards throughout the year.The Inishowen club is considering making an approach amid speculation that Royal Portrush could stage the 2019 British Open.If the Irish Open was to be held in Ballyliffin, it would represent a major boost to the local economy in Inishowen, and would be welcomed by the tourism sector in the county.BALLYLIFFIN GOLF CLUB HOPING TO HOST IRISH OPEN IN 2019 was last modified: May 21st, 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:approachBallyliffin Golf ClubBritish OpencourseEuropean TourIrish OpennewsSportlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Monday, July 17.Maura DUFFY (née McNulty)The death has occured of Maura Duffy (nee McNulty) 1 Culmore Grove, Kilkelly, Mayo and late of Creeslough, Co. Donegal and Blanchardstown, Dublin. Predeceased by her husband John. Deeply regretted by her loving mother Nora, brothers Joe (Bundoran), Eamon (Cresslough), sisters Annette O’Toole (Ballina), Ursula Hogan (Bray), sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.Reposing at The Marian Funeral Home, Knock, Monday 17th July from 6 o’c untill 8 o’c. Removal on Tuesday morning to St. Patrick’s Church, Glann, arriving for Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in St. Celcus’ Cemetery, Culmore. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if so desired, to Western Care c/o Murphy & O’Brien Funeral Directors, Knock. House private on Tuesday morning.  The death has occurred of Kathleen SMITH (née Gallagher)The death has taken place at her residence 25 Marian Park, Buncrana of Kathleen Smith (nee Gallagher) late of Moville. Remains reposing at her residence. Funeral from there on Tuesday at 9.15 am going to St Mary’s Oratory, Buncrana for 10 o’clock requiem mass with burial afterwards in Cockhill Cemetery.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: July 17th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more

Jacks drop home opener to Wolves

first_imgHumboldt State football lost its first home game of its final season 38-13 to visiting Western Oregon, Saturday night at the Redwood Bowl.The Jacks offense started slow and after a three and out punted on their first drive. The Lumberjacks defense started strong, however, and stuffed a third down rushing attempt to force the Wolves into a fourth down decision. Western Oregon elected to go for it on fourth down and converted with a short pass from Ty Currie to Thomas Wright. Six plays later …last_img read more