Bomi County ranking Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson has condemned Liberians who hide behind the doctrine of sectionalism and tribalism to get at one another.“There is no need for tribal or sectional sentiment, especially as we are looking for a more people-centered person to occupy the seat of Senate Pro Tempore,” Senator Johnson told journalists yesterday on the grounds of the Capitol Building.The Bomi lawmaker said his colleagues are not going to support a candidate who sings the song of division, saying the Senate Bloc he belongs to has decided to give full support to ensure that his candidate, Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah becomes the next Pro Tempore.To buttress Senator Johnson’s comment, Senator Jallah was seen having lunch with some members of the Senate Majority Bloc, among them the leaders of the Bloc, Senators Geraldine Doe-Sherif and Henry Willie Yallah.Also seen among Jallah’s support bloc were Senators Peter Coleman, George Tengbeh, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, Matthew Jaye and Dallas A.V. Gueh, among others.The issue of when the Pro Tempore election and those for the leadership or Statutory posts will be held did not come up during yesterday’s opening program.But the Secretary of the Senate, as a matter of protocol, is expected to announce the existence of vacancies for the Pro Tempore and other statutory posts, followed by the announcement of a timetable for elections. He will then receive letters of applications from or on behalf of interested candidates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,For Freddie Kissoon, (whose vote at the 2015 elections must seemingly be counted among those allegedly garnered by the APNU/AFC coalition) “one of the positive outcomes of politics in the current era in Guyana is the assignment of the PPP to long years in the wilderness.”What an asinine comment from Kissoon! Made in the face of a huge groundswell of support for the PPP led by Bharrat Jagdeo. Make no mistake, even Guyanese who would not ordinarily be perceived to be PPP supporters are clamouring for the return of the PPP. A frequent comment in the streets and market place is: “Life was better under the PPP.” Kissoon is a man about town, with nothing to do and a lot of time to do it. He knows the PPP is the most popular party in Guyana. He knows that the ordinary people of Guyana are suffering at the hands of brutish, vindictive, insensitive, and uncaring APNU/PNC/AFC political neophytes, but Kissoon, who does not particularly see himself as Indian, cannot bear the evidence of the rising tide of support for the PPP.Writing in the Kaieteur News of March 9, 2018, Kissoon, while predicting that oil income will bring economic transformation, and while referring to the expected oil income as a gold mine, very significantly asserted that:1) “the incumbent party (APNU/PNC/AFC) will not give up that gold mine”.This statement should be interpreted to mean that APNU/PNC/AFC will not give up political power. After all, to make sense of Kissoon’s prediction, it must be understood that control of the gold mine goes hand in hand with political control and power. What must therefore be understood from Kissoon’s statement is that even if the PPP/C were to defeat the APNU/PNC/AFC (as the current mood of the people suggests it undoubtedly would), the APNU/PNC/AFC would shed its mask of constitutional conformity and the PNC’s known propensity for elections fraud, thuggery and violence would be unleashed, in fulfillment of Kissoon’s prediction that “the incumbent party will not give up that gold mine.”In this scenario, there should be little wonder about the likely role GECOM may play. It’s role in the 2015 elections has not been forgotten, and a legal challenge to those elections has been affected by an unnatural and discomforting sloth in the judicial system, which, given the nature of the challenges to those results, facilitates the continued exercise of power by APNU/PNC/AFC with an extremely thin majority of votes.The second significant point that Kissoon made in his article is that:2) “certain powerful governments in the world, with formidable influence in Guyana, WILL NOT ALLOW the PPP back in power with Jagdeo in the driving seat.”On reading this, my mind immediately went to the governments of the USA, Britain and Canada. In 2015, the US and Canada had two very active diplomats in Guyana, Bryan Hunt and Nicky Giles. They will long be remembered by the present suffering people of Guyana.Kissoon makes an extremely serious contention. He has described himself as an investigative journalist. Was this prediction the result of his penetrative investigative journalism? This is not a statement Kissoon would make lightly. Every right thinking Guyanese would interpret Kissoon’s statement to mean that “those powerful governments with formidable influence in Guyana” will, or may, be planning to take either overt or covert action to prevent Jagdeo and the PPP from winning and taking power in the 2020 elections.Kissoon has laid a serious indictment principally against the British, American and Canadian governments. Guyanese are well aware of the role of the American and British governments in the destabilization of the PPP government of the sixties, under the leadership of the greatest nationalist of our country, Cheddi Jagan, and of the direct involvement of the US in efforts to install Forbes Burnham and the PNC in government here. History has recorded the untold suffering, the thuggery, the racially directed violence instigated by the PNC against Indians in Guyana; the near-starvation conditions and the gross human rights violations inflicted upon the people of Guyana by the illegal PNC regime, and to which the USA for many years turned a blind eye. Does Kissoon have information that the United States is to behave similarly in 2020, so that we are likely to see a return of the infamous role played by the US in the sixties with devastating consequences for our people?It is now more than two weeks since Kissoon made this very assertive prediction. To date none of the powerful governments represented here in Guyana has said anything by way of disclaimer or disavowal of Kissoon’s foretelling of their intention not to allow a return of Jagdeo and the PPP to the seat of Government. What should the people of Guyana understand by their silence?Kissoon also contended that only jumbies from the cemetery are flocking to Jagdeo and the PPP. By now, Kissoon would have seen the photographs of Jagdeo’s audience recently at Babu Jaan, Corentyne. There were nearly 5000 jumbies in attendance. I would like Kissoon to know that I, too, am a jumbie. In 2015, GECOM told us that 202, 694 jumbies flocked to the PPP, and the overwhelming evidence is that, come 2020, the number of jumbies flocking to the PPP would significantly surpass the 2015 numbers.I never met Kissoon. I do not know him, but when I first saw his photograph, I thought he looked like a person who could flock to Jagdeo and the PPP.Sincerely,Selwyn Persaud
Decked out in their fine attires, the elderly of The Palms were on Monday treated to a Christmas lunch by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).Senior citizens of The Palms being treated to lunch by NISThe event was held at the institution located on Brickdam, Georgetown, and saw some 188 senior citizens from the senior citizens home, who sat around tables that were put together by the insurance scheme.Public Relations Officer of NIS, Dianne Lewis Baxter, told Guyana Times that the lunch for the elderly is a way to give back to the community. She said it was a way of giving back to those who might have been forgotten by their families.“This has been going on for over 25 years and we come over to The Palms and we try to put a smile on the face of the residents, being so close to us as our neighbours. We have chosen to come to this institution to give back to some of the persons who have contributed to the development of Guyana. Many of them are NIS pensioners,” she said.Residents of The Palms dancing at the luncheon on MondayMeanwhile, the senior citizens were also treated to songs, dances, words of encouragement, along with gifts that the PRO said: “can be used daily”.
… 25,000 to be jobless by mid next yearBy Shemuel FanfairOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday again lamented the fact that thousands of sugar workers stand to lose their jobs in the coming months as Government continues its scaling down on the sugar industry.Speaking at a public meeting organised by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Jagdeo surmised that the number of jobs slated to emanate from the emerging local oil industry will not suffice for, or outweigh the avenues of employment that existed in the once thriving sugar industry.Sugar workers and family members told to stand firm against closureHe claimed that Government’s decisions on the industry are motivated by “malice” and a lack of consideration for thousands of employees and their families who stand to suffer from the closures of sugar estates across the country. Jagdeo also told the gathering at Enterprise, East Coast Demerara, that from an economic perspective, there is much risk in being too heavily dependent on oil, given the volatile nature of the market.“Oil prices could be US$88 in the future in 2020 or it could be US$30. You may get large sums of money or you may get nothing for a long while like Saudi Arabia and many of the oil producing countries have discovered,” Jagdeo stated.The gathering was also told that jobs from the oil sector would be considerably less than thousands of available jobs from the sugar industry.“The jobs that they will get from oil are cumulatively less than a 1000 but 10,000 sugar workers will lose their jobs. Already in the past two years, about 18,000 have lost their jobs and by mid next year, it will go up to about 25,000 people in Guyana since this coalition Government took office,” Jagdeo expressed at GAWU’s public meeting.According to his estimations, the Opposition Leader observed his doubts over just how much the country will benefit economically from the oil sector, also questioning why Government had not yet set up the Sovereign Wealth Fund as was stated.“If we get $380 million a year, we will pay out all to public servants and pensions. They are delusional because they know that the economy is failing; they are clueless about how to change things, they’re visionless,” the former President declared.“Ministers Raphael Trotman and Winston Jordan went to Uganda to look at Sovereign Wealth Fund and said that it would be in place since last year and until now, we don’t know where that is,” Jagdeo added, suggesting that Government is eager to see benefits from the oil economy without having the fund in place.He told the gathering of mostly sugar workers and their families that if Government is allowed to remain in office, it would be a return to the policies of the past.“If you give them the next 10 years, we’re not going to get jobs, we will go back to where we were under Burnham – accumulation of debt and economic malice as is happening already, we cannot allow them to stay there very long,” he said, referencing prospects for the 2020 elections.The GAWU-organised gathering later heard that Government is not meeting in the communities and the Opposition Leader reiterated that even some of the Administration’s supporters were “not happy” with its performance.“The tragedy is that they don’t come to the communities, they don’t go to the markets, they don’t talk to ordinary people – they sit in their offices and grade themselves,” the Opposition Leader told the gathering.Further assessing Government’s performance, the Opposition Leader referenced many contracts which he said were not being taken to public tender and noted the increase in taxes which spurred miners from boycotting the mining day observances. GAWU President Komal Chand also spoke at the meeting, where he told the workers that they must stand firm and continue to fight for their rights as sugar workers to secure their future and economic sustenance.On May 8, 2017, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder presented Government’s State paper on the future of the sugar industry to the National Assembly where he confirmed that two sugar estates would be closed and the annual production of sugar would be reduced, among a number of other measures, as part of a new policy on the sugar industry.He noted that GuySuCo would have three estates and three sugar factories. These being Blairmont on the West Bank of Berbice, Albion-Rose Hall in East Berbice and the Uitvlugt-Wales Estate in West Demerara. The three estates will be complete with factories and will have cane supplied from all locations, the Minister had noted.
Public Security Minister and Chairman of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan– says he is “up to the task” if elected by supportersPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has confirmed that he will be challenging his colleague for the post of Prime Minister at the Alliance For Change (AFC) upcoming national conference.According to the Public Security Minister, if elected, he is “up to the task”.At a press briefing on Friday, Ramjattan, who is the present Chairman of the party, explained that the selection of leadership in the AFC is based on democratic principles which are nothing new to political parties locally and internationally.“I have already indicated my interest. There are others I am certain who will indicate their interests. And so it is going to be interesting and it is good to have instead of political parties, the regular rivalry between leaders that you would have in the democracies…so yes, we will be looking forward for it and that will be decided there at the national conference.”Minister Ramjattan noted that the electoral process at the upcoming conference will be the deciding factor as to who be running as the prime ministerial candidate at the next general and regional elections.“The prime ministerial candidate is generally made at the national conference. And I rather suspect that our next national conference there will be a recommendation as to who will be the PM. The conference will be held sometime in mid-June.”Earlier in January last, President Granger was endorsed by his party, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R), to run for a second term as President.In fact, the PNC/R – the larger partner in five-party A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – officially threw its support behind its leader via a letter from General Secretary Amna Ally.In accordance with the 2015 ‘deal’ in the form of a Cummingsburg Accord between the two parties, AFC will have the prime ministerial position while the presidential post goes to APNU.
1 Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood Tim Sherwood has revealed the door is still open for Emmanuel Adebayor to seal a move to Aston Villa, after talks with the Tottenham striker stalled.Togo international Adebayor had entered negotiations over a loan move with Villa – and was reportedly set for a medical after a visit to their training ground – but “something went wrong” with the move, according to manager Sherwood.The Villans boss worked with Adebayor during his time as manager at White Hart Lane and had targeted him to beef up his forward line, despite the arrivals of Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede following Christian Benteke’s £32.5million exit to Liverpool.And the boss insisted the deal is not dead for the Togo international.“If it can be revived and we think it’s necessary two parties have got to agree on it. At the moment there’s no agreement and he’s a Tottenham player,” said Sherwood, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener against Bournemouth.“I am really happy with the four we have here at the moment but if there is something that becomes available and it’s better than what we’ve got then you look to improve. It would have to be some good quality of striker to be better than what we have.“It’s unfair for me to talk about him, he’s a Tottenham player and I can’t speculate on where he might go. He’s still their player and that’s it.“He was here and we spoke but he’s a Tottenham player. We had discussion and he’s still a Tottenham player so something went wrong.”
An American based family who had agreed to purchase a business venture in the Milford area has been forced to abandon the project due to red tape in the Department of Justice.MIlford has lost out on a major investment because of red tape.It has emerged that to comply with visa regulations to take up residence here the family, as non EU citizens would have to produce evidence of an investment in the region of €300,000.The family with strong Irish roots had agreed the purchase of a locally owned business for an estimated figure believed to be €150,000. And they have reacted to the requirement of €300,000 with total disbelief.The Tirconail Tribune reports that a representative for the family has now accused the Judicial Immigrations Department that while trying to insure that those who come to Ireland do not pose a burden financially to the State, are in fact hurting more of Ireland’s citizens in the process.Cllr. Ian McGarvey who met with the investors while in America as Mayor of Donegal was instrumental in them coming to Donegal with a view to purchase a business.Cllr. McGarvey has said he is shocked that this genuine venture has collapsed and he is of the opinion that many others in America of Irish origin but do not comply with the EU citizenship proviso are being prevented from coming here. He intends to raise this issue at the next meeting of Donegal County Council in Lifford at the end of January.The premises involved is a well-known landmark, said Cllr. McGarvey and with the current owners due to retire he fears that an opportunity to save the facility and create jobs has been lost.However, said Ian McGarvey, since the American family members are not EU citizens they found themselves with an insurmountable situation and despite long and tedious negotiations no progress whatsoever has been achieved. This demand for €300,000 is seen a residency guarantee and is operated by the judicial immigration department in Dublin. It is well out of the reach of many Irish emigrants hoping to relocate here in Donegal.A representative for the family told the Tribune: “The investment schemes set by the judicial immigration department are reserved for multimillionaires and not for merely successful professionals. Today’s exchange rate would require an investment of $360,835.27 in American Dollars, in order to begin to fulfill their requirements. As you know, our investment in the business near Milford is well below that figure. And the other schemes offered are way beyond any reasonable consideration.When you look at the huge number of business properties on the market presently, in the range we were looking at, you will see what we have been talking about. Many of these properties have been on and off the market for over three years. Some have gone out of business as result due to no suitable Irish buyers, leaving more people out of work, and out of money. While others, though showing positive cash flow with good to average returns are in the same boat as the aforementioned businesses that most folks do not have the financial resources to complete the transaction. These businesses too will eventually follow in the footsteps as mentioned.At the figures we were looking at we would have had enough funds to sustain our extended family for at least four years, without income from the business we were pursuing. In addition to hiring part time staff with wages equal to current standards. Not to mention, providing and improving service to the community where these businesses operated.In our extensive travels across Ireland it was sad to see so many derelict and run down business properties and homes, even though some were not at the top of tourist destinations, they did offer convenience to the many residents of those given areas. The town we stayed at south of Letterkenny had it’s own areas of blight that took away from what was a beautiful town.The Judicial Immigrations Department while trying to insure that those who come to Ireland do not pose a burden financially to the State, are in fact hurting more of Ireland’s citizens in the process. It is sad that a family like ours, with dreams and vision, who desire to make Ireland our permanent home are restricted due to what most would consider outrageous investment requirements. Many of these businesses perhaps were at that €300,000.00 price a few years back but due to a dismal economy brought about by bureaucratic red tape have fallen to the point where they are today.We have never been afraid of investing in higher risk ventures We are cautious where to invest, but just because a business we are interested in is under performing, does not equate to certain failure,” added the family spokesman.‘RED TAPE’ SEES AMERICAN FAMILY PULL OUT OF MAJOR MILFORD BUSINESS VENTURE was last modified: January 8th, 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:BusinessdonegalinvestmentMilfordred tape
This year’s Sports Hall Athletics Regional Finals saw hundreds of primary school students compete in local rounds for their place in the county finals which will be held in Letterkenny Aura Leisure Centre on the 29th February.Each Regional event was well attended and each day kids gave it their all to ensure their school would go forward to the County Finals. The regional events took place in Dungloe, Letterkenny, Inishowen, Donegal Town and Stranorlar. The best schools on the day were selected to progress to the finals.We would encourage parents, friends, coaches and anyone interested in seeing what Sports Hall Athletics is all about to come along to the county finals and experience a fun, exciting and competitive days sport.Myles Sweeney from Donegal Sports Partnership is part of the team responsible for the delivery of the sports hall athletics programme around the county, helping children progress, develop – and hopefully reach a standard at which they wish to compete.“Sports Hall athletics is a key part of the sports programme in our local schools,” explains Myles. “With the support of The Schools, Athletics Ireland, local athletics clubs and coaches, we’re able to deliver a consistent level of teaching and expertise across the county – and help schools work together to enter local and national competitions.It also means that the schools have access to the very best coaches, as each member of the coaching team has varying skills and specialties. The children really enjoy the lessons, and we encourage variety and an outward focus which they wouldn’t necessarily receive otherwise.”Schools will be arriving at the venue from 9:30 for a 10am start. Entry is free.Donegal Sports Partnership would like to thank all the schools, teachers, coaches and clubs who were involved in the delivery of the programme and hope that they can build on the success of this year and make this a regular part of the school sports calendar. DONEGAL SCHOOLS SET TO COMPETE FOR SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS GLORY was last modified: February 22nd, 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:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPSPorts Hall Athletics Regional Finals
One of Letterkenny’s most eagerly awaited school construction projects is to begin in the coming weeks – after the Government got a loan!The Minister for Education and Skills warmly welcomed the start of construction of eight schools which are being delivered under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.One of these schools is the new Colasite Ailigh building on the outskirts of the town. Construction on the 350 pupil school is to begin shortly and is expected to be complete before the end of 2014.A loan of €50 million has been secured through the European Investment Bank (EIB) which has meant these new schools can now proceed to construction. The total value of the construction costs is estimated to be approximately €100 million.The move has been welcomed by local Labour Senator Jimmy Harte who said the move now guarantees a start-date for Colaiste Ailigh, which is currently located on the High Road.These are the first public sector projects to be funded under the PPP model since June 2010. They are part of the five year school building programme already announced by Minister Ruairí Quinn T.D. earlier this year.Minister Quinn said, “This is very good news for the communities in counties stretching from Donegal to Waterford who have been waiting for their school building projects to be given the green light.”“I am particularly pleased that the EIB has again decided to support the Department’s schools capital investment programme with a loan of €50 million which will assist in funding this investment. It is a further signal of the bank’s renewed confidence in the Irish State and our recovery programme.” SCHOOL PROJECT TO BEGIN IN WEEKS AFTER LOAN SECURED FOR CONSTRUCTION was last modified: November 11th, 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:Colaiste AilighconstructionMinister Ruairi QuinnSenator Jimmy Harte