There comes a time when people are pushed to the wall and necessity becomes the mother invention. And there may come a time when from the United States to the bottom tip of Africa, people decide they’ve had enough.We are talking about an intellectual insurgency – when the people take their problems into their own hands, solve them, and move on with their lives. A time when government simply becomes irrelevant.What is the point of having a Minister – no, a whole MINISTRY of Agriculture – when it does nothing? what is the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture? Why are people drawing paychecks? For doing what? What exactly are taxpayers paying taxes for? And government has the nerve to go on a revenue drive, squeezing small Liberian businesses out of already meagre profit margins?What is the point of having a Liberia Electricity Corporation when most of the country, after eight years, is still in darkness? What is their budget?What is the point of having a Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy when the land issue is a mess, our mines are being given away for a pittance (unmonitored, we might add), and we have no energy to speak of?What is the point of a Ministry of Defense when most of our porous borders our undefended save for the grace of God?And for heaven’s sake, why do we have a Ministry of Public Works when after eight years we can count on one hand the number of major highways that have been paved? When there is hardly any monitoring of the work being done by foreign contractors?Why do we even have a national legislature full of men and women who pretend and promise to seek the interests of their constituents only to demand more and more county development funds with nothing to show after NINE years in office?Does anyone realize how big this government is for such a small country? How big its budget is? If so big a government was effective, we might not mind so much. But for government to be so large and yet so ineffective is preposterous.The truth is that governments HAVE become obsolete. The problem is that for starters, they have too much power and too much money concentrated in the hands of a few – an often undeserving few. Secondly, the hands of said few, are often tied by other larger powers that be. Governments, especially those of already impoverished nations, are too beholden to the World Bank, the IMF and the United Nations. Finance Ministers are too busy attending Spring meetings, in the midst of a budget shortfall. Health Ministers and others are too busy meeting unrealistic, superficial, one-size-fits-all Millennium Development Goals. In short, governments are too busy governing internationally to govern nationally, as in hands-on. Development goals should be developed internally, not externally.Perhaps the answer is decentralization and a major dressing down of the unnecessary expenses that have accompanied government to date. Even then, government cannot continue as it is. It is simply unsustainable.What we need, is for people to be able to function wirelessly. Government is representative of the landline age. Nowadays, everyone uses cell phones and Wi-Fi. People no longer have to wait by the phone at the house for a phone call, the way we wait for government to solve all of our problems. We need to form consortiums that handle our problems wirelessly. We need more sophisticated societies. Of course, that would come with much more responsibility and education on the part of every citizen. We would have to agree to govern ourselves with civility. Each man and woman will be responsible for the society. Government is too encumbered; too busy, and often too don’t-care-fied.Every now and then, there’s a demonstration planned or going on somewhere over corruption or some other issue. The next day, business as usual. Forget demonstrations. Let us roll up our sleeves, get to the drawing board and demonstrate to government that we can govern ourselves, and very effectively.The beauty of it is that it would be entirely legal. Against such, there is no law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as millions in loans, grants approved for sector in 2016While the Small Business Bureau has done significant work in helping small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs transform and develop their operations, they have experienced difficulties in reaching out to those in outlying regions.Gillian edwardsMany small businesses in Guyana continue to benefit tremendously from the support and services provided by the SBB, which facilitated the approval of 56 loans valued at some US$1 million this year.This reflects a major increase from those loans granted in the previous years which stood at 24 and 12 in 2015 and 2014, respectively.These loans are provided by the SBB’s partners, Republic Bank Limited and the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) at significantly low interest rates with the maximum being 6 per cent.valrie grantCredit Guarantee Fund Manager of SBB, Gillian Edwards, explained that many loans were centred in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), noting that access to financial lending institutions is a huge problem for those operating in other areas across the country.However, in those regions where active financial institutions are not available, the SBB directs its grant programme there.“If you can’t access a financial institution, the opportunity is opened in terms of the grant component,” Edwards explained during the SBB’s yearend press conference at Island Café on Brickdam, Georgetown.Under the grant scheme, 72 grants were distributed for 2016. Grants given in previous years are 136 in 2015 and 25 in 2014, making the overall value of total grants approved at US$333,232 (G$68.8 million).Edwards explained that based on demand received during 2015 for grants, consideration was given to expand the programme to accommodate 500 approvals instead of the initial 300.However, she lamented that owing to lack of capacity, the SBB will be unable to approve grants for 500 businesses as the programme comes to an end in December 2017.“Based on the time remaining for this extension, a minimum of 160 is expected,” she stated, noting that the SBB is constrained in reaching out to those remote areas.She explained that approvals are based on the submission of business plans which are reviewed, initially evaluated based on site visits and submissions and sanctioned thereafter by the Grant Committee.Further, the SBB provides training for business owners in varying areas. Approximately 2500 persons have been trained to date at a total cost of G$179 million.Training services commenced in 2013 with three providers and 9 additional trainers were signed in July 2016, bringing the total partner training institutions to 12. The demand for this service has increased over the years, with 1353 persons undergoing training in 2016 while only 141 were trained in 2013, 828 in 2014 and 187 in 2015.Edwards highlighted that the work of SBB has impacted the lives of over 735 persons.“A total of 440 jobs and 295 jobs have been sustained and/or created by the credit guarantee and grant interventions respectively to date,” she stated.The SBB is considered a one-stop shop by many young business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs who are uncertain of the procedures in expanding and/or developing their business.Some additional support services offered by the Bureau are assistance with documents required for loan financing, referrals to other agencies, support for launch of products and festivals, market exposure, among others.The SBB was created with the aim of providing incentive regimes and support programmes for small businesses.2017 plansChairperson of SBB, Valrie Grant, underscored the importance of entrepreneurship in Guyana: “Entrepreneurship is one of the most important drivers of job creation and economic growth, and is crucial for the development of a vibrant formal small- and medium-sized (SME) business sector. It enhances productivity growth and can also help find practical business solutions to social and environmental challenges.”Grant noted that many entrepreneurs in Guyana can be classified as “necessity entrepreneurs”, where they are pushed into entrepreneurship because they have no other alternatives for work.This situation she highlighted is reflective of the scarcity of decent wage-labour opportunities in the economy.The SBB chairperson lamented however that despite the importance of entrepreneurship, there does not exist a national entrepreneurship strategy or any direct policy to support entrepreneurship.In this regard, she announced that the Bureau will aim to optimise the regulation environment for entrepreneurs, enhance entrepreneurship education and skills development, facilitate technology exchange and innovation, improve access to finance, and promote awareness and networking.Other plans for 2017 include the implementation of youth friendly programme, capacity building and enhanced staff complement, greater public awareness, celebrating the success of entrepreneurs through a small business awards, hosting an entrepreneurship summit, etc.The SBB is also hoping to partner with more banks next year, and has already commenced the process of re-engaging with IPED and Scotia Bank.
GECOM chairmanshipWith GECOM to begin preparing next year to hold Local Government Elections in 2019, British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn is calling on local authorities to appoint a Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as soon as possible.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe British diplomat told reporters on Thursday that the appointment of a GECOM chairman should be fast tracked. “I think next year, 2018, is gonna be fairly a crunch year to make sure all the preparations for 2019 are in place… The sooner we get a chairman for GECOM in place, the better it is going to be for that process,” Quinn expressed.President David Granger has already rejected two lists of nominees for the position of GECOM Chairman submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who has since agreed to compile a third list.Last month, Jagdeo told reporters that he was in the final stages of preparing a third list of nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship post. “I had committed to submitting a third list publically and with the President, and I believe that I should continue with that process… (And) I am hoping that from this third list, someone would be chosen, and then it would become a moot issue,” Jagdeo had stated.However, the Opposition Leader explained that while he is committed to submitting the third list, persons are skeptical about having their names put forward as nominees because they do not want to be considered unsuitable.Nevertheless, Jagdeo noted that should President Granger deem this new list of names unacceptable, there is a process agreed upon to ensure that a suitable candidate is appointed.President David GrangerPresident Granger has been holding strong that Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana prescribes for the Chairman of the Elections Commission to be “a person who holds or who has held office as a judge of a court…or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person…”Having interpreted “fit and proper” to mean any group of qualified persons, the Opposition Leader in December submitted his first list, nominating the following persons: Attorney Christopher Ram, Conflict Resolution Specialist Lawrence Lachmansingh, (retired) Major General Norman McLean, Business executive Ramesh Dookhoo, Indian Rights Activist Rhyaan Shah, and History Professor James Rose for the post at the helm of GECOM.The Head of State rejected the list, saying that the nominees have to be a judge, retired judge, or possess qualifications to be a judge, as well as not be an activist or member of any political party.Following weeks of impasse, Jagdeo finally agreed to return to the drawing board, and submitted a new list of nominees, comprising: retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy; retired Justice William Ramlall; former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar; and businessman and pilot, Captain Gerald Gouveia.President Granger rejected this second list as well, saying it was “unacceptable” and that ALL of the nominees should be a judge, retired judge, or qualified to be a judge. The President has argued that he needs to have options on the list, so all of the nominees have to be qualified.In the meantime, local businessman Marcel Gaskin had moved to the High Court back in March to challenge the constitutionality of President David Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s first list of six nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship post.In the court action, Gaskin sought from the Court a declaratory order on the meaning of Article 161(2). The businessman, who is the brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, wanted to know whether the list of nominees to be submitted by the Opposition Leader must include a judge, a retired judge or a person qualified to be a judge, as being claimed by the President.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire, SC, overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution, finding that there is no particular preference for the appointment of persons within the Judiciary for the GECOM chairmanship.In her determination, Justice George found that there was no valid argument to support the idea that the Chairman should be a judge, former judge, or person eligible to be a judge; and noted that persons from each category are equally eligible for the post.The Chief Justice pointed out that the word “any” in the other category, “…any other fit and proper person”, widens the category, and “does not restrict the qualification or profession” from which the nominee should be drawn. She added that there was no mandatory category, and all the categories have equal weight.
The East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee (EBSWRC) has provided school bags and other school essentials to 200 children of dismissed workers, who were attached to the former Rose Hall Sugar Estate which was closed by Government in December 2017.Some of the children receiving their bags filled with school essentialsChildren of workers, who were dismissed from the Rose Hall Sugar Estate received their school supplies on Saturday afternoon. Last week, Workers Relief Committee provided the same supplies to 150 students from the Corriverton Primary, Skeldon Primary and Messiah Primary.Over 2000 workers at the Skeldon Estate were sent home when Government closed that estate in December 2017.Speaking to the children and their parents at the Rose Hall Primary School, Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop explained that the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) administration has always been superlative of the former sugar workers and their families, more so the children.“At the Regional Democratic Council, you are always in our hearts. There is no RDC meeting that we have every month that we don’t mention something that is happening in East Canje,” DeRoop said.DeRoop, who is also a part of the East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee said that apart from the school bag distribution, the RDC has put other measures in place to provide some measure of relief to the families of the former workers.“We implemented a 30-seater bus to take the secondary school children from Canje to New Amsterdam but we recognised that the one bus is inadequate for all the children so we are trying to implement a second one from the reopening next week,” DeRoop said to a thunderous applause.Following the closure of the Skeldon and the Rose Hall Estates in December 2017, the East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee was formed. One of its first projects was the supply of hot meals at schools on the Upper Corentyne.
Week four of spring league basketball concluded yesterday at North Peace Secondary School. Three of the four senior league games came down to the wire as they were decided by four points or less.In senior girls play Jiffy Lube got by D. Bauer 38-34. Jamie Salinas showed great shooting skill and good rebounds for Jiffy Lube. D. Bauer’s player of the game was Allyson Knight as she led by example and contributed on the score board.Motive 7 defeated Sunlife 49-39. Standing out for Motive 7 was Gillian Wuthrich with her play at both ends of the court. Martina Scheck showed solid hustle and good defence for Sunlife.- Advertisement -In the senior boys division both games were tight. D. Bauer edged Motive 7 68-67, and Sunlife beat Jiffy Lube 72-70.Dylan Mclain was the top player for D. Bauer for his solid rebounds and defence, and putting in a great performance for Motive 7 was Bret Olsen for his effort in the paint.Stepping up for Sunlife was Jatim Wang for his good hustle on the court, and the player of the game for Jiffy Lube was Devin Velkjar for his positive attitude and defensive play.Advertisement In the junior league contests, the players standing out were Bella Ziebart, Raya Heinrichs, Devon Lee, Maddison Holloway, Noah Telford, and Liam Peterson.
Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows was also in attendance. He says the Fire Department would prefer a closed-mesh system because the current arrangement is not as efficient.Burrows mentioned that the city’s open mesh system heavily affected the fire department’s work on the Fort Hotel fire and the Formula Powell fire.[asset|aid=1715|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ab4fcdde6a7b0290d71bfac2ae07bd24-Burrows 1_2_Pub.mp3]City Manager Diane Hunter says while the is fully able to service Fort St. John needs, the city still needs to look at long-term solutions to the weak areas in the structure.Advertisement [asset|aid=1716|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ab4fcdde6a7b0290d71bfac2ae07bd24-Hunter 1_5_Pub.mp3]In the end, Councilors unanimously approved, in principle, a 15 year Capital Program to convert the water distribution system into a closed mesh system. The upgrades will be chosen on an annual basis, beginning in 2010.Mayor Bruce Lantz says this will now come forward to a regular council meeting in the future, which will allow for further discussion on the issue.For a copy of the Fire Protection Study that was presented to council, Click Here The City of Fort St. John is looking at long-term plans to upgrade its water system.City Staff presented an extensive report on the city’s current water structure, including several recommendations on improvements.Staff announced that the overall final goal is to transform the city’s supply to a closed-mesh system.- Advertisement -Currently, the City runs on an open-mesh system, and some water flows to ‘dead ends’ in the city. Director of Infrastructure and Capital Works Victor Shopland says the water tends to sit in an open-mesh system.[asset|aid=1714|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ab4fcdde6a7b0290d71bfac2ae07bd24-Shopland 1_4_Pub.mp3]Councilors discussed the issue with staff at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday afternoon.Advertisement
Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas has signed a new three-year contract, the club have announced.Kalas re-joined Middlesbrough on a season-long loan last week after making 17 league appearances for the Championship side last season.The 22-year-old defender moved to Chelsea in January 2011 from home town club Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Republic and has also spent time on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and FC Cologne.Kalas was handed his Chelsea league debut in April 2014 but has made only four first team appearances for the Blues. Tomas Kalas blocks Max Meyer’s strike 1
The annual Ayr Hill National School, RAMELTON 5K road race is back and will be held Thursday 7th May, a Donegal Grand Prix Fixture.Registration for the 5K starts at 6.30pm in the Ramelton Town Hall and the race begins at 7.30pm sharp from Gamble’s Square.The hugely popular event attracted a big crowd last year and organisers are expecting another large participation to this year’s event. It’s €7 for an individual runners and €5 for walkers or sponsorship covers entry fee.Prizes; €100 for 1st male to beat record and €100 for 1st female to beat record as well as spot prizesAll monies raised go towards the school.RAMELTON 5K SET TO ATTRACT BIG CROWD was last modified: April 22nd, 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:Ramelton 5k
INDEPENDENT TD Thomas Pringle has launched a series of community consultation events, meeting people in various parts of Donegal South West.Speaking at the first public meeting in the Finn Valley Centre last Monday night Mr Pringle heard the concerns of the people about issues in the area.Concerns were expressed about robberies in the area particularly in these recessionary times and people spoke about how they were concerned for their property. Closely linked to this were people’s concerns about the drugs issue in the area. The Independent TD briefed the meeting on the government’s ‘Jobs Initiative’ and there was a discussion around whether it would make an impact on the areas huge unemployment problem.This was the first of the newly elected TD’s ‘Community Consultation’ meetings around the constituency.‘This is a policy to ensure that I can keep in touch with the electorate and hold myself to account to the people. During the election campaign the people were really engaged with the political system and I believe it is important for the people to stay connected with politics and make sure that politicians represent them’ said Pringle.‘Through these monthly meetings I will brief the people on issues in the Dail and hear at first-hand what their concerns are for the area’ continued Pringle. ‘The attendance was also interested in the Technical Group in the Dail and how it is working- the perception was that a diverse group of independents could not work together, but the group is working very smoothly with respect for everyone’s opinion’ concluded Pringle.The next Community Consultation will take place in Annagry Community Hall on June 13th.TD PRINGLE LAUNCHES COMMUNITY CONSULTATION INITIATIVE was last modified: May 22nd, 2011 by gregShare 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:finn valleyThomas Pringle
Lifford Clonleigh Resource CentreLocal Notes• HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: Cooking Demonstration – Raw & Living Food Chef Sinead Scott will be demonstrating and cooking a range of sugar, dairy and gluten free dishes. Admission is free with a limited number of places. Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre on Tuesday 26th February @ 7.30p.m. Contact 91 41773 for further information or to book a place. • BLOSSOMS – APPEAL: We are appealing to the public to donate any unwanted quality items to the centre. We also require the help of volunteers in order to keep the shop up and running. If you have any time to spare, would like to give something back to the community, would like to gain or improve your skills or just meet new people for a few hours per week, please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• BASIC/CONVERSATIONAL IRISH: We are hoping to run classes in the Irish Language. This may be of benefit to people wishing to refresh their memory of the language, help their children with schoolwork or someone who just wishes to find out more about our native language. Please contact reception on 074 91 41773 for further information. DD LOCAL: LIFFORD CLONLEIGH COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: February 21st, 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:DD LOCAL: LIFFORD CLONLEIGH COMMUNITY NEWS