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Falling growth projections linked to lack of investments – Opposition


first_imgEconomic outlookWhile Finance Minister Winston Jordan has laid the blame for the slide of Guyana’s economic growth projections at the feet of falling gold declarations, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is of the view that lack of new investments remains a key factor in the slide.During a press conference on Saturday, Jagdeo lambasted the Government not only for the sliding economic performance, but also for the fact that in its almost three years in Government, the coalition has done the very things it criticised the PPP for doing.“A lot of the previous investments that were made kept the growth rate up. But since this Government took office, it has not brought in a single new major investment. ExxonMobil came here under the PPP, now they’re messing up the whole future; because the renegotiation they had, I am stunned that they would do something of this nature,” Jagdeo declared,“Every single thing they criticised us for, they’ve gone outlandishly and done worse… from settlement of cases to corruption (to) no regard for procedure and no tendering system. Wanton waste, bad contracts, secrecy in Government…the incompetence is unbelievable,” he bemoaned.In light of all this, Jagdeo expressed fear that the numbers may continue to slide. He noted that when oil production commences in 2020, the growth rate will increase. By this time, however, the Economist noted that the damage would already have been done to labour-intensive industries.“By that time, maybe 30,000 to 40,000 of our people would be without a job, because all the labour-intensive sectors have been killed. Over 25,000 people (have been) without jobs since this Government took office. The private people who have had to lay off, if you aggregate the numbers, it is close to 10,000,” he expressed.SlideAccording to Minister Jordan, Guyana recorded some 653,754 ounces of gold in 2017. This indicates that that gold declaration fell short of the projected 720,000 ounces, something that may have an impact on overall economic performance. Indeed, Jordan linked the performances of other sectors with the situation.“It will have an impact on the growth, with both sugar and gold not coming in on target. It means we will have to revise last year’s growth rate even further, and it will put some strain on the growth for 2018,” Jordan stated.Sugar output in Guyana fell by nearly a quarter from last year, with close to 140,000 metric tonnes being produced in 2017, which is the lowest in 27 years.The decline happened at a time when the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is preparing to permanently close three of its six estates, having fired about 4673 of its 15,000-member workforce. Other workers numbering close to 1000 could also be laid off this year, as the Government embarks on its downsizing initiative.Jordan said the economy was expected to grow by 2.9 per cent, failing to meet the revised growth projection of 3.1 per cent for 2017. The initial projected growth of the economy was 3.8 per cent, but this was revised by midyear to 3.1 per cent after the economy grew by only by 2.2 per cent in July of 2017.Making reference to gold, the Minister said there were several impediments that led to a fall in gold declaration. He said that accessibility for miners was one of the major factors. Nevertheless, Jordan said he is confident that the country’s gold production would climb again this year, due to good prices and improved access.last_img read more


Farmer charged for stealing solar panels from GWI


first_img…another charged for buying stolen panelsTwenty-four-year-old Omar Castello and 31-year-old Ukland France, both of Moruca, North West District in Region One, were on Monday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus, charged for allegedly stealing three solar panels from the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI).Both men denied the charges brought against them.Castello has been accused of stealing the items, valued at $450,000, and selling them to France; who reportedly knew that the said items were stolen or illegally obtained.France has also been charged for assaulting a Police Constable who was at the time executing his duties in arresting him.Attorney Priyanka Sookraj who appeared for both defendants, in requesting bail on France’s behalf, disputed that he had assaulted the Police Constable. Sookraj told the court that France had gone along willingly with the Police, without even knowing why he was being arrested. And while in Police custody for some 96 hours, France was denied food and water, the attorney charged.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield did not object to the defendants being placed on bail, but requested that same be substantial.Each man was accordingly placed on $100,000 bail, and the matters have been set for July 3 recall.last_img read more


Environmental Impact of Ogle by-pass road up for consultation


first_imgThe Government organisation, in a notice published in one of the daily newspapers on Saturday, said the document was recently submitted to the EPA by India-based consultant RITES Limited.“In accordance with the EPA Act Chapter 20:05, the Environmental Protection (Amendment) Act 2005, and the Environmental Protection Regulations 2000, members of the public are hereby invited, within 60 days of the publication of this notice, to review the report and make written submissions to the Environmental Protection Agency, as they consider appropriate.”Connector – 1 takes off from 4.955 km on Main Alignment on RHS and joins with the existing Aubrey Barker Road; Connector – 2 takes off from 7.705 km on Main Alignment on RHS and joins with the existing Haag Bosch Road; Connector – 3 takes off from 10.145 km on Main Alignment on RHS and joins with the existing Mocha Arcadia Road and Connector – 4 takes off from 14.885 km on Main Alignment and joins on RHS with the existing Great Diamond Road (This image was attached to the Draft Environmental and Social Impact Assessment)The document can be viewed and downloaded from the agency’s website or purchased from the EPA’s office at Ganges Street, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, upon request.Back in 2016, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had signed a US$50 million loan with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India for the construction of the bypass road, which will provide an alternative route connecting the East Coast of Demerara at Ogle to the East Bank at Diamond.The preliminary cost of the project was pegged at US$104 million. However, when he presented the 2019 budget last year, the Finance Minister revealed that the projected cost had spiked to some US$120 million and as such, Guyana would either have to approach its bilateral partner for more funds or just await revenues from the nascent oil and gas sector.However, former Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam had told this publication back in June that his Government could come up with the additional funds, but there would have to be a formal proposal from the Guyana Government.Since the Indian Government is funding the project, it is required that contracts be awarded to companies from that country and as such, a 10-month design consultancy project was awarded to RITES Limited. The consultants have already submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) outlining the draft final design of the bypass road.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told the National Assembly in May that the project was turning out to be of a much bigger scale than previously envisioned.“What was previously envisaged when the loan was taken was a single road linking house lot developments, [but] what has been designed and is being reviewed at the moment is a dual carriageway, which is not just for linking house lots; it is actually an additional new entryway into the city. So, it’s new bypass road [design], so, therefore, it is vastly improved than what was initially perceived,” Patterson had told the Committee of Supply as he successfully sought additional funds.The Minister requested an additional $67.41 million to cover payments for consultancy services provided by the Indian firm as well as to carry out preparatory works on the route earmarked for the new bypass road.He explained that along the area identified for the new road link, there was a “swampy” section and part of the monies sought would be injected into clearing that area.When the final design is approved by Government, the project will go to tender for a contractor, which will also be an Indian firm.The Diamond-Ogle bypass project will see some 26 kilometres of road constructed, linking two of the country’s main thoroughfares. This new road link will also be connected to key communities in Georgetown and along the East Bank of Demerara. These include Diamond, Mocha and Eccles – all on the East Bank – and Aubrey Barker Road in Georgetown.Environmental ImpactsWhen it comes to the Environmental Impacts, it was noted that construction works will require large quantities of water which will be supplied “mainly from nearby streams”.On the other hand, it was also noted that “Potential impacts to soil could result from the development of the roads, site clearing and access road diversion and construction can potentially result in soil loss through increased soil erosion. Roads and other transport lines in the terrain may result in increased soil erosion. If site clearing activities coincide with the rainy season, heavy rainfall may increase erosion on roads and surrounding areas”.Dust emissions from the road will also be a concern as was highlighted in the assessment but to reduce the impacts on air quality, speed limits will be instituted and water will be sprinkled to keep the dust levels down.last_img read more


Walnut falls to La Serna, 54-49


first_imgThe Lancers, receiving solid performances from Natalee Venegas and Jenna French, overcame a nine-point deficit in the first quarter to score a 54-49 victory over visiting Walnut in a Division III-A quarterfinal on Wednesday. La Serna (25-3), the division’s No. 2 seed, advanced to Saturday’s semifinals to face Colony at a site to be determined today by coin flip. • Photo Gallery: 2/21: Walnut vs. La Serna WHITTIER – La Serna High School started slow, finished strong and now finds itself two wins away from a CIF-Southern Section girls basketball title. Walnut, which received a game-high 18 points from junior Richelle Najera, finished 26-7. “I didn’t want (Walnut) to get excited about their shooting, and obviously they did,” said La Serna coach Steve Hemenway, whose Lancers saw the Mustangs make three 3-pointers in the first three minutes for an 11-2 lead. “We just broke down a little bit on the defensive end \, not understanding what I wanted to get done. “But I’m just glad they didn’t shoot well at the end of the game, because that’s all that matters.” Walnut, which also received nine points each from Crystal Kim and Stephanie Monte, prevented any chance of that by committing 21 turnovers. The miscues allowed the Lancers to slowly cut into the deficit before using a 9-2 run, aided by three Walnut turnovers, to gain a comfortable 39-32 margin late in the third quarter. center_img “We just came up against a team like us that plays great pressure defense,” Walnut coach Lori Huckler said. “They are a very good team, and we didn’t make the adjustments we needed to make.” Walnut cut the deficit to 43-40 in fourth quarter, but layups by Jamie Coins, Annie Failla and Venegas pushed the advantage to 51-43 with just over a minute left to play. steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


In pictures: Harambee Stars training in Paris


first_imgThe French men and women’s teams for both 15s and 7s train at this complex and in a few days, Stars will share the same facility with the 15s side preparing for the Rugby World Cup which will be held in Japan from September.Most recently, the Portuguese national team camped at the facility ahead of their 2016 Euro contest where Cristiano Ronaldo and co were put through their paces at the same complex Victor Wanyama and the rest of his teammates are training.Harambee Stars goalkeepers Faruk Shikalo and John Oyemba arrive at the training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne shares a point with one of his assistants Francis Kimanzi at the training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars goalkeepers Faruk Shikalo and John Oyemba arrive at the training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLong time friends! Harambee Stars defender Musa Mohammed and former Gor Mahia teammate Teddy Akumu arrive at the training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama warms up with the ball before a training session after arriving in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne explains a point to Eric Johannah during a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne explains a point during a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama, wingers Ayub Timbe and Paul Were arrive at the training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars defender David Owino, Michael Olunga and Brian Mandela arrive at the training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne lays out his cones before a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne shares thoughts with his technical team during a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluListening keenly! Harambee Stars players listen in as head coach Sebastien Migne passes instruction during a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“When I lift the yellow, you run in the opposite direction,” – This session by head coach Sebastien Migne was aimed at improving the players’ concentration and reaction. The players had fun. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama enjoys a joke during a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars defender David Owino during a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars defender Philemon Otieno tackles teammate Paul during a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne explains a point as winger Ayub Timbe listens in during a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMichael Olunga takes in the strides during his first training session after arriving in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHappy birthday Musa! This was how Harambee Stars vice captain Musa Mohammed’s team-mates decided to wish him a happy birthday during a training session in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Paris, France- 0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players Ismail Gonzalez (left) and Eric Johannah (right) check in for training in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPARIS, France, Jun 7 – National football team Harambee Stars are in their sixth day of residential training in Marcoussis, a suburb of the French capital France ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which kicks off on June 21 in Cairo, Egypt.The team is being hosted at the French Rugby Federation headquarters which also hosts a state-of-the-art training complex complete with all facilities needed for top level training.last_img read more


Hit-and-run suspect killed in chase


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRANADA HILLS – A hit-and-run suspect died late Thursday night, police said, after tearing through residential streets at speeds close to 90 mph. Around 10 p.m., an undercover Los Angeles Police Department unit near Hubbard Street and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, saw a four-door sedan zooming southbound on Laurel Canyon fast. It blew through the light at Hubbard. As the officers gave chase, turning onto Rinaldi Avenue, they saw aftermath of collision with another car. The sedan took off. After calling for backup, the LAPD car followed the sedan, watching it get up to 90 mph before losing contact. They ultimately found the car, collided with four parked vehicles on Haskell Street just south of Chatsworth Avenue. The driver was dead. “He died at the scene,” said Sgt. Bill Justice of the LAPD Valley Traffic Division. “The fire department had to cut him out of the car.” For more cops and crime news, please visit It’s a Crime. last_img read more


DDTV: VIDEO PREVIEW OF DONEGAL V DOWN – INTERVIEW WITH JIM McGUINNESS


first_imgDDTV: JIM McGUINNESS’S DONEGAL heroes are hoping to make history on Sunday by winning back-to-back Ulster titles.And while the bookies are underestimating the challenge of opponents Down in the Ulster SFC clash, McGuinness certainly isn’t.In this video preview of this Sunday’s match by jacksonsmediatv also interview Neil McGee, Mark McHugh, Paddy McGrath and Pat Shovelin.Throw-in at Clones on Sunday is at 2pm. The match is all-ticket and for those who can’t make it, the game will be screened live on TV3 with coverage beginning at 1.30pm. Click to play:DDTV: VIDEO PREVIEW OF DONEGAL V DOWN – INTERVIEW WITH JIM McGUINNESS was last modified: July 18th, 2012 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:DDTV: VIDEO PREVIEW OF DONEGAL V DOWN – INTERVIEW WITH JIM McGUINNESSlast_img read more


HARPS FANS FURIOUS AS ONLY ONE PLAYER NAMED IN PFAI FIRST DIVISION TEAM OF THE YEAR


first_imgSOCCER: Finn Harps fans have expressed their anger and surprise at the fact that only ONE Finn Harps player has been named in the PFAI First Division Team of the Year. Despite enjoying a superb campaign – and securing a play-off place over three weeks ago – Harps have failed to secure more than one player on the selection.Finn Harps defender Damien McNulty has deservedly earned his place on the team – but Harps fans have been left scratching their heads at how his defensive colleagues were overlooked. Harps have the best defensive record in the league – and their defensive solidity has been praised throughout the campaign.Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher has kept the most clean sheets earning 15 shutouts during the season.Ciaran Coll has also been superb all season, and his consistent performances have made him a contender for the club’s player of the year award.However, neither made the team and it makes grim reading for Harps fans with the rest of the selection. Harps failed to have any midfielders named on the team with Gareth Harkin, Raymond Foy, Tony McNamee and Michael Funston all overlooked.The strikers will be named later today, but considering Harps struggles in front of goals this season – it’s very unlikely they’ll have a player named in the top three strikers in the division.On the fans forum Finn Harps Talk, contributors to the page have vented their fury at the decision to include just ONE Harps player.Nigel-Harps 1954 posted, “This is ridiculous. The best defence in the First Division has only one player in the team of the year.“A goalkeeper with 15 clean sheets in the league, in 27 games, doesn’t get into the team of the year. “The likes of Ciaran Gallagher and Ciaran Coll must really be scratching their heads.“Not to take away either from Damien McNulty, fair played to him and well deserved.Dunmurray Finn Harps posted, “Disgrace of a decision.FBTN posted, “Think it is mind boggling that a keeper with around 15 clean sheets gets overlooked, though and I didn’t see a better full back than Ciaran Coll all season. In fact, I would have had Ciaran ahead of Dee performances wise. Very close to my player of the season.McNamee and Foy also had big seasons for us but Coll has been superb in every game I’ve seen.PFAI First Division Team of the Year:Goalkeeper:Graham Doyle – WexfordDefenders:Ryan Delaney – WexfordTomas Boyle – UCDEvan Osam – ShelbourneDamien McNulty – Finn HarpsMidfielders:Robbie Benson – UCDAndy Mulligan – Wexford YouthsGary O’Neil – UCDForwards:Ryan Swan – UCDDanny Furlong – Wexford YouthsDylan McGlade – ShelbourneHARPS FANS FURIOUS AS ONLY ONE PLAYER NAMED IN PFAI FIRST DIVISION TEAM OF THE YEAR was last modified: October 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more


West Ham and Wolves ‘competing to sign’ Italy international


first_img Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The 25-year-old is expected to leave Juve this summer to kick-start his career, and there has been a wealth of interest in him from across Europe. West Ham and Wolves are battling it out to sign Italy international Stefano Sturaro this summer, according to reports.Sturaro, the midfielder, has spent the last three-and-a-half years at Juventus, though he has struggled to establish himself as anything other than a bit-part player in Turin. TOP WORK REVEALED Sturaro has been tipped to leave Juventus having struggled to establish himself in Turin Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade A host of Premier League clubs have been tracking Sturaro, including Leicester and Newcastle, but it is two of their top flight rivals who are leading the race for the former Genoa ace.According to Tuttosport, West Ham and Wolves are ‘competing to sign’ Sturaro, having upped their efforts to buy a player who is said to have previously been approached by Crystal Palace, as well as the aforementioned Leicester and Newcastle. targets IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest transfer news 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Sturaro has won four caps for Italy three-way race 2 Juve are believed to be looking to receive around £18million (€20m) for Sturaro, and this high asking price has raised doubts about the midfielder’s summer destination.last_img read more


Manchester United interested in making £65m move for England star


first_imgManchester United could move to sign Leicester defender Harry Maguire this summer, according to reports.Maguire, the centre-back, was signed by the Foxes from Hull last summer for around £17m, but his value has shot through the roof following an excellent campaign at the King Power Stadium and some brilliant performances for England at the World Cup. 2 Maguire was one of England’s best players at the World Cup The 25-year-old was reported to be a target of Manchester United’s earlier this month, and the Daily Mail say Jose Mourinho remains keen on the former Sheffield United trainee.In fact, United could make a £65m move for Maguire this summer, though they will have to sell one of Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly or Chris Smalling first to free up space in their squad.Leicester have started to look at potential replacements for Maguire, with Yerry Mina of Barcelona and Chelsea’s Gary Cahill both considered, though they are planning to keep hold of Maguire by offering him a new contract that will take his salary to around £75,000-a-week. United have signed three players this summer, bringing in teenage full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto, Fred, the Brazil midfielder, from Shakhtar Donestk, and goalkeeper Lee Grant from Stoke. The centre-back impressed for Leicester last season following a move from Hull 2last_img read more