Man arrested for gun, ammo possession

first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force were on patrol duty on Friday when they arrested a man who was in possession of a firearm and matching ammunition.According to Police reports, the incident occurred sometime around 17:00h in Central Georgetown.It was reported that the Police ranks were on routine patrol duties when they stopped and searched a man at Regent and Wellington Streets, Georgetown.During the search, they uncovered a 9 mm pistol and five live matching rounds of ammunition in his possession.The man was subsequently arrested and taken into Police custody where he is assisting with investigations.last_img

Guyana records “huge” economic decline– GCCI

first_imgForestry sectorThe President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, has reiterated the body’s call for removing the inclusion of Value Added Tax (VAT) on forestry products. He repeated the call during the 128th Annual Awards and Dinner at the Marriott Hotel.The business community, especially those in the lumber industry, are still at oddsGCCI President, Deodat Indarwith Government’s move in implementing VAT on timber products.Indar, during his address, highlighted the wide-reaching effects of the tax measure, reminding a gathering of business owners and stakeholders that the forestry sector continues to see reduced prospects.“We have made representation in March 2017 via the Minister of Finance for the removal of VAT on all and sundry timber products; this has hurt the sector that is in a constant decline,” Indar noted.The GCCI, the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Ltd (GMSA), and other civil society organisations have been engaging Government to remove the VAT from all the timber products. Indar indicated that 2016 and 2017 have seen steep decline for the sector.“This sector, at half year June 2017, declined by 18.2% from a worst single year decline in year 2016, when the industry declined by 27%. So there is huge decline in economic activity in this sector,” observed the GCCI President.Industry members have pointed out that the tax is affecting competitiveness. They note that imported substitutes have added to the challenges facing the wood processing sector.Since February 1, 2017, forest products attracting VAT have included logs, shingles, staves, lumber (rough and dressed), piles, poles, posts, spars, veneers, plywood, charcoal, firewood, wattles and manicole palm. Government, however, gave some reprieve in the 2018 budget with exemption of VAT on logs and rough lumber.It was only last week that GMSA President Shyam Nokta echoed sentiments similar to those of Indar where he observed that some measures from the 2017 budget impacted the country’s manufacturing sector by causing a reduction in cash flow for businesses. Nokta pointed out that measures such as the re-categorising of zero and standard rated items and the inclusion of VAT on forestry products and electricity have overall affected growth of the sector.United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, who commented on Guyana dropping two places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, suggested that less red tape is needed to facilitate smoother business operations.Last month, it was reported that The World Bank highlighted a decline for conducting business in Guyana. The report for World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking for 2018 showed that Guyana slipped two places – from 124 in 2017 to 126 for 2018. Doing Business measures regulations that affect various areas regarding the life of a business, or in setting up new businesses. Some of the categories considered to determine ‘the ease of doing businesses were “starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, and trading across borders. The assessment uses various indicators to analyse economic outcomes and identify the appropriate reforms for business regulation.last_img read more

GTT announces free internet for public schools

first_img…at launch of Innov 8 Technology SummitLocal telephone company GTT has pledged to provide free internet services to virtually all public schools across Guyana.This announcement was made by the GTT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Justin Nedd, at the launch of Innov8 Summit – GTT’s technology Expo — which will be hosted at the Marriott from March 24-27.The Innov8 Summit, first and largest event of its kind to be held here, is aimed atCEO of GTT, Justice Nedd, addressing the gathering at Monday’s launch of the Innov8 Summitpromoting and developing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Guyana.Nedd disclosed that the GTT has commitment to plugging some $18 million into the Innov8 Initiative Fund; and of that amount, $8 million will be dedicated to STEM Guyana to boost its continued efforts at training youths in coding and robotics. Another $3 million will go towards the benefit of the University of Guyana (UG).Under this initiative, several schools across the country would benefit from free internet service. The first three schools to benefit would be the Lusignan Primary on the East Coast of Demerara; Sophia Primary in Greater Georgetown, and the Paradise Primary on the ECD.Nedd has said he is eager to work along with the ministries of Education and Public Telecommunications to have this initiative realised.“There are over 200 primary schools across Guyana, and what I’ve seen come across my desk (are) requests to sponsor a modem or a month’s free internet, and we will do it. But I want us to think larger than that, and really provide the internet to the youths at their earlier stages.“So we’re certainly looking forward to partnering with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, and we will provide what facilities we have – be it fibre, or it might be copper – but we’re very much committed to the cause,” Nedd told reporters.Nedd has said that while GTT has had tertiary discussions with the relevant ministries, this would not stop the company from reaching out to schools and pushing on with the initiative. He added that over the next couple of weeks, the company would be working to have internet service set up at the three schools already identified.At Monday’s launch of the Innov8 Technology Summit, it was noted that the Innov8 Summit will be held in collaboration with STEM Guyana, and will be held in two segments. Part one of the Innov8 Summit will see a Technology Expo being held on March 24 and March 25. Organisers say the event promises a diverse display of technology, innovations and gadgets created by local and international companies through hands-on robotics, online gaming, a gaming tournament, animation, smart gadgets, a smart home, and much more.Part two, on the other hand, is the Business Forum, which is slated for March 27 and will feature major international speakers from Microsoft, Google and other industry trail-blazer.Nedd says the goal of both events is to showcase the diversity of technology and its impact on all spheres of life in Guyana. It is an opportunity to display the innovations and gadgets created by some of the best and brightest players in Guyana’s technology arena.The Innov8 Summit is additionally an ‘open house’ which is expected to wow visitors as they experience all the innovation GTT has to offer. The local telecommunications company displays technology possibilities available in ways never before seen.Meanwhile, the Business Forum will feature GTT’s newest enterprise solutions, host local and international technology and business leaders, and chart a path for the development of ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) in the business and finance arena.last_img read more

Govt withdraws motion after omission of groups

first_imgRights of the Child Commission…claims it could not make contact with certain entitiesGovernment was forced to withdraw a motion that would pave the way for establishment of the Rights of the Child commission, after a number of critical organisations to the process were completely left out of the process.The motion was brought in the name of Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton, who chairs the Committee of Appointments. Two nominations came from service organisations, including the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic and Help and Shelter.Three nominations were supposed to come from religious groups. However, there were only two groups named in the motion – the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana and the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha.Two nominations were to come from youth groups, including the Alliance for Change youth arm and the Dharmic Naujawan (youth). The women’s groups, including the AFC’s women arm and the Guyana Women Miners Association, were to furnish two other nominations.Three other nominations would come from statutory and professional bodies. Other groups, like the African Cultural Development Association (ACDA), the Indian Action Committee (IAC), the Public Health Ministry and the National Toshaos Council (NTC) were expected to work out and determine among themselves a single nominee to send.Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill brought the assembly’s attention to the noticeable omission of any Christian faith groups. These groups, Edghill pointed out, have a track record of being included on the commission.“It is unnecessary controversy. Let me give an example: There are a number of organisations that we have to consult with. If we compare this with what was the agreed position in 2014, even if the Minister believes that because someone didn’t respond to an advertisement in a newspaper they should be left out, I want to point to him how important stakeholders have been left out.”“Let’s look at religion. The Christian community is left out! This APNU/AFC pro Christian Government has left out from their motion the Christian community. And you want us to go ahead tonight? It gets worse when we come to youth. Would you believe they left out the PYO (Progressive Youth Organisation)? (This is) one of the oldest youth organisations in this country,” Edghill said.But Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, in defence of the Government, pointed out that their omissions were not for want of trying. She said Government had reached out to those organisations, and had even placed advertisements in the newspapers to get them included in the process. She ultimately recommended that the motion be withdrawn.Edghill revealed in his presentation that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had indicated to Government Chief Whip Amna Ally that he would accommodate Government withdrawing the motion to reach a proper consensus.In extending the olive branch, Edghill also indicated that the Opposition would give its full support when that is done, and the bill is returned. On that note, Dr Norton announced that Government would be withdrawing the bill.last_img read more

Region 10 Council moves to rehabilitate burnt-out Wismar Post Office

first_imgAlmost two weeks after fire was set to the inside of the Wismar Post Office at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) during an attempted robbery, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has moved to undertake rehabilitation works to the building.Regional officials arrived at this decision in an effort to bring relief to hundreds of pensioners who have since been affected by the closure of the Post Office. According to Regional Chairman Renis Morian, he received a bill of quantities on Monday which placed the cost of rehabilitation at $14 million, and he will now move to secure emergency funding to push the process forward, since he does not want pensioners who reside at Wismar to incur additional costs to travel to the Mackenzie Post Office to uplift their payments.“While we’re in the mood of budget for 2019, we don’t expect that this thing will wait until 2019. The Post Office serves the people that come from the WismarThe Wismar Post Officeshore, hundreds of pensioners turn up there. So, I am sending (copies of) this priced bill of quantities to the Chairman of the GPO (Guyana Post Office) Board; to the Chief Executive Officer, (Ministry) of Finance; also to the Honourable Minister Bulkan and the Minister of State, Honourable Joseph Harmon, with a view that emergency funds will be appropriated that we could move assiduously to get this work done,” he noted.Morian commended engineers of the RDC for producing the document in a timely manner. The interior of the Post Office was torched in the wee hours of August 2, 2018 after bandits forced their way into the building but encountered difficulty in accessing monies from a safe which contained payments for the old age pension. The safe withstood the bandits’ attempts at broaching it, and it is believed that the bandits then set the building alight after their attempt had failed.Since the incident, pensioners have been forced to access the service at the Mackenzie Post Office. Although an investigation has been launched, there has been no arrest.The incident has since led to calls by Lindeners for security to be installed at the Post Office. The entity has been hit by bandits several times in the past.last_img read more

CCAA tourney to be played at Coussoulis

first_imgCal Poly Pomona men’s basketball coach Greg Kamansky disagrees in more ways than one. Kamansky points out that in 2005 and 2003, the Broncos won the NCAA Division II West Region without benefit of a conference tournament. “The last year, the GNAC (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) won, and it had nothing to do with being playoff prepared,” Kamansky said. “When we won, it’s because we were better. That’s the way it is.” Kamansky and Oliver agree that having a conference tournament puts the CCAA at a disadvantage. Neither the GNAC, nor the Pacific West Conference, the only two conferences in the West Region other than the CCAA, have a conference tournament for basketball. “We get destroyed for 20 (conference) games, then we have a conference tournament? That’s why the GNAC got rid of it,” Kamansky said. While this year both coaches are in good shape to take their teams into the NCAA Tournament, neither made it last year when Cal Poly was third in the conference and San Bernardino was tied for fourth. The fact a conference tournament could have helped them last year doesn’t change their opinions. “We were third and we didn’t go,” Kamansky said. “We didn’t do what we had to do.” Both coaches said that other coaches who believe their only chance to make the NCAA Tournament is a conference tournament, should simply just get better. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think it’s a miserable idea,” Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver said. “It takes away from already playing 20 league games. I think in most situations it will hurt is for regionals.” This coming from the coach who will have the final two rounds at San Bernardino’s own Coussoulis Arena. The California Collegiate Athletic Association is adding to March Madness in 2008, but some coaches think it is simply madness. The CCAA announced on Tuesday that beginning next season, there will be conference tournaments for men’s and women’s basketball. It is the first men’s tournament since 1995 and the first women’s tournament since 1999. center_img “That’s the only thing that’s positive for us,” Oliver said. “I’d be that much more against it if it was somewhere else. But it’s not always going to be at Coussoulis.” Eight of the 11 teams in each sport will qualify for the conference tournament. Each game for the first round, on Tuesday, March 4, will be held at the site of the higher seed. The semifinals on Friday March 7 and the finals on Saturday March 8 will all be held at Coussoulis Arena. The conference tournament champion would automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament instead of the regular season champion as it is now. The CCAA, in a press release, said conference teams would be helped. “This showcase even will not only allow us to highlight the outstanding basketball played in the CCAA, but it should serve to better prepare our student-athletes and coaches as they ready for NCAA championship play,” CCAA Commissioner Robert J. Hiegert said. last_img read more

Starlets eye second consecutive AWCON

first_imgThe Football Kenya Federation (FKF) had initially said they would be appealing against the West Africans against their participation as FIFA banned them due to use of ineligible players.The 2018 AWCON to be staged in Ghana will also serve as qualifiers for the same World Cup FIFA has banned the Nzalang Nacional and that was the basis of FKF’s appeal.Also, there have been questions raised on the eligibility of a number of players.Nonetheless, Starlets have kept their focus to the contest on the pitch and have been training at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos for the past month as they look to earn a ticket to Ghana.Harambee Starlets Wendy Ochieng in action against Uganda. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“Training has been very good and the girls are looking forward to the match. The physical and mental levels are impressive and we now need to go out and get the result. The fans should come out in large numbers and give us the support,” head coach David Ouma said after their final training session on Tuesday.The back-to-back qualifier will be played in the space of three days with the return leg in Malabo scheduled for Saturday and Ouma knows with such kind of demanding fixture, the game should be won in the first leg at home.“Sometimes it is difficult to plan these closely arranged fixtures and that means we have to give our best in the first leg. We need to take maximum use of our home advantage and get a win so that we make the return leg easier for us,” said the coach.He expects a tough encounter from the West Africans but notes that his team’s mental strength has vastly improved and they will not be cowed by the pedigree of their opponents.Equatorial Guinea have won the AWCON twice in 2008 and 2012, finishing second in between in 2010 and qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.“They are a very experienced team because if you look at all their achievements, that does not come easy. We know we are going to face a very tough side but mentally, I think my girls have really grown. They will not be under pressure. The first thing is to make sure we win at home,” the coach said.An area of concern had been the finishing especially after the team was pushed to the wire by Uganda in the first round of qualification, winning 1-0 on aggregate.Harambee Starlets striker Neddy Atieno stomps forward against Uganda’s Shadia Nankya during an African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe team had a friendly match against Women’s Premier League leaders Thika Queens winning 5-0 and the huge goal margin was a huge relief for Ouma who saw enough goal scoring prowess in the girls, which he hopes they can replicate against Wednesday’s opponents.“I am satisfied with how much we have improved tactically in creating chances and scoring. In training and during the match against Thika I have seen sufficient possibility that we can create and score many chances. We have worked to polish the midfield areas and I am confident we are ready for the game on Wednesday,” Ouma noted.Meanwhile, skipper Wendy Achieng has called on fans to come out in large numbers and support the team with the Football Kenya Federation having waived gate charges for the game.“We have trained very well and the confidence is high. We really want to qualify for our second Cup of Nations and we want to ask the fans to come out in large numbers and support us,” the left back added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma chases down defender Wendy Achieng during the team’s final training session on September 8 2016 at the Utalii Ground. PHOTO/Timothy olobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6- Harambee Starlets are keen to qualify for their second consecutive African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) and ahead of their ultimate qualification match against Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday afternoon, the team has urged fans to turn out and give them a thrust of confidence.Despite a myriad of issues surrounding the Equatorial Guineans including whether or not they should be participating in the qualifiers after they were initially banned by FIFA from contesting in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Starlets have chosen to keep their eyes on the prize and battle on the pitch.last_img read more

Small fire extinguished in Calabasas

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALABASAS – A small fire consumed about an acre of brush Sunday morning. Around 5:30 a.m., flames broke out near Las Virgenes and Agoura Roads. Crews with the Los Angeles County Fire Department quickly extinguished it, said Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo. There were no injuries or serious damage. Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of the blaze.last_img read more

UPDATED: FLOODS WARNING AS PERSISTENT RAIN HITS COUNTY

first_imgMANY roads across Co Donegal are flooded after 24 hours of non–stop rain hit the county.Gardai and the AA are appealing for motorists to slow down.We have had reports of minor flooding in the following areas: Milford, Ramelton, Letterkenny, Convoy, St Johnston and Raphoe. There was also serious flooding in Downings, with the fire brigade called out to deal with the huge downpour.You can send pix and updates to info@donegaldaily.com.    UPDATED: FLOODS WARNING AS PERSISTENT RAIN HITS COUNTY was last modified: January 29th, 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:FLOODS WARNING AS PERSISTENT RAIN HITS COUNTYlast_img read more

Firemen tackling gorse blaze at Crolly

first_imgEmergency services are currently (8pm) dealing with a gorse fire above Crolly.The fire is spreading rapidly in the Meencorwick and Meenaweal areas, fanned by a light breeze.Fire units from Gweedore and Dungloe are being assisted by locals in a bid to bring the blaze under control. There are a number of private houses in the immediate area but it’s understood there is no immediate risk of danger.Firemen tackling gorse blaze at Crolly was last modified: April 18th, 2019 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)last_img read more