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Date: 18 Aug 17 09:57pm
By Leonard GildarieDuring the recent debate in the National Assembly over the 2016 budget, there were criticisms by theLeonard GildarieOpposition over a delay by Government to name new Ambassadors and High Commissioners in our overseas offices. And I agree. We should be moving speedily on these.But Guyanese should want it for another reason. I have wondering over the years about the role of our overseas representatives and whether Guyana should not have looked at the possibilities of expanding their role.We can take a look at what prevails locally and learn a little.Last year, Canadian-owned Guyana Goldfields started operations. It was a gruelling number of years for that company to reach where it is today…a big player in Guyana in the gold industry…so much so that the country is depending this year on it to contribute over 150, 000 ounces.Throughout the journey by that company in the start-up, officials from the Canadian High Commission were foot-to-foot with the principals. The bureaucracy and other hurdles, including environmental ones, were many. Some of the concessions granted to the company, I am sure, are in no small way because of the input of the offices of the High Commission here.We see the role being played by the Chinese Embassy here in the many projects that China has ongoing throughout the country, including the Timehri airport and the East Coast Demerara road project.The embassy’s input is critical. China, understandably, is aggressively spreading its wings throughout the world and pulling out stops for its companies and businesses to gain a foothold in the natural resources sector, and especially in commerce.The United States is here, and one of its major companies, ExxonMobil, has found oil in Guyana’s waters. It appears that the find is significant and Guyana is poised to become an oil player in a few years.It is natural that the US would want to ensure that its company is protected, even in face of the aggression by neighbouring Venezuela. The point is that the representation by these embassies indicates the critical role played by staffers.We have had officers stationed in key overseas territories, some for years, but how effective they were, I don’t know. And that is the problem. We knew little of what they did, Anibal Sanchez Tigers Jersey, except maybe facilitate a loan or grant for a project here or there.I know that the embassies and High Commissions play a role in helping Guyanese renew their passports and apply for birth certificates. I say it is time we move beyond that.Guyana is boasting of so many things. We are now aggressively pushing tourism. We have fresh foods. We have lumber, beautiful furniture and so many other things.I am not saying that the embassies and High Commissions are not playing any role.It is just that we do not know or hear much.I am humbly suggesting just like how there is a commercial section in the embassies here in Guyana, we could move to expand how we do business with ours.We need our local exporters to have access. We need to be able, with a phone call, to ask our embassies to check for sources of financing for our projects or to help us find markets.In the US, we reportedly have over 300, 000 Guyanese living there. Many of them want to return. Little St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles has more than 5, 000.Trinidad, Suriname, Antigua and Barbados also boast of a significant number.Many of them love their Guyanese food. They want the Hassar and Bora and pepper.Yes, our exporters have been doing a good job in taking it to Queens, New York.But we have so much more. Farmers are dumping a significant part of their harvests annually because of a lack of market.Our tourism should not be concentrating too much on Europe and the “rich white folks”.We have too many Guyanese in the diaspora that we can tap into. The big challenge is getting cheaper flights to Guyana. Instead of depending on the tourism office to have a booth here and there at some show or the other, our local policy makers should move beyond lip service.Again, I am not sure whether our embassies and High Commissions have moved to this stage. We just don’t know. We should know.We are in an age where communication is easy. International calls via Skype or even Whatsapp have made things so much easier.It is time to utilize all our resources in a more meaningful way.
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Date: 18 Aug 17 09:57pm
A Central Rupununi man who took a cab ride from Georgetown to Parika and couldn’t pay the fare, was sentenced to three months in prison after he couldn’t pay a $30, 000 fine that was the alternative, yesterday.Antonio Julius Rodriguez, 43, who lives at lot 10 Central Rupununi, took the taxi from Bourda Market, on Regent Street to Parika alone on April 13, last, Wholesale Adidas NHL Jerseys, and couldn’t pay the $5000 fare.Magistrate Faith McGusty handed down the sentence after Rodriguez told the court that he couldn’t pay the fine. The prosecutor said that to court documents he was charged before the court for around April last year where he was tried for a similar offence. Rodriguez however, denied this and claimed he could not remember the incident.The prosecution’s evidence indicated that Rodriguez hired taxi driver, Collin Munroe, and on his arrival at Parika he told the man that until he gets his gold sold he wouldn’t be able to pay the fee. Police said Munroe waited for the man but he never appeared. Court heard that Munroe went on a search for him but he was nowhere to be found.Rodriguez pleaded guilty to theft of services on Thursday and was remanded to prison until yesterday where he received his sentence.
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Date: 18 Aug 17 09:56pm
Kanand Ojha of 101 Seventh Street, Diamond Housing Scheme, Cheap Soccer Jerseys Authentic, awakened yesterday to find that his gray Toyota Carina (PHH 3143) was not in his yard where he last parked it the night before.According to Ojha he parked his car in his yard around 20:30 hours Monday and he remains certain that it was properly secured. “They must have wrenched the lock, ” said the sadden owner of the car.The man also mentioned that it was raining heavily which is probably the reason why no one heard anything.His neighbour claimed that she saw the car still in the yard around 03:00 hours yesterday “so it had to be between 03:30-06:00 they came and took it.” According to Ojha, approximately three months ago his car lights went missing.  He said that he has reported the matter to Diamond/Grove police station.
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Date: 18 Aug 17 09:56pm
BENGAL, CORENTYNE — The situation in the rice industry in Region Six has improved tremendously, according to the President of the Guyana Rice Producers’ Association, Leeka Rambrich. The total number of acres sown as of Friday, January 30 stands at 44, 548. The target for this first crop — Spring Crop — is 48, 000 acres.President of the Guyana Rice Producers’ Association, Leeka RambrichMr. Rambrich said that it is not advisable for rice farmers to continue to sow for this present crop, since it is now February and this would have some impact on harvesting. “If you sow now in February, the rice would not be ready for harvest until in June, and during May/June is always heavy rain. This means that the dams would be in a bad state and it would also have some effect on the autumn crop.”Should they continue to sow, farmers are doing so at great risk of losing their entire crop, and in some cases they would not be able to harvest the paddy, given the expected weather at that time and the condition of the fields.The total acreage sown to date is 8, 000 more than that planted for the last crop in 2008. “This shows a remarkable improvement in the way farmers heeded the call from the Agriculture Minister on the ‘Grow More Campaign’.”As a result of the December rainfall, some 60 percent of the crop was under threat, but when the weather improved, only 2, 677 acres were actually lost, based on a recent assessment.In the front lands — from Crabwood Creek to the East Bank of Berbice, including East and West Canje — 1, 087 acres were lost; while in Black Bush Polder, Cheap Jerseys China, 1, 580 acres were lost.To some rice farmers this is a huge blow. Many of them are small farmers, and some are for the first time investing in the crop.In the Follow-Up Scheme this is aback of Port Mourant, a first time farmer lost 210 acres, while many other small farmers lost, on an individual basis, between five and 15 acres across the region.The President of the Guyana Rice Producers’ Association has said that Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, is conduction a verification exercise to determine the legitimate farmers who would have suffered losses in one way or the other.At the end of this process, assistance would be handed out in the form of fertilizer and seed paddy, but not cash. “In my region, the farmers are thankful to the ministry for this help and hope that it can, in some way, cushion the loss they suffered.”Meanwhile, the present age of this rice crop is between ten and 70 days old. This means that the rice plants above 60 days old would begin to flower, and harvesting can commence within another four to six weeks, depending on the variety.In East Berbice /Corentyne, the two leading varieties planted are the G98-135 and G95-196. Generally, in Guyana, there are approximately 12 varieties used. Each region has a preference for a variety to suit the geographic location.The Research Station at Burma on the West Coast of Berbice, in Region Five, is currently conducting trials on two high-yielding varieties with germ plasma that came from the Flar Company in the United States of America.Guyana is a member of the Flar Organization, and as such was able to acquire these seeds to conduct the experiments to decide which seeds are more favourable or adaptable to local conditions, and which may be able to produce higher yields.In the farmers’ field, there are two of these breeding lines on trial. “We are hoping that for this crop the Minister of Agriculture would see it fit to have those two lines released as varieties. This would help to improve the yield, so that farmers can benefit more.”In Region Six, the Guyana Rice Development Board, in collaboration with the Rice Producers’ Association, established five Farmers’ Field Schools. Two of these are at Black Bush Polder — Lesbeholden and Mibicuri; two in the Number Fifty-Two/Seventy-Four area, and one at Crabwood Creek. These Farmers’ Field Schools are where farmers meet and share their knowledge. It is an ongoing process conducted every crop.Meanwhile, Mr. Rambrich is once again appealing to cattle farmers within the Number Fifty-Eight/Number Sixty Villages to be more considerate. “Their cattle continue to wreak havoc on farmers’ fields in these communities, and this results in tremendous loss to the rice farmers within these areas.”According to him, the restrictions that were erected recently have been damaged in many sections. From all appearances, the culprits are cattle farmers.In the Upper Corentyne area, 30 head of cattle were poisoned during last week by persons unknown. This, according to Mr. Rambrich, was reported to the committee set up to monitor the ongoing cattle/rice farmers’ conflict.According to some sources, the problem is unbearable to many rice farmers in the Central Corentyne area, thus many of them have decided to shoot the cattle, which they deem ‘wild cattle’.One farmer on the Corentyne indicated that when harm is done to rice crop, the owners of the cattle never come forward to shoulder their responsibility.It is almost impossible to have these animals impounded, the sources said, since the cattle operate as if they have a mind of their own, and venture out only after dark.When the issue was raised with the President of the Guyana Rice Producers’ Association, he said that representation would be made to the Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, for an urgent meeting with both cattle and rice farmers, to see how best the matter can be resolved.
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Date: 18 Aug 17 09:56pm
– announces extended opening hours for marketsIn anticipation of increased vending and shopping activities in the city, the Mayor and City Council, through the City Constabulary, has sought to amplify its policing efforts in the city.Debra Lewis, City Hall’s Acting Public Relations Officer, of the city entity told this newspaper yesterday that as part of the boosted security move there has been an increase in the number of foot and bicycle patrols.She said that the municipality will also be working more closely with the Guyana Police Force to keep to a minimum the incidence of criminal activities.Vending on Regent StreetLewis offered that over the years the municipality has recognised the need to increase security in and around the municipal vending facilities. The intent, she said, is to ensure that customers can make their purchases in an environment in which they feel safe and secure. “During the Christmas season customers come out to shop in their numbers and around this time too we know there are lots of robberies…So the idea is to keep people safe.”And while roadside vending is not a practice that is encouraged by the municipality such activities may be allowed to a limited extent.Deputy Mayor Robert Williams said, yesterday, that the presence of roadside vendors has become a customary practice each year as the festive season approach. It is anticipated that there will be no difference this year.However, he noted that the municipality is geared to monitor the undesirable vending activity closely.City Mayor Hamilton Green had on numerous occasions emphasised that while roadside vending is an illegal act, efforts are made during the Christmas season to restrict the vending activities rather than prevent it.It was during a press conference last December that the Mayor had pointed out that although earnest attempts are continually made to clear the city streets and pavement of congestion created by vending, the council has not been able to fully achieve its objectives.“People are always vending on the streets and on the pavement…We are even finding now that the business owners are also coming out too…In fact they (business owners) have even bigger displays than the regular vendors, ” the Mayor had opined.However, Deputy Mayor Williams has repeatedly stated that vending on city pavements during the Christmas season must not be mistaken for a lapse by City Hall to enforce the city by-laws.He noted that though some persons may want to interpret the move as a release of the municipal authority it is merely in keeping with the circumstances of the day.“The environment in which we live requires that we relax on the enforcement during the Christmas season, ” Williams added.Those involved in roadside vending are urged not to block the entrances to business places, provide passage for citizens to use the pavement and ensure that their surrounding is not an impediment to the drainage network of the city.Meanwhile, Junior Seau USC Jersey, the municipality has announced that extended shopping hours have been approved for the Stabroek, Bourda, Kitty and Albouystown markets from yesterday until Christmas Eve. Between the period of December 8 and 15 the four markets, according to Lewis will be allowed to operate from 07:00 to 17:00 hours and from 07:00 to 18:00 hours from December 16 through December 23.However on Christmas Eve the opening hours will be extended to 20:00 hours.The closing time at Merriman Mall, New Vendors’ Mall and the East Ruimveldt market will remain the same.
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