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Date: 17 Aug 17 04:17pm
– Fire Service, M&CC voice concernsGeorgetown is fast becoming plagued with a frightening dilemma which could have far-reaching implications if intervening moves are not introduced soon. In fact, so disturbing is the state of affairs that it has gained the attention of Fire Chief, Marlon Gentle, who has not only vocalised his concerns, but has made the decision to amplify the need to address the situation.Fire Chief, Marlon GentleAccording to Gentle, “what we are seeing now is a situation where people are looking to make a store outside of a store.” This, he explained, is not only a recipe for congestion but also one that could considerably hinder the work of the fire service, should a fire erupt at a store.The situation that obtains in sections of downtown Georgetown is not only the age-old practice of illegal vending along the city pavements, but a new phenomenon which is one where vendors position themselves in passages alongside stores and in some instances almost in alleyways.There have been reports that the illegal vendors are granted permission by store owners to operate in the constricted spaces and there are others who presumptuously position themselves much to the displeasure of the legal businesses.Concerns have been particularly raised by owners of music establishments which specialise in the sale of Compact Discs (CDs) and Digital Video Discs (DVDs). There are reports that the “outdoor” vendors’ practice has in fact allowed for unfair competition, since it is believed that they are able to attract customers easier and even sell at a cheaper rate.This publication was reliably informed that some of the illegal vendors are able to mass produce, CDs for instance, that were customised by the established businesses. There are even some vendors of clothing and other items who opt to utilise the spaces.According to the Fire Chief, “the whole thing is that most of these (business) lots are very narrow and these vendors are looking to do business and put their goods in these narrow spaces.”Gentle emphasised the fact, too, that because of the novel vending strategy, there is now no separation between buildings in some sections of commercial activities in Georgetown.Royston King, Jerseys From China, M&CC Public Relations OfficerThe practice is primarily evident along Regent Street, and according to Gentle, “there is literally no room to manoeuvre if we have to go and fight a fire…”The glaring dilemma was only last Friday observed by the Fire Chief who revealed that he immediately saw the need for it to be addressed.“We have noted it and today (Friday) we are in the process of sending off a letter to the agency concern to correct that anomaly…This is a town planning issue and it has inherent implications for fires in it, ” a very concerned Gentle asserted.“I can’t wait and say this is not my responsibility…I am bringing it to the attention of the responsible agency, because we need them to curtail it…We are taking whatever action we could at this level, ” the Fire Chief noted.However, there are moves apace at the level of the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown to have the situation urgently addressed.This is according to the City Council’s Public Relations Officer, Royston King, who disclosed that the vending scenario was only last week brought to the attention of Council officials.  “We got reports that there were vendors operating along Regent Street in passageways, between stores, and in some cases almost out of alleyways, ” King informed.Moreover, he said that a team from the City Council, including himself, Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase-Green, who was at the time acting in the capacity of Mayor, and Chairman of the Public Health and Markets Committee, Ranwell Jordan, had assessed the state of affairs.And according to King, “we find this situation to be extremely serious…it not only poses an inconvenience to store owners, but we see it as a fire hazard.”Vending along Regent Street. To the immediate left is a shaded passageway being used to sell CDs and DVDs.For this reason, King said that the illegal vendors were issued with a warning to desist from the practice.And in light of the fact that adherence has not been optimum, the matter, according to the Public Relations Officer, is likely to be brought up for discussion tomorrow, when the Council hosts its statutory meeting.Another matter that needs addressing, King said, is the fact that some stores in the city are poorly ventilated which is a threat to occupational, health and safety, and even has the potential of causing the condition of certain goods to become depreciated.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 04:17pm
Twenty-year-old Junior Gordon was having a grand time at a rum shop when the unexpected happened. He was drinking with a few friends at a street side rum shop in Port Kaituma on July 17, Michael Thomas Dolphins Jersey, last, when a fight broke out.“A man come and jook me friend jus like that for no reason.”He said that he was forced to intervene. Trying to part the fight before things got nasty. Junior got between the two men and tried pushing them a part.He said that the man eventually backed off, leaving Junior Gordon and his friends alone.But the man returned, but this time he had a cutlass. Junior and his friends were unaware that the man had returned. The man allegedly pulled the cutlass and dealt junior one chop across his left hand.“De man did back off and walk way but then de man come back with a cutlass in he hand and chop me”The unidentified man left the rum shop after he chopped Junior’s left hand. No one paid any attention to the man as he was leaving but instead sought to help Junior.“Meh hear dem ketch he an dem lock he up”It is still unclear as to why the fight started in the first place and what exactly was done by local law enforcers.At the hospital Junior Gordon seemed to be in good spirit and recovering as expected. He is expected to be released next week.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 04:16pm
…Govt to give hotel to unnamed private investors – Roger LuncheonThe story of Government’s decision to plunge billions of dollars in the Marriott Hotel, has taken a new spin with disclosures yesterday that it is the intention to hand the hotel to private investors some time after it is completed.The disclosure would take the public by surprise now as government has gone full steam ahead, amidst criticisms, risking billions into a project in the absence of other investors.There have been harsh questions why Government in the first place is investing taxpayers’ dollars in what is considered a traditionally private sector initiative.At first, Government said it was a public/private partnership (PPP) initiative.In 2011, without finalizing who its partners in the project are, Alexei Emelin Canadiens Jersey, Government advanced Shanghai Construction Group (SCG), the Chinese contractor, US$10M ($2B).Recently, more than one year later, Government said that it is still finalizing details with the investors. This is despite the fact that construction is in full swing at Kingston, Georgetown.Yesterday, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, may have contradicted Government’s stance on investing in commercial or private sector activities.During his weekly media briefings, the Government spokesman was asked whether government was considering investing again in a national airline following news that Delta Airlines, one of two main operations running the critical Georgetown to New York route, is planning to leave by May.According to Dr. Luncheon, the Cabinet of Ministers has not placed any “significant attention” to another Guyana Airways or a similar “Government-owned, Government-controlled” international airline.He went further. He said that Government has had “experiences” in economic activities that would compete with players in the same sector. This stance, he stressed, would be reflected in privatizations of state companies which show a clear withdrawal from private sector activities by Government.Sold!Asked to justify the Marriott against this stance, Dr. Luncheon then disclosed that Government has no intention to hold on to the Marriott once it is completed, up and running.“Marriott is clear, ” he said. There have never been any indications or declarations that Government intended to maintain or own the Marriott Hotel, the official made clear.“As a matter of fact… to the contrary. The financing of the Marriott and closure of the deal anticipates private sector… a non-government hand in the mature situation.”He explained that Government would initially be involved with the management before the final transfer of the hotel into “non-governmental hands.”The government is still to name the private investors. Before yesterday, there was never any talk of the government giving the hotel to any investor. But the media, in general, and Kaieteur News in particular, was telling the nation that the Marriott was a scheme designed to defraud taxpayers.Construction underway at Marriott Hotel.Kaieteur News also said that former President Bharrat Jagdeo was using the government to front the hotel for the benefit his friends who would be hiding in the background.The National Assembly, controlled by the Opposition, has not given its blessings for the project as the taxpayers’ dollars being used, are controlled by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited, a controversial government-owned company.In late 2011, former President Bharrat Jagdeo officially turned the sod for the construction of the hotel with the promise, that the project will create hundreds of jobs in the construction phase, and beyond when it becomes operational.The 197-room hotel and entertainment complex is expected by February 2014.Despite pressure by opposition parliamentary parties and a Parliamentary motion to halt Government funding for the project, the government is stubbornly pushing ahead with the project.Private investors are expected to contribute US$27 million of the US$51M needed.Guyana loses…The government has some special arrangement that guarantees the private investors that they would get their money if the project folds.So, if in a scenario where the project fails and the value of the property depreciates to a value below what the investors have plugged, then the investors will get back their money, and there would be nothing to return to NICIL. Taxpayers’ dollars would, essentially, go down the drain.The government will participate in the project by way of equity, in the sum of US$4 million. This will be committed through NICIL, one of the investment arms of the government which holds its assets.The reality is that the investors would get the hotel.The equity contribution determines the government’s strength in Atlantic Hotels Incorporated – the company created to see the project through. As it stands, the government is currently the sole shareholder in the company.However, apart from the equity contribution, financing for the project would also come from “subordinate loan stocks” of US$15 million invested by NICIL.Adding the US$2 million, NICIL will end up spending in development costs for the project, including design and other preliminary studies altogether, US$21 million.So, in total, the amount of money the government is pushing into the project is just about what it should cost in Guyana to complete the project, industry experts say.The additional US$40 million remains a mystery to industry experts.Recently, news that SCG had imported Chinese labourers without using locals, triggered several protests across the city. Government, in its defense, said that it is the contractor’s right to hire its own labour force.Government had promised 200 jobs would be created when the hotel is completed…but never made it clear when.Anger mounts from the Parliamentary opposition who felt that the monies for the project should have come under the scrutiny of the Members of Parliament.Government, refusing to release the feasibility study which justified the building of the hotel, had instead accused the opposition of not wanting investments and of defending Pegasus Hotel, located nearby of the current Marriott Hotel site, because of partisan interests.Local hoteliers have over the years been reporting that there are too many hotel rooms.A number of hotels built for Cricket World Cup in 2007 have since been sold or turned over to new management, including Buddy’s Hotel (now Princess Hotel and Casino) in Providence, East Bank Demerara.
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Date: 17 Aug 17 04:16pm
A new law introducing measures for radical changes to the way goods and services are sold and bought is set to be passed in parliament with the support of the opposition.Piloted by Minister of Tourism Industry and Commerce, Manniram Prashad, the Consumers Affairs Bill puts into the hands of shoppers a wide array of rights over the conditions under which the goods are bought and a number of obligations and responsibilities to the seller regardless of the size of the merchandise purchase.The Bill is described as, “An Act to promote and protect consumer interests in relation to the supply of goods and services and for related purposes”.“There is no legislative framework to protect consumers, ” said Minister Prashad as he described the current situation in Guyana while introducing the Bill in the National Assembly Thursday night.“If a consumer buys a faulty good or product (the consumer) does not have any recourse.”He spoke of his Ministry receiving numerous complaints of unfair business dealings in transactions between the consumer and merchant and said that in the absence of a law specifically governing such commerce, the only way these disputes are settled is by moral suasion. “This is how we operate now.”He added that this proposed legislation should not meet any controversy in parliament because almost everyone in Guyana has at sometime been affected by unfair business practices.Following a favourable reception from the Opposition parties, Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, had proceeded to give the Bill its Third Reading and passage in the House when Minister Prashad moved a motion for the Bill to be referred to a special committee.He explained that the proposed legislation is so important and despite the camaraderie shown as the Bill was introduced, Members of Parliament may find concerns after closer examination.This Bill has 14 parts with a total 115 clauses, and in his presentation the Minister highlighted some areas as examples of the sweeping changes that will be introduced to commerce in Guyana.Explaining the immediacy of enforcement of this legislation when it becomes law the minister gave an example of goods offered for sale carrying labels in a foreign language, “Those found on shelves with no English will be deemed illegal”.Suppliers of goods sold by weight or volume will be obligated to provide for the consumer facilities to confirm that measurement.The Bill forbids merchants from displaying the price of goods claiming the cost to be VAT inclusive. It states that the prices and fees must be current and all related taxes shall be shown separately from the cost of the goods or services.Similarly, the receipt for goods or services must show separately the price of goods and services and applicable taxes. Additionally the date of purchase must be displayed.Mr Prashad noted that a practice by some merchants of placing all goods on one receipt and applying taxes to the total cost though some items on the list may be zero rated.According to the Bill, suppliers of goods and services must assume the warranty placed by the manufacturer, and in the absence of that provision the item sold will automatically have a six-month warranty.Consumers will not have to pay for goods or services supplied that are more than they had requested. As an example the Minister referred to instances where a car owner might request a mechanic to repair or fix one item on the vehicle, but the tradesman chooses to repair or replace other parts that are deemed faulty without the owner’s permission.The mechanic then charges the customer for the additional service, but under this new Bill there is no obligation to pay for the extra cost that was not requested.“A person who commits an offence under this Act is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than $20, 000 nor more than $1 million and to imprisonment for one year, ” the Bill reads in part.The Competition Commission established under the Competition and Fair Trading Act will be renamed the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission, and will administer the new legislation and enforce its provisions.Merchants and other suppliers of goods and services who are dissatisfied by a decision of the Commission can appeal within 15 days to a judge in court who may confirm, modify, or reverse the decision. Additionally the Commission can be directed to reconsider its findings.Minister Prashad said that this coming legislation will be preceded by a massive awareness campaign, and certain known offenders will be personally contacted. “We know most of them and we are calling them in with passage of the bill.”The Bill does not cover hire purchase transactions. The Minister said that such legislation will be brought to the House separately. “Because it is so important we think it needs a separate bill, ” he said in response to a query by Member of Parliament Clarisa Riehl.“The intention of this legislation is fundamentally good. We will support this legislation, ” said Ms Riehl.She however questioned the practicality of enforcing the law. “How realistic are some of these provisions when we have so many tiers of business?” she asked. She also expressed a concern that larger businesses are more equipped to carry out provisions of the coming Act but small enterprises are challenged.She preferred a tribunal be set up to deal with appeals by suppliers against the Commission instead of the law courts which are already short staffed.The AFC’s Sheila Holder said her party supports the Bill, Bobby Jenks White Sox Jersey, and sought to address a concern of the practicality of the law expressed by MP Riehl. MP Holder said that similar laws exist in various countries with similar trade tiers and are being competently enforced.Ms Holder wanted to know whether enactment of the proposed law would protect Guyanese from fly-by-night swindlers such as fraudulent real estate developers.She asked why a previous consumer protection bill passed in 2006 was never enacted. To this query Minister Prashad said he did not have an answer.
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