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Lack of investment crippling Region 2’s economy – Chairman

first_img…calls for integrated approach to tackle high unemploymentBy Lakhram BhagiratRegion Two, Pomeroon-Supenaam, has for more than two years not seen any major investment to boost its crippling economy—which is plagued by issues affecting the rice industry.This is according to Region Two Chairman, Devanand Ramdatt, who, in an interview with this newspaper, said that the crippling economy is due to the lack of consultation and engagement of the administration and residents of Region Two.He explained that for the predominantly farming community, the lack of markets for produce has been severely affecting the investment opportunities in the region.“In the case of Pomeroon, the farmers were affected due to lack of market for their produce, especially those persons who produce fruits; and that is a direct link due to the loss of the contract by a local company to supply juice, because most likely some of those produce came from the Pomeroon,” he detailed.“We visited a lot of the communities, and we have seen farmers having their produce deteriorating in their fields, and their explanation is pointing us to the direction of a lack of market,” Ramdatt noted.He opined that there ought to be a more holistic approach in dealing with the lack of investment and the high unemployment rates. He added that the Government, through its agencies, has to formulate a developmental plan to address the economic woes affecting the region.“We have not had, also, (any) major expansion or development of any new sector in the region — no new development; and there are very high levels of unemployment. More and more, qualified persons are not getting jobs. We are having more persons coming back from Venezuela, and they, too, would add to that level of unemployment, and that high percentage of unemployment will increase. We had absolutely no new investment in Region Two,” Ramdatt explained.He added that Central Government, through its agencies like GO-Invest and the Ministry of Business, can engage the region and its people to formulate a developmental plan to help the region’s struggling economy. “In many communities, we have students not going to school because of the negative impact of the economy. We have challenges (in regard) to youth unemployment. We want new investment opportunity to develop our people, and we need it now,” he added.In 2015, the sod was turned for the Institute of Applied Science and Technology’s (IAST) $100 million rice cereal factory, which later came into operation. The factory was expected to create more than 200 jobs for Essequibians by utilising rice from the Region. However, the Regional Chairman explained, the factory operated for a while, but has now ceased operation for unknown reasons.He added that as far as the statistics show, the factory made very little impact in terms of the unemployment rate and its contribution to the overall economic development of the region.He said the region previously had the Aurora Land Development Project. “That project utilized thousands of acres of land in the southern part of the region, being developed to have crop production so that many of our farmers can have an area that has useful infrastructure to deal with crop production,” Ramdatt related.He said he is hopeful that the project would be developed again, so that it could be an investment opportunity for the region. He related that Government should also provide more assistance for the development of the Pomeroon coconut industry, noting that it has unexplored potential.Tourism sectorIn relation to the region’s tourism sector, the Region Two Chairman noted that more needs to be done to further develop the sector, since the infrastructure leading to two of its major attractions are in deplorable state.Ramdatt explained that while the Regional Administration maintains the roads leading to Lakes Mainstay and Capoey, more needs to be done, since it requires the construction of a proper road network to access the sites.On the issue of roads, Ramdatt said the region’s main road is in dire need of rehabilitation to help curb the high accident rate. He said the road has outlived its time and it is beginning to sink in some parts, creating unexpected “drops” for motorists utilising the mostly unlit stretch of road. Quite often, the unexpected drops result in drivers losing control of their vehicles and running into ditches, or even colliding with other vehicles or utility poles, he said.This publication ventured to the Charity Market Centre on Thursday, and vendors operating there reported that they have seen a decline in sales for the entire 2017.“We know January is a hard month, but for the whole of last year business take blows… Them people ah save them money and not spending like before,” vendor Andrew reported.Collectively, the vendors are contending that not enough is being done to boost the economy in the region, so that residents would spend more.last_img read more

President attending World Water Forum

first_imgPresident David Granger is attending the eighth World Water Forum, which is being hosted in Brasilia, Brazil.He departed Guyana on Sunday morning.He is attending the Forum on the invitation of the President of Brazil, Michel Temer and will participate in the official opening ceremony on Monday and return toPresident David GrangerGuyana on March 20. The event is being held from March 18 to March 23.Guyana Times understands that the World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organised by the World Water Council.Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life”.last_img read more

B.C. Hydro files complete response to most recent request for more info on Site C

first_imgThe first part of Hydro’s response was submitted earlier this week, but was missing full answers on some points that had not yet been completed. Among them was the need for more information on details on fish habitats and harvests, and the use of land for traditional uses, as well as cumulative effects on various aspects of the land.Once all of the requests have been responded to, the panel will assess whether further information is needed, if there should be a public comment period, or, if satisfied, schedule public hearings. Additional information may also be requested in order for the JRP to prepare its report before or during the public hearings if they are scheduled. To view this set of responses, click here.- Advertisement –last_img

Premier League clubs ranked by total revenue from the 2014/15 season

first_img 20 20 11. Aston Villa’s revenue totalled £113m for the 2014/15 season – Aston Villa finished 17th in the actual Premier League table. 2. Man City, having won the Premier League in 2014, had revenue totalling £353m in the following 2014/15 season – Man City finished second in the actual Premier League table. 15. Stoke’s revenue in the 2014/15 season was £100m – Stoke finished ninth in the actual Premier League table. 20 20 20 10. Southampton earned £114m in revenue in the 2014/15 season – Southampton finished seventh in the actual Premier League table. 18. Queens Park Rangers finished bottom of the league in the 2014/15 season and their revenue was £86m – QPR went down after ending the season 20th in the actual Premier League table. 20 20 20 5. Liverpool’s revenue for the 2014/15 season was £298m – Liverpool ended the season in sixth in the actual Premier League table. Financial auditors Deloitte have released their annual report on football finances and here, talkSPORT looks at statistics relating to revenue from the 2014/15 season.Burnley prop up the table with revenue of £79m and incidentally the club spent £29m on wages giving them a wage/revenue ratio was 37 per cent, the lowest in the Premier League since Man United recorded 33 per cent in the 1998/99 campaign.REVEALED: CLUBS RANKED BY WAGE BILLS HERESource: Deloitte analysis 20 20 8. Everton’s revenue in the 2014/15 season, according to Deloitte analysis, was £126m – Everton finished 11th in the actual Premier League table. 12. This season’s champions Leicester finished 14th in the 2014/15 season and their revenue was £104m – Leicester finished the season in 14th in the actual Premier League season. 20 20 3. Arsenal’s revenue for the 2014/15 season amounted to £331m – Arsenal finished third in the actual Premier League table. 20 13. Swansea earned £103m in the 2014/15 Premier League season – Swansea finished eighth in the actual Premier League season. 9. West Ham’s revenue in the 2014/15 season was £122m – West Ham finished 12th in the actual Premier League table. 17. West Brom’s revenue in the 2014/15 season was £96m – West Brom finished the season 13th in the actual Premier League season. 20 20 7. Newcastle earned £129m in revenue for the 2014/15 season – Newcastle finished 15th in the actual Premier League table. 20 4. Chelsea won the Premier League in the 2014/15 season and their revenue was £319m, though they paid out the highest in wages – Chelsea finished top in the actual Premier League table. 14. Sunderland earned £101m in the 2014/15 season – Sunderland finished 16th in the actual Premier League season. 20 20 20 19. Hull’s revenue in the 2014/15 season was £84m – Hull were also relegated, finishing 18th in the actual Premier League table. 6. Tottenham earned £196m in revenue for the 2014/15 Premier League season – Tottenham finished fifth in the actual Premier League table. 20. Burnley’s revenue in the 2014/15 season was £79m – click the arrow above, right to see how much your club earned – In the actual 2014/15 Premier League season, Burnley finished 19th and were relegated. 1. Man United’s revenue for the 2014/15 season was £395m, the highest earners despite the club having no European football – Man United finished fourth in the actual Premier League table. 20 16. Crystal Palace’s revenue in the 2014/15 season was £99m – Crystal Palace finished tenth in the actual Premier League table. last_img read more

Debate over anesthesiologist role

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The use of a physician’s clinical skill and judgment for purposes other than promoting an individual’s health and welfare undermines a basic ethical foundation of medicine – first, do no harm,” said Dr. Priscilla Ray, who chairs an AMA ethics committee. “Requiring physicians to be involved in executions violates their oath to protect lives and erodes public confidence in the medical profession.” Morales is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday for the rape-torture murder of a 17-year-old San Joaquin County girl 25 years ago. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to grant clemency Friday to Morales, 46, who admitted that he murdered and raped Terri Winchell, 17, but said his own life was worth sparing because of his remorse and redemption on Death Row. “There is no compelling evidence that the jury’s punishment is not appropriate in this case,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “Morales’ claim that he is a changed man does not excuse the brutal murder and rape of Terri Winchell.” The issue of doctors’ involvement in executions has been debated since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977 and has intensified now that lethal injection is used in all but one of the 38 states that execute prisoners. Despite the ethical objections, no doctor has ever been formally reprimanded for participating in an execution. That’s because it’s legal for doctors to participate in executions. The AMA and the other professional organizations issue advisory guidelines only. SAN FRANCISCO – The state’s decision to hire an anesthesiologist to monitor the planned lethal injection of the killer Michael Morales on Tuesday has rekindled a fierce ethics debate in medical circles over doctors participating in executions. Responding to a federal judge’s ruling, California for the first time intends to have an anesthesiologist at an execution to ensure Morales is unconscious when a paralyzing agent and heart-stopping drugs are administered at San Quentin State Prison. The anesthesiologist will join another doctor who is on duty at executions to declare the prisoner dead and otherwise ensure proper medical procedures are followed. Defenders of the procedure say the doctors’ presence ensures the execution is carried out as humanely as possible. California prison officials keep confidential the names of doctors who participate in executions. But several influential medical organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the California Medical Association have condemned physicians’ involvement in executions as unethical and unprofessional. “Executions are legal in the state of California,” said Candis Cohen, a spokesman for the state’s disciplinary agency Medical Board of California. Cohen said the board hasn’t received any complaints about doctors participating in executions. A California appellate court in 1998 tossed out a lawsuit challenging the legality of physicians attending executions. The state board that oversees doctors in Kentucky last year dismissed a grievance filed against Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who also is a doctor, alleging he violated medical ethics by signing a death warrant. The board concluded Fletcher was acting as governor and not a doctor when he allowed the execution to happen. Dr. Arthur Zitrin, a New York University psychiatry professor and death penalty foe, filed a formal complaint in Georgia against Dr. Hothur Sanjeeva Rao after Rao stepped in to insert a catheter into a condemned prisoner’s arm after medical technicians failed to do so. In December 2004, the Georgia board dismissed the complaint and an appeal was denied. Rao could not be reached for comment. A lawsuit Zitrin filed to compel the Georgia medical board to punish participating doctors is pending in a Georgia court, but a bill in that state’s Legislature that would shield doctors from punishment for attending executions is advancing rapidly. “All existing standards internationally and nationally held by professional health societies bars doctors from participating,” Zitrin said. “I regret that there are colleagues who, for whatever reason, find it compelling (and) do participate.” 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

VIDEO: Napoli swipe YES to Tinder partnership! Arkadiusz Milik is in YOUR area

first_imgEveryone seems to be on dating apps these days.But Napoli have taken the rather unusual step of becoming the first football club to associate themselves with an online love website – Tinder.And as part of the deal, the Italians have set up a profile for their striker Arkadiusz Milik for two weeks.The Poland international will then select his four favourite messages before giving fans the chance to meet their idol and potential love interest.Watch Milik swipe yes or no in the video above….last_img

Antonio Conte in new row with Chelsea over pre-season plans – Reports

first_imgIt has been widely accepted the Italian will be sacked by the London club this summer after his deteriorating relationship with Chelsea chiefs reached breaking point this season.Fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri has been lined up to replace him and reports keep surfacing that the former Napoli boss is due to take over at Stamford Bridge any day.Conte remains in the hotseat, though, and according to a report by The Times, the Premier League-winning boss is still insisting things are done his way as the Blues start their preparations for the new campaign.Conte has apparently clashed with Chelsea over the date his players are due back at the club to start their pre-season training.It is claimed those players not at the World Cup were asked by a member of the club’s technical staff via email to report back to the training ground on Saturday and Sunday for fitness tests.But Conte responded by ‘insisting he is still the boss’ and that he did not want the players back at Cobham until Monday.The Times report also claims the manager’s reply was ‘terse’.If true, it would echo his famous correspondence with Diego Costa, when he told the striker after his first season in charge that he was no longer in his plans via a brief text. That saga was drawn out for months before the Spain international eventually sealed a return to Atletico Madrid, despite being one of the club’s top players. Antonio Conte has been involved in a latest row with Chelsea over the club’s pre-season plans, despite reports he will not be manager next season. 2 Diego Costa left Chelsea after being told by text he was not in Conte’s plans center_img Despite the wide belief that he will leave the club this summer, it is claimed the Italian is still unsure of what is happening with his future, as Chelsea stall on giving him the boot.The trouble appears to be his severance package. After signing a new contract with the club last summer, Conte is entitled to be paid by Chelsea for a further 12 months – even if he leaves to join another club.His current salary is £9m a year but the Blues could be faced with paying over £10m in compensation if they sack their coach, as they would be forced to also pay off the nine members of his backroom team. 2last_img read more


first_imgA FOOD processing factory borne out of the hard work and dreams of legendary Glencolmcille priest Father James McDyer continues to flourish.An excellent article on Errigal Seafood is in today’s Irish Times.Finance director Alan Mitchell says the company has stayed one step ahead of the recession. You can read the full article here:http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0410/1224314564729.html   FATHER MCDYER’S DREAM CONTINUES TO FLOURISH was last modified: April 10th, 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:FATHER MCDYER’S DREAM CONTINUES TO FLOURISHGlencolmkillelast_img read more

Newman and Pena Win Weekly MVC Softball Awards

first_imgPena batted a team-high .545 (6-of-11) in the four wins. She had one stolen base, two doubles, two runs and six RBI while compiling a .667 on-base percentage and slugging .727. Pena, who is on a five-game hitting streak, started the week with a 1-for-3 performance at Iowa with one RBI. She followed by going 1-for-2 with one double and two RBI in the first win over Bradley. Pena then went 2-for-3 with two RBI in a 9-8 victory over Bradley, including driving in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Drake erased a 7-3 deficit. She closed the Bradley series with another 2-for-3 performance and had one double and drove in one run. Last week, Newman earned two of Drake’s four wins as the team went 4-0, including a three-game sweep over Bradley and in-state midweek victory at Iowa. She pitched a complete game in the series opener versus Bradley where the Braves scored two unearned runs off her in a 10-2 five-inning victory. She allowed four hits with seven strikeouts and zero walks. Newman helped herself at the plate going 3-for-3 with one double, her first home run of the season and three RBI. Newman’s solo home run ended the game early in the fifth inning. Newman followed that performance with five scoreless innings where she allowed one hit with nine strikeouts and two walks in the series finale win over Bradley. In 32 starts this season, Pena is batting .295 with one home run, three stolen bases, seven doubles, 10 runs scored and 13 RBI. Newman, who is 11-2 on the season, moved to third all-time in career strikeouts at Drake with an impressive 677. She is just three punchouts away from tying Brynne Dordel (2008-11) with 680. Newman leads the MVC in earned run average with an impressive 0.66 mark, ranks second in strikeouts with 122 and third in wins. In her career, she has won MVC Pitcher of the Week nine times.center_img ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Redshirt junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) the Drake University softball team has been named Missouri Valley Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week for a league-leading fourth time this season while junior infielder Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) was tabbed the MVC Player of the Week for the first time in her career, the league office announced Monday, April 2. Newman and Pena have helped Drake to a 25-9 overall record, including an 8-0 start to MVC play. Drake, which sits in first place in the MVC, will travel to Southern Illinois, April 7-8, for a three-game series. The series with the Salukis was originally scheduled to be played at Buel Field in Des Moines, but was moved to Carbondale, Ill. due to cold temperatures and inclement weather forecasted for this week in central Iowa. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more