– no participation from GuyanaMore than 105 songs were submitted for screening for this year’s Pick 2 Chutney Soca Monarch and it has come down to 33 of the best entries.The organisers, Southex Trade Shows and Promotions Limited, announced a few days ago the list of the 33 top singers who will be competing in the semi-final on January 28 at the LIV Nightlife, South Trunk Road, La Romaine, Trinidad and Tobago.Although there is a lack of Guyanese participation in this year’s competition, some of the names selected to perform at the semi are well known to Guyanese and have their fan base her in Guyana.From the semi-final round, only nine contestants will be selected to compete against the reigning Chutney Soca Monarch, Kris “KI” Persad at the grand final, scheduled for February 11 at Skinner Park, San Fernando.Nevertheless, KI will make a special guest appearance at the semi-final on January 28.Those who will compete in the semi-final are Shivan R and Slammer Cutter, Rawythee Ramroop, Jason Peru, Heeralal Rampartap, Vishan Mohammed, Anthony Batson, Amit Sooknanan, O’Neil Bhajman, Veekash Sahadeo, Michael Ramroop, Xavier Pouchet, Jesh Ramnanan, Hemlatha Dindial, Reshma Ramlal, Drupatee Persad and Asha Kamachee.In addition, Jadel, Robin Jagdip, Imran Beharry, Aaron Duncan, Nishard Mayrhoo, Lalchan Babwah, Neval Bissambhar, Adesh Samaroo, Ravi B, Orlando Octave, Rick Ramoutar, Saleem Beharry, Rikki Jai, Rooplal G, Omadath Maharaj, Aaron Jewansingh and Sally Sagram will be competing with the hope of making it into the finals.
Looking for something to show dad how super amazing he is? MovieTowne has the perfect package!Dress dad like a super-agent, in all black, and enjoy free access to any movie this Father’s Day – June 16, 2019.The rules are simple, fathers must be dressed in black and they will be allowed entry into any movie for free. Non-fathers and children will be required to purchase their movie tickets. This offer only applies to one showing on Father’s Day.MovieTowne – which aims to brand itself as the number one stop for entertainment in Guyana – says this initiative is a great way to encourage family activities, especially in celebration of fathers.
…to believe the mouthed inanities?Your Eyewitness verily believes he’s now heard it all! At his first press conference in two years, President Granger opined he didn’t “believe” placing the US$18 million “signing bonus” from Exxon into a specifically-created Bank of Guyana account – rather than the stipulated Consolidated Fund – was “illegal”. And why isn’t violating the controlling Art 216 of the Constitution not “illegal”? “I would not do something that was unlawful,” Granger said with a straight face!!Like the young George Washington, he evidently expects us to believe he can’t tell a lie and he is a living, walking exemplar of probity and rectitude!! But in the next breath, to affirm his faith in the “legal competence” of Basil Williams to fulfil his role as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, absolutely rubbishes that claim! Williams, after all, has lost 90 per cent of his cases for the Government!So, when the President goes on to say if his “legal team” says his act was “unlawful”, he’ll “correct it”, you know Guyana’s on a roundabout from which it can’t escape!! The problem is, in addition to being challenged legally, Basil Williams is obviously willing to tell the President whatever the latter wants to hear. Finally, he claims if the court rules the deposit in BoG is illegal, he’ll also comply.But what your (curious) Eyewitness wants to know is now that the lid’s been blown on the “secret account”, wouldn’t those dastardly Venezuelans now KNOW (gasp!!) we had a “legal war chest” to pay the lawyers at the ICJ? Of course, going by the logic of Foreign Affairs Minister Greenidge, who said he advised the BoG secret stash, even though since the PPP Administration, Guyana’s been pushing the ICJ option the Venezuelans would’ve never suspected we’d put aside money to pay lawyers!!Never mind Greenidge’s testimony on February 15, 2016 in Parliament asserted his government had already put aside $200 million for such fees (under the Budgetary category “other”). Wouldn’t that titbit been known by the Venezuelans via their resident Ambassador? Naaah! But not so incidentally, whatever happened to that $200 million? Wherever it was placed, shouldn’t it have been joined by the Exxon US$18 million, rather than invoking some non-existent “escrow account”??If the $200 million hadn’t raised “national security implications”, why should the US$18 million?? Since he reiterated he’s ultimately in charge of “national security”, could President Granger possibly enlighten the Guyanese people as to what quantum of money for international lawyers on the border controversy triggers “national security” concerns?The President may want Guyanese to believe his naivety led to the secrecy on Exxon’s US$18 million.But they’re not daft enough to fall for that line!!…on rigging?Asked directly whether he plans to rig the 2020 elections, President Granger says he had “no intentions” to do so. While cynics may say, what else you’d expect the man to say, your Eyewitness’ doubts rise out of the President’s own words. Last month in Atlanta, speaking confidentially to the 5th Biennial Conference of the PNCR’s North American region, he said: “You have to ask yourself how did the PNC gain office in 1964. Ask yourself how did the PNC remain in office and what did it do during that period Ask yourself how the PNC regained office in 2015 and ask yourself how would the PNC retain office after 2020.”The answers are: in 1964 the PNC gained office by coalescing with the UF and maintained power by rigging elections, while frinding down the Opposition. In 2015 it gained office by coalescing with the AFC, which is now “dead meat”.Guyanese would be daft not to suspect the PNC will once again rig elections to remain in office post 2020!…on Police cars?The Police complain their salaries are abysmal. Yet tints on SIXTY-FIVE police cars were removed? Now where did these Police get the money to buy the cars, which can only be the tip of the iceberg?Daft enough to believe THEY SAVED?
By: SASE Singh; M.Sc. – Finance, ACCA.Given the structural character of the economy (a small and open one), it is expected that the nation should have had a growing base of Net Foreign Assets to meet its needs. This Granger regime, keeps telling the nation that there is economic growth but yet when one looks at the Net Foreign Assets in the financial system, one wonders, how are they paying for these imports as the economy supposedly grows?For open economies like Guyana, there must be a high reliance on imports for consumption and capital development. These imports are financed by the Net Foreign Assets controlled by the State. In such a situation, the proper administration of the stock of Net Foreign Assets is of paramount importance in order to enable the economy to be able to meet the demands of the business community in order to conduct their trade. Therefore, there has to be a high level of discipline in how the Net Foreign Assets are managed.The Bank of Guyana has just released its April 2019 Statistical Bulletin and its May 2019 Balance Sheet and what I found from those documents did not provide any good news on the state of our Net Foreign Assets. For the readers, the Bank of Guyana and the private Commercial Banks are expected to keep a stock of Net Foreign Assets to settle all foreign payments. But from the graph below, that was constructed from evidence from these Bank of Guyana documents, it tells a story that is not what the Granger regime is telling us. Some people are strangers to the truth.Between 2012 and 2018, the Total Net Foreign Assets of Guyana declined by 22% and this was driven by a decline in the Net Foreign Assets at the Central Bank by some 32% over that same time period. If it was not for their plundering of the foreign currency in the private commercial banks which cause the Central Bank to buy some US$179 million from the private banking system in 2018, the Central Bank would have seen its Net Foreign Assets depleted by over 50% over the during the period 2012 to 2018.But the mere act of using Guyana dollars to buy foreign currency from the commercial banks is inflationary and if it was not for the Treasury Bills operations by the Central Bank to mop up these same Guyana dollars at a cost to the Treasury, we would have been experiencing hyperinflation in Guyana by now. But these Treasury Bills operations come at a cost – new debt that is a strategy to kick the problem “down the road into the future” for the next generation to clean up. Such a policy action I find wholly irresponsible and reckless on the part of Mr. David Granger and his team. As the saying goes, the buck stops at Mr. Granger’s desk.Even with the oil inflows, this is sort of massive borrowing is unsustainable and bad news for any future government. Even the best experts arrive in Guyana after the next elections, what Mr. Granger and his team has done to this economy in the last four (4) years will create long term damage to the economy.I am therefore encouraging the authorities to cease and desist from this reckless economic and political strategy and think country first rather than cabal. It is time to evaluate the income generative projects and industries and stop selling the people this snake oil that the oil revenues will solve all. The financial models reveals that it will not. The first stop for the oil revenue is to pay off the G$55 billion that the Central Government has borrowed from the Bank of Guyana. Then there is a G$30 billion debt borrowed on behalf of Guysuco by Team Granger.The foremost consequence from continuing along this path of not creating more export oriented business is the re-awakening of a parallel foreign exchange market, which will lead to a situation of the State losing control of the foreign currency flows. It is in this light that this column stands with all right-thinking Guyana in exposing, opposing and rejecting these thoughtless economic plans of Team Granger. All will suffer if it is allowed to continue.Guyana can do better than this!
Dear Editor,Not a single Guyanese should be in the least bit surprised that a competent, qualified and decent officer such as Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority Myrna Pitt has resigned from her post.Had she not done so then she would have spoiled the long and odious record of the Chairman of the CH&PA Board Hamilton Green.If one were to look back at the various ministries he headed, one would see the difficulties experienced by the permanent secretaries, departmental heads and other technical staff who were all certified, capable and experienced.But one does not have to look so far back, one just has to look at the last twenty one years that he spent as Chairman of the Georgetown Municipality, to see the long list of casualties including town clerks, city engineers, city treasurers, etc.Note however, that his getting rid of all of these senior staffers did not make things any better at City Hall, in fact it made things far worse, with the Council being at its apex in corruption and irregularities when he finally left a few months ago.It should also be noted that most of the victims were women.How could the government give this cruel octogenarian more opportunities to destroy the lives of honest public servants who do not agree to dance to the tune that he is playing?Sincerely,Mark Roopan
Dear Editor,The Indian Action Committee (IAC) has learned that uncommonly high winds associated with a thunderstorm adversely affected the village communities of No 19 and Warren, Lower Corentyne, Region Six, Berbice, during the early hours of Sunday morning, October 23, 2016.The IAC understands that many of the damaged buildings have already been repaired but that the home of Allimudeen Gobin, 54, who is currently staying with relatives, was completely destroyed, and the organisation will be meeting with him shortly to make a monetary donation.The IAC has a history of assisting persons whose dwelling has been damaged by high winds.The IAC takes this opportunity to call on the private sector, and members of the public, including government agencies, to assist Gobin, a cane harvester employed at Rose Hall Estate. to rebuild his home.Sincerely,Indian ActionCommittee
Dear Editor,Like his pal Freddie Kissoon, David Hinds continuously propagates the notion that the People’s Progressive Party “ruined Guyana”. They are shamelessly trying to rewrite the economic and rights history of this country, when those two in particular lived and suffered through the perilous dictatorship of the Burnham era. The second President of the United States, John Adams, is credited with the famous quote, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”It was thanks to the prudent management of our resources by the PPP that Guyana had grown from bankruptcy in 1992 to the vibrant economy that the APNU/AFC coalition inherited in 2015. And I fear this government is determined to take us back to those dark, perilous times.Perhaps David Hinds is influenced by his friend Freddie, for he has conveniently overlooked the positive changes that the PPP has made to our Constitution; to Parliament; to the Judiciary; and to the economy. The PPP reduced the massive debt burden and recorded years of sustained GDP growth. There were more investments, both local and foreign, that led to prosperity and job creation; and the housing sector exploded with the distribution of over 100,000 house-lots to Guyanese of all ethnic and political affiliations. The PPP built new schools and health-care facilities in every region, and expand welfare to our citizens. Yet none of this progress they see.How sad that David Hinds has now been reduced to being the mouthpiece of the same corrupt political legacy he once despised.And in another recent article in the media, “PPP has left Guyana in an ethnic trap” (April 24), Hinds wrote that the PPP’s political domination during its term in office translates into ethnic dominance, which “ensured that African Guyanese developed a very deep fear and hatred for that party”. According to the article, Hinds said that “the consequence is that attempts to reform governance will be seen by most PPP supporters as ethnic revenge on the part of the current government”. He then went on to justify the political witch-hunt and ethnic cleansing of those perceived to be PPP supporters in the Public Sector as an “ethnic imbalance that needs to be corrected”.Space does not permit an appropriate response to the erroneously racist views the learned Professor advocates, and to do so may very well put me in trouble. But I will say this: When the PPP/C took office in 1992, the Public Sector was made up of 90-95 per cent Afro-Guyanese. Even after 23 years the composition of the Public Sector was still about 75-80 per cent Blacks in a country that has a significant Indian majority. On August 30, the Guyana Chronicle carried a photograph of the Attorney General posing with the staff of the AG Chamber. They were all Afro-Guyanese. Of the 60 to 70 employees of the Ministry of Legal Affairs (professional staff included), only about two Indo-Guyanese now work there. The others have either been dismissed or forced to resign. Since Independence 50 years ago, there was only ONE Indian Head of the Army, Major General Joseph Singh. And in the 23 years of PPP rule, there was only one Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud.At the recent Carifesta Games held in Barbados, someone asked: “Why such a huge delegation only had approximately four persons of Indo-Guyanese origin in their midst, given that demographically Indo-Guyanese are the biggest ethnicity in Guyana? Because of the small number of Indo-Guyanese in the delegation, it was then left to other ethnicities to depict Indo-Guyanese culture in dance routines on stage.” (Stabroek News, September 2). And recently, the REO of Region Five employed 17 persons, all of whom are Afro-Guyanese in a region that is predominantly Indian.During the 23 years of PPP rule, there was only ONE Indo-Guyanese Chief Justice, Carl Singh, who later became the only Indo-Guyanese Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary. And readers may recall that the PNC never gave Justice Singh the agreement that would have confirmed him as Chancellor.There is no doubt that Afro-Guyanese fared much more under the PPP than at any time during the entire 28 years of PNC dominance. Some would readily admit that had it not been for the PPP, they would never be able to own a car, a bus or a home of their own. The evidence is everywhere. Ulrick Leacock, a vendor and APNU supporter, said, “If I vote back I would vote for the PPP because they were doing quite well. Which in, when they were in power for 23 years, I build a house and I was working for less money and now in APNU time, I cannot buy a bicycle.” The PPP stands prepared and committed to a public fact-based debate anytime with the likes of David Hinds and Eric Phillips to debunk this racist rhetoric they have been peddling for years to prevent more Afro-Guyanese from supporting the PPP. But don’t expect them to turn up, facts are stubborn things!HARRY GILLPPP/C Member ofParliament
The titles will still be used for both women and men when it comes to code violations, medical announcements and player challenges, according to the All England Club.Heather Watson, a British player who is making her 10th appearance at Wimbledon, didn’t even notice the change while beating Caty McNally of the United States 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Monday in the first round. But she was all for it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Equality is always good,” Watson said.In the past, the chair umpire would use the titles at the end of each game during women’s matches, and at the end of the match. But not for men’s matches. Britain’s Heather Watson celebrates after beating United States’ Caty McNally to win their Women’s singles match during day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)WIMBLEDON, England — Wimbledon has tinkered with its traditional naming titles for this year’s tournament.Spectators at the All England Club and those watching at home will still hear the chair umpire refer to female players as Miss, Mrs. or Ms., but only at certain times — in the same instances that they will use Mr. for the male players.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing So when Watson won a game in the past, the chair umpire would announce, “Game, Miss Watson.” But for a men’s match, the announcement would just be, “Game, Federer,” in the case of eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.The topic of using the titles came up last year, the first year Serena Williams played at the All England Club as a married woman.Instead of, “Game, Miss Williams,” it was, “Game, Mrs. Williams.” This year, assuming she wins a game in her first-round match on Tuesday, the chair umpire will say, “Game, Williams.”Novak Djokovic, a four-time Wimbledon winner and the defending champion, said he hadn’t noticed that the club made the change for this year’s tournament.“I don’t know, to be honest, how I feel about it,” said Djokovic, who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. “I thought that tradition was very unique and very special. I thought it was nice.”ADVERTISEMENT But after being told that the reason for the change could be in the interest of gender equality, Djokovic was on board.“I mean, sure, if that is the reason, then why not?” the top-seeded Serb said. “I support that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Tolentino wants POC elections to be held by July 18 Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Read Next MOST READ 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View comments
Montserrado County Superintendent, Florence Brandy says for taxpayers to gain courage and faithfully pay their taxes, there should be tax returns paid to them to enhance their development.Tax returns is an incentive set by government for an individual taxpayer or a region that is regular and efficient in paying government taxes.Superintendent Brandy made the suggestion on January 29 in Bentol during Community Partnership for Revenue Enhancement consultation organized by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).Acting Assistant Commissioner for Real Estate Tax Division, Mrs. Juanita Bropleh and other officials of the LRA had gone there for the first time to begin community partnership awareness with people of the county to see reason to pay government taxes for the advancement of development in the country.Beginning the suggestion, Superintendent Brandy expressed that tax payment was very essential in a country as it relates to development and it was important for people to learn to pay their taxes.She further stressed that people had engaged lands all over Montserrado County and other parts of the country and do not care to develop those lands, calling on government to be decisive in claiming any land on which owners refuse to pay tax.Nevertheless, the Superintendent in her assertion said while it is obligatory and essential to pay taxes, collectors also need to create the conditions for taxpayers to have the zeal by receiving returns on taxes they pay.According to her, every county in Liberia receives US$200,000 as development fund, but when it comes to collecting taxes from each county, over US$10 million is collected from Montserrado.Since such a huge amount comes from Montserrado every year according to the Superintendent, the county and any other county from which taxes are collected should have returns for the taxes they pay to government.In response to the concern raised by Supt. Brandy, an LRA official, Delaruelle Brumskine-Birch, explained the roles of the LRA and other government functionaries connected to tax collection.Mrs. Brumskine-Birch said the LRA is only mandated to abide by the tax code in collecting taxes and reporting taxes collected to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).“It would be a good thing if we can all have tax returns because I pay my tax and so does the head commissioner of LRA. The current head Commissioner, Mrs. Alfreda Tamba equally pays her taxes and she compels all of us to pay our taxes. Concerns about returns should be addressed by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and not LRA,” she clarified.She further clarified that laws to give tax returns to taxpayers are made by the National Legislature and therefore citizens should hold their lawmakers responsible to pass laws that will allow citizens to receive returns on their taxes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Save the Children International, (SCI), one of lead international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Margibi County, has constructed a school building in Kakata, the Margibi capital.SCI Education Project Manager, Augustine Kullie, is quoted as telling the Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County correspondent, Richard Baysah, that “the Margibi All-Girls School,” built by SCI management, is intended to be used exclusively for teen mothers and girls in Margibi County.According to Mr. Kullie, the Margibi All-Girls School was constructed under a program called, “Hope for Africa,” and is funded by Save the Children International of South Korea.“Building of the school was also intended to increase girl’s access and improved quality of education for Liberian children, especially girls,” Mr. Kullie said.He observed that there was a very serious issue when it came to girls’ education, due to gender disparity almost at all levels of the society, but mainly beginning with the primary school level.The school building, which is located the main campus of the Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI), was constructed at a cost over US$120.000, is built in accordance with the Ministry of Education (MOE) prescribed standard design of schools in Liberia.The newly dedicated school comprises the primary annex, which runs from grade one to fourth grade, and the early childhood development block that is primarily targeting teen mothers whose excuse over the years had been that “there is nobody to take care of our child/children while they are in school.”But with the construction of the Margibi All-Girls School, Mr. Kullie is of the opinion that both the boys and girls will take advantage by helping to significantly address the issue of educational disparity among them.An educational survey shows the ratio of boys to girls is 50-50, but going beyond the primary level, the ratio of boys to girls indicates that the boys have the advantage to remain in school as compared to girls.Continuing up to grade nine, Kullie said, there is a huge gap in disparity as three or at least five out of 15 girls sometimes remain in school until they complete the secondary education.Quoting the global index survey on girl’s education in 2011 as reported by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) there were 28 million children out of school particularly in sub-Sahara Africa and “more than 50 percent accounted for girls out of school children.”In Liberia, he said, the same UNICEF report indicated that half a million children were out of school, and more than half of that number was again girls. This, he said, has become an increasing concern to SCI in addressing the huge disparity between boys and girls.The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which calls for the reduction in gender disparity by 2005, did not materialize up to 2015, Kullie disclosed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)