Losing corn…

first_img…and huskIn our present circumstances, the “corn” is our oil and the husk is the “local content” and together, they represent how we— the people of Guyana— should be benefiting from those undersea gushers that are popping up faster than jumbie umbrellas. Well, we know for sure, we’ve already lost the corn. And your Eyewitness is still hopping mad that those responsible for boasting about us receiving 12.5% of the take on all that corn aren’t being fitted for orange jumpsuits. Especially when from our crumb, WE’VE got to pay the income tax on the profits that IOCs will be raking in!! If that isn’t rubbing salt into our wounds, then what is??Anyhow, as we’ve been harping away in this space, we still haven’t lost all the husk of “local content” as yet. But from the way this PNC Government has been going, unless something changes pretty quickly, that’ll soon be gone for channa. It’s obvious this Government hasn’t the foggiest idea of what “local content” is all about – so it’s not surprising that one IOC listed that buying cane juice and pine tarts from the vendor on the road is “local content”!!The fact of the matter is that the PNC had three years to start preparing for substantive benefits of local content and they haven’t done squat. Take that company that wanted to store chemicals for the FPSO at Houston but faced a firestorm of protests from local residents and decided to relocate “temporarily” to T&T. Any government worth its salt would’ve had experts advise it of all the ancillary activities that the offshore oil extraction demanded and worked with the business community to get ready since 2015. As the old folks say, “you cyaan wait ‘till yuh belly hu’t, fuh buil’ latrine”. Why are we only finding out now that the industry needs benzene, which must be readily available? We have a whole community in economic crisis over at Wales with huge swathes of land near a river; couldn’t the Government have created an industrial estate there to service the oil industry??Whatever happened to that US$500 million facility that Trotman was talking about on Crab Island?? Has the idea been ‘privatised’ to a few insiders who were granted all that land a few miles away at Bohemia?? Wouldn’t it have been best for the venture to be a PPP – Public Private Partnership!! – model so that local businessmen could’ve been guided up the technological ladder with the requisite skills imparted?? And couldn’t a couple of hundred scholarships been given to locals to pick up the requisite skills right over in T&T?So we wouldn’t be stuck with spreading grease at US$350/GY$70,000 a month?…but claiming benefitsYes…Guyana will only benefit from the funds that’ll flow from the 12.5% of the crude oil that we’ll get as our “share” and the “local content” benefits. But the Government is already hyping claims that we’ll become the richest country in this hemisphere on a “per capita” basis once the oil starts flowing. Now this is where you, dear reader, will have to pick sense from nonsense – and there’s a whole lotta nonsense floating around.But without getting involved with GDP vs GNP and all that jazz, we just have to follow the money. Take all that gold that was produced over the past decades in our country by those big foreign companies like Omai. Apart from the 5% royalty the Government collected and the wages that workers earned, did it improve YOUR per capita income?? Nope!! All that equipment was paid for overseas and all the profits were repatriated overseas. And it’ll be the same for oil.And even for the portion passed on to the Government – that was money for “the boys”.…and getting chickenfeedWhile corn may be used to feed chickens overseas, “chickenfeed” here is rise husk (“boosie”) and broken rice.So with our oil money going overseas to feed their fat cats, we should be happy with chickenfeed?Alast_img read more

EAC stuns NU in Filoil hoops; Cardinals cruise past Chiefs

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy 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 Yu Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eagles claim title over Archers MOST READ The Bulldogs were slowed by their 39 turnovers. The Generals may not have capitalized on that, scoring just six points of those errors, but National U simply could not find its groove due to the lost possessions.Meanwhile, Mapua scored its first win in the tournament after crushing Arellano, 85-65, in another game.A 25-4 start was all the Cardinals needed to snap a three-game slide and hand the Chiefs a second straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN The rebuilding program of the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals just scored a huge win.EAC stunned National University, 77-73, for its first win in two outings in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Jethro Mendoza led the Generals with 20 points, including eight straight in the dying minutes of the game to tame the Bulldogs.In a match where both teams swapped leads, EAC finally got over the hump on an 11-2 run for a 58-52 spread going into the final period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJP Maguliano added 12 for the Bulldogs.It was a sorry loss for NU, which got 17 points from Dave Ildefonso who scored 17 while Chino Mosqueda and Isaa Gaye added 11 and 10, respectively. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting View commentslast_img read more

US Guyanese plan to snub UG Diaspora conference

first_imgDear Editor,America-based Guyanese are considering a boycott of the “Diaspora Conference on Investment” in July being organised by the University of Guyana Vice Chancellor’s office. The main reasons articulated for the planned snub: racial and political discrimination and victimisation by Government, lack of transparency in governance, wastage of financial resources by UG management, racialised hiring and appointment of staff at UG, neglect and marginalisation at Tain campus, etc. Also, relevant questions are being asked on the true role and objectives of the conference: Whose agenda is being served by UG management? Why isn’t there ethnic equity in representation in the university’s management, hiring of staff, distribution of resources, funding for those attending this and other conferences, etc? Many feel the conference will be another talk shop and that no meaningful action will be taken on recommendations as has been the case over the last two years. Proponents (of boycott) note that blacks successfully used it as a weapon in America and South Africa and Zimbabwe to bring about positive change, and they believe same can be achieved in Guyana.Guyanese are looking at the Diaspora intellectuals and business folks to provide moral and courageous leadership to rescue Guyana. To attend the conference would be to support wrongs in the country, sending a message of condoning the policy, programme and action of the Government and UG management. Spurning the conference is seen a form of solidarity for the victims of racism and mis-governance.It is pointed out that funds at UG are being wasted on trivial matters. Money has been invested (including on foreign junkets) with promises of huge returns from alumni and the Diaspora; instead there is a negative return of 80 per cent. Expenses (airfare, hotel, and the works) were paid for some attendees (defenders of the regime) who did not reflect the ethnic composition of the population. UG hosted “reach out” (Diaspora) conferences in New York and elsewhere with hardly any Indians, Amerindians, Chinese, Portuguese, and other representation – who together comprise some 55 per cent of population but are marginalised with under-representation of only five per cent. Many who sided with the Alliance For Change and the People’s National Congress (PNC) have realised they were used to remove the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) from office only to install the PNC in Government. They now feel the regime is seeking to re-use them to attract investments and to legitimise the marginalisation of ethnic groups.It is pointed out that when African leaders were shouting about marginalisation from the rooftops under the PPP Government and were challenged to present evidence, they responded in a huff that ‘Indians cannot speak about the reality of Africans in Guyana’. Today in every indicator, the numbers keep building up transparently showing Indian and Amerindian marginalisation and exclusion. And now the public doesn’t hear blacks talking about racism when this is pointed out.The regime is parading token Indians as representing the Indian population. And a few are being recruited from abroad only too willing to sell their souls and their people for crumbs. Indians and other groups must not allow non-ethnics to define their agenda. Indians must tell their own narrative.On hosting conferences, UG management did not see it fit to host a seminar on the 100th anniversary of end of indentureship, but it hosted seminars on emancipation and slavery. The UG management could not find resources to send lecturers to attend conferences on indenture in Trinidad, India, New York, Holland and London but expended millions for a Diaspora meet in NYC and millions more now for a UG Daspora meet.The Diaspora has complained that the Government does not even bother to engage them, but now wants their investment. Government has largely ignored most of those who played a significant role lobbying for developmental assistance for the homeland. And those who constantly write on the Diaspora, particularly the role it can play in development, are not consulted for their ideas. Those who have consistently sought investment for Guyana feel they are alienated and no longer welcome.Critics of the UG conference say organisers are not willing to tolerate discussion on misuse of funds and on the widespread corruption pervading the Administration and or to address racism, intolerance, and victimisation. They don’t think there will be space for intellectual exchange on governance or a voice to guide the regime to take corrective action on its countless missteps.At the UG conference, the agenda of victims and non-supporters will not be served. Instead, only the agenda of the Government and the office of the Vice Chancellor will be served. Should the public respond to the invitation to participate in the conference? Would Dr Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela have attended this conference? If these gentlemen had not used boycott or other forms of resistance, would change have come to India, America and South Africa?The moral weight of those in academia and business expressing their displeasure with the UG conference will hopefully force its management, the Government and its acolytes to rethink their policy of mis-use of funds and glaring racial discrimination. As many say, the “stayaway” gesture from the conference is symbolic as it may not move the Government, but a clear message of needs to be sent.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Prisons grab Bronze, Pipeline come fifth

first_imgElsewhere, Kenya Pipeline who lost out to Prisons in the quarter finals managed to finish fifth after beating home side Carthage by straight sets of 33-31, 25-12, 25-18.Pipeline recorded their worst performance since 2013 when they finished outside the top four in Antananarivo, Madagascar, the same place where Prisons won their last continental title.Last year, Pipeline finished third while Prisons who had most of their first team regulars back from professional stints returned to the podium for the first time since 2014.In the bronze medal match, Prisons sneaked from the blind side of the Egyptians in the tie breaker after a cat and mouse chase in the opening four sets.Prisons had painfully lost 3-1 (25-21,25-13,24-26,25-14) to host Carthage in the semi finals to end Kenya’s dream of winning their first title in four years, and they were in to ensure at least a medal returns home after a disappointing tournament.Overall, Kenya’s performance was not convincing enough.Despite registering improved performance in terms of team placements compared to last year, there is an urgent need by these two clubs which once dominated the continental volleyball scene, to go back to the drawing board and possibly draft up new formula which will see them get back their groves to the elite volleyball playing nations in Africa.More worrying is the fact that Kenya has not won this trophy since 2013 when Prisons surrendered it to GSP Petroliers of Algeria.Before that, Prisons had dominated the continental stage with five titles including four in a row (2010, 2011,2012 and 2013).Pipeline who has seven titles to their name last won this trophy way back in 2005 when majority of the players in their current squad members were still in Primary School.The two Kenyan sides had clashed in the quarter finals where reigning national champions Pipeline lost 2-3 (25-13, 26-28,19-25, 25-23) to Prisons, a side which last beat them in 2013 at the playoffs.Sfaxien overcame INJS from Cameroon to finish seventh following a 3-1(25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-9) win in the positions seventh and eighth play-off match.-By Elvince Joshua- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Pipeline players pose for a photo after a previous match at the 2017 African Women’s Club Championship in Tunisia. PHOTO/CAVBNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16 – Kenya Prisons needed to dig deep in a five-set thriller as they got sweet revenge over Egyptian giants Ah Ahly beating them 3-2 (13-25, 25-10, 20-25, 25-20, 15-10) to win the bronze medal at the African Women’s Club Championships in Monastir, Tunisia on Sunday.AL Ahly had beaten the Kenyan girls 3-1 (25-14,25-21,17-25,25-16)  in the opening match of the tournament but come the medal match, David Lung’aho’s girls were in no mood of let up.last_img read more

Fire Prevention Day cancelled due to weather

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fire Prevention Day that was scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled due to weather conditions.The event was supposed to be held at the Home Hardware parking lot on Saturday, October 1st before a heavy snow hit the region, postponing the event a first time.The Fort St. John Fire Department had hoped to hold it this Saturday on the last day of Fire Prevention Week.- Advertisement –last_img

Tottenham aiming to land young Italy striker – but face Juventus fight

first_img1 Domenico Berardi Tottenham are still hoping they can persuade young Italian striker Domenico Berardi to join them instead of Juventus at the end of the seasonBerardi is co-owned by Sassuolo and Juve but there is a clause in the player’s contract which allows the Turin club to buy him outright in the next two seasons.However, according to Sport Mediaset, Berardi is concerned about the amount of playing time he is likely to get at Juve, having seen former team-mate Simone Zaza struggle to get a look-in there this season.  The report also claims Berardi is interested in what Spurs have to offer and was in London during the winter break.Monaco are also keeping an eye on the situation but any potential buyers will have to better the £12m Juve have agreed to pay at the end of the 2015/16 season.last_img read more

Spurs fans delighted after AJ Tracey makes Sessegnon transfer ‘revelation’

first_imgAJ Tracey and fellow rapper Dave made headlines over the weekend when a fan got on stage at Glastonbury to help perform their hit ‘Thiago Silva’.‘Alex from Glasto’ stepped in for AJ Tracey and became an overnight internet sensation after nailing every word of the grime tune. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS 6 three-way race Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tottenham fan AJ Tracey claims Ryan Sessegnon is keen on a move to Spurs.How does he know such insider information? Because he bumped into the Fulham star on holiday.The British rapper shared a picture of himself alongside the 19-year-old on Twitter, accompanied with the caption: “My sources have informed me Ryan’s open to a move to Tottenham.” Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on 6 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Alex from Glasto performed a sensational duet with Dave at Glastonbury 6 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 6 6 TOP WORK In the days since, the two artists have been busy trying to lure young England stars to their preferred clubs, with Manchester United fan Dave chatting to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho in Ibiza.A video shows the pair standing next to each other saying, ‘You know what’s next’, while a fan in a United shirt stands behind them. BBC LIVING THE DREAM LATEST targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 6 After becoming the first Premier League club ever to go two transfer windows without signing anyone, Spurs announced two new players within a matter of hours on Tuesday.Tanguy Ndombele joined from Lyon in a club record £55million deal, while Jack Clarke sealed a £10million switch before being loaned straight back to Leeds.It’s exciting times in north London – and the latest ‘development’ from AJ Tracey has only added to the transfer buzz – even if supporters are taking it with a pinch of salt… my sources have informed me ryan’s open to a move to tottenham 👀 @HotspurRelated pic.twitter.com/lTEkLyFGx4— aj (@ajtracey) July 2, 2019Sessegnon’s future has been a source of constant speculation and reports suggest he wants to leave Craven Cottage this summer.With just one year remaining on his current deal, it is understood the England Under-21 international will not sign a new contract, and Tottenham are ready to snap him up for around £45million. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Money Moves pic.twitter.com/MLg4BV12I6— SANTAN (@Santandave1) July 1, 2019last_img read more

Football Talk: England boot camp, Scooter’s Sinclair Song

first_imgScott Sinclair was responsible for a lot of things this season but one, perhaps unforgiving, memory was his influence in the unlikely return of Scooter. The Celtic fans’ song is to the tune of the Logical Song, one of the German dance act’s biggest (only?) hits from over a decade ago.The group only just discovered the cult following that song now has in Glasgow and say they are now looking forward to playing it at their Braehead Arena show this weekend. They know it will not just be Celtic fans in the crowd, right? Meanwhile, there are much bigger things happening on Saturday, like the small matter of Scotland taking on England.Gareth Southgate has been preparing his side by sending them to boot camp… because the fear of losing to us is just that bad, obviously.last_img

Removing Your Vehicle from the Roadway after Property Damage Crash Will be Law Once Again

first_imgThe intent of the law is to safely remove traffic hazards from the roadway so as to reduce secondary crashes, especially on multi lane highways, that are often more severe and result in more injuries than the original crash.Also, this law ensures that motorists have statutory backing when they move their vehicles. Many times insurance companies tell their clients not to move their vehicle after it has been involved in a crash, even if it’s only a property damage crash, until law enforcement arrives.Information from IN-Time, Indiana’s Traffic Incident Management Effort, states that for every minute that a freeway travel is blocked during a peak travel period, four minutes of travel delay results after the incident is cleared.Their statistics reveal the following:Crashes that result from other incidents (secondary) are estimated to be 22% of all crashes.Chances of a secondary crash increase by 2.8% for each minute the primary incident is not cleared.18% of secondary crashes result in fatal injuries.In 2008, 21% of Indiana’s crashes showed vehicles “slowed or stopped” in traffic. A secondary crash.Past records indicate neither a ticket nor arrest was issued while the law was a misdemeanor and authorities do not anticipate tickets being issued under the reinstated law, except in rare circumstances.“Our intent is to educate the public that if they are involved in a property damage crash, they have a statutory requirement to remove their vehicles from the roadway,” stated Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.“The Indiana State Police will utilize traditional media and social media to inform the public of this reinstated law which is designed to remove hazards and keep traffic moving safely on Indiana highways.”Included below is the reinstated statue IC- 9-26-1-1.2.SECTION 2. IC 9-26-1-1.2 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODEAS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY1, 2016]: Sec. 1.2. (a) If, after an operator of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident, the operator’s motor vehicle comes to a stop in the traveled portion of a highway, the operator shall, as soon as safely possible, move the motor vehicle off the traveled portion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident as possible. However, the operator shall not move the motor vehicle if the accident:(1) involves the transportation of hazardous materials; or(2) results in injury or death of a person or the entrapment of a person in a vehicle.A person who violates this subsection commits a Class C infraction. A law that had been on the Indiana books as a misdemeanor, and was inadvertently removed, has been reinstated as a class “C” infraction.Beginning July 1st, 2016, IC 9-26-1-1.2 is added to the Indiana Code as a new section and states, “If, after an operator of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident, the operator’s motor vehicle comes to a stop in the traveled portion of the highway, the operator shall, as soon as safely possible, move the motor vehicle off the traveled portion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident as possible.However, the operator of the motor vehicle shall not move the motor vehicle if the accident involves the transportation of hazardous materials or results in the injury or death of a person or the entrapment of a person in a vehicle.”The previous law only applied to interstate highways. The reinstated law applies to all government maintained roadways.last_img read more