We must greet APNU/AFC apologists with truth: Ask them about 2015 Manifesto promises that…

first_imgDear Editor,A perverted narrative has recently emerged to cloud the gross mismanagement of our economy by the PNC (now camouflage as the APNU-AFC collation) over the past four-plus years. This narrative, which is propagated by a group of PNC’s apologists, attempts to paint the 23 years of the PPP/C as the most unsuccessful period while projecting the past four-plus years as the most progressive in our post-colonial history. The irony is that this narrative is the complete opposite of the truth. As a researcher, I have a moral and professional responsibility to confront the distorted narrative with every piece of data that is publicly available.The facts about our economic development under the PPP/C are there for everyone to examine. Additionally, the success under the PPP/C during the period 1992-2015, ‘needs no academic gloss.’ The undeniable fact is that when the PPP/C took control of the country in 1992, Guyana was classified as one of the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 60 percent of the total population living below the poverty line. During the decade before the PPP/C assumed office, inflation averaged 28.9 percent during the period 1980-1990 and G$: US$ exchange rate depreciated from 2.50 in 1980 to 111.8 during 1990. The physical infrastructure of the country was in total disrepair, and the Guyanese couldn’t access essential items because of the shortage of foreign currency. The external debt represented 600 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 1989. Indeed, the country was worst off in 1992 than when it gained independence (see study titled “Income Distribution, Inequality, and Poverty Reduction During Economic Reform in Guyana” by John Gaffar). The economy was in such bad shape that the PNC, which has grown accustomed to rigging elections, had to broker a deal with our international partners to have ‘free and fair elections’ while simultaneously embarking on a Structural Adjustment Programme.Over the period 1992-2015, our economic fortunes were reversed despite the turbulent global economic conditions and attempt by the PNC to make ungovernable with their ‘slow fyah’ and ‘more fyah’ campaign. The country reported two episodes of economic expansion 1990-1993 and 2006-2015 and the displayed greater resilience to external shocks with the diversification of its economic base. Inflation averaged less than 6 percent annually between 1992 and 2015 while the G$: US$ remained stable. By 2012 the external debt represented 48 percent of GDP. Because of the buoyancy in the economy and stable business environment created by sound macroeconomic management, the country attracted US$1,326.4 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) between 2006 and 2012. Most of the FDI went into new and emerging sectors such as transportation, telecommunication, manufacturing, and energy sectors. Credit to the private also witnessed concomitant growth.Extreme poverty was reduced from 29 percent in 1992 to 18.6 percent by 2006. Meanwhile, the Human Development Index and Gini coefficient showed significant improvements, with Guyana promoted to a medium human development country. Further, Guyana was praised for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (GDS) in the areas of nutrition and child health, eradication of poverty and hunger, and universal primary education. In summary, the country made significant economic and social progress.All of the policy dividends that accrued from the sound macroeconomic management practiced by the PPP/C are being eroded before our naked eyes because of this incompetent APNU-AFC government. Except for gold production, we have seen contractions in all the critical sectors due to excessive taxes and willful neglect. The lukewarm response to crime, coupled with the unwillingness of the government to respect the laws, contributed to massive capital flight as businesses searched for safer investment destinations. If we were to subtract the national ‘eye-sore’ often described as the ‘wood-ants’ stadium, Durban Park there is little for the coalition to be proud of. Indeed, everything the shameless APNU-AFC boast about today was bequeathed to them by the PPP/C. The production of oil they take credit for today would not have been possible without Janet Jagan. The G$9 billion collected from Norway is the fruit of another visionary leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, who was the brainchild of the Low Carbon Development Strategy. All the significant infrastructure (road projects, airport expansion) originated during the tenure of Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar.As we approach the 2020 elections, the APNU-AFC apologists will continue to push there perverted narrative. However, we must greet these apologists with the truth and ask them about the 2015 Manifesto promises that were delivered by their party.Regards,Name and addresswithheldlast_img read more

Northern BC man dies while testing a piece of pipe

first_imgIt took nearly a month but, WorkSafe BC has released some of the details surrounding a pipeline testing accident in this region. To a large extent we now have answers to the what, why and how questions associated with the accident but we’re still lacking specifics on who, where and when. Now we understand the name of the victim has been withheld, at the request of the family and that has and will continue to be honored. According to the WorkSafe release, two unidentified workers were involved, somewhere in Northern BC, and the incident occurred sometime in December. It also says the two workers had just completed, a hydrostatic test, on two, 16 inch pipeline cleaning pig traps, when one of the workers, closed a valve to isolate the piping being tested, from the recording device and the pressure gauge. – Advertisement -The release goes on to say, the lines to the recording equipment and gauge were removed and, the worker then began to remove the testing connection from the value using a pipe wrench. However, instead of the testing connection unthreading, from the valve the valve unthreated from the pipe nipple connecting the valve to the pig traps which were still pressurized. As a result of the pressure, the worker was then struck and injured by the test piping and valve and he died several days later in hospital.last_img read more

Fort St. John woman receives the first email ever from the Queen

first_imgThe email was sent on Buckingham Palace letterhead. Dacia was one of the two Canadians who received the email. The other email was sent to a 13 year old from Quebec.Dacia is originally from Vancouver, but moved to the city for her job. She says she thinks the Commonwealth spirit is still alive in Canadians.[asset|aid=1310|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d606bd7f4027efef93599ee149bf140d-Dacia 2_1_Pub.mp3]She says she will probably print out the email and save it, so she can show her grandkids someday.Advertisement To see Dacia Douhaibi’s blog, click here. A Fort St. John social worker is one of the first people to receive an email from the queen.24 year old Dacia Douhaibi received the email, after writing about the importance of the Commonwealth in Canada.She wrote about her job at the Rising Spirit Youth Centre in the city, where she works as a Youth and Family Program Coordinator.- Advertisement -She says she is impressed with the Queen’s determination to keep up with technology.[asset|aid=1309|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d606bd7f4027efef93599ee149bf140d-Dacia 1_1_Pub.mp3]In a three paragraph email, Queen Elizabeth II wrote, “I have read with interest your accounts of a typical day in your own country which remind me of what we share across the Commonwealth even as our daily lives may be very different.”Advertisementlast_img read more

McElhinneys and The Hatter Coffee Co join forces for the best shoppers’ pick-me-up

first_imgMcElhinneys of Ballybofey has announced that it will begin serving coffee from the Hatter Tearoom in Stranorlar from tomorrow, Friday 16th March. In another step towards supporting and promoting local businesses, these two companies have come together to create an amazing offering of the best coffee the Twin Towns has to provide!The Hatter Story starts back in 2014 when the husband and wife team of Paddy and Shelley McMeniman took the bold step of opening their first Hatter Tearoom in Stranorlar. Using their combined experience from other roles, they believed they could create the perfect venue – with the best food, excellent customer service and great value for money. Staying true to their original mantra all these years has resulted in a hugely successful business, and multiple award wins for Customer Service among others. Always a warm welcome at the Hatter Tea RoomIn 2016, Paddy took on the initiative to train as a Barista and progressed to become a trainer himself, so he could pass on this new knowledge and skills on to his team here in Stranorlar. From this the Hatter Barista College was born, which now supplies individuals and companies alike with certificates and new skills in making the perfect cup of coffee.Just last year, Paddy and Shelly took another step into the business world and began operating the Hatter Express in Ballybofey. This new enterprise places emphasis on grab and go, without quality being compromised! With either of the stores, you can order in store, or use the Badoo app to order ahead. Amazingly the Hatter is the only company outside of Dublin to utilise this handy app. With the success of the 2 stores, the opportunity arose to sell their own branded coffee, roasted exclusively for the Hatter. The Hatter’s own coffee can be found in over 10 locations around the North West, the latest being with McElhinneys! Both the Hatter and McElhinneys are incredibly proud to be able to work together and continue to provide the best of service for all our customers! Paddy will be in-store in McElhinneys from 11am on Friday, 16th March where we will be serving FREE coffee all day today, and Paddy will be demonstrating his Barista skills with the Hatter’s unique coffee. Be sure to pop in-store if you’re around Ballybofey!McElhinneys and The Hatter Coffee Co join forces for the best shoppers’ pick-me-up was last modified: April 24th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:BusinessCaféCoffeehattermcelhinnneysshop locallast_img read more

STILL TIME TO ENTER THE BRILLIANT RADISSON BLU DINNER DANCE GIVEAWAY

first_imgThe locally owned 4* Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny are proud to be supporting local charities and sporting clubs for over 10 years & the countdown is on for the hotel’s latest giveaway.On November 2nd, the hotel will announce the lucky winner of their €2,000 prize draw (and there’s still time to enter!)The hotel, which is ideally located in Letterkenny town, offers a beautiful lobby for pre dinner drinks along with the stunning Carnegie Suite that can cater for numbers up to 370 people. With dinner dance packages available from €20 per person, there’s something for every taste & budget.How to enter:Simply book your dinner dance with before the 31st of October and be entered into the draw to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize (event can take place between October 2015 & April 2016)All new bookings recieve an one night Bed and Breakfast Voucher to help raise the funds required for the event.To enter, call +35374 919 4444 to speak with one of our dedicated team members.STILL TIME TO ENTER THE BRILLIANT RADISSON BLU DINNER DANCE GIVEAWAY was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:dinner dancehotelletterkennyRadisson Blulast_img read more