Guyanese must go plastic – Ramjattan

first_img…says less liquid cash means less robberiesIn light of a number of armed robberies that involved victims who would have just exited commercial banks,Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanthe need to carry less cash and more credit or debit cards is again coming to the fore.The Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan as the most recent public official to call for more persons to ‘go plastic’.Minister Ramjattan made the call as he was responding to questions about the role of citizens in the crime fight. The Minister, while speaking at the Golden Jubilee National Symposia Series on Monday at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, said many robberies involving large sums of money would be reduced if business people and others made the switch to plastic.He noted that some business people “walk around with millions and millions of dollars,” according to GINA.Ramjattan explained that most of the big robberies that have occurred happened because some persons have “inside information of some car or bag got 10 million, five million or three million dollars.”As such, he reiterated previous calls for Guyanese to go plastic, but noted that a lot of people don’t want to do this because they seek to avoid tax payments.The result, he likened to a double whammy, “you’re avoiding taxes, plus you’re getting robbed.”The Public Security Minister stated his Government will continue to do its part in the fight against crime and touted tools such as surveillance cameras as important. However, he highlighted that the employment rate must be increased as another way “to get the crime rates down.”In July 2013, following a spate of armed robberies, then Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell urged members of the business community to be more security conscious, noting that it’s time to do less liquid cash transactions and utilise ‘plastic’ to transact business.He had explained that the maximum use of ‘plastic’ will definitely impact on robberies and the violence associated with armed robberies.In August 2014, then Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh had sought to discourage his fellow countrymen and women from carrying large and bulky amounts of cash.The Minister had said there is no compelling or legitimate reason for a citizen to be walking around with large volumes of cash to do financial transactions as he pointed to the many alternative options available, including going plastic.This is not the first time the Minister has sought to deter citizens from carrying large sums of cash.Among the policies the former Finance Minister’s Government had introduced was the launch of a $5000 bill which reduced the physical bulk of cash and the move for Government Ministries and agencies to pay their employees via bank orders; a practice which has been significantly replicated across the Private Sector.However, the practice of business persons and other Guyanese of moving around with large sums of cash continues unabated and many criminal elements are said to be lurking around commercial banks, particularly in the country’s commercial centres, on the look out for their next victim.last_img read more

Over 540 attend Region 9 PPP congress

first_imgDelegates of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) from Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) came out in their numbers to participate in the Party’s congress, which was held on Saturday.PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo urged the delegates to continue working hard to mobilise everyone to join forces with the Party, as it prepared for the 2020 General Election.PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo having a casual conversation with elder women of Region Nine at the conclusion of the congressJagdeo reminded the attendees of the failed promises made to them by the coalition Government. He urged them to hold the Government accountable for its actions and to ensure that their voices were heard.The Party’s leader also promised to do more for Indigenous people if the Party returned to office. He said that regardless of the election’s outcome, the PPPwould always fight for the rights of Guyana’s first people.During the congress, Jagdeo and other PPP officials also heard from the delegates who complained about the Government not being able to deliver on its promises.Some of the delegates pointed to the promise made by the coalition in relation toJagdeo speaking to another villagerincreased financial grants, large solar panels, and improved social services, among others.Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Alister Charlie told Guyana Times that the delegates were pleased with the meeting and they were drawn from some of the most remote villages in the Region.He said the attendance of these villagers, particularly those from the Wai Wai villages, was extremely pleasing, as it showed their commitment to the PPP and their own development.Charlie said the delegates also used the opportunity to raise several other concerns with Jagdeo and the leadership of the PPP, and have given their fullJagdeo being presented with a token by a resident of Region Nine upon his arrival in Lethem on Saturdaycommitment to get the message of the PPP out.last_img read more

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgOlympic Opportunities We are reducing taxes for Canadians from all walks of life and, in particular, for low and middle-income earners, families and seniors.  When we reduce the tax burden on Canadians, they are able to spend this money on their families’ priorities.  This also helps stimulate the economy and create jobs. You may also wish to find out more about the Olympic Torch Relay, which is coming to Prince George-Peace River in late January and early February.  Prince George, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson have been selected as “Celebration Communities” where events will be held.  In between, you can follow the Torch Relay along its route through “Torch Communities” including McBride, Mackenzie, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope and Tumbler Ridge. These new thresholds mean that eligible families with two children will receive additional benefits of up to $436 a year starting in July 2009. This is the best opportunity BC residents will ever have to become involved in an Olympic event.  If you are interested in taking part in the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver-Whistler, there are many employment and volunteer opportunities to explore. The ACG complements the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant, which our Government introduced in Budget 2006, encouraging Canadians to pursue careers in the skilled trades.  Unfortunately, despite higher general unemployment rates arising from the global recession, shortages in the skilled trades continue to persist. “News to Know:  Apprenticeship Completion Grants and Olympics Opportunities” Two other items also introduced in our Economic Action Plan took effect on July 1st.  The National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) and Canada Child Tax Benefit provide targeted tax benefits for low-income families with children.  The thresholds at which they start to be phased-out has now been raised to $23,710 and $40,726 respectively. You can imagine the workforce required to run a successful international event of this magnitude, and the Vancouver 2010 organizers require everything from shuttle bus drivers to administrative assistants to operations managers and protocol coordinators. center_img Volunteer opportunities are another way to participate and you could be part of a team of 25,000 that is welcoming the world to Canada.  There are positions available at the opening, closing and victory ceremonies.  Also required are pre-game volunteers and those to help out during sports events. Applications are now being accepted for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant, a cash grant of $2,000 for registered apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and obtain journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade on or after January 1, 2009.  The ACG was introduced in Budget 2009 as part of our Conservative Government’s Economic Action Plan. It’s time to update you on some opportunities and news that you may wish to research and explore over the summer weeks. MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P. To find out if you’re eligible or for more information, go to, call: 1-866-742-3644, or contact your local Service Canada office. For information on all Olympics-related news, go to the official Vancouver-Whistler 2010 website at: As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call my office at 1-800-661-1183 or visit Advertisement –last_img read more

Datebook 3/1

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Crayon Court interactive puppet show for children through Friday, 9:30 and 11 a.m., Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets: $12. Call (805) 646-8907. Kids Club art workshop, 10:30 a.m., Northridge Fashion Center, lower level, 9301 Tampa Ave. Children should wear painting clothes. Call (818) 701-7051. Spring planting tips workshop, 1 p.m., Encino-Tarzana Library, 18231 Ventura Blvd. Call (818) 343-8923. Hinamatsuri: Celebration of Japanese Girls’ Day workshop, 1-3 p.m., Japanese American & Cultural Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo. Members: $20; nonmembers: $25. Call (213) 628-2725. Cultural Arts Commission meeting, 6:30 p.m., San Fernando City Hall, 117 N. Macneil St. Call (818) 898-1200. African-American history play performances, 6:30 p.m., Andasol Elementary School auditorium, 10261 Encino Ave., Northridge. Call (818) 349-8631. Burbank’s amateur photography contest entrants and winners reception, 7 p.m., Burbank Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Call (818) 238-5600. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail read more

Rashford gets England back to winning ways over Switzerland

first_imgHowever, Gareth Southgate did at least stave off an unwanted record of becoming the first England boss to oversee four straight defeats and further puncture the feel-good factor of a run to the World Cup semi-finals.The two teams could have met in the quarter-finals in Russia had the Swiss not limped out of the competition with a whimper to Sweden in the last 16.England proved far too strong for the Swedes before falling short against Croatia in the last four, but it is Switzerland who have so far bounced back from their World Cup disappointment the stronger.Vladimir Petkovic’s side thrashed Iceland 6-0 to kickstart their Nations League campaign and were the better side for the first 45 minutes at the King Power.Southgate insisted after being outplayed for the majority of a 2-1 defeat by Spain in his side’s inaugural Nations League encounter on Saturday that England must persist with his intention to improve on playing out from the back under pressure.However, it nearly cost the hosts the opening goal twice in a matter of seconds inside the first 10 minutes.Jack Butland misplaced a pass which rolled dangerously close to his own goal, and when the goalkeeper’s next clearance to James Tarkowski was cut out by the Swiss high press, Xherdan Shaqiri should have scored rather than striking the post on his weaker right foot.England’s best efforts early on were restricted to set-pieces as Eric Dier headed just wide from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick before the Liverpool full-back fired another effort too close to Yann Sommer.Southgate has lamented England’s failure to produce midfielders of the calibre that Croatia and Spain possess.But his side, containing nine changes from the weekend, was struggling even to cope with the Swiss’ passing and movement as the visitors enjoyed nearly 65 percent possession before the break.Butland redeemed himself for his earlier errors with smart saves low to his right to deny Mario Gavranovic and Ricardo Rodriguez.A more positive start to the second period for the hosts was rewarded with the only goal on 54 minutes when Kyle Walker’s hanging cross to the back post was swept home by Rashford for his fifth international goal.The importance of holding on for a morale-boosting win for Southgate was shown as he introduced a host of regular starters, including captain Harry Kane off the bench for the final quarter.Shaqiri came closest to an equaliser, but saw his fierce strike bravely blocked by John Stones as England held out for victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marcus Rashford scored the only goal as England beat Switzerland on Tuesday© AFP Paul ELLISLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 11 – England bounced back from three consecutive defeats for the first time in 30 years as a much-changed side edged past Switzerland for a 1-0 friendly win in Leicester thanks to Marcus Rashford’s winner.The Three Lions failed to hit the heights from their World Cup campaign in a laboured performance against an impressive young Swiss outfit.last_img read more

Rodgers not yet out but Liverpool fans left feeling down after Everton stalemate

first_imgEverton and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw in a fractious Merseyside derby most notable for slack defending and a lack of quality in the final third from both sides.The Reds took the lead from a corner thanks to a 42nd minute header from Danny Ings, who was allowed to find space in the six yard box by slack Everton defending at the Gwladys Street end.But Liverpool’s defensive frailties came back to haunt them yet again, in first half stoppage time, when they failed to deal with a cross into the box.Emre Can’s clumsy clearance merely ricocheted off Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho into the path of Romelu Lukaku, who made no mistake to level the scores just before half-time.That made it eight games in a row that Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet and by full-time they were relieved not to have conceded again, as Everton pushed for a winning goal. In 47 previous Merseyside derbies in the Premier League era, Everton and Liverpool had shared 20 red cards, which makes this match up the least disciplined in the top flight, and that rivalry again threatened to spill over into another sending off.A first half scuffle between Emre Can and Ross Barkley briefly turned into a 10-man melee, and late in the second half Mamadou Sakho was so incensed by an incident with Lukaku that the Frenchman had to be held back by James Milner, while Lucas Leiva was substituted to prevent him picking up a second yellow card.CHECK OUT THE REACTION TO SAKHO V LUKAKUThe draw means Everton have failed to win any of the last 10 Merseyside derbies, while Liverpool have claimed just one win in their last nine games in all competitions (excluding penalties).‘SACK RODGERS AND GET KLOPP IN BEFORE CHELSEA DO!’ LIVERPOOL FANS TWEET JOHN W HENRYEverton v Liverpool match statsPossession: Everton 51% Liverpool 49%Shots: Everton 14 Liverpool 13Shots on target: Everton 4 Liverpool 4Corners: Everton 5 Liverpool 11Fouls: Everton 10 Liverpool 19Yellow cards: Everton 3 Liverpool 3 1 Everton v Liverpool last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Exciting opportunities for Trainee Wind Turbine Technicians

first_imgJob Vacancy: Exciting opportunities for Trainee Wind Turbine TechniciansDue to expansion, Windhoist Limited have a requirement for a Trainee Wind Turbine Installation Technicians.Based in Irvine, UK, Windhoist is a leading international installer of megawatt-class wind turbines. Technicians shall work as part of multidisciplinary teams over a multitude of locations across UK, Europe and International countries.The tasks performed as a Trainee Technician are wide and varied and will include:Requirements:Agricultural, Trade, Plant or Engineering backgroundPrepared to work away from home for extended periodsWilling to work at height in exposed locations in variable weather conditionsFlexible and willing to change at short noticePerformance, safety and quality as a priority What’s on offer:Competitive hourly rateAdditional daily rate for expenses/ subsistence for working awayWeekly pay directly into your bank29 days annual leaveTravel and accommodation providedFull branded PPE providedAccess to world-class industry accredited trainingCareer progression opportunitiesFor an insight to working at Windhoist please check out our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.ApplyIf the above criteria appeal to you please send your CV to with the subject TRAINEETECHInterviews to be held in Letterkenny in March.Suitable candidates will be contacted directly with details of date and venue.Job Vacancy: Exciting opportunities for Trainee Wind Turbine Technicians was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:jobswind turbinewindhoistWindhoist UKlast_img read more

West Brom announce takeover by Chinese investment group

first_imgWest Brom have announced they have agreed to sell the club to Chinese investment group Yunyi Guokai [Shanghai] Sports Development Limited. The group will buy the Baggies, subject to approval of the deal by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Premier League. No price has been announced but former chairman Jeremy Peace put the club on the market over a year ago and was initially looking for over £150million. Chinese entrepreneur Guochuan Lai holds a controlling stake in the investment group and will become the Premier League club’s new owner.Former owner Peace has also resigned as chairman with immediate effect and will be replaced by ex-Blackburn chairman and chief executive John Williams. Lai said: “I am excited and privileged to have the chance to become the new owner of this great club. We have a strong squad, loyal fans and a unique culture.“My immediate priorities will be to maintain the club’s stable structure, respecting its well-run nature and its heritage. I have no intention of changing the club’s ethos.“I am proud that I will be the first mainland-Chinese owner of a Premier League club. This historic deal will result in a rapid and significant increase in interest in the club in China, which should lead to attractive commercial opportunities.“Meanwhile the club will be uniquely positioned to take its well-regarded training system to China, helping to identify and develop more talented young players in the future.”If the deal goes through, the Baggies will become the third Midlands club to have Chinese investment this summer after Championship sides Wolves and Aston Villa were sold. Wolves, who have since appointed ex-Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga as manager, were bought last week by Fosun International while Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia completed his takeover of Villa in June.Peace, who held an 88 per cent stake in the Baggies and will help advise during a transition period, added: “I believe this deal will enable Albion to build on the strong, sustainable foundations that have been the cornerstone of the club’s progress.“I have been chairman for 14 years and I am obviously pleased that in that time we have become an established top-flight club. Now, having spent time with Guochuan, I believe he is the right man to take Albion forward.”Lai built his career helping with the development of Palm Eco-Town Development Company Limited from a plant nursery business into China’s largest landscape design and construction company.It is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as being worth £1.8billion. New chairman Williams promised the priority remains bringing in new players, with Albion having pulled out of a £15million deal for West Ham’s Diafra Sakho on Thursday because he would not be fit enough for the start of the new season. Williams said: “The immediate focus is on our activity in the transfer window; quite frankly, everything else is peripheral.“(Manager) Tony Pulis and (technical director) Nick Hammond have told the board we are two or three players short, realistic targets have been identified and there are funds available. We need to get them over the line to ensure Tony has a competitive squad for what is going to be a challenging and demanding campaign.” New owner, Chinese entrepreneur Guochuan Lai, insists he has ‘no intention of changing the club’s ethos’ following the deal 1last_img read more


first_imgRTE star Daithi O Se has revealed how he almost ended up on Sam’s World Tour of Donegal with our GAA stars.The Kerryman went on the lash with the lads (he says he was drinking coffee) in The Boars Head pub in Dublin and got chatting to Michael Murphy, Christy Toye and Rory Gallagher.But despite Murphy’s best attempts to get Daithi to Donegal, the TV star resisted and admits that he would have felt like Karl Lacey who famously asked during the week as to what day it was. “There is a tradition that the winner team heads for the Boars Head pub on Capel St the morning after the final. This tradition was started by the Kerry players a few years ago. A Cavan man is at the helm of this house and a man who understands the GAA and an early morning thirst! He’s a friend of mine and he sent word when the lads landed. I was drinking coffee and found it very hard not to have a few pints.“The Donegal lads were in great form as you can imagine. I spend a lot of time talking to Michael Murphy, Christy Toye and Rory Gallagher and I have to say you couldn’t meet nicer lads. They are really down to earth and great fun to be with.“Murphy turned to me at one stage and asked if I’d come to Donegal with the team and we all laughed. He said it again about half an hour later and he wasn’t joking. He said that there was one seat left on the bus!“Christy Toye threatened to put me in a headlock and carry me off! I’ve a feeling that if I had gone with them I’d be asking the same question as Karl Lacey this morning,” he said. O Se also revealed how he has huge admiration for JIm McGuinness but not just as a football manager but as a father too.“I really like the way Donegal Manager Jim Mc Guinness took his family out on the field while the team was doing the lap of honour. He even had his young son kick a goal; it’s seemed his family was more important than anything and that they were a huge part of the whole thing. The families are often forgotten about in the middle of all the celebrating, even though they have to suffer the most with all the training and so on,” he said.  HOW I ALMOST ENDED UP ON THE GAA BUS TO DONEGAL – DAITHI O SE was last modified: September 30th, 2012 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:busDaithi O SedonegalMichael Murphylast_img read more

Raptor ready

first_img Edwards test efforts that are either ongoing or coming up include testing an improved radar system, clearing the aircraft to take off and land under stronger cross-winds, and testing the aircraft with new weapons. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – The F/A-22 Raptor fighter, a jet conceived and tested in the Antelope Valley, is ready for combat, Air Force officials announced Thursday. The fighter, described as the Air Force’s most advanced weapon system, was granted “initial operational capability.” That means testing has indicated its capability for combat and Air Force personnel are properly trained and equipped to maintain and use it. “If we go to war tomorrow, the Raptor will go with us,” said Gen. Ronald E. Keys, commander of Air Combat Command. The aircraft are also qualified to fly homeland defense missions, Air Force officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The first of the combat-ready fighters are with the 27th Fighter Squadron of the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Although the fighters are assembled in Georgia, parts of the aircraft are assembled by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. in Palmdale. There are about 400 people in Palmdale working on the program, manufacturing parts of the jets. The program accounts for roughly one-third of the manufacturing work at the Palmdale facility, said company spokeswoman Dianne Knippel. Lockheed Martin’s Palmdale operations also had built the first prototypes of the aircraft in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Developmental flight-testing of the aircraft was conducted at Edwards Air Force Base. Flight test work continues at Edwards and employs about 600 people. last_img read more