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The world’s most liveable cities – 2016: Living on the edge

The world’s most liveable cities

Guyana- Putting country first – commentary

Guyana Map 2015

Guyana Map – click to enlarge

Putting country first

July 21, 2015 | By | Filed Under Editorial

Despite all the financial and economic problems facing the country especially with the sugar and rice industry, Guyana has an abundance of natural resources, arable land, mineral deposits, natural ports and a young and educated population to move the country forward.

With the recent discovery of oil, the economic growth potential in Guyana is very high. Despite these advantages, poverty, unemployment and crime, especially among the youths are on the rise in Guyana and the country continues to face serious economic and social challenges. Continue reading

Granger touts a professional public service; zero tolerance on corruption, bribery

Granger touts a professional public service

President David Granger

President David Granger

[MAY 21, 2015 | BY  ]   During a meeting yesterday, Heads of Government agencies and Permanent Secretaries were addressed by President David Granger on what will be required of them and the code of ethics to be observed and upheld under the new administration.

President Granger said that under his administration, public servants will be held to strict professionalism, transparency and integrity.
During the meeting, which was held at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, formerly the Guyana International Conference Centre, the President stressed the need for public servants to understand their role as servants to all citizens of Guyana.  Continue reading

Brazil’s presidential election -Why Brazil needs change

Brazil’s presidential election –Why Brazil needs change – updated

Voters should ditch Dilma Rousseff and elect Aécio Neves

Oct 18th 2014 | The Economist

IN 2010, when Brazilians elected Dilma Rousseff as president, their country seemed at last to be living up to its huge potential. The economy expanded by 7.5% that year, setting the seal on eight years of faster growth and a steep fall in poverty under Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Ms Rousseff’s political mentor and the leader of the centre-left Workers’ Party (PT). But four years later that promise has disappeared. Under Ms Rousseff the economy has stalled and social progress has slowed. Sanctions-hit Russia aside, Brazil is by far the weakest performer in the BRIC club of big emerging economies. In June 2013 over a million Brazilians took to the streets to protest against poor public services and political corruption.

Ever since the protests the polls have shown that two-thirds of respondents want the next president to be different. So one might have expected them to turf out Ms Rousseff in the first round of the country’s presidential election on October 5th. In the event she secured 41.6% of the vote and remains the narrow favourite to win the run-off ballot on October 26th. Continue reading

Roads and Infrastructure – Commentary by Tony Vieira

Roads and Infrastructure

Commentary:  By Tony Vieira – Aired 27 November 2011

Over the past 5 years Guysuco embarked on a disastrous project at Skeldon which will cost this nation more than 200 million US dollars. To put this amount in perspective the annual budget of this country is around 800 million US dollars. This means GUYSUCO has spent 25% of what this country’s  total annual budget is on a white elephant which could very well bankrupt the entire industry since important factory  maintenance is not being done at the other GuySuCo factories because money is badly needed to finance this disaster.

I saw the AFC in the Kaiteur News of 28th August identifying the problem, but the young AFC economists, do not appreciate how difficult it is to convert the existing cambered beds in the industry to flat land for mechanical harvesting, made even more difficult in a country with as high a rainfall as oursI it was this very problem which we who have worked in the cane fields of Guyana understand i.e. that to convert the existing acreage of Skeldon, around 12,000 acres, to flatland was a tall and probably not attainable target, and to extend the Skeldon cultivation by another 12,000 acres was going to take at least a decade and was probably not achievable even then. But to expect that farmers would be able to finance the planting for mechanical harvesting of an additional 12,000 acres was impossible. Continue reading

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