Guyana must move to a marijuana industry

first_imgDear Editor,It was announced on February 28 that the world’s largest marijuana company has signalled its intention to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Also, more than 33 states in the USA have legalised marijuana, for medical and/or recreational use. Uruguay, North Korea and other countries have fully legalised marijuana.What these states and countries have in common are strong and growing economies, because of the revenue being collected from taxes and trade. It is also important to note that the Netherlands, which was one of the first to legalize Marijuana, has a crime rate that is less than most countries in the world, to the point where that country is actually closing some of its prisons.If Guyana wants to find a viable alternative to the sugar industry, which is now in crisis, why not invest in marijuana as an agricultural, research and product manufacturing economy. We have the land and the agricultural know-how to transition to this crop very easily, and its return on investment would be much higher than rice and sugar combined.The marijuana industry generated US$ 6.7 billion in revenue in North America in 2016, and is projected to grow to US$20 billion by 2021. In Colorado alone, the industry generated US$1 billion in sales in 2015, and that state collected US$150 million in taxes and fees. All this in just a few years, while countries like Guyana are doing the opposite by spending tax payers’ money to send people to prison, while other countries are using those people to grow their economies.Any Government that does not reform its marijuana laws is doing an injustice to its citizens, and I am surprised that we have not yet tabled a bill to reform our laws to pave the way for a marijuana industry.We should be thinking of ways to replace the sugar cane fields with marijuana plants and setting up research facilities and factories to produce all the countless products that come from marijuana, which include medicines, clothes, cosmetics and other industrial products. We should be setting up marijuana resorts for tourism like the Netherlands, and differentiate ourselves as an organic producer of quality weed.Once again, we are not taking the opportunity to seize a moment to diversify our income streams for the country; instead, we are all focused on Exxon and the 1% oil contract. We must open our eyes and see that most, if not all, countries of coloured people, with the exception of some Middle Eastern states, have not seen much prosperity from oil. The list is long, and ranges from Nigeria to Equatorial Guinea to Angola and others.Let’s not depend solely on our politicians to bring us economic liberation, because we will be waiting for a very, very long time. We must start thinking of our country as our own, and demand a better future.Sincerely,Malcolm Watkinslast_img read more

Gov’t Must Increase Empowerment

first_imgThe President of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah has said that for Liberians to take charge of their country’s economy it is crucial that and the 25 percent budget expenditure allocated to Liberian-owned businesses by the government should be increased to 100 per cent.He argued that Liberians are building confidence in the banking sector and therefore it is necessary for the government to fully support Liberian businesses to let them take charge of the economy.Mr. Kemayah made the statement over the weekend at a one-day policy dialogue on validation consultation, organized by the Governance Commission on Scoping Study of Liberian Entrepreneurs’ Participation in the Liberian Economy, held at a local resort in Monrovia.“We still can do better and therefore it will be helpful for the government to increase the 25 per cent to 100 per cent,” he said.He therefore called on the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) to make public the list of Liberian businesses that have benefited from the implementation of the Small Businesses Act since its inception two years ago.Commenting on the unwillingness of Liberian businesses to take advantage of training opportunities, Kemayah called on the commission to allow LIBA to take the lead in arranging and conducting future training for its members.“When you allow us to take the lead, our members will have more confidence in the process,” he emphasized.For his part, executive director of the PPCC, James Dorbor Jallah, disclosed that over US$90 million has been committed to Liberian businesses by 82 Government of Liberia-funded agencies.The amount is part of the agencies’ procurement allotment in the 2015/16 fiscal budget.He added that some of the agencies have committed up to 100 percent of their procurement allotment, implying that their procurement budget is committed to tender competition among only Liberian companies.“The average national percentage is about 30 percent; so what that means is that nationally, though the law requires a minimum of 25 percent, we are doing five percent more than it is required,” Jallah pointed out.The PPCC Executive Director, however, lamented on the inability of Liberian businesses to deliver quality services on contracts awarded them.He said in spite of the provision by the Small Businesses Act, which requires that 25 percent of all government procurements be committed to Liberian businesses, the commission will not relax its rules to awarding contracts to institutions that lack the technical capacity to deliver on contracts.Jallah also frowned on Liberian companies for their unwillingness to take advantage of training opportunities offered them by the commission.“We remain open to the training of Liberian businesses that are in need of capacity building in procurement and related PPCC exercises,” he added.He pledged PPCC’s support to Liberian businesses to ensure that they have a place in the economy through the enforcement of the Small Businesses Empowerment Law, without compromise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Auto Parts Dealers Undertake US$575,000 Building Project

first_imgThe Auto Parts Dealers Union of Liberia Incorporated (APDULI) has embarked on a US$575,000 building project.The union’s president, Alhaji S. M. Sesay, made the disclosure during an interaction with scores of journalists yesterday. They later toured the project’s site in Clara Town.Sesay said a little over US$125,000 generated from members has been used on the project.The project, he said comprises 70 shops, an office space, a conference room, bathrooms, among other compartments.In order to have the project completed, he said, about US$400,000 more is needed, which the union remains hopeful to get from the government. “We believe that having such business facilities will help to attract government in doing business with the union. We want to benefit from national government and this is one of the best ways for us as a union to have,” Sesay said. He called on the government and partners to support the union as its members are seriously working to raise the much needed funds for the project. He said the project was scheduled to have been completed in two years, which has elapsed.“We want to applaud all our members for their support to this worthy project, which is the first of its kind in the country. Over 1,000 members are committed in paying their dues to ensure that our dream is realized,” president Sesay said.Mr. Sesay called on the government, politicians, local and international partners to help the union to complete the project.Since the union was established in 2012, he said, it has extended its membership to all parts of the country.Also speaking, William T. Bombo chairman on the building committee, said the union is seeking support because of the economic situation in now in the country, which has slowed down the project.Mr. Bombo said the initiative will empower Liberians in the auto parts business as well as improve business relations the government and others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Take Third Place in Prince George

first_imgFriday was a great first day as the Flyers beat their rivals Dawson Creek in the opening game 4-3. Brysan Eklund started the scoring five minutes into the game assisted by Jarod Lang. Dawson scored the next two goals taking a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period. In the second, Nolan Lagace tied the game 2-2 with assists going to Alex Hartman and Austin Baxter. Alexander Breunig gave the Flyers the lead with two minutes left in the period with help from Joshua Robinson and Gavin Gould. Dawson battled right back and tied the game 3-3 a minute later. It was a scoreless third period until Hartman buried one, from Ricky Bateman and Robinson, with only two minutes left to give the Flyers. The MVP of the game was Ricky Bateman. That evening the Flyers took on the Prince George Cougars in a tightly contested battle coming out the victor with a 2-1 win. After a scoreless opening period Lang netted one with 2 minutes left in the second frame. Prince George tied the game early in the third and it remained tied until Devin Swanson ripped one low from the point from an Emerson Loewen pass. Lane Delfs earned the MVP for the Flyers. Saturday proved to be a challenge as the Flyers tangled with Smithers losing 6-4. However, this still allowed the Flyers to take second on their side and to play Quesnel for the right to go to the final. Bateman scored a pair, Loewen and George Seguin-Morin both netted one and Eklund and Robinson both contributed with two assists. Austin Baxter earned the MVP.- Advertisement – In their second game of the day, Quesnel opened the scoring on the powerplay but Robinson tied the game four minutes later. On the next face off Bruenig walked through everyone and snapped one in to give the Flyers the lead 2- 1. Quesnel tied the game with two minutes left in the first frame. In the second, Quesnel scored two quick goals before Lang answered with one for the Flyers. Quesnel answered back with one more to make it 5-3 after two periods. Although the Flyers had numerous chances and kept the pressure on Quesnel for the majority of the third period they couldn’t get one past their goalie. Quesnel scored on the powerplay with 33 seconds left in the game to finish the scoring and earn the win 6-3. The players of the game were Joshua Robinson and Jarod Lang. In their final game of the weekend Sunday morning, the Flyers had a rematch with Smithers and jumped out to a 4-0 lead with goals from Lagace, Bateman, Seguin-Morin, and James Bowie. Smithers made it interesting when they scored three goals to the Flyers one goal from Loewen to make it 5-3 after two. Both teams scored only once in the final frame with the Flyers winning 6-4. The players of the game were Nolan Lagace and Alex Hartman.Advertisement Next Sunday, February 5th the Flyers will play an All Peace Game against Peace River in Napa.last_img read more

GET A RARE LOOK BEHIND THE GATES OF FINNER ARMY CAMP

first_imgFinner Camp in Ballyshannon.Have you ever passed Finner Camp in Ballyshannon and wondered what it is like behind those gates?The army camp has been synonymous with Donegal life for many decades.But not many people have ever seen it from the inside. Well, now is your chance.There will be a Field Day to Finner Camp on Sunday 16th, entering main gate for 2.30pm start.The guide there will be Col. Declan o’Carroll and refreshments will be available.The tour is organised by the Donegal Historical Society. NB : This is not an open day for all members of the public in Finner Camp.  It is a Field Day organised by the Donegal Historical Society and entrance to the camp is restricted to members of the Society and their immediate friends. GET A RARE LOOK BEHIND THE GATES OF FINNER ARMY CAMP was last modified: August 11th, 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)last_img read more

LAST FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR DECLAN O’ROURKE AT AN GRIANAN TONIGHT

first_imgSome tickets are still available for Declan O’Rourke’s gig at An Grianán this evening at 8pm.A decade on from the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, Since Kyrabam, the platinum-selling singer/songwriter comes to Letterkenny on the eve of its official 10th Anniversary shindig in Dublin’s Vicar St.Great songs, a unique voice and a personable stage presence have made O’Rourke one of Ireland’s most sought after live performers. He will be performing with his full band tonight -bound to be a memorable night.Declan O’Rourke & Full Band with Karen Kelly & Simon McCafferty, An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Friday October 10th, 8pm. Tickets: 07491 20777LAST FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR DECLAN O’ROURKE AT AN GRIANAN TONIGHT was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:An grianandeclan o’rourkeletterkennylast_img read more

WHAT A TRULY SCARY LINE-UP AT THE CAVERN THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

first_imgIt’s certainly a scary line-up at the Cavern in Letterkenny this weekend.It all kicks off tonight wit a special Graduation Party with Joe Decks and a Southern Comfort Promo.Tomorrow night sees the Big Saturday Night Out with DJ Marty Friel. Things keep rockin’ on Bank Holiday Sunday with the Ultimate Fancy Dress party with €200 for the best dressed reveler.And on Bank Holiday Monday, DJ Marty will bring things out with a bang on the decks.   WHAT A TRULY SCARY LINE-UP AT THE CAVERN THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND! was last modified: October 24th, 2014 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:bank holiday weekendThe Cavernlast_img read more

I am going to deal with Villa fans, says Mulindwa

first_imgLawrence Mulindwa shows journalists the part of the stadium that was vandalised. Photo by Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–Following incidents that happened at Kitende during Vipers’ 1-0 victory over SC Villa, which saw the latter’s rowdy fans destroy St. Mary’s Stadium property, Vipers SC club president has come out to comment on the unbecoming acts.Speaking at the media press conference held Monday at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Vipers’ patron Lawrence Mulindwa, said: “We are trying our level best to bring sanity into the Ugandan Football.“I am happy that the fans have come back to the Stadium. We may not be able to bring back the fans that filled the Stadium during the early 80s now, but I’m sure that there is a steady progress.“Sponsors have now come back but as you know very well that they want to associate with a Club where there is sanity.The game which was played at a 20,000 capacity state-of-the-art St. Mary’s Stadium at Kitende, went on well until the Vipers goal by Tom Masiko in the 30th minute.Violence as was previously anticipated erupted from a section of the Villa fans, who accused referee Alex Muhabi of denying them a penalty.More violence broke off as Police failed to control the rowdy Villa fans who threw urine bottles towards the VIP sections, with some sending vulgar comments to Club Patron Mulindwa.Futher commenting during the press briefing, Mulindwa condemed the actions of the SC Villa fans.“They used obscene words in front of our children and poured urine onto the VIP section.“They broke the gates, crashed the cars, and destroyed the Stadium’s Public Address system.”Mulindwa went on to condemn the acts of hooliganism and warned other clubs who are yet to visit Vipers this season to be cautious with their fans.Much as many believe that the hooliganism acts broke off due to the poor officiation by Muhabi, Mulindwa put it on record that Villa fans had planned these acts before the encounter on Saturday.“We gave them a side that our fans needed the most and it was big enough for them, but their purpose was to put off the roof and burn down my Stadium and whoever was there. You saw as they went to the extent of removing the toilet papers from the areas of conveniences,” continued Mulindwa.“What Villa is doing is now beyond hooliganism, they attacked the referees in Masaka against KCCA FC which is on record and FUFA is aware and up to now nothing has been done. They were singing those vulgar songs before the game from the time they entered, they had planned it at Villa Park, and they wanted to refuse the Entrance fee of 10,000.The Club Patron said that he is waiting for what the Football governing body is going to do to Villa, but Vipers as a club is going to handle individual fans.“I’m going to deal with individual fans and not Villa as a club. Mukwasi of Nsambya, Lutaaya of Kisenyi, Tito of Nateete and Miracle are some of the Villa fans on my Radar. They are scaring away our would be supporters and it was a TV game, so the whole of Africa was watching,” he said.Cost of the damageThe water system was destroyed. The gate was also dismantled, and, according to Mulindwa, it is not made by “ordinary materials”. They also wanted to destroy our Public Address System, he said.The former FUFA president also hinted that he is to install CCTV Cameras come their next home league game.Commentslast_img read more

Decision by Bank of Ireland to drop Irish option from ATMs is slammed

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has expressed his disappointment at the announcement made today by Bank of Ireland that the bank intends to remove the Irish language option from its newer ATMs.Urging the Bank to reverse its decision, Deputy Doherty said the decision undermines the rights of Irish language speakers. “The decision by the Bank not to offer an Irish language option at new Bank of Ireland ATMs is a backward step in my view, and undermines the rights of Irish language speakers. “The banking sector in general has been extremely poor at facilitating Irish language speakers and it’s impossible to get statements, online banking or any customer service in Irish anywhere.“Bank of Ireland was unique in making an effort to simply facilitate the Irish language at its ATMs with an Irish option and showed its customers that it placed some value on the language.“However, following today’s announcement, the Bank seems to be rowing back on this gesture and this shows a serious lack of consideration regarding the Irish language and the language rights of speakers.“It’ is well known that the provision of Irish in branding, marketing and customer service is good for business and its usage is appreciated by both those who speak the language and those with little or no knowledge of the language. “Questions still remain to be answered about the few banking services and ATMs which are available in Gaeltacht areas and whether or not this decision will affect them also.“I would now encourage customers to let their dissatisfaction be made known by contacting the company to object to this decision.”Tá Díomá léirithe ag Pearse Doherty T.D. ag Cinneadh Banc na hÉireann deireadh a chur lena Seirbhísí Gaeilge ar UBMannaLéirigh urlabhraí Airgeadais Shinn Féin Pearse Doherty T.D. a dhíomá ag an cinneadh a bhí fógartha ag Banc na hÉireann inniú chun deireadh a chur lena seirbhísí Gaeilge mar theanga roghnach ar a gcuid UBManna úra.Maíonn Teachta Doherty go mba chóir don Bhanc athmhachnamh a dhéanamh ar an chinneadh. Dúirt Teachta Doherty:“Tá mise den thuairim gur céim siar é an cinneadh seo atá á dhéanamh ag Banc na hÉireanna chun seirbhísí Ghaeilge a bhaint amach as a gcuid UBManna úra, agus tá dímheasa ar an Ghaeilge á léiriú ag an Bhanc fosta mar sin de. “Tá an earnáil baincéireachta i nginearálta go dona maidir le héascaíocht a dhéanamh do Ghaeilgeoirí an teanga a úsáid, agus tá sé do-dhéanta ráitis a fháil, baincéireacht ar líne a dhéanamh nó seirbhís custaiméara a fháil trí Ghaeilge.“Bhí Banc na hÉireann go sainiúil ó thaobh an seasamh a bhí glactha acu chun an Ghaeilge a chur ar fáil mar theanga roghnach sna UBManna; seasamh a chuaigh i bhfeidhm go mór ar chustaiméirí. “Faraor, tá achan cuma ar an scéal anois go bhfuil an Banc ag dul siar air seo, agus tá cluais bodhar á thabhairt acu dá gcustaiméirí mar sin de.“Nuair a chuirtear an Ghaeilge san áireamh i gcúrsaí brandála, margaíochta agus seirbhís custaiméara , téann sé seo i bhfeidhm ar an phobal i gcoitinne, fiú muna bhfuil Gaeilge acu.“Tá ceisteanna fós le freagairt maidir leis an dornán seirbhísí agus uathmheaisíní airgid atá ar fáil i gceantair Ghaeltachta – an gcuirfidh an cinneadh seo as dóibh fosta?“Mholfainn do chustaiméirí teagmháil a dhéanamh leis an chomhlacht anois chun a míshástachta a chur in iúl.”Decision by Bank of Ireland to drop Irish option from ATMs is slammed was last modified: August 29th, 2017 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:ATMsBank of IrelanddonegalIrish langaugelast_img read more

Travel alert: Delays planned as Killygordon bridge to undergo maintenance

first_imgMotorists have been warned to expect some delays after Donegal County Council announced it is to carry out works in Killygordon.The Kiltown bridge in Killygordon on the N15 will undergo maintenance works on Thursday (March 13) for the next week.The purpose is to stabilise the river bank along the main road through the village. Diversions will be in place.Travel alert: Delays planned as Killygordon bridge to undergo maintenance was last modified: March 13th, 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:Killygordonroadworkslast_img read more