Guyana drifting on economic strategy – Jagdeo

first_img2.1% growth rate…commends PSC for presenting economic recommendationsWith Guyana’s growth rate regressing, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has stepped up to the plate by compiling a report detailing several recommendations to put the country on a path to greater economic growth.PSC Vice Chairman Desmond Sears hands over the report to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. Also in photo is PSC Executive Director Elizabeth AlleyneThat PSC “Action plan for the sustainable development of Guyana” report was formally presented on Monday by representatives from several PSC member organisations to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who saluted the gesture. According to the former President, Guyana is presently adrift when it comes to economic strategies from the Government. This renders the PSC’s input timely.“I believe that we’re adrift now policy-wise, as a country. Predictability and clarity (of policy) are very important for the future and for investments. So, any role we can play in helping to create that environment, (we will play).”He noted that he was happy that the Private Sector has taken “this bold step of trying to put things on paper, so then you’d have a specific response from Government about those measures”.“Personally, I’m not hopeful that that would happen in the Government, due to the deficit of understanding of what makes an economy tick…,” he continued.Jagdeo reminded that the PSC has played critical roles in the past to help previous Governments strategically plan their economic policies. He pointed to its role as job creators in an economy where recent reports indicate there was a large number of the unemployed.“I think it’s great that the Private Sector bodies of Guyana, they’re taking a leadership role in helping to define a future Guyana. We do have challenges now, and I think we have to work to overcome these challenges.“Nevertheless, I remain optimistic. The Private Sector is a critical stakeholder in wealth creation and by extension jobs and well-being. They must be listened to and be part of a process of contribution to the creation of that vision,” Jagdeo stated, adding that he and his team would take time to study the report before making comments on its contents.UnemploymentAn Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded quarterly Labour Force Survey done during the period July to September 2017 had revealed that the unemployment rate for persons aged 15 and above was 12 per cent. In addition, the situation for women was found to be substantially worse than that for men.The survey was done from a total population of 550,831 persons aged 15 years and above, with some 72.2 per cent living in urban areas. Given these figures, only 271,068 persons comprised the total employed population during the time of the quarterly survey – 166,873 males and 104,195 females. Urban workers totalled 188,774, while their rural counterparts numbered 82,294.The labour force participation rate for all persons aged 15 and above is 56 per cent, roughly equal to the corresponding 2012 value of 55.7 per cent. All other data gathered were compared to information contained in the 2012 census.According to the findings of the survey, unemployment among women was 15.3 per cent and among men 9.9 per cent. The youth unemployment rate among 15 to 24-year-olds was almost twice that of adults, with 21.6 per cent. Young women continued to face severe hardship, with 28 per cent of them being unemployed.Meanwhile, the employment rate for persons aged 15 and above was 49.2 per cent, with 62.1 per cent being males and 36.9 per cent being females. It was noted that the percentage of employed people in time-related underemployment was 4.2 per cent, with 72.2 per cent of the underemployed based in urban areas. The survey also found that 28.4 per cent of the labour force is underutilised, while between 48.3 per cent and 52.6 per cent of the persons employed hold informal jobs.“The percentage of male workers holding informal jobs is higher than that of female workers (57.6 per cent for males as against 44.6 per cent for females),” the survey detailed.Further, it was found during the surveyed quarter that the average salary per month for employed workers is $82,636 while the figure decreases to $67,064 for self-employed workers.Guyana’s unemployment rate is coupled with 2017’s growth rate of just 2.1 per cent. Previously, Government had said the economy was expected to grow by 2.9 per cent, failing to meet the revised growth projection of 3.1 per cent for 2017.The initial projected growth of the economy was 3.8 per cent. This was, however, revised by midyear to 3.1 per cent after the economy only grew by 2.2 per cent by July.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul

first_imgMembers of the Philippine fencing team display their respective medals from the 29th Southeast Asian Games. (L to R) Brennan Wayne Louie (gold), Nathaniel Perez (silver) in mens individual foil; Hanniel Abella (silver) and Harlene Raguin (bronze) in women’s individual epee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLFil-American Louie Wayne Brennan took the men’s individual foil gold medal over compatriot Nathaniel Perez in a dominant show for the Philippines Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games fencing.Finally getting his slot in the individual category after playing in team events on his freshman year with the national team, Brennan bested Perez, 15-14, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PH archery team wraps up SEA Games campaign sans gold Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul It was an all-Filipino final as Brennan ousted Thai Sopanut Mayakarn in the semifinal, while Perez dispatched Jet Ng Shang Fei of Singapore.Brennan, who owns a fencing club back in Los Angeles, replaced former champion Emerson Sugui in the PH team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Philippine women’s epee team also had an impressive showing, turning in a silver and a bronze.Hanniel Abella bested teammae Harlene Raguin in the semis. But she lost in the final against Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa of Vietnam. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Raguin took the bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Ind vs NZ 1st Test Live Blog; Live cricket scores and commentary

first_imgAn emphatic innings and 115 runs win for India against the Kiwis here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Sunday. Score | PhotosThe star of the Indian batting was young Cheteshwar Pujara. His 159 helped India put on 438 runs. The New Zealand top order offered a bit more resistance as compared to their first innings, but it just wasn’t enough. A couple of LBW decisions went against them including that of a well set McCullum today morning. It will require a huge effort to make any sort of comeback in the second Test in Bangalore. R Ashwin scalped six wickets each in both innings, while his bowling partner left-rm spinner Pragyan Ojha took six wickets in the match.  FACTOID: Surprisingly, all the Indian bowlers took the same number of wicket in each innings. While Ashwin took six each, Ojha claim three each and paceman Umesh Yadav claimed one each in both innings.India vs New Zealand Day 4MS Dhoni: Congratulations to India U-19, Chand batted really well. As far as this match is concerned, Pujara batted well. It was getting difficult for the bowlers. We were also battling the weather. The bowlers bowled brilliantly. They did not give any lose deliveries. That made the difference. Brilliant catching in this game. ViruPa got a few good catches, so did Virat. We have done well in all the aspects in this game. It was important for Pujara as he was coming back from injury. He has a good temperament. He can bat for a long period and we can play around him. It was just a question of time. India were going to win it easily. The rain only delayed the inevitable. New Zealand have looked really flat. 12/85 stand the figures for R Ashwin. These are the best match figures for an Indian in Tests against New Zealand. Together the spin-twins Ojha and Ashwin have 18 Kiwi wickets. advertisementChris Martin, right handed bat, comes to the crease 4:04 pm | 79.2 overs: WICKET! INDIA WIN….Ashwin to Boult, out Caught by Sehwag!! 11th wicket in the match for Ashwin. Floated up outside off, Boult looks to push at it and gets a thick outside edge, carries to Sehwag at first slip who goes forward and takes it neatly. 4th catch in the match for Sehwag. He is enjoying himself out there. Boult c Sehwag b Ashwin 0(6) (NZ 164/10 in 79.2 overs)Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the crease 3:58 pm | 77.2 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to van Wyk, out Lbw!! 4th wicket for Ashwin. 10 wicket haul in the match. Flatter on middle, Wyk attempts the reverse sweep and misses, is hit right in front of middle stump as he is hit on the back pad. A bit too adventurous from the wicket-keeper batsman. van Wyk lbw b Ashwin 13(34) [4s-2] (NZ 164/9 in 77.2 overs) Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the crease 3:40 pm | 77.2 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to van Wyk, out Lbw!! 4th wicket for Ashwin. 10 wicket haul in the match. Flatter on middle, Wyk attempts the reverse sweep and misses, is hit right in front of middle stump as he is hit on the back pad. A bit too adventurous from the wicket-keeper batsman. van Wyk lbw b Ashwin 13(34) [4s-2] (NZ 160/8 in in 77.2 overs)3: 30 pm | 74.6 overs: WICKET! Ojha to Doug Bracewell, out Caught by Virat Kohli!! Third wicket for Ojha. He has bowled beautifully today. Floated up nicely outside off, Bracewell gets forward and edges it, Kohli at second slip dives forward and picks it up inches above the ground. 3 more to go. Doug Bracewell c Virat Kohli b Ojha 1(16). (NZ 148/7 in 74.6 overs)3:35 pm | 73.6 overs: Ashwin to Bracewell, no run, defended to the leg side to end the over. NZ are 147/6 at the stage.Day 4, FINAL SESSION15:20 pm | TEA: A fantastic session that for India. 54/5 is the score for the session and they can smell victory already. Umesh Yadav started the process with the wicket of McCullum and India continued to peg away with the spinners taking over. Williamson fought hard for his fifty but failed to carry on. It could all end soon after the break. Join us for the same in just a short while. (NZ 146/6 at the stage with Kurger Van Wyk and Doug Bracewell in the middle) Doug Bracewell, right handed bat, comes to the crease3:00 pm | 69.6 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to Franklin, out Caught by Sehwag!! Well India are not missing Dravid at first slip for now. If Sehwag can take blinders like those that spot will always be his. Good turn and bounce again for Ashwin. Franklin was not going hard at it but it flies off the edge and to the right of Sehwag at first slip. He reacts instinctively and plucks it out with his right hand. That makes the crowd and his team-mates go delirious. Franklin c Sehwag b Ashwin 5(17) [4s-1]  (NZ 145/6 in 69.6 overs)advertisementKruger van Wyk, right handed bat, comes to the crease 2:50 pm | 67.2 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to Flynn, out Lbw!! Ashwin gets Flynn for the second time in the match in similar fashion too. Flynn reaches out for an expansive sweep but misses and is struck in line with middle and off. It was turning away but Steve Davis was quick to raise the finger. 8th wicket for Ashiwn and New Zealand inch closer to defeat. Flynn lbw b Ashwin 11(54) [4s-1] (NZ 142/5 in 67.2 overs ).Franklin takes time to mark his guard. 2:30 pm | 64.2 overs: WICKET! Ojha to Williamson, out Caught by Sehwag!! Williamson’s defiant stay comes to an end and Ojha strikes in the first over of his new spell. Very good bowling again. It was flighted and extracted good turn and bounce from the track. Williamson stretched out to defend but it takes the shoulder of the bat and loops up low in front of Sehwag at first slip. He makes no mistake and this is big blow for New Zealand before tea. Williamson c Sehwag b Ojha 52(163) [4s-4] (NZ 138/4 in 64.2 overs).Daniel Flynn, left handed bat, comes to the crease1:37 pm | 48.3 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to Ross Taylor, out Bowled!! Ashwin gets his 7th of the match. Beautifully bowled and terrible judgement by Taylor. He shoulders arms on a turning track and pays the price. It did not pitch too far outside off but Taylor decides to leave anyway. The ball turns in sharply and crashes into the stumps much to the Indians delight. Ross Taylor b Ashwin 7(9) (NZ 105/3 in 48.3 overs)Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease 1:20 pm | 45.1 overs: WICKET! Umesh Yadav to Brendon McCullum, out Lbw!! Big reverse swing for Umesh Yadav but McCullum is not happy. Rightly so too. There was a big inside edge on that one. Umesh Yadav was a little late to go up in appeal too but Steve Davis was convinced. It was full and tailing in. McCullum jammed the ball into his front pad. It would have gone on to hit the stumps but you’ve got to say McCullum was very unlucky there. A big blow for New Zealand too. Brendon McCullum lbw b Umesh Yadav 42(130) [4s-3] (NZ 98/1 in 45.1 overs)2ND SESSION1st SESSION SUMMARY: Fantastic effort from Williamson and Brendon McCullum. They have played the spinners effectively and have not given their wickets away. The pitch has slowed up a touch and the Indian bowlers have their work cut out. Join us in 30 minutes for the post-lunch session. 12:30 pm | 42.6 overs: Ashwin to Williamson, FOUR, again Ashwin drags this delivery down short and on leg stump, Williamson swats it to the deep square leg fence, that will be lunch advertisement11:26 am | 26.6 overs: Ojha to Williamson, no run, loopy delivery on off stump, Williamson nudges it to square leg. NZ are 60/1 at the stage with opener Brendon McCullum on 22 and Kane Williamson on 16.11: 08 am | 20.1 overs: Ojha to Brendon McCullum, 1 run, edged but safe, this delivery drifts back in and it spins away, McCullum lunges forward and pushes at it, the outside edge rolls to short third man.Two slips and a silly point in place. 11:00 am | Out come the two NZ players. Brendon McCullum and Williamson have a massive task ahead of them. The Indian players are out in the huddle. 10:20 am | All the covers have been removed and the umpires are having an inspection. The super-soppers are doing the rounds to drain the ground of the excess water. James Franklin: The conditions are not good for cricket but we hope to hang in there. The weather gods are helping us but any help from above we will take it. I just went about my plans and I employed a solid defensive technique. There is a lot more turn in this innings. Both Ashwin and Ojha did not bowl many bad balls. 9:30 am | Hello and welcome to day 4 of the first Test between India and New Zealand from Hyderabad. First, the gloomy news. It is currently raining in Hyderabad and the start will be delayed. Stay tuned for updates   Day 3:2:58 pm |  Play has been called off. So rain has the final say in a day dominated by India, thanks to R Ashwin’s impressive six-wicket haul in the first innings. Still 2 more days to go, so plenty of time for India to bowl New Zealand out (and then bat again if necessary). All of that though, only if weather permits. Following on, New Zealand are 41/1 in the second innings.  1st innings: India 348 (Pujara 159), NZ (Franklin 43 n.o. ; Ashwin 6/31, Ojha 3/44)last_img read more

Celebrities Support Bullhook Ban In Oakland

first_imgWith Oakland poised to join Los Angeles in banning bullhooks — weapons resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end that circuses and other animal exhibitors use to beat and threaten elephants — a bevy of celebrity PETA supporters are speaking out to encourage the City Council to approve the ban during tomorrow’s meeting.Davey Havok, the lead singer of the über-popular band AFI and an Oakland native, says, “The use of a bullhook is cruel and unjust. We need only imagine being held captive and beaten for the sake of another’s entertainment to know that this tool of torture and slavery should be banned.”Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who has long been vocal against circus bullhook abuse, says, “I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe elephants in their natural habitat in South Africa. The magnificent animals I encountered weren’t performing headstands or standing on tubs like they do at the circus, where they’re routinely beaten with bullhooks. Instead, they were tending to their young, running free, and living in peace. I urge the Oakland City Council to ban this weapon that causes elephants such immense suffering.”Adds the NFL’s David Carter, “As a former player for the Raiders who loves the great city of Oakland, I hope the City Council will follow in the compassionate footsteps of Los Angeles — where I played college football — and take a stand for elephants by banning bullhooks.”Television icon Bob Barker’s opposition to the use of bullhooks on elephants is also clear: “Nothing — and certainly not a few minutes of entertainment — justifies abusing these extremely sensitive, intelligent, and majestic animals with painful bullhooks, which leave puncture wounds and scarring.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — has been a longtime proponent of bullhook bans.Source:PETAlast_img read more