17 01 20

first_imgDear Editor,General and Regional Elections 2019 are seen by many uninformed persons as ‘the grab for control of oil money’. This is a most unfortunate conclusion, not supported by facts. The 2019 Administration will in fact face the massive challenge of rebuilding an economy devastated by APNU/AFC profligate spending and wanton waste that reduced reserves by US$350 million, increased debt by US$900 million, increased taxation in every sector, and lowered export earnings.The hard work of rebuilding a thriving economy based on Agriculture (sugar, rice, fisheries); Mining (gold and bauxite), Forestry and Commerce has been largely undone by the Granger’s Oil inebriation. The job will be made that much more difficult by the continuous reckless claims of fabulous Oil wealth from ‘first oil’. Oil revenues are expected to inject US$300 million per annum for the first five years. The incoming administration will have to deal with expectations made by these claims of windfall riches versus the reality of the contractions of 8-30% in all the productive sectors of the economy.The recent Oil and Gas forum exposed the vacuity of the APNU/AFC administration. The political decision to host an event for ‘youth’ and have no answers to the very real thirst for knowledge about the industry and, importantly, the jobs available to Guyanese was a misguided exercise in puffery. To boast, “Guyana has benefitted directly to the tune of over US$65 million from local content in 2018 alone,” to 500 young people who have not earned a dollar of that, or seen a positive impact on their lives demonstrates the problem caused when the rubber of propaganda hits the road of reality.Guyana needs an administration that understands the importance of a job to a person’s psyche, their sense of wellbeing. Our people want to earn a living by honest means in any sector of the economy. Talk of a sovereign wealth fund means very little to a citizen without job prospects.Guyanese need to listen carefully, over the coming weeks, to the utterings of those seeking support at the polls. Distinguishing between plans for developing all of Guyana and promises meant as comfort to fools has never been more important.Yours truly,Vickram Bharratlast_img read more

26 12 19

first_imgThe introduction of septic tank charges under the Government’s proposed Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2011 is a discriminatory attack on rural communities, according to Donegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.Speaking in the Seanad today Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “The Government attempted to introduce this Bill under the radar last Thursday, November 3rd, with notice of its publication only give in response to a Fianna Fáil question in the Dáil.“Under the Fine Gael/Labour plans, all householders with septic tanks and other on-site systems will have to register their systems with the relevant Local Authority.  A National Register will be compiled and held by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Householders will be required to pay a registration fee of €50. Following the initial registration, householders will be required to re-register their systems at an interval of 5 years. If they wish to appeal the findings of an initial inspection they will be charged an additional €200 and could potentially have to pay further fees of €200 for subsequent inspections.  On top of all of this,  they will also have to pay the full cost of any upgrade works required, which could reach €15,000 for individual houses.“Fianna Fáil is totally opposed to this Bill and will fight tooth and nail the attempts by this Government to hit rural dwellers with septic tank charges. This charge penalises people for living in rural communities with no direct access to public sewerage schemes. Public Sewerage Schemes are heavily subsidised by the taxpayer whereas to date, no assistance has been given to rural people with their effluent systems.“I am urging Minister Hogan to explore the scenario in other jurisdictions where there is no charge associated with inspections for example in Northern Ireland and Scotland. In Scotland, all septic tanks have to be registered but the households affected do not have to pay themselves and there is no mandatory inspections while in Northern Ireland there is no mandatory inspection and the inspection costs are borne by the NI Environment Agency.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comÓ DOMHNAILL SLAMS SEPTIC TANK BILL IN SEANAD was last modified: November 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegal septic tank chargeslast_img read more