Movement launched to bring E-commerce to Guyana

first_imgSelling local products and services to a global market will drastically change the way business is done in Guyana.Currently, there are numerous financial restrictions in Guyana, preventing local entrepreneurs from tapping into the international market to promote their products and services.PayPal, one of the most widely used and accepted payment processors globally, is unable to get the licence to operate within Guyana because of the unavailability of legislation, even in the recently passed Telecommunications Bill.The Guyana Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) – a group of Guyanese entrepreneurs – is pushing for the inclusion of an Electronic Transactions Act in the recent Telecommunications Act in order to have the requisite legal framework in place to allow local businesses to extend their reach beyond the country’s borders.“Opening payment gateways can prove to be a game-changer for local businesses; as well as the youth population. Being able to sell your product or service to a global market can mean the difference between scaling the business and closing up shop. Even more pertinent is the opportunity of the freelance economy and what it means for the youth of Guyana,” the organisation noted.GEN said the Telecommunications Act needs updating to ensure the needs of entrepreneurs are met.The group is presently conducting a survey to solicit feedback from fellow and aspiring entrepreneurs in order to make a presentation to be submitted to the Telecommunications Ministry for the inclusion of the Electronic Transaction Act in the Bill.GEN pointed out that 37 per cent of the Guyanese population is online, and that the worth of the global ecommerce market stood at 22 trillion as July 2016.The organisation said it already met with Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes as well as representatives of the Bank of Guyana and the US Embassy to pitch their proposal.“All are in agreement that this initiative is necessary and important, not only for entrepreneurs, but for all Guyanese. All have communicated their commitment in making this a reality,” GEN noted.According to its social media page, GEN was founded in June with the intention to empower entrepreneurs to reach their full potential, to cultivate an environment where businesses can succeed, to connect various elements of the business community, to serve as a business catalyst and to foster a vibrant and inter-connected business community where collaboration increases capacity, education enhances ability, and advocacy influences authority.Persons desirous of joining this movement can complete the simple survey at: http://bit.ly/gen-survey. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

3 die in BV blaze

first_img– arson suspected in apparent murder-suicideThe Beterverwagting community, located on the East Coast of Demerara, was shaken to its core as three members of the same family perished in an early morning blaze on Sunday.The deceased were identified as Leonard Pollard, 33; his one-year-old daughter, Nakasia Pollard and the child’s mother, Latoya Telford,26, with whom the man allegedly shared a rocky relationship. It is suspected that the blaze was an act of arson in an apparent murder-suicide. Reports suggest that the man threw a flammable substance on his common-law wife and daughter, and set them alight before he reportedly hung himself.The two-storey house was completely gutted, destroying everything inside. Police quickly cordoned off the area as word spread of the incident, which sent shockwaves throughout the village.It was around 06:00h that undertakers retrieved and transported the burnt remains of the three persons who were confirmed to have been killed. Telford’s mother, who was present at the scene, was restrained byThe ruins of the Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara home where the family perished. Police quickly cordoned off the area as word spread of the deadly firerelatives as her daughter’s body was taken out. The woman confirmed that her daughter and Pollard were having problems over the last several months.According to information gathered, after several arguments, the woman had moved out of the Railway Embankment home, which she shared with her common-law husband, taking their three children along with her. Telford was said to have moved out in late 2016. Leonard’s brother, Leon Pollard, resided in the bottom flat of the BV home, while the two surviving children were said to be staying at Telford’s mother.Guyana Times understands that Telford would often visit Pollard, but the two always ended up arguing. During such a visit on Saturday, the now deceased woman had only her youngest child, Nakasia, with her. It was alleged that Telford was involved in another relationship, which was the source of much of the conflict.This was the account of Leon Pollard, Leonard’s brother, who told reporters that he and other family members had often warned his sibling to discontinue the relationship, but he never heeded their advice. Leon indicated that his brother, over the past few days, had shown him several text messages that Telford supposedly exchanged with the other man. Leon, who was at work at the time of the blaze, explained that Sunday morning’s fire has taken all but the clothes on his back. Investigations into the deadly blaze are ongoing.last_img read more

Housing market slows its tumble

first_imgThe median price fell an annual 1.3 percent last month to $212,800 but rose slightly from $210,900 in January. Nevertheless, problems with risky subprime loans continued vexing the market. Subprime mortgages enable people who could not qualify for standard loans to buy a home. Many carry initial low monthly payments that are now starting to reset, and foreclosure activity is rising. David Lereah, chief economist for the national association, believes demand for homes could be cut by 150,000 to 200,000 annually this year and 2008. “Our view is that the tightening in the subprime market will have a negative impact on home sales,” Lereah said in a statement. “It probably won’t postpone the recovery (in housing), but it will slow it.” Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said the subprime problem will be mostly felt in low-income areas or those with a lot of first-time buyers. “So the impact of the subprime market might be somewhat muted,” he said, because demand has outstripped supply for the past decade. The state report showed: In the High Desert, which includes the Antelope Valley, the median price declined an annual 2.7 percent, to $319,860; it remained the lowest-priced area in the state. Sales fell an annual 29.2 percent. In the Inland Empire, the median price increased 4.4 percent, to $409,020, and sales plunged 37.6 percent. Ventura County data were not available. The Unsold Inventory Index for existing, single-family detached homes in February 2007 was 8.8 months, compared with 6.2 months (revised) for the same period a year ago. That indicates the number of months needed to deplete the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate. Thirty-year fixed-mortgage interest rates averaged 6.29 percent during February, up slightly from 6.25 percent a year ago, according to mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates averaged 5.51 percent last month, up from 5.34 percent last year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California’s housing slump moderated in February as sales fell by the smallest amount in 14 months while prices crept higher, with the median price in Los Angeles County breaking $600,000 for the first time. Sales fell an annual 9.6 percent statewide, meaning that if the market matches February’s pace for the entire year, 464,560 properties will change owners, said the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. The median price of a previously owned single-family home increased an annual 5.7 percent, to $564,700, up 1 percent from January. In Los Angeles County, the median price, the point at which half the units cost more and half less, jumped 9 percent over the past 12 months to a record $616,230, up 5 percent from January. Sales fell 15.9 percent over a year ago and 13.4 percent below January. Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist, said the county price record resulted from more expensive homes closing escrow last month. “Some of the high-end, exclusive limited inventory areas are doing well, and I hear that from the brokerages,” she said. She attributed the sales slide to prices that continue to run away from buyers. Nationally, sales increased a surprising 3.9 percent last month to an annualized rate of 6.69 million homes, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s the biggest national gain in three years. last_img read more

Smelt ruling may pump sanity into water policy

first_imgThe historic delta smelt decision that now has many California cities, farmers and water agencies in near panic also bears the potential to restore sanity to California on at least two fronts. The ruling will force huge pumps at the south end of the delta formed by the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers that now send water south and west year-round to reduce their activity by one-third or more during the spawning season of the rare and endangered 3-inch-long delta smelt. That’s from December to June. By coincidence, that’s also the wettest season of the year, the time when the pumps push the major share of their yearly take of water south to the huge San Juan Reservoir west of Los Banos and other points south and west. San Luis now is barely one-third filled and appears likely to stay well below capacity for years to come. Spawning season is also the time when the rivers and the delta are most likely to cause massive flood damage. The ruling was made in the hope that fewer silver-colored smelt will be sucked into the pumps and killed. But it will unquestionably cause untold millions of gallons of usable fresh water to run out to the San Francisco Bay, where it morphs into brackish salt water. Item No. 1 has got to be constructing something like the Peripheral Canal, which was to be a concrete-lined ditch bringing wet-season water around the delta to reservoirs south of it. This facility must have gates that allow release of water into the delta whenever water quality or fish life is threatened. Item No. 2 will have to be the construction of new reservoirs to handle the presumably increased water supply. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed such new storage, a change from anti-reservoir sentiments that have prevailed in Sacramento since the 1970s. Item No. 3 must be inclusion of strong protections for the wild and currently untapped rivers of Northern California, the Smith, the Eel, the Trinity and the Klamath. Fears they would inevitably be exploited by Southern California led to a near-unanimous Northern California vote against the old canal plan. Says Feinstein, “We know a lot more now than we knew then.” Her irrational opposition to the old canal plan, which did include strong protection for wild rivers, has thus been reversed. Time will soon tell how much company she has. Item No. 4 should be a return to fiscal sanity, a move away from the constant issuing of bonds that now hamstring state budget writers because so much revenue goes to interest payments. Any canal and reservoir project will take years to build. Start financing it now out of the state’s general fund, with legislators committing themselves to allocating a set amount each year for that purpose, and there would be no need for bonds. It’s been both laziness and craziness that put the state into a position where it can possibly be crippled by the draconian ruling of U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger. For 25 years, no one has wanted to touch the Peripheral Canal concept for fear of political radioactivity. No one has had the courage to finance infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go basis. It’s past time for all this idiocy to end and sane planning for the state’s future to begin. If Wanger’s decision proves to be the necessary spur driving such change, then it may yet turn out to be constructive. Tom Elias is author of The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, now available in an updated third edition. His e-mail address is tdelias@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The panic this spurs comes because water from the delta serves 400 water agencies and even more cities and counties. There has been some snickering over all this in Northern California because of a sense that Southern California regularly “steals” northern water and a smug feeling that no water shortage will much affect anyone in the north. Wrong. If there’s mandatory rationing in Southern California cities and counties, the same will be true for all Santa Clara County (including Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Los Altos and many more cities) and East Bay cities like Livermore, Pleasanton, Danville and Dublin. If a significant drought should follow, agencies like the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will no longer have sufficient supplies to run water through a pipeline across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to bail out parched Marin County, as it did during dry spells in the 1980s and ’90s. And if farmers in the Central Valley who depend on the water even more than any cities and counties are forced to fallow fields, everyone in California and the entire nation will pay far higher prices for all manner of fruits, vegetables, nuts and meat. Which is why Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, once a prime opponent of the Peripheral Canal project, proposed in the early 1980s, is dead-on correct when she says, “Whatever we do, we have to do it together. The delta is critical for everyone in California.” There is plenty the state can do to ensure it has copious water for many years to come without any environmental depredation. But doing any of it will require a return to sanity, stepping away from some crazy prejudices and practices of the recent past. last_img read more

Knabe calls for reform

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Something needs to be done because even those with insurance are affected by the breakdown of the health-care system, he said. He gave an example of a friend who Knabe and his wife, Julie, took to the overcrowded Long Beach Memorial Hospital emergency room. “We had to literally carry her into the ER because no gurneys were available,” he said. “We stayed with her in triage in the ER from 8:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. until she saw a doctor,” Knabe said. “She has the best insurance in the world but she couldn’t be treated any differently.” The problem is that as hospitals close, fewer emergency rooms are available, Knabe said. One answer might be to get those with less serious problems – such as head colds – out of the emergency rooms and into clinics. “Delivery service costs in emergency room are four times that of a clinic,” he said. Another problem is the working poor who don’t get health insurance through work and can’t afford to pay $600 a month, he said. About 2.7 million in Los Angeles County are uninsured. Why not create a system for these people where they would pay a fee for the one service they need, he suggested. For example, it might cost $150 for a broken arm or something else for a broken toe, he said. MORE KNABE: The damage from the fires in Los Angeles County wasn’t as bad as it could have been, Knabe said. One reason is that Los Angeles County has put more resources toward fighting fires than other nearby counties, he said. “I know that Orange County (officials) were saying they didn’t get air power,” he said. “Well Orange and San Diego counties haven’t made the commitment to air power that we have here in Los Angeles County.” Meanwhile, San Diego county voters turned down a tax increase to pay for more fire resources after the last bad fires, he said. COUNTY GOVERNANCE: Knabe also touted a plan to give the county’s chief executive officer more power. Right now, each department head reports to the Board of Supervisors. But a proposed ordinance could go to voters next year making department heads report to the chief executive officer. “It’s very difficult for the board to give a clear evaluation,” he said. “It’s much easier to hold one person accountable than 38,” he said. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe Friday called for health-care reform. Even those with health insurance are affected by problems in the system, Knabe said at the breakfast meeting of the Southeast chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. “It’s got to be equal share and it can’t be on the backs of business, but whatever reforms come about, we need it now,” he said. last_img read more

Sevilla boss Emery ‘to hold talks with Everton over vacant manager’s job’

first_img Emery recently led Sevilla to their third successive Europa League title Everton will hold talks with Sevilla boss Unai Emery over the vacant manger’s position following the sacking of Roberto Martinez.Emery led Sevilla to their third successive Europa League success last Wednesday and lost out to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday evening.A hugely popular figure in Spain, Emery came close to taking the West Ham job last summer, but will now have talks with Toffees officials in the coming days, according to The Telegraph.Martinez lost his job following a disappointing season at Goodison Park, where a talented squad could only muster an 11th place finish.Emery, show has previously managed Valencia and Spartak Moscow, has a strong grasp of English and has made it known he is keen to manage in England.Ronald Koeman and Frank de Boer have also been linked with the position. 1last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: MICHAEL MURPHY OPENS COLÁISTE AILIGH STUDENT BANK

first_imgDONEGAL captain Michael Murphy was on hand today to help open a student bank for students at Coláiste Ailigh.The bank is being run by the transition year students in conjunction with Banc na hÉireann. PICTURE SPECIAL: MICHAEL MURPHY OPENS COLÁISTE AILIGH STUDENT BANK was last modified: January 27th, 2015 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:Bank of IrelandColaiste AilighMichael Murphystudent banklast_img read more

Eclipse Cinemas: Celebrating World Book Day and more!

first_imgEclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane are hosting two days of exciting celebrations for World Book Day this March. Young and old are invited to dress up in their book-inspired costumes. You never know who you’ll meet! Don’t forget to bring the camera for this fun event from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March 2018. Check out all the popular events, offers and new releases at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane:Lady Bird  – Now Showing Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson is a high school senior from the “wrong side of the tracks.” She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. Lady Bird follows the title character’s senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college.Showtimes: https://liffordcp.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=36658 The Shape of Water  – Now Showing From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.Showtimes: https://liffordcp.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=35784Gift Vouchers – Perfect Confirmation Gift Mother Day Gift –Order Online anytime from comfort of your own home https://liffordcp.admit-one.eu/index.php?s=LIFFORDCP&p=voucherGame Night  – 15A – 94mins – From Friday 2nd March A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery. Showtimes: https://liffordcp.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=37448Red Sparrow – Strictly 16 – 140mins – From Thursday 1st March Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.Showtimes: https://liffordcp.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=34856 Mamma Mia! Singalong – 1 Day Only – Sunday 11th March The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.Don’t miss this Sing Along screening!Get your Tickets Booked: https://liffordcp.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=38093I, Tonya  – Now Showing From the proverbial wrong side of the tracks in Portland, Oregon, former competitive figure skater Tonya Harding was never fully accepted in the figure skating community for not inherently being the image of grace, breeding and privilege that the community wanted to portray, despite she being naturally gifted in the sport athletically. Despite ultimately garnering some success in figure skating being national champion, a world championship medalist, an Olympian, and being the first American woman to complete a Triple Axel in competition, she is arguably best known for her association to “the incident”: the leg bashing on January 6, 1994 of her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, who, unlike Tonya, was everything that the figure skating community wanted in their representatives. Her association to that incident led to Tonya being banned from competitive figure skating for life. Tonya’s story from the beginning of her figure skating life at age four to the aftermath of the incident is presented…Showtimes: https://liffordcp.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=36436Peter Rabbit – 16th March Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.Visit http://eclipsecinemas.com/index.php?__site=LIFFORDCP to book any movies now!Eclipse Cinemas: Celebrating World Book Day and more! was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Eclipse CinemasLiffordstrabanelast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs remain perfect with win over Cougars

first_imgLos Molinos >> The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team kept its undefeated record with a 3-set win Tuesday over the Paradise Adventist Academy Cougars 25-10, 25-16 and 25-13.Liset Castillo led the Bulldogs with 11 kills, 3 aces and 16 digs followed by Rachel Rogers with 10 kills, 2 aces and 13 digs.Sophomore Genesis Acevedo had 5 kills and 2 blocks; Kendall Williams had 6 aces and 9 assists; Henna Acevado had 2 kills, 3 aces, a block and 10 digs and sophomore Valeria Garnica had 2 kills, an assist …last_img

Indian Chess Prodigy Shreyas Granted Tight to Stay in UK

first_imgShreyas Royal, a 9-year-old chess prodigy, and his family were sent a letter by the United Kingdom Home Ministry, asking them to leave the country by September 10.However, it has now been reported that his family has been granted permission to stay on, and his father can apply for a 5-year work visa without having to leave the country.Read it at MENAFN Related Itemslast_img