GEORGETOWN, Guyana--With government’s April 1 deadline approaching for the ban on all used tyres, members of the Guyana Used Tyre Association (GUTA) met with media operatives Friday at the Georgetown Club to address their concerns with this new measure.
According to the Association, a protest against the initiative has been scheduled for today, Tuesday, March 28.
GUTA Public Relations Coordinator Nizam Hussain outlined several reasons why used tyres should not be banned in Guyana, including the fact that other countries around the world have the option to use “used” or “new” tyres.
Some other reasons were that “presently there is no minimum requirement for a tyre in law, in Guyana,” the “cost of new tyres will increase the cost for public transportation” and while there are exemptions against truck tyres and agricultural machinery tyres, none exist for cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), among other modes of transportation.
The Association posited that the revenues generated by “good used tyres” are in excess of GYD $100 million (US $489,000) annually, but with the ban in effect that figure would be halved.
Moreover, members of the GUTA asserted that the “used tyre industry” allows employment of about 5,000 young people across the country.
Referring to the recently suspended parking meter project, media operatives were told that once again no countrywide consultation had been done on this policy.
Instead of banning used tyres in general the Association suggested that the Bureau of Standards should be equipped with “new technology to differentiate between ‘good used tyres’ and ‘substandard new tyres’ in the market.”
They maintained that if the policy to ban used tyres is implemented, there will be a significant increase in “worn tyre use” on the roads due to the high cost of new tyres. This, they believe, will inevitably lead to more accidents on the road.
During the National Budget 2016 presentation, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced Government’s intention to ban the importation of used tyres, in a noted effort to promote the “green economy” and protect the environment.
Opposition Leader Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo had commented on this measure, noting that the banning of used tyres will significantly put hundreds of poor Guyanese at a disadvantage, as well as force many businesses out of operation. ~ iNews Guyana ~
KINGSTON, Jamaica--Minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jr. has said that the Government is focusing on the rehabilitation and redemption of correctional institutions, instead of the rejection of the United Kingdom prison deal.
KINGSTON, Jamaica--Close to 100 Jamaicans could lose their jobs as Scotiabank embarks on a restructuring exercise.
Bank officials confirmed the staff cuts but declined to announce the number.
However, according to President General of Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) Kavan Gayle, about 100 positions would be made redundant by the Canadian bank.
Jamaica Observer reported that the posts were being transferred from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
According to Gayle, the workers to be affected include support staff that deal with certain services right across the region.
The bank justified the move saying the plans were in line with its focus to develop centres of excellence to establish best practices and improve efficiency.
However, Gayle challenged the bank to clarify what it meant by “centres of excellence.”
Meanwhile, Scotiabank assured that it would engage in fair and transparent negotiations with BITU, which represents the majority of the affected employees in the units to be consolidated.
The company assured it would do all in its power to minimise the impact on employees
Three years ago, Scotiabank announced plans to conduct a US $451 million restructuring, which included closures and job losses in the Caribbean.
Scotiabank said it plans to close or downsize 120 branches outside Canada, largely in Mexico and the Caribbean, in a bid to save CA $120 million (US $90 million) annually.
It said it would close down 35 of its 200 branches in the Caribbean and would sever 1,500 full-time employees, including 500 from its international operations. ~ Caribbean360 ~
PARAMARIBO--The Dutch national who escaped from prison earlier this month had help from his younger brother, investigations have indicated. Gerel Lusiano Palm ran from the Duisburglaan Penitentiary on March 3, into a waiting car that has since turned out to be registered in his brother’s name. Neither man has been caught yet.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia--The Government of St. Lucia appears set on a collision course with the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and other interest groups over a controversial development.
PARAMARIBO--US Ambassador Edwin Nolan on Tuesday presented two patrol boats to the Government of Suriname, to be used by the Police Force KPS maritime units in Paramaribo and District Nickerie. On hand to receive the vessels were Justice Minister Jennifer van Dijk-Silos and Chief of Police Commissioner Agnes Daniel.
PARAMARIBO--A strike by Prosecutors has caused the postponement of dozens of court hearings that were on the roll for Monday. “The Attorney General has announced that the Public Prosecutor is not coming,” Judge Ingrid Lachtijaran said as she postponed all her hearings by at least two weeks. The chair next to hers, where Prosecutor OvJ Nirmala Maikoe was supposed be seated, was empty.
Literature Nobel laureate Derek Walcott sits inside the library of Oviedo's University, March 2006. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso
CASTRIES, St. Lucia Poet Derek Walcott, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, died at his home in St. Lucia on Friday aged 87, a spokesman for his publisher said.
Jeff Seroy, a spokesman for publisher Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, said St. Lucia-born Walcott died shortly after 5 a.m. on Friday. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Seroy said Walcott had been ill for some time and had recently returned home from a hospital stay. His longtime companion, Sigrid Nama, was with him at the time of his death, Seroy said.
PARAMARIBO--Dutch rappers Kaene Marica, Francis Edusei and Jacky Osei, who were arrested in Suriname in December last year for sexual misconduct, received mild sentences on Thursday that will allow them to return to the Netherlands. Edusei (Frenna) and Osei (Priceless) were each sentenced to twelve months in prison, of which 9.5 months are conditional. Marica was sentenced to six months, four of which are conditional.
HAMILTON, Bermuda--Fresh challenges are looming for former Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown who has been dogged by corruption allegations.
A Commission of Inquiry investigating issues raised in the Auditor-General’s report into fiscal years 2009 to 2012, when Brown’s Progressive Labour Party (PLP) was in power, said it had found “possible criminal activity” in five contracts linked to him.
And in a step further, the commissioners have referred the contracts to police for investigation.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad--Representatives from sixteen Caribbean countries are in Trinidad and Tobago (March 14-17) to discuss the extension of social protection in the context of formalisation policies.
HAVANA, Cuba--It appears to be a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth – at least for two US airlines, which are dropping their planned routes because they say with so many other airlines adding flights to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation, the routes are unprofitable.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti--Thousands of Haitians gathered on Saturday to say an emotional final farewell to former President René Préval (74), the country’s first democratically elected leader to peacefully transfer power to his successors.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados--A major rum deal has been announced that will see conglomerate Goddard Enterprises Limited (GEL) selling its majority interest in The West Indies Rum Distillery Limited (WIRD).
NASSAU, The Bahamas--Billionaire Canadian clothing manufacturer Peter Nygard was fined US $50,000 by a Bahamian judge Tuesday, for violating a court order to stop environmentally damaging dredging near his beachfront home in the Bahamas.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana--Leader of the Opposition and former President Dr. Bharrat Jadgeo was released after his arrest and detainment at the hands of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) Tuesday afternoon.
NASSAU, The Bahamas--An immediate evacuation has been ordered after a massive fire broke out at the city dump in the Bahamas’ capital Nassau, in the island of New Providence, Sunday, and it continues burning.
KINGSTON, Jamaica--At the height of fiery debate over whether the jailhouse recordings of incarcerated murder convicts, including dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, should make it to the airwaves, the Jamaica Government has announced a crackdown to keep a tight lid on what is entering and leaving the island’s correctional facilities.