Goolsarran scolds Govt over denial of sinking economy

first_img– plugs need for Economics Ministry over SocialCohesion, BusinessFormer Auditor General Anand Goolsarran has scolded the 13-month-old A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government for its denial of the current ailing state of the country’s economy.Goolsarran said that three per cent growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) did not mean that all was well with the economy.“The Government is in denial that the economy is slowing down, but it is evident,” he stated.Goolsarran indicated that 40 per cent of the youths was unemployed, there was evidence of under-employment, businesses were struggling and there was also the existence of parallel economies.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had affirmed, however, that the economy was in good shape by presenting statistics and explanations in support of the Government’s defence. He had cited the commendation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Guyana’s economic growth, which is projected to be four per cent this year.Jordan also contended that the IMF report should not be doubted or challenged, since it was already established that the body was neutral. “IMF economists would visit a country and scrutinise its economic and financial developments before discussing policies within the two areas with the Government and the Central Bank officials,” he noted.He also stated that the Government was not idle in delivering since its coming into office and presently was engaging the attention of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to acquire loans for the 2016-2017 period, particularly in the areas of agricultural diversification, infrastructural development and commerce.Ministry of EconomicsThe former Auditor General said the answer to the country’s economic woes could be found, but a number of things must be done, chief among them the establishment of a ministry of economic development and planning.Goolsarran , a transparency advocate, told Guyana Times that economic planning was a prerequisite for any country’s development and given Guyana’s economic status, it made sense for the country to have a ministry of economics.“I don’t see the need for a Ministry of Social Cohesion, or why we should have separated Ministries for Business and Tourism. The question is why a Ministry of Economics was left out by this new Cabinet?” he asked.Although, he was aware that the Finance Ministry had some responsibility for economics, Goolsarran stated that the Finance Minister portfolio was already weighty and the country’s economics would require more attention.Economic planThe former Auditor General emphasised the need for an economic plan to take the country forward.“Guyana urgently needs an economic plan especially in our current economic situation,” Goolsarran remarked.He noted that this could be achieved with an economic planning entity such as the ministry of economics, providing that the body was separate and distinct.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had called on the Government to produce an economic plan, while lambasting it for not having any plans to develop the economy.Jagdeo, reflecting on the coalition Government’s first anniversary back in May, had said that after one year of the APNU/AFC in office, Guyanese were worse off.He had stated that he noticed a “lack of direction” from the Government, arguing that the economy was “fixable”, but the Government had no vision about where it was heading.last_img read more

Bandits shoot, rob Essequibo Coast man

first_imgOmadatt SinghA truck owner of Onderneeming on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), was on Friday robbed and shot just outside his house by a lone bandit, who managed to escape.According to reports, Omadatt Singh had returned home at about 07:45h after transporting coconuts and was standing outside his house when he heard a loud explosion but later realised that it was a gunshot which injured his leg.Shortly after, several gunshots were fired and the suspect then approached Singh at gunpoint, demanding a 120-pennyweight gold chain that he was wearing.Singh explained that the man was dressed in a black shirt, grey short pants and a black leather hoodie. Fearing for his life, he handed over the piece of jewellery that has an estimated worth of $1 million. The suspect then rushed out of the yard and fled the scene.A report was filed and Police arrived shortly after, collecting three spent shells and a matching 9mm gun. The victim received medical treatment and investigations are continuing.last_img read more

Huskies earn back-to-back wins over weekend

first_imgWith back-to-back wins, the Huskies improved their record to .500 (8-8-0-0) and sit in the middle of the NWJHL standings.The sled dogs will next take to the ice on Friday, Dec. 2, when they are back in Beaverlodge for another clash with the Blades. On Friday, Nov.25, the Huskies found themselves in enemy territory, taking on long-time rival the Junior Canucks. Despite a 1-0 Dawson Creek lead after one period, the Huskies evened the game in the second while on the power play. Cody Hildebrand scored with the man advantage, with assists going to Robbie Sidhu and recent addition to the Huskies roster, Cody Poggenpohl.Although, the Junior Canucks would score again later in the second frame to conclude the period with the Huskies down 2-1.Fortunately, the Huskies were not discouraged trailing after two periods, and would once again benefit from the man advanatage. Robbie Sidhu tied the game on the power play roughly four minutes into the third period, and Jamie Watson scored the Huskies’ third and game winning goal, once again while on the man advantage. Poggenpohl and rookie leader Dave Marshell would earn the assists on the game winning goal.- Advertisement -Sidhu, Captain Cody Hildebrand and newcomer Cody Poggenpohl all finished the game with two points.Saturday, Nov. 26, the boys were in Beaverlodge to take on the not-so-sharp Bades. To the surprise of many, Fort St. John only led by a single goal after one period, as they entered the second up 3-2. Head coach Gary Alexander must have said something during the first intermission to spark his club, who put on an eight goal performance in the remaining two frames, to earn an 11-3 victory.Robbie Sidhu would finish the game with a 7 point (2 goal, 5 assists) performance under his belt. Forward Cole Calliou also registered 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) and Brighton Campbell lit the lamp three times for a hat-trick. Multiple other Huskies finished the game with multi-point games.Advertisementlast_img read more

Northern Metalic Flyers wrapping up regular season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Northern Metalic Flyers have put in a great regular season, and this weekend they’ll be playing in their final two games before the playoffs. Saturday they’ll be in Grande Prairie and Sunday they’ll be back in Fort St. John to host Peace River.Despite an outstanding regular season where the team has a record of 23-2-3, the Flyers will be looking to get some momentum back in their favour as they have just one win in their last four games (1-1-2).Sunday’s home game against Peace River gets underway at 11:45 a.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Huskies gearing up for training camp at the end of the month

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Huskies are playing a game of “hurry up and wait” in the lead-up to the 2017/2018 NWJHL season.General Manager Jeremy Clothier said that the Huskies are anticipating that 14 to 15 members of last year’s roster will likely be returning this year. Forwards Jacob Lang and Adam Bowie, who ranked 1st and 4th respectively in team scoring last year, won’t be returning this season. Lang has plans to try out for the Prince George Spruce Kings in the BCHL, and is also attending UNBC. Bowie meanwhile is heading to the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Clothier says some players from last season will also be trying out for other Junior ‘A’ teams, while others have decided to return home.Overall, Clothier said that the team is off to a good start ahead of the season. “There’s still some holes to fill, we’re looking to add some skill and scoring because we’re hosting provincials. We’re trying to beef up a little bit and add some depth.” In scouting for new players to join the team this season, he explained that he’s been more selective than in years past, but that as many as 35 players are so far confirmed to be coming to the team’s camp.- Advertisement -Goaltending is one area where Clothier said that the team is looking good already. “Jonathan Bateman is at the Canmore Eagles main camp that weekend, but we have Tavis (Viens) and Brody (Greggain), and Jonny if he doesn’t make it coming back.”As for local players from the Peace Region, he team has committed to Trackers alumnus Cooper Willms, though several other local graduating players are also tryout out for Junior ‘A’, and could also decide to try out for the team if they don’t make the cut at their respective camps.The Huskies training camp starts Friday, September 1st at the Pomeroy Sport Centre at 7:00 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Outlaws Aboriginal Youth Midget Hockey team took home Bronze in Prince George

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Outlaws Aboriginal Youth Midget Hockey team took home Bronze in Prince George at the Aboriginal Youth Hockey Tournament on the last weekend in March.The Outlaws fought hard with two big wins, one loss and a tie and loss in a shootout.Those on the team representing Fort St. John include Matt Sebastian, Kurtis Lee, Brandon Modde, Owen Floriant, Storm Noskeye, Crysten Rogers, Payton Rogers, Burke Mcadie, O’Shea Mcadie, Kyler Davis, and Rhylin Soychuck.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Huskies salvage 7-6 win in opener

first_imgFort St. John Assistant Coach Jeremy Clothier, in his first game behind the Huskies bench, admitted his team’s effort was not where it should have been, but also praised the desire of his top line, particularly Cody Kalb.[asset|aid=1911|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bf6a7352b8e57cc299652fa5732f27d3-Jeremy-cody_1_Pub.mp3]The drama didn’t end at the final whistle, however.  As the horn sounded, and both teams headed on to the ice to congratulate their respective goaltenders, the referee assigned game misconducts to Huskies coach Bob Kalb, and Dawson Creek player Lorne Weaver, effectively banning them from the next game. Kalb’s post-game reaction will remain off-the-record.After dominating Dawson Creek in the preseason, the Huskies certainly didn’t play as well as they could have on opening night, and Clothier admits it all started in their own zone. [asset|aid=1912|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bf6a7352b8e57cc299652fa5732f27d3-Jeremy-breakouts_1_Pub.mp3]But, while the Huskies may have overlooked their opponents, credit certainly belongs to the Jr. Canucks, who brought a far superior effort to what they had shown in the preseason.  Rookie head-coach Mike Lazinchuk was disappointed to lose a late lead, but felt his team is moving in the right direction. [asset|aid=1913|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bf6a7352b8e57cc299652fa5732f27d3-Lazinchuk-improving_1_Pub.mp3]The Huskies take on the Sexsmith Vipers on Saturday night at the NPA, a game Clothier says his team will be prepared for. “You’ll see a different team tomorrow” he says, adding “We’ll go hard the full game.”Advertisement After shelling the Jr. Canucks in the preseason, the Huskies may have taken them a little bit lightly in the opening game of the regular season.The Huskies dug themselves a hole on Friday night, and had to rely on some of their high-end talent to bail them out.Dawson Creek opened the scoring, when John-Wayne Howes buried a sharp-angle shot past Ty Gullickson.  Before the first period was out, Dylan Apsassin added a short-handed marker, unlikely to be his only one of the season.- Advertisement -Just 22 seconds into the second, Ewan Weaver gave Dawson Creek another lead, when he missed the net, but found a rebound off the end-boards, and shoveled it home before Gullickson could recover.  4 minutes into the second, Cody Kalb dangled his way through the Jr. Canucks zone, to retie the game.  It was a tough night for Gullickson, who made some strong saves, including a post-to-post beauty early in the third.  But, he also let in six goals, and took a ten-minute misconduct for removing his mask trying to dispute one of the second period goals.  Oddly, Cash Brinkworth was forced to serve the penalty.  With Payden Wongstedt and promising rookie Ryan Stickel both out of the lineup, Brinkworth’s absence made life difficult for an already stretched FSJ defence.  Jesse Disher ate a lot of minutes on the night, and proved one of the best players for the Huskies.With the pendulum continuing to swing, Robbie Sidhu soon gave the Huskies a lead,.  But again the Huskies would let off.  John-Wayne Howes soon notched his second of the game, sending the teams into the dressing rooms tied 3-3 after 40 minutes.Early in the third, D.C. would again take the lead, on a Cole Calliou marker.   Cody Kalb scored his second of the game 3 minutes into the third.   With Jesse Disher serving a tripping penalty, Dawson would regain the lead again on a Tyson Keen powerplay goal.  Reid Smith gave the Jr. Canucks a little breathing room just a minute later.Advertisement And finally, with the high-expectations staring them in the face, the Huskies would awake from their slumber.  Ty McLeod gave them the opportunity they needed, when he was served 2+10 for a hitting-to-the-head penalty.  Tyson Pederson fired a point shot past Cody Garnett to get the pups within one.Cody Kalb made it an opening-night hat-trick, when he tipped a Disher point shot past Garnett to tie the game.   And, with just a minute and a half remaining, Kalb’s final drive to the net was denied, but his rebound banged home by Dan Pappin, to give the Huskies a late lead.They made it interesting, with a late penalty to Robbie Sidhu, but killed off the powerplay without any danger, and escaped with a narrow 7-6 win.It was a spectacular start to the season for 2008/2009 team MVP Cody Kalb, who says his team didn’t bear down enough early in the game, but remained confident a win was in the cards. [asset|aid=1910|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bf6a7352b8e57cc299652fa5732f27d3-CodyK-confident_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more

Local tourist centre wins award for promotion idea

first_imgA simple postcard has won the Fort St. John Visitor Information Centre a coveted award at a tourism gala this week. On Tuesday, spokesperson Deanna Hill accepted the ‘Northern Promotion Award’ at the Northern British Columbia Tourism Association’s AGM in Prince George. Hill says the prize was awarded for the local tourist centre’s ‘Postcard Program’ developed earlier this year. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=2037|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=646e98ce941b71adea46f69a222ea4b1-Hill 1_3_Pub.mp3] Postcards included the location and picture of the Centre. Tourists received a souvenir pin when they filled out their information. [asset|aid=2038|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=646e98ce941b71adea46f69a222ea4b1-Hill 2_2_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Most of the tourists that took part in the program came from the Charlie Lake RV and Leisure Park. Around 125 postcards were filled out. Hill says that number under-represents the number of tourists involved, as most families would only fill out one card. Meanwhile, Dr. Charles Helm of Tumbler Ridge won the Walter Smith Visionary Award, for his contributions to tourism in Northern B.C. Helm is the town doctor. He also is an author, trail builder, marathon organizer and runner, and avid supporter of the dinosaur discoveries in the area.last_img read more

RCMP search for man who escaped from psychiatric ward

first_imgThe Dawson Creek RCMP need your help to find a man who escaped from the Dawson Creek psychiatric ward.The RCMP say the male left the hospital in a silver or grey luxury car. The male is described as caucasian, 5’1” and 190 pounds. The male has blonde hair and was last seen wearing a hospital gown and baseball cap.Police believe the male may be traveling towards Hythe or Grande Prairie.- Advertisement -The male is considered dangerous and should not be approached.The RCMP have not released the man’s name or a photo.If you see this person, call 911 immediately. Advertisementlast_img read more

District worried about Moberly Lake flooding

first_imgRising lake levels could affect residents living beside Moberly Lake, near Chetwynd.The Peace River Regional District has issued a warning to residents that higher than normal snow packs, along with recent precipitation and warm weather conditions have raised water levels to or above the high water marks on the lake.- Advertisement -The District says it is concerned since the area is expected to see more precipitation over the next week, further increasing water levels in the lake.It is asking residents to either move or secure their boats, equipment, fuel tanks, pesticides, garbage and other personal items from low lying areas around the lake.Residents are also encouraged to refer to the District’s website for information on potential flooding areas and precautions they can take.last_img read more