Antigua PM Says He Turned Down OJ Seraphine Diplomat Offer

first_img Share Tweet 1106 Views   2 comments Share Share LocalNewsPoliticsRegional Antigua PM Says He Turned Down OJ Seraphine Diplomat Offer by: – December 2, 2019 Sharing is caring! Oliver Seraphine – Former Prime Minister of Dominica Prime Minister Gaston Browne has indicated that the former Dominica Prime Minister Oliver Seraphine, featured in an Al Jazeera documentary, tried to get his government to make a diplomatic appointment.Al Jazeera secretly recorded Seraphine trying to broker Dominica diplomatic appointments in exchange for money. Seraphine denies the allegations.The Antigua leader revealed that the Prime Minister of Dominica from 1979 to 1980 visited him in August at his office.“Mr (Oliver Seraphine) did come to see me on the 26 of August, the former prime minister of Dominica. I made it abundantly clear to him that first of all, I cannot appoint any diplomat, and secondly we are not interested, Browne said.“I literally chased him out of my office and that is why Al Jazeera could not have featured me about having any discussion about selling any passport,” he added.Mr Seraphine was purporting to sell diplomatic appointments to a bogus investor that Al Jazeera created as part of their investigation.Browne said he was given a letter of introduction to the bogus individual but was not interested.“I have a policy, that from the time you come to me and say you want this, and you’ll give me this, the conversation ends.”He said that is why Al Jazeera never featured him in the documentary.Antigua & Barbuda was featured for about 60 seconds with the government being criticised for taking too long to fire Alex Saad, a former Antigua diplomat who has since been indicted for money laundering.The prime minister told Pointe FM that he has nothing to do with diplomatic appointments and that is handled by the people responsible for it in government.Credit: Antigua Newsroomlast_img read more

La Salle trumps UST, regains hold of top spot

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR “It was a mild sprain and I hope she can play on Saturday,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus. “Actually, I was confident because the other players run the same practice drills.”Desiree Cheng led La Salle with 13 points while Dy had 12 points before leaving the game.Tin Tiamzon also finished in double figures for the defending champions as she put up 11 points.Rondina had 13 points to lead UST with EJ Laure and Dimdim Pacres combining for 21.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards The Golden Tigresses, who are still in contention for a spot in the Final Four, slipped to 7-5.UST skipper Cherry Rondina handed La Salle its fifth straight win when her final attack went out of bounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLa Salle’s win, however, was met with a major hurdle.Talisman Kim Kianna Dy sprained her right ankle in the third set, with La Salle leading 6-4, and did not return to the game. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle took back the top seed in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament after taking down University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers improved to 10-2, the same record as Ateneo, but amassed 30 points as compared to the Lady Eagles’ 29.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Pau Gasol giving Spurs everything they expected, and more Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View commentslast_img read more

Current political situation: Nailing the unemployment lie

first_imgIn a video featured by the Department of Public Information on April 13th, 2019, the Director presented a very unprofessional propagandist series, which is at best erroneously ridiculous. He was himself pulling figures out of the sky, and has no clue of any of the contents of which he has spoken. It was indeed more laughable as the presenter seemed to be out of touch with reality.This article, therefore, is intended to counter the opinions he provided therein.To this end, it is worthwhile to examine, in the most simplified manner possible, or in “layman’s terms”, the theoretical underpinning of economic policies being pursued; especially those that are particularly designed to address, in a post-mortem way, the situation regarding the unemployed sugar workers within a pragmatic framework.The far-reaching economic implications of the largest retrenchment in Guyana’s economic history — that is, the 9,000 or 10,000 plus now unemployed sugar workers — shall be examined.Economic policies generally constitute two dimensions: demand side policies, which are policies aimed at stimulating demand for goods and services in an economy; and supply side policies, which are aimed at increasing the supply of goods and services produced by firms operating in an economy.It is important to note, at this point in our discussion, that ‘demand and supply’ constitute the very basic fundamental principles of economics. In the broad profession of economics, there are some economists who tend to subscribe to Keynesian economics, so called after John Maynard Keynes, a world-renowned economist who firmly believed in demand side policies being more effective to fuel economic growth; and there are also some economists who are firm believers in supply side policies. Thus, logically, one may ask which approach is more effective and, in this case, more sensible. Nonetheless, the answer to this question warrants extensive academic debates and/or discussions which are naturally beyond the scope of this article.Having said that, it must be said that in the budget 2018 presentation, a few measures were provided therein for the divestment or restructuring of GuySuCo – designed with the intent to cushion the effects on the retrenched workers. To this end, citing the Budget Speech (2018, pg.52): “In order to ensure the continued livelihoods, a skills re-training programme is anticipated to be offered for those who choose to pursue new opportunities. Those who wish to continue with a livelihood in agriculture may see an opportunity to own their own farmland”.In addition, there was an outreach programme held by a few key Ministers of Government with the sugar workers sometime in January of this year. In that meeting, one Minister stated that a range of foreign companies are interested in Guyana and the sugar industry — suggesting that there are going to be opportunities, as opposed to the general ideology that there is none, or limited opportunities, to absorb the sacked sugar workers.Another suggestion put forward by the Minister is that there are many opportunities for alternative employment – referring to a shortage of plantains for fast-food chain Pollo Tropical, and to the market available for soursop and other fruits.These policies are supply side policies, of course, and without getting into too much technicalities in regard to the underlying economic theories, is it really sensible to convey a message of hope to thousands of people to wait for companies to come invest in Guyana? A mere expression of interest by foreign companies does not mean that they actually manifest into reality.Hypothetically, even if one of those companies decides to invest in Guyana, with the series of protocols and bureaucracies that would have to be undertaken, it would take months — possibly a year or two, or even more time — before they reach to the operationalisation and employment phases.For example, since in 2013, and even long before then, investors were being sought after to invest in manganese mining in Matthews Ridge in the North West District; and only now, in 2018, four years after and possibly longer (if it was indeed long before 2013, when yours truly became aware of this development), the Chinese are now seeking to invest in manganese. So there will now be a manganese company in the North West District, but that, again, will take some time before the company is fully operationalised.Hence, while waiting on foreign investors to come, how long should these thousands of people sit and wait to earn? How will they pay their monthly bills and put food on their tables? How long will the severance pay last to meet their daily needs to survive?(To be continued next week).last_img read more