Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Wednesday handed over four vehicles to the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission’s (GL&SC) regional offices. The handover was made at the Commission’s general staff meeting held on theMinister of State Joseph Harmon presents the keys of the vehicles that were handed over to the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission regional officers in Region Ninegrounds of the GL&SC Headquarters in D’Urban Backlands, Georgetown.As part of the 2017 Budget allocation, the Minister handed over two Honda All-terrain vehicles (ATV) for the offices in Region One (Barima-Waini) and Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), as well as two Toyota Land Cruisers for the offices in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). The vehicles will be used to aid in the work of the Commission for land administration, monitoring, and enforcement.“I’m extremely proud of the work that is being done by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission… I believe that good work is being done here and quality work is being done here,” Minister Harmon was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.Minister Harmon also encouraged the staff to continue to exemplify of the value of hard work to other departments in the Government. “Lands and Surveys Commission must be one of the shining examples in Government as to how, with a dedicated work force, you can turn around an entity in a very short space of time. So, I want to congratulate all of you for that and for being that shining light in Government,” he said.The programme featured holiday performances from the GL&SC staff as well as presentations of the Managers’ Reports from the Commission’s Finance and Surveys Divisions, and Human Resource and Land Administrations.
Access to financing for small businesses will now be less restrictive with the implementation of the new $100 million Revolving Fund project.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin said the project would be executed by the Ministry’s semi-autonomous agency, the Small Business Bureau (SBB).The initiative will help to finance micro and small businesses whose goods and services are sustainable and environmentally friendly.Business Minister Dominic GaskinThe SBB currently invests in low carbon sectors to support the Government’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions, through loans, grants, and guaranteed collateral.However, Minister Gaskin pointed out that “…it is restrictive, and we have found that many small businesses that would have liked to access financing through that programme were not allowed to do so, because of the specific terms of reference”.The Business Minister explained the new initiative with its open terms of reference policy will differ from the ongoing access-to-finance programme, because “this $100 million Revolving Fund has no restrictions, in terms of what type of businesses can access it”.The Revolving Fund also aims to provide small loans to persons leaving the sugar industry who are desirous of establishing individual business ventures.In 2017, the SBB dispersed some 50 approved loans valued at $270 million to finance small businesses in the low-carbon sector across the country.
1 Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has responded to widespread criticism about his managerial style and the mental state of his players.The Magpies are languishing in the Premier League’s bottom three after 14 games and have conceded eight goals in their last two league games against Leicester and Crystal Palace.Former captain Alan Shearer was withering in his Match of the Day analysis last weekend, suggesting his former club has too many “Monday to Friday” players and bemoaning the lack of an obvious plan.But McClaren responded: “I tend not to listen to pundits on Match of the Day or any other programme. People make me aware [of their comments] and they’re interesting.“I’ve been a pundit myself and it’s a great job. It’s the best job in the world. Football’s about opinions. There are lots of TV and radio programmes. When you’re asked, you have to give an opinion. It’s what you’re paid for.“You respect that opinion from people who have played football at the highest, highest level. I’ve got no criticism of that. But we tend not to focus [on them], though one or two things are very interesting.”The heavy 5-1 defeat at Palace last Saturday led to claims that McClaren’s players were losing interest with some even accused of not trying.However, the former England boss, who will lead his troops into battle with a rejuvenated Liverpool on Sunday, said: “You cross that white line and you play in front of 52,000 people, believe you me, you have got to try.“When you are lacking in confidence and you are lacking in belief, you are not getting results and performances and you are a young player coming into a new situation, or an old one that’s always there, it’s very difficult to turn that around, very difficult.“It looks like, from the outside, they are not trying, they are not running, they are not working. I thought that and we looked at the stats and they are exactly the same. But it looks like they are not trying.“But they are and we see that. We are trying to build it every week and I see it in training, and we need to transfer that confidence that we have and that belief that we have in the week into a Saturday.” Steve McClaren