first_imgWith the downsizing of the sugar industry leaving over 7000 workers without jobs, Guyana’s employment rate could see a dramatic increase. This is according to outspoken political commentator and economist Ramon Gaskin who on Wednesday said Government has no comprehensive policy for job creation. His comments are being made as the Guyana National Bureau of Statics (GNBS) gears up to release its unemployment numbers for 2018, which will serve as a marker to the economic status of the country. The quarterly Labour Force SurveyOutspoken political commentator, Ramon Gaskinfor July to September 2017 had revealed that the unemployment rate for persons aged 15 and above was 12 per cent, with the situation for women being substantially worse than that for men.At that time, thousands of now dismissed East Demerara, Rose Hall and Skeldon sugar workers were employed up to December 31, 2017 and taking into consideration of their contention relating to inconsistent employment, Gaskin’s estimation of an increased unemployment is likely to reflect the reality.However, as the official numbers are being finalised, Gaskin from his assessment of the economy, intimated that youth unemployment is also significant with reference to the magnitude of persons present at the recent job fair at the soon to be opened MovieTowne Guyana establishment earlier this week.“The unemployment rate is quite high, there are no jobs in this place; people are coming out of school and are looking for work; nobody opening any jobs, besides MovieTowne; there are no other jobs available…the Police, Army, public service are employing people but in the Private Sector there are no jobs,” Gaskin suggested.No concrete policyIn this light, he was questioned on the need for a shift in Government policy should the employment drop. Gaskin thereafter indicated his dissatisfaction with the presentation of Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s 2019 Budget wherein he contended that there was no concrete policy for job creation.“The Government has no policy for job creation; the Finance Minister Budget had no provision for job creation – he talked about entrepreneurship, training people in the interior and small business enterprise programme but there are no jobs available for employees. He cannot tell you where jobs are being created,” Gaskin pondered. Moreover, he indicated that the public service payroll has increased, saying that large contingents of persons are seeking employment with the State.” It’s packed up with people; all of them going there to see if they could get lil work.”Gaskin also related that Chinese-contracted building projects such as the one near the Chinese embassy have a majority of foreign workers in addition to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion Project. He called for more locals to garner employment on such projects. After seven years, the CJIA expansion remains incomplete due to several delays.The 2017 survey was done from a total population of 550,831 – persons 15 years and above, with some 72.2 per cent living in urban areas. From this figure, only 271,068 comprised the total employed population during the time of the quarterly survey, with males having accounted for 166,873 and females 104,195. The survey’s findings had revealed unemployment among women was 15.3 per cent and among men 9.9 per cent. The youth unemployment rate among 15 to 24-year-olds was almost twice that of adults, with 21.6 per cent. Young women had seen 28 per cent of them being unemployed.The employment rate for persons 15 and above was 49.2 per cent, with 62.1 per cent being males and 36.9 per cent being females. It had been also noted that the percentage of employed people in time-related underemployment was 4.2 per cent, with 72.2 per cent of the underemployed being based in urban areas.The survey also found that 28.4 per cent of the labour force is underutilised, while between 48.3 per cent and 52.6 per cent of the persons employed hold informal jobs.Prior to the 2017 estate closures, the Wales Sugar Estate was shuttered in December 2016 and many workers in that community say they have faced a decline in finance. Given the decrease of jobs in rural areas over the two-year period, it remains to be seen what the numbers in the 2018 survey will reflect.last_img read more


first_imgThe Fort St. John area is expected to receive a heap of snow within the next day, possibly bringing the December snowfall to above the region’s climate normal.According to Environment Canada, between 1971 and 2000, the average snowfall for the month was 32.4 centimetres. However, only halfway through the month of December, Fort St. John has already received 23.3 cm of snow which is expected to increase within the next day.- Advertisement -A low pressure system has been forecasted to travel just south of the Peace Region, says Doug Lundquist, B.C. interior warning preparedness meteorologist.[asset|aid=3347|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=89cd1d52903986d6319b9b63cca95dea-Lundquist 1_1_Pub.mp3] Lundquist says that if the region receives the forecasted amount of snow, it will reach the total snowfall amount normally only seen throughout the whole month.In terms of total precipitation for December, the Fort St. John area has received an average of 26.5 mm of precipitation between 1971 and 2000.Advertisement The precipitation amounts may be higher for this month, but Fort St. John has seen drought-like conditions throughout most of the summer. Only three months so far this year – March, May and October – have had above average precipitation.last_img read more


first_imgThe ball squirted free and Schneider capitalized for a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute. “I felt like we were hanging on,” Mocabee said. “I thought the few chances we did get were on counters. I felt like they were strong and they were wearing on us.” McDonald, on a rare 1-on-1 situation near the goal, sent a shot to the corner that South Hills goalie Danielle Steward dove for but couldn’t get. It appeared as though the game would reach overtime, but a brief volley around the Huskies’ goal produced a chance for Gilbert to send a header over Stewart, who was rendered defenseless on the play by having to gamble by coming out. McDonald scored two minutes later by breaking a 1-on-2 dilemma and sent a rocket that hit the goal post, went 2 feet inside the goal and bounced out. COVINA – Freshman Nicole Gilbert scored on a header in the 78th minute and Pepperdine-bound Kylie McDonald added an insurance goal two minutes later to lift Westlake High School’s girls soccer team to a 3-1 win over host South Hills on Tuesday in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs. The loss was a cruel finish to a stellar season for the Huskies, which included the team handing area power Walnut its first San Antonio League loss en route to a share of the league title. South Hills finished 19-5. “I just told them after the game was over how proud I was of them,” South Hills coach Scott Mocabee said. “This game isn’t going to take away what they accomplished this season, beating Walnut and beating Canyon (in the first round).” South Hills broke a scoreless tie at halftime when Tiffany Schneider took advantage of an error by Westlake goalie Jackie Jacobsen, who came out from the goal for a loose ball. center_img aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more