Spending the loot…

first_img…from oilYour Eyewitness has been thinking about why exactly all those countries that found oil and had oodles of money pouring into their treasuries yet contracted the dreaded “Dutch Disease”. Did the money itself have a virus with it or something, or was it one of those non-communicable diseases we’ve been hearing so much about? For Guyana, your Eyewitness believes the cause is that virus called “greed”!And going by what’s been going down ever since oil was struck in 2015, we’ve already contracted the disease bad! And why not? Isn’t greed one of the defining characteristics of the PNC? Think of it…why else would you have a fella like Trotman insist that the three-day seminar he took at Harvard qualified him to negotiate with all those high-flying lawyers from Texas and England? He was just plain greedy to live the high life – which is distinguished from the “good life” as chalk from cheese! – and just bent over to give away the store! And let’s not hear any noise about Trotman being “AFC” and not PNC”. Don’t worry about his rhetoric…just look at his actions.  You can take the man out of the PNC but you can’t take the PNC out of him!!And Trotman is as good an example as any to exemplify the innate nature of greed in the PNC’s functionaries. It all stems from what Granger announced at Linden last weekend: WE ARE BORN TO RULE GUYANA!! PNC born to rule!! This, of course, was the rallying cry of the monarchy in Europe for centuries and is the defining trait of the PNC brass. The shopkeeper is looked down upon as “grubbing for a living” and those that labour in the fields are even further beyond the pale. The symptoms of Dutch Disease, we’re told, is the sectors of the economy that had been sustaining the country are allowed to wither away by policy makers who only see the oil dollars pouring in. And these sectors have been the infra-dig agriculture and business!!Trotman and the rest of the PNC top echelons, like the European nobility of old, see themselves “ruling” as merely issuing decrees from – in modern times – air conditioned offices. However, they resent the self-earned rewards of those who work for their living and insist on living more luxuriously than them. They’re to be taxed and harried out of existence – hence Dutch Disease – while the PNC overlords enjoy the oil spoils and tax collections as their birth right to rule.Their model is the Plantation Manager, lolling around being served hand and foot. But they forget there will always arise a Cuffy!!…and spiking the US$Your Eyewitness is sure, dear reader, you’ve been reading about the US dollar becoming scarce and the conversion rate rising inexorably upwards. For most of you, that mightn’t seem such a bad thing since that “small piece” Aunty Mildred sent from New York with neighbour Sunil is now not that small!! But the problem is, that’s only one piece of the picture – a very small part.The bigger part is that since almost everything we consume or wear or enjoy has to be imported – since we only manufacture plantain chips (as advised by Granger) – it takes more Guyanese dollars for our importers to buy those foreign goods. And you can be sure they’ll be passing on those increased costs once their present stocks are used up. And since you’re not getting that small piece from foreign every day, you’ll have to be digging deeper into your pockets to make do.This, of course is what they call “inflation”. Part of the Burnham legacy Granger insists he will fulfil!!…by hook or crookWe’ve also noticed the spike in robberies in the country. The PNC doesn’t want to accept it…but there’s little money circulating in the lumpen elements.Yet they want to live it up like the PNC big ones!!last_img read more

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SCC Student Designs Logo For New Jackson County ‘Spend Local’ Campaign

first_imgSYLVA – The Jackson County Office of Economic Development recently launched a “Spend Local” campaign, unveiling its new logo across the region at the end of August.The design – a curly, iron-rod post with an oval store sign hanging from it – represents the heart of Jackson County’s economy: small, local businesses that have built the community from the ground up.The mind behind the design is Dare Towe, a Canton native and a second-year student in Southwestern Community College’s Advertising and Graphic Design Program. Towe was approached for the project by SCC Instructor Scott Clontz. When he received the request for the project, he knew that Towe’s keen eye and unique style would be a perfect fit for the job.“Dare was chosen to take on this project because she excels at listening to what the client wants and translating that idea into a beautiful and unique finished design,” said Clontz. “Her innate ability to create logos with strong typography made her a perfect fit for the ‘Shop Local’ campaign.”The one catch? It had to be designed within the week.Clontz then connected her with Tiffany Henry, Director of SCC’s Small Business Center, who had been working closely with Rich Price, Director of Economic Development for Jackson County. Henry gave Towe some photo samples and suggestions from Price to point her in the right direction.Working diligently, Towe sent some initial sketches to Price. Once they were approved, she had a full set of campaign logos ready to go just in time. “We are delighted to be able to partner with a student from SCC to design our logo for the ‘Spend Local’ campaign,” said Price. “By supporting local students and entrepreneurs with their respective endeavors, we are further emphasizing the importance of investing in local resources and building new business development capacity.”Henry was also impressed with the student’s creativity and design.“Dare is a very talented young student, and I’ve always said we have the best graphic design program around. Our students always impress me with their skill, professionalism and execution,” said Henry. “She did an excellent job. I’ll definitely be working with her again.”Towe credits a large part of her success to her instructors and the strength of the program at SCC.“Scott Clontz and Bob Keeling are wonderful teachers. They are both so well-rounded and we get great experience across all areas of design,” said Towe. “I feel really prepared to work in the field. My portfolio is getting better and better. This was a great opportunity for me, and I’m very thankful for it.”Towe says her dream job is to be on the graphic design team at Dollywood. While she considers herself to be a diverse designer, she appreciates a southern charm style in her work. She is expected to graduate in May 2020. For more information on any of SCC’s programs or involvements, visit southwesterncc.edu or call 828.339.4000.last_img read more

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Savant promotes SA technology

first_img The multilevel project is an ongoing initiative, which includes participation in local and international trade shows, as well as an effective web presence. These efforts are complemented by extensive promotion material, advertisements and projects, both locally and abroad. When it was established in 2001, its broad objectives were to grow the ICT and electronics industry to increase employment, broaden participation, encourage exports, and promote small business development. Savant – the South African Technology Vanguard – is the country’s marketing and branding campaign for the electro-technical sector, which includes electrical engineering, electronics, information technology and telecommunications. A unit within the Department of Trade and Industry’s Industrial Development Division, it aims to accelerate the development of the country’s hi-tech sector. SAinfo reporter Reviewed: 2 May 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Becoming a local and global voice for the ICT and electronics sectors; Creating awareness about the South African electrotechnical and ICT industries; Strengthening the sector to become globally competitive by showcasing the successes in the South African economy; Promoting export and investment opportunities; Helping to identify potential international partners and facilitating matchmaking opportunities; andCo-ordinating an information portal across the sector and between both the private and public sector.center_img Website: www.savant.co.za Savant acts to alert prospective partners, both at home and abroad, that the local technology industry can compete with the best the world has to offer. Strengths The DTI says South Africa’s competitive advantage is created from the defence and mining sectors as well as high-level government investment in research and development in strategic programmes. The country also has strong engineering and integration capabilities from working as a prime contractor on complex projects.Objectives Savant plans to help grow the sector by:last_img read more

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