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A ploy to win next election

first_imgDear Editor,The leading party proposed/presented a budget for 2017 that was more a ploy to win the next election. The budget reflected a tone of low expectations with regard to anaemic economic growth and pending hardship as a result of high taxation on basic commodities and utilities. For these reasons, a ploy is evident to win the next elections because it is effortless to exceed low expectations. Besides, the promise of cutting taxes in an election year is campaigning 101.Starting from low expectations allows for the luxury of time and avoidance of disappointment that could lead to resentment (loss votes). As such, the wise folks of the Government are awaiting the much anticipated windfall from oil exploration to boost their popularity by the next election. Meanwhile, they just have to exceed the low expectation that was set by themselves, ie no citizens or opposition need not contribute to consensus. Moreover, levying higher taxes on a nation that do not normal pay their taxes is laughable. As such, this budget is “meaningless” for a country that the “grey” market is two/thirds of the GDP and the other third is derived from remittances. Remember politicians are facilitators not entrepreneurs.The Central Bank is now taking its cue from Cambio dealers.Lastly, the so-called 2017 Budget is for those city folks, mainly those that live in the capital because folks in the rural areas were always resourceful. Countrymen and women were never fully excited about the delivery of potable water or electrification since these services normally decay over time due to lack of money, theft and irregular maintenance. What the countryfolks depend on is remittances. They also consume copious amounts of scaremongering.Like us be real, Guyana is a pseudo-independent prodigal nation. The optics of Guyana is wealthy, fat and flourishing budget or no budget!Sincerely,Keith Bernardlast_img read more

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Noves sees positives in disjointed Scotland rugby victory

first_img0Shares0000Scotland coach Vern Cotter says opponents France had the upper hand in the scrum in their Six Nations match at the Stade de France © AFP / Martin BUREAUPARIS, France, Feb 13 – Guy Noves insisted France’s error-riddled Six Nations victory over Scotland was not a step backwards.The hosts claimed a 22-16 victory at the Stade de France on Sunday despite being outscored two tries to one. But after narrow defeats against the world’s top three sides in their previous three matches, Noves said that victory, despite a slightly disjointed performance, was a step in the right direction.“We’ve been working on a rugby that suits our qualities for a year now,” said Noves, who took over from Philippe Saint-Andre following the 2015 World Cup.“In fairness, the many mistakes could have given that impression (that it was a step backwards), because apart from the try where we held on well to the ball, there was nothing.“I hope this isn’t a backwards step, and I’m not sure that winning takes us backwards.“And given everything we’ve done in the last few matches, to suggest from one match that we’ve gone backwards, that annoys me a bit.”Having succumbed in the final 10 minutes a week earlier despite leading for much of their 19-16 defeat to England at Twickenham, Noves was particularly pleased that his side won this match in the run-in.Tries from Stuart Hogg and Tim Swinson either side of a score by Gael Fickou had twice given Scotland the lead.Going into the final 10 minutes the scores were level at 16-16 but Camille Lopez knocked over his fourth and fifth penalties of the afternoon to earn France the victory.France made a lot of handling errors, in particular due to ambitious offloads not coming off, but Noves has no intention of altering their expansive style of play.“We don’t intend changing our artillery. Once again, I’d like to point to the last quarter of an hour which this time favoured us.“We were very strong in contact, we were beaten in the rucks so we’ll learn our lessons ahead of the trip to Ireland.“But it’s mostly the lack of continuity in our play that dissatisfied me.”If Noves was unhappy with his team’s rucking, frustrated Scotland coach Vern Cotter acknowledged that France were on top at the scrum.And he said that was why his team failed to kick on from their good starts to either half.“They obviously got the upper hand at scrum time, which gave them field position,” said the New Zealander.“We needed field position but didn’t have it. We’ll look at a couple of turnover balls that we didn’t play effectively, but credit to the French. They played it well to the end.“The rucks were hard work, our plan didn’t come off.”Scotland took away the losing bonus point and will be relatively pleased with their five point haul from their opening two games.And Cotter said his team will use this experience to motivate them ahead of their next clash against Wales in two weeks’ time.“There is frustration and we’ll use that frustration to kick off next week’s training,” said Cotter.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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