January 12

Govt urged to build more airstrips in interior

first_img– MP says it has potential to advance eco-tourismOpposition Member of Parliament Africo Selman has urged the coalition Government to build more airstrips in the hinterland region, so as to create a wider market for international visitors interested in experiencing Guyana’s rich fauna and flora, and advance the eco-tourism drive.Selman told the National Assembly recently that despite little attention being paidOpposition MP Africo Selmanto tourism by the current Government, this sector has the potential to boost the Guyana economy.“This Administration robbed Guyana of its opportunity to become a top tourism destination by scrapping the Tourism Ministry. What we now have is a Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Business. Both of these areas have vast potential for economic growth, and should not be paired. The rationale for this move will never be understood,” she argued.While noting the figures quoted in the National Assembly, which show that the growth of tourism is continuing at a steady pace, with visitor arrivals totalling 170,322 between January and September, a 5.7 percent increase over the same period in 2016, she described it as “total deception”.“Returning Guyanese are not tourists. That is the part that was left out. How many of these arrivals are Guyanese? What statistics does this administration have to convince us that all these visitors, when they come, visit historical sites?” the Opposition MP questioned the Government.Selman noted that while a majority of the tourist sites are located in the hinterland, people can get there by boat, road or plane. However, she suggested that Government invest in building proper roads close to these sites, building more and better airstrips, and even creating resorts.In his presentation to the National Assembly, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said several key hinterland roads would be upgraded to facilitate gold miners and loggers, but there was no talk about improving the road network to benefit tourists.“The state of bridges in the hinterland is another downside to tourism. Which tourist would be comfortable driving across an unstable wooden bridge with no guard rails? None! People want to see our wildlife, our birds, our flora and fauna,” she added.According to the Opposition MP, one of the biggest obstacles to tourism in Guyana is the state of the roads. She noted that when it rains, many of the roads in the interior are impassible.“The tourist from London, the tourist from Canada, the tourist from Australia does not want to be in a small plane flying from one place to the next. He wants to be on the road seeing and experiencing nature, virgin terrain. That is how we sell our tourism product,” she opined.Another huge obstacle to tourism is security, Selman added. “It is well known that we have a lawless interior fuelled by the rough terrain and lack of an adequate fleet of security personnel. I would suggest that the Ministry of Public Security and the Department of Tourism work together to formulate a comprehensive plan to treat with these issues. The Guyana Police Force, first of all, must be brought up to strength. The availability of ranks and resources is of paramount importance to ensure that tourists are safe and they feel safe. Security officials accompanying tourists to far-flung destinations should be taken into consideration,” she further suggested.Apart from that, Selman said that, in an effort to have a sound tourism development plan which prioritises regular, safe, and affordable airlift to Guyana, Government would have to start looking at ways to improve collaboration with, and improve receipt of assistance from, private sector companies here.“Expanding the international airport without adequate, reliable and affordable airlift to encourage the Guyanese diaspora and tourists interested in our tourism product to visit Guyana will be a lost opportunity for this nation. I urge this Government to spend some time focusing on securing adequate, reliable, and affordable airlift services to this country,” she added.last_img read more

December 29

L.A. County population up less than 0.5%

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champStill, state demographers do not expect the county to begin losing population anytime soon. Long-term projections call for population growth through at least 2050, when the county’s population is expected to top 13 million. “Natural increase – births over deaths – will continue to drive population growth within Los Angeles County,” said Mary Heim, chief of the state’s demographic research unit. “It’s a relatively young county, in terms of age. It has a lot of ethnic diversity and it has some of the groups that have higher fertility. So that portion of the components of population change continue to cause L.A. County to grow.” State demographic experts said Los Angeles has a higher birth rate than the state average, mostly because of the high number of Hispanic immigrants who have traditionally had higher fertility rates than any other ethnic group. The county also has a younger population – Los Angeles County’s median age is 36.6 years, while the state median is 39 years. SACRAMENTO – Los Angeles County’s population grew by less than one-half of 1 percent this year, reflecting a long-term slowing as more people are moving to less expensive areas of the country. The county’s population reached 10.3million as of July 1, according to the state Department of Finance. That was a one-year increase of 0.45 percent. By comparison, in 2000 the county’s population grew by 1.93 percent. The only thing keeping the county growing now has been a healthy birth rate, with 152,479 new babies delivered in the past year and 60,800 deaths. At the same time, 45,071 more people moved out of Los Angeles than moved in. [email protected] 916-446-6723160Want 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

December 26

Sancho proves exactly why he deserves England call-up with stunning performance

first_imgHowever, he still managed to get five assists from the bench and was duly called up to Gareth Southgate’s senior Three Lions squad on Thursday.Blessed with electrifying pace and bags of skill, it remains to be seen if the youngster is given his international bow against Croatia or Spain in the upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures. Sancho leaves an Augsburg defender on his backside 2 The on-loan Barcelona man had a simple tap in to equalise against Augsburg, all thanks to Sancho’s brilliant cross.Sancho has now provided more assists in Europe’s top five leagues and Champions League combined than any other English player in 2018.Lucien Favre has used the forward as an impact sub regularly this season so as to utilise his pace, power and confidence. Jadon Sancho rounded off a perfect week by providing his ninth assist of the season already in his first Bundesliga start for Borussia Dortmund.The 18-year-old, who left Manchester City last season for guaranteed football, made it six assists in just 189 minutes of league football when he crossed for Paco Alcacer. 2 Dortmund ran out 4-3 winners in a pulsating contest at Signal Iduna Park last_img read more