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  • Shrinking foreign reserves spell trouble for Guyana – audit firm

    first_img…says problem compounded by overdraft, increasing Govt debtOver the past year, reports from the Bank of Guyana and even the Finance Ministry itself have painted a worrying picture about Guyana’s rapidly depleting foreign reserves.According to audit firm Ram and McRae, this problem is still not being addressed by the Government.In its annual publication Budget Focus, the audit firm referenced Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s announcement in his budget speech that Guyana’s international reserves will go from US$581 million to a forecasted US$477 million.According to the firm, which was founded by noted anti-corruption activist and Accountant Christopher Ram, this situation is a matter for concern. Despite theRam & McRae’s 2019 Budget Focus publicationimplications of depleted reserves for Guyana’s future, the firm lamented, Government is not paying any attention to the issue.“A ballooning (Government accounts) overdraft and increasing debt domestically coinciding with depleting reserves internationally is a recipe for trouble even with first oil approaching,” Ram and McRae noted.Besides these worrying indicators, Ram and McRae acknowledged the Finance Minister’s announcement that the balance of payments are projected to go from a deficit to a surplus of US$15 million.ReservesA report earlier this year from the central bank had indicated that Guyana’s net foreign reserves, held by the bank in foreign currency notes, has fallen to its lowest point since 2008. It is a road that took the reserves from a high point of US$825 million in 2012 to US$498.5 million as of March 2018.A perusal of the Bank of Guyana’s statistical abstract shows that from the lows of US$298.8 million 10 years ago, Guyana’s foreign reserves were built up to 2012’s high point. And then it started dropping, declining to $751.2 million in 2013 and $652.2 million in 2014.The slide continued the year after, with the foreign reserves being recorded at US$594.7 million at the end of 2015, before picking up in January of 2016 and being recorded at US$621.1 million. While the year 2016 saw the reserves fluctuate, it never strayed below the US$450 million mark until the end of the year.It is in 2017 that the reserves plunged well into the US$500 million range. By November of last year, the reserves were recorded at US$562 million. And as of March 2018, for the first time since 2008, the net foreign reserves fell to below the US$450 million benchmark.Nor are the foreign reserves the only thing that have declined. According to the bank’s statement of assets and liabilities, its total assets as of March 28, 2018 were $206.4 billion. This includes $1.9 billion in gold reserves, $82.1 billion in capital market securities, and $5.6 billion in money market securities.This is a reduction from the gold reserves the bank recorded in June 2017. According to the bank’s Half Year Report last year, it had $4.8 billion worth of gold in its foreign holdings as assets.Indeed, the gold reserves have steadily been declining with each passing year. At the end of 2016, the bank had $7.4 billion in gold, while at the end of 2015, the gold reserves stood at $14.2 billion. At the end of 2014, the Bank of Guyana had $25 billion in gold as assets.In the case of total assets, that has also seen a marked decrease.At the end of 2014, total assets were $207.9 billion. The sum decreased in 2015, as it was recorded as $188.7 billion in December of that year, before recovering by 2016 year end to $220 billion. At June 2017, total assets were $221.8 billion, before the drop recorded this year.last_img read more

  • In the news today Jan 17

    first_imgEight stories in the news for Wednesday, Jan. 17———CANADA, U.S. URGE CRACKDOWN ON NORTH KOREACanada and the U.S. led calls Tuesday for the global community to step up its enforcement of sanctions against North Korea, even as they urged Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and embrace a more peaceful future. The demands followed a day of closed-door talks in Vancouver where foreign ministers and senior diplomats from 20 countries strategized ways to end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and force it back to the negotiating table.———TRUDEAU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT NAFTAJustin Trudeau remains optimistic that Canada, the U.S. and Mexico can strike a deal to modernize NAFTA that benefits all three countries. In an interview this week with The Canadian Press, the prime minister said he still believes there’s a good chance negotiations will result in what he calls a “win-win-win” — notwithstanding contradictory signals from the U.S. that have frequently left the impression that NAFTA is doomed.———NOT GOING TO RESTART INQUIRY: TRUDEAUPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is a long way from “starting over or scrapping” the federally-funded inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Trudeau’s comment in an interview with The Canadian Press comes as a number of survivors, families and Indigenous leaders call on the federal government to formally restart the process due to concerns over operational matters with the inquiry.———BANK OF CANADA TO MAKE INTEREST RATE DECISIONThe Bank of Canada will makes its latest interest rate announcement this morning. Economists widely believe that based on current economic data, bank governor Stephen Poloz is likely to raise the central bank’s benchmark interest rate today for a third time since last summer. Many economists note that Poloz has indicated that interest rate decisions will be data dependent.———U.S. BORDER DATA FUELS CANADIAN VISA PROBESA budding cross-border data exchange with the U.S. is quietly helping Canada crack down on immigration violators. Ottawa has flagged more than 1,000 possible cases of people overstaying their visas or committing other immigration infractions based on information provided by the United States, newly obtained memos show.———LAC-MEGANTIC DELIBERATIONS ENTERING DAY 7Jurors will deliberate for a seventh consecutive day today at the trial of three men charged with criminal negligence causing death in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster. The 12 jurors sent the judge a letter Tuesday telling him they were at an impasse. But Quebec Superior Court Justice Gaetan Dumas sent them back, urging them to try once more to reach unanimous verdicts.———LIBERALS TO ANNOUNCE BUSINESS OMBUDSMANThe Liberal government plans to make good on a campaign promise to create an ombudsman with teeth to oversee the conduct of Canadian companies operating abroad. International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is expected to announce the creation of a new position today.———NDP LEADER JAGMEET SINGH IS ENGAGEDNew Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh pulled back the curtain on his closely guarded private life, letting Canadians know that he is now engaged. Singh, 38, proposed to girlfriend Gurkiran Kaur, 27, on Tuesday night just blocks away from the Ontario legislature in Toronto where he served as a provincial legislator for six years. Until December, Singh had declined to confirm or deny that he was in a relationship.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the “Charlevoix reconnait” gala in La Malbaie, Que., and delivers remarks.— Heritage Minister Melanie Joly will address the media in Toronto after meetings to discuss harassment in film, TV and theatre.— Syncrude Canada to appear in an Alberta court to face charges related to the deaths of blue herons at one of its mine sites.— MP Scott Simms provides an update on steps to address a marine pollution threat from the Manolis L shipwreck.— Canadian Armed Forces soldiers arrive in Edmonton after being deployed in Latvia.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette continues a visit to Ukraine and Latvia.last_img read more

  • Jamaicas Health Ministry to increase complement of Psychiatric Nursing

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 30, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Ministry will be increasing the complement of psychiatric nursing aides in order to strengthen community mental health services.Speaking at the Psychiatric Nursing Aides Conference at the Iberostar Hotel in Montego Bay on October 26, Dr. Tufton said the recommendation that was made by the recently appointed Task Force on Mental Health and Homelessness solidifies the Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of the island’s psychiatric nursing aides.“The history of psychiatric nursing aides in Jamaica starts in 1972, with only 22 trainees.   However, because of the growing need for mental health care, it was required to expand the care team to not only psychiatrists and registered nurses, but also to psychiatric nursing aides.   Today, the total number has increased to over 400,” he said.Dr. Tufton said that in 2015, the Ministry of Health trained 72 psychiatric nursing aides and is committed to continuing the support, adding that one significant recommendation of the Task Force is that there should be an increase in the number of psychiatric nursing aides.The Minister pointed out that despite the valiant efforts of psychiatric nursing aides and their colleagues to reduce the stigma against mentally ill people, there is still a need for more personnel to be recruited to further reduce the residual poor treatment often meted out to the mentally ill across the island, many of whom suffer in silence.“It is estimated that some 70 per cent or more persons with mental illness will not disclose this information for fear of discrimination, especially at work.   This, undoubtedly, fuels the existing gap between illness and treatment and increases morbidity while decreasing productivity,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton noted that depression and anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health challenges in the workplace, but they are often undiagnosed and untreated and can result in absenteeism and decreased productivity.  He said that a draft workplace mental health policy has been developed by the Ministry of Health, but while legislation, policies and guidelines are important, there are other things which need to be done to accomplish the necessary changes.Psychiatric nursing aides are involved in the promotion, treatment and rehabilitation of psychiatric patients in clinics, homes and community facilities.   They offer care to the mentally challenged, and, over the last few years, have assisted in the treatment and care of more than 100,000 patients.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

  • 2 killed in Sylhet road crash

    first_img2 killed in Sylhet road crashA pickup van’s driver and helper were killed as the vehicle turned turtle on Dhaka-Sylhet road in Lalbar area of South Surma upazila in Sylhet district on Wednesday afternoon.The deceased are Al-Amin, son of Sundar Ali from Sadhurgaon village in Biswanath upazila and his helper Samsuddin, 17, son of a certain Abul, resident of Gabindapur village of the same upazila, reports UNB.Locals said they saw the pickup van going upside down around 2:00pm, leaving Al-Amin dead on the spot and Samsuddin severely injured, right after crossing a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction.Later, they took Samsuddin to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.Dakkhin Surma police station officer-in-charge Khairul Fazal said the bodies were sent to the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.last_img read more