President David Granger has urged the Linden community to create economic avenues through small and medium-size enterprises, as he shared his conviction that household cottage industries will form a solid basis for Guyana’s future economy.President David GrangerHe was at the time addressing stakeholders and members of the religious body from Linden and other parts of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) at a Prayer-Breakfast ceremony recently hosted at the Watooka Complex in Mackenzie.“Linden, I suppose, knows better than some other parts of Guyana the perils of unemployment,” the President noted in his address.He also pointed to the situation with sugar workers who have been retrenched, noting that Government has had to make some hard decisions where the industry is concerned. Government, between 2016 and 2018, dismissed thousands of sugar workers in Berbice, East Coast of Demerara and West Bank of Demerara.The Head of State assured that Government is paving the way for newer opportunities. “But the point I am making is that new opportunities for employment are being created right here in Guyana, and we will work with organisations such as LEN (Linden Enterprise Network) …to give young people particularly some start-up,” he said.Pointing to cottage industries, Granger said this will be the future for Guyana. “Young women, young men, households are producing commodities to put on the market, and it is my conviction that this type of household cottage industry will form the basis for an economy and maximum participation. Small and medium-size businesses will be the enterprises of the future. There’s employment for all,” he assured.OilZeroing in on Guyana’s oil potential, the President said that while this industry will be a means for employment, it will not provide employment for all, owing to its technical nature.“Let me not give you any exaggerated hopes. The oil industry is not going to employ a lot of you. It’s a highly technical industry, and will employ a few highly qualified persons. But there will be spin-offs for people providing services. But the population shouldn’t expect that there is going to be a big recruiting office and everybody’s going to be dashing offshore for some oil. That wouldn’t happen…So we have to make up our minds to seek enterprises right here in Guyana, enterprises will create greater employment for our people,” President Granger said.In the case of Region 10, he pointed out that there is potential for enterprises such as agro-processing, particularly in the Upper Demerara region. He therefore urged the community to see how best the resources of the region can be utilised with its extensive agricultural lands. He also added that Region 10 is an important commercial and communication hub.The President also spoke on the importance of education, as he highlighted aspects of the “good life”. Additionally, he shared his religious beliefs, noting that his journey as President over the last few years has led him to a deeper and greater realisation of the power of faith.Further, he shared his belief in equality, stressing that all citizens are entitled to equal access to the good things in society, including education and health.
A BUNCRANA man, who threatened to punch his former partner’s teeth out, has been fined for a public order offence before Buncrana Court. James McMenamin, 36, with an address of Flat B, 23 Lower Main Street, Buncrana, was charged with being threatening, abusive and/or insulting outside Buncrana Courthouse, at Lower Main Street, on December 8, 2016. He also faced charges of criminal damage and possession of a knife at Buncrana Garda Station on December 31, 2017, and being threatening and abusive, intoxicated and giving a false name to Gardaí outside the Atlantic Bar on the same date.McMenamin pleaded guilty to all charges before him, when he appeared before Buncrana District Court.Garda Inspector David Murphy said on December 8, 2016, Garda Hooks was on duty at Buncrana Court when a lady, who was the ex partner of Mr. McMenamin, approached him.“Ms. Kelly told Garda Hooks that Mr. McMenamin threatened to punch her and knock her teeth out,” said Insp. Murphy.“They were in court for family law purposes. Garda Hooks later spoke with Mr. McMenamin but he said he wanted to seek legal advice first. He was later approached the following March but he declined to make a statement,” he added.In a separate incident gardaí were on patrol in Buncrana on New Year’s Eve night and at 11.10pm they saw males involved in an altercation outside the Atlantic Bar.Insp. Murphy said Gda. Kelly spoke with James McMenamin and made a demand of his name and address.“He said he was Seamus from Portlaoise but Garda Kelly suspected this was a false name so he arrested him but at this stage Mr. McMenamin became aggressive and resisted arrest,” explained Insp. Murphy.“At the Garda Station he was searched and a small knife was found on him. He was then placed in the cells and he damaged the mattress, pulling it apart.”Insp. Murphy said the damage amounted to €279, but he said Mr. McMenamin returned to the Garda Station after being released and paid €280.Judge Paul Kelly queried the cost of the mattress being €279, but Insp. Murphy said it is specifically designed.The court heard that McMenamin had previous convictions for assault, drugs charges in 2012 and 2011 and public order offences dating back to 2002. Insp. Murphy said he had 20 previous convictions in total.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said both Mr. McMenamin and his partner had been upset and tempers were frayed. He said he shouldn’t have said what he did but that it was an ‘exaggerated threat’ that he never intended to carry through.“He reacted badly to a stressful situation and has previous convictions – he lived a chaotic lifestyle,” said Mr. Dorrian.“But his attitude is improving, he is trying his best and has come a long way.”In relation to the other incident, Mr. Dorrian said the false name was Mr. McMenamin being sarcastic but his comedy ‘fell on deaf ears’.Mr. Dorrian said Mr. McMenamin went to White Oaks previously but had a relapse around the New Year. He said his client is ‘back on track’ now and back going to meetings.Regarding the incident McMenamin’s former partner, Judge Paul Kelly applied the probation act.However he fined him €100 for being threatening and abusive to Garda Kelly on New Year’s Eve. The criminal damage was struck out as he repaid the money to the gardaí and the possession of a knife charge was taken into consideration after Judge Kelly heard that it was a small penknife.The remaining charges were struck out.Fine for Buncrana man who threatened to punch former partner’s teeth out was last modified: February 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaBuncrana District CourtJames McMenaminJudge Paul Kelly