Essequibo Coast residents call for more investment

first_imgAs residents, especially the younger generation of the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) continue to move away from the region due to the lack of employment, residents are calling for more investments into the county.During a visit Guyana Times spoke with a number of residents, who expressed their dissatisfaction over the lack of investments being made in the region.An aerial view of a section of the Essequibo CoastAccording to the residents, the Essequibo Coast has the potential for growth, however, genuine efforts are not being undertaken to ensure that the county further develops.“Essequibo have land, plenty land, we have space and we need so much, but no one is investing and the young people them keep moving away because of that,” one resident said.One young teacher is calling for a University of Guyana campus to be built in the region, pointing to the fact that both Demerara and Berbice have campuses.According to the young woman, the lack of a university in Region Two is chief among the reasons why the young residents are moving away.“It’s hard because most of us want to further our education but we cannot do it from here. So that’s the only option left, to move somewhere where you can pursue your studies. And when you end up moving and see that there is a better life elsewhere then usually you don’t return, that’s how its been going for the longest,” the teacher shared.She further revealed that the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) in the county only offers training in nursery and primary but not in secondary.“So if you want to become a secondary school teacher, then you gotta move and go to pursue that at the colleges” she explained.The residents are also calling for more business investments which will boost tourism in the county.“We have the potential to be big, and there is so much that we need here. Business owners and investors can do well if they invest in businesses here but for some reason, no one is doing that. We have a few bars and so on but if you wanna go to a nice restaurant for a special occasion then you can’t even do that, you gotta travel out of Essequibo for stuff like that. If you want the movie theatre experience, you can’t even have that, you gotta travel out of the county for that, there is so much that we need, if only people would invest,” a shop owner asserted.Just recently, Regional Chairman, Davanand Ramdatt had emphasised the need for growth and development in the county.Ramdatt had noted that though agriculture is important and will remain important to Essequibo, the county is looking to build tourism.The Chairman has expressed that business investments will not only add to the development in Essequibo but will see jobs being created.“This business is coming at a crucial time. The economy is not as it once was but I know for sure that there is tremendous potential for growth and development. We strongly believe that this business will add to the competitiveness and will provide job creation,” Ramdatt had stated at the opening of a Diamond Insurance branch.last_img read more


first_imgNorth Western Golfing Alliance RESULTS & REPORTS Played at Narin/Portnoo  Golf Club on Saturday 5th March 2011 Par 73 S.S.S 731st Nett    Ricky Boal (20)                      Portsalon G.C.              67 2ND Nett   Eddie McHugh     (16)             Letterkenny  G.C.          693rd Nett   Kieran Martin  (13)                     Strabane G.C.            704th Nett    Stephen Harris     (20)              Letterkenny G.C.      71 b.o.t.5th Nett    Cathal Patton        (4)                Strabane G.C.        71 b.o.t. 6th Nett  Connor McGettigan (15)          Portsalon  G.C.        71`b.o.t1st Gross    Damien Mooney (scr) Unattached                            672nd Gross    Michael McGeady (scr)    McCambridge/Duffy     683RD Gross     Garrett Mallon (scr)         North West G.C               704th Gross      Connor Mallon (scr)          Narin/Portnoo G.C.       71 5th Gross     Enda Kennedy (scr)              Rosapenna       G.C.        726th Gross    Finian O’Doherty  (3 )           Narin/Portnoo G.C.         74Damien Mooney eagled the par 4 1stWinner of Golfer of year Kieran Doherty, Strabane G.C. Runner up –Enda Kennedy, Strabane G.C. Gross Winner Justin MacLochlainn ,North West G.C. Runner –up ,Michael McGeady McCambridge/DuffyThe following had a 2 ,Eugene Corry, B.Corry M.McGeady,C.Mallon,E.Kennedy,F.O’Doherty,N.Callan,N.Sheaffer,N.McCrory,S.McCay,E.Davis,J.Blake,P.MacLochlainn. D.Mooney had 2 2’sWhat  a  pleasant change in the weather a really beautiful sun filled day and no wind to provide protection to the course .Every advantage was taken  as the scoring was really exceptional both Gross and in the nett. After the horrendous weather of the winter it was such a pleasure to play such a good course rated 51 in the Ireland Golf Digest top 100 courses .it is good to see that they are not resting on their laurels and several bunkers have been introduced during the winter.In the Gross section the exceptional scoring was led by l Damien Mooney.He led the onslaught with a drive to the heart of the first green and holed a 7 foot putt for eagle. He promptly bogied the par 5 second having had a three putt. He then parred all the rest of the holes on the front nine except the par 3 7th which he birdied.He was out in 33 which is 2 under. A clear leader you might think well no he was not .Michael McGeady just back from Spain had birdied 4 and 5 both par fours and also the 9th par 4 to be out in 32. Toiling along behind was Garrett Mallon in 35 and on 36 were Noel Callan ,Enda Kennedy and young Finian O’Doherty.Damien and Michael birdied 10, Michael dropped a shot at 11 and Damien went into over drive with 3 birdies in the next 4 holes while Michael had one birdie .This proved to be the end of the contest between them as the both parred the last two holes and so Damien won by one shot. This was not the end of the great scoring though as local professional Connor Mallon came home in a best back nine score of 33.In the nett section the scoring was equally good as four players who had tasted victory already this year battled it out. Ricky Boal was really shooting out the lights with a nett 31 for the first nine. His pursuers Kieran Martin with a 35, Eddie McHugh and last week’s winner Stephen Harris both on 36 were not ready to concede at this early stage .They all tried valiantly but could not make up the deficit entirely although at the end Ricky’s margin of victory was down to 2 strokes from Eddie with Kieran 3rd three strokes back and Stephen 4 back.The placing’s in the golfer of the year categories were all sorted out as well. Kieran Doherty who had been leading on 30 points did not add to his total nor did the runner up Enda Kennedy but none of their immediate pursuers did either .In the GROSS Justin MacLochlainn who had won it with one competition to go duly strode home and in a keen contest to be runner up Michael McGeady just got home from Noel Callan the Alliance vice –captain.So having endured one of the worst seasons for frost and snow and cancellations the alliance is coming to a close for this season having only missed one competition in all. This all leads up to the grand finale of Padraig MacLochlainn‘s Captains Day at North West Golf Club on 19th March 2011Final Competition Captains day on 19th March North West  G.C.NORTH WEST GOLF ALLIANCE: REPORTS & RESULTS was last modified: March 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img