A case for concern

first_imgDear Editor,It would seem as though the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU) Government of Guyana is mismanaging Guyana’s fledgling economy.In 2015, the debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 47.9 per cent (ref: Trade Economics). In 2017, the debt to GDP had risen to 53.4 per cent. This is an over five per cent rise in two years which is worrying.As well as the exchange rate was about GY$207:US$1 in 2015. Today it is about GY$209:US$1 which is worrying.Clearly, the PNC led APNU/AFC Government of President David Granger is overspending which is worrying as it will cause undue hardship to the poor and lower middleclass citizens.What happened to job creation? That has been put on hold as the Government has sacked over 7000 hardworking citizens (nearly 2000 Amerindians Community Support Officers and 5000 sugar workers…. interestingly these are perceived to be non-Government supporters so they were discarded).Is there any end to the undue hardship caused by the PNC led APNU/AFC Government?The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), when in Government, managed to grow Guyana’s economy (even with the “protest/riots” instigated by the PNC to oust the democratically elected PPP/C Government).Let us now turn to the alleged “corruption” by the PPP/C when in Government. After three years, the PNC-led APNU/AFC Government is still conducting “audits” (deemed, witch-hunting). Even before the APNU/AFC came into power, they had to have some evidence of corruption which Guyanese have not seen after over three years.Basically, the PNC-led APNU/AFC lied to themselves; then lied to their supporter; then lied to the Guyanese nation to get into power which is worrying.So, what does the future hold for Guyanese? As I see it, given the PNC-led APNU/AFC modus operandi, there will be a rehash of their lies as Local Government Elections and national elections draw closer. Don’t be too surprised if Opposition MPs are hauled in for “questioning” as elections looms. This will cause a degeneration in already strained relationship in between the Governing APNU/AFC and the Opposition PPP/C which is worrying.Should the APNU/AFC gets ousted from power through fair and free elections due in 2020, then I expect their supporters to go on the usual rampage which is worrying.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

Avenida da Liberdade is the best address in Lisbon

first_imgAvenida da Liberdade is the best address in Lisbon and it is now possible to stay at the upscale AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel. The newly launched hotel has a perfect location just off the fashion-forward avenue, which attracts an eclectic crowd to its tree-lined esplanades with big-name designer labels and continental sidewalk cafes.The hotel, formerly Tivoli Jardim Hotel, has undergone an extensive €1.5 million refurbishment. The upgrade includes the redesign of the façade, the guest rooms, lobby, reception, the installation of an AVANIFIT gym and the relaunch of well-known Olivier Restaurant. The open-plan and retro spirit of the lobby merges chill, social and work areas, offering a stylish communal space in which to relax.The 119 AVANI Standard, Premier, Deluxe and Family Rooms are comfortable and contemporary and the style is inspired by the brand’s nod to a restful sleep. Each room is decorated in a fresh and simplistic style. Subtle shades of plum, black and white lend the rooms a serene air and modern amenities include a Nespresso coffee-maker, satellite TV, well-stocked mini-bar and high-speed Wi-Fi. All AVANI Premier, Deluxe and Family Rooms have balconies and AVANI Standard rooms have garden views.The Olivier Restaurant celebrates contemporary, ingredient-focused food with a Portuguese accent. The new concept decor brings warmth and character to the space with wooden flooring and a warm palette of burnt sienna, azure and burnished gold which is brought to life in the furnishings, suede upholstery, wallpaper and mosaic tiles. Subtle imagery of the Andorinha black swallow is revealed in the wallpaper and an outdoor terrace surrounded by olive and ficus trees provides al fresco seating.Guests are able to enjoy a buffet breakfast outdoors on the hotel’s sunny terrace, the perfect place to enjoy an espresso and butter croissant with lashings of peach jam, before hitting the streets.AVANIFIT supports guests’ aim to continue with their normal exercise routines and the compact gym features the latest cardio equipment. The hotel also provides a jogging map and, for those wanting to combine exploring the city with exercise, a Power Walk Sightseeing Tour is a great way to see Lisbon and it provides a good workout, up and down Lisbon’s seven hills.The Palacete Conference and Events Centre next door to the hotel, offers three floors of event space with a capacity for up to 260 people. The ground floor has a large reception area, the first floor offers three function rooms with varied configuration capabilities and the top floor houses an exclusive Boardroom with its own foyer and lift access.AVANI appeals to modern independent travellers who seek out new and modern experiences, meet locals and taste authentic flavours. AVANI Avenida Liberdade’s advantageous location provides guests with a comfortable and well-priced base from which to explore Lisbon’s modern design and contemporary eateries.Southeast and a 10-minute uphill walk is Príncipe Real, a charming leafy neighbourhood, known for its architecture, antique shops and galleries. Discover authentic craftsmanship, art galleries, antique shops and shopping galleries before heading west for the pastelerías and literary cafés of Chiado.The hotel’s convenient location, only 15 minutes’ drive from Lisbon International Airport, is within walking distance of the underground station, Rossio train station and Tram 28. Situated just off fashionable Avenida da Liberdade, globally known for its luxury fashion stores from Armani to Zegna, theatres, beautiful squares and intimate restaurants, AVANI Avenida Liberdade is the perfect spot for modern travellers wishing to explore Lisbon’s epicurean delights, hotspots, architecture and landmark attractions.last_img read more