Uncertainty looms on future scrap metal legislation

first_imgAlthough the legislation to monitor the trade of scrap metal is said to be in its final stage before passage and implementation, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who holds responsibility for the sector, said he was still not sure when the bill would be presented to the National Assembly.Gaskin made the disclosure during an exclusive interview recently conducted on the sidelines of an event.According to the Business Minister, the legislation is still with Attorney GeneralBusiness Minister Dominic GaskinBasil Williams’ Chambers.“The legislation as I mentioned a few months ago has been approved by Cabinet (so) it’s with the Attorney General Chambers. It is a complete piece of legislation; it’s not just a few amendments so it does take a little more time than normal amendments,” Gaskin informed.He went on to explain that the document was supposed to be brought to the National Assembly last December, but was further postponed owing to other matters which took precedence.Gaskin said, “The Budget and all the enabling amendments that had to be passed around the same time, I think those took priority, so I can’t tell you exactly when it will be passed, but I do know it’s in the final stages of conclusion in the Ministry of Legal Affairs.”Although he said the document was in its final stage, the Minister was unable to say when it would be presented in the National Assembly.He would only say that limited resumption of the scrap metal trade continues to rid storehouses of the materials.Last December, during the second day of consideration of the 2019 Budget estimates when Gaskin was questioned about allocations to various agencies under the Ministry, he informed that the legislation to govern the scrap metal trade would be presented this year.In June 2018, he had said that the new legislation was taken to the Cabinet and approved at that level. The next step, he had noted, would have been to approach the National Assembly.Government had approved a restart of the scrap metal trade in Guyana during February 2017 after closing down the industry one year prior to that.In April 2018, after several months of delays, Government decided to reopen the trade to facilitate the clearance of some of the accumulated scrap metal across the country.While a date for the full resumption of the trade had not been announced, Gaskin had told Guyana Times that the date depended on several important factors.The Minister disclosed that a meeting was held with exporters and dealers to introduce them to a new system that the Business Ministry was trying to implement.According to him, it is a software-based system that was specially designed to help the Ministry to monitor and regulate the trade once it resumed, creating a level playing field for all.Gaskin said the resumption of the trade would give the Ministry the opportunity to test the system to ensure that it was working and would also help to clear some of the accumulated scrap metal that has been legitimately acquired by exporters and dealers’ yards.It was after a forensic audit conducted by the Scrap Metal Unit (SMU) that Government had moved responsibility for the scrap metal trade from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) to the Business Ministry.last_img read more


Cadwalader seeks new heights

first_imgHe’s improved each year and increased his height more than two feet from what he was leaping as a freshman. Cadwalader attributes that growth to Garcia. “I can’t say enough about coach Nick Garcia,” Cadwalader said. “He’s really trained all of us. “I can’t explain my improvement, other than I go to a lot of camps. I’ve been to Mt. SAC, Cal State Fullerton and some others. My coach has connections with a lot of (track) people, and a place like Mt. SAC, which has a lot of great vaulters … they’ve helped us out. It’s a lot of fun.” It’s also a lot of work, which Cadwalader doesn’t mind because he knows the end justifies the means. He also attributes part of his success to being a wide receiver on the football team. “It helps with my speed, which you need when you go down the runway,” he said. “It takes a lot of practice, because you have to try and remain consistent with all your jumps. “There’s different ways to run in track. This way, you have to stay tall, no matter what. The taller you are, the more likely you will get up and over the bar. There’s a lot of different mechanics and a lot of different things we do to get it down. It’s a lot of hard work.” The payoff comes at the end of the season. Last year, Brown and Cadwalader placed in the top five at the CIF-SS Division IV finals and cleared 12-6. Cadwalader placed third, with Brown tying for fifth. The ties in field events are determined by the number of misses. “I was just very consistent (last year),” Cadwalader said. “I really didn’t have any expectations. I just kept on working and was able to stay very consistent throughout the whole season. “That’s the goal this season, and hopefully it will all work out.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m expecting big things this year. I’m expecting big things from all of us,” said Cadwalader, also referring to fellow St. Paul pole vaulters De Dios and Dusty Brown. “I think we all can go 13 feet, and I want to set a personal record (13-6).” No one is doubting Cadwalader can do it. But there also is no doubt the keys to his success go back to De Dios’ meeting with Garcia in 2005. Cadwalader remembers it vividly. “It’s all because of my good friend Eddie,” he said. “His older brother was a pole vaulter (at St. Paul). He graduated and I came with Eddie during our freshman year to talk to the coach. “The pole vault coach was talking with him about pole vaulting, and I was right there with him, listening. (De Dios) asked me to pole vault with him, and three (seasons) later, here I am. I was vaulting 11 feet my freshman year, so it was definitely something I thought I could do.” SANTA FE SPRINGS – It’s hard to imagine what Ryan Cadwalader would be doing at St. Paul High School if he hadn’t accompanied friend Eddie De Dios two years ago to a meeting with Swordsmen pole vault coach Nick Garcia. The junior most likely wouldn’t be a member of the Swordsmen’s boys track and field team, let alone one of the top pole vaulters in the CIF-Southern Section. center_img But after two years honing his craft, that’s exactly where Cadwalader finds himself. The junior, after a top-five finish at last season’s CIF-SS divisional track and field championships, is expecting bigger and greater things this spring. last_img read more