The Alliance for Change (AFC), one of the parties that presently make up the illegal coalition Government, has once again restated its support towards a proposal made by economist, Dr Clive Thomas back in 2018 which recommended that Government spend a percentage of the oil revenue on direct cash transfers to the people, whether conditional or not. The party in a recent press release to the media restated that it strongly supports the conditional cash transfers since it is the means of ensuring that traditionally neglected segments of the country’s population are able to benefit meaningfully from the natural wealth of the country, which is oil revenues.The AFC further added that it is currently in the process of preparing a more comprehensive policy which will consider numerous actions to benefit the Guyanese population.“While the AFC is in the process of formulating a more comprehensive policy position to advance to the Guyanese people, we believe strongly that the concept has merit and should not be dismissed without the benefit of further examination….the policy will explore several indirect initiatives which can benefit Guyanese, including: low interest loans, improved healthcare, free education, enhanced pensions and NIS benefits, greater access to affordable housing, as well as conditional cash transfers”, the AFC noted in a statement.The party pointed out that countries worldwide have managed to successfully pull off the idea of cash transfers, as Brazil’s “Bolsa Familia” programme was identified as a suitable model. It, therefore, believes that there is a scope for similar initiatives in Guyana.“The AFC believes that cash transfers tied to social programmes and responsible civic behaviour have been proven to work in other countries. There are numerous successful models worldwide which have brought significant social adjustments to marginalised people and catalysed further socioeconomic progress, therefore, one such programme close to home is Brazil’s “Bolsa Familia”, under which poor families with children, must ensure their children attend school and are vaccinated in order to qualify for and remain on the programme.” The statement read.But while other parties are backing the idea including the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), President David Granger, when asked about this proposal last year, had said there was “no evidential basis” for cash payouts.
Kevin Anderson continued with his dominant performance as he trounced Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-1 in the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Tuesday.Anderson came within a whisker of a rare “double bagel” at the 02 Arena.The 32-year-old debutant at the ATP’s blue riband event won the first 11 games of the round-robin clash before a relieved Nishikori finally got on the scoreboard with an angled winner.Normal service was quickly resumed though, as Anderson finished off a glum-faced opponent just past the hour mark.Only six-time champion Roger Federer has enjoyed a 6-0 6-0 victory at the season-ending tournament, that coming in 2005 in Shanghai against unfortunate Argentine Gaston Gaudio.Anderson, the first South African to qualify for the eight-man event since 1995, made it two wins from two round-robin matches with a stunning display.What made it all the more impressive was that Nishikori had beaten Federer in straight sets on Sunday and that Anderson had trailed the Japanese 3-5 in their head-to-head record.Anderson, who opened with a straight sets win against Dominic Thiem, tops the Lleyton Hewitt group and will reach the semi-finals if Thiem beats Federer later.Another defeat for Federer would see the Swiss fail to reach the semi-finals for only the second time in his record 16 appearances at the tournament.Anderson signalled his intent early and broke serve in the second game as Nishikori sent a backhand long under pressure.Also Read – Federer is driving force for tennis in terms of revenue, attention: DjokovicadvertisementThe South African could do no wrong, dominating the baseline rallies and winning all but one of his 12 first service points as he took the opening set in faultless fashion.He kept his foot on the accelerator in the second set and Nishikori, who qualified as a result of Juan Martin del Potro withdrawing with an injury, looked lost as the games ticked by and humiliation loomed.When Anderson won the first point with Nishikori serving at 0-5 it looked ominous for the Japanese player. But he hit back to snatch a game at the death, earning sympathetic round of applause from the large afternoon crowd.Despite this humbling defeat, Nishikori could still reach the semi-finals for a third time by beating Thiem in his final round-robin match on Thursday.”I try to forget about today. Something was wrong. I’ve got to fix it tomorrow and try to be positive for the next one,” the 28-year-old world number nine told reporters.(With inputs from Reuters)