US has charged a company for importing illegally harvested wood

Dear Editor,

Please allow me to draw your attention to an article in the Woodworking Network. Lumber Liquidators, a large flooring sales company in the US, “expects to face criminal charges by the Department of Justice for allegedly importing illegally harvested wood, a violation under the Lacey Act.   (See more at: ) The article states that “Lumber Liquidators has been under scrutiny since 2013 when the 64-page report, ‘Liquidating the Forest’ by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency, alleged the company’s Chinese wood suppliers [were] using illegally harvested Siberian lumber in the manufacture of its hardwood flooring. That report may have prompted the Sept. 26, 2013, raid of Lumber Liquidators’ Toano, VA, headquarters and a retail outlet in Richmond, VA, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations.”

Given the Chinese way of doing business and influence in Guyana, I wonder when Guyana and Guyanese lumber businesses will be seriously affected. Facing illegal harvesting claims while trying to sell plywood abroad, Barama has worked feverishly to rectify that image for itself and Guyana, on the world stage. How can Guyana and other lumber businesses safeguard themselves from the stain the Chinese influence may inflict? Who is paying attention to this and who cares?


Yours faithfully,
F Skinner


Broadcasting Bill violates constitutional rights

Dear Editor, The Parliamentary Opposition, the Guyana Press Association, the owners of almost every media house in the country, the Private Sector Com-mission, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, the largest amalgam of trade unions in the country, FITUG, the Association of Caribbean Media Workers, Reporters without Borders and the International Press Institute, have all expressed their condemnation of the Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2017, and the failure of the government to consult prior to its promulgation in the National Assembly.

Which investor will want to come if they are subjected to this level of trauma?

Dear Editor, I read with absolute shock the blazing and bold headlines in the Guyana Chronicle, on Tuesday,  August 15, 2017, ‘Tracking the Money… Sleepin boss, associates snared in money laundering probe… SOCU tells Gaming Authority investigation on since 2016’. 

Government should decriminalise possession of small amounts of marijuana

Dear Editor, We, the members of the Guyana American Patriotic Forum (GAPF), are seeking the immediate intervention of the Government of Guyana to halt the criminalization of Guyanese youths who are routinely incarcerated for smoking small amounts of marijuana.

For how many hours did the Albion bioethanol plant operate in 2016 and 2017?

Dear Editor, I refer to the letter by Ms Audreyanna Thomas in SN, Aug 12, titled ‘Molasses would be the preferred raw material for ethanol production in Guyana’ in response to the ongoing conversation on ethanol here.


In the letter captioned ‘Government revenues from state forest permissions is 1/95 of what was earned in 1861 per hectare’ by Janette Bulkan, published in our edition yesterday, a paragraph was inadvertently omitted.

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