Govt pursues action plan to ease doing business

first_img– admits to challenges in systemThe Government is currently pursuing an action plan to ease the red tape and make doing business in Guyana easier. And it is receiving assistance from the World Bank in order to do this.This is according to Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who was at the time addressing members of the Diaspora in London, England, at Guyana’s High Commission.During his address, which formed part of the Embassy’s observance of Guyana’sBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin51st Independence Anniversary, Gaskin acknowledged that doing business in Guyana was a challenge, something the Private Sector has complained of for some time.“The Ministry of Business has sought assistance from the World Bank and is currently working on an action plan to improve the ease of doing business in Guyana,” Gaskin said. “Significant improvements are expected over the coming years.”It is understood that last year the Business Ministry had invited a team from the World Bank to do assessments and provide advice on improving the local business climate.Their scope had included trade transactions, access to electricity, land and construction permits, and ease in starting businesses, as well as paying taxes and ensuring that contracts are enforced.“In spite of many challenges, Guyana’s economy is still growing,” Gaskin said. “Last year, it grew by 3.3 per cent which is impressive when compared to all our neighbouring economies.”Gaskin then went on to compare Guyana’s economic performance to the economic plights of Venezuela, Brazil, Trinidad and Barbados.He also noted that with the discovery of oil, “We are receiving a level of attention that we are not accustomed to and this is not necessarily a bad thing”.Gaskin claimed that Guyana was for a long time ignored by the international business community and not given much consideration as an investment destination.“We have a chance to change this and to transform our country into one that is ready to do business with the rest of the world.”World Bank rankingsGuyana has wallowed quite low on the World Bank’s ranking of countries based on their ease of doing business. In 2016, Guyana was ranked at 124 out of 190 countries, with regard to the ease with which business was done locally.In terms of starting a business, Guyana came in at 99, while it was ranked at 148 based on how easy it was dealing with construction permits.Out of all the countries analysed, Guyana came in at 129 in terms of getting electricity.Guyana was ranked at 122 in how easy it was to register property, and at 136 based on how easy it was to pay taxes. The country was ranked at 135 and 154 based on the ease of trading across borders and resolving insolvency, respectively.It fared better in the rankings on how easy it was to enforce contracts (91), for persons to get credit (82) and on how well minority investors were protected (87).The Minister’s address to the Diaspora comes after criticism from different quarters on the economic slowdown gripping the country and the slew of tax measures the Government implemented for the new year.The Private Sector Commission (PSC) recently declared a loss of confidence in the Government, based on the economy’s performance and the poor policies.The body had called for the Government to create an enabling environment and to increase its engagements with the business community.During a visit by this publication to the community of Wales (itself in the throes of economic depression following the Government’s decision to close the sugar estate), villagers had complained bitterly about the difficulties faced in starting a business.The Small Business Bureau (SBB) is one agency which came under fire. The SBB is a semi-autonomous Government agency, which was created to complement the Small Business Act No. 2 of 2004. It coordinates programmes for small business development, in addition to facilitating training for aspiring entrepreneurs.According to one Wales resident, however, he was sent by the Bureau to a local bank in order to get a loan, only to ultimately be denied.last_img read more

Rodgers Liverpool job under threat

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, November 24- Brendan Rodgers admits he must restore Liverpool’s shattered morale quickly after a dismal 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace raised questions about his job security.Rodgers’ team hit a new low in an already troubled campaign at rain-lashed Selhurst Park on Sunday as they crashed to a third successive loss in the Premier League. Rickie Lambert had given Liverpool the perfect start with his first goal for the club in the second minute, but the Reds surrendered their advantage in lacklustre fashion with Dwight Gayle equalising before late goals from Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak gave Palace their first win since September.The last time Liverpool faced Palace in May — a 3-3 draw that virtually ended their title challenge — they were in the midst of a fine season which ended with them finishing just two points behind champions Manchester City.But after this latest setback, they trudged away from south London trailing leaders Chelsea by 18 points and sit closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places.With Liverpool’s season teetering on the brink of a full-blown crisis, Reds manager Rodgers acknowledged he will start to hear more criticism and calls for his sacking unless he can reverse the downward spiral immediately.“I’m not arrogant enough to think I will be in the job through anything. Any manager will tell you they have to win games,” Rodgers said.“I have a great communication line with the owners. We’ve been honest with each other.“But ultimately you have to get results. They have to see development on the field and, barring this period, I think our development has been good and very fast.“I can only do my best and fight even harder and take responsibility. Any pressure now comes on to me. It’s my responsibility as a manager to pick the best team that I think can win the game.”– Transition –The hangover from their unsuccessful title bid, combined with the departure of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona and the injury problems suffered by England forward Daniel Sturridge, have left Liverpool a shadow of the team that played in such vibrant style last season.Rodgers’ new signings have so far struggled to adapt to his system and the Liverpool boss conceded his players are short of confidence and unity at present.“We were nowhere near the levels we would expect. You saw a team with no confidence,” Rodgers said.“Our passing was a wee bit tentative and we made mistakes that you wouldn’t expect from a team that this level.“Overall there wasn’t that intensity and togetherness. When you don’t get results the confidence is affected, there’s absolutely no doubt.“We are in a transition phase, but whatever phase it is we have to be better than that.”An anonymous display from England winger Raheem Sterling summed up Liverpool’s underwhelming efforts of late and, with a crucial Champions League tie at Ludogorets Razgrad looming on Wednesday, Rodgers has to work fast to rebuild his squad’s belief.“Raheem is a mirror of the team at the moment. It’s a difficult time and so his confidence and intensity isn’t so high,” Rodgers said.“They are all doing their best but the confidence is low. Some of them are very young and won’t be at their best for a few years, but they have to be better. It’s up to me to manage that.”After taking only one point from their last five matches, Palace climbed out of the relegation zone with their best performance of manager Neil Warnock’s second spell in charge.“That was a real Neil Warnock team performance. I thought the weather helped, it was an old-fashioned kind of day,” Warnock said.“I’m pleased to get three goals but if anything I’m disappointed we didn’t get more.“That’s this league in general. If you take anyone lightly you can get turned over.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New Strategy outlines mine creation, streamlines regulatory processes

first_imgThis is a continuation of Premier Christy Clark’s B.C. Jobs Plan, which announced the mine building and red tape reducing back in September. The mines include the Copper Mountain Mine, near Princeton, which began production in June 2011, as well as Mount Milligan by Prince George, New Afton by Kamloops, Barkerville by Quesnel and Red Chris by Dease Lake in northwest B.C. Although the province is already on its way with these mines, the Strategy is meant to reaffirm the province’s commitment to develop mines in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner. “Mineral exploration and mining is booming in B.C.,” said Coleman. “While meeting global demand drives a competitive industry, our government’s plan starts at home with a strategy that ensures our mining industry is well-positioned to create opportunities for British Columbians in an environmentally responsible manner.”- Advertisement – All of the aforementioned mines have begun construction or are about to begin.last_img read more

Google joins lobby against censors

first_img“If censorship regimes create barriers to trade in violation of international trade rules, the USTR would get involved,” USTR spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel said. She added though that human rights issues, such as censorship, typically falls under the purview of the State Department. While human rights activists are pleased with Google’s efforts to fight censorship, they harshly criticized the company early last year for agreeing to censor its Web site in China, which has the second-largest number of Internet users in the world. The company defends its actions, saying the Chinese government made it a condition of allowing Chinese users access to Google Web pages. China has an Internet firewall that slows or disrupts Chinese users from accessing foreign uncensored Web sites. Censorship online has risen dramatically the past five years, belying the hype of the late 1990s, which portrayed the Internet as largely impervious to government interference. A study released last month by the OpenNet Initiative found that 25 of 41 countries surveyed engage in Internet censorship. That’s a dramatic increase from the two or three countries guilty of the practice in 2002, says John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, who helped prepare the report. China, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, India, Singapore and Thailand, among others, are increasingly blocking or filtering Web pages, Palfrey says. Still, even government filtering isn’t always successful. In a brutal regime like Iran, which filters Web content, there are nearly 100,000 bloggers, making Farsi “one of the most blogged languages in the world,” says Palfrey. Google’s YouTube has become a common target for thin-skinned rulers. Turkey in March blocked the video-sharing site for two days after a complaint that some clips insulted Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Thailand continues to block YouTube after several videos appeared in April, criticizing the country’s monarch. The company’s trade initiative reflects Google’s increasing acceptance of the value of federal lobbying. The company didn’t hire a lobbyist until 2003, according to public filings, but paid the high-powered Washington-based Podesta Group $160,000 last year to work on Internet free-speech, tax and other issues. Human rights groups say Google’s censorship efforts seem sincere, albeit motivated by bottom-line incentives. “Free expression is a unique selling point” for a company like Google, O’Brien said. Filtering and censorship “diminishes the value of their product.” Meanwhile, Google’s global growth efforts continue. YouTube said Tuesday that it plans to expand into nine other countries, including Brazil, France, Spain and Poland, offering local-language Web sites and highlighting videos of domestic interest. In China, where Google is the No. 2 search engine behind the domestically based Baidu.com, the company said in April it will increase its investment as it works to create more content of interest to Chinese users.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Once relatively indifferent to government affairs, Google Inc. is seeking help inside the Beltway to fight the rise of Web censorship worldwide. The online search giant is taking a novel approach to the problem by asking U.S. trade officials to treat Internet restrictions as international trade barriers, similar to other hurdles to global commerce, such as tariffs. Google sees the dramatic increase in government Net censorship, particularly in Asia and the Middle East, as a potential threat to its advertising-driven business model, and wants government officials to consider the issue in economic, rather than just political, terms. “It’s fair to say that censorship is the No. 1 barrier to trade that we face,” said Andrew McLaughlin, Google’s director of public policy and government affairs. A Google spokesman said Monday that McLaughlin has met with officials from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office several times this year to discuss the issue. last_img read more

Jackson Martinez could not believe his luck when this happened!

first_imgGetty Images Jackson Martinez scores a rare goal for Atletico Madrid against Valencia in LaLiga Atletico Madrid remain in contention for the Spanish title following their latest win.A 2-1 victory against Valencia keeps means they are keeping pace at the top of La Liga where Real Madrid and Barcelona occupy first and second place with 21 points.Atletico have 19 points and owe their latest triumph to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Jackson Martinez, who benefitted from some comical defending from Shkodran Mustafi and Aderlan Santos to score the first of the game.center_img 1last_img read more

Saugus seeks High Desert title

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Saugus’ losses include two one-run decisions at the highly competitive Bullhead City tournament last week in Arizona. Other top entries are host Quartz Hill, Lancaster, Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, San Fernando, Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta and Verdugo Hills of Tujunga. The championship game is Monday at 6 p.m. First-year program Golden Valley is participating in the Division II bracket. The Grizzlies open today at 5 p.m. against Victor Valley. Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 gerry.gittson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After a 2-3 start, Saugus High’s softball team will seek to get back on track at the 11th annual High Desert Classic, which begins today at Lancaster City Park. The Centurions, who reached the Southern Section Div. I semifinals last year, have won the three-day tournament the past two seasons and are the favorite in the 16-team Division I bracket. Bolstered by the return of sluggers Victoria Kemp and Tiffany Huff, Saugus must win four in a row, starting today at 5 p.m. against Barstow (0-1). Kemp, a junior who has committed to Arizona, is batting .333 with one home run and five RBIs in 15 at-bats. She has 15 career home runs, six shy of former Canyon High star Crystl Bustos’ Foothill League record. Huff, a Tennessee-bound senior, is batting .286 after hitting .460 with six home runs and 31 RBIs last season. Alicia Junker (.368), Alex Cueva (.357, one home run, six RBIs), Melissa Koutz (.313) and Sarah Hooper (.308) give Saugus the Santa Clarita Valley’s most feared lineup. Hooper (1-1, 2.33 ERA) and Jacqueline Taylor (1-2, 2.33 ERA) are the pitchers. last_img read more

Predicted Arsenal XI for Stoke clash – Mustafi and Mertesacker to return?

first_img 23. Danny Welbeck (Left forward) 11 11 11 11 8. Aaron Ramsey (Centre midfield) 11 11 11. Mesut Ozil (Right forward) 11 Arsenal are looking to make it two wins from two in the Premier League when they travel to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday to take on Stoke City.The Gunners have a poor record in the Potteries, winning just one of their last seven games away against Mark Hughes’ side – drawing three and losing three.Hughes also has a poor record against Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, having lost more Premier League matches against the Frenchman (13) than he has versus any other manager in the competition.Stoke often struggle at the start of the campaign before finding form a few weeks in, so it appears Arsenal have a lot going their way heading into the match.However, Alexis Sanchez is still not ready to be selected, with Wenger suggesting the Chile attacker will be fit for next Sunday’s match against Liverpool.Wenger did confirm Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi will be available after neither of the pair played in the season opening win over Leicester.So, how could the Gunners line up against Stoke? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI… 29. Granit Xhaka (Centre midfield) 20. Shkodran Mustafi (Centre back) 9. Alexandre Lacazette (Centre forward) 11 33. Petr Cech (Goalkeeper) 11 31. Sead Kolasinac (Left wing back) 18. Nacho Monreal (Centre back) 11 11 4. Per Mertesacker (Centre back) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted Arsenal line-up 14. Hector Bellerin (Right wing back) last_img read more

Why Xhaka could take a leaf out of Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho’s book

first_img statement Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3 Jorginho just laughed in the face of criticism It’s hard to believe that as recently as February, Jorginho was the subject of audible boos at Stamford Bridge.It was during Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Malmo in the Europa League and it certainly wasn’t the sort of abuse that gets put down to minority ‘sections’ of the ground.This was loud and clear, so much so that Jorginho was actually forced into a response on the spot. update BT Sport latest targets LATEST Getty Images – Getty Granit Xhaka clashed with fans at the Emirates last Sunday Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 3 rookie error Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son AFP or licensors Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta center_img Jorginho’s journey at Chelsea should operate as a lesson in responding to criticism from your own supporters: laugh it off, keep faith in yourself and prove them wrong.But it’s also sad tale of modern, toxic behaviour among football fans, which is worse at Arsenal than it is anywhere else.Last Sunday, we saw the confrontation between player and fan that has been brewing at the Emirates for a considerable amount of time.Xhaka cupped his ear to supporters and told them to ‘f*** off’ while he was jeered off the pitch during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.Yes, Xhaka could’ve reacted differently, but Arsenal supporters must surely ask themselves what is achieved with such vilification of their own players. But unlike Granit Xhaka, whose performances have been arguably more deserving of criticism, Jorginho offered a smirk which said, ‘Keep booing, I’ll prove you wrong one day’.It demonstrated the sort of confidence in his own ability and mental strength which has seen him rise through the ranks and become vice-captain of the club under Frank Lampard.There was never a problem with Jorginho the footballer, it was his status as Maurizio Sarri’s ‘pet’ that got him so much abuse. He was a tangible symbol of the fans’ frustrations.His style hasn’t changed, he’s still the same talented midfielder, but thanks to the Lampard stamp of approval, he has suddenly emerged as a sweetheart among fans. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future on target PEP TALK 3 Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Jorginho captained Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ appointed LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship stalemate There can be no room for the vile abuse which Xhaka says he has received on social media, including death threats to his family.Social media jokes and comments might seem like a bit of harmless fun, but they breed a culture of hyper-criticism and culminate in something like this.Xhaka and Jorginho are both players who need to take risks to affect the game. Booing makes that harder and has a directly adverse effect on the team. What’s the point?But if this is the way we’re heading, then Jorginho should work as a fine example to players struggling with criticism from their own fans.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network this Saturday, including Arsenal vs Wolves (15:00) and Watford vs Chelsea (17:30).last_img read more

Liverpool hero claims Man City ‘acted like spoilt kids’ and mocks Etihad atmosphere

first_img Getty Images – Getty Prior to the game, Liverpool fans lined the streets outside the ground and let off flares and smoke bombs to give the City team bus a hostile welcome.The levels of intensity on the terraces managed to reach fever pitch, with every tackle met by a raucous response from the Reds’ faithful.And Aldridge believes the lack of intensity at the Eithad in comparison would have affected the Manchester City players on Sunday.He added: “The atmosphere inside the ground was tremendous again and the Anfield crowd know exactly how to react when they’re asked to by the manager. 4 Manchester City boss Guardiola cut a frustrated figure on the Anfield sidelines Sunday’s 3-1 victory over champions City made it 34 points from a possible 36 for Liverpool and established an eight-point gap over Leicester and Chelsea, with Guardiola’s fourth place side a further point behind.In that run Liverpool have faced all their so-called ‘big six’ rivals, plus Leicester. In contrast, City have played just the Reds and Tottenham.The game at Anfield itself was full of drama, with the Spaniard reacting furiously on the touchline to a number of controversial refereeing decisions.And Aldridge believes the two-time Champions League-winning manager let himself down in the way he reacted. “When our lot are on it and really get behind the team, there really is nowhere better.“For Guardiola to say it’s the hottest ground in world football – wow what a show of respect that is from a man who’s played and coached all over the world.“He knows that if City had a crowd like ours, they would get to the Champions League final because they are able to help so much“Unfortunately for him, it’s like a concrete jungle at the Etihad, there’s no atmosphere there. The Etihad is like a concrete jungle, according to Aldridge AFP or licensors Liverpool legend John Aldridge accused Manchester City of ‘acting like spoilt kids’ after their titanic Premier League clash on Sunday.The former Reds striker did, however, sympathise with Pep Guardiola and insisted the Etihad is ‘like a concrete jungle’ and has no atmosphere. 4 4 The Liverpool fans made it a hostile atmosphere for Manchester City Writing in his column for the Liverpool Echo, he said: “Pep Guardiola certainly showed his petulant side with his antics on the touchline and after the match.“I think Manchester City are so used to getting their own way most of the time that they don’t know how to react when things go against them and they behaved like spoilt kids really.“I understand their frustrations on the touchline because I’ve been there myself but the way Guardiola and [Mikel] Arteta were carrying on, as well as [Raheem] Sterling and [Kyle] Walker, it was like watching dummies being thrown out of the pram.“No one likes getting beaten but there’s a way to win and a way to lose and, particularly with the eyes of the world on Anfield for a match of this magnitude, City really didn’t do themselves any favours.” Getty Images – Getty 4 AFP or licensors Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:35Loaded: 6.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Guardiola was left clearly incensed by decisions made by the officials Danny Murphy says Liverpool can get even better… but insists title race not over yet“Anfield is a hotbed and we know that it has made the difference on many occasions in the past and pushed the Liverpool team beyond what they thought they were capable of.“Liverpudlians have always been good at responding to calls to arms, but the Klopp factor has taken it to a new level, such is the respect and love the fans have for the boss.”last_img read more

Disability of accused a factor in voyeurism case, says expert witness

first_imgTrey Jeffrey Wilson has pleaded guilty to voyeurism charges after surreptitiously capturing images that showed the genitalia and buttocks of several men while they were in the locker room of a former Chatham fitness club.While the 25-year-old has expressed feelings of shame for his actions, defence lawyer Paul Esco pointed to his client’s diagnosis of a non-verbal learning disability for not allowing him to fully understand how this violated the rights of the 16 victims.Publication bans prevent naming the victims or publishing any details that could identify them. None of the victims attended the hearing Monday, but one written victim-impact statement was submitted.Assistant Crown attorney Nick Bazylko said Wilson was caught by a member of the former GoodLife Fitness Club on April 30, 2018, taking a photograph of him while undressed in the locker room, which resulted in the Chatham-Kent police being called.A three-month investigation by police revealed images and video were captured of 16 men, including 12 who were identified and four who were not, taken at various times over a period from 2013 to 2018. Some videos were sent to other people electronically.None of the victims had knowledge their images were being taken nor did they consent to it, Bazylko told the court.Windsor-based neuropsychologist Dr. Saadia Ahmad was called by the defence as an expert witness on Monday as the sentencing hearing began for Wilson.Her testimony, which lasted more than three hours, involved a report she wrote on Wilson, which diagnosed him with having a nonverbal learning disability and a voyeuristic disorder.Ahmad said her aim was to figure out how Wilson’s brain is “hard-wired” in preparing a medical report for the court to consider.Ontario Court Justice Lucy Glenn, who is presiding over the case, asked Ahmad for an explanation about nonverbal learning disabilities.Ahmad said people with this disability often suffer socially because they don’t recognize non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions, and don’t understand consequences. She added they are often unable to come up with complex responses to stressful social situations.Ahmad said a contributing factor for Wilson is his low IQ, which contributes to his low reasoning ability.The doctor said another factor Wilson has to cope with is his very feminine-sounding, high-pitched voice. She told the court this may have been caused, in part, by having a tumour removed from his vocal chord as a child.Ahmad said Wilson’s voice caused him to be the target of bullying for many years as a child.His current situation is exacerbated by his feminine mannerisms to the point he avoids public washrooms because he is accused of being in the wrong one, she added.Ahmad said these combination of factors have caused Wilson to be confused about his sexuality and his place in society, leading him to the belief he may be able to gain more acceptance if he acted like a female.She said this involved him exploring whether he would be aroused by males.During her interaction with Wilson, he described being excited about his acts of voyeurism and felt part of a group by sharing these videos with some other people, the doctor said.Ahmad said through social coaching and other therapy and medication, Wilson has come to understand how his actions violated the rights of other people.Esco asked Ahmad if his client’s non-verbal learning disability (NLD) and voyeuristic disorder are linked.“It’s from the same brain,” she said. “It’s not from two different parts of the brain.”Bazylko asked if Wilson wanted to discover if he was aroused by men, why didn’t he just use pornography, which is readily available.Ahmad said Wilson didn’t have an explanation for that.“To me, it seemed very much an NLD pattern of thinking,” she said, adding logic is his “greatest weakness.”Bazlyko also asked why Wilson was doing what he did in a male locker room if he avoided public washrooms.Ahmad said it is her belief Wilson’s desire to want know his sexuality “surpassed his disdain for being in a male locker room.”The length of Monday’s proceedings prevented time for sentencing submissions from the Crown and the defence.However, Ahmad told the court, “I am firm in believing he did not understand the full extent of the rights being violated (by his actions).”She also believes his chance of recidivism is low with the therapy he has received.Ahmad has concerns about what impact being incarcerated would have on Wilson, believing his feminine voice and mannerism, combined with his learning disability, would again cause him to be the target of bullying.The sentencing hearing will resume on Sept. 4. Glenn indicated Monday she will reserve her decision and return at a later time to hand down a sentence.eshreve@postmedia.comlast_img read more