Guyanese Online Newsletter: March 2012

Guyanese Online Newsletter: March 2012

The Guyanese Online monthly newsletters and this Blog are created by Cyril Bryan, as his contribution to the Guyana Diaspora who want to be informed about news from Guyana, as well as the historical and cultural articles that keep us all connected to the “Guyanese cultural experience”.

This issue of 25 pages and 103 items is the second largest issue we have created, as the February 2012 issue was 26 pages and 128 items.

Here are the major news categories: Guyana’s Parliament and Governance; City of Georgetown News; Natural Resources News;  Education: including the University of Guyana; Medical News; Guyanese Associations; Tourism; Caribbean/Regional News; Arts and Cultural News; Blog Entries and statistics and advertising for various events.

Download24 – Guyanese Online Newsletter – March 2012

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– IN THIS ISSUE:        25 Pages.  103 items       (see list below)

Page 1: FRONT PAGE

1.            March 30 is Budget Day in Guyana
2.            GECOM’s results not a reliable basis to determine who won presidency – APNU
3.            Budget Day is March 30; no consultations with opposition

Page 2: GUYANESE ONLINE PAGE

4.            Editorial – Cyril Bryan – Editor and Publisher

5.            Feb 24 – Mar 23 – 30 Most popular entries

Page 3: GUEST EDITORIAL

6.            Guest Editorial – Looking back and giving back

Page 4 – 7: GUYANA’S PARLIAMENT AND GOVERNANCE

7.            Gov’t, opposition lawyers haggle over court jurisdiction on the legislature

8.            A major Parliamentary change for better or worse

9.            Parliament is Opposition Dictatorship –  Ramotar

10.          Divided Opposition approves Govt. contentious $5B expenditure

11.          AFC anticipates parliamentary support for motion to Reform GECOM

12.          Greenidge says Government trying to divert attention from accountability, corruption issues

13.          Ramotar banks on ‘the future’ for Marriott success

14.          Ramotar responds to opposition on corruption charges

15.          Review of QAII Sanata Complex deal not ruled out

16.          NICIL discloses land sale at Linden

17.          Grassroots women demand accountability from women parliamentarians

18.          US advising Guyana how to spend “oil” money

19.          Greenidge questions suitability of Amaila Falls for Hydro-power

20.          Amaila Falls hydro-electric project…Prime Minister Sam Hinds’ response to Carl Greenidge

21.          GPL to pay US$100 million a year for hydro power – IMF staff report

22.          Dr. Naraine was paid US$230 a day to watch ‘Fip’ bungle US$15.4M project

23.          Amaila Falls $15.4M road project…Clear evidence of inefficiency exists – Ramjattan

24.          Amaila Falls US$15.4M road project…Inefficiency is not an offence-AG

25.          Bosai announces US$100M expansion plans

26.          Venezuela deploys troops to Guyana Border to combat drug trafficking

27.          GDF, US army in joint tactical military training exercise

28.          Controversial $90M… We didn’t tell police to beg for food –Home Affairs Ministry

29.          Rohee declares loss of confidence in Ramnarine  –    calls on  Brumell to discipline him

30.          AFC slams Rohee’s persecution of Ramnarine

31.          Dealer blows lid on Education Ministry’s book scam…Billions spent on outdated text books

32.          Education Ministry text book scam…Baksh: I was not involved in contract awards, payments

33.          Poor design of Supenaam Stelling made failure inevitable

34.          Rohee cannot prevent $90M audit     – Auditor General

Page 8:  CITY OF GEORGETOWN NEWS

35.          No new taxes in Georgetown’s budget; rate amnesty abolished

36.          City Hall remains divided on 2012 budget

37.          Public Buildings surroundings are a “national embarrassment” – Speaker

38.          NPC refutes reports of mismanagement of Zoological Park

39.          Dredging of Demerara River channel a top priority – Shipping Association

Page 9: NATURAL RESOURCES NEWS

40.          Guyana targets 336, 000 ounces of gold in 2012

41.          Canadian firm expects 4.6M ounces of gold from Aurora claim

42.          Canadian Exploration Company reports large uranium find in Kurupung

43.          Lottery permits, quarterly mining publication to enhance transparency – Natural Resources Minister

44.          Guyana gets US technical, capacity building help for oil, gas industry

45.          Ansa McAl concedes delay in announcing MoU with Guyana

46.          Billion dollar Manganese Matthews Ridge investment…Company not relocating residents in     mining area

47.          Top executive resigns from Aurora Gold Project

Page 10: OTHER NEWS FROM GUYANA

48.          GRA to vigorously pursue tax evaders- Sattaur

49.          Govt. to receive another US$40M from LCD funds

50.          Daily maintenance, inspections crucial for Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB)

51.          GRA announces two-day wait for driver’s licences

52.          Guyana Festival Committee Dinner – Dance May 26, 2012 – Toronto

Page 11: EDUCATION: U.G. News and OTHER NEWS ON EDUCATION

53.          Agreement reached for normalcy at UG

54.          Labour Ministry averts strike at UG…Unions, UG administration agree to review problematic areas

55.          University’s US$10M Project closer to reality – Manickchand

56.          Controversy still surrounding some UG programmes

57.          Dentex warned to refrain from illegal practices

58.          GTU flays Chief Education Officer for statement on student failure

59.          Old Story Time’ for school stages

60.          CXC Examinations fraud up

Page 12: MEDICAL NEWS FROM GUYANA

61.          Georgetown Hospital Hospital gets NeoNatal boost

62.          Health Ministry warns against use of cosmetics containing Mercury

63.          Chief Medical Officers to discuss Health system integration – Caricom

64.          Plans apace to train local health workers to better deliver kidney treatment

65.          First batch of pest control operators certified

67.          $300M facility installed to manage GPHC waste

68.          Dental Council moving against bogus practitioners

Page 13-14: ASSOCIATIONS

69.          St. Stanislaus College – Serious Old School Spring Fling – April 21, 2012 – Toronto

70.          Concerned Citizens Against Domestic Violence – Spring Dance – April 14, 2012 – Toronto

71.          Century 21 Camdec  35 the Anniversary  – Advertisement

72.          Help and Shelter receives donation from Scotiabank

73.          Food for the Poor builds 50 more homes on Essequibo Coast

74.          COTAB donates steel pans to Buxton Pride Steel Orchestra

75.          GTLIME – 11th Anniversary Reunion – June 1, 2012 – Toronto

Page 15: TOURISM

76.          Packed tourism plan for 2012

77.          US$138M airport expansion…Bigger terminal building, parking lots, longer runway

78.          Private plane lands with tourists from Canada

79.          No rejoicing for Caribbean travellers

•             REDjet grounded due to financial problems

•             Regional assistance unlikely for REDjet

•             Calls to revoke REDjet’s licence to Trinidad

 Page 16-19: CARIBBEAN NEWS

80.          Caribbean maritime infrastructure needs overhaul – paper

81.          Caribbean remains resilient to external shocks, says IDB study

82.          Paramaribo’s harbour most attractive to French Guiana

83.          Jamaica crime bosses under US watch

84.          Toronto police chief talks about crime in the Caribbean

85.          Caribbean call to build Diaspora bridges

86.          Commentary: China vs. Taiwan: Battle for influence in the Caribbean

87.          Letter: Tourism Matters

88.          Remittances to Caribbean rose in 2011

89.          Caribbean Diaspora gets new online television show

90.          Rosebel Goldmines pumped US$340M into the Suriname economy last year

91.          T&T cement strike stalling projects

92.          CARICOM in Cari-Crisis  –  by Norman Girvan – Commentary

Page 20 – 23: ARTS and CULTURE

93.          The GlamourLESS side of Entrepreneurship – Book – Cleopatra Islar

94.          BEYOND SANGRE GRANDE  by Cyril Dabydeen

95.          CANE ROVERS by Trev Sue-A- Quan

96.          Book: Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems, by Leonard Dabydeen .

97.          HISTORICAL:  Tribute to steelbands before Mash 1970 by Godfrey Chin

Page 24-25: GUYANESE ONLINE BLOG: List of Entries – New York Associations – Events

98.          Guyanese Online: New Blog Entries – February 24 to March 23, 2012

99.          THE Organization for Social & Health Advancement for Guyana – Tea and Extravaganza-  Sunday, April 15, 2012 – Brooklyn NY.  – Advertisement

100.        New York Tutorial Support Group, Inc – Easter Breakfast  Entertainment  –  SAT. APRIL 14, 2012 – Brooklyn. NY – Advertisement

101.        Queenstown Essequibo New York Association – 21st ANNUAL DANCE Saturday, APRIL 28, 2012 – NY.  – Advertisement

102.        Guyana Ex-Police Officers of America Inc – 45th Dinner- Dance Award ceremony -May 19, 2012 – Brooklyn NY.  – Advertisement

103.        Linden Fund Annual Spring Dance – March 31, 2012 – Brooklyn NY. – Advertisement

Download:  24 – Guyanese Online Newsletter – March 2012

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Comments

  • Ken  On March 27, 2012 at 5:11 am

    You’re doing a fantastic job. Keep up the good work!

  • Carol  On March 27, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Hi Cyril,
    I do not know if I ever said this before, but this is the best thing I have ever seen done, I get to keep up with what goes on back home.
    Carol

  • Nar Singh  On March 28, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Cyril

    Hope you are doing well Thanks for the newsletter and the wonderful work that you are doing to keep the diaspora informed.
    Please review this new u-tube link to see what the Guyanahelpthekids ( GHTK) has done at the Georgetown Hospital:

    Best of Luck

    Nar

    Dr Narendra C. Singh
    BSc, MB.BS, FRCPC,FAAP,FCCM
    Chief of Pediatrics
    Humber River Regional Hospital
    Associate Clinical Professor
    McMaster University

  • Lynette Andrews-Baker  On March 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Cyril,
    Thank you for keeping the Guyanese Diaspora informed and up to date on the political issues and other decisions made by the government. It is much appreciated. Home is still where the heart is, even though I have been a non-resident for forty seven years.

    • guyaneseonline  On March 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Lynette:
      Thanks for the complainants… I am glad that I can help to keep you informed on the latest news items. Like you, I left Guyana a long time ago.. but we still remember “home”.
      Regards
      Cyril

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