Category Archives: Governance

AFC tells Ramotar time-up, ready for no-confidence – Ramotar responds…..

AFC tells Ramotar time-up, ready for no-confidence

Friday, 18 July 2014 – By  Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

President Donald Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar

The smaller opposition Alliance For Change (AFC) has told President Donald Ramotar that it is going ahead with its vote of no confidence in the government that will inevitably see Guyana going into early general elections before year end if approved by the combined opposition-controlled House.

AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan told the Guyanese leader that he was pushing ahead with the no confidence vote because government was spending millions of dollars from the Consolidated Fund without parliamentary approval. “Our Party sees no other alternative than to proceed with this constitutional mechanism for removal of an unpopular Government that has ceased to enjoy the confidence of the National Assembly and who by its actions has demonstrated an unlawful and contemptuous disregard for the Supreme Law of the Country,” he said in the July 17, 2014 letter.
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Local Govt Elections: GECOM Chairman discards concerns by PPP Commissioners

Local Govt Elections: GECOM Chairman discards concerns by PPP Commissioners

Monday, 14 July 2014 -  by  Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

Dr Steve Surujbally

Dr Steve Surujbally

Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Dr. Steve Surujbally on Monday debunked claims by the three ruling party-nominated commissioners that the local government elections machinery was rusty and could lead to disenfranchisement.

Surujbally insisted that the commission was “fully prepared and committed” to move into election mode with “immediacy” whenever the Local Government Minister issues an order after consulting with GECOM.

In terms of actual preparations for local government elections , the Commission Chairman said they already have a work plan that caters for 180 days from the date of the ministerial order. This timeframe is largely a result of the sequential statutory requirements and other prerequisite activities for the conduct of the elections.    Continue reading

Guyana’s Acting Foreign Minister booed at US Independence reception

Guyana’s Acting Foreign Minister booed at US Independence reception.

02 July 2014 20:14-Written by   - Demerara Waves

Acting Foreign Minister, Priya Manickchand (left) and Presidential Advisor on Governance, Gail Teixeira walking out of the US Ambassador's reception

Acting Foreign Minister, Priya Manickchand (left) and Presidential Advisor on Governance, Gail Teixeira walking out of the US Ambassador’s reception

While Manickchand was launching her verbal salvos against Hardt, several persons among the gathering heckled and urged her to “Get on with it” and “Local Government Elections now”.  Sections of her speech were virtually drowned by the booing.  Continue reading

US envoy rubbishes govt’s excuse for delaying local elections

US envoy rubbishes govt’s excuse for delaying local elections
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 – By Scott Chabrol – CND
US Ambassador D. Brent Hardt

US Ambassador D. Brent Hardt

United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt has dismissed government’s latest excuse for not holding local government elections and he said it was time Guyanese directly elect their representatives at the local level.

“To my mind, it’s a constitutional requirement, it’s a legislative requirement and there is at this point no obstacle to the holding of local government elections so I would just urge government to set a date, move forward as soon as possible and give people that ability to have effective local governance and start to transform the country,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.

Earlier this month, President Donald Ramotar said his government was gambling on whether to hold long-overdue local government elections this year or call early national elections if blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for Guyana’s failure to pass amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT) begins to bite hard. Continue reading

Free movement for CARICOM nationals ruling by the CCJ.

CCJ Corner: Free movement for CARICOM nationals
Published on June 25, 2014 Caribbean News Now

By Deshon J Griffith,  Faculty of Law, UWI Cave Hill. Barbados

In the case of Shanique Myrie v State of Barbados [2013] CCJ 3 (OJ) the Caribbean Court of Justice declared the law on an important aspect of Caribbean integration law. It made clear the existence and scope of the right of free movement within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) regime.

The case involves a Jamaica national, Shanique Myrie, who was denied entry into Barbados by border officials at the Grantley Adams International Airport. She claimed that she was subjected to a painful and humiliating body cavity search and other ill-treatment, detained overnight in an insanitary cell and subsequently deported. Myrie claimed that the treatment to which she was subjected amounted to a violation of her right to free movement within the Caribbean Community by the State of Barbados.

The Court found that the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and a 2007 decision of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM gave a valid and binding right of free movement to CARICOM nationals. This right, the Court said, includes an entitlement to “an automatic stay” or “a definite entry” of six months upon arrival. Continue reading

Contra A Copa: The Other Side of Brazil’s World Cup – video

Contra A Copa: The Other Side of Brazil’s World Cup (Full Length)

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Although it might have seemed like a good idea to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil — one of the most soccer-obsessed countries in the world — massive social unrest has taken the country by storm in the lead-up to the tournament. The Brazilian government is spending an estimated $14 billion on this year’s tournament, making it the most expensive World Cup to date.

This has provoked outrage among Brazilians, many of whom view the government as corrupt, and are now seeing vast amounts of money being spent on soccer stadiums and police, while the country’s endemic poverty and social issues are ignored. This growing unrest led to violent anti-government protests breaking out in June of 2013, which have continued with increasing momentum in the lead-up to the World Cup. Continue reading

Marijuana in Jamaica … decriminalized

June 13, 2014 – The Economist  Magazine

Marijuana in Jamaica … decriminalized

Update: On June 13th the Jamaican government announced plans to allow possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and to decriminalise the drug for medicinal purposes. Parliament is expected to vote on the changes in September. The blog post below, which was written in February, explains the context.

IT WOULD have seemed a lot more revolutionary just two years ago but for Jamaica, it is still a welcome whiff of sense. The island’s energy minister, Philip Paulwell, who also leads government business in parliament, has said he will find time this year to decriminalise possession of small amounts of marijuana. At a stroke, the move will cut the number of illicit smokes by as many as a million a week. It will also make a Jamaican break somewhat less nervy for ganja-puffing tourists.  Continue reading

Capitol News – TV Reports – May 29, 2014

Capitol News – TV Reports – May 29, 2014

  • CFATF ramps up warning against Guyana on money laundering
  • Call for local businessmen to attend Americas Competitiveness Forum
  • Search for kidnapped baby enters day 5
  • Guyana US / continue to collaborate on drug trafficking
  • CDB resists comment on ads placement
  • AFC ready to restore UG funds
  • Sports
CFATF ramps up warning against Guyana on money launderingPosted: 29 May 2014 03:09 PM PDT

The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force has urged its members to adopt counter measures after a latest review found this country to be at risk to the international financial system At its just concluded meeting in Miami, Florida, the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, called CFATF, once more cited Guyana for failing to rectify certain […]  Continue reading

Brazil strikes dampen World Cup optimism – commentary

Brazil World Cup Poster 2014

Brazil World Cup Poster 2014

Brazil strikes dampen World Cup optimism

Weeks away from the start of the World Cup, strikes and protests in Brazil have raised concerns over security during the tournament, and renewed public doubts about the wisdom of spending an estimated US$11 billion (including $4 billion on 12 new and renovated stadiums) on a event that will add, according to most economists, no more than 0.2 percentage points to the economy.

Earlier this week civil police forces in 17 states, including São Paulo, halted most activities to protest for better salaries and stricter laws. The head of the union told reporters that policemen were “tired of seeing criminals walk free three or four days after we arrest them.” The shutdown led to looting in several parts of the city – eventually quelled through the deployment of the national guard and army troops. Widespread strikes by bus companies, for similar grievances, resulted in mayhem on public transit networks as some 300,000 affected commuters struggled to find alternative transport. Earlier in the week, there were also strikes by teachers.    Continue reading

Africa: Beware of China’s $$$ – NYT commentary

Beware of China’s $$$ – NYT commentary

MAY 23, 2014 | BY  | By Howard W. French
Africa: political map

Africa: political map

“The problem (though not limited to China) is relying on shady arrangements made at the very top of the political system, often in the president’s office itself. Contracts are greased with monetary bribes and other enticements like expense-paid shopping trips to China and scholarships there for elite children.”

(Taken from the New York Times)

NAIROBI, Kenya — For nearly a decade, as China made a historic push for business opportunities and expanded influence in Africa, most of the continent’s leaders were so thrilled at having a deep-pocketed partner willing to make big investments and start huge new projects that they rarely paused to consider whether they were getting a sound deal.     Continue reading


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