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Expect a “different” Guyexpo 2014 – Tourism Minister

Expect a “different” Guyexpo – Tourism Minister

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 | BY |

Staying true to this year’s Guyexpo theme, “Developing Guyana through Innovation”, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Irfaan Ali, expressed confidence at a press briefing yesterday, that this year’s exhibition will be bigger and better than previous ones.
As it stands, the National Exhibition Centre in Sophia has registered 353 exhibition booths with the Minister stating that the planning committee is aiming for 400.

Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali (centre) with members of the Guyexpo Planning Committee

Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali (centre) with members of the Guyexpo Planning Committee

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Artist donates replica of flag to Guyana consulate in NY – By Tangerine Clarke

Artist donates replica of flag to Guyana consulate – 

By Tangerine Clarke – Caribbean Life -NYC

Jonathan Locke

Jonathan Locke

A skillfully crafted replica of Guyana’s national flag – the Golden Arrowhead, now hangs on the wall of the Guyana Consulate of New York, thanks to the generosity of Jonathan Locke, a son of the soil.   Enlarge this image

Locke, a recipient of the Certificate of Excellence for Home & Office Cabinetry from the Association of American Institution of Architects, presented the three feet tall, five feet wide wooden artwork to Consul General Brentnold Evans during a recent reception in Manhattan.  Continue reading

Rohee’s threat against Granger and APNU must not be taken lightly by Prof. David Hinds

Rohee’s threat against Granger and APNU must not be taken lightly by Prof. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

24 September 2014 – Demerara Waves

There comes a time when a nation must sit up and take note of where it is and do something to halt its deterioration. Sometimes a nation get so tired of being abused, terrorized and pulverized by its government that it takes such a situation for granted. Government bullying becomes normative. We may be almost there in Guyana, but it’s not too late to do something about it. Take the following statement from a high government functionary that appeared in one of the daily newspapers.

“If Mr. Granger thinks I am weak…You know, he has launched a countrywide protest exercise to hasten the government’s’ signature on a number of Bills. I would like Mr. Granger to know… and I am not threatening or warning anybody. I am just saying that he announced that these things will be peaceful and so forth. If they are not peaceful and should there be any diversions from the peacefulness of any of those protest activities organized by Mr. Granger resulting in upsetting of the peace and good order of our country, then he will see who is really too weak to fight.”  Continue reading

Book: British Guiana – By Raymond T. Smith – 1962

British Guiana   –  By  Raymond T. Smith -1962

Oxford University Press 1962, Reprinted 1964. Reprinted in 1980 by Greenwood Press, Connecticut.        

In 1958 or 1959 I was asked by the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London to write a general book on British Guiana.  I readily agreed to do so in spite of the fact that I was about to leave the Caribbean to take up a post at the University of Ghana in West Africa.  The bulk of the book was written during the first half of 1959, in Jamaica and then in Ghana.  Things were changing rapidly in British Guiana during this period and then even more rapidly after the book was published.  I returned to Jamaica from Ghana early in 1962, just before publication.

Although the book was favourably received there were notable exceptions.  Sir Jock Campbell, Chairman of Booker Brothers, a company that had subsidized research in British Guiana through the Commonwealth Foundation’s grant to the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies, wrote a strong letter complaining that I had accused him, and Bookers, of insincerity in their attempts to introduce a more humane form of capitalism in the management of their sugar enterprises.   Continue reading

No Confidence motion: Opposition buyout alleged – denied by Gov’t

No-confidence motion…Govt. plans to buy- off three MPs at $30M each – Ramjattan

FULL STORY | | Kaieteur News

Three Parliamentarians from the Opposition’s camp are expected to be bought at a whopping $30M to vote AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan against the no-confidence motion. This is according to Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan,…. [Read more]

This outrageous allegation is utter rubbish – Govt.

FULL STORY | | Kaieteur News

The government has viewed as “utter rubbish” the recent claim by the political opposition party, the Alliance For Change (AFC), that the PPP wants to “buy-out” three opposition Parliamentarians at $30M each, so that they would not vote…  [Read more]

Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment- Op-Ed

UPDATE:  see the following Guyanese Online entry:

Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence: 55-45%

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 -By Ronan Burtenshaw, Truthout | Op-Ed

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    (Photo: Lawrence OP / Flickr)The referendum campaign is about much more than nationalism.

    Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment

This week’s vote on Scottish independence has lit up the political landscape in Europe, encouraging the left and prompting panic in the halls of power. If the “Yes” side manages to beat the odds and win on September 18, new possibilities will arise on a political spectrum which seemed to be shrinking by the year.

But it didn’t always look like this would be the case. When the referendum campaign began, the leading force for a Yes vote, the Scottish National Party (SNP), promised what could best be termed independence light. Staying were the pound, the Queen, NATO and even the economic model, buttressed by a “competitive” corporate tax regime to rival free-market Ireland. This appeal was nationalist in its purest sense – social questions would remain untouched and only the flag would change.  Continue reading

Water versus gold at Port Kaituma – commentary

Water versus gold at Port Kaituma

Two weeks ago, residents of Port Kaituma and nearby areas began to complain bitterly about the pollution of their water supplies by miners working upstream. In the past few years such complaints from various parts of the country have been numerous and a reflection of the wanton disregard of miners for the riparian rights of citizens in these areas. Miners have become emboldened by the increasing weight of the economy attributable to their mineral returns and the ineffectiveness of the government and its regulatory bodies at reining in environmental pollution.

How did the government respond to the concerns of the Port Kaituma residents? Well, it seems that the Minister of Natural Resources Robert Persaud had been in the area for mining week activities and upon hearing of the concerns he announced that the ministry would make available G$80m (US$400,000), to the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) for the construction of a water treatment plant.   Continue reading

US Immigration Services increase fees

US Immigration Services increase fees

US visaNews Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. Sept. 1, 2014: U.S. visa applicants and immigrants may be forced to soon shell out more for immigration services according to a notice published by the Department of State in the Federal Register.

The amendment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services Schedule will temporarily take effect on September 6, 2014 for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. Continue reading

GECOM slams allegations of padded voters’ list

GECOM slams allegations of padded voters’ list

 - defends Commission’s integrity

September 5, 2014 | BY |By Zena Henry

Steve Surujbally

Steve Surujbally

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has not taken lightly to what it says are “relentless, unacceptable, unwarranted and undeserving amounts of castigation,” levied against its integrity.

With an invitation to the media and several representatives of the diplomatic corps, the body hosted a press conference at Cara Lodge yesterday and went in-depth into its operational procedure in a bid to clarify untruths being pushed by “antagonizing parties” and also published in some sections of the media.

Chairman of the Elections Commission, Dr. Steve Surujbally stated categorically that GECOM dismisses any information that seems to suggest padding of the voters’ list, reluctance in addressing objections and failing to effectively deal with matters of integrity among others.  Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol News Videos – September 29, 2014

Guyana: Capitol News Videos – September 29, 2014

  • Coalition will not dilute AFC says David Granger of APNU
  • PUC begins hearing on proposed landline hike
  • Fugitive Guyanese drug smuggler in US Court
  • Stiffer Penalties for Child Abuse
  • Dino Bouterse of Suriname changes Plea
  • Sports
Coalition will not dilute AFC says David Granger of APNUPosted: 29 Aug 2014 02:10 PM PDT
PUC begins hearing on proposed landline hikePosted: 29 Aug 2014 02:09 PM PDT Continue reading
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