Category Archives: Government

Drug purchases…New GPC invoices contradict Govt’s defence

Billion-dollar drug purchases…New GPC invoices contradict Govt’s defence

JULY 27, 2014 | BY
Dr. Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop’s

Dr. Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop

Invoices supplied to a New York court by the Dr. Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop’s New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (New GPC) have clearly contradicted the Guyana government’s defence of drug purchases from his company.

Yesterday Head of State, Donald Ramotar, echoed the sentiments of Minister of Health, Bheri Ramsaran. They both tried to defend the purchases from New GPC, which has been supplying Government with drugs to the tune of billions of dollars for 15 years – since 1999 to be exact.Members of Parliament and other pharmaceutical suppliers had raised concerns about the seeming exorbitant prices that the government was paying to the New GPC for drugs.
Reports on the comments by the critics led to the pharmaceutical company taking legal action in the courts of New York, and in Guyana, against Kaieteur News.

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PNCR Conference: Granger promotes ‘One Nation’ solution

 Granger promotes ‘One Nation’ solution

David Granger

David Granger

July 25, 2014 · Stabroek News

In his address to the 18th biennial delegates’ conference of the PNCR this afternoon, Party leader David Granger urged a One Nation solution for the country and lambasted the PPP/C for not seizing the opportunity for more inclusive governance.

In the text of his address released by Congress Place he urged delegates to keep the pressure up to “push the PPP out of office, elect a government of national unity and give the Guyanese people the good life that they deserve”.

He also alighted on the Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh’s management of the country’s finances stating that it has been a major source of political contention. He added “We shall soon settle that!”  That remark appears to be a reference to Singh’s spending of $4.5B which has brought the country to the brink of a motion of no confidence by the opposition majority in Parliament against the government.

Granger’s address follows:   Continue reading

CAPITOL TV NEWS VIDEOS – July 24, 2014

CAPITOL TV NEWS VIDEOS – July 24, 2014

  • Finance Minister for Privileges Committee
  • Brooklyn landlady charged in murder of Guyanese woman
  • Norton shrugs off criticism in run to become PNCR Leader
  • Georgetown cleanup gets underway
  • Confusion over adjusted UG fees
  • Guyana drops on UN Human Development Index
  • Sports
Finance Minister for Privileges CommitteePosted: 24 Jul 2014 02:09 PM PDT
Brooklyn landlady charged in murder of Guyanese womanPosted: 24 Jul 2014 02:08 PM PDT  Continue reading

The coming of the DEA to Guyana – commentary

The coming of the DEA

JULY 24, 2014 | BY KNEWS |  EDITORIAL 

The long awaited official United States Drug Enforcement Administration presence within these borders is a welcome departure from the intransigent posture and insipid rhetoric from officialdom to which we have become accustomed.

It is a truism that crime knows no geographic boundaries and the ease with which transnational criminal enterprises flourish in the realms of drug trafficking and money laundering bears that fact out.  The increasingly international scope of this type of criminal activity has proven complex in the face of law enforcement efforts to interdict the illicit proceeds of these crimes.

However, the uninformed among us would want to know what capacities and capabilities have been developed in consideration of the aspects of money laundering, and whether these are aggressively being investigated in a scenario where confidential information-sharing is problematic.  Continue reading

New York: Mayor de Blasio Signs Plan For Municipal ID Card Into Law

NEW YORK MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO SIGNS BILL INTO LAW FOR NYC MUNICIPAL ID CARDS

Mayor de Blasio Signs Plan For Municipal ID Card Into Law

CBS New York News report – July 10, 2014

Blasio on Thursday July 10, 2014, signed into law a plan to offer a municipal identification card to residents regardless of their immigration status.

The card, dubbed the New York City Identity Card, will be available to anyone who can prove their identity and residency in the city. It is particularly aimed at groups that are currently unable to show a form of government identification required to do things such as cashing a check, signing a lease or even entering office buildings for job interviews or public schools for parent-teacher conferences.  Continue reading

Guyana’s Sugar Industry: GUYSUCO deep in debt – video

GUYSUCO deep in debt – video by Capitol News

No turnaround for sugar industry…GuySuCo produces sugar at double world market price

- owes over US$170M in debts  

- employees’ contributions not paid, benefits in jeopardy

Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, and GuySuCo top executives yesterday.

Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, and GuySuCo top executives.

JULY 18, 2014 | BY  |  As concerns continue to grow over the viability of the country’s sugar industry, Government yesterday said that it is seriously considering other alternatives, including going the route of producing ethanol.

But Dr Ramsammy’s comments seemed to echo those made by Anthony Vieira, a former sugar producer, in a letter published in the Kaieteur News. (see letter here) Continue reading

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

The Caribbean Voice is tackling suicide in Guyana – press release

Caribbean Voice LogoContact: Annan Boodram                                                Press Release

718-542-4454, 646-461-0574,  caribvoice@aol.com       Norkah Carter at gtposse72@hotmail.com

 The Caribbean Voice is tackling suicide in Guyana

 New York City (June 28, 2014): Suicide seems to be fast becoming the ultimate answer for every kind of interpersonal problem in Guyana, usually catalyzed by alcoholism, domestic abuse and other forms of violence, dysfunctional and triangular relationships and teenage pregnancy.  In fact, Guyana has the second highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the Caribbean.

The average Guyanese drinker consumes 13.7 liters of pure alcohol each year with 6.1% of the population considered heavy drinkers and of the more than 60 percent of women who were involved in a relationship or union, 27.7 percent reported physical abuse, 26.3 percent had experienced verbal abuse and 12.7 percent experienced sexual violence.   Continue reading

The Census and its Political Implications – By Ralph Ramkarran

THE CENSUS AND ITS POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on July 12, 2014 by Ralph Ramkarran

 The census figures substantially confirm the analysis I made in an article “The Future of the PPP” published in November, 2012. I had argued at that time that declining Indian population had an impact on the election results of 2011, having regard to ethnic voting patterns. I had also indicated that the effect of a slowly decreasing Indian population could be seen in voting patterns and results since 1992. The census results show that in Region 6, a stronghold of the PPP, the population declined by 15,000 at the end of 2012. Adding Regions 5 and 3, also strongholds of the PPP, there was a total decline of 20,000 persons.

There was no publication of figures indicating the sizes of the various ethnic groups in Guyana. I had predicted at that time that the Indian population is likely to have gone below 40 percent. The census of 2002 showed the Indian population to be 42 percent and I had based my prediction on the prior rate of decline. I do not know the reason for the non-publication of these figures but it is quite possible that it is because the Indian population is now below 40 percent. Continue reading

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