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Minister Whittaker and the Georgetown flood – commentary

Minister Whittaker and the Georgetown flood

Posted By Stabroek News – Editorial On November 23, 2014


Flooded steet in Georgetown

After $500 million spent, a small army of ordinary citizens mobilized to manually clean drains, and excavators pressed into service to dredge the main canals, Georgetown experienced the worst flooding it has seen since 2005. So much for the ‘Clean up my Country’ campaign; at least now we know it was nothing more than a slogan.

And what excuses did the authorities have to offer citizens this time around? Well there sat Minister of Local Government Norman Whittaker at a press conference on Friday, not displaying even a hint of sheepishness. It was negligence on the part of the Mayor and City Council, he told reporters quite unabashedly, that was responsible for the flooding, but that drainage work conducted by the ministry had helped to alleviate the highest recorded rainfall level in decades. Warming to his topic, he then adopted a posture of faux contrition by telling the media that his ministry had failed to put enough pressure on the city council to deal adequately with the maintenance of flood prevention mechanisms before the rains came.   Continue reading

Let Guyana Live: Stop the Horse Race/ Rat Race Politics – By Dr. David Hinds

Let Guyana Live: Stop the Horse Race/ Rat Race Politics

By Dr. David Hinds

As one who has been very critical of the APNU for being too ready to enter into dialogue with the PPP, it is only fair that I commend the APNU for refusing to meet with President Ramotar and the PPP while the parliament remains prorogued. As we said a few days ago, any dialogue with the President at this time would serve to legitimize the suspension.

The PPP is an important political organization; it represents almost half of the electorate. There can be no truly representative Guyana government without the PPP. But the PPP must recognize that there can be no truly representative government without the representatives of the other parties that make up the Parliamentary Majority. To prorogue the parliament without just cause is an act of political exclusion and domination that must never be tolerated in Guyana. Continue reading

Guyana floods update: Country braces for more heavy rains – 22 November 2014

Country braces for more heavy rains

November 22, 2014 | By |    …as city grapples with flood aftermath
City still under water following Thursday's flooding.

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Businesses and civilians in Georgetown and surrounding areas are still grappling with the effects of the major flood which occurred on Thursday. Even as many are counting their losses, there is the promise of more heavy rainfall in the upcoming days.

Thousands of Guyanese in the capital city, and other coastal districts, awoke on Thursday to find their homes and environs inundated. This was caused by incessant overnight rainfall. The inclement weather also forced the closure of both public and private schools for the remainder of the week.

Checks around the city yesterday by this newspaper revealed that civilians and business persons are still reeling from damages to their homes and entities. Several persons, who spoke to Kaieteur News, said they tried to take swift action to decrease the damage associated with floods. Continue reading

Guyana Sugar: GuySuCo on track to meet annual target

GuySuCo on track to meet annual target

November 19, 2014 | By | Filed Under News

With four weeks left before the crop closes, Government says it is confident that the 216,000-tonne sugar target

Agriculture Minister,  Dr. Leslie Ramsammy

Dr. Leslie Ramsammy

originally set for this year will be reached. As a matter of fact, Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy says the country is likely to meet the 200,000-tonne mark by next week.

Last year, the industry fell to a 23-year low of just 187,000 tonnes. But with a better than expected first crop, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) had earlier this year confidently revised the target upwards to 219,000 tonnes.

“We have enough cane in the fields, and therefore once we have the right weather, I have no doubt that we will be able to meet that target. I am hopeful that by the end of next week we will surpass the 200,000-tonne target mark,” Ramsammy said in a Government-released statement. Continue reading



Multi-stakeholder flood control committee required.

November 21, 2014 | By KNews | Features / Columnists, Peeping Tom

When people’s homes are under water; when their lives are disrupted because of floods; when they suffer losses because of inundation, there is bound to be high levels of frustration.
In such scenarios, it is often the practice of those affected, egged on by the “specialists” that we have in the media, to cast blame. This is in part a human reaction and even a rational reaction.

The blame game is not going to help the present situation. What is not needed also is a re-analysis of the causes of the flooding. What is equally not required is propaganda showing that other countries in the world are experiencing adverse weather conditions. What is needed is action, collective action.

Certain things, however, must be made clear. A national clean-up exercise which expends hundreds of millions of dollars is not a flood control plan.   Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 20 November, 2014

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 20 November, 2014

  • NOT ENOUGH Done by authorities to prevent flooding
  • Government failed Citizens – APNU
  • No talks outside of Parliament – Granger
  • Taxi driver shot during robbery
  • Sports

Click links below to view the TV News videos:

NOT ENOUGH Done by authorities to prevent flooding   Posted: 20 Nov 2014 01:09 PM PST   Continue reading

Guyana Floods again -Regions 2,3 & 4 affected – November 20, 2014 [2 videos]

Private sector slams authorities over flooding  - [Videos]

-calls for national inquiry on governance problems

[Videos] Private sector slams authorities over flooding

Bourda Post Office

The Private Sector Commission today slammed the authorities over rain-fuelled flooding that has gripped the city and it declared that its confidence has been further diminished in the effectiveness of big ticket items such as the Doppler radar and the Hope canal.

The PSC statement follows:

Rainfall has once again resulted in major floods in the City of Georgetown and the Coastal Plains of Guyana and the business entities and poor households will once again suffer hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.

While the quantum of rainfall may have been unusual for the time period it fell and natural causes will obviously be blamed as in the past. The PSC is concerned that once again it seems that the leaders of the nation have been caught off guard. The alert mechanisms, forecasters and administrators both in central and local government have disappointed us in their proactivity and reaction to this development. Continue reading

Guyana Floods: Schools in Regions 2, 3 and 4 closed Friday November 21, 2014

All public schools in Regions 2, 3 and 4 closed Friday November 21, 2014

-deep flooding in city after heavy rain

Heavy rain overnight and this morning has left deep flooding along the East Bank and East Coast Demerara and public schools in the city and regions two and three are closed today as a result.

A notice this morning from the Ministry of Education said:

“We are now learning  of other areas severely affected by flooding. The ministry I seeking your help to make the following announcement:

Due to severe weather conditions all public schools in Regions 2, 3 4 (East Bank and East Coast) and Georgetown will be closed today.

We are advising parents and guardians of children in those regions to keep their children at home as schools will be closed. “

The rain has been heavy and unrelenting and like on previous occasions where severe weather systems have struck there was no warning from the hydrometeorological department of the Ministry of Agriculture. Continue reading

Granger dumps Ramotar’s invitation for talks

Granger dumps Ramotar’s invitation for talks

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:58  By Denis Scott Chabrol Caribbean News Desk

Opposition Leader, David Granger has rejected President Donald Ramotar’s invitation to high-level talks, a move that appears to inch Guyanese closer to the polls very early New Year to elect a new government of their choice.

A spokesman for Granger’s A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) told Caribbean News Desk following an executive meeting of the parliamentary alliance that a decision was made not to accept the invitation. Granger has previously insisted that Parliament must be reconvened because that is the highest decision-making forum.   Continue reading

Trinidadian team expected in Guyana shortly to finalise agriculture land deal

Trinidadian team expected in Guyana shortly to finalise agriculture land deal
Published on November 20, 2014 – Caribbean News Now
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) – Trinidad and Tobago’s agriculture minister is expected to lead a delegation to Guyana before the end of this month, with the hope of finalising the agriculture land deal between the two Caribbean nations.

Minister of Agriculture Dr Leslie Ramsammy

According to Guyana’s minister of agriculture, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, his ministry is currently working out the dates for the delegation to travel and meet.

During that meeting, it is expected that the two ministers will conclude where the visiting team’s interests are, and will allow for both countries to decide on the locations for the land.

“The land will most likely not be at one location, given the fact that the location of land will depend on the crops they are interested in,” Ramsammy said. Continue reading


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