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Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 29 October 2014

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos –  29 October 2014

  • Scandal-hit Anil Nandall has no plans to resign
  • AG suing Kaieteur News over recorded phone conversation
  • Ramotar says “foolish” for Local Gov’t polls given No-Confidence motion
  • Date to be announced this week for reconvening of National Assembly
  • Amerindian leaders in town for biennial conference
  • Sports
  • Anil Nandlall must go; opposition
  • Former Presidential Adviser on the Environment dead
  • Shot Woman clinging on to life
  • Queen’s College celebrates 170th anniversary
Scandal-hit Nandall has no plans to resign  Posted: 29 Oct 2014 01:09 PM PDT
AG suing Kaieteur News over recorded phone conversation   Posted: 29 Oct 2014 01:08 PM PDT   Continue reading

What need is there for General Elections in Guyana Now? – By Hubert Williams

WHAT NEED IS THERE FOR GENERAL ELECTIONS IN GUYANA NOW ?
By Hubert Williams

Boston, Massachusetts, October 23, 2014 — I wonder at the need for general elections in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana in the immediate future? Campaigning will very likely revive old animosities, fan new hatreds, bring fear to many, possible death to some, likely cause considerable social dislocation and property destruction, and create an environment unattractive to badly needed-foreign investment. And after the poll, it is going to be the “same-old same-old”. Even if, perchance, there is a change in majority party, hasn’t the country had its fill of musical chairs?

Yet all the visible signs indicate the country’s major political groups are preparing for a poll: published statements from relevant quarters declare that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is ready, willing, waiting, and able.

It seems the country is approaching a dangerous time. Evidently, each party’s leaders are hoping to emerge with a clear majority so that they can ‘rule’ and reap the spoils of being in ‘office’ (Caribbean politicians usually say ‘power’). It would demonstrate such maturity to negotiate an effective national coalition without holding general elections, but have local government elections not held since 1994. Continue reading

Book by Shridath Ramphal: Glimpses of a Global Life

Ramphal: Glimpses of a Global Life

The links below were compiled by the St. Stanislaus College Blog to go with the Press Release below:

Cover for Glimpses of a Global Life
http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Sir-Shridath-to-launch-Glimpses-of-a-Global-Life-279222452.html
http://www.dundurn.com/books/glimpses_global_life
http://www.turnaround-uk.com/glimpses-of-a-global-life.html
https://bookshout.com/ebooks/glimpses-of-a-global-life

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Brazil’s Rousseff wins reelection to serve a second term -updated

Brazil’s presidential election – A riven country
Oct 27th 2014, 3:54 BY J.P. | SÃO PAULO – The Economist

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IT WAS a wild ride. After a tight and tetchy race, marked by innumerable twists and turns, Brazil’s left-wing president, Dilma Rousseff, was re-elected on October 26th to a second four-year term with 51.6% of valid votes. Aécio Neves, of the centre-right opposition, notched up 48.4%. It is the fourth election in a row won by her Workers’ Party (PT). But her margin of victory is the slimmest in Brazilian electoral history.

Perhaps Ms Rousseff’s victory was inevitable. Only three Latin American presidents have lost re-election bids in the past three decades. Odds are stacked in favour of incumbents, with all the machinery of power and patronage at their disposal. Ms Rousseff can point to record-low unemployment, rising wages and falling inequality under the PT’s watch. But Mr Neves, whom The Economist had endorsed as the better choice, put up a valiant fight, arguing, with good reason, that progress has stalled since Ms Rousseff was first elected in 2010.  [read more]

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Parliament date awaiting outcome of Ramotar, Granger talks – Teixeira

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Parliament Building – Georgetown. Guyana

Parliament date awaiting outcome of Ramotar, Granger talks – Teixeira

Government Chief Whip Gail Teixeira today confirmed that her acquiescence to a date for the sitting of the National Assembly is awaiting the outcome of the ongoing engagement between the President Donald Ramotar and Leader of the Opposition David Granger.

Her statement in response to accusations from Opposition Chief Whip Amna Ally lends greater credence to views that the government and APNU are trying to strike a deal which would stave off the no-confidence motion which the AFC intends to pilot at the first sitting following the end of the parliamentary recess.

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Ganja And The Caribbean Tourism Industry – By David Jessop

Ganja And The Caribbean Tourism Industry

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Thousands turn out annually for The Seattle Hemp fest, in Washington state. (edipure.com image)

By David Jessop

News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Oct. 17, 2014: A debate is just beginning that is unlikely to reach a conclusion anytime soon. It relates to ganja and tourism and follows from the decision by Jamaica, and in time possibly others in the Caribbean, to decriminalise the holding of small quantities of marijuana and its use for medicinal and religious purposes.

The measure, which in Jamaica is domestic in its intent, responds to long standing pressure for change but may well , for a variety of reasons, come to be a form of tourism attraction.

In the US, where the states of Colorado and Washington have legalised the narcotic, reports in the local and national media suggest that this is resulting in a surge in visitor arrivals and an upturn in tax revenues. Although it is clear that events like ‘Hempfest’ in Seattle attract around 30,000 participants to sample product competing for an annual cannabis cup, officials argue that inter-state marijuana tourism remains a myth.  Continue reading

Brazil’s presidential election -Why Brazil needs change

Brazil’s presidential election -Why Brazil needs change – updated

Voters should ditch Dilma Rousseff and elect Aécio Neves

Oct 18th 2014 | The Economist

IN 2010, when Brazilians elected Dilma Rousseff as president, their country seemed at last to be living up to its huge potential. The economy expanded by 7.5% that year, setting the seal on eight years of faster growth and a steep fall in poverty under Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Ms Rousseff’s political mentor and the leader of the centre-left Workers’ Party (PT). But four years later that promise has disappeared. Under Ms Rousseff the economy has stalled and social progress has slowed. Sanctions-hit Russia aside, Brazil is by far the weakest performer in the BRIC club of big emerging economies. In June 2013 over a million Brazilians took to the streets to protest against poor public services and political corruption.

Ever since the protests the polls have shown that two-thirds of respondents want the next president to be different. So one might have expected them to turf out Ms Rousseff in the first round of the country’s presidential election on October 5th. In the event she secured 41.6% of the vote and remains the narrow favourite to win the run-off ballot on October 26th. Continue reading

New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola … after treating patients in Africa

New York City doctor diagnosed with Ebola

Thursday, 23 October 2014 21:52  -Written by 

Dr. Craig Spencer and his girlfriend, Morgan DixonPicture: Dr. Craig Spencer and his girlfriend, Morgan Dixon


(NEW YORK POST) A Harlem doctor who recently treated patients in Africa, tested positive for the deadly disease after he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with symptoms, including a 103-degree fever, sources told The Post.

Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders volunteer, began showing symptoms one night after he was out bowling in Brooklyn, police sources said.

Spencer and his live-in girlfriend, Morgan Dixon, 30, were both quarantined at Bellevue at noon Thursday as cops retraced their steps since the doctor returned from Guinea on Oct. 17, the sources said. Continue reading

TRIUMPH OF THE “UNDERCLASS” – By Hubert Williams

TRIUMPH  OF  THE  “UNDERCLASS”

               By  Hubert  Williams

Boston, Massachusetts, October 21, 2014 — In 2003, in a lengthy document sent the office of Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, reacting to her extremely well presented book “Living History”, I had expressed misgivings over societal weaknesses and the emerging role of well-educated, highly-placed working women which could have the unintended consequence under Democracy of an ‘underclass’ literally controlling small jurisdictions such as those in the English-speaking Caribbean… and, in the fullness of time, large jurisdictions, too.

She is absolutely a “women’s libber” and a very strong proponent of an education system which separates girls and boys, particularly at the secondary and tertiary levels. Of her own experience at Wellesley College in Boston (one of the world’s foremost women’s universities), she wrote:

“Unlike some of the smart girls in my high school, who felt pressure to forsake their own ambitions for more traditional lives, my Wellesley classmates wanted to be recognized for their ability, hard work and achievements. This may explain why there is a disproportionate number of women’s college graduates in professions in which women tend to be under-represented.” Continue reading

Henry S. Fraser: Letter from Britain – Part 2 – Heritage Tourism

Henry S. Fraser: Letter from Britain – Part 2

“When a man is tired of London he is tired of life.” (Samuel Johnson)

”Without my past I have no memories. Without history I have no roots. “(Jennifer Renton)

“72% of tourists from Russia and 66% of those from China say that castles, churches, monuments and historic houses are top of their list of things to visit in Britain.” (From Valuing our Heritage, English Heritage and National Trust publication)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sunday October 5, 2014 - Heritage tourism is by far the fastest growing aspect of tourism worldwide. There has always been a magical attraction to the antiquities of Greece, Rome and Egypt, for centuries the preserve of the wealthy English and Western Europeans on their “grand tours”, and then popularised for the middle classes by Thomas Cook and the railways in the late 19th century. But today the world’s travellers are seeking heritage attractions everywhere. For older people beaches are boring, and the search is on for cultural heritage.

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