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Government has ruled out calling early national elections

Government has ruled out calling early national elections

Parliament

Guyana’s Parliament Building

Government has so far ruled out calling early national elections due to a more than GUY$37 billion reduction in the 2012 National Budget by the combined opposition.

“Elections are not at the top of the list where the solutions and the arrival of compromises and action to be taken to rectify this situation,” said Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon. “I for one feel that this issue-the non approval of funding can indeed be addressed without resort to elections,” he added.

Some observers believe that the governing Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) is in no hurry for elections because it is not entirely certain that it would regain its parliamentary majority which it lost at the November 2011 elections.  Continue reading

The Linguistic Legacy of Indian-Guyanese – Harry Hergash

The Linguistic Legacy of Indian-Guyanese

Stabroek News - On April 21, 2014 - In In The Diaspora

By Harry T. Hergash

 Harry Hergash, a graduate of the University of Guyana, taught at the Annandale Government Secondary from 1964 to 1969.  He immigrated to Canada in 1974.

20131028diaspora Indian-Guyanese, the descendants of Indian immigrants, comprise about 43.5% of the population of Guyana. The everyday speech of the majority of this segment of the population, especially those living in rural communities, is peppered with words of Indic origin. Most of these words relate to items of food, kitchen utensils, terminology identifying family members and other relatives, names and terminology associated with religious holidays and worship, and names of vegetables and plants.   Continue reading

Oprah Winfrey talks with Thich Nhat Hanh – Powerful video

Oprah Winfrey talks with Thich Nhat Hanh Excerpt – Powerful

Published on May 12, 2013

Overview: Truly insightful, deep and powerful. Oprah Winfrey via her incredible OWN network, talks to Thich Nhat Hanh about becoming a monk, meeting Martin Luther King Jr; The powers of mindfulness, insight, concentration and compassion, How to transform warring parties and how to deeply transform relationships.

 

Guyana News – Budget Debate issues – 4 videos

Clash over Budget cuts

Sport Ministry allocations come under intense scrutiny

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Govt signals spending disapproved by Opposition in Parliament

“There are ways and means to which we can find mechanisms to restore that which has been disapproved but the fundamental point,” Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall told a news briefing immediately after the National Assembly’s Committee of Supply concluded consideration of the estimates of expenditure.

The total amount not approved by the opposition-controlled House  was GUY$37,461,340,000.   (about US $185M)    US$1 = 208 Guyana$ app

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PPP prepared, ready for elections

PPP prepared, ready for elections

PPP news conferenceFrom left, PPP Executive Secretary Mr Zulfikar Mustapha, PPP General Secretary Mr Clement Rohee and PPP Member Mr Bryan Allicock at the news conference at Freedom House. (Adrian Narine photo)

April 14, 2014 – Guyana Chronicle

- Rohee says extensive discussions on this was held during party’s ‘CC’ meeting on April 12.

THE Central Committee of the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) met, last Saturday (April 12), at Freedom House and General Secretary Clement Rohee, who chaired the meeting, reported that extensive discussions took place also on local government and national elections.
The Party’s preparedness to face the electorate whenever elections are called was also discussed, he told a press conference yesterday at the party’s Freedom House headquarters in Robb Street, Georgetown.   Continue reading

Cuba, Competition and the Caribbean

Cuba, Competition and the Caribbean

By David Jessop 

Cuban President Raul Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro

News Americas, LONDON, England, Weds. April 9, 2014:

On March 29 Cuba’s National Assembly passed a new foreign investment law. Its content has far reaching implications for the future economic organisation of the country. It has also stimulated a lively public and private debate in the rest of the Caribbean about whether it represents a new economic challenge to others in the region.

Unusually, the changes that the new law contains had been widely trailed in Cuba’s national and provincial media before its passing. This was because of its contentious nature within Cuba and the challenge it offered to many Cuban conservatives’ belief in the need to maintain full control over national sovereignty and economic decision making.  Continue reading

Norman Girvan- Prominent Caribbean academic passes away

Norman Girvan- Prominent Caribbean academic passes away
Published on April 11, 2014 - By Caribbean News Now contributor
HAVANA, Cuba — Well known Caribbean academic Norman Girvan passed away on Wednesday in Cuba. He was 72.

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Norman Girvan

Jamaican-born Girvan, who earlier this year suffered a serious fall while in Dominica, was Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

He was also a professorial research fellow at the UWI Graduate Institute of International Relations at in St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Girvan had up until late last year, been one of the very vocal regional voices condemning the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court ruling that made tens of thousands people, of mainly Haitian descent, stateless.

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Guyana: New Elections in the Air? – commentary

Guyana: New Elections In The Air?

Editor’s Note

 If the AFC does not vote for the National Budget Estimates for the Office of the President for the reasons mentioned in its Press Statement below, that would be only 7 votes in the 65 seat National Assembly. It would then depend on how APNU with its 26 seats votes. If both Opposition Parties vote against the estimates of expenditure for the Office of the President, President Ramotar will have little alternative but to call a new General Election.

A new General Election is therefore in the air depending on whether the PPP/C Government accedes to the AFC request that the Minister of Finance immediately enters into discussions with the AFC and APNU with a view to removing certain allocations, including those for NCN and GINA, from under the Office of the President’s allocation and placing them under another mutually negotiated Head. If the Government is not obliging, then new elections will also depend on if APNU joins the AFC in voting against the OP’s allocationContinue reading

The Celebration of Dorothy I. Height – by Lawrence O’Donnell

The Celebration of Dorothy I. Height – by Lawrence O’Donnell

Dorothy Height

Dorothy Height

Published on Mar 26, 2014: The Celebration of Dorothy I. Height, one of the most respected and powerful women of the 20th Century. March 24th was her 102nd Birthday

More info from Wikipedia:

Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010)[1] was an Americanadministratoreducator, and a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness.[2] She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.[1] 

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