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New York: Interfaith Service Marks Guyana’s 52nd Anniversary

Interfaith Service Marks Guyana’s 52nd Anniversary

Guyana’s Consul General Calls for Unity

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

An interfaith service was held at York College in New York to mark the 52nd Anniversary of Guyana’s independence. The service drew a cross-section of the Guyanese community and was held under the patronage  of the Permanent Mission of Guyana to the United Nations and the Consulate General of Guyana to New York.

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Guyana’s road to Independence on May 26. 1966 – 52 years ago

Guest Editorial – Guyana Chronicle – May 26. 2018

TODAY May 26, 2018 marks the 52nd Anniversary of our country’s attainment of political independence from Great Britain.

On this historic day in 1966 a new nation, Guyana, the only English-speaking one on the South America continent, achieved national sovereignty to become the 24th member of the-then British Commonwealth of Nations, thus bringing to an end several decades of British colonial rule.

Guyana’s road to political independence was indeed turbulent. For a brief period in the early 1950s its nationalist movement, the original People’s Progressive Party (PPP), under the leadership of the late Presidents, Dr Cheddi B. Jagan and Mr Forbes Burnham, enjoyed overwhelming support from the working class and the masses in general, as they pursued the noble objectives of national unity and internal self-government. Their resounding victory at the 1953 general elections under adult suffrage astounded many, including local reactionaries, the Colonial Office and more so the U.S. State Department.     Continue reading

Guyana National Awardees – May 26. 2018 – 52nd Anniversary of Independence

Komal Samaroo, Oslen Small, Alvin Thompson lead list of national awardees

Businessman Komal Samaroo, retired justice Oslen Small and historian Alvin Thompson lead this year’s list of national awardees announced to coincide with independence celebrations.

National Awards 2018

On the occasion of the 52nd Anniversary of the Independence of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, MSS, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Chancellor of the Orders of Guyana is pleased to make the following appointments under the Order of Service of Guyana.

The list follows:             Continue reading

D’urban Park hosts colourful Guyana Independence 52nd Anniversary celebration

Photo: Scenes from the 52nd Independence Flag Raising Ceremony, held yesterday at D’urban Park. Over 4000 students participated in the cultural show. The theme for the event is ‘Celebrating our People and our Patrimony’.

With the theme: Celebrating our People and our Patrimony, the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Social Cohesion “showed up and showed out” at the country’s 52nd Independence Flag Raising Ceremony held yesterday at D’urban Park.

Hundreds of Guyanese turned out to view the cultural show and the hoisting of the Golden Arrowhead, and judging from the crowd’s reaction, hardly anyone left disappointed.     Continue reading

Barbados Elections: Mia Mottley’s Barbados Labour Party wins 36-0

Barbados Labour Party supporters listen to the victory speech delivered by political leader and prime minister-designate Mia Mottley at party headquarters.

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) will form the next government, led by its first female prime minister, and based on unofficial results, it will do so without any official opposition.

Counting continued into the early hours of this morning, but Democratic Labour Party (DLP) leader Freundel Stuart conceded defeat and the BLP’s Roebuck Street headquarters erupted in celebration as prime minister-designate Mia Mottley, the island’s first female leader, delivered her victory speech just before 4 a.m.      Continue reading

Guyana News Headlines – Demerara Waves – 24 May 2018

Guyana News Headlines – Demerara Waves – 24 May 2018 

Caribbean Court’s incoming President wants coordinated overhaul of “broken” criminal justice system; says inconsistent rule of law major barrier to Guyana’s prosperity TO READ MORE, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK  

Jagdeo supports non-custodial sentences for marijuana possession; says no to cultivation, sale TO READ DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK
Guyana wants talks with Caribbean nations about oil spill response plans TO READ DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK
BREAKING: Guyanese Derrick Patterson pleads guilty to cocaine trafficking in Grenada; fined US$27,000 TO READ DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK
Guyanese man fined for cocaine-in-wheelchair in Grenada TO READ DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK
Second suspect arrested for killing of Canadian mining company official TO READ DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK 

School Shooting—Thoughts and Prayers – No panacea for Tears and Fears – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

The continuing school carnage is a national shame, but the guns and the shooters are not the only ones to be blamed.While guns remain the greatest threat to safety in America, we cannot be so embroiled in the gun debate control that it hinders us from seeing where the truth unfolds.

Firstly my condolences to the families of the victims of the recent Texas school carnage. A young 17 year old walks into Santa Fe High School  in Santa Fe, Texas, and murders up to ten people- eight students and two teachers This latest school shooting failed to evoke little reaction if any from most people, for such behavior has become an  inevitability in America. Following the last school shooting in Parkland, Florida, it  has been the generally–held belief, even among students that it would not be long before another student would walk into a school and kill his classmates and teachers.   Like hospitals schools are soft targets, and as a consequence they must be toughened.  Continue reading

Trump’s Reckoning Arrives – David Frum | The Atlantic

Trump’s Reckoning Arrives

The president’s unpredictability once worked to his advantage — but now, it is producing a mounting list of foreign-policy failures.

David Frum | The Atlantic

“Gradually and then suddenly.” That was how one of Ernest Hemingway’s characters described the process of going bankrupt. The phrase applies vividly to the accumulating failures of President Trump’s foreign-policy initiatives.

Donald Trump entered office with more scope for initiative in foreign policy than any of his recent predecessors.

In his campaign for president, Trump had disparaged almost every element of the past 70 years of U.S.A. global leadership:

NATO, free trade, European integration, support for democracy, the Iraq War, the Iran deal, suspicion of Russia, outreach to China.            Continue reading

Guyana News Headlines Links – Kaieteur News – May 23-24. 2018

News – 24 May 2018

Brazil institutes enormous fines for local content breaches …Consultant says this is but one important lesson for emerging oil producers like Guyana

Ahead of high level meeting with GT&T… Greenidge non-committal on possible auction of lucrative telecoms spectrum

Marijuana law reform gains traction… Hughes files appeal for farmer jailed for 3 years for 8 grams

Dr. Jennifer Westford trial…. Typist clerk found no record of 24 memoranda

Govt. softens approach to Venezuelans entering Guyana illegally

Bandits snatch Lotto winnings from couple … had trailed them from bank  Continue reading

Georgetown Guyana: Entrepreneurship on Robb Street yesteryear – By Godfrey Chin

Entrepreneurship on Robb Street yesteryear

This Nostalgia seeks to record the enterprises on Robb Street in the old days, and pays tribute to the Mom and Pop’s businesses, when Georgetown was a thriving, flourishing business community. Now don’t get me wrong, business is still flourishing, but yesteryear there was no VAT, no street vendors blocking up the pavements, no styrofoam plastic containers choking the drains and no minibuses crowding the thoroughfares.

It would be easy to take you on a wandering trip along Robb Street from Water Street to New Garden, but grouping the genres of businesses located there, would be more interesting and relevant.

For entertainment there was the Metropole Cinema which opened on Robb Street around 1935 with the Merry Widow and was destroyed by fire September 7, 2004.     Continue reading

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