Category Archives: Commentary

Why Trump Should Study Aung San Suu Kyi’s Speech – M K Bhadrakumar | Asia Times

Why Trump Should Study Aung San Suu Kyi’s Speech

M K Bhadrakumar | Asia Times

Aung San Suu Kyi

Two speeches by two leaders made headlines this week [Sept 2017] – one by USA President Donald Trump, the other by Myanmar’s head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi.

No two leaders could be so unlike each other. Trump is a widely ridiculed figure in the international community, which mocks him for being, variously, pompous, boorish and sometimes just plain ignorant.

Sui Kyi, a Nobel laureate, is a fallen angel caught up in the maelstrom of her silence over the attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, on August 25, and the ensuing military response, which has forced over 410,000 displaced people to flee to Bangladesh.    Continue reading

Are you ready for corporate America’s robot economy? – By Jim Hightower

Are you ready for corporate America’s robot economy?

Robots are not our enemy – the corporate bosses, bankers and BSers who own robots are the ones doing this to us.

Miss World Guyana 2017: Vena Mookram – in China for pageant final

Miss World Guyana 2017: Vena Mookram – in China for pageant final

Vena Mookram, Miss World Guyana 2017

By Tangerine Clarke – Caribbean Life News – NY – October 19, 2017

Beauty is only skin deep and this holds true for 19-year Vena Mookram, Miss World Guyana 2017. However, she is not only beautiful but she is passionate about a cause dear to her heart. She is on a crusade to save as many people as possible from becoming victims of diabetes, a disease that has taken the life of one grandmother and is now affecting another.

During a recent exclusive interview with Caribbean Life at Zen Lounge in Queens, the 5’ 7” tall beauty queen spoke passionately about using Diabetes Prevention as her ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ platform, when she competes at the Miss World 2017 Pageant on Nov. 18 in China.     Continue reading

Book: The Girl from the Sugar Plantation – By Sharon Maas

The Girl from the Sugar Plantation: A gripping and emotional family saga of love and secrets (The Quint Chronicles) – By Sharon Maas

An unputdownable story of a woman in search of the truth, the man she falls in love with, and the devastation of the Second World War.

1934, Guyana. All her life, Mary Grace has wanted to know the truth about who her parents really are. As the mixed-race daughter of two white plantation owners, her childhood has been clouded by whispered rumours, and the circumstances of her birth have been kept a closely guarded secret…

Aunt Winnie is the only person Mary Grace can confide in. Feeling lost and lonely, her place in society uncertain, Mary Grace decides to forge her own path in the world. And she finds herself unexpectedly falling for charming and affluent Jock Campbell, a planter with revolutionary ideas.   Continue reading

Diaspora Engagement: Mexico and India Show the Way! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Diaspora Engagement: Mexico and India Show the Way!

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Guyana is an anomaly. There are more Guyanese living abroad than in Guyana. It is recognized that the Guyanese diaspora has tremendous resources.

The Diaspora Conference sponsored by the University of Guyana broke new ground. It was the first gathering of persons from different backgrounds, and on such a scale, to discuss the impact of the diaspora on national  development.

It was fitting that the representatives of the highest levels should address the Conference. The Mexican and Indian top diplomats to Guyana outlined their country’s approach to the diaspora.

Read more: Diaspora Engagement- Mexico and India Show the Way – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Maduro Wins Elections – Time for a Vigilant Celebration in Venezuela

Time for a Vigilant Celebration in Venezuela

In one day, on October 15, Venezuela has achieved several outstanding landmarks in our region at a time when we face dangerous world conflicts and unrest. By carrying out fair elections for governors of the 23 states, Venezuela has shown that people value the opportunity to participate in decision-making even under hard circumstances.

The Gran Polo Patriotico (Great Patriotic Pole), a coalition of ten parties, including the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela – PSUV), and the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), have won 17 governorships and lost 5 to the coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democratica – MUD) (One State still pending at the time of writing).

This represents winning a significant battle, but the war may still be brewing.

Read more: Maduro Wins Elections – Time for a Vigilant Celebration in Venezuela

Annual Diwali festival lights up Richmond Hill, New York – Saturday October 14, 2017

Massive crowds at the Diwali Motorcade New York – Saturday October 14, 2017

The Grand Marshall, Dr. Dhanpaul Narine leads the Parade

The Diwali Motorcade last Saturday night (October 14, 2017) turned out to be a historic event. The crowds were massive under warm skies. The Police catered for about 2,000 persons but close to 10,000 persons showed up that made the Motorcade the biggest in North America. Several more streets had to be closed to accommodate the crowds, with additional security called.

The Grand Marshall, Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, had asked for 1,000 persons to walk with him but about twice this number was present. The cultural program was great and included items from Guyana, Suriname, India and Trinidad, among others.     Continue reading

Guyana’s poor aviation safety standards affecting airlift – opinion

Guyana’s poor aviation safety standards affecting airlift

 Guyana lost its Category 1 status with the demise of Guyana Airways in 2001
GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana has failed in the past two decades to comply with the International Civil Aviation (ICAO) safety requirements, and for this reason the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been rated by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Category 2.

As a result, only US-based airlines can fly nonstop between Guyana and the United States, so with the demise of Dynamic Airways two weeks ago, which provided non-stop service between Georgetown and New York City, airlift between these two cities is at an all time low. Continue reading

Venezuela Rice Deal: US$500M GBTI contempt charges … DPP still no action

US$500M GBTI contempt charge…3 weeks later, DPP still to pronounce on charges against her lawyer

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack, is facing a major dilemma. She is being asked to pronounce on a case against her own lawyer, Robin Stoby.

The bank is facing off, in a case of high stakes, against the police Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Stoby is the Chairperson of the Guyana Bank For Trade and Industry (GBTI), a major, privately-owned financial institution.

The unit has recommended contempt charges against Stoby and his seven directors for allegedly refusing to hand over details of transactions with the US dollar and other bank accounts of the state-controlled, Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB). Continue reading

Guyana Cultural Association of NY: On-Line Magazine – September 2017

Download: Guyana Cultural Association NY: e-Magazine – September 2017

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