Category Archives: Governance

APNU+AFC promises-salary hike for law enforcers; gun amnesty, crackdown on corruption, drugs

APNU+AFC promises hefty salary hike for law enforcers; gun amnesty, crackdown on corruption, drugs

Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:27 –  Written by   -CND

The opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+ AFC) is promising a 20 percent salary hike for all law enforcement officers in the first year, and a crack down on white collar crime, drug trafficking and illegal guns.

With the starting salary of constables just around GY$60,000 (US$300), the coalition hopes that an initial 20 percent hike in salaries will be among several measures that will help policemen and women go after criminals. “Public security is the bedrock of a safe human society and the crime situation is both the most pressing and most depressing problem facing ordinary Guyanese today,” says the grouping in its 44-page manifesto.   Continue reading

Jamaica’s new “Ganja Law” + Bob Marley & Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Live 4-10-75)

Jamaica’s new “Ganja Law” goes into effect April 15, 2015

Marijuana - Ganga

Marijuana – Ganga

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday April 14, 2015, CMC – The Jamaica government says the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, commonly referred to as the “Ganja Law” and passed by both Houses of Parliament in February, goes into effect on Wednesday.

A statement from the Ministry of Justice Monday said that notification of the Governor General’s assent to the Act has been published in the official Gazette and that the Minister of Justice, Mark Golding will bring the legislation into operation this week, April,15.

The Ministry of Justice said that the legislation is expected to have a number of positive implications for Jamaica, including strengthening respect for the rule of law and building a more just society, by eliminating a common cause of corrosive antagonism between the police and young men, particularly in less affluent communities.  Continue reading

All our political leaders must embrace the desire for change- commentary

All our political leaders must embrace the desire for change

It is a moot point as to whether the PPP/C recognises this, so intent are they on maintaining the narrative that whatever ills the country might be suffering are the fault of Mr Forbes Burnham (who died in 1985) and the PNC (defeated at the polls in 1992). Indeed, so keen are they to trumpet their success in developing the country during the past 23 years that party apparatchiks like Mr Hydar Ally can speak of “the creation of a modern and broad-based economy,” as in a letter to the editor on Wednesday.   Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Donald Ramotar talks of his plans and PPPC achievements

A confident Donald Ramotar talks of his plans for his second term

APRIL 12, 2015 | BY |  By Ralph Seeram  – From the Diaspora…
Pres. Donald Ramotar

Pres. Donald Ramotar

While many are predicting the demise of the PPP with the “Time for Change” campaign, incumbent President Donald Ramotar has plans in the works. He can’t wait for elections to be over so he can implement his party’s plans to move Guyana even further in his second term.
A confident Ramotar is looking not only to get over the 50 per cent mark but hoping to get substantially more.

I caught up with the President on his visit to Florida this past Easter weekend, and took the opportunity to interview him.
One of the main charges of the Opposition against the PPP administration is corruption, so naturally the first question I asked is what his administration will do to fight corruption at all levels. Continue reading

Lee Kuan Yew: Father of Singapore – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Lee Kuan Yew: Father of Singapore

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Lee_Kuan_Yew in 2002

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew has provided the recipe for Singapore’s success. He said, ‘I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters-who your neighbor is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what people think.’

Lee Kuan Yew led Singapore for more than thirty years and his passing prompted many world leaders to pay their respects to him. President Barack Obama called him a ‘true giant of history and the father of modern Singapore. ’ David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, spoke of Mr. Lee and Margaret Thatcher in the same vein, as great state persons that were committed to change.  Continue reading

Guyana 2030: An Overview of Options & Opportunities for National Development + video

Guyana 2030: An Overview of Options & Opportunities (O3 ) for National Development – (see PDF slides and video presentation below)  

Guyana 2030This conceptual proposal being presented under the title ‘An Overview of Options & Opportunities (O3) for National Development’ for your consideration was crafted by Stanley Ming, Eric Phillips, Joseph Singh and Supriya Singh. It is a synthesis of historical and updated studies, implemented and planned projects, and interpretations that derive from the global environment. It represents the fundamentals of an integrated plan of action which will have a transformational impact in propelling Guyana into a modern, prosperous country for the well being of current and future generations.   Continue reading

Radio-TV: PSC demands equitable elections campaign access for Opposition

Radio-TV: PSC demands equitable elections campaign access for Opposition

Jagdeo’s illegal radio licences refuse to die…

March 28, 2015 | By – issue seen as critical to fair elections
President Donald Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar

The unfair distribution of radio licences by the ruling party in late 2011 to mainly close friends, shortly before General Elections, continues to raise significant concerns among the Opposition.

Now, more than three years later as early elections looms, the issue is continuing to embarrass the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).

This is because political parties have been complaining incessantly of being refused access to the radio stations and even television operations closely linked to Government.
The matter is so serious that the business advocacy body, the Private Sector Commission (PSC), has written President Donald Ramotar, urging him to take action to ensure equitable coverage for political parties, during the lead up to the General Elections on May 11, and afterwards. Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Political coalition agreement illegal, says Guyana attorney general

Political coalition agreement illegal, says Guyana attorney general

Published on March 12, 2015 – Caribbean News Now

 Attorney General, Anil Nandlall

Attorney General, Anil Nandlall

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana’s attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Anil Nandlall, has claimed that the newly formed APNU/AFC (A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change) coalition of political parties has no foundation in law.

Nandlall said that the document is fraught with a number of worrying concerns for the Guyana electorate.

He stated that the so-called “Cummingsburg Accord”, based upon what has been made public, is essentially an agreement between the two political parties, but that it has no foundation in law, as “it is not grounded in the constitution.” This, he said makes for a number of huge potential problems, irrespective of what transpires in the upcoming general and regional elections. Continue reading

Guyana: The PPP should embrace Constitutional Reform – By Ralph Ramkarran

THE PPP SHOULD EMBRACE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

Posted on March 7, 2015 by  in conversationtree.gy 

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

This month the PPP celebrates the life of Cheddi Jagan. In preparing to face the electorate, the party will be today invoking his legacy at Babu John. The electioneering mode that will dominate the proceedings and atmosphere at Babu John will seek to build enthusiasm and momentum, which are critical in the electoral battleground of the Corentyne, whose voting may decisively influence the outcome of the elections, as it did in 2011. To recover the votes it lost in 2011 in the Corentyne, the public can expect a colourful rally with robust verbal assaults on the APNU+AFC alliance.

The PPP could have been facing the electorate in completely different circumstances. Displaying a woeful lack of foresight, it sat back and allowed its opponents to unite, rather than keeping them competing for influence, as they had been doing after the elections. The exposure of the Government/Granger Linden electricity deal by the AFC in 2012 comes to mind. Now, the APNU+AFC political alliance threatens the PPP’s hold on political power.   Continue reading

Guyanese Online – List of Entries – Jan- Feb 2015

Guyanese Online – List of Entries – January- February 2015

Attached is a list of entries made for the months of January and February 2015.

Although followers receive all blog entries via e-mail, the list could be useful for locating and reviewing earlier entries, especially for the new followers of this blog website.

 Click to View:  Guyanese Online- Entries from Jan and Feb 2015

Please share these lists  to your mailing list so that others could could view the entries.

Thank you for following Guyanese Online.

Cyril Bryan, Editor.

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