Category Archives: Government

Caribbean Life News – New York- week ending 22 September 2017

Guyana’s prez calls for peace at the 72nd United Nations


President Granger at the UN

In his address to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, David A. Granger, president of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, called for peace in the world.

The head of state told the General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2017, that ‘striving for peace’ has been the principal purpose and preoccupation of this organization throughout its existence. “A good life for the world’s peoples and the sustainable use of the planet’s recourses are predicated on peace with justice, including justice within and between nations,” he stated, adding, “The world is weary of war.”

The Caribbean to get its own hub in Brooklyn


Visiting the Caribbean is about to get a lot easier. Continue reading

Dr. Riyad Insanally – Guyana’s Ambassador to the USA – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Riyad Insanally – Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Riyad Insanally

Dr. Riyad Insanally assumed the post on September 1, 2016, as Guyana’s Eighth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America and Fourth Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).

He sees his mission as working to enhance Guyana’s bilateral relations with the US and raising Guyana’s profile as a responsible member of the hemispheric community, as well as helping to build bridges across the Guyanese-American Diaspora.    Continue reading

Canada: Quebec’s systemic discrimination and racism hearings should be open – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

Testimony has a greater impact if one can see and hear the person testifying. The hearings are an opportunity to heighten public awareness.

The Quebec inquiry on systemic discrimination and racism has yet to begin hearings, but what’s already apparent is that the Couillard government does not want the exercise to be transparent.

Quebec Province. Canada

When the consultation was announced in July, all Quebecers were urged to participate, with the hearings being touted as an occasion to find tangible and permanent solutions to the issues at hand. Now we learn that Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil and the Quebec Human Rights Commission have indicated that local consultations will be held behind closed doors, hidden from the eyes of the media and the citizenry, away from the public setting that was expected by the public.   Continue reading

Exxon, Guyana look at bringing gas ashore to generate electricity

Exxon, Guyana look at bringing gas ashore to generate electricity

By Bert Wilkinson – Caribbean Life News- NY

oil rigs and production

United States oil giant ExxonMobil and Guyanese authorities this week started two days of talks to determine whether it is feasible to run a 100-mile plus undersea pipeline bringing natural gas from its offshore wells to generate power for the Guyana Power and Light Corporation, the main state utility.

Spokeswoman Kimberly Brasington said Exxon has flown in a special team of specialists from headquarters in Texas to crunch numbers with officials in the country which is anxious to reduce dependency on fossil fuels for power generation.   Continue reading

New Demerara bridge pegged at US$170M; old one to be demolished

New Dem bridge pegged at US$170M; old one to be demolished

– 4 Houston homes, lands be acquired
– vehicle tolls to increase 250 percent; Govt. should subsidise

The present floating Demerara River Bridge

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI), amidst questions over a mega-project to build a new bridge across the Demerara River, has released the feasibility study which recommended a low-level, three-lane, 1.5km structure between Houston, East Bank Demerara, and Versailles, West Bank Demerara.

According to the study, that bridge could cost up to US$170M, inclusive of financing costs and acquisition of properties along the alignment.    Continue reading

Toronto: Consultative Meeting on Guyana’s Draft Diaspora Engagement Strategy – September 27, 2017

Consultative Meeting on Guyana’s Draft Diaspora Engagement
Strategy – September 27, 2017  – Toronto. Canada.





The Consulate General of Guyana in Toronto wishes to hereby invite you to a Consultative Meeting on Guyana’s Draft Diaspora Engagement Strategy on Wednesday 27 September 2017. The event will be held in the Winter Room of the Centennial College Event Centre, located at 937 Progress Avenue, Toronto, ON., M1G 3T8 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is currently working to finalise Guyana’s Diaspora Engagement Strategy, which is aimed primarily at developing a sustainable and enhanced relationship between the Government of Guyana and the Diaspora.     Continue reading

Guyana: Diaspora Engagement Strategy – Press Release – September 2017

Setting the Stage for early Transgendering – By Yvonne Sam + video on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

Setting the Stage for Transgendering at an early age 

By Yvonne Sam

My conscious psyche was visibly jolted on reading about a camp that recently opened in El Cerrito, California. This city, founded by refugees fleeing the 1906 San Francisco earthquake has a population of 25, 000 according to the last U.S census. It is a camp with a difference. Called Rainbow Camp it offers a safe space for children up to twelve years of age to be the transgenders they were created to be. What is the world coming to?   Let the truth be told but teaching children as young as 4 years that sex is as selective and interchangeable as the garments they wear is putting their young lives on a path of confusion and ridicule.

Lyrics to a well-known song by the American country music duet, the Louvin Brothers runs thus: If we forget God, his mercy will plead and sin will cover the land and the sea. If we forget God, Satan will rule. If we forget God a nation is doomed.    Continue reading

Venezuela: Too Many Lies & Too Much Truth: a Foreign Investment Guide

Too Many Lies & Too Much Truth: a Foreign Investment Guide

Location Venezuela. Red pin on the map.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Is it a good idea to, say, help illiterate adults learn to read and write? Of course. And for the government, that lofty goal justifies an inefficient and politicized program, and anyone who criticizes it must be a resolute bastard. They make the argument about intentions, and you can’t lose behind the shield of good intentions.

That kept running through my mind as I read the first edition of the Venezuelan Foreign Investment Guide, launched a month ago by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment.

It’s a great idea to publish a guide for foreign investors – Zimbabwe has one, so does Syria. But the devil is in the details and it’s in the execution of this idea, divided in three parts, where we see what the government makes of its good heart.   [Read more]

University of Guyana (UG) – Renaissance Scorecard 2017

University of Guyana (UG) – Renaissance Scorecard;  Top 25 Items

Year I (June 2016 – July 2017)

1. Secured the re-accreditation of the School of Medicine.
2. Made George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT) & Small Lecture Theatre (SLT) full air conditioned and installed new bathrooms in GWLT.
3. Boosted the WiFi access at Turkeyen, Tain, and Dennis Irvine Hall, put new PA systems in lecture halls, and fixed furniture and put fans in classrooms.
4. Stopped wild horses, cattle, and most dogs from roaming campus.
5. Modified service hours of the Bursary, including opening on Saturdays.
6. Partnered with GTT to offer Mobile Money to enhance services to students.
7. Published Renaissance newsletter to showcase students, staff, and alumni, and launched new website.   Continue reading

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