Category Archives: Local Government

Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque – jobs and safety for homeless people – TED video

Richard J. Berry

Jobs and Safety for homeless people- By Richard J. Berry – TED video

When Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read “Want a job,” he decided to take him up on it. He and his staff started a citywide program to help homeless people by giving them day jobs and a place to sleep. Find out how your city can replicate Albuquerque’s success in this frank and optimistic talk.   Watch »

The Story within the Story… When the tail wags the dog – By Leonard Gildarie

The Story within the Story… When the tail wags the dog

Leonard Gildarie

Jul 30, 2017  – By Leonard Gildarie

The last few weeks have been highly stressful for Guyanese, especially with the Camp Street prison fire and escapes dominating the news.

There are a few things that glared blatantly at us. For years now, we have been hearing of rackets being run inside the prisons, with the guards overseeing schemes – profitable ones – to take contraband to prisoners.

As we speak, we learnt of a search on Thursday at the New Amsterdam prisons that unearthed improvised weapons, sharpened spoons and a quantity of cell phones.    Continue reading

London: Grenfell fire: Scenes in flats ‘apocalyptic’, says coroner – BBC news

Grenfell fire: Scenes in flats ‘apocalyptic’, says coroner

July 5, 2017 – BBC News

The scene inside Grenfell Tower is “apocalyptic”, a coroner told angry survivors calling for more details.

During a three-hour meeting with Dr Fiona Wilcox, survivors asked for information about the missing, but were told the “recovery phase” could last until the end of the year.

Police also faced questions as to why there had not as yet been any arrests.

It comes after officials said all survivors who want to be rehoused had been offered temporary accommodation.

The fire on 14 June killed at least 80 people, although police say the final toll will not be known for many months.

The meeting was held at the Olympia conference centre in West Kensington on Tuesday evening.  [Read more]


Also look at: Images for Grenfell Tower <  click

Buxton-Friendship Express Newsletter – June 2017 issue

Here is the June 2017 issue of Buxton-Friendship Express. Please download the attached copy.

On Saturday, July 1st, we’re holding our annual fundraising Summer Soirée in Brooklyn, NY. If you’re in or close to the area, we would greatly appreciate your generous support. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Buxton Heritage Fund scholarship and youth empowerment programme in Buxton.  (See advertisement below)

Happy Summer!

Lorna Campbell . Editor, Buxton-Friendship Express  …  e-mail address:

Download Newsletter: Buxton-FriendshipExpress Newsletter – June 2017 

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‘We Want Justice’: Prime Minister Forced to Flee as Londoners Protest Deadly Fire

‘We Want Justice’: Prime Minister Forced to Flee as Londoners Protest Deadly Fire

“People should be held to account,” said Labour MP David Lammy

In the wake of the deadly fire that devastated residents of London’s Grenfell Tower—a fire believed to have been caused in part by government neglect and design flaws stemming from an effort to make the building look nicer to appease the wealthy—hundreds took to the streets on Friday to demand swift action from the British government.

Prime Minister Theresa May was close to the scene, but she soon had to be “rushed away under heavy police guard” as protesters chanted “May must go!” and “Shame on you!” Reuters reported.     Continue reading

UK election 2017: Conservatives lose majority – BBC News Report

Britain’s Conservatives have lost their majority in a snap general election that has resulted in a hung parliament.

With just a handful of seats left to declare, Thursday’s poll shows gains for the opposition Labour Party.

This is seen as a humiliation for PM Minister Theresa May, who chose to call the election to try to strengthen her hand in talks with the EU on Brexit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged her to resign, but she said her party would “ensure” stability in the UK.    Continue reading

American Cities and States Affirm Commitment to Paris Climate Agreement – by Rosaliene Bacchus

American Cities and States Affirm Commitment to Paris Climate Agreement

by Rosaliene Bacchus    Reblogged from JoAnn Chateau:


If Donald Trump wanted to prove he is irrelevant, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement seals the deal. American mayors and governors are prepared to fill the gap. As NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says, “When our national government falls down on the job, local government steps up.”

Mayor de Blasio Signs Executive Order to Adopt Goals of Paris Climate Agreement for New York City | NYC Mayor’s Office…

Read more… Go to the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog

We the people of America who know that climate change is a fact cannot falter now in moving forward on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and transitioning to clean energy resources.

Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 25 May 2017

Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 25 May 2017

Ranks at the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit are looking for a video forensic specialist to retrieve video that is vital to their investigation, into the recent cocaine in Lumber bust      Posted: 25 May 2017 08:16 AM PDT
The public is being encouraged to voice their concerns regarding the parking meter contract, as the new committee engages stakeholders      Posted: 25 May 2017 08:14 AM PDT
A shake up at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission which saw some changes to key personnel     Posted: 25 May 2017 08:12 AM PDT
Changes to the way information regarding government is disseminated to the public is expected with the installation of new board at NCN      Posted: 25 May 2017 08:10 AM PDT
Diamond Mineral Waters Sports Round up, May 24, 2017     Posted: 25 May 2017 08:06 AM PDT

Guyana 411 – May 13, 2017: Focus on Local Government

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Guyana 411 – May 13, 2017: Focus on Local Government

Commentary: Guyana should come first and then… – By Leonard Gildarie

The Story within the Story… Guyana should come first and then…

Leonard Gildarie

A dear friend of mine and her family are here on vacation. She has lived in New York for the past two decades, has her own small business, and a daughter in college. She is seriously thinking of coming back here.

For many Guyanese living in Queens especially, life is tough in the private sector. Several small businesses along Liberty Avenue have been forced to close because of a drop in sales and the fact that more efficient and less costly services are being offered by the deep-pocket competitors.

It would mirror what is happening in the region and in Guyana, and drives home the reality that we are not alone in the world.     Continue reading

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