Category Archives: Politics

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

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

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | GUYANA

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

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | BROOKLYN

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

German Elections Sunday, 24 September 2017 – Merkelism vs. Trumpism

Merkelism vs. Trumpism

Jochen Bittner | The New York Times

Angela Merkel

HAMBURG, Germany — When I suggested in a 2015 article for this paper that Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany might become the leader of the free world, I knew it was a pretty far-fetched idea. After all, despite her leading role in the euro and refugee crises, she didn’t actually seem to want the job.

Today, I’m less sure. She might actually have the talent — and the ambition.

When Ms. Merkel starts her fourth term after Germany’s election this Sunday — and she will, barring polling errors exponentially worse than those around the Brexit vote and the American presidential race last year — she will do so in a world significantly different from the one she faced after her last re-election, in 2013.     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

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 Times – August-September 2017 Newsletter

Guyana: Diaspora Times – August-September 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends

The Diaspora Times – August-September, 2017 Issue is available at link below.

To read a specific Article, please click on the name in the Table of Contents.

Kindly circulate to friends and well wishers and all who might benefit from reading our Diaspora Times magazine.

DIASPORA TIMES   < Click here to download

Our highest regards.

Desmond Roberts
Chairman
Editorial Board
Diaspora Times

Guyana: Diaspora Engagement Strategy – Press Release – September 2017

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]

Skeldon’s massive losses…Workers dumped tonnes of cane-juice to make payday, forged accounts

Skeldon’s massive losses…Workers dumped tonnes of cane-juice to make payday, forged accounts

A South African-based engineer hired several times to help fix the problems with the Chinese-built Skeldon sugar factory, had raised alarming questions about the operations there but there is little evidence anything was done by management.

Engineer, Vishal Somai, who was instrumental in recommending that Skeldon don’t grind for the first crop this year because of unsafe boiler conditions at that Berbice factory, described the dumping as criminal.
It helped contribute to the new factory’s under-performance in its seven years.   Continue reading

Guyana: St. Cuthbert’s Mission to be renamed ‘Pakuri’

Guyana: St. Cuthbert’s Mission to be renamed ‘Pakuri’

President David Granger being welcomed by Lennox Shuman, Toshao of Pakuri village

Hundreds of locals and foreigners on Saturday, gathered at Pakuri, better known as St. Cuthberts Mission to celebrate the annual ‘Heritage Village Day’.

At the weekend celebration, Toshao Lennox Shuman in his opening remarks reflected on the history of the Indigenous people, and expressed gratitude to his ancestors.     Continue reading

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