2017 National Awards: Chancellor, Chief Justice among top awardees

69 persons set to receive National Awards; Chancellor, Chief Justice among top awardees

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Thirty-one women from various fields are among those who will be conferred with National Awards on the occasion of the 51st Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence for their outstanding service and sterling contributions toward national development.

The awards will be conferred by President David Granger on behalf of the Guyana government.

Leading the list of 69 awardees is Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Madame Yonette Decina Cummings-Edwards, who has been recognised with the Order of Roraima. Madame Justice Edwards, who boasts an illustrious legal career that commenced in 1988, was sworn in to her current post on March 28, 2017. She served as a Judge on the Court of Appeal of Guyana for several years and is now the second woman to be appointed to the position of Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary.        Continue reading

CLIMATE CHANGE IS FOR REAL – by Francis Quamina Farrier

CLIMATE CHANGE IS FOR REAL – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

So it’s been raining in Guyana on and off since New Year’s Day 2017. Fact is, it has been raining more than not raining; and there seems to be no pattern as to when, how and where the rain will fall. The most certain thing about rainfall over the past three decades, is that there is no pattern; the rain falls at all odd times, and also in all odd places and in many cases, resulting in flooding. My question to you is; “Should it rain tomorrow morning, will you be singing that popular song by The Carpenters, “Rainy Days and Mondays always gets me down”?

Guyanese used to joke about it raining whenever Test cricket comes to town, but it seems now that whenever a group of boys or girls go out anywhere to play bat-and-ball, the rain comes.     Continue reading

China set to invest massively in Latin America and the Caribbean

China set to invest massively in Latin America and the Caribbean

Published on May 25, 2017 – caribbeannewsnow.com

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MIAMI, USA — Historically, Latin America and the Caribbean have long looked to the US for support in terms of trade and investment, yet have often been left wanting. Now good times seem to be on the horizon, thanks to the promise of truly massive Chinese investment and trade that will completely overhaul and regenerate both regions in the coming years.

For more than a century, the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean have gazed hopefully at the United States and its vast wealth, hoping for solid investment and consistent trade that would elevate those regions out of the realms of the “Third World” and instead to a level on par with the US and Europe.
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Acting Brooklyn District Attorney- Eric Gonzalez: working for immigrant communities’ rights

 Brooklyn acting DA working for immigrant communities’ rights

By Tangerine Clarke – May 20, 2017 – Caribbean Life News

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez told Guyanese nationals that they should be treated with respect, dignity, and fairness in the justice criminal system.

During brief remarks on May 13, at the Guyana Action Committee’s Annual Brunch and Mother’s Day honors in Brooklyn, Gonzalez said he is most proud of the strides he made alongside former DA Ken Thompson, (deceased) to ensure the criminal justice system gets fairer, adding that he created an immigration policy to push back from what is coming from Washington DC.

Gonzalez who will be running to become the next Brooklyn district attorney this fall, noted that for more than 20 years, prosecutors have been directly told not to discuss anyone’s immigration status when arrested, just to get the conviction and let immigration lawyers deal with immigration matters.    Continue reading

Guyana News Headlines Links – Kaieteur News – May 24-25, 2017

News – 25 May 2017

Guyana Speaks: Discovering Guyana’s Rich Interior – London England – 28 May 2017

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Seven Guyanese honored by the Guyana Action Committee (GAC) in NYC

Seven Guyanese honored at fundraising event

HOW COME – By Dave Martins + music video

HOW COME – By Dave Martins  – Credits Stabroek News.

Dave Martins

One of the things I’ve noticed about people in the arts field – writers, painters, architects, etc – is that they are unconventional thinkers so that although they are people who obviously operate vertically, they are also observers, in an almost horizontal manner, of mankind.  An example of this is that I have noticed that often completely engrossed in some creative project, I will suddenly be caught by a completely extraneous thought that has no relation to my project.  Most of these wanderings are usually brief but I will often find myself left with the “how come” question still nagging me. (I may have gone down this road before, but new “how come” examples keep popping up.)     Continue reading

The UNADDRESSED in the Black Community – By Yvonne Sam

The UNADDRESSED  in the Black Community

By Yvonne Sam

It is not only the police who lay claim to having a monopoly on the Code of Silence. No way! When it comes to certain topics in the Black community then there is a cloistered way of silence.  For various reasons we do not want to address it , and at times it has caused some confusion  We want to address racism and injustice, but that’s strictly on the outside, it  is the inside that is an entirely different ballgame.

There are some hot button topics that Blacks refuse point blank to talk about and/ or acknowledge, even if they know it is right or wrong.  Here are some things that Black people would not and will not not address:

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Venezuela: Protest Violence Escalates – Death Toll Nears 50

Venezuela Death Toll Nears 50 As Protest Violence Escalates

 –MAY 22, 2017

PROTESTS IN VENEZUELA CONTINUE. (PHOTO CREDIT: TWITTER/HENRIQUE CAPRILES)

CARACAS, Venezuela, Monday May 22, 2017 – A 23-year-old man died from a gunshot wound to the chest on Saturday, raising to 48 the number of people known to have been killed in seven weeks of protests against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

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