Daily Archives: December 16, 2011

Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc.Newsletter

Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc.Newsletter – December 2011

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Letter from the Editor

Seasons Greetings

It is hard to believe that another year has gone by, in the blink of an eye. Christmas is here again, and as we know, this season is one of the most exciting times of the year.

Christmas is a time to feel a spirit of happiness. But most importantly, it is a time to connect and feel especially close and thankful for familyand friends.
Many may argue, despite the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, and the colorful fairy lights that adorn houses everywhere, Christmas in America can in no way compare to the wholehearted feeling we experienced back home, especially on Christmas Eve. My extended family who lived in one big house got together to polish the floor, hang the curtains, and as we use to say, put up the Christmas tree.  Continue reading

ONE HAND CAN’T CLAP – by Waltie Ainsworth

ONE HAND CAN’T CLAP

By Ewalt “Waltie” Ainsworth                12-12- 2011

It takes two to tango and right now, the Ramotar Presidency is suffering from a slight hangover the morning after the night before.   Over the years, the last two decades, they have become addicted to doing as they like in Parliament, running rough-shod over the Corbin led administration.  There has been a change of the guards and the call has gone out already, for “shared governance”.  Participation in the budget planning is the first step because one hand cannot clean fish, grate coconut, ketch bed bugs and or clap.

Some operatives in the APNU are up in arms against Khemraj Ramjattan for the position of Speaker.  In my estimation, he would make a better Prime Minister and reserve the speaker-ship for a Faith or a Debbie or even a Theresa for that matter.  The position of Speaker is within the grasp of all these women, singularly and collectively and would be an asset to Ramotar as he stumbles, bumbles, grumbles and tumbles head over heels.  It is lonely at the top and the inner man, the inner strength, is restricted and restricting.

A run-off election may be a heartbeat away because incompetence is yeasting hour by hour, day by day.                Continue reading

Gov’t agrees to consult with opposition on National Budget preparation

Gov’t agrees to consult with opposition on National Budget preparation

The Guyana government on Thursday agreed to consult with the opposition coalition parties to prepare the National Budget, against the background of a minority government.

“The Minister of Finance will meet with the two identified finance persons of the APNU and AFC in the near future to consult on the preparation of the Budget 2012,” according to a  joint statement by the Guyana Government, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC). The Budget must be approved by the end of March each year.

The joint government-opposition agreement came two days after APNU and AFC agreed to set up two committees- one on the economy and the other on governance. The opposition intends to push for lower taxes, higher wages and pensions and more prudent and transparent spending.

If government does not get the support of the one-seat majority opposition in the National Assembly, the appropriations bill and other legislation cannot be passed before receiving presidential assent.     Read more

APNU sees discrepancies in the Statements of Poll

APNU sees discrepancies in the Statements of Poll

Demerara Waves – December 15, 2011

A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) says there are discrepancies between the records of the Statements of Poll (SoPs) provided by the Guyana Elections Commission and its own of the  November 28 polls and it intends to pursue them.

At an APNU news briefing on Thursday coalition official Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine urged reporters to await the final report from the verification exercise which is expected to be completed Friday evening. The party had earlier said it expected the exercise to be finished by midweek.

“I don’t want to give you partial findings; what I can tell you is that there have been a number of inconsistencies, anomalies which we are attempting to pursue and attempting to analyse, that much I can say. There has not been a complete convergence and in that regard we don’t at this moment wish to speculate on either the scale of that convergence or lack of convergence and what its implications are,” Dr. Roopnaraine stated.     Read More

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