Daily Archives: 02/02/2012

UG lecture rooms padlocked as protest intensifies …..

UG lecture rooms padlocked as protest intensifies …..

February1, 2012 | BY  |

-lecturers plan “sit-in” today – February 1, 2012

Pull quote: “We are teaching people virtually. We need about $3m to get the research centre together, our issues are so large and the government is refusing to sign over the $10m loan to the university….they want us to provide substandard education and we are not going to do that. Enough is Enough” – Dr. Pasty Francis

By Latoya Giles

Students who turned up at the University of Guyana (UG) classes were confronted with padlocked classrooms and lecturers missing as “Operation Rescue UG” intensified.   read more

UG councillors “set the record straight” Continue reading

Guyana Floods – February 2012 – Updated articles

Floods – Latest rains exceeded entire February amount in some locations – Agri Ministry

(Demerara Waves) – February 29, 2012 –   Comments

The heavy rains over the last 24 hours exceeded the amount of rainfall expected for the whole of February for most locations across the coast, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

In a release Wednesday the ministry said rainfall fell in excess of more than 120mm in most locations. [more}

Canal farmers welcome flood relief efforts

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 | BY KNEWS |

Mahaica flooding sluice to be closed

Stabroek News– February 8, 2012

The Maduni sluice which has been used to drain water from the swollen East Demerara Water Conservancy into the Mahaica Creek is to be closed. The closing should ease the present severe flooding in Mahaica and Mahaicony.  A statement today from Minister of Agriculture, Dr Leslie Ramsammy said:

“This morning I called His Excellency President Donald Ramotar and informed him that we had decided that the Maduni Sluice could be closed today, even though we had not reached the target water level of 58.3.“   At 9.00 am this morning the water level in the East Demerara Water Conservancy dropped below 58.45. While the target for closing the Maduni was established at 58.30 to 58.0, we took a decision to close the Maduni Sluice today. The Sluice will be fully closed at 12.00 noon.  “This decision was taken so that we could accelerate the receding of water in the Mahaica, Mahaicony and Abary areas.

“The decision was taken with the background of an improved weather pattern. We have had almost 36 hours of good weather (low rainfall amounts) and the forecast calls for continued good weather in the next 24 to 72 hours.  “We will continue our efforts in this area to bring about improved conditions.”

The release of water from the Maduni over the last eight days into the Mahaica has flooded hundreds of households and destroyed cash crops and rice farms. Livestock and poultry farmers have also suffered heavy losses.

Water level drops at Conservancy as rainfall eases

FEBRUARY 8, 2012 | BY  |

While most of yesterday saw cloudy skies and minimal rainfall in some parts of Guyana, the water began to recede in most of the flood affected communities.
Though fair weather was predicted for the past weekend by the Hydromet offfice, the country still experienced heavy rainfall in many areas, and more persons became victims of flooding.     more

Black Bush farmers protest over flooding

 Stabroek editor On February 4, 2012

Farmers of Yakusari, Black Bush Polder burnt tyres on the road today in protest at the stagnant floodwater in their farms which has resulted in losses to their rice, cash crops and livestock.

The protest started around 8:30 am today and residents demanded urgent attention and an end to the “disaster” they were facing. As frustrations escalated they placed tyres across the road and set them alight. A team of police officers subsequently arrived and put the fire out. The cops also managed to control the angry crowd that had started to build up. Continue reading

Waltie Ainsworth’s Blog – Latest Entries

Waltie Ainsworth’s Blog – Latest Entries

Many readers have read the popular, entertaining and sometimes controversial articles by Ewalt “Waltie” Ainsworth, that have appeared on this Blog since last June.

The reason you have not seen any recent entries is because Waltie now has his own Blog at waltieainsworth.wordpress.com.  You can access the articles he has posted  to date by clicking on the titles in the list below.  You could also subscribe or follow his Blog or visit it from time to time. Here is the list:

Cricket: ICC condemns Guyana government intervention

ICC condemns Guyana government intervention

(Demerara Waves) February 1, 2012

(ESPNCricInfo).-The ICC board has condemned the Guyanese government’s interference in the functioning of cricket in Guyana. In a statement released after its meeting in Dubai, the board reiterated its stand that governments should have no involvement in the running of cricket in any country.

“The ICC Board was concerned to learn of the developments in Guyana where the government has dissolved the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and replaced it with an Interim Management Committee (IMC),” the release said. “In condemning this government intervention in the strongest possible terms, the ICC Board reaffirmed the principle of non-interference and that the only legitimate cricketing authority is that recognised by the West Indies Cricket Board.”     read more

Guyana Test in doubt due to tussle

Providence Stadium

(ESPNCricInfo).-The tussle between the West Indies board and the Guyana government has put the Providence Test against Australia in doubt. The WICB shifted the first four rounds of the domestic first-class tournament out of Guyana and said that a call on the Test, scheduled for late April, will be taken later.

The decisions come after the executive committee of the WICB’s board of directors had a teleconference on Saturday evening to try and resolve the impasse surrounding Guyana cricket.   more

—– Post # 1076

Race in Brazil – Affirming a divide

Race in Brazil – Affirming a divide

Black Brazilians are much worse off than they should be. But what is the best way to remedy that?

Jan 28th 2012 | RIO DE JANEIRO | from the Economist

IN APRIL 2010, as part of a scheme to beautify the rundown port near the centre of Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic games, workers were replacing the drainage system in a shabby square when they found some old cans. The city called in archaeologists, whose excavations unearthed the ruins of Valongo, once Brazil’s main landing stage for African slaves.

From 1811 to 1843 around 500,000 slaves arrived there, according to Tânia Andrade Lima, the head archaeologist. Valongo was a complex, including warehouses where slaves were sold and a cemetery. Hundreds of plastic bags, stored in shipping containers parked on a corner of the site, hold personal objects lost or hidden by the slaves, or taken from them. They include delicate bracelets and rings woven from vegetable fibre; lumps of amethyst and stones used in African worship; and cowrie shells, a common currency in Africa.

It is a poignant reminder of the scale and duration of the slave trade to Brazil. Of the 10.7m African slaves shipped across the Atlantic between the 16th and 19th centuries, 4.9m landed there. Fewer than 400,000 went to the United States. Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery, in 1888.    more 

— Post #1075

Unmarried black women – Down or out

Unmarried black women -Down or out

A black male professor kicks up a storm about black women and marriage

Oct 15th 2011 | LOS ANGELES | from the Economist – print edition

AT SOME events on his book tour, black men have accused Ralph Richard Banks of advocating genocide. In fact, the Stanford professor of family law has merely written a book called “Is Marriage for White People? How the African-American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone”. But abuse is what you get for suggesting, as Mr Banks does, that black women—not only the “most unmarried” group in American society but also the one that least intermarries with other races—should look to white, Latino or Asian men as potential mates. After all, the alternative is often no marriage or relationship at all.    more

— Post #1074