Daily Archives: 02/16/2012

President Ramotar is doing his work; the opposition is incompetent – Freddie Kissoon

President Ramotar is doing his work; the opposition is incompetent


When Khemraj Ramattan and Gerhard Ramsaroop confronted President Ramotar on my dismissal from UG at the first meeting of the tripartite entity, Mr. Ramotar told them his government had nothing to do with it. I asked Gerhard what the response by the APNU representatives was who heard that.
He said that David Granger, Rupert Roopnaraine and Deborah Backer said not a word. Not even. “Come on Mr. President, please!”
On the PPP side were Ramotar, Gail Teixeira and Clement Rohee. Rohee and Ramotar spent eight years individually working in communist Czechoslovakia. They are very senior political activists in Guyana. Just as seasoned as them is Gail Teixeira. These people may not be practitioners of democracy but they are political hunters. They know their prey.
When Granger, Roopnaraine and Backer sat silent as the AFC fired away on my dismissal, Ramotar, Rohee and Teixeira took notes. Continue reading

AFC Statements: Pres. Ramotar on Elections Rigging and Government Corruption

AFC Statements:  Pres. Ramotar on Elections Rigging and Government Corruption

1/2 – President Ramotar is totally out of line 

The AFC has noted with total disgust the recent comments by President Donald Ramotar accusing the AFC and APNU of rigging the 2011 Elections and campaigning along racial lines. This is totally unbecoming of the President and is designed to destabilise the political dispensation that the electorate voted for. It is a slap in the face for all those who took the time to go out and vote on Polling Day 2011.

The electorate and all the people of Guyana know that the entire elections process was controlled by the government. The PPP/C had the greatest number of polling agents and other staff out on polling day, how could the AFC rig the elections?

The AFC considers it totally ridiculous that President Ramotar would point to racial campaigning during the elections. The electorate knows full well, those, who over the years have campaigned on the race card.

It is clear that President Ramotar does not intend to honour the will of the people as demonstrated by their votes at the last elections. The PPP/C excesses of the past and rampant abuse of power make it difficult for them to relax their stranglehold on power. They clearly fear the effectiveness of this new political dispensation and see themselves being forced to answer to the people and confirm with the Constitution of Guyana. This is alien to the PPP/C.

The AFC calls on President Ramotar to apologise to the electorate and fully retract his statement.

2/2 AFC intends to take a firm position to stamp out government corruption. Continue reading

Tripartite talks in jeopardy after Ramotar’s remarks

Tripartite talks in jeopardy after Ramotar’s remarks

Demerara Waves – February 15, 2012

Leader of the Opposition David Granger says recent comments from President Donald Ramotar in which he accused the opposition of “criminal behaviour” have left the tripartite talks precariously poised.

Granger was addressing reporters at a news briefing on Wednesday (Feb 15), where he drew attention to an article in the Sunday Chronicle in which the president is reported accusing the opposition of pushing a racial line in Linden before elections, of manipulating the elections and negotiating in bad faith.

“Where does this put the tripartite talks? Several important aspects of the tripartite talks are not moving particularly the formulation of the national budget; up to February 15 we have not been able to have a meeting between Dr. Ashni Singh and the team from APNU and AFC to plan the national budget.

So a lot of things are still unsettled but when the president of this country starts to call the opposition charlatans and to announce publicly that he thinks we are behaving in bad faith, when he accuses us of manipulating the elections and when he accuses us of racism this is not the type of language that can build trust and I think that it will have an impact on the tripartite talks,” Granger said.  [Read more]

Also Read: Granger expresses dismay over Ramotar’s tirade

— Post #1115

MASH 2012 – “Guyana Funtime” – Slingshot Drepaul – Video

MASH 2012 – “Guyana Funtime” – Slingshot Drepaul – Video

This is a new video just released by “Slingshot” Drepaul as a Road March song for Mashramani 2012.

It has been dedicated by him:  to the memory of  the late Godfrey Chin (1937-2012), the man who popularized the phrase “Ya tink it easy?!!!” in his publications… May his soul RIP.

I the meantime listen to this vibrant tune and visualize Mashramani, if you will not be there this year. ENJOY!!!


—Post #1114

Top10 – Most Educated Countries in the World

Top10 – Most Educated Countries in the World

January 31, 2012 – 247wallst.com

In the past 50 years, college graduation rates in developed countries have increased nearly 200%, according to Education at a Glance 2011, a recently published report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report shows that while education has improved across the board, it has not improved evenly, with some countries enjoying much greater rates of educational attainment than others. Based on the report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 developed countries with the most educated populations.

The countries with the most highly educated citizens are also some of the wealthiest in the world. The United States, Japan and Canada are on our list and also have among the largest GDPs. Norway and Australia, also featured, have the second and sixth-highest GDPs per capita, respectively. All these countries aggressively invest in education. Continue reading