Daily Archives: 04/05/2012

Henry Greene resigns — also Justice Chang’s decision – updated

Henry Greene forced out after rape allegations

APRIL 5, 2012 | BY KNEWS |

Embattled Commissioner of Police Henry Greene’s resignation has been finalized; ending months of speculation over his continued tenure as the country’s Top Cop in the face of rape allegations made by a 34-year-old mother of two.
While senior government officials have declined to confirm Greene’s departure, Greene was offering ‘no comment’ to queries from various sections of the media.
The latest call for his ouster came from former Minister of Human Services and Social Security Priya Manickchand, who was responsible for piloting the new Sexual Offences Act of 2010.  Manickchand, who is now Minister of Education, is the highest ranking government official so far to call for Greene to step down.

Yesterday, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee refused to confirm reports of Greene’s resignation, advising that the administration was likely to issue an official statement on the matter.
He also advised this newspaper to contact Greene himself.  Two days ago Rohee said that the jury was still out on Greene’s return to the top police post.
Acting Commissioner Leroy Brumell also declined to comment when approached by this newspaper.    Continue reading

“Cheddi and Janet Jagan must be turning in their graves” – Nadira Jagan-Brancier

Cheddi and Janet Jagan must be turning in their graves – says daughter at memorial

APRIL 4, 2012 | BY  |

“My parents were probably the most incorruptible people you would ever find; their honesty and integrity were of very high standards, but unfortunately do not exist or I don’t see it in many of the leaders of the party and government.”

The comments came from the daughter of the late Guyanese leaders Dr Cheddi Jagan and Mrs Janet Jagan. She said that the current leaders of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and government lack “the very, very, very high moral standards” which her parents embodied when they were alive.

Mrs Nadira Jagan-Brancier scolded the party for putting out platforms using her parents’ name— particularly her father’s— and not living up really and truly to what her parents had stood for. “It is not enough to go out there and make lovely speeches about who my parents were, what they did and the legacy that we’re carrying on”.  [more]


Commentary on the above news item by Frederick Kissoon

Nadira’s nadir 


It must have been the lowest point in her expectation of the performance of the protégés her parents left in charge of Guyana when Nadira, the daughter of the Jagans denounced the lifestyle and low standards of the present leaders of her parents’ party.
Here are the words of Mrs. Nadira Jagan-Brancier that though welcomed, have to be contextualized. She said; “My parents’ honesty and integrity were of very high standards but unfortunately do not exist or I don’t see it in many of the leaders of the party and government.”  [more]

Gold mining sector poised to continue playing a leading role

Gold mining sector poised to continue playing a leading role

Georgetown, GINA, April 2, 2012

The mining and quarrying sector grew by 19.2 percent in 2011, underlying a 17.7 percent increase in raw gold declarations to 363,083 ounces, the highest level since 2004 when Omai Gold mines was still in operation.

“The gold sector maintained its position as the largest contributor to total mineral output and returned a record year in 2011 with domestic mine production surpassing the Omai gold mine highest output by 2.5 percent and recording a third consecutive year above the 300,000 ounce mark… in relation to the small and medium scale gold mining sector, over US$100M has been invested last year mainly as a result of high gold prices and it is envisaged that for 2012 the figure is expected to increase,” stated Minister of Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh during his Budget presentation last Friday March 30, 2012.

He added that as favourable world market prices persisted in 2011 and induced significant continued investments in the sector, and diamond declarations grew by 4.7 percent to 52,273 carats despite the continued shift of productive capacity into the more lucrative gold industry.

“Total gold exports valued US$517.1M, a 49.3 percent increase over 2010 this outturn is attributed to an expansion in gold mining as both the small and medium scale miners expanded their operations, spurred by favourable world market prices, while volume increased by 14.9 percent to 347,850 ounces,” the Minister explained.  Continue reading

Gov’t /Private sector collaborate to enhance City’s appearance

Gov’t /Private sector collaborate to enhance City’s appearance 

for upcoming Sustainable Tourism Conference   

Georgetown, GINA, April 2, 2012

In the spirit of togetherness, the Government of Guyana has joined forces with the private sector community in an attempt to enhance the general appearance of Georgetown for the upcoming Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s 13th Sustainable Tourism Development Conference later this month.

Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce (ag) Irfaan Ali during a meeting with representatives of several private sector bodies at the Ministry of Tourism today, said that Government is pleased again to join forces with the private sector to enhance and spruce up the City and, the route leading from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, (CJIA), Timehri to the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC), Liliendaal, where the conference will be held from April 15 to 18.  Continue reading

Trayvon Martin and St Vincent’s UN Ambassador: the Racist Similarities

Trayvon Martin and St Vincent’s UN Ambassador: the Racist Similarities

Monday, April 2, 2012 – 17:12 By Sir Ronald Sanders – Commentary

It seems that institutional racial profiling continues to be a massive problem in the United States notwithstanding that the country has an African-American President, several African-American Congressmen and Mayors of Cities, and accomplished African-Americans in the media and in corporate America.

I have not mentioned the entertainment business – either sport or music — because for decades those are the two areas in which black people were expected to be.  They have long been ‘racially profiled’ as acceptable within the confines of these two categories.

Sir Ronald Sanders

Even though there are thousands of African-Americans in the police forces across the states of America, institutional racial profiling is particularly evident amongst the police.  In part, this is because the police force is the institution that most confronts black people every day in the United States, and the reports of abuse are legion.   As a friend, former diplomat and current commentator, Peter Simmons, puts it: “Obama’s election does not mean that the country has moved to post-racial status”.

In reality, although he is the President of the Unites States, Barack Obama himself continues to be a target of racial abuse.  Some of the statements made about him by bigoted and prejudiced Americans – even within the US Congress – would never have been made about any former US President.     Continue reading

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