Daily Archives: April 11, 2012

Royal Tour 1958: “Princess Margaret in British Guiana” – 2 videos

Royal Tour 1958: “Princess Margaret in British Guiana” – 2 videos

Royal visit: Princess Margaret 1958

Video #1/2  – no sound

Arrival of “Britannia” aircraft at Atkinson Air Field. Princess Margaret leaves the aircraft and is greeted by Governor Sir Patrick Renison. Fanfare of trumpets is sounded. Various shots of crowds, many waving Union Jack flags. Various shots of Princess waving to spectators. Presentations of VIPs – Acting Financial Secretary, his wife and Dr. Cheddie Jagan (leader of People’s Progressive Party, Ministry of Trade and Industry). Shots of Mrs. Jagan (Minister of Labour, Health and Housing).            Continue reading

AFC lays down conditions for budget support

AFC lays down conditions for budget support

April 10, 2012 (Demerara Waves)

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Tuesday- day one of debate on the 2012 National Budget- pledged support for the fiscal package if there are spending cuts outside the social sector.

Addressing the 65-seat National Assembly, said “our support is assured once the Budget meets the threshold of distributive justice, balance and equity.”

With the combined opposition of the AFC and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) holding a one-seat majority in the House, the former ruling party executive member announced that his party would be pushing for government to make the budget broadly acceptable and beneficial to Guyanese.

“We are in this thing together, and invite this Government to get the numbers right. If we have to fix this country, the job begins now with making this a people’s budget,” he said.       Continue reading

Budget 2012 debate: call for public sector reform, fat pay packets

Budget 2012 debate kicks off with call for public sector reform, fat pay packets

April 10, 2012 (Demerara Waves)

Budget debate 2012 opened on Tuesday with Shadow Finance Minister Carl Greenidge calling for a reformed public sector with increased wages and salaries.

Addressing the House, Greenidge said that it was “unfortunate” that finance minister Dr. Ashni Singh did not provide in his budget presentation what the government intends to do to improve the “morale” and quality of the public sector on which so many of its development thrusts hinge.

“An efficient public service is the bedrock of any administration and what we require in Guyana to stimulate growth is a non-politicised professional public service which this government has gone a long way to destroy,” he said.

According to the former PNC finance minister, public servants wages need to be increased across the board.  Continue reading

“A GALA EVENING WITH GUYANA’S CRICKET HEROES”

“A GALA EVENING WITH GUYANA’S CRICKET HEROES”

Date: Friday June 22, 2012 – Toronto Canada.

Former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd, reunites with some of the greatest names in Guyana’s cricket history.

Direct from England, United States, Antigua and Guyana, these acclaimed names which dominated West Indies Test Cricket come together for one nostalgic evening.

Together in Toronto for the first time, this special evening of dinner and entertainment pays tribute to these remarkable Guyanese cricketers whose uniquely brilliant careers have made them legends in international cricket.

This memorable celebration of Guyana’s finest contributions to cricket is for the benefit of Guyana’s Mercy Hospital which was partially destroyed by fire in 2010.

Just as these cricketers played together and promoted Guyana and the West Indies, they again unite to help rebuild one of Guyana’s national institutions.

Tickets are limited and go on sale April 15th .                         [ MORE  DETAILS —  Guyana Cricket Heroes]

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Top 50 Things Accomplished by President Barack Obama

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Top 50 Things Accomplished by President Barack Obama

 Washington Monthly / By Paul Glastris and Ryan Cooper and Siyu Hu

A look back at Obama’s first term.

April 4, 2012  |

1. Passed Health Care Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act (2010). It will cover 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014 and mandates a suite of experimental measures to cut health care cost growth, the number one cause of America’s long-term fiscal problems.

2. Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression. Weeks after stimulus went into effect, unemployment claims began to subside. Twelve months later, the private sector began producing more jobs than it was losing, and it has continued to do so for twenty-three straight months, creating a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs.  Continue reading

Frank Warren: Half a million secrets – TED video

Frank Warren is the creator of the PostSecret Project, a blog full of secrets anonymously shared via postcard.

Why you should listen to him:

Frank Warren is the creator of  The PostSecret Project, a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the soulful secrets we never voice. Since November 2004, Warren has received more than 500,000 postcards, with secrets that run from sexual taboos and criminal activity to confessions of secret beliefs, hidden acts of kindness, shocking habits and fears. PostSecret is a safe and anonymous “place” where people can hear unheard voices and share untold stories.

“The secrets I receive reflect the full spectrum of complicated issues that many of us struggle with every day: Intimacy, trust, meaning, humor, and desire.”

Frank Warren  –    (see video below)

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