Daily Archives: April 25, 2012

NCN, GINA subsidies gutted from the budget

NCN, GINA subsidies gutted from the budget

April 25, 2012 –    The combined opposition AFC and APNU on Wednesday voted to cut the GUY$211M in subsidies to the state-owned National Communications Network (NCN) and the Government Information Agency (GINA) saying that they have failed to live up to their national onligations as public entities. (Note: US$1= GUY$200)

The cuts reduced NCN’s GUY$81.2M and GINA’s GUY$130.4M subventions under the Office of the President heading to $1 each when consideration of the 2012 national budget in the National Assembly.   Continue reading

Nantes, France – French City Confronts Its Brutal Past

Memorial to Slave Trade

French City Confronts Its Brutal Past

By Stefan Simons in Nantes, France

Photo Gallery: Nantes' Dark History

Photos
Chateau des ducs de Bretagne/ Musée d’histoire de Nantes

The slave trade once made the people of Nantes rich, but the French city covered up its dark history for decades. It recently erected a memorial to the victims in a project believed to be the first of its kind in Europe. But the effort to shed light on the Continent’s role in the 18th century slave trade with Africa and the New World has not been popular with some residents.

 In the 18th century, cruelty had poetic names, like Le Prudent (“The Prudent”), La Légère (“The Light”) or Les Trois Maries (“The Three Marys”). The ships, named in the hope of a good voyage or baptized with Christian first names, were part of a brutal business between Europe, Africa and America: the slave trade. During a period of approximately 400 years, at least 13 million people were transported under horrendous conditions from Africa to the colonies of the New World.       [more ]
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