Monthly Archives: May 2012

AFC sending accounting, auditing experts to Public Procurement Commission

AFC sending accounting, auditing experts to Public Procurement Commission

May 30, 2012 (Demerara Waves)

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Wednesday announced that it would be nominating two experts in accountancy and auditing to the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) of the National Assembly.

They are Chartered Accountant and Attorney-at-Law, Christopher Ram and Former Guyana Auditor General, Anand Goolsarran.

Making the announcement, AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan said he was not worried that government would knock the PPC work in light of the presence of two known harsh government critics.    [ more ]

Labouring in the Vineyard – Sir Shridath Ramphal

Labouring in the Vineyard

Sir Shridath Ramphal’s Eric Williams Lecture in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on May 26, 2012.

I hope the advent of electronic ‘readers’ does not mean that there will no longer be books for authors to inscribe  to their friends on publication. Some of my most treasured books are of that kind; among them, none more treasured than the copy of From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492 – 1969,   inscribed as follows:

My dear Sonny
We are both labourers in the vineyard.
It is in this spirit that I send you this book

That was 1970. “Bill”, of course, was Prime Minister Eric Williams. The vineyard was economic integration. West Indians were nurturing Caribbean unity from the CARIFTA seedling to the sapling of Caribbean Community.  The blossoms of CARICOM and the Treaty of Chaguaramas had actually sprouted. In this Lecture, I want to follow that inscription through the decades that have passed, asking what has come of our labours – what is the state of the vineyard?

The Eric Williams Memorial Lecture has a distinguished vintage; I am honoured and humbled to have been invited to join the list of those who have given it over the years. I thank the organisers and all those responsible for the invitation, and the Governor of the Central Bank, in particular, Mr Ewart Williams. And I am twice honoured, in giving the Lecture in this special year of the 50th Anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence.

With Jamaica, you mark this year the first 50 years of West Indian freedom in its larger sense; and you have much of which to be proud.

Today, May 26th, also marks 46 years of the independence of Guyana whose initial Constitution I had a hand in drafting as its Attorney-General.  But there are ironies which I must share with you – and questions which I hope you will allow me to ask.

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General Motors is becoming China Motors – video

General Motors is becoming China Motors

Published on May 4, 2012

General Motors is becoming China Motors. Forget the spin. The evidence is clear and convincing. Did U.S. taxpayers save GM for China? Listen to the candid comments of GM’s CEO.

Although expansion in China may be necessary to capture that massive market, one has to wonder what effect it will have on GM’s car manufacturing in the domestic USA.

View the video below:            Continue reading

What are the direct benefits of independence for Guyanese? – letter

What are the direct benefits of independence for Guyanese?

Stabroek staff On May 27, 2012  Letters | Comments

Dear Editor,

Given what has played out in local politics after the British politicos left Guyana in May 1966, I can’t really think of anything significant which we can celebrate, thus rendering any thought of a 46th anniversary celebration one more of symbolism than of substance.

It may be a paradox that exists in many other ex-colonies that attained political independence, but it would be interesting to learn what the latest studies are showing the pre and post-independence thoughts of people, as well as comparative analyses of socioeconomic and political conditions before and after independence in ex-colonies, from sub-Saharan Africa to Central Asia to Latin and South America and the Caribbean.

For example, neighbouring Barbados (166 sq miles and 288,000 people), which attained independence on November 30, 1966, from Britain (six months after Guyana), is exemplary when it comes to political stability and social and economic progress. In 2010, it ranked first among 193 countries in political liberties and civil liberties. Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2011 ranks Barbados as 2nd in the Americas and 16th among 183 countries.

The Index of Economic Freedom 2011 ranks Barbados as the 4th freest economy in the Americas and the 37th in the world, while the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012 says Barbados is the 3rd most stable banking system in the Western Hemisphere. Should I impress you with more astonishing facts about tiny Barbados just to make the point?  Continue reading



Not yet in Webster’s dictionary, but Google advises that it is a recently ‘coined’  word, displayed on T-shirts sold from eBay.
Read the definition slowly and absorb it. This word may become recognized to describe the current political situation in some, if not in most countries.

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(Sir Winston Churchill loved them)

are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; it is frequently humorous.

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you.

But it’s still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright

until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up,

we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right –

only who is left..
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Guyanese-born Poets Etch our Nation’s Journey in Verse

On the Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence Day: Guyanese-born Poets Etch our Nation’s Journey in Verse

by Rosaliene Bacchus

Guyana Independence Arch – Georgetown – Guyana  – “Monument to Freedom” unveiled on 22 May 1966, a gift from the Demerara Bauxite Company (DEMBA) to the people of Guyana on their independence. Source: (arichards gallery)

On 26 May 2012, Guyana celebrated forty-six years as an independent nation. I recall well that night of 25 May 1966 when I stood with my family amidst the crowd in the Queen Elizabeth Park (later renamed National Park), watching the grand cultural performances to commemorate our independence from Great Britain. Just before the big moment at midnight, the crowd gasped in surprise. Our Prime Minister Forbes Burnham and his political rival and former Premier Cheddi Jagan unexpectedly embraced each other. Emotions ran deep.

The lights dimmed and wrapped us in silence. As the band intoned “God Save the Queen,” I watched the Union Jack slip down the flagpole while our new Golden Arrowhead climbed to the top where it unfurled to loud cheers and a gun salute. The sky exploded with the greatest display of fireworks I had ever seen, depicting Kaieteur Falls and the face of our Prime Minister. Great pride surged through my young veins. Our nation was born.   [read more]

Guyana’s 46th Independence Anniversary Celebrations

I am committed to working with those who are interested – President Ramotar
– tells packed National Park at 46th Independence Anniversary

Georgetown, GINA, May 26, 2012

President Donald Ramotar this evening stated that he is committed to working with all those who are interested in moving the country forward; noting that Guyanese would like to see all stakeholders working together, which was a dream at independence and today is a major national aspiration.
He said Guyana can achieve the great potential that is often spoken about with political will and trust, and noted that while the 2011 National elections have created new challenges to all the leaders, it is a time to show maturity and to put the interest of the country and people ahead of narrow self-interests.

President Donald Ramotar inspecting the Guard of Honour during Guyana’s 46th Independence Anniversary Celebration in the National Park

“No matter what side of the political divide we are on, let us remember that 46 years ago we assumed the responsibility for our own development… This great responsibility which we all carry must never be forgotten,” he urged.     Continue reading

Guyana-born Charmaine Hooper enters two Halls of Fame


(by Ron Fanfair of the SHARE)

Retired Canadian Soccer player, Charmaine Hooper, will enter two Sports Halls of Fame this year. She is among nine Canadians to be inducted into the national Sports Hall of Fame later this year. And, on June 3, she will join her brother, Lyndon, in the Soccer Hall of Fame.

She is the first national player to reach the 100-game milestone. Overall, Hooper turned out for Canada 129 times and scored 71 goals – both national records at the time – in a sterling 20-year career that ended in 2006.  She represented Canada at 1995, 1999 and 2003 World Cups.

Last April, Hooper – Canada’s Female Player of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 2002 – was appointed to the FIFA Task Force 2014.              Continue reading

Ed Ahmad’s Trial postponed to November 2012

Will Ed Ahmad’s Case Ever Get To Trial?

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 25, 2012:

Edul “Ed” Ahmad

First May now November. That’s the new possible date set for the trial of Guyanese entrepreneur and real estate mogul, Edul ‘Ed’ Ahmad.

Ahmad, 44, was set to face a trial on May 21 for participating in a mortgage fraud scheme in which he and others fraudulently obtained more than $50 million in loans. Now it looks like he may have to wait until after Nov. 5th.

The self-made real estate magnate, who drove a yellow Lamborghini, hosted many events at his banquet hall and advertised prominently in Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park is charged with charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud and 10 counts of bank fraud.  Continue reading

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