Daily Archives: 05/17/2012

Testing Times With A Favourite Airline – Hubert Williams

Testing  Times  With A  Favourite  Airline

By  Hubert  Williams

Boston, Massachusetts — More than half a century ago, the then Editor of the “Guiana Graphic” newspaper, Alfred H. Thorne, uniquely used the likely unreliability of a trusted riverboat to determine the fate of a reporter who had committed a serious error in an article published that day.

Mr. Thorne, a demonstrably loyal subject of the British Empire, was a great admirer of the then young monarch Elizabeth 11 and the Royal Family. He was therefore livid when his newspaper, most popular in the colony of British Guiana, published a complimentary report on the Queen’s younger sister, but said “Her Majesty Princess Margaret” (it should have been Her Royal Highness).

So far as Mr. Thorne was concerned, heads would roll that day: those of the reporter who wrote the text, and the senior staffer who edited it, applied a headline, and positioned the story on a page for publication.   Continue reading

AFC would support NICIL’s liquidation – Ramjattan

AFC would support NICIL’s liquidation – Ramjattan

May 16, 2012 – Demerara Waves

The Alliance For Change (AFC) says it would support the liquidation of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) should it operations be found to be unconstitutional.

This was relayed by AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan at a news briefing on Wednesday the same day that a newspaper article reported the APNU’s Carl Greenidge as saying that that was an option if efforts to rectify the situation with the state holding company NICIL fail.

“I would call for a liquidation of the company and then a literal extinguishment if I may say so … bringing its activities to an end after it would have been liquidated and so it will not form part of our financial infrastructure anymore, it’s being abused,” Ramjattan said.      Continue reading

Corruption in gold mining sector under scrutiny

Corruption in gold mining sector comes under scrutiny

MAY 16, 2012 | BY  | By Leonard Gildarie

 …local consortium proposes refinery

An age-old practice by holders of large and medium scale exploratory permits to allow illegal gold mining has drawn fire from government quarters.
During a luncheon in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Guyana Gold Board (GGB), Natural Resources Minister, Robert Persaud, said it is a major issue being tackled by his newly established Ministry.

Some of the companies involved in the illegal act are prominent ones and the guilty parties could very well face sanctions and see the seizure of the Prospecting Licence, Persaud warned yesterday during a session with reporters and stakeholders at the Sleep Inn Hotel on Brickdam.

According to Persaud, there is clear evidence, via written agreements and otherwise, of the illegal actions.   Continue reading

Sugar production in Guyana at its worst

Sugar production in Guyana at its worst

MAY 16, 2012 | BY  |

–    2012 records lowest first crop figure for over 20 years

Almost halfway through the year, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is already counting its losses as its sugar estates are presently suffering from low yields and minimal sugar production across the country.

While GuySuCo and the Ministry of Agriculture were both optimistic at the start of 2012 that the industry would be able to meet this year’s production target of between 250,000 and 265,000 tonnes, the heavy rainfall has badly affected the first crop.   Continue reading