Daily Archives: 05/22/2012

Guyana 46th Independence Festival – Toronto – June 23, 2012

Broader probe underway of GRA duty-free scam

Broader probe underway of GRA duty-free scam

 Stabroek staff On May 22, 2012 Comments

A scam at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) now under wider investigation entailed the creation of bogus letters from government agencies requesting duty-free concessions on expensive vehicles and the subsequent forging of signatures of top GRA officials.

Sources say that one of the two junior officers implicated has admitted forging at least 20 duty-free letters for vehicles and the taxes lost run into tens of millions. Three other employees have since been identified as masterminds and the scam may have been running for two years now.  Continue reading

Report: Wismar, Christianburg, Mackenzie Disturbances -1964

Editor’s Note:  This is the official report on this subject as commissioned by the Governor of  British Guiana in September 1964.  Most Guyanese alive today were too young or not born in 1964, so they may be  influenced by words like “massacre” and “holocaust” that are used by many commentators when discussing this unfortunate subject.  The great loss of life here was the sinking of the Sun Chapman with a bomb, where 38 persons of African descent perished.

These words should not be used for this event  – a massacre is when hundreds of people are killed, a holocaust is the systematic killing of thousands and even millions as occurred in Nazi Germany. As Guyanese, we should seek to heal the wounds inflicted on us by past generations.  We have to seek the truth and try to report “true history” and not continue instilling fear by embellishing and twisting facts.  Lies, often repeated, become “facts”.  Be aware!

This report should clarify the historical details of the unfortunate loss of life, injuries to innocent people, and the extensive loss of property.


Chapter 1 – Statement of the Proceedings of the Commission
Chapter 2 – Recent Disturbances at Wismar, Christianburg and Mackenzie
Chapter 3 – Conduct of the Security Forces
Chapter 4 – Account of Number of Deaths, Extent of Injuries, Loss and Damage
Chapter 5 – Conclusions and Acknowledgements

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Indentureship – Guyana Sugar Burning

May is East Indian Indentureship month:

Indentureship – Guyana Sugar Burning

On May 5th, 1838, after the abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean, the first group of East Indians set foot in the Americas arriving on the Whitby, a British ship, where 244 Indians set foot in Guyana.

The journey to the New World begun on January 13th 1838, from the Calcutta port with 249 Indians, and lasted 5 long months, traveling half way around the world, from the Indian Ocean, around Africa and then up into the Atlantic Ocean and then to the waters of Guyana. The long voyage across the oceans brought seasick, hunger and diseases to the Indians on board the ship, where 5 people had died and only 5 females arrived alive.            Continue reading

Indentureship poems – By and for Leonard Dabydeen

May is East Indian Indentureship month:

Indentured Man

by Leonard Dabydeen

call me
a coolie
plantation bound
indentureship is my common slave dance.     Continue reading

CJI Airport to lose some earnings to Ogle Airport

CJI Airport to lose some earnings to Ogle Airport

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) could lose millions of dollars it earns from landing fees when small regional flights begin landing at the Ogle Airport but officials of the bigger airport are not too worried.

A senior Ogle Airport Inc. (OAI) official said airlines would consider distance rather than landing fees when deciding which airport to use.    Continue reading