Monthly Archives: June 2012

Greenidge determined to take over PNCR

Greenidge determined to take over PNCR

JUNE 30, 2012 | BY KNEWS |  By Gary Eleazar

Carl Greenidge

Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition Brigadier (rtd) David Granger simply has too much on his plate when it comes to A Partnership for National Unity and would not be able to effectively focus on the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).
This is the reason former Finance Minister Carl Greenidge has not declined the nomination for Leader of the Party and will go ahead with his challenge of Granger.

Greenidge says that his decision has nothing to do with questioning Granger’s ability as a leader, but with five parties to manage under the APNU banner he (Granger) simply cannot do what is needed for the PNCR.

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World Bank yanks funds for Bangladesh bridge over corruption

World Bank yanks funds for Bangladesh bridge over corruption

 Stabroek staff –  June 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The World Bank yesterday canceled a US$1.2 billion credit for a Bangladesh bridge project with immediate effect, saying it had “credible evidence” of a high-level corruption conspiracy among Bangladeshi government officials.

“In light of the inadequate response by the government of Bangladesh, the World Bank has decided to cancel its $1.2 billion … credit in support of the Padma multipurpose bridge project, effective immediately,” the World Bank said in a statement.

The Washington-based development institution said it had provided evidence of  from two investigations into the Padma bridge project to Bangladesh’s prime minister and other senior government officials in an effort to press for action.     Continue reading

Why Roberts saved Obama’s healthcare law

Why Roberts saved Obama’s healthcare law

 Stabroek staff On June 30, 2012   By Joan Biskupic

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – In the end, it all came down to Chief Justice John Roberts, the sphinx in the center chair, who in a stunning decision wove together competing rationales to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan.

Roberts’ action instantly upended the conventional wisdom that he would vote with his four fellow conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court and undercut the agenda of a Democratic president, who as a senator in 2005 had opposed Roberts’ appointment to the bench.

But Thursday’s extraordinary conclusion to the bitterly fought healthcare battle was quite ordinary in some ways. Roberts hewed to a traditional Supreme Court principle that if the justices can find any constitutional grounds on which to uphold a law, they should do so. Continue reading

Cricket: Gayle wants Windies to win for Caribbean-American fans

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Gayle wants Windies to win for Caribbean-American fans

Stabroek editor – June 29, 2012  –  T20 Match versus New Zealand June 30 and Jul 1. 2012, at Central Broward Regional Park, Florida USA.

(WICB) Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Chris Gayle flashed his characteristic smile this morning as he embraced several West Indies fans at the Central Broward Regional Park. Gayle and the West Indies team had just arrived for training and as they got off the bus fans were on hand to “show some love” to the home players.

The strongly-built six-footer admitted that the atmosphere in south Florida reminded him of the pre-match hype back in the Caribbean. During his time in the batting cage, Gayle deposited a few balls into the stands and onto the grass mound to give supporters a taste of what they can expect this weekend. (June 30 and July 1, 2012)        Continue reading

Mohamed `Fuzzy’ Sattaur resigns from NCN

Mohamed `Fuzzy’ Sattaur resigns from NCN

 Stabroek News – June 29, 2012

Mohamed Sattaur

Chief Executive Officer of the state broadcaster, NCN, Mohammed Sattaur has resigned and the Programme Manager, Martin Goolsarran has been suspended for eight weeks following investigations into financial irregularities at the company.

“I offered my resignation to the minister of information (President Donald Ramotar) and he accepted…I felt that reports in the press had affected the image of NCN so I resigned,” Sattaur told Stabroek News in a brief comment when contacted today,  June 29, 2012             Continue reading

Ramotar seeks private sector input in corruption fight

Ramotar seeks private sector input in corruption fight

JUNE 29, 2012 | BY 

Corruption has been identified as one of the major impediments to good business in the Guyanese economy and, both the Government and the private sector have agreed to stamp out the practices beginning at the “top.”

When the Private Sector Commission (PSC) met at the Pegasus Hotel yesterday for their 2012 Annual General Meeting (AGM), fingers were pointed at both the public and private sector, where examples of corruption can be found.

President Donald Ramotar who was invited as a guest speaker at yesterday’s meeting didn’t turn a blind eye to the fact that corrupt practices exist within government sectors in situations, where officials use positions of influence to frustrate persons conducting legitimate business.
“We have fought corruption in the past and we will continue to do so.  We will try to get to both the corrupted and the corrupter. Both are criminally culpable.  In the case of corruption within the public sector, the corrupted is a public official who demands something in return for a favour,” President Ramotar said.  [more]

Guyana Folk Festival 2012: Symposium – Call for Participation

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc.   &

 Department of Culture, Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports

Guyana Folk Festival 2012:  Symposium

“Masquerade Lives.”

Georgetown, Guyana. South America

December 13, 14, 2012

Guyana Folk Festival Secretariat

1368 E. 89 Street, Suite # 2.  Brooklyn, New York, NY 11236.  U.S.A.
TEL: 718.209.5207. FAX: 718.209.6157 WEBSITE: www.guyfolkfest.org

MISSION
To organize an event that would contribute to public education and appreciation of the history and direction of masquerade in Guyana.    Continue reading

GT&T head resigns, four sacked

GT&T head resigns, four sacked

JUNE 29, 2012 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Yog Mahadeo, has resigned. News of his resignation came yesterday.

Until a replacement is found, the telephone company would be headed by former Chief Executive Officers, Sonita Jagan and Major General (ret’d) Joe Singh.

Mahadeo’s resignation came in the wake of the completion of the investigation by officials of Atlantic Tele Network into financial irregularities by the telephone company. ATN is the GT&T’s parent company.

About a month ago the investigators descended on the company when news broke that four financial officers, Chief Financial Officer Royston Rachpaul, Sachin Persaud, Caramchand Rambarran and Richard Sukhdeo were involved in irregularities during the recent T10 competition sponsored by the telephone company.           Continue reading

Ashni Singh’s wife in Auditor General’s Office “conflict of interest”

Finance Minister, wife in Auditor General’s Office conflict of interest- Transparency Institute

Thursday, 28 June 2012 – Demerara Waves

Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc. (TIGI) on Wednesday weighed in on the recent decision to promote Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh’s wife as an Audit Director of the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), arguing that it amounts to a conflict of interest that can erode public confidence in the entity.

Mrs. Gitanjali Singh’s appointment was among several recently green-lighted by the Public Accounts Committee when the government used its temporary majority to rush through its desires. That occurred when Alliance For Change (AFC) member of the PAC, Trevor Williams arrived late from Essequibo. When contacted late Wednesday night after a sitting of the National Assembly, the Finance Minister declined to comment on the matter.  Continue reading

Government seeking to create atmosphere of instability – Nagamootoo

Government seeking to create atmosphere of instability – Nagamootoo

JUNE 28, 2012 | BY KNEWS |   – says Rohee is going through a political nightmare

If one were to judge from the recent comment by Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, the government may be contemplating a situation of national emergency.
This is the view of Executive Member of the Alliance For Change, Moses Nagamootoo, in response to the Minister’s explanation for the slashing of the Annual Vacation Leave of senior police officers.

“The administration is behaving like it’s in a barrack room where it appears as if its back is against the wall and so it is imagining a constitutional crisis that may result in the dissolution of parliament or may result in extra-parliamentary activities,” Nagamootoo said.  Continue reading