Daily Archives: June 29, 2012

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

NCN financial scandal – Sattaur and Goolsarran to know fate soon

NCN financial scandal – Sattaur and Goolsarran to know fate soon

June 28, 2012 | By KNews

President Donald Ramotar and the Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS)  are considering strong recommendations from the Board of Directors of the National Communications Network concerning massive financial irregularities uncovered at the state owned broadcasting company.

Kaieteur News understands that the recommendations stem from the report from a specially appointed private audit firm following revelations of financial improprieties that surfaced earlier this month.  The revelations centered on the payment of millions of dollars by the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph company to NCN for work done by the staff.   [more]

UG Chancellor Professor Compton Bourne resigns

UG Chancellor Professor Compton Bourne resigns

FULL STORY | | …protest action may have pushed him out

Yesterday staffers and representatives from the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association took their protest action to office of the Pro Chancellor, Prem Misir  at the Parliamentary Office. And before the protest there was word that UG Chancellor Professor Compton Bourne had resigned.  According to Dr. Melissa Ifill, Vice President of the UGSSA, the UGSSA welcomes the resignation.  Continue reading

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