Daily Archives: March 14, 2013

Guyana lacks political will to prosecute drug trafficking organizations – USA

Government of Guyana lacks political will to investigate and prosecute drug trafficking organizations – 13th Mar 2013

Capitol News – 13 March 2013 – Guyana has seen its political and judicial infrastructure impacted by narco-influence, while its economy has become increasingly affected by narco-dollars, that is according to the latest report compiled by the State Department for the US Congress.

The annual report notes this year that drug trafficking organizations based in Guyana, are beginning to use neighboring Suriname as a major distribution hub. The cocaine is smuggled into Guyana and then transported to Suriname for safekeeping and distribution. In these instances, Suriname is used as a stash location and distribution country for drugs entering Guyana. In other cases, drugs depart directly from Guyana, the report pointed out.    Continue reading

Rooting out corruption is vital to a country’s development says British High Commissioner to Guyana

Rooting out corruption is vital to a country’s development says British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre – 13th Mar 2013

Capitol News 13 March 2013 – British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, said it is critical for Guyana and the other members of the 54-nation grouping to live up to the core values of the Commonwealth, one of which is good governance, this, as Guyana observed Commonwealth Day.

He said an important part of good governance is the rooting out of public corruption.

The Ambassador’s comments came against the backdrop of the Public Sector Commission’s response to the last Transparency International Corruption Index Report. In that report, Guyana scored  28 points out of a possible 100, to be ranked 133 out of 176 countries that were assessed. The lower the number, the more corrupt the country is perceived to be.   Continue reading

Flood Control – in The Netherlands – articles and videos

Flood Control –  in The Netherlands

Editor’s Note:  Flood Control in Guyana:

There is a lot of discussion again about floods in Guyana.  this occurs after every incident where the sea defences fail or excessive rains create disastrous floods as was the case in January 2005.

In January2005, I published an article Guyana Flood Analysis – Cyril Bryan, where I advocated the use of Dutch engineers and technology to solve Guyana’s recurring flood and sea defence problems. Garbage in canals is an issue, however, the main problem is that the present drainage infrastructure is inadequate.

The Dutch (Netherlands) are the most experienced in Flood Control technology, as three-quarters of their country is below sea level. They built the original framework of Guyana’s drainage systems, as colonial rulers from 1581-1781.  On March 4, 2012, Guyanese Online featured on this site,  three entries containing articles and videos on The Netherlands’ flood and sea defence management.  They have been republished here:       Continue reading

Chavez – letter by Eusi Kwayana

Dear Editor,

The passing of the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez is an event calling for comment. In Guyana he was seen as an ally of the Guyana government and party in office. He tried to be an ally of Caribbean governments. I know that because this government has made itself offensive, people do not want to be heard singing the same song with it. But this is history.

Hugo Chavez combined in his person and the accidents of his birth the personalities of the indigenous peoples and of the enslaved Africans of the hemisphere.  Even if there were other strains in his being these were the ones he affirmed.   Continue reading

Companies Petition FDA to Allow Unlabeled Use of Aspartame in Dairy Products

Big Dairy Petitions FDA to Allow Unlabeled Use of Aspartame in Dairy Products

Story at-a-glance

  • Two prominent dairy associations have filed a petition with the FDA requesting the agency “amend the standard of identity” for milk and 17 other dairy products to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient—including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame to deceive you by not having to indicate its use on the label
  • The FDA already allows the dairy industry to use the unmodified “milk” label for products that contain added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Because of this, the petitioners maintain that “consumers can more easily identify the overall nutritional value of milk products that are flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners if the labels do not include such claims”   Continue reading

Guyana: British Guiana 1959 to 1961- with 2009 updates – photos

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Georgetown 1959 – see comments regarding this picture at the bottom of this entry

Guyana : British Guiana 1959 to 1961- photos; RH Carr photos;  Pictures of Guyana visit in 2009.

These Flickr photos are by Pauline and John. They include pictures of Georgetown, MacKenzie, the Bauxite plants and the related pictures of life in Guyana in 1959-61.  Another album below features the MV R.H. Carr which plied between McKenzie and Georgetown before the road was built from Sousdyke to MacKenzie.

Pauline and John  revisited Guyana in 2009 and made another album which includes updated pictures of McKenzie-Linden as well as their visits to Georgetown and Kaieteur Falls etc.  This album also includes some historical pictures.

Click the links below to view the photos:    Continue reading

Mobile money transfers come to Guyana – article + video

GT&T makes it possible to now bank, and pay bills using your cell phone – 13th Mar 2013

Mobile money transfers come to Guyana

MARCH 13, 2013 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

Money transfers and bill payments using a cell phone are now possibilities in Guyana.
Last evening, at the Pegasus Hotel, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) launched its Mobile Money Guyana (MMG) service and is now promising to introduce the use of cell phones to shop at supermarkets and even receiving international transfers.

With over 60 agents countrywide, GT&T will be hoping to use its partnership with the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) to increase its market share in especially the hinterland, where banking facilities are scarce.   Continue reading

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