Daily Archives: 11/22/2013

Caribbean Americans make NYC Mayor-Elect’s Transition Team

Caribbean Americans make NYC Mayor-Elect’s Transition Team

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Former NYC Councilwoman Una Clarke, l, with her daughter, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Mayor Elect De Blasio at a campaign rally in the summer.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Nov. 20, 2013:   Several prominent Caribbean Americans were today unveiled as part of New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s 60-member transition team.

They include a former New York City Councilmember and a college president.

Jamaican-national and former NYC City Councilwoman, Una Clarke, is on the team that will advise the mayor-elect on the formation of his new administration.   Continue reading

Bill de Blasio: Mayor of Two Cities – By Steven Wishnia

New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. (Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/46088529@N07/4248253349/in/photolist-7tppHp-7tppYR-7tppPX-7sgETm-7ttnwJ-7tppTx-7ttnqj-7scKMz-7tppEH-7tpqJ8-7ttony-7tpqoz-7tpqEt-7ttoy1-7ttoDG-eczvn3-eczviL-dymgmd-dyfgCx-dymgtA-dyfMwi-dykKNm-dymgz3-dymgeo-dyfMHe-dyfMcR-dyfgFp-dykKJL-dAkGZG-dAfeoz-dAfevK-dAfemc-dbzCbS-dmXvSD-dmXvF2-dmXvzP-dmXyGE-dAfeiv-bGaXnn-7HqQ5M-7HuLuU-7HqQ1i-atqiYg-eYXAVT-fF7W1b-btg9Qo-7ude6W-7ude4u-7u9krx-7u9kgZ-7u9kpa" target="_blank"> William Alatriste / Bill de Blasio / Flickr</a>)New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. (Photo: William Alatriste via Bill de Blasio / Flickr)

Bill de Blasio: Mayor of Two Cities

Monday, 11 November 2013 —    By Steven WishniaTruthout | News Analysis

While income inequality was a central theme of Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign, what specific ideas, programs and policies does he have, and what can New York City’s mayor do that’s not circumscribed by political reality?

Bill de Blasio’s landslide victory in the New York City mayoral election Nov. 5 signifies a rejection of the plutocratic regime of Michael Bloomberg. Where the outgoing multibillionaire thought the city’s skyrocketing rents were a fine thing because they indicated a strong housing market, the Democrat campaigned hard on the theme of “a tale of two cities,” one where billionaires are buying newly built penthouses with a view of Central Park for more than $90 million while close to half of its people live in or near poverty.  Continue reading

Tax chief worries about $5000 note being counterfeited

Tax chief worries about $5000 note being counterfeited

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 | BY  | By Kiana Wilburg
GRA's Khurshid Sattaur

GRA’s Khurshid Sattaur

While the Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Khurshid Sattaur, fully supports the recently launched $5000 note, he expressed some concern over the possibility of the new denomination being forged.

Mr. Sattaur said that when the note goes into circulation on December 9, it will make their processing system a bit lighter and easier especially as it relates to the amount of money they have to count and take to the bank.

The Commissioner General added that the new denomination will only serve to improve Guyana’s economy and will certainly assist the Bank of Guyana in responding to the increase in the number of transactions being done as Guyana prepares to welcome the Christmas season.    Continue reading

Guyana to be told to implement anti-laundering reforms by May 2014 – AG

Guyana to be told to implement anti-laundering reforms by May 2014 – AG

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Posted By StabroekNews – November 21, 2013 .
Attorney General Anil Nandlall today said that following a meeting in The Bahamas of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) a formal letter will be sent to Guyana pointing to identified deficiencies in its anti-money laundering legislation and giving it up to May 2014 to implement the necessary reforms failing which it will be referred to the international financial task force.

In a statement he also said that the communiqué likely to be issued at the end of the today’s meeting will likely include a statement that “Members (of CFATF) are therefore called upon to consider implementing counter measures to protect their financial systems from the ongoing money laundering and terrorist financing risks emanating from Guyana.”
This would appear to fall short of the dire blacklisting that the government has been warning the country of over the failure by the opposition to support the reforms sought by the CFATF to the bill in the National Assembly.     Continue reading

Book: Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra Bahadur

Journey of the ‘coolie’ women in the history of the British empire

Coolie WomanBook:  The Odyssey of Indenture  – by Gaiutra Bahadur.   The author’s great-grandmother, born to indentured parents in 1905 during a voyage from Calcutta to British Guiana

Posted by Sara Wajid – Tuesday 19 November 2013  –The Guardian

The stories of women indentured as labourers at the turn of the last century have rarely been told. But a compelling new book brings their experiences on the sugar plantations to life.   Continue reading