Daily Archives: March 3, 2014

Anti Money Laundering deadlock…by Ralph Ramkarran

Anti Money Laundering deadlock…by Ralph Ramkarran

Government lost out on compromise, elections may be only way out of political impasse

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

  “Striking compromises would have been a win-win result for both Government and Opposition and for the people of Guyana…” – Ramkarran  

Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran believes that the government lost out on an opportunity for compromise last week when it held firm to its ground, resulting in Guyana failing to pass the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism legislation (AML/CFT).

He believes that while it is not the most desirable option, the only way to break the current political impasse in the National Assembly is by returning to the electorate for a vote.  Continue reading

Trinidad’s Carnival 2014: Machel Montano retains Soca crown

Machel Montano – “Ministry of Roads” Winning Performance Power Soca Monarch 2014 – video

Trinidad’s Carnival 2014: Machel Montano retains Soca crown

image The International Soca Monarch competition, dubbed “Fantastic Friday,” saw participants from Barbados, Grenada and Japan.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday March 3, 2014, CMC – Machel Montano walked away with the two million dollar (one TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) first prize in the International Soca Monarch competition on Saturday as Carnival celebrations continue in Trinidad and Tobago.

Montano, who last year shared the multi-million dollar prize with “Super Blue” Austin Lyons, overcame stiff competition from the Grenadian artiste, Hollice “Mr Kill@” Mapp whose popular tune “Rolly Polly” was good enough for a three-way tie in second position.   Continue reading

Roderick “Chuckey” Gordon – Trinidad calypso monarch 2014 – 2 videos

Chucky Gordon – Wey Yuh Think [Calypso Monarch 2014]

Roderick “Chuckey” Gordon – Trinidad calypso monarch 2014

image Gordon overcame a strong field of 12 that included three former monarchs, to lift the title with his political rendition “Wey You Think” and the social commentary “Wedding of De Century”.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday March 3, 2014, CMC – Roderick “Chuckey” Gordon won the one million dollar (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) prize in the Calypso Monarch crown here on Sunday in a competition that likely signal the end of an impressive career by a longstanding veteran and former multiple winner.   Continue reading

Was I Worthy of Marriage?

The latest blog entry from Rosaliene Bacchus of Guyana, now residing in the U.SA

Three Worlds One Vision

Battle for Same-Sex Marriage in the USA - February 2014Battle for Same-Sex Marriage in the USA – February 2014
Photo Credit: CBC News (Steve Helber/The Associated Press)

Since migrating to the United States, I have witnessed the redefinition of marriage from the union of one man and one woman to include same-sex couples. It was a victory for my gay brothers and lesbian sisters. But the battle is far from over. Of the fifty states of our Republic, only seventeen states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages. (Learn more at the National Conference of State Legislatures website.)

In his letter of 19 February 2014, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, expressed support for the federal Marriage Protection Amendment introduced by Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas in the House of Representatives. “The amendment would secure in law throughout the country the basic truth known…

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