Daily Archives: 06/25/2014

What It Means To Be A Guyanese Emigrant

Poui Season

If yuh nah get wing, nah ah guh a bird sport.

That’s a good old-fashioned Guyanese proverb for you. I heard it all through my school days and plenty often after, and in all those years it fell on deaf ears. Like many of my generation, I was educated in the British system of things and raised by at least one parent who had been educated outside of Guyana and so slangs and creole language were completely lost on me. We spoke proper English in my house, particularly at the dining table and especially around my mother. It was only long after leaving my homeland that I came across that saying again, in a magazine and with it, the meaning that eluded me for all my childhood.

It means that if you do not belong somewhere, then you should not go there.

If you know anything about Guyanese you would…

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US envoy rubbishes govt’s excuse for delaying local elections

US envoy rubbishes govt’s excuse for delaying local elections
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 – By Scott Chabrol – CND
US Ambassador D. Brent Hardt

US Ambassador D. Brent Hardt

United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt has dismissed government’s latest excuse for not holding local government elections and he said it was time Guyanese directly elect their representatives at the local level.

“To my mind, it’s a constitutional requirement, it’s a legislative requirement and there is at this point no obstacle to the holding of local government elections so I would just urge government to set a date, move forward as soon as possible and give people that ability to have effective local governance and start to transform the country,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.

Earlier this month, President Donald Ramotar said his government was gambling on whether to hold long-overdue local government elections this year or call early national elections if blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for Guyana’s failure to pass amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT) begins to bite hard. Continue reading

Cuban ambassador tours Barbados cassava projects

Cuban ambassador tours Barbados cassava projects
Published on June 24, 2014 Caribbean News Now
cassavaAmbassador Lissette Bárbara Pérez Pérez of Cuba (centre) and Dr J.R. Deep Ford, FAO Subregional Coordinator (right) take a closer look at a local cassava crop in Barbados

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — In its ongoing effort to address the region’s mounting $US4 billion-plus annual food import bill, the Food and Agriculture Organization, in close collaboration with other regional agricultural agencies, has identified cassava development as a key pillar of its programme of assistance.

In this regard, FAO, Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI), and the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture, mounted a recent field trip with the ambassador of Cuba to Barbados, Lissette Bárbara Pérez Pérez. The aim is to develop a south-south cooperation program of assistance to develop a cassava industry in Barbados and the Caribbean. Continue reading

New Canadian visa application centre now open in Trinidad

New Canadian visa application centre now open in Port of Spain, Trinidad
Published on June 24, 2014 – Caribbean News Now
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The new and improved visa application centre (VAC) in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is now open and ready to accept applications for visas to Canada. Updated Application Procedures:Applicants may apply for temporary resident visas and/or permanent resident travel documents using any of the following methods:1. Apply in person at one of the two visa application centres:
4 Warner Street, New Town, Port of Spain, Trinidad
New opening hours: 7am to 6pm
Telephone: (868) 224-3098
Email: tt-info@csc-cvac.com
Website: http://www.csc-cvac.com/en-TT/selfservice/cvac_welcome Continue reading

It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War in Iraq – commentary

It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War on a Sea of Oil

Tuesday, 24 June 2014- By Michael Schwartz, TomDispatch | Op-Ed – TRUTHOUT

Iraq flag on the background of a world map with oil derricks and money. (Image <a href=" http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-128678864/stock-photo-iraq-flag-on-the-background-of-the-world-map-with-oil-derricks-and-money.html?src=nRlcxAKCHq-170VduITXxA-1-0" target="_blank"> via Shutterstock</a>)Events in Iraq are headline news everywhere, and once again, there is no mention of the issue that underlies much of the violence: control of Iraqi oil. Instead, the media is flooded with debate about, a terrorist threat  in, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). There are, in addition, elaborate discussions about the possibility of a civil war that threatens the embattled government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Underway are, in fact, “a series of urban revolts against the government,” as Middle Eastern expert Juan Cole has called them. They are currently restricted to Sunni areas of the country and have a distinctly sectarian character, which is why groups like ISIS can thrive and even take a leadership role in various locales. These revolts have, however, neither been created nor are they controlled by ISIS and its several thousand fighters. They also involve former Baathists and Saddam Hussein loyalists, tribal militias, and many others. And at least in incipient form they may not, in the end, be restricted to Sunni areas. As the New York Times reported last week, the oil industry is “worried that the unrest could spread” to the southern Shia-dominated city of Basra, where “Iraq’s main oil fields and export facilities are clustered.”  Continue reading

Free movement for CARICOM nationals ruling by the CCJ.

CCJ Corner: Free movement for CARICOM nationals
Published on June 25, 2014 Caribbean News Now

By Deshon J Griffith,  Faculty of Law, UWI Cave Hill. Barbados

In the case of Shanique Myrie v State of Barbados [2013] CCJ 3 (OJ) the Caribbean Court of Justice declared the law on an important aspect of Caribbean integration law. It made clear the existence and scope of the right of free movement within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) regime.

The case involves a Jamaica national, Shanique Myrie, who was denied entry into Barbados by border officials at the Grantley Adams International Airport. She claimed that she was subjected to a painful and humiliating body cavity search and other ill-treatment, detained overnight in an insanitary cell and subsequently deported. Myrie claimed that the treatment to which she was subjected amounted to a violation of her right to free movement within the Caribbean Community by the State of Barbados.

The Court found that the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and a 2007 decision of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM gave a valid and binding right of free movement to CARICOM nationals. This right, the Court said, includes an entitlement to “an automatic stay” or “a definite entry” of six months upon arrival. Continue reading