Daily Archives: January 19, 2015

A Multiethnic Movement Emerges in Guyana to Counter Politics-as-Usual – NYT Report

A Multiethnic Movement Emerges in Guyana to Counter Politics-as-Usual

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Most Inspiring Motivational Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Most Inspiring Motivational Quotes 

JANUARY 20, 2014- By  – communitytable.com

More than 45 years after his death and 50 years after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s stirring words and writings remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were when he lived.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday with fifteen of his most poignant quotes—some you may have heard already and some you probably haven’t—but all of them worth repeating and contemplating on this holiday of remembrance, service, and equality.

1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

3. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

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Brief on Elections & Constitutional Reform – By Thomas B. Singh

Brief on Elections & Constitutional Reform –  By  Thomas B. Singh

Democracy Redux: Ensuring Good Governance in Guyana’s 11th Parliament

 By  Thomas B. Singh

Dept. of Economics.  University of Guyana – January 18, 2 015

 Status of Guyana’s 10th Parliament

Guyana’s 10th Parliament was prorogued on Nov. 10, 2014. The proroguing of the Parliament was triggered by an impending motion of no-confidence in the Government,[1] which won the last elections in November 2011 with a plurality of the popular vote in an electoral system that is essentially proportional.

As soon as the Parliament would have been reconvened after a recess, the passage of the no-confidence motion was assured because the combined opposition parties enjoyed a majority[2] in Parliament, and had made credible[3] public commitments to vote in favour of the motion.  Proroguing the Parliament was a device used by the President to pre-empt and forestall the no-confidence motion.  It also paved the way for elections on the Government’s terms as against the opposition’s.[4]  Hence proroguing the Parliament was a best response to the no-confidence motion, albeit one that had the appearance of being myopic in the sense of considering only the next stage of the game: Parliament will have to be reconvened before it is dissolved, as dissolved it must be when elections are called; but this may give the combined opposition a chance to proceed with the no-confidence motion.   Continue reading

Trinidad Carnival 2015 – No stopping this party – articles + music

Trinidad Carnival 2015

No stopping this party

Shaliza Hassanali  -Sunday, January 18, 2015 – Trinidad Guardian

Despite the continued fall in oil prices, masqueraders and partygoers are not refraining from spending for the 2015 Carnival. As a matter of fact, bandleaders and fete promoters are predicting a bumper Carnival, as the sale of costumes and tickets for all-inclusive and general fetes have been selling out. In the face of cutbacks at all government ministries, economist Dr Roger Hosein is urging carnival lovers to spend wisely and consider cutting expenses, as they enjoy the revelry in the coming weeks.

Promoter of Soca Chutney Monarch and Girlz Gone White, George Singh, said the public had not yet felt the impact of the international oil prices, which fell below US$50 a barrel in January. “Party lovers have been planning and putting aside money for their tickets months in advance…way before oil prices started to drop. So it is not really affecting their pockets.   Continue reading