Monthly Archives: April 2015

Bai Shan Lin uses naturalized Guyanese to acquire large logging/mining concessions

 Bai Shan Lin uses naturalized Guyanese to acquire large logging concession


There is evidence that months before becoming a naturalized Guyanese, Chu Hongbo, the principal in Bai Shan Lin Forest Development Inc., had a Guyanese holding almost 700,000 hectares of state lands for him.

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Bai Shan Lin trucks with logs in Region One, Essequibo.

The forested lands were immediately transferred to Chu and Bai Shan Lin’s control after the Chinese investor received his Guyanese citizenship last year.

The transaction has raised several questions, one of which is why concerns were not triggered by  the ,Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) that a Guyanese who is not a known logger, could be given control of such a large swath of forest as well as the legality of it being transferred later to Chu.
After Barama Company Limited, a Malaysian operation which has 1.6 million hectares, Bai Shan Lin is the third largest holder of state land that has been allocated for forestry activities.   The company reportedly also has a significant foothold in the Mining sector.

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The problem with Caribbean governments – By By Felicia J. Persaud

The problem with Caribbean governments – By By Felicia J. Persaud

Caricom - USA Summit

CARICOM leaders doing what they do best – posing for pictures.

News Americas, BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Wednesday, April 29, 215: This morning, as I looked at the headlines from around the region on my Google newsfeed, one stood out. It summed up in one sentence what I think is the problem with most Caribbean governments today – both old and new – and why the region seems to be consistently on pause.

It was an interview done by the savvy Gabriel Abed, the CEO of the new Caribbean Bitcoin company, Bitt, with The Coin Telegraph, a media entity that covers this sphere. In the interview, Abed was asked what is the difficulty he and his colleagues have encountered in starting Bitt?  Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week

From the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog …

Three Worlds One Vision

Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein with front cover of her book, This Changes Everything
Photo Credit: Climate & Capitalism

Capitalism vs The Climate

Fundamentally, the task is to articulate not just an alternative set of policy proposals but an alternative worldview to rival the one at the heart of the ecological crisis—embedded in interdependence rather than hyper-individualism, reciprocity rather than dominance, and cooperation rather than hierarchy.
~ Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, Simon & Schuster, New York, USA, 2014

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A Government of National Unity is the Best Solution for Guyana – By Dr. David Hinds

A Government of National Unity is the Best Solution for Guyana

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

The APNU/AFC coalition is campaigning on a promise of a Government of National Unity (GNU).

The APNU campaigned on it in 2011. Everywhere the message was enthusiastically embraced by Guyanese people of all races and classes. Above all it was embraced by the young people. This simple but powerful message of national unity and reconciliation provides Guyanese with the opportunity to once and for all break out of the political prisons in which we have been trapped since 1955. In voting for a GNU, Guyanese are voting directly for a solution to our problems of political and racial division.

The PPP, the WPA and the PNC at different times in the past have embraced the idea of a GNU. Now the AFC has embraced it. The political crisis brought on by 23 years of PPP misrule can be corrected by a government that includes all of the representatives of the people. Continue reading

Guyana: Minister of Health Dr Bheri Ramsaran fired

Minister of Health Dr Bheri Ramsaran fired

Posted By Anand Persaud On April 29, 2015 – Stabroek News

Dr. Bheri Ramsaran

Dr. Bheri Ramsaran

President Donald Ramotar this morning fired Minister of Health Dr Bheri Ramsaran following his verbal abuse of rights activist, Sherlina Nageer on April 20 outside the Whim Magistrate’s Court.
A press release from the Office of the President today said:

“His Excellency President Donald Ramotar has named Dr Jennifer Westford to act as the Minister of Health.
Minister Bheri Ramsaran has since been relieved of his Ministerial duties following a meeting with the President.
The President reiterates his outrage at the verbal outbursts and insults uttered by the Minister recently.”

The firing comes after unrelenting public pressure for Ramotar to sack Ramsaran for his profane abuse of Nageer and a subsequent threat to have her stripped. Ramsaran’s dismissal comes nine days after the abuse of Nageer which he expanded on at a subsequent meeting with Regional Health Officers. Though he had condemned Ramsaran’s remarks, observers say that Ramotar had resisted sacking Ramsaran as it had not been the habit of the PPP/C to remove ministers, particularly one with a senior position in the PPP. Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 27 April 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 27 April 2015

  • Documentary offers insight into the life of David Granger
  • PPP admits manifesto a rehash of unfulfilled promises
  • Crime Chief puts off meeting with activist Nageer
  • Some Rastafarians want photos removed off PPP campaign material
  • Sports

Click links below to view the TV News videos:-

Documentary offers insight into the life of David Granger

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“After 23 years, it is time” say Barticians as APNU+AFC churns out promises

“After 23 years, it is time” say Barticians as APNU+AFC churns out promises

Kamal Persaud addressing the crowd

Kamla Persaud addressing the crowd

Monday, 27 April 2015 – By Denis Scott Chabrol – CND

Fed up of waiting 23 years for the incumbent administration to provide quality basic services, many residents of the gold mining township of Bartica are prepared to give the opposition a chance to run Guyana’s affair.

In turn, the opposition coalition of A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) is promising better health care, reliable electricity, proper roads, a modern ferry stelling, improved security, proper garbage collection and disposal and incentives for the gold mining sector.

Bartica television producer and broadcaster, Edward Persaud, who was previously associated with the incumbent People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC), sent a recorded endorsement that was played and greeted with excitement by attendees. “I am going to tell you now that for you to see that change, it is time for that change and you have the power in your hands in the form of that ballot to place your X next to the boxes for the APNU+AFC come the 11th May. It’s time Bartica,” he said.  Continue reading

Guantanamera – By Adrian Sanchez – includes music videos

Adrian Sanchez is one of the followers of Guyanese Online

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A song which we all should know. Its name alone resonates deep within me and in perfect time with my heartbeat. Guantanamera. I love it when a song, its rhythms and beat, affect me with such physicality. Guantanamera is one such song. Imagine my excitement when I recently heard a new version of this Latin American musical gem. For anyone who has not heard “Guantanamera” and would like to listen: click here and please tell me what you think of it.


This  version of Guantanamera is a vast collaboration of no less than 75 Cuban recording artists. It was produced by Playing for Change [1]. They recorded and produced this track with Jackson Browne, who stated that traveling with Playing for Change across Cuba was one of the most rewarding and inspiring musical experiences of his life.

As with the most popular versions of this song, this latest recording, is based…

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Black Baltimore residents aren’t ‘animals’. We punish people for killing animals

Black Baltimore residents aren’t ‘animals’. We punish people for killing animals

Jason NicholsThe Guardian News

baltimoreThe protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned violent, so white people returned to using their latest euphemism for African Americans

After massive protests in the streets of Baltimore to raise awareness about Baltimore City police practices and to demand answers and accountability in the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man whose spine and neck were severed in 4 different places while in police custody – eventually resulted in the destruction of property and serious injury to some police officers, the protesters’ frustration prompted many white people (on blogs and in social media) to refer to black Baltimoreans as “animals” for their actions.   Continue reading

Govt. facilitates Chinese takeover in mining, logging and commerce – Businessman

Govt. facilitates Chinese takeover in mining, logging and commerce – Businessman

APRIL 28, 2015 | BY |- endorsing A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change
Businessman Jacob Rambarran

Jacob Rambarran

 (APNU+AFC) coalition, local businessman, Jacob Rambarran, said, recently, that too many incentives are being granted to foreign investors while Guyanese are left to fend for -+themselves on an unleveled playing field.

According to him, more than or equally disturbing is the fact that the government looks out for friends and families of those in ruling positions. Foreigners are being allowed to gain more from the country’s natural resources than born and bred Guyanese, he added.  He said that Chinese nationals have control of the logging industry, the gold mining industry and have a firm grip on commerce.

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