Daily Archives: April 30, 2015

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

 Bai Shan Lin uses naturalized Guyanese to acquire large logging concession

APRIL 29, 2015 | BY KNEWS |NO VALUED-ADDED PROCESSING AS PROMISED – LOGS EXPORTED

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

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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

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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

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