Daily Archives: July 3, 2016

Guyana– Latest News from various sources – July 03, 2016

Guyana: LATEST NEWS – 03 July 2016 – Kaieteur News

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Cmdr Janice Smith – First Jamaican-born woman to command US Navy Destroyer

Cmdr Janice Smith – First Jamaican-born woman to command US Navy Destroyer 

Published: Monday May 30, 2016- Jamaica Gleaner

Change of command as Commander Janice Smith, takes charge of as the commanding officer of USS Oscar Austin. 

Change of command as Commander Janice Smith, takes charge of as the commanding officer of USS Oscar Austin.

Commander Janice Smith remembers, like it was yesterday, helping her grandmother harvesting produce on their farm in Bog Walk, St. Catherine and loading them on donkeys. From living in a sheltered rural environment, to charting the course of her career, exploring newer horizons, she has come a long way.

As commanding officer of USS Oscar Austin, Smith says she has had ‘a number of firsts’ attached to her; the first Jamaica-born to command a US Navy destroyer, first woman commander of USS Oscar Austin, and the second woman of African descent to be a commanding officer in the United States Navy.
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The University of Guyana (UG) Renaissance has Started – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The UG Renaissance has Started With VC Dr. Ivelaw Griffith and His Team

Dr. Ivelaw Griffith

Dr. Ivelaw Griffith

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Merit and mediocrity do not mix well. The University of Guyana, a once proud and meritorious institution, has been descending into mediocrity. The laundry list of what needs to be done keeps getting longer and the stories coming from students and staff paint a picture of a university that is struggling to stay afloat. It was not always this way.

There was a time not so long ago when standards mattered, when the students and staff engaged in discussions way beyond the allotted time, when the UG bookshop functioned; grades would be handed in on time and students would flock to the bulletin boards to check them Sister Noel Menezes, our distinguished historian, said that during her tenure the final year students would be required to do research on an approved topic.    Continue reading

Voices Against Violence – Guyana Anti-Violence Vigil – Suicide Prevention Day, Sep 10, 2016

Voices Against Violence – Guyana Anti-Violence Vigil

Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2016

“Voices Against Violence” is an attempt to get communities across Guyana involved in anti-violence activism, while fostering the concept of communal action for community well being. This candle light vigil, set for World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2016, is an initiative that is inexpensive and easy to organize – each participant simply needs a candle or can even use a cell phone – and that brings communities together.

Thus vigils can be organized by religious institutions, local businesses, sports and youth clubs, political party groups…just about any entity or set of individuals including schools. Where possible, two or more groups can collaborate. Each vigil can select routes around the community, end at a central point or any other selected place where the participants can be accommodated and hold a rally whereby pre selected individuals from within or without the community can speak on the theme of anti-violence and, if desired, inter faith prayers can be conducted. During the walk about anti-violence slogans can be chanted.   Continue reading

Guyana: This week with the President – July 2, 2016

GINA logoGuyana: This week with the President – July 2, 2016

Book launched on the history of the Guyana Defence Force – GDF

Book launched on the history of the Guyana Defence Force – GDF

GDF Book - LiverpoolGeorgetown, Guyana – (May 31, 2016) President David Granger, last evening, attended the launch of a book titled “Foundation of the Guyana Defence Force-A Soldier of Valour Story”, which was authored by Lt. Col. Hartley Liverpool and co-authored by Ms. Khalilah Campbell. The book was launched at the Officers Mess at Base Camp Ayanganna.

Lt. Col. Liverpool, who could not attend the launch due to illness, spoke to the audience via teleconferencing and remarked on the timeliness of the book being launched in Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary year. He noted that it “is dedicated to soldiers past and present and even those to come in the future.”

He urged all the ranks to make a special attempt to read the book, which essentially chronicles the various stages of development of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) from as far back as 1939. Lt. Col. Liverpool said that this book gives insight into events, which may very well be unknown to many people.  Get it from amazon.com link here. Continue reading

Caribbean: Addressing The Reality Of Brexit – By David Jessop – commentary

Addressing The Reality Of Brexit – By David Jessop

By David Jessop – Caribbean News Service – CNS Contributor

BREXIT - Britain and Europe

After BREXIT… What?

LONDON, Jul 02 2016 – The European Council President, Donald Tusk, could not have been clearer. Following a June 29 informal session of European Union (EU) leaders, minus the UK, he said that there will be no European single market à la carte. Trade access, he observed, requires the acceptance of the freedom of movement of EU citizens

His message is one that is important for Caribbean leaders to understand when in the next few days Heads of Government meeting in Georgetown are likely to consider how best to respond to the UK’s seismic June 23 referendum vote to leave Europe.

This is because Mr Tusk’s comments indicate that whoever fills the political power vacuum now existing in Britain, will have relatively few options as to where they can take the country’s relationship with Europe.     Continue reading