Daily Archives: May 28, 2018

Guyana: Suicide Prevention – Lay Counselor Training Program – Funding Required

The Gatekeepers’ Program

Suicide Prevention -Lay Counselor Training Program 

The Gatekeepers’ Program was launched in Guyana under former Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy to train lay counselors, individuals who would possess the skills and knowledge to be proactive first responders in tackling suicide and abuse. A number of persons who were trained under this program indicated to The Caribbean Voice that the program was beginning to make an impact when it was dropped, after Dr. Ramsammy was replaced by Dr. Bheri Ramsarran as Health Minister.

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Race & Policing—-Time for a Broader Discussion – By Yvonne Sam

Race & Policing—-Time for a Broader Discussion

By Yvonne Sam

Whites calling the cops on Black people.Any discussion regarding how white Americans rely on the police must begin with how black Americans experience law enforcement.

The nagging question is why is it always about race?    The answer does not lie very far from the question, although most folks hate to admit same.  Let us face the facts.–Racism does exist, although often treated like the elephant in the room. In other instances when the conversation focuses on race, most white folks say I don’t see color”.  According to Doreen Loury, director of Pan African Studies at Arcadia University, near Philadelphia, racism penetrates every aspect of our societal pores, and we must understand that it is a system of advantage based on race, and desist from making racism something personal. http://www.mixedracestudies.org/?tag=doreen-loury   Continue reading

Guyana: Mae’s School controversy – re Amerindian Culture – By Adam Harris

Mae’s made an Amerindian boy feel out of place

The Amerindian boy

The school is the next best place after the home. In fact, the school is becoming increasingly important in the lives of children, because these days, more parents are away from home. The result is that there is often not too much contact between parent and child.

Those who have some disposable income would entrust their children to the care of teachers in the private school system. And because of the level of supervision in the private schools, the teachers do pay more attention to the child. The child feels comfortable.

That is why I became incensed when I learnt that Mae’s, a private school operating in Subryanville, caused harm to a little boy who is proud of his ancestry. And to think that the parent was paying $70,000 (app $350.US) a term for her child to take his place in this society. Next term the fee is going to be $80,000(app $400 US) a term.    Continue reading

In British Guiana, we had… – Letter by Harri P. Beharry

In British Guiana, we had…

by Kaieteur News – Letters – By Harri P. Beharry

Dear Editor,

Please permit some space in your most informative newspaper to release some of the pains from my aching heart.
Sir, I was born in 1944 and lived in British Guiana which was ruled by the
I wish to say those days were indeed beautiful ones to remember.

I wish to mention some services and benefits we used to enjoy, even with limited offices and staffers as compared to after Independence from 1966 to today.         Continue reading

Barbados: “Economy in dire straits” – Exchange Rate in jeopardy – IMF Report

“Economy in dire straits”

Nation News – Barbados. – 26 May 2018

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Barbados’ economic situation is even more dire than initially thought – so serious that our BD$2 to US$1 exchange rate could be in jeopardy.

An analysis of the just released International Monetary Fund (IMF) Barbados Staff Report for the 2017 Article IV consultation that the Freundel Stuart administration refused to make public since January, revealed the agency was extremely concerned about Government’s inappropriate fiscal policies, poor implementation of reforms, and an overall lack of confidence, all of which contributed to Barbados’ large fiscal deficits, high debt, and low foreign exchange reserves.        Continue reading

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