Daily Archives: 03/08/2019

Guyana Politics: President’s meeting with GECOM fails to break election date deadlock

Stabroek News – 08 March 2019

A meeting between President David Granger and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) ended today with no decisions being made as the commission’s two factions held onto their previously stated positions.

The three government-nominated Commissioners maintain that House-to-House registration must be conducted to “sanitise” the list of Electors before an election while the Opposition-nominated commissioners are calling for elections to be held before the expiration of the current list on April 30.

The President meanwhile is asking GECOM to present him the “shortest possible time” within which credible elections can be held.
The government-nominated commissioners speaking to reporters today. From left are Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles Corbin

“The song about House-to-House registration is continually being sung. In my opinion my being here for two-plus hours didn’t yield anything different from a GECOM meeting,” Opposition Commissioner Bibi Shadick told reporters following the meeting at the Ministry of the Presidency.

Government-nominated commissioner Vincent Alexander however maintained that the argument for a sanitised list was once presented by the opposition and noted that President Granger has called on GECOM as a body to advise on the best date for elections.

The PPP-appointed commissioners: From left are Sase Gunraj, Robeson Benn and Bibi Shadick

“The decision has to be made at the level of the commission if it requires a vote so be it,” Alexander stressed.

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The legacy of violence in the Indo-Guyanese Diaspora – By Lotus

— Remembering Riya Rajkumar – By Lotus

LOTUS: Founded by Preity Kumar, Suzanne Narain, and Talisha Ramsaroop, Lotus is a grassroots organization in Toronto, Canada which focuses on building social connections, educational initiatives, and empowering the lives of Indo-Caribbean women. Lotus works to create a sustainable space for sharing our stories, and to document our histories as an Indo-Caribbean diasporic community. The group can be found on Facebook at Lotus Toronto and emailed at lotusinthe6@gmail.com
On February 14th, 2019, Riya Rajkumar, 11, was murdered by her father Roopesh Rajkumar in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Earlier that evening on Feb 14th, an amber alert (a broadcast message seeking public assistance in finding abducted children) was released, searching for Riya.

Putting the Brazil to Georgetown road into perspective… Chinese in Lethem

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… Chinese take over Lethem’s Commercial Zone

Decades ago, Marlon Jardine’s rendition, “Guyana looking just like China,” became very popular locally. This year, this hit remains relevant as Chinese construction companies, restaurants, clothing and hardware stores get even more comfortable in here.

A recent trip to Lethem revealed that China’s heavy presence is not relegated to Georgetown. Chinese dominate several areas—Lethem is one of the main locations.    Continue reading

Guyana to produce 1M barrels of oil per day by 2025 – Finance Minister

 – Finance Minister Winston Jordan tells Canadian forum

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Guyana named the #1 “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world

Guyana Named World’s Best Ecotourism Destination

Guyana has been named the #1 “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world. The award was presented to Guyana at the ITB global travel trade fair in Berlin, Germany. The second annual “Best of Top 100” Awards is a selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide. The newly created “Best of Ecotourism” category was added in 2019 and put Guyana up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

The announcement was made this evening at Berlin’s Messe Berlin exhibition grounds by Mr. Albert Salman, President of Green Destinations Foundation. Mr. Brian T. Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Guyana.        Continue reading

Guyana: Deported: Former GRDB accountant Peter Ramcharran arraigned on 39 fraud charges

  Peter Ramcharran deported from Canada to face charges.

Peter Ramcharran

Former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) accountant, Peter Ramcharran, was remanded to prison yesterday, after he was hit with 39 fraud charges, which were read to him at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court immediately following his deportation from Canada.

Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) prosecutor, Patrice Henry, told the court that an arrest warrant was issued for Ramcharran since 2017, and subsequently made an application for the charges to be read.

Ramcharran, 39, faced 17 charges which allege that as a member of the GRDB, at Lot 116 to 117 Cowan Street, Kingston, he  omitted or concurred in omitting from the organisation’s general ledger, entries related to a total of over $7 million in various periods between January 11, 2010 and July 17, 2012.  Continue reading
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