Monthly Archives: August 2019

Guyana Politics: PPP wary of House-to-House/NRR merger

• believes process will take months
• highlights non-scrutiny of registration exercise
• says integrity could be questioned

Bharrat Jagdeo

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is worried that the merger announced by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) of the data acquired from House-to-House Registration and the National Register of Registrants (NRR) could call the integrity of the future Preliminary List of Electors (OLE) into question.

After considerable deliberations at the Commission on the way forward regarding the conduct of General and Regional Elections, Chairman of GECOM Justice Claudette Singh has instructed that House-to-House Registration must be brought to an end by Saturday, August 31, 2019.

That the data garnered from that registration exercise must be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants Database (NRRDB) and that the Commission will move to an extensive Claims and Objections Exercise (C&O) before extracting the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE).
During a press conference yesterday, Leader of the Opposition and General Secretary of the PPP, Bharrat Jagdeo, elaborated on why the party is in disagreement with the merger.

He said the initial contention is that the process will cause an unnecessary delay in the holding of General and Regional Elections. Jagdeo stated that of the 280,000-plus persons who have already been registered, most of them are likely persons who are already on the NRR. So most of them when entered, he added, will be duplications. He opined that it would waste a lot of time, because to enter all of these names into the database would take months.

The party’s second contention is that the House-to-House exercise was not scrutinised. The Opposition Leader has, since the process started in July, made known his concern that as the process requires its stakeholders to send scrutineers, the lack thereof leaves room for unsavoury interventions that could undermine the integrity of the upcoming General and Regional Elections.
Jagdeo had said that, because the PPP did not support the exercise, it would not send scrutineers to participate.

He worries now that the exercise could have registered “fake people” and migrants who have not yet been residents of Guyana long enough to earn the right to vote. He also contended that thousands of persons would be disenfranchised if their names are removed from the list.

The General Secretary said that this could specifically disenfranchise persons in certain hinterland communities, which are strongholds of the PPP. This contention, however, flies in the face of another statement by the Opposition Leader during the same press conference, that the Chief Justice’s ruling on Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram’s legal challenge to House-to-House registration meant that worries about deregistration are a thing of the past.

Asked whether the PPP would make a concerted effort to challenge the merger, Jagdeo said it wouldn’t.
He said he is hopeful that the right decision will be made soon.

Guyana-born Chemist and Ethno-botanist – Conrad Gorinsky – Dead at 83

An Ethno-botanist Who Wanted to Save the Amazon But was Accused of Biopiracy

Dr. Conrad Gorinsky

Obituary | The Times

Conrad Gorinsky was born in Parubaru, near the Kuyuwini river, in British Guiana on March 7, 1936. He died of pneumonia after being treated for nasal cancer on August 18, 2019 at age 83 

As a young woman lay dying after being bitten by a venomous sea snake in Papua New Guinea, Conrad Gorinsky bemused his fellow explorers by smearing her swollen leg with mashed mango.

A world authority on the medicinal properties of tropical plants, whose reputation was later tarnished by allegations of “biopiracy”, Gorinsky was familiar with the ancient treatment for snake bites used by the indigenous people. The girl made a full recovery.            Continue reading

TOURISM: Guyana’s Indigenous Communities Welcome You

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Exxon-Mobil: First Oil: Liza Destiny arrives in Stabroek Block

The Liza Destiny, Guyana’s ‘First Oil’ production vessel has arrived in the Stabroek Block after traveling nearly 11 thousand nautical miles from the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore, ExxonMobil announced Thursday.

The floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel journeyed for 42 days, after a June commissioning ceremony at which First Lady, Sandra Granger renamed it “Godmother”.

After clearing customs, the vessel will be moored to the seabed (known as spread mooring) in preparation for production, storage and offloading of Guyana’s oil.          Continue reading

Guyana – ‘No longer a pariah state’ – encourages Trinidad investment

…Harmon tells TT forum coalition restored Guyana’s international reputation
…wows Trinidad business community to come here and invest

Joseph Harmon addresses conference

Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon recently told an investment forum in Trinidad and Tobago that the Coalition Government has removed the stain of a ‘Pariah State’ from Guyana to a position of respect and honour in the world’s community of nations.

Harmon, the former Minister of State was accompanied by Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson and Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine at a high-level investment forum in Port of Spain last week Friday hosted by the Guyana High Commissioner in that country, Cammie Ramsaroop.

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Black Canadians Not Benefiting From The Business Of Cannabis – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam- Contributing Writer – PRIDE NEWS

Yvonne Sam -- newCANADA, August 28, 2019 — Unparalleled, even by the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896, is the 2019 booming Canadian cannabis industry. June 2018 saw the Cannabis Act (C45) paving the way for the legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018.

Presently, in all Canadian jurisdictions, police and prosecution services are capable of pursuing criminal charges for cannabis marketing without a license, issued by Health Canada.

Nevertheless, as a general election looms on the horizon, I believe that Canadians, especially Blacks, are missing out on a vital and critical conversation — a conversation involving opinion and perspective, on the use and business of marijuana.

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U.S. — Billionaire David Koch poisoned American political culture – By Mohamed Hamaludin

U.S. — Billionaire David Koch was one of two brothers who poisoned American political culture — By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

David Koch

Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch spent hundreds of millions of dollars attempting to wrest government from the “rent seekers” who were “feeding at the public trough” and create an “ownership society,” as Nancy MacClean put it in her book, “Democracy in Chains.”

Greed motivated them, as documented by New Yorker investigative reporter Jane Mayer in her 2016 book “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.”  Continue reading

Guyana Cultural Assoc of Montreal – 52nd Anniversary Gala – October 12, 2019

Buxton-Friendship Express Newsletter – August 2019

Here is this month’s issue of Buxton-Friendship Express Newsletter – August 2019. You may also click on the following link to access it:

http://buxtonguyana.net/Buxton-FriendshipExpress2019-08.pdf

We take this opportunity to extend our Congratulations to all the successful students at the recent CSEC and CAPE exams. Best wishes for the future!

As our students and teachers get ready to commence the new school year, we would like to wish you all lots of success. However, please be reminded that “Success comes not by wishing, but by hard work bravely done”.

Tomorrow night, 30th August, we will welcome the Brooklyn Labor-Day Weekend with our fundraising Patronal Dance.

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The venue is the American Legion Hall in Canarsie, at 1130 East 92nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236, between Conklin Avenue and Glenwood Road. The event starts at 9:00 p.m. and ticket admission is only $25. Please see the attached flyer invitation for more information. Come and enjoy yourself while supporting a worthy cause.

Regards,

Lorna Campbell. Editor,

Buxton-Friendship Express

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Guyana: Food and Drugs Dept. finds fake drugs at nine premises

 – police called in to help find distributor

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has been called in to assist the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) in its quest to locate a distributor who is manufacturing and selling a number of pharmaceuticals under conditions that are not authorized.

Some of the SF medications

This development comes two weeks after a complaint was lodged with the GA-FDD in relation to the issue at hand resulting in the launch of what has been described as a “prioritized investigation”.    Continue reading