Monthly Archives: September 2019

Guyana: Severe flooding in some West Demerara communities – Updated with video

– as high tides continue to batter coast

Waves crashing over the seawall at Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara yesterday. (Shamar Meusa photo)
Waves crashing over the seawall at Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara yesterday (September 29, 2019)…  (Shamar Meusa photo)

Spring tides continued to batter sea defences across the coast yesterday with flooding reported in almost every coastal region as the authorities scrambled to respond with hundreds of persons at risk.  Flooding was also reported in Georgetown,especially around the Stabroek Market area. Continue reading

Guyana Politics: GECOM nixes requirement for voters to verify registration

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The PPP gambled and lost: It hid its political agenda behind the Constitution – By Dr. David Hinds

  Kaieteur News – 29 September 2019 – By Dr. David Hinds

This past week, President David Granger announced that general and regional elections would be held on March 2, 2020. The initial announcement had left some breathing space for the naysayers to continue their narrative of gloom and doom. The statement appeared to suggest that that date depended on the PPP going to the National Assembly to facilitate the extension of the life of the government.

When historians and other analysts look back on the last nine months, one conclusion that should be most apparent is that the PPP gambled and lost. That party had very carefully plotted its way back to power while the Coalition government was asleep. They stunned the Coalition by convincing one of its parliamentarians to join them in the no-confidence vote last December.      Continue reading

US economy under Trump: Is it the greatest in history? – BBC News Reality Check

US economy under Trump: Is it the greatest in history?

Card with President Trump on the left and the quote "Our economy is the envy of the world. Perhaps the greatest economy in the history of our country."

Claim: President Trump often says the US economy is on an historic high, perhaps the greatest it’s ever been.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly this month, he reinforced those claims by talking of how his “pro-growth economic policies” had helped Americans with jobs and wages.

Reality Check verdict: It’s true the economy has been doing well – but there have been periods when it was even stronger.

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Guyana: From Cinderella to Princess – By Adam Harris – commentary

Kaieteur News – Adam Harris

It never fails to amaze me that when people are doing well they suddenly attract so many others. An individual who wins the lottery suddenly has relatives and friends, he never dreamed of. Prior to the lottery, he was left to himself, with hardly anyone giving him a second look.

There was the case of a grass cutter who won $100 million some years ago. While he was a grass cutter, he was ignored by just about everyone. At the time, he worked with the then head of Canadian Bank Note in Guyana, Simon Wall.    Continue reading

Earth in Crisis: We need another narrative – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Earth in Crisis: We need another narrative

by Rosaliene Bacchus

There is no wealth on a dead planet – Global Climate Strike 2019 – New York City – USA
Photo Credit: Common Dreams

On Friday, September 20, 2019, millions of young people and supporting adults in more than 150 countries took part in the Global Climate Strike, calling on decision-makers to take immediate action to address our global climate crisis. I’m heartened that sixteen-year-old, Swedish environmentalist activist, Greta Thunberg, has awakened our youth to the future that awaits them.            Continue reading

UK says no decision taken on next phases of two major infrastructural projects

— more fallout from gov’t breaching of constitution

From left are Minister of Finance Winston Jordan, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, British High Commissioner to Guyana Greg Quinn and other officials in 2016 at the launching of the programme. (SN file photo)
From left are Minister of Finance Winston Jordan, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, British High Commissioner to Guyana Greg Quinn and other officials in 2016 at the launching of the programme. (SN file photo)

In a clear sign of the jeopardy facing the Guyana Government for not holding general elections by September 18, the UK High Commission today said that no decisions have been taken on the next phases of two vital projects: the road between Linden and Mabura and the development of the Kingston-Ogle seawall.

The British High Commission here today issued the following statement:                Continue reading

Guyana: Trial of Former Permanent Secretary Omar Shariff and wife continues

“I did not breach the court order,” were the words of former Permanent Secretary (PS) of Ministry of the Presidency, Omar Shariff, during the

Omar Shariff and wife Savitri Hardeo

continuation of his trial before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Shariff has been under investigation where over $500M could not be accounted for in payment to the Public Service Ministry.  Investigators found several large sums passing through his bank accounts and launched a separate probe.

That investigation was probing how billions of dollars passed through Shariff’s bank accounts from as far back as 2010, following records showing that he and his wife purchased shares in companies which were placed in her name.

There were hundreds of transactions in several bank accounts which were held at different commercial banks.

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Portugal: Lisbon museum plan stirs debate over Portugal’s colonial past – The Guardian UK

‘Museum of the Discoveries’ would glorify slavery and other historical abuses, critics say

Painting depicting the landing of the Portugese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral in Brazil, 1500
 A painting depicting the landing of Portugese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral in Porto Seguro, Brazil, 1500. Photograph: Alamy

A campaign pledge to build a museum in Lisbon dedicated to Portugal’s colonial history has sparked a debate over Portuguese national identity, the nature of historical memory and the question of collective guilt.

The controversy centres on the so-called Age of the Discoveries – the period starting in the 15th century when expeditions by Portuguese navigators helped the country lay claim to territories stretching from Asia to South America.

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Guyana Elections: GECOM’s Claims and Objections Exercise will commence October 1, 2019

– Every person whose name appears on the PLE must verify their registration record

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will commence a Claims and Objections (C&O) exercise with effect October 1, 2019. The countrywide exercise will be conducted at all GECOM Registration Offices countrywide. It will conclude on November 18, next.

Persons have until November 11, 2019 to make a claim to be included on the list if they are a Guyanese citizen by birth, descent, naturalisation or registration, 18 years or older or will attain the age of 18 by December 31, 2019.    Continue reading

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