Daily Archives: December 9, 2019

Guyana: Corrupt cops cited for facilitating recklessness on roads

– drivers say minibus owners also demand ‘impossible’ fees

Commuters boarding buses at the Stabroek bus park (File Photo by Terrence Thompson)
Commuters boarding buses at the Stabroek bus park (File Photo by Terrence Thompson)

Corrupt police ranks play a major role in the continuing misconduct of mini-bus operators, who, according to commuters, break traffic laws on a daily basis with the knowledge that they will not face any legal consequences as they can bribe the police.

Persons allege that some members of the Guyana Police Force’s Traffic Department are accepting bribes from mini-bus drivers and conductors who are caught breaking traffic laws. They said that such transactions contribute to a reckless culture that results in accidents, including fatal ones, which continue to occur on a regular basis. According to commuters, knowing that the police would turn a blind eye once they are paid a bribe, those mini-bus operators will continue to break the law.          Continue reading

On giving this Christmas – by Rosaliene Bacchus

https://rosalienebacchus.blog/2019/12/08/on-giving-this-christmas/

Christmas Cactus – Gift of Mother Earth – My succulent garden
Photo taken November 23, 2019

Our climate emergency is for real. In his address at the opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held on December 2 to 13, 2019, in Madrid, Spain, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said:

The latest, just-released data from the World Meteorological Organization show that levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high. Global average levels of carbon dioxide reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018.        Continue reading

Guyana’s oil revenues to be held in NY Federal Reserve Bank – Jordan

Finance Minister Winston Jordan

Guyana’s Natural Resource Fund (NRF), which will hold oil revenues, is to be located in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York rather than the Central Bank of Guyana, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan has revealed.

“We are in the process of getting the requirement to have the account established,” Jordan stated during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) on Wednesday before adding that once “parked” in the account, these funds will await a new Parliament to decide on spending.

Jordan had previously indicated that the account would be a regular account at the Bank of Guyana and when royalties go into it, spending will happen until after elections when required committees are set up.      Continue reading

Guyana Politics: PPP “likely” to win next elections but tighter anti-corruption efforts needed- US expert

Dr. Evan Ellis

The United States (US) will have to ensure that the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) sticks to its promises to keep a lid on corruption, with the likelihood of that party winning next year’s general elections, a Senior Advisor at U.S. State Department says in a recent assessment of the political and security situation.

“At the same time, given concerns regarding corruption in prior PPP administrations, while the US should embrace and work in good faith with a future PPP government, it must do so with its eyes open, holding the PPP to account with respect to its commitments to transparency, democracy, and commitment to free market and the rule of law,” Dr. Robert Evan Ellis states in his contribution titled “Security Challenges in Guyana and the Government Response” in Journal of the Americas.          Continue reading

Caribbean: Dominica’s opposition refuses to recognise PM Skerrit government

— calls on supporters to “rise up” against rigged elections

Lennox Linton

Leader of Dominica’s opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton says he does not recognise the administration of Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit because last Friday’s general elections were rigged as a result of the importation of thousands of overseas-based Dominicans to vote.

The UWP Leader indicates that it is now time to continue the struggle for fresh elections that must be free and fair with a clean list and voter identification cards.        Continue reading