Daily Archives: September 5, 2020

Guyana Sugar: Reopening sugar estates would be throwing money away – Dominic Gaskin

Dominic Gaskin

President Irfaan Ali recently announced that the new People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) administration has begun the process of reopening three of the four sugar estates that were shut down by the previous APNU+AFC coalition government.

Such a move would require a proper plan or else it would be an utter waste of taxpayers funds. That was the opinion shared by former Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin.

“If you reopen them without any sort of plan, that would be madness. It would be just throwing taxpayers money down the drain and putting at risk our future oil revenues,” he told Kaieteur News, during an exclusive interview.      Continue reading

Indigenous Peoples of the A-B-C countries of South America –By Francis Quamina Farrier

—By Francis Quamina Farrier – on Indigenous Heritage month

September is observed as Indigenous Heritage month by many Indigenous peoples of the Americas, including the USA.

Stephen Campbell

This is also here in Guyana, where September 10 is celebrated as the Day for National Indigenous Hero, Hon. Stephen Campbell. He was the very first Indigenous Guyanese to serve in the country’s legislature (Parliament). Stephen Campbell worked tirelessly for the upliftment of his people, especially for land rights. He died on May 12, 1966, just two weeks before Guyana’s independence on May 26, 1966. Campbell Town which is adjacent to Lethem in Region 9, is named to his honour and memory. (see video on Stephen Campbell at end of article)

For the purpose of this article, I decided to look at the fortunes, or lack thereof, of the Indigenous peoples of the “A-B-C” countries of South America; Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia and Chile.        Continue reading

Guyana: Geography: The Savanna Region – Part 4 of 4

The Savanna Region – Geography of Guyana – Part 4 of 4
–A Documentary …. by Lal Balkaran
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This is the fourth and final documentary on the Geography of Guyana in text and pictures that focusses on the fourth natural region known as the Savanna Region. It is over 25 minutes of viewing and consists of six maps, over 200 lines of text, and almost 100 photographs, the majority of which are stunning. The documentary profiles and captures the way to look at this region – both physical, political, economic, cultural, and human.          Continue reading

Guyana Politics: WPA accuses PPP of criminalising State again

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), which has broken away from the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU),has accused the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) of  again criminalising the State in less than one month after taking back the reins of power.
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While in government from 1992-2015, the PPP had been accused of racial discrimination and nepotism as well as aligning itself with the drug underworld to fight heavily armed gangs that had killed, kidnapped, raped and robbed people mainly on the lower East Coast Demerara, parts of Georgetown, Bartica and Lindo Creek.  Then President David Granger had subsequently said his plan to hold commissions of inquiry into the period of the “troubles” had been stymied by a lack of evidence.

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