Category Archives: Government

Barbados: Hundreds of Government Workers to lose jobs – PM Mia Mottley

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday October 15, 2018 – Hundreds of government workers in Barbados – but not more than 1,500, mostly in temporary positions, will be laid off over the coming weeks as the Government continues to execute its International Monetary Fund(IMF)-supported economic recovery and transformation plan.

In a televised address to the nation yesterday evening, Prime Minister Mia Mottley dismissed rumours that thousands of civil servants would go on the breadline, and outlined a series of strategies to help those who would be, cope.           Continue reading

Netherlands restores Guyana’s Dutch archive

Netherlands restores Guyana’s Dutch archive

Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton with conservation specialist Gabriela Beentjes – National Archives of the Netherlands

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana, the former British Guiana, was a Dutch colony before it became a British possession in 1831 and, as a result, over half of Guyana’s National Archive is in Dutch. After an agreement between Guyana and the Netherlands to preserve and translate the Guyana Dutch Archive, which was in tatters, the final segment of the project was completed and handed over to Guyana two weeks ago.       Continue reading

Guyana: Questionable medical schools; too many C-Sections for mothers

Leonard Gildarie

Oct 14, 2018 – Kaieteur News – By Leonard Gildarie

What I am about to write will raise the hackles in especially hospitals, but then again that is the idea.

I am hoping that we can spark some debate and a look at the operations of especially our local, privately-owned hospitals. Many of them are getting away with murder.

I was browsing the online news of CNN on Friday and stumbled on a piece headlined “C-section deliveries nearly doubled worldwide since 2000, study finds”.

I was intrigued and then angered. And I will explain why.      Continue reading

An Ode to Gandhi: in honour of his 150th birth anniversary – from Lisa Punch of Guyana + Videos

An Ode to Gandhi, from Lisa Punch

Rising Star, Lisa Punch, has graced Guyana with yet another breathtaking performance. This time, the singer decided to cross into a new culture with an ode to revolutionary Indian activist, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, in honour of his 150th birth anniversary.

On October 3, 2018, the Indian High Commissioner released a video of Lisa Punch singing Gujarati Bhajan – “Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye Je”, a song which is said to be Gandhi’s favourite Bhajan. To date, the performance has been viewed 287,000 times and has been shared over 6,700 times on Facebook.    Continue reading

Guyana: Hundreds of cases smuggled liquor seized from city hotels, restaurants

Guyana: Hundreds of cases uncustomed liquor seized from city hotels, restaurants

The sudden raids are targeting major hotels and restaurants. In all, more than 750 cases were seized, Kaieteur News was told.           Continue reading

Why Are Most Caribbean Governments Ignoring A $500 Billion Marijuana Industry?

Potentially A $500 Billion Industry … recreational cannabis in Canada from Oct. 17th. 2018

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Legal Marijuana in Canada

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 12, 2018: As per usual, most Caribbean governments are lagging behind the 8th ball when it comes to the multi-billion-dollar industry of marijuana – a herb that easily grown in the region and has for many decades now.

The snail like movement in some nations and the non-movement in most others, come as Vivien Azer, the only pot analyst from a major Wall Street research house, claimed this week that that the market could be one day worth $500 billion.     Continue reading

Who will be the world’s largest oil producing country – per person – in the 2020s? – commentary

Exxon-Mobil- Exploration Rig

………..  that honour will belong to the South American nation of Guyana

Kuwait perhaps, with three million barrels per day and a population just over four million? Saudi Arabia or, looking further afield, Brunei or Norway? No, that honour will belong to the South American nation of Guyana, which could well be sharing output of 700,000 barrels per day among just 770,000 people.

Although adjacent to Venezuela, Guyana has been better known for sugarcane, and cricketers such as Clive Lloyd, Lance Gibbs and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, than oil. But after first striking oil at Liza in 2015, ExxonMobil and partners Hess and China National Offshore Oil Corporation have made nine major discoveries in deep offshore waters, with production due to start in 2020.      Continue reading

OIL: Guyana’s surprise potential wealth —, but where is the master plan? – By Ray Chickrie

Guyana’s surprise arrival, but where is the master plan?

Guyana is one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and many of its citizens fled to Suriname, Trinidad, Barbados, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or elsewhere to escape wretched poverty and repugnant violence. However, with the recent mega oil and gas discoveries offshore, Guyana is set to produce over one million barrels of oil daily.

Strangely, after three years of this development, the politicians, civil society, government (coalition) or the opposition haven’t put out a “Dubai Plan” for Guyana so as to inform citizens of exactly how the billions of US oil dollars are going to be spent.    Continue reading

UG – University of Guyana: From Jagan’s Night School to Burnham’s Recognized University – By Freddie Kissoon

UG: A personal insult to Forbes Burnham which must be stopped

Oct 01, 2018  By Freddie Kissoon

I am not a fan of Forbes Burnham. As a Guyanese citizen engaged in social and political activism and a trained academic writing on my country’s history, I cannot bring myself to be an unqualified admirer of Burnham. He had vision, was a transformative thinker, and a fighter against White domination of Guyana.
But he had power instincts that took on ugly dimensions the consequences of which are still visible in this land.

As someone who writes on contemporary Guyana, I see nakedly foolish things said about Burnham that are simply not true and these things when repeated tells you more about the fools who echo them rather than the man they are writing about.      Continue reading

Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence at PAHO Headquarters  –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

Ministers of Health from the Americas, met at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, from September 23 to 27, for the 56th. Directing Council, where they discussed plans to reduce the shortage in health personnel, lower the burden of cervical cancer, and improve the health of women and adolescents, among other health issues .
 
Among the participating Health Ministers, was Guyana’s Minister of Public Health, Hon. Volda Lawrence, MP. who was gracious in affording me an interview even though her schedule while at the PAHO/WHO Headquarters was extremely busy. “This year’s focus, is generally on Primary Health Care, with all the other aspects of illnesses and diseases, which Primary Health Care focuses on”, she said, adding that, “Guyana did make a presentation on the floor, highlighted our issues, with cancer as a whole.”        

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