Category Archives: Local Government

Guyana Politics: I Stand with the Poor: A New Coalition Government must uplift them – Dr. David Hinds

 

This compartmentalisation has worked against a holistic discourse which in turn inhibits an overarching vision. It occurs both at the level of those who seek to influence government and those who actually govern. It is not that I am against single-issue advocacy, but what is lacking is the linkages between and among those issues—a relationship between the tree and the forest.            Continue reading

Conventional Education and Indigenous people in Guyana – By Felician Medino Abraham

September is Indigenous Heritage Month

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September is Indigenous Heritage Month. It is also Education Month. In this column I will reflect on the entry of conventional education through schools in indigenous communities, beginning with colonialism. Schooling was designed to “educate us” into being submissive to a foreign, central authority. The strategy was one of social transformation, but with the intention of introducing radical changes to our indigenous cosmology, since indigenous education in essence is based on social interactions and collective actions.          Continue reading

Guyana: Georgetown City Hall to get tough on dishonest officers – Mayor

Georgetown City Hall

In an effort to make changes to such predicaments, Councillor Heston Bostwick at the most recent statutory meeting proposed a motion for City Council officers being sanctioned for providing to them incorrect information.    Continue reading

OIL: Greenidge, WPA executive members clash on direct cash transfers; AFC supports it

David Hinds (left) and Carl Greenidge.

Former Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge has confirmed that the Guyana government does not favour direct cash transfers into the hands of ordinary Guyanese on the grounds that it will encourage unemployment, a position that was roundly rejected by Chairman of the Buxton First of August Movement (FAM-Buxton), Professor David Hinds.        Continue reading

Georgetown: Mayor requests probe in City Engineer alleged misconduct

Local Government Commission asked to conduct probe

City Hall – Georgetown

Georgetown Mayor, Ubraj Narine, has confirmed that he has written to the Local Government Commission (LGC) asking that a probe into the actions of City Engineer, Colvern Venture.

Venture, who is currently on vacation leave, is accused of failing to leave documents of existing work contracted to the Deputy-Engineer.

Mayor Narine had also noted that under Venture’s watch, there were several projects that were not executed successfully and must be addressed promptly.

He said that there are several other issues that will be tackled and emphasized the need to put a stop to any malpractice.                        Continue reading

India’s cancellation of Kashmir’s special status will have consequences – The Guardian UK

— Modi government’s move comes amid already high tensions between India and Pakistan

Narendra Modi

The significance of Kashmir to India is difficult to exaggerate. The decision by Narendra Modi’s recently re-elected government to remove the disputed Himalayan region’s special status under the constitution is no legal technicality, but a statement of intent and ideology.

As the predominantly Hindu India’s only Muslim majority state, adherents of the country’s secular tradition of politics have long seen Kashmir’s continuing inclusion within the vast democracy as evidence that all faiths can thrive together. This contrasts India’s immense religious diversity with neighbouring Pakistan’s strong Muslim identity.

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Food for the Poor celebrates 28 years of charitable work in Guyana

  Jun 10, 2019  News

Since its establishment some 28 years ago, Food for the Poor (FFTP) Guyana Incorporated has been responsible for building hundreds of homes, distributing food, medical and essential supplies, and providing scholarships to those in need. This was disclosed by the FFTP CEO, Kent Vincent, when the organization held its annual anniversary dinner recently at the Pegasus Hotel.
FFTP commenced operations on June 3, 1991 in Kingston, Georgetown, before moving to 248 Forshaw and Oronoque Streets, Queenstown.

Because of the great need of essential services for the population, it quickly expanded and is today located at 1999-2002 Blue Mountain Road, Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown.  Continue reading

Buxton-Friendship Express – May 2019 + Summer Soiree – NYC – June 29, 2019

Please download the attached copy for our May 2019 newsletter, Buxton-Friendship Express Newsletter.

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In keeping with our tradition and culture, Buxton-Friendship Heritage Fund will hold its annual popular extravaganza on Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Brooklyn, New York. The event has been moved to the more spacious and comfortable setting at St. Gabriel’s Hall, and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The FANOKO SINGERS, a dynamic band of artistes who hail from Belladrum, West Coast Berbice, rendering a style of performance similar to the Yoruba Singers, will head the list of entertainers. They will be joined by legendary saxophonist “SAXIE” and fabulous D.J. STEREO CHOICE (Oneko Connell).            Continue reading

Guyana: Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine has big Dreams — by Francis Quamina Farrier

Mayor Ubraj Narine

In the American Musical show, “South Pacific”, there is that song with the following lyrics, ” You must have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”  In a very recent exclusive interview with His Worship, Mayor Ubraj Narine, JP, of Georgetown, he shared with me, some of his dreams for the improvement of Guyana’s Capital city.
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About three decades ago, Georgetown had descended from the glorious days of being known as “The Garden City of the Caribbean”, to the embarrassing title of, “The Garbage City”.  A great city had fallen from grace, due to the falling standards of those who were its citizens. Garbage and filth was everywhere. Then came the 2015 General Elections and a new group of leaders almost immediately, commenced a dramatic CLEAN-UP Campaign. Some three years later, a new Mayor is at the helm, and he has many dreams for the continuing improvement of the city.

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Afro-Guyanese pushing for return to village councils because NDCs have taken control

Photo: A section of attendees at the Village Movement Symposium held by the International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly-Guyana (IDPADA-G)

Afro-Guyanese on Sunday signaled they would be accelerating lobbying for a return to village councils because the existing local governance system has removed their ownership and direct responsibility for their villages, but the Guyana Reparations Committee said a special law is needed for land rights and local governance.

Chairman of the International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly-Guyana (IDPADA-G), Vincent Alexander told a well-attended symposium on the “Village Movement” that the time has come to invoke the country’s constitutional provision for the establishment of village councils because the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) system has taken away villages.          Continue reading

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