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Transparency International ranks Barbados as least corrupt Caribbean country

Transparency International ranks Barbados as least corrupt Caribbean country

image Transparency International has ranked Barbados 15th out of 173 countries with a score of 75, down one place from the 2012 figure of 76.

BERLIN, Germany, Wednesday December 4, 2013, CMC – Barbados is among the least corrupt countries in the world according to the latest figures released by the German-based Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday.

According to TI, Barbados heads the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on the Corruption Perception Index that ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.

Transparency International has ranked Barbados 15th out of 173 countries with a score of 75, down one place from the 2012 figure of 76.   Continue reading

Guyana’s last frontier breached by road from Brazil – GHRA

Guyana’s last frontier breached by road from Brazil

NOVEMBER 16, 2013 | BY KNEWS |  LETTERS

DEAR EDITOR,

Guyana’s last frontier is being breached by Brazilian mining interests who are constructing a road intended to drive deep into the heart of South Rupununi, eventually reaching the New River Triangle. This development will generate a cascade of economic, social, security, political and environmental problems in an area of Guyana which currently has token governmental infrastructure.

If the governing administration is aware of this reckless initiative, the nation deserves an explanation. However, whether legal or illegal, the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) is calling for this venture to be stopped immediately, and those responsible condignly punished to deter like-minded attempts.    Continue reading

Corruption: Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt

Corruption: Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt

Some of the world’s most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. In his talk, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization Transparency International. (Filmed at TEDxBerlin.)

As a director of the World Bank in Nairobi, Peter Eigen saw firsthand how devastating corruption can be. He’s founder of Transparency International, an NGO that works to persuade international companies not to bribe. Full bio »

The missing link in the election campaign – Freddie Kissoon

The missing link in the election campaign

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 | BY KNEWS | FREDDIE KISSOON 

Open the newspapers on any day since the election campaign started and you will see some kind of delivery by the Government either to the entire population or some section of the society. It is going on non-stop.

One of the opposition parties, the AFC has interpreted it as bribery and opined that it is a violation of the code that the contesting parties signed.

Five years ago, prior to the 2001 election, I used the term “peaking” to refer to a type of election campaign the ruling party had carefully planned. Peaking is the process whereby the Government deliberately holds back on the completion of projects to time the final stage to coincide with the election.

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The money is flowing a few days before the elections – Commentary

The money is flowing a few days before the elections

November 6, 2011 | By | Filed Under Features / Columnists, My Column

I have been walking the streets ever since President Bharrat Jagdeo announced the date for the 2011 elections and I have seen a lot.  I have seen people working late at nights putting up posters supporting or promoting their individual presidential candidates; I have seen young people talking to older folk about the importance of voting and I have seen a sudden explosion in road construction.
I have also seen a dramatic increase in the award of contracts.
Of course, the most astonishing thing was the announcement of pay increases for public servants , a whopping eight percent that dwarfed the traditional five per cent that was offered routinely each year for the past four or five years.    more