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The Top 30 blog entries for September 2011.

This is a list of the Top-30 blog entries for September 2011.

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  3. Famous People of Guyanese Heritage
  4. WikiLeaks Guyana – Twelve Articles on US Diplomatic cables
  5. In Memory of the 25 Guyanese who perished on Sept. 11, 2001
  6. The World’s Strictest Parents – Barbados – videos
  7. Wikileaks Guyana – Census provides insight into Guyanese Society
  8. COME BACK TO GUYANA – November 1-10, 2011 – from Toronto
  9. Port-of-Spain Trinidad: The new Baghdad
  10. Guyana Elections 2011 – Eight Articles on Elections Continue reading

Guyanese Online Newsletter – September 2011


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This is the latest edition (#19) of the Guyanese Online Newsletter.

This newsletter has 16 pages and contains 46 articles which include the advertising of events by various Associations.

Inside this Issue

Page 1 – Banner: New York City skyline with video:  Never Forget 9-11-2001 Poster from GCA New York:  New US Ambassador to Guyana remembers 9-11.

Page 2 – Editorial on Guyana’s Elections by Cyril Bryan; Top 20 Blog Entries.

Page 3 – Weblog Entries for August (60); Top 30 Blog Entries for August 2011.

Page 4 – St. Stanislaus Alumni Toronto Dinner Dance –October 15; Come Back To Guyana Trip Advertisement; A5 Travel and Tours Advertisement with Royal Caribbean News Article on refunds for bad weather.

Page 5 – Q.C. Alumni  Toronto Dinner Dance – October 29,2011; Guyana Christian Charities – Annual Food Fair- October 30, 2011; Five reasons why a Professional Business Place is Important with CAMDEC Real Estate advertisement.

Page 6 – West Indian American Labor Day Parade – Brooklyn NY; Harlem Landmark Area Parlor Suite for rent – Guyanese hospitality.

Page 7 – Guyanese Association of Manitoba Bus tour to the Beach; Guyana Medical Relief 27th Annual Dinner-Dance Los Angeles – October 8, 2011; The Council of Friends of New Amsterdam Inaugural Mayoral Ball in Queens Village NY – October 8, 2011.

Page 8 – Commentary – “Nothing to Negotiate” re the Guyana- Venezuela border.

Page 9 – President Jagdeo says “Farewell” at Providence Stadium celebrations;  New US Ambassador to Guyana arrives; Guyanese economy records growth in first half of 2011.

Page 10 – GuyExpo 2011 launched; Canadian gold exploration company begins Potaro Lidar Study; Commercial sector adopting a culture of Electricity theft –GPL.

Page 11 – Education Officer addresses situation of teachers attending U.G.; Chinese firm Haier wins One Computer Per Family (OLPF) contract; IDB funding feasibility study of Linden-Lethem road.

Page 12 – REDjet call for true “Open Skies” in the Caribbean; Cuba travel set to take off as flight options expand; Carnival strikes visitor deal with Jamaica.

Page 13 – REDjet expanding Caribbean routes; China pledges billion dollar loan to Caribbean; Barbados gets poor work ethic rating;  Violent crime threatens Caribbean development – UN.

Page 14 – Shell discovers oil off French Guiana coast; Trinidad Curfew-“We will win war”;  Columbian drug gang bloodbath averted, says T&T Government; Caribbean countries get high ranking in FDI Report.

Page 15 – An evening with Ray Luck in Poinciana Florida- October 1, 2011; McWatt double winner at Guyana Prize for Literature Awards; The Arts Journal; “Guyana Legends” – Folk Tales of the Indigenous Amerindians by: Dr. Odeen Ishmael.

Page 16 – Libel, WikiLeaks, context and political culture in Guyana by Nigel Westmaas;  CIMBUX – Cultural Extravaganza, Silver Spring Maryland – November 19, 2011.

We do hope you find this publication interesting.

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Cyril Bryan, Editor and Publisher

E-mail: guyaneseonline@gmail.com or cybryan@gmail.com



Read/Download >>> August 2011 Newsletter–GuyaneseOnline

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This is the latest edition (#18) of the Guyanese Online Newsletter.

This newsletter has 15 pages and contains many articles and advertising of events by various Associations in the USA and Canada and one from London, England.

Inside this Issue

  • Pg 01– News
  • Pg 02- Editorial – Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
  • Pg 03- Guyanese Online Blog Information
  • Pg 04 – Associations News and events
  • Pg 05- Associations News  and events
  • Pg 06- Associations News and events
  • Pg 07- Associations News and events
  • Pg 08- Commentary
  • Pg 09- Guyana News
  • Pg 10- Guyana News
  • Pg 11– Guyana News
  • Pg 12- Tourism
  • Pg 13 – Caribbean /Regional News
  • Pg 14 – Arts and Culture
  • Pg 15 – Historical – Emancipation

We do hope you find this publication interesting.

Read/Download >>> August 2011 Newsletter–GuyaneseOnline

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Cyril Bryan, Editor and Publisher

E-mail: guyaneseonline@gmail.com or cybryan@gmail.com

Weblog-Website Entries for June 2011

Guyanese Online

List  of Weblog-Website entries for June 2011

  1. How to cook chicken curry by Madhu Gadia – video
  2. Guyana Beat TV program – Norman Sue Bakery  Toronto – video
  3. Guyana – Street Art on display video
  4. Slavery – The Goree Island guides – what is happening now?
  5. The Villages, Florida – the golf cart town – video
  6. Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc. Newsletter
  7. VPL Multicultural Day Fair‏ – Vancouver. Canada
  8. The AFC has the plan and “will” transform Guyana!
  9. “PPP Prepared For Elections” – Donald Ramotar
  10. Guyana opposition unites to contest elections
  11. Letter: Voters should make the election matter
  12. Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education
  13. Shaba Ranks – Guyanese Women – song
  15. New York celebrates Guyana’s 45th Anniversary
  16. Fruits of Trinidad and Tobago – and Guyana
  17. Vintage Caribbean Calypso by David Bereaux –video
  18. The little girl with an “Amazing Voice” – video
  19. Q.C. Alumni Florida Chapter – Summer Brunch – June 26,2011
  20. Caribbean American Festival – Orlando – June 25, 2011
  21. Black Music Month – June 2011
  22. Guyanese cardiologist cops prestigious European award
  23. Godfrey Chin – “Nostalgia Nights” launch in Guyana – June 22
  24. Letter: “Joey” Jagan praises PNC’s Granger
  25. Farrakhan Blasts the “Coalition of Demons” attacking Libya
  26. Medical Information Explanations and Videos
  27. Scenes from old British Guiana – video
  28. Early East Indians of the Caribbean
  29. Guyana – Original Folk Songs
  30. St. Stanislaus Alumni – Barbados Chapter – Lime – August 26
  31. British Guiana in 1853
  32. Amerindians – The Wai Wai
  33. A 1924 History of British Guiana .
  34. Guyanese Cultural Network Picnic – Florida- July 2, 2011
  35. GUYFEST – Crownsville. Maryland – July 2, 2011
  36. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Recovery Project – Dance
  37. Guyanese writer Wilson Harris has been knighted
  38. A Tribute To Bartica By Nelta Wyatt
  39. Lighthouse – Georgetown Guyana
  40. Windows 8 gets a preview by Microsoft
  41. The Antidote to Apathy – Dave Meslin
  42. Guyana‘s Development—Taxation reviewed
  43. My Dear – Performed by Bill “The Crooner” Newman
  44. Guyanese Online Newsletter – June 2011
  45. Letter: Shared Governance by Cheddie ‘Joey’ Jagan
  46. Japanese Play Carnival – The Yosakoi Festival
  47. Guyanese Association of Delaware – July 17, 2011 – Picnic
  49. “Come Walk With Me” by Francis Yvonne Jackson
  50. Video: Microwave radiation dangers – the Swiss warning
  51. Nostalgia 375 – Celebrating GT&T, 1991 to 2011
  52. The Guyanese Heritage Foundation – Seattle

Guyana‘s Development—Taxation reviewed

Guyana‘s Development—Taxation reviewed

By: Cyril Bryan. Editor, Guyanese Online Editorial – June 2011

Looking Inward: Since the 1950‘s, most residents have looked outside of Guyana for their betterment. However, in today‘s changing world, Guyana‘s residents have to ―look inward‖ rather than ―outward‖ to achieve sustained development; but changing their outward looking attitudes will not be easy. The world’s economic downturn has slowed the emigration process, but in essence, nothing has changed – the brain and expertise drain has continued as salaries and wages are too low.

It is my belief that the best way to ensure the economic growth of Guyana is to make it attractive for private investment. The first requirement is the solving of the racial divide, which is now used for economic/political advantage. The second is the reduction of government controls and the restrictive policies seen in uneven taxation and discriminatory practices when they are applied. Here are some of my ideas on the matter of Taxation.

Guyana‘s Economy: Although Guyana‘s economy has shown economic growth in the last five years, it was growth from a fragile base. The country is still indebted for over US$1Billion, and the recent 2011 budget reflected continued borrowings (Expenditure = G$161.4B versus Income of G$112B, of which the Guyana Revenue Authority collected G$104B (G$10B-Customs; G$44.1B-Inland Revenue/PAYE; G$50.2-VAT; Non-Tax G$7.2 B.

The sugar industry has had low productivity due to bad weather conditions; strikes and Skeldon factory breakdowns. Rice produc-tion is now stable but suffers from unreliable regional CARICOM markets, although the recent Venezuela agreements should help.

In both 2009 and 2010, it was reported that gold mining earned more export revenue than sugar and rice combined. This means that monitoring must be further strengthened in the gold mining industry to ensure that declarations are made and taxes paid, since the Brazilians now control most of this industry. Gold production was up 27% to 317,316 ounces in 2010, the highest ever.

Taxation in Guyana: Tax avoidance and tax evasion are standard in most countries. It is the same, but more so, in Guyana. There is a large underground economy estimated at over 50% of business transactions. There is also the smuggling of goods from Venezuela (mostly oil, beer), Suriname and Brazil. The borders are porous and all attempts to control smuggling have failed. Most of all the bribery of officials is reflected in the discriminatory implementation of the laws to their personal benefit, as the Customs Department is riddled with corruption.

The solution—A Duty Free Zone: At present, Customs collect only G$10Billion or US$50M/yr. For some, Guyana is a already a duty-free zone and they are getting rich, as they hold a competitive advantage on those who pay duties. The solution is to scrap the duties on all goods coming in the country and make Guyana a duty-free zone as it basically is now for some in the Corentyne and Lethem areas. Trade would explode, the country will attract regional and international investment and the engrained corruption in the Customs Department would be largely eliminated.

Value Added Tax (VAT): The lost Customs revenue of US$50M could be recouped in a lowered threshold and VAT rate—basically a sales tax on all businesses. Today, too many companies avoid taxes as the VAT threshold is too high. Make it a sales tax at a lower rate like 10% (easy to compute), and make ALL businesses pay taxes on their sales. There are businesses today selling millions of dollars but pay no tax, yet they demand government services. Many of these businesses sell smuggled goods but are below the VAT taxation threshold.

Personal Income Taxes: There are some regional countries that have no personal income taxes e.g. The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and St Kitts/Nevis. In Guyana there are many in the ―underground and drug economies‖ who make millions but pay no taxes. However, the poorer folk who work for a salary have to pay taxes on salaries of over $200 US/month. Some-thing is definitely wrong with this picture.

Having tax deductions on low salaries suppresses wages. It also encourages the underground cash economy. Most people on wages do not make a ―living wage‖ and this encourages internal theft, bribery and low productivity. Most people have two or more ―jobs‖ to pay their bills or await their monthly remittances and barrels from relatives overseas. A serious analysis has to be paid to personal taxation and Guyana does not have to look far to copy a workable and equitable solution.

Company Taxation: Recently, taxation on company profits has been reduced but they are still 30-40%. High taxes on profits are usually not reflected in high taxes collected, so why have these high taxes on company profits? Companies move their profits and assets around to avoid taxation. A better solution is to use the flat tax on all worldwide sales similar to that applied to ―Offshore Business Companies. Having a flat tax of about 2% on all sales would ensure greater revenue and also attract ―offshore businesses‖ to Guyana.

I believe that the systemic changes suggested here will increase investment in Guyana and lessen the government‘s stranglehold on the economy. There has to be more efficient and transparent governance, less ministries and duplication, and stringent controls of government spending and borrowings. Irrespective of which party(ies) are in power, it will require the re-thinking of government policies and implementation processes, with a focus on attracting and promoting private investment to Guyana.

Editorial from the Guyanese Online Newsletter – June 2011

Guyanese Online Newsletter – June 2011


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This is the latest edition (# 16) of the Guyanese Online Newsletter.

This newsletter has 19 pages and contains many articles and advertising of events by various Associations in the USA and Canada.

Page 1– Masthead : Parliament Buildings.  Guyana Independence – 45 years Celebration.

Page 2- Editorial: “Guyana’s Development – Taxation Reviewed.” By Cyril Bryan

Page 3– Guyanese Online Blog Page: Blog entries for May 2011;  Top 20 – most popular entries for May 2011;  Nostalgia 375 by Godfrey Chin: celebrating GT&T 1991-2011.

Page 4-9 – Association News – various advertisements of events

Page 10-12 – Arts and Culture News

Page 13-14- Historical Articles.

Page 15–16 – Guyana News.

Page 17– Tourism

Page 18 – Caribbean/ Regional News

Page 19 – Commentary – Letter to Editor.

We do hope you find this publication interesting.

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Cyril Bryan, Editor and Publisher

E-mail: guyaneseonline@gmail.com

“Come Walk With Me” by Francis Yvonne Jackson

“Come Walk With Me” by Francis Yvonne Jackson

New book follows author’s adventures from Guyana to Chicago

Author Francis Yvonne Jackson opens up her life and shares an insightful journey through a unique memoir of verses. “Come Walk with Me”, she invites readers to take a glimpse of her most treasured moments growing up in a tropical hut in Guyana to her exciting adventures as she moves to Chicago.

Through verses richly layered with rhythmic words, Francis relives her memories of her childhood, blissful moments with family and friends, and rewarding daily events in her humble hometown.  She documents her views, feelings and recollections of people, places, and things under Guyana’s sun.

As the compelling verses progress, readers will be immersed with the journey as she relocates to the city of Chicago, where she gets smitten by all its tall buildings and neon lights. In vivid narration she recalls various events like the Kennedy assassination, the civil rights movement and the September 11, 2001 attacks..

Francis Yvonne Jackson had her formal education at Tutorial High School, Carnegie School of Economics (1959).  She migrated to Chicago in 1963 and went to various colleges, and received a diploma in secretarial Science form Cortez Peters Business College.  In 1975 she graduated with honors from Mundelin College in Human Services Administration.

Francis has developed a keen interest in community service whereby she has utilized her academic training for advocacy and local community service, as well as aid for projects in Guyana. (Xlibris Publishers)

  Order your copy of the book from Francis Yvonne Jackson.      She can be contacted at:

Guyana Community Outreach Non-Profit.    P.O. Box 32132.   Chicago. IL. USA 60632

francisyvonne@netzero.net    Phone (773) 471-6007

Trade paperback $19.99:  Trade Hardback $29.99 + shipping.

Ordering Information for resellers:

Fax requests to Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274  Extension 7876. You can also get more information on this book from the publisher at http://www.Xlibris.com

Video: Microwave radiation dangers – the Swiss warning

Video: Microwave radiation dangers – the Swiss warning

Recently there have been news reports of the danger of cell phones and other electromagnetic equipment on humans.  These concerns have been raised since the 1980’s and have incresed as cell phones and wireless technologies have proliferated.  We now have new warnings and the vested interests have in most cases dismissed the studies or minimised the dangers.

Here is a video and article  that should raise your concerns and a website that has ideas and equipment that could help you to identify and minimize the effects of microwave radiation from wireless equipment.

Website: Citizens for Safe Technology – Empowering the Public to protect children and youth from unsafe wireless technologies.

Microwave radiation dangers in your home

Report and practical demonstration of Wi-Fi devices – October, 2010

Dr. Havas demonstrates how Wi-Fi connects your laptop, iPhone and iPad to the internet via microwave radiation. You will also learn how Wi-Fi base stations, portable phones and baby monitors constantly radiate microwave radiation. The Swiss Government warns their citizens, and feels that all of these devices have the potential to do great harm if used incorrectly.  more

Tribute to steelbands before Mash 1970 – Godfrey Chin

Tribute to steelbands before Mash 1970

by Godfrey Chin  – Nostalgia 485  http://godfreychin.com/book.php – Order his Nostalgias – Golden Memories of Guyana 1940-1980 from this site.

Steelband has been the essence of our Caribbean Carnival/ Mash/Crop-Over celebrations since this phenomenon emerg-ed after WWII, and remains a unique musical art form in the twentieth century, with efforts from Japan to Sweden usurping this contribution from our tropics. Like our own Demerara rum and sugar, we need to propogate, preserve and defend steelband in the Caribbean – especially since our vaunted WI cricket prestige is currently on the wane and in limbo.

Steelband started in Port of Spain during their VJ celebrations in September 1945, following the temporary wartime ban on ‘jump up’ on the streets. The local musical instruments ‘tamboo bamboo’ stored temporarily under bottom houses were taken to the streets, but burst from recent disuse.  Bottle and spoon, shack-shack, rubbish-bin covers and lard cans were brought out to provide the cacophonous din for the celebratory street tramps. In a few short years the island pioneers – Ellie Mannette, Spree Simon, Neville Jules, etc, pioneered a galaxy range of pan instruments from discarded 45-gallon drums at the US Chaguaramas Base, and the steelband was born.

By 1947, the Trinidad band Red Army arrived in Georgetown by schooner, and made an impressive appearance. The nylon goes that at a dance performance at BGCC, there was a huge scuffle near the stage. When order was restored a first pan was missing. I have never been able to corroborate this story, but must admire that even before 1950 our natives were demonstrating enterprise and resourcefulness.

Read article: Tribute to Steelbands before Mash 1970 by Godfrey Chin

Q.C. Alumni -Toronto: Father’s Day Brunch



Celebrating 20 Years




June 12, 2011

12.00 pm to 5.00 pm

(Brunch served from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)



91 Eastpark Boulevard, Scarborough

(off Markham Road South of Lawrence Avenue East)

Excellent Guyanese cuisine

Door Prizes

plus a variety of entertainment for all ages

TICKETS: Adults: $25.00

Children under 12 years old : $15.00

 For tickets please call:

 Gerald Alleyne (416) 693-5011, Patrick Chan (416) 686-8835, Eden Gajraj (416) 822-2526 , Denis Chow Woon ( 905 ) 472-1576, Lester Fernandes (905) 571-3571, Vivian Wong (416)724-5937, Stanley Chan Choong (416) 499-1787, Audrick Chung (905)839-6816, Melissa Enmore 647-207- 6355, Haroon Gafur (416) 667-8484, Ron Wharton (519) 756-6731 Syed Rayman ( 416) 284-1055, Victor Moses (905) 791-3412, Kemahl Khan (416) 267-7227


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