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Former PPP/C ministers adjust to life in and out of Guyana

After elections loss, former PPP/C ministers adjust to life in Guyana and out

Stabroek News – 11 January 2012 – Following the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) loss in last year’s May 11 general elections, some of its former ministers have moved to new pastures outside the country while others remain here though not representing the party in the National Assembly.

The PPP/C had replaced just under one-third of its Members of Parliament from the 10th Parliament. These include former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and former Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Public Works, Natural Resources, Labour, Human Services, Local Government, and Agriculture, respectively Ashni Singh, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Robeson Benn, Robert Persaud, Nanda Kishore Gopaul, Jennifer Webster, Norman Whittaker and Leslie Ramsammy.   Continue reading

This broken and twisted economy the PPP has left behind – commentary

This broken and twisted economy the PPP has left behind

Pompous Editorial – Jul 12, 2015 – The Mosquito 

To understand the PPP’s current narrative the economy was like a Bugatti doing 120 on the highway and as soon as the opposition got into power they put it into an immediate, screeching reverse.

After all it’s been ten years of unbridled economic growth! Ashni Singh in January declared that “the people of Guyana have every reason to be proud and optimistic that their country has been witnessing economic growth for almost a decade with every sector showing significant and steady increases.” And even though official figures were not even released prior to May 11, Ramotar claimed GDP for 2014 grew by 4.5%. That’s bullshit as we suggested here.   Continue reading

Guyana: Khamraj Lall’s Exec Jet Club’s operations currently ceased

Guyana: Khamraj Lall’s Exec Jet Club’s operations currently ceased

 … CJIA, GCAA claim all local activities were above board

By Zena Henry  – December 3, 2014 | By |

Transport Minister Robeson Benn, flanked by GCAA head Zulficar Mohamed (left) and CJIA CEO Ramesh Ghir (left) with other aviation officials.Picture: Transport Minister Robeson Benn, flanked by GCAA head Zulficar Mohamed (left) and CJIA CEO Ramesh Ghir (left) with other aviation officials.

The various agencies linked to local air travel are unhappy that Khamraj Lall, the Guyanese pilot found with over US$600,000 stashed in his jet, would have been involved in alleged unlawful actions. This is so, Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn told reporters yesterday, because Lall was the first to offer what he thought was a vital service within the aviation sector; that is a Guyanese national providing high-end executive flights, and on-demand medivac services.  Continue reading

CJIA passengers to bypass screening process while transiting T&T

CJIA passengers to bypass screening process while transiting T&T

(13 October 2013 – Demerara Waves) –  The tedious process of disembarking at Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Piarco International Airport, passing through security before boarding an aircraft to the United States will be something of the past – effective November 1, 2013, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport said Sunday.

The United States of America Transport Security Administration (TSA) has approved the request for the alternate procedure to be applied for GEO passengers transiting in Port of Spain (POS).

Hon. Robeson Benn, Minister of Transport, is pleased with the decision.

“It means that passengers leaving Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and passing through POS can do so hassle free. The existing process prompted numerous complaints and we had to urgently address the situation with Caribbean Airlines (CAL) officials,” he said.  Continue reading

US clears TravelSpan for flights to NY from December

US clears TravelSpan for flights to NY from December

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 | BY  |

After months of complaints, the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be getting brighter for Guyanese air travel passengers who have been grappling with alarmingly high fares.

TravelSpan Incorporated is set to begin direct flights between New York and Guyana starting December 14th, officials of the company confirmed Wednesday evening, hours after meeting with Transport Minister, Robeson Benn, and Tourism Minister, Irfaan Ali.  TravelSpan also plans to introduce a scheduled service before the first half of next year.

This latest development in the aviation sector would spell positive news for Guyanese who have been faced with high air fares reaching almost US$1,600 per return trip from the US, using the lone carrier, Caribbean Airlines (CAL).     Continue reading

Worry for Guyanese as Delta flies out on May 6, 2013

Worry for Guyanese as Delta flies out on May 6, 2013

MAY 5, 2013 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

Almost five years after adding the Guyana/New York route to its flights, US-based Delta Airlines will leave Timehri for the last time tomorrow (May 6, 2013), putting pressure on the administration to now scramble to attract other operators.

With the folding of EZjet and RedJet last year, it will only be the Trinidad-owned Caribbean Airlines left. Suriname Airways has signaled intentions to start flights along that same route in July.

Delta

Delta touched down in Guyana for the first time in June 2008, conducting three to four flights weekly between JFK and Timehri. The number of flights during peak periods became daily.      

The New York/Guyana route has been a lucrative one for airlines with thousands of Guyanese living in especially the tri-State area. This was especially so for Caribbean Airlines.
The situation of one airline would worry both the government and the flying public who fear high fares will return again with only one player in the market.    Continue reading

Robeson Benn defends intervention in calypso playing

Robeson Benn defends intervention in calypso playing

Written by Demerara Waves Friday, 01 March 2013 [see comments]

Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn on Friday denied ordering National Communications Network (NCN) to stop playing the 2013 winning calypso titled ‘God Don’t Sleep’ but said he found the song offensive particularly on a government station.

“I said it is not for me to tell you to stop playing it but I said I don’t think it should be played,” Benn told reporters. The minister also refuted reports that he had stormed into the station and instructed that all the 2013 calypsos be banned, saying that his intervention concerning one song had created a ripple effect and rumour-mongering.

Benn described the lyrics as abusive and slanderous and could not be proven in a court of law. He said he was not immune to criticism but at the same time he could not support such a song being played on the station.    Continue reading

Guyana gov’t puts electricity hike “on hold” ; opposition sees grey areas

Guyana gov’t puts electricity hike “on hold” ; opposition sees grey areas

July 25, 2012 – Demerara Waves

The Guyana government Wednesday night announced that it has put a hold on increase in electricity rates from July 1, paving the way for a technical team to examine the feasibility of a tariff hike.
The terms of reference for the Technical Team would be hammered out by representatives of government and the Region 10 Administration, according to a statement from the office of the Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon.

Government also said the two sides have agreed to explore economic initiatives and business financing. The Region 10 administration, according to the government, has agreed to submit investment proposals to government by the end of August.
But A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) Aubrey Norton said his side remained uncomfortable with government putting on “hold” rather than “suspending” the tariff hike. Continue reading

Opposition satisfied with briefing on Amaila Falls

Opposition satisfied with briefing on Amaila Falls

(Demerara Waves) – March 14, 2012

Amaila Falls Hydro-power plant

Guyana’s two opposition parties Wednesday night (March 14, 2012),  expressed satisfaction with government’s explanation about plans to build the US$840 million Amaila Falls Hydro-power plant but at least one party says the talks do not amount to a rubber-stamp.

Using its one-seat majority in the National Assembly, the combined opposition has been flexing its muscles in demanding details from government about several major projects. The decision to provide as much information as possible was made at tripartite meetings among the government and the opposition during the past several weeks.

Alliance For Change (AFC) Executive member, Gerhard Ramsaroop and A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) Vice Chairman, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine both welcomed the openness during the presentation on the 165 megawatt facility. The briefing was done mainly by Head of the Privatisation Unit, Winston Brassington.    Continue reading

Govt pulls plug on Amaila Falls Road Contract

Govt pulls plug on Amaila Falls Road Contract

JANUARY 13, 2012 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

Fip Motilall to pay US$120,000 per day in liquidated damages,  Govt seizes all equipment

Government yesterday announced the cancellation of the US$15.4 million Amaila Falls Hydro Project contract it signed with Synergy Holdings Inc, headed by Makeshwar Fip Motilall.
The announcement came from Minister Robeson Benn at his Kingston office. After three deadline extensions Synergy Holdings had completed a mere 40 per cent of the works as of December 2011.

Ministry of Public Works Robeson Benn at the press conference yesterday – January 12, 2012.

One of the many reasons given for the project cancellation which was handed to Makeshwar Fip Motilall in March 2010, under the Bharrat Jagdeo Government, was the repeated urgings by Government and interventions from the Project Engineer and the Consulting Firm to have the project completed.    read more

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Also read update – January 16, 2012 – (click headline below)

No political consideration in terminating Fip’s contract – Gov’t

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