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Guyana: UG Vice Chancellor no longer seeking contract renewal

University of Guyana (UG) Vice Chancellor, Ivelaw Griffith will no longer be seeking a renewal of his contract, even as the workers’ unions intensified pressure on the administration for him not to return.

Multiple sources confirmed that Professor Griffith informed them that he had opted to abandon plans to return to the publicly-funded tertiary institution because of family and other commitments in the United States where he had been residing for decades.

His decision came amidst what had appeared to be an aggressive public relations campaign that had favoured his continuation or contract renewal.

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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

Guyana Politics: The Familiar Ring of the Elections Season – By Ralph Ramkarran

The Familiar Ring of the Elections Season 

By Ralph Ramkarran – 6th October 2018

Local government elections are to be held on November 12. With it, the never-ending stream of suspicions emerged as the Government established new local government units and merged others. The Opposition argued that these were done to give an advantage to the Government and the Opposition, through one of its representatives, promptly launched legal proceedings. This event provided the explanation for the ‘disappearance’ of the Chief Elections Officer, Mr. Keith Lowenfield, on one of the most critical days of the elections process, namely, the day after the submission of lists, when corrections have to be made and defects rectified.       Continue reading

Guyana – The truth means nothing to the politician – By Adam Harris

The truth means nothing to the politician

Adam Harris

Adam Harris

Opinion - commentary -analysisI am convinced that politics is about deception. It is about making one group of people look good and at the same time, criticizing the other. But in doing so the politicians give credence to the adage that the more things change, the more they remain the same.

When the coalition government came into office it did so on the back of a lot of promises. It has been able to keep some of these promises, but others have proven difficult. The result of the failure has led to rampant criticisms.
One of the promises was transparency. The government had promised to make available the numerous contracts signed by the previous government. However, the nation has suddenly found that it cannot be made privy to the Marriott contract. That is something that I cannot understand.           Continue reading

GUYANA – Capitol TV News Videos – 20 October 2015

Capitol TV logoGUYANA – Capitol TV News Videos – 20 October 2015

  • Calls for transparency
  • New aircraft regulations soon
  • Community concerns
  • Dynamic Airlines soon to expand its services
  • No slacking up on labour laws
  • Mother seeks justice
  • Sports

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US$60M Marriott opening greeted by protest and criticism – video

US$60M Marriott opening greeted by protest

April 17, 2015 | By APNU+AFC boycotts ceremony

By Kiana Wilburg

President Donald Ramotar and Senior Vice President of the Marriot International Inc., Brenda Durham during the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Guyana Marriott Hotel.Photo:President Donald Ramotar and Senior Vice President of the Marriot International Inc., Brenda Durham at ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Guyana Marriott Hotel.

Anticipations were high for the much-touted grand opening of the Marriott Hotel at Kingston, the first of its kind in these parts. It was supposed to be a major project initiated by the former administration and now being completed by the Donald Ramotar government.

Ahead of the May 11 general elections, it was expected to be a proud moment. But the expected spectacular event complete with pomp and fanfare fizzled yesterday, falling short of expectations.  Continue reading

Guyana ranks low again on Tranparency’s corruption index

Guyana ranks low again on Tranparency’s corruption index

Posted By Stabroek News – December 5, 2012  | Comments

Guyana ranked a very poor 28 out of 100 points in the Transparency International 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

The report released this morning showed Guyana doing worse than every other country in  Caricom except for Haiti which has also traditionally been one of the worst performers.

Transparency premiered a new methodology today where countries are ranked from 1 to 100 with 100 representing the least corrupt. Any score below 50 indicates a serious problem and though it is not possible to meaningfully compare Guyana’s performance with the previous methodology, the country remains in the bracket of those with a very serious problem.

By contrast, Barbados ranks at 76, The Bahamas 71, Trinidad and Tobago 39 and Jamaica 38.            Continue reading

An Indian logger in Guyana – implications for REDD Norway MoU

An Indian logger in Guyana – implications for REDD Norway MoU – by Janette Bulkan

May 12 ,2012

I attach a 6-part series that ran in the Stabroek News newspaper of
Guyana from 16 April to 11 May, titled: ‘Through a glass, darkly – what’s wrong with an Indian coffee retailer exporting logs of prime furniture and flooring timber from Guyana instead of local processing for added value?’,  with a request that you re-post on your blog.

As I say in one of the pieces: ‘The lack of transparency of these two
deals is contrary to the call for transparency and improvement in
forest governance in the Norway-Guyana MoU signed in November 2009’.

Thank you.
Janette Bulkan

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Gov’t releases documents on key projects

Gov’t releases documents on key projects

(Demerara Waves) March 14, 2012.

The government on Wednesday released a barrage of information to the media on a number of contracts that have been garnering political and public attention in recent times, stating that the move is in keeping with its unmatched record of transparency and openness.

The contract documents cover the Marriott Hotel, Amaila Falls Access Road and Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion deals and were presented by Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh at the weekly post-Cabinet briefing hosted by Dr. Roger Luncheon.

“All that we have done can withstand the nth degree of scrutiny,” Dr. Singh declared as he accused sections of the media and the political opposition of trying to undermine the projects.

The release of the documents comes a day before the same contract information is to be presented to the National Assembly in response to questions from the opposition.       Continue reading

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