A few weeks before the last local government elections, a longstanding Baronian friend with whom I use to roam the streets of London before he took off to film school and I to university, and whose late mother was born in Beterverwagting (BV), informed me that the family would prepare a plot of land it owns in the village and offer it to the BV/Triumph Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) for use as a small community park.
Following Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s decision to welcome Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro to his Dec.
By Maleiha Malik Maleiha Malik is Executive Director of Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), a program of the Education Above All Foundation.
This is an edited version of a talk given by Dr Arif Bulkan at a Public Commemorative Lecture held on November 21, 2018 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the University of Guyana, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Yesterday was International Anti-Corruption Day. It marks 15 years since the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) was adopted as well as 25 years since Transparency International came into being.
Karaoke is a regular feature at many local nightspots. On any day of the week, friends, lovers or even acquaintances can enjoy a night of impressive and not so impressive singing.
Tyler Perry has released 19 films in the last 12 years. He has his own production company and his prolific output seems indicative of the great commercial demand for his films.
– Guardedly thanking Comrade Chairperson Volda Just imagine me! I’m being briefly but heavily political today.
Introduction Today’s column carries out a commitment I made in a letter earlier this week responding to a statement by Mr.
We frequently feasted on the juicy, orange “awara,” pale nutty “korio” and oval, thin-fleshed “kokerit” fruits from far flung palm trees.
The chairperson of the People’s National Congress Reform, Ms. Volda Lawrence, has rightly been taken to task for the statement she delivered to the Region Four District Conference of her party a week or so ago.
By Joseph E. Stiglitz INCHEON – Just under ten years ago, the International Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress issued its report, Mismeasuring Our Lives: Why GDP Doesn’t Add Up.
The scandal surrounding the 15,000 Cuban doctors who have been working as virtual slaves in Brazil is growing: Some of them filed a lawsuit in Miami against the Washington-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO.) The lawsuit, filed Friday, claims that the regional health organization not only supervised the programme, but pocketed US$75 million of its funds.
The Minister of Public Health and chairperson of the PNCR is reported to have stated that priority would be given to party members in the award of government contracts and in the employment of persons in government.
By Eintou Springer Eintou Springer is a Trinidad born poet, storyteller, actor and retired Librarian with over forty years of cultural work throughout the Caribbean.
Focus on Guyana’s National Budget 2019 represents the twenty-ninth edition of this Ram & McRae annual publication which highlights, reviews and comments on the major issues surrounding and raised in the National Budget.
Budget Speech 2019, the fourth presented by the current Administration, lasted approximately four and one half hours, testing the stamina not only of the Minister of Finance but the membership of the National Assembly and his audience.
In this section, we set out, without analysis or comments, the key takeaways from the Minister’s review of 2018 and his projections for 2019.
In this section, we summarise, review and comment on the economic and financial performance of the Government for the still incomplete 2018 year.
Targets Overall real growth is projected at 4.6% in 2019. The following graph presents the percentage of contribution to GDP at 2006 prices by various sectors:Source: Estimates of the Public Sector The primary industry groups are addressed separately below.
It is an often repeated story that a prominent businessman donated the sum of one hundred million dollars to the 2015 elections war chest of the Coalition.
There is one thing that the new iteration of “Robin Hood” does better than anything I’ve seen this year.
While in many parts of the world theatre practitioners can live off their talents, it is not so in Guyana.
The current balance projects a surplus of $19,017 million, an increase of $1,408 million or 8% over revised 2018.
Analysis of expenditure Introduction Properly executed, the Policies and Targets are reflected in the allocation of available funds via the various Ministries and other Budget Agencies.
Widely regarded as an invention of Continental Europe, and its paternity in 1954 attributed to France, VAT is an indirect tax collected mainly by businesses but borne by consumers.
In this section we consider the measures announced by the Minister, analyse them, evaluate their impact and discuss the extent to which they provide useful economic benefits to stakeholders.
The annual drumbeat of bigger Budgets has appeared to have some inherent virtue.
Have a “cautious” Christmas (Again, I leave Crime, Corruption, Cricket, Traffic Accidents, LGE and the Budget to others.) Instead, the recent City Hall Inquiry, the now-usual threat by the main Garbage Collectors to withdraw and the now-evident chaotic Vendor-Invasion, all combined to prompt the following heart-felt lament.
Bankers never die…They just lose all interest. The popular saying goes that the problem with banker jokes is that bankers don’t think such quips are funny, while ordinary people don’t think of these as jokes.
Our perception of presidential power will largely determine not only how we behave towards the individual and how they will act toward us but also how we will act if, perchance, we ever hold that office.
Venezuela’s dictator Nicolás Maduro may soon face bad news on the diplomatic front: More than 40 countries are considering cutting diplomatic relations or reducing their ties with Venezuela starting Jan.
This article was received from Project Syndicate, an international not-for-profit association of newspapers dedicated to hosting a global debate on the key issues shaping our world.
Alissa Trotz is Editor of the In The Diaspora Column On Tuesday 13th November 2018, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Guyana’s final court of appeal, struck down a law that was first passed in Guyana in 1893.
Today is Budget Day. The year 2019 would mark the fourth year for which the national budget is presented to and approved by the National Assembly before the year begins.
Where are our male role models? Are they nonexistent or on the verge of extinction?
When director David Mackenzie’s kinetic, bloody war epic “Outlaw King” landed the prime opening night spot at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, it seemed to signal great things for Netflix and for Mackenzie, whose previous work, “Hell or High Water,” was a critical hit a couple years ago.
-Land, spaces and places – for Afro-Guyanese [So how are you all – my country men and women – coping with the relative bombardment daily?
Introduction Figures contained in the 2017 financial statements of Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited indicate that the three-party set up of Esso, Hess and CNOOC Nexen will spend well over five hundred billion dollars ($500,000,000,000) up to December 2019.
(Editor’s note: Stabroek News has agreed to carry occasional columns from the Guyana Gold Board on matters of public interest.
With no television around, and none in sight, for decades, even remotely, in the south Georgetown backstreets I and my varied pals haunted, we children regularly begged adults to relate scary “stories.” Experiencing another prolonged blackout, books few and nearly impossible to read against the thin, tired flame of a slumping paraffin candle, we would remember the expensive batteries being forever too low to power the sputtering Radio Demerara.
Generally, there is high voter turnout at elections where the results matter. Unfortunately, in most countries people do not see local elections as particularly important and thus voter turnout is usually lower than at national elections.
I’m not a fan of Brazil’s ultra-right wing president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, but his decision to nix the programme whereby more than 8,000 Cuban doctors have been working in Brazil as virtual slaves deserves unqualified international support.
By Paulo Artaxo Paulo Artaxo is Professor of Environmental Physics and Head of the Department of Applied Physics at the University of São Paulo.
In our last two columns, we discussed three aspects of the 2017 Auditor General’s report, namely: overall opinion given on the country’s accounts which we felt was not supported by adequate audit evidence; the Executive Summary which did not appear to capture the essence of the report; and the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Government.
By The Caribbean Voice and Voices Against Violence Janet (name changed to protect identity) is a very strong, college-educated woman who, at the request of her husband, gave up her job to stay at home after marriage.
Throughout our history as a self-governing nation, many leaders have treated the people like marionettes.
Steve McQueen’s “Widows” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September as the much-hyped and much-anticipated follow-up to his Oscar winning “12 Years A Slave”, from 2013.
-The Spirit to exist, to survive What’s with my lead issue today? Well, it’s my escapist persona kicking in.
Introduction It has been nearly a month since the last column appeared on October 19 under the title Complex for the White Man, Disdain for Locals.