Saturday, February 13, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Mr Burrowes states...
"In this column, one of the issues I've usually written on is the over-dependence on government in too many areas. While government’s input is no doubt invaluable to the development of certain programmes, ownership of any initiative on the elderly needs to be at a national level. For example, one idea I would like to put forward is that of a sort of needs-based Pensioners' Fund, wherein government facilitates the administration of the fund which is supported by private sector contribution.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Kwame McCoy leaves town
Information Liaison to the President, Kwame McCoy, who is embroiled in a controversy over a recorded conversation purportedly to involve him soliciting sexual favours from a 15-year-old boy, has left the city.
Yesterday he touched down at Lethem at the border with Brazil. He is heading to Brazil and is likely to end up in Venezuela.
However, Kaieteur News has been informed that McCoy, who boarded a Trans Guyana flight which left the Ogle Airport at 10:43 hrs yesterday, arrived at Lethem under an “assumed name” and not his known name.
Since news reports linked the adult voice making advances to the minor to McCoy, the President’s L:iaison officer proceeded on annual leave which was due to him.
McCoy reportedly went on leave last Wednesday. Permanent Secretary within the Office of the President Dr Nanda Gopaul did not return Kaieteur News’s call seeking confirmation on this.
McCoy was at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, on Monday when President Bharrat Jagdeo returned to Guyana after high levels meetings in the United States.
The President told reporters, soon after, that he would look into the McCoy matter and would make a determination on McCoy’s fate once he was fully briefed.
On Monday, activist Mark Benschop delivered a copy of the recording to the Office of the President.
When McCoy landed at Lethem yesterday, sources told Kaieteur News that he was picked up by an official of the ruling People’s Progressive Party.
McCoy’s departure from Georgetown came a day after Chief Justice Ian Chang dismissed an injunction McCoy had brought against Kaieteur News, Prime News and Capitol News, to prevent the media houses from “further publishing words or images that have the effect of insinuating or suggesting that Kwame McCoy is involved in acts of child molestation and sexual predation on minors until the determination of a summons to continue injunction.”
McCoy was also seeking damages in excess of $50M from each of the named defendants for what he calls libel.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Come on people follow Mrs. Greene and start an effective campaign to protect other children from venomous child predators the likes of Kwame McCow
The group chanted slogans such as “run lil boys run, Kwame the predator is around”; “Shameful Kwame, wants protection from the judiciary”, “Kwame, you bring shame pun we country”, “God made Adam an Eve not Adam and Steve”, and “Kwame in the garden hiding”. The chanting went on for over an hour and caused drivers and passersby to stop and look in amusement.
If he refuses to do so, then the ball is in the President's court as other matters are being the micromanger he is. If Bharrat Jagdeo allows McCow to continue serving in his administration, then he would be in danger of exiting a morally broken Office of the President - one that supports abuse of our women and children, who are protected by numerous laws across the world. The incoming president will have a lot of work to restore respectability to the office. It is not impossible.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
However, in the mico-management scheme of things, this little 15-year-old boy must wait until daddy returns from New York before a public paedophile is dealt with.
Kaieteur News reports...It was pointed out that in light of McCoy’s denial the unit has to wait until President Jagdeo returns to ascertain the likely course of action. What the fuck is this about. This makes a mockery of the Rights of the Child Commission and Guyana as a state.
Where is SASOD in all of this. Is forcing buggery on a child something that you condone. Certainly you do condone buggery and you fight for it to become law. Speak up, let's hear from you memebers of SASOD. The last time you spoke you accused the state of sponsoring homophobia. Will you now accuse the state of sponoring paedophiles?
It was only a matter of time before other Caribbean countries jump on their band wagon and started to deport Guyanese living and working illegally in their jurisdiction. Suriname has done so under "Operation Koetai". Bahamas has repeatedly held immigration sweeps which net Guyanese literally. Bahamas employs a less humane method to capture illegal migrants, but it depends on which side of the argument you stand. Guns and batons are hardly used in the Bahamas. Instead, they use large nets and often pounce on unsuspecting aliens like dog catchers.
We expect immigration operations to launched in St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Grenada and Trinidad. Guyanese continue to be driven out by political unrest and victimisation; insecurity and crime; lack of economic oppertunties and vision of the Government; and rampant corruption condoned by those in authority. Those elected are running around chatting about stark developments, yet Guyana is seen externally hovering above Haiti, considered the poorest country in the hemisphere. Until, the Government come to grips and accept the realities that confront this nation, Guyanese will continue to find ways to make hay in other countries. Life's lessons are simple and it teaches that for you to fix a problem, you must first find it.
There is a sense of hopelessness and dispair with a large percentage of citizens craving for an Obama-type leader to enter the fray. Faced with so many internal struggles, the Government of the day acted like morons when they jumped on those mormons who preach peace, love and togetherness.
We need an immigration policy that works better than the bandaid policies that have come on stream since 1992.
Did we mention her slutty out of character roles she has been portraying in those videos? She is Guyanaese, but her aim should be above appearing in a few videos, rolling up in bed and grinding at the bar.
Hits and Jams which manages this young lady must sample the blame here. If you are a singer in the Caribbean, you will not make much money from cd sales. Your cds are promotional items for a stage show invite. Money is really raked in from tours and stage performances.
We ask of anyone reading this to rest you patriotism for a moment and ask what songs would Timeka excite a crowd at Summer Splash (since she is working out of Jamaica). The answer is pretty simple. Below is the teaser for her video with Busy Signal.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
“I am totally unaware of all of that…I want to mention that I have my visa to Canada, Britain and America…many of them in the PPP and in Cabinet don’t have that.”
Dr Van West Charles, in a display of political maturity rarely seen inGuyanese politics will withdraw from the PNC leadership race andsupport former Party Chairman Winston Murray whom he believes is anexemplary candidate who has served the PNC and Guyana for the pastthirty years.
This move comes after many discussions over recent yearsbetween both leaders whose common fear is that under the presentleadership the PNC will soon fade into oblivion thus denying thousandsof Guyanese the representation against a repressive, racist, corruptand inept PPP.
An official press briefing will be held at noon today then both leaderswill depart for Berbice in a last minute campaign tour.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Ending months of speculation, incumbent Robert Corbin yesterday officially announced his decision to contest to retain the post of leader of the main opposition PNCR, saying his primary motivation is the need to have stable leadership to make the party “fit for purpose.”
Flanked by supporters including PNCR vice-chairs Basil Williams and Volda Lawrence, Corbin told a news briefing that he accepted the nomination of the 160-odd groups which nominated him and emphasised that he would be part of a team concerned about the future of the party, and Guyana.
“I am part of a team that recognises that the enemy is not within but is the present administration that has been involved in several violations of our constitution and has indeed put Guyana in a parlous state at this moment,” he explained.
He said too that in order for the party to confront the current administration, it needed to build unity and strength. He acknowledged that there was a mammoth task ahead of the party in terms of conflict resolution, building harmony and ensuring that it was all inclusive to confront challenges that lie ahead. [link]
Sunday, August 16, 2009
However, the Guyana Chronicle has proven that the Minister is lying about the reasons behind the media tour.
Chronicle claims " The inspection exercise was also in response to a number of queries raised by the local daily, the Kaieteur News, at press briefings and in articles, for specific information on these projects, and the representatives of that entity not only had the opportunity of having all its uncertainties clarified but were also provided with a map of the locations at reference."
The Minister certainly needs to explain how a paper friendly to him opposes what he stated. Robert "Backpeddling" Persaud has some explaining to do.
"A TEAM of officials from the Ministry of Agriculture on Friday paid a visit to Region Three (West Demerara/Essequibo Island) to assess the progress being made with work on several key drainage and irrigation (D&I) structures there.Heading the delegation was Agriculture Minister, Mr Robert Persaud, and the purpose of the exercise was to make good on a promise to deliver quality service to farmers by adapting an inclusive approach."
However, way down the article, Mohabir tries to show some balance, but fails miserably.
"He had one gripe however, which was the deplorable state of the dams whenever it rains, which makes it difficult for the farmers to access their farms during the rainy season."
Further, there was clear evidence that Persaud’s Ministry and the contractor of the projects he visited, intended to frustrate the efforts by the press to police the works being executed.
Following scrutiny by Kaieteur News, Persaud, two Fridays ago, promised to take the media on an inspection tour of the projects between Bonasika Creek in the Essequibo River and Crabwood Creek on the Corentyne Coast.
However, yesterday, after inspecting just eight structures in one of four of the “Lots” Persaud left without informing the media. This was after he had inspected a drainage and irrigation structure under construction at Philadelphia, East Bank Essequibo.Four “Lots” of rehabilitation projects of Drainage and Irrigation structures were recently awarded through the Agriculture Sector Development Unit, with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank.
Essequibo contractor, Roopan Ramotar, popularly known as ‘Fowl Cock’ was awarded two of the ‘Lots.” These are Vergenoegen/Bonasika, East Bank Essequibo and Den Amstel/Fellowship, West Coast Demerara.
The two were constructed at a cost of $385 million; and the one at Golden Grove/Victoria, cost $202 million.The other “Lots” were for Vreed-en-hoop/La Jalousie and Crabwood Creek, and these were awarded to BK International.Persaud, two Fridays ago, said that he would personally take the media on a tour from 05: 00 hrs yesterday and go up to midnight if that was necessary to cover all the areas, including up to Crabwook Creek.
Yesterday morning, the tour commenced at the Parika and Ruby backdams, where Persaud examined seven structures. Thereafter, the state-owned media, consisting of the Guyana Chronicle, National Communications Network, and the Government Information Agency, left.Persaud then moved on to inspect one structure at Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo.
The team then moved on to Philadelphia, also on East Bank Essequibo.When Kaieteur News inquired about Minister Persaud’s whereabouts, Parmanand Persaud, who goes by the title “Farmers Relations Specialist”, said that the Minister had a meeting for 10: 00 hrs.
Along with Persaud, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Lionel Wordsworth, and contractor Roopan Ramotar also left without informing the media team.The only other media house remaining on the inspection tour was Evening News, which only happened to be traveling in the same vehicle with Kaieteur News.
The media team was never told who would be the alternative spokespersons given that Persaud, Wordsworth and Ramotar had left.”As a result, reporters were at a loss as to who would answer their questions regarding the projects that they were being taken to.
It was at this point that Kaieteur News discovered a clear attempt by the Ministry and the contractor to frustrate efforts to reach the project sites. At the head of Philadelphia, the media team was told that the bridge they were going to inspect was one and a half miles into the backdam, and that they had to walk because the road was impassable to vehicles.
One of the reporters from Kaieteur News was taken in on a motorbike by a ranger of the Parika Water Users Association. When the ranger was about to return to pick up another member of the group, to save the team from the arduous walk in, he was stopped by a gentleman who, in clear ear shot of a Kaieteur News reporter - told him to assist anyone besides any member of the media. [link]
Agri Ministry responds to spurious claims by Kaieteur News- remains committed to infrastructural advancement despite negative press
Georgetown, GINA, August 15, 2009
In response to spurious claims and malicious reporting by the Kaieteur News team of developments at an inspection visit yesterday, the Ministry of Agriculture has released a statement condemning the unfair attack of the media house on the ministry and Minister.
The ministry asserts that, in light of the article: ‘Minister Persaud backpedals on agri inspections – abandons media team; contractor seeks to frustrate Kaieteur News’ of the Kaieteur News dated Saturday August 15, 2009, it is clear that the media house is, beyond a shadow of doubt, on a campaign to ‘go after the Minister of Agriculture’ as opined by several observers.
The Kaieteur News (KN) team reported of being abandoned by the Minister and frustrated by the contractor and technical team. This, the ministry stated, is part of a sustained attack by KN and other pro-Opposition media outlets, and is a contravention of a major tenet of journalism - the principle of fair and accurate reporting.
The ministry held that the KN team, in its report of the field visit, omitted or twisted certain facts:
The visit was not requested by anyone; rather, it was proposed by the Minister himself as part of his recent campaign to get all stakeholders, particularly farmers, involved in the monitoring of agriculture projects. This is indicative of his unprecedented drive for ensuring value for money and beneficiaries’ participation;
The Minister was the first to arrive on the worksite, having commenced the journey to the inspection tour site before 05:00 hrs;
Minister Persaud was not scheduled to be with the monitoring party for the entire duration of the activity, but he spent close to five hours touring the sites and interacting with stakeholders;
During a media briefing at one of the project sites at the Parika/Ruby Backdam following hours of inspection to other sites, the Minister questioned whether any member of the media wanted to opt out of the inspection activity and be transported back to Georgetown.
He stated that those who wished to remain would be accommodated. The KN and Evening News teams opted to continue on the inspection activity and were adequately taken care of; Minister Persaud, owing to the exigencies of his job, could not stay on for the full duration of the activity and did not want to limit the media inspection to the time he could spend.
Instead, he encouraged continued inspection of the media, and ensured that the Ministry’s technical team was on hand to facilitate in his absence; and it was the KN team that urged that the activity be terminated before all project sites were visited.
The ministry posited that perhaps the KN team, not being able to find fault with the state of the project; the dispositions of stakeholders; the number of works executed within the project framework; and the ministry’s resolve to improve conditions for all members of the agricultural fraternity and the wider Guyanese citizenry, felt the compulsion to present its version of the reality.
The ministry informed that, notwithstanding the barrage of negative reporting of KN – something that seems to be a policy position of the media house – it will soon be arranging other inspection visits to other project sites, and all stakeholders and media houses, including KN, will be invited.
However, we could not help but notice that the President looked somewhat like Robert Persaud, especially with the sideburns. This has nothing to do with Persaud's marriage to the head-of-state's neice.
We understand this is a major campaign ploy by the PPP/C to confuse voters by 2011, when Robert is expected to be the party's presidential candidate.
Once Jagdeo continues looking like Robert Persaud, voters will be tricked into thinking that Jagdeo is the front runner when instead it will be Robert. Once again the PPP/C is one step ahead. Observers say the only challenge to teh plan is that Jagdeo does not have a full head of hair like Robert. However, a PPP/C insider said that's not a problem as the leader has been washing his hair with Ochro slime and by next year, should see visible signs.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Once tuned, it was impossible to vacillate on the ultimate ennui that the programme disgorged. Even the music played during the More than the show, we have been hypnotized by the cricket in the background that is competing for airtime with Dennis…The chirping is driving us insane to the point of slamming the laptop…Chirp, Chirp, Chirp.
We understand that to avoid any Government interruption during the programme, Mr. Chabrol took his operations underground. It appears to us he was reporting from some lonesome, bushy area hence the cricket in the background…There goes that cricket again…chirp, chirp, chirp. It’s disgusting because we wanted to hear from Gordon Moseley, especially since he has a running rift with President Bharrat Jagdeo. Mr. Moseley is again jumping on Mr. Jagdeo and the Government.
We have tuned out for now, but more on the embodiment of internet radio craziness after we awake.