EZJET BOSS JAILED…THE GOAT MUST GRAZE WHERE IT TIE

EZJET BOSS JAILED…THE GOAT MUST GRAZE WHERE IT TIE

By Waltie Ainsworth

Late last week notorious EZJET owner, Sonny Ramdeo, was jailed for 20 years in Miami for defrauding his employers more than 21 million US dollars. Official court reports suggest that Mr. Ramdeo wanted to rival Sir Richard Branson as an airline tycoon by plying international routes ferrying passengers at low and fares and substantial baggage. (Click here for detailed story in Kaieteur News)

Mr. Ramdeo is reported to be a personal friend and confidant of former President Bharrat Jagdeo, who at the moment has personal legal problems of his own.  Continue reading

Obama cites ‘justice and redemption’ in call for comprehensive prison reform

Obama cites ‘justice and redemption’ in call for comprehensive prison reform

Speaking at NAACP convention in Philadelphia, president urges shorter sentences for some drug crimes and says felons should have right to vote

Obama at NAACP 2015

Obama at NAACP 2015

Barack Obama called for comprehensive reform of the US criminal justice system on Tuesday, including shorter sentences for certain drug offenses and the right to vote for convicted felons.

“Justice and redemption go hand in hand,” Obama said in a speech to the NAACP’s annual convention in downtown Philadelphia.

“I see those young men on street corners and eventually in prisons, and I think to myself: ‘They could be me,’” he said. “The main difference between me and them is I had a more forgiving environment so that when I slipped up, when I made a mistake, I had a second chance.”  Continue reading

Wives of Caribbean leaders urged to address Teenage Pregnancy in the Region

UN URGES WIVES OF CARIBBEAN LEADERS TO APPLY BEDROOM PRESSURE TO TWEAK TEENAGE PREGNANCY IN REGION

By Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth

Last week when the Caribbean heads of Government…..all men … were meeting in Barbados for the annual 36th planning meeting, the wives were out in Belize strategizing and planning petticoat details to tweak and curb teenage pregnancy in the region.

A disturbing statistic was revealed that 70 per cent of women under 19 have a child or two. To aggravate this situation the traditional support system is no longer there. Parents and grandparents are oft times absent and the spouse is missing, unemployed, in jail or visible in the drug trade. As a result the health and socioeconomic conditions of the children is often affected. Continue reading

Jagdeo to be Opposition leader – says Rohee

Jagdeo to be Opposition leader – says Rohee

June 30, 2015 | By | PPP completes 32-member parliamentary list Rohee
Former President Bharrat Jagdeo

Bharrat Jagdeo

After weeks of suspense, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has finally selected its 32 members of Parliament. One of them will be Deputy Speaker for the eleventh parliament, at a time when there was much doubt over whether Guyana would even have an opposition presence in parliament.

The PPP/C has however maintained its silence over the future of former President Donald Ramotar, with former President Bharrat Jagdeo, who has been widely rumored to have been selected as Leader of the Opposition, being tipped by General Secretary of the PPP/C Clement Rohee as a front runner for the post of Opposition Leader.

During the PPP/C weekly press conference yesterday, Rohee was asked for an update on the party’s list of parliamentary members. However the General Secretary refused to divulge specifics, despite a recent Guyana article appearing in the media during which Rohee appeared as the interviewee; in the interview Rohee  appeared to lend credence to the rumors of Jagdeo’s return to parliament as Opposition Leader. Continue reading

(YBBB) MAGISTRATE HAS OPPOSITION LEADER JAGDEO KUSSERING

Watchman – Leader of the opposition

(YBBB) MAGISTRATE HAS OPPOSITION LEADER JAGDEO KUSSERING

By Waltie Ainsworth

The Young Beautiful Bold and Boviander (YBBB) magistrate Carolyn Artega has self-appointed and self-acclaimed opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo kussering. Jast week, instead of appearing in court he sent her a medical loose leaf saying he had back problems. Jagdeo, in a deliberate ploy to avoid imminent jail had become creative in using all kinds of techniques and schemes to avoid going to court at Whim in Corentyne.

Jagdeo feels that by remaking and rebranding himself as opposition leader he can avoid being sentenced for race baiting and creating chaos in the new and upwardly mobile Guyana. Let the records show that he must appear in court in pyjamas or on a stretcher. Continue reading

WALL STREET FEMALE MOGUL INGRID AUSTIN DIES

WALL STREET FEMALE MOGUL INGRID AUSTIN DIES

By Waltie Ainsworth

There was a certain reverence and grace in which Ms Ingrid Austin conducted herself ever since we were youthful. She upkept her family tradition of philanthropy and Christianity…..in that order and now that she has expired, I shed a tear.

Ingrid left Guyana….Victoria to be precise in the days when neighbors used to keep vigil and farewell parties. The entire family left around 1962 but they never stopped looking back irrespective of their accomplishments and professional status.

Ingrid pursued a career in banking and finance and worked for several years in management and supervisory positions on Wall Street. The last decade was not so great. She fell ill and on her own volition retired from professional work but actively engaged with her church and needy communities.
Here is a complete assessment of her life and times as provided by her family.  Continue reading

PRESIDENT GRANGER CHATS VENEZUELA TERRITORIAL ISSUES WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

PRESIDENT GRANGER CHATS VENEZUELA TERRITORIAL ISSUES WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

By Waltie Ainsworth

President David Granger had a very productive meeting with President Barack Obama at the White house on Friday June 12, 2015. High on the agenda was the perennial dispute between Guyana and Venezuela. Since the completion of the recent election cycle in Guyana, Venezeula, at the goading of the losing PPP, has renewed its territorial claim to the entire Essequibo Region and delta which is rich in gold, timber and holds significant offshore oil reserve. Brazil has also put Guyana on notice to reclaim land on the southern border.

On Wednesday last, parliament was convened and the PPP refused to show up. Instead they picketed outside of GECOM headquarters in Kingston much to the dismay of the Civic faction of the party. A prominent citizen, who prefers to remain anonymous, said that his understanding of elections and campaigning is that it should end after the official count has been announced. He also expressed disgust at the PPP claiming that Jagdeo may have demitted office and never gave up powers. The problem is of him still suffering a hangover having lost the elections. Continue reading

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