Archive for March, 2012

Budget 2012: Income tax threshold, old age pension increased; Opposition unimpressed

Budget 2012: Income tax threshold, old age pension increased; Opposition unimpressed

Demerara Waves – March 30, 2012

Increases in the income tax threshold, old age pension and public assistance were not enough to impress the opposition when finance minister Dr. Ashni Singh presented the GUY$192.8B 2012 National Budget on Friday.

The minister concluded his almost three-hour presentation to the National Assembly with the relief measures.

“Public assistance is currently paid at a monthly rate of $5,500 to approximately 9,000 beneficiaries, Budget 2012 provides for public assistance to be paid with effect from 1st May, 2012 at a rate of $5,900, a seven percent increase,” Dr. Singh announced to cries of “shame shame” from the opposition.

Turning to old age pension the minister revealed that the monthly amount would be increased from $7,500 per month to $8,100 per month and will also take effect from May 1.

According to the minister, the increases in the public assistance and pension would place a further GUY$350M in disposable income in the hands of the elderly and most vulnerable.         [more]



By EWALT AINSWORTH                                          03 30 2012

A few short years ago, immediate past President, Bharrat Jagdeo visited with Newark New Jersey Mayor, Cory Booker and had extensive conversations with the iconic mayor about the plight of immigrants and the poor.  Both these categories of people will always be with us and as such from a humanistic point of view, they need to be taken care of.  If the 2012 budget is a metric the Guyanese community in Newark then we consider it both shallow and empty.

Permit me to say too that when Cory came to power a few short years ago, he did not set up office in town hall; he went to live between and among the most vulnerable people.  Winter time he shovels snow, and in the summer time he sucks water ice and play ball with them.  Perhaps it may be a good thing for both the current Presidents and Finance Minister to shack up for one night at the Palms or Dharm Shala.

The Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh needs a whooping with a belly-ache switch.  He must also be reminded that there are more poor indigent Indian folks than black folks.  Not only are more Indians indigent but they are also more and most vulnerable because of their emptiness in terms of education and shallowness in terms of their inability to operate in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment.                  Continue reading


MONEY OR CONNIE:  A GREENE EPISODE                                   03 302012


Police Commissioner Henry Greene

One of the legacies of the Jagdeo/Ramotar administration as they inch towards a sudden but permanent resting place is that they made carnal knowledge of women a prescriptive right; you have money, you get connie.  You have power, you can have sex; no money down.  Former Chronicle photographer and jokester, Cyril Latchoo, schooled me on the relationship between money and connie.

Letting Police Commissioner Henry Greene off the hook is a down payment on slackness, in-civility, immorality and a swift acknowledgement that women are irrelevant.  You have a connie, you are tantamount to a criminal and valueless.

Sociologically speaking, Indian men do not find black women attractive.  In this case, Commissioner Greene is in bed with the Indian government; contact corrupts. At no time during the 18 year ascent to power did the PPP administration show any respect, tolerance or mindset to accommodate black women.   Continue reading



By EWALT AINSWORTH                                          03 24 2012

This is the second year in a row Jamaican Frank is celebrating his 100th birthday; his is now 102 years and does everything he did half a century ago except waste time and gamble.  Frank is a strong believer in the 11th commandment adumbrated by Reggae Singer Prince Buster…”thou shalt not pidgy-wing or call my name in vain for my wrath shall descend on you heavily.;  all his days are occupied by pretending he will live another century (or part thereof).  And guess what…the medical prognosis is good and over the weekend he had a slight bagwat for those who did not make it on his 102nd birthday – 02 14 2012.

On a recent visit to his official visit residence on Sanford Avenue in Essex County, New Jersey last Valentine’s day, there was very unusual activity.  There were scores of balloons and twice as many people all dressed up, looking good and smelling good awaiting the elevator to go up to the fifth floor.  It is only then I realized that all the young people around me, were on the same mission to go meet and greet Frank and help celebrate his 102nd birthday.   Continue reading

Demise of a daughter – Ms Elizabeth Francis

Demise of a daughter – Ms Elizabeth Francis

Ms Elizabeth Francis

Victoria has just laid to rest another prominent resident and former school teacher/headmistress Ms Elizabeth Francis.

She lived after retirement with her children here in New York and her body was taken back to Guyana for interment.

Ms Francis taught extensively on the East Coast and became Head Mistress at the Golden Grove Methodist School.  She was a staunch Christian and an eminent member of the Belfield citadel.  She is survived by two daughters and a son and half-a-dozen grand children. Continue reading

Caution: benn-ahead

Caution:  benn-ahead

By: Ewalt Ainsworth

In my formative years he held the hands of this writer and helped him over the zebra crossing.  In adulthood, this same man became a soccer coach, mentor, mechanic and friend.  Today he has moved on.

This discussion is about Philbert Lloyd Benn, a product of Golden Grove and a global citizen.  At the time of death in the Diaspora, Llydie was a few months short of his 66th birthday.

In some circles, Mr. Benn used to be referred to as ‘DANGEROUS-BENN’ BECAUSE OF HIS HEIGHT, STAMINA AND STICK-TO-ITIVENESS.  He was also a friend of my father, LRD Ainsworth.  Mr. Neebert Sancho, former principal of the Golden Grove High School, and now business executive in Montreal, cancelled all his schedules and joined the family back home for the celebration of his life and times.     Continue reading



BY EWALT AINSWORTH                 03 30 2012

Friday will go down as the most luckiest day in the world for somebody, anybody but not everybody.  The New York lottery system is sponsoring the most expensive and incentive-filled game in the history of the lottery project…US 500,000.00.  And with that comes some behavioral issues among our people and some others.

Patrick, a compatriot, some years ago was visiting during the Easter season his adult children who had moved into the home purchased by his ex-wife and current husband.  The current husband, who is a personal friend, tried to be courteous, cordial and cooperative while the ex husband visited.  In addition to cooking some snapper curry and wild rice, the two scampered off quietly to the neighborhood lottery store.  The husband used the curriculum vitae of the ex to select tickets and gave him a bundle as a gift.  One of the bundled tickets yielded a significant amount of money and with that the visiting boo cancelled his visit and headed for the hills without sharing.  A decade has past and neither the ex wife, current husband or immediate past and visiting husband, have spoke n to each other.  As a matter of fact, the women died shortly after and rumors have it that “the low down dirty dog” might have started her demise.  That’s how I buy it and so a sell it.          Continue reading