Archive for March 31st, 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