Archive for October 11th, 2012

OP-ED: International Day of the Girl Child

David Rudder – High Mas

OP-ED: International Day of the Girl Child 

by US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt.

Last year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare today’s date as the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face around the world.  This resolution also seeks to galvanize global commitments to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls.

While the world has seen important progress in expanding opportunity for women and girls, significant gaps remain in  their level of political participation and economic opportunity.  A growing body of evidence makes clear  that political and economic empowerment among women is critical to fostering international peace and security, growing vibrant market economies, and supporting open and accountable governance.  That is why the Obama Administration has ensured that promoting the rights of women is fully-integrated into the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy.              Continue reading




BY EWALT AINSWORTH              10 09 2012

Buxton celebrated and the Corentyne was in high spirits as Junior Knights, second son of former teachers and Guyana Defense Force Captain Stephen Knights was sworn in as a judge in Clayton County Georgia. Stephen senior practices immigration law primarily in New York and is considered a staple in the West Indian community.

His son Junior follows in his footsteps and is a second generation judge after being exposed as a prosecutor in Georgia. Stephen senior before leaving Guyana two decades ago for the United States was also a magistrate in the Georgetown jurisdiction.  Before becoming a magistrate Stephen senior was also  Legal Adviser to the National Insurance Scheme  (NIS) for a number of years.  His wife Hazel was a school teacher and resident of Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara.              Continue reading