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NICIL Fraud investigation…Former Ministers among those to be charged  – Khemraj Ramjattan

NICIL Fraud investigation…Former Ministers among those to be charged  – Khemraj Ramjattan

Feb 25, 2017  Kaieteur News – By Brushell Blackman

Khemraj Ramjattan

Khemraj Ramjattan

Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan says that criminal charges will be brought against a number of officials including People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) former Government Ministers.

In an interview with Kaieteur News, Ramjattan said that the Special Organised Crimes Unit (SOCU) has completed its investigation into the operations of the National Investment and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL).

He said that SOCU’s recommendations and that case file are now attracting the attention of the special prosecutors who are perusing the documents and will now recommend who is to be charged.     Continue reading

Nigerian officials row over ‘plastic rice’ – BBC News

Nigerian officials row over ‘plastic rice’

 Nigeria’s food safety agency has denied claims by the health minister that it has cleared the reported “plastic” rice.

A senior official at the National Agency For Food and Drugs (Nafdac) said the minister’s Twitter statement “is not their position”.

Health Minister Isaac Adewole had tweeted that tests by the agency found “no evidence” of plastic material.

About 2.5 tonnes of the “plastic” rice has been confiscated.

Rice is Nigeria’s staple food and it is a tradition for people to give bags of rice as a gift during the Christmas period.

Africa Live: More on this and other stories

Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said on Wednesday the fake rice was intended to be sold during the festive season but has not commented on the health minister’s statement.

The official at Nafdac told the BBC’s Stephanie Hegarty that the tests were still ongoing:

“We are not done with comprehensive tests. We are still in the laboratory. We haven’t concluded analysis and it is not something we can conclude in two days.”

“We are yet to conclude the chemical and biological analysis,” he added.

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A SHORT HISTORY OF VICTORIA VILLAGE –  By Joseph Barlow Snr.

A SHORT HISTORY OF VICTORIA VILLAGE –  By Joseph Barlow Snr.

With the advent of the 2016 INDABA I decided to offer the wider community a bit of the history of this colourful hamlet named Victoria Village.

Victoria Village, originally Pln. Northbrook lies some eighteen miles East of the capital city Georgetown. As far as records go it was owned by the Scottish family, The Baillie’s who also owned Pln. Dochfour. There still remains, a few miles into the farm lands, an area known as Baillie’s Polder which is famous for its yams.

Latterly, the mulatto, Hugh Rogers became the owner and on his death his executors sold the abandoned cotton estate to 63 manumitted Africans who hailed from neighboring estates of Ann’s Grove, Dochfour, Hope, Enmore and Paradise. The date of the purchase was Thursday, November 7th, 1839. In the year, 2013 November 7th was a Thursday and in the following years of the first half of this century, Thursday November 7th will occur 5 more times: 2019, 2024, 2030, 2041 and 2047.   Continue reading

First-Village Indaba & Observance of Inaugural National Day of Villages

First-Village Indaba & Observance of Inaugural National Day of Villages

The Fourth First-Village Indaba will commence on Thursday, November 3rd under the theme of “Reconstruction” and conclude four days later on the evening of the inaugural observance ofa National Day of Villages. The Indaba Planning Committee shifted the event that is usually held during Emancipation Week as a way of acknowledgement of President David Granger’s foresight and the significant symbolic decision to designate November 7 – National Day of Villages.

The Indaba Committee is in harmony with the breadth of the Head of State’s designation of the observance as it honours and celebrates the pioneering contribution of all villages and acknowledges the continuing pivotal role of villages in the economic, social, and political life of Guyana. We also view the selection of the date of November 7 as a posthumous honorific bestowal on our Ancestors – the 83 Proprietors who daringly purchased Plantation Northbrook and emerged a code for the management of the village they named after Queen Victoria.   Continue reading

GT CULTURE-VULTURES GAIN STICKMAN OSCARS – By Waltie Ainsworth

GT CULTURE-VULTURES GAIN STICKMAN OSCARS

By Waltie Ainsworth

After a prolonged absence of more than two decades, a dance troupe from the Guyana National School of Dance is performing

Claire Goring

Claire Goring

in New York for the Labor Day festivities.  And as part of the annual celebrations the Guyana Cultural Association awarded some 18 of its esteemed artists with special awards.

Topping the list of awardees was Ms Claire Goring of Solo fame and brain. Claire Ann is a native of Victoria and has been with the GCA since its inception in 2001 and is currently working on establishing an Art and Culture Centre for young artists in the Diaspora.

CLICKTHIS LINK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDEES: http://guyfolkfest.org/awards/

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JUBILEE of REMEMBERANCE – FROM THE DESK OF LLOYD PIETERS, PHD

JUBILEE of REMEMBERANCE

Lloyd Pieters

Lloyd Pieters

FROM THE DESK OF LLOYD PIETERS, PHD

GREETINGS! TO ALL FELLOW GUYANESE

IT IS WITH GREAT JOY THAT I CONGRATULATE H.E. PRESIDENT DAVID A. GRANGER, HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER MR MOSES V. NAGAMOOTOO AND THE PEOPLE OF GUYANA ON THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THEIR 50TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERASRY.

THIS JUBILEE OR 50TH INDEPENDENCE WHICH GUYANA CURRENTLY CELEBRATES WITH DIGNITY AND UNDER ITS NEW COLATION GOVERNMENT THE A.P.N.U/A.F.C IS NOT A MISTAKE OR COINCIDENCE, RATHER IT IS AN IMMENSE DELIVERANCE GOD BROUGHT UPON THE GUYANESE NATION. THEREFORE IT IS CONSIDERED TO HISTORIC, REMARAKLE AND MEMORABLRE

WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE.   Continue reading

50th Independence Anniversary Arch is a symbol of nationhood…. President Granger

50th Independence Anniversary Arch is a symbol of nationhood…. President Granger

Georgetown, Guyana – (May 20, 2016) President David Granger, today, committed to ensuring that Georgetown is restored to its former glory and that the capital city will regain its reputation as one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque and pleasant places for residents and visitors, in his address at the unveiling of the 50th Independence Anniversary Arch.

The G$20M Arch was financed wholly by Banks DIH Limited as an Independence anniversary gift to the nation. It was designed by Mr. Vaniar Gutierrez of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and fabricated by VSH Steel with hot dipped galvanised and welded steel pipes.  Continue reading