Posts Tagged ‘politics’


Toots and the Maytals with Willie Nelson – Still


BY  EWALT AINSWORTH                            10 01 2012

While President Donald Ramotar was away in New York doing some shame management, it is only now the old-man is realizing that after twelve is lunch and it is time for him to step out on his own.  Ramotar also indulged in self-well-faring and buying himself and beautiful wife gifts for his upcoming birthday this October. Mrs Ramotar showed interest in size-12 outfits but backed off slightly after trying on outfits at some trendy stores. Ramotar was spotted at GIFTLAND…where you can order and pay for the gifts in NY and can be picked up almost immediately in GT at no extra cost.

The President now has 12 credit cards; he clipped coupons and filled out rebate certificates.  He simply loves a bargain and in the twelve months or so he has been hanging in, the micro-managing thing seems to be getting to him.  TALK HALF/LEFF HALF.    Continue reading

Guyana plans office in Dubai

Guyana plans office in Dubai

Written by Demerara Waves
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 08:03
dubai(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) Atiq Juma Nasib, senior director, Commercial Services Sector, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, received Ambassador George Hallaq, Minister of State and Presidential Envoy of the Republic of Guyana, and his business delegation seeking stronger trade ties with Dubai businesses, at the Chamber head office on Monday.

During the meeting, Ambassador Hallaq informed about his country’s decision to open soon a commercial representative office in Dubai representing Guyana as well as the Caribbean Community which he said will help attract Dubai investors to his country and to highlight Dubai’s investment potential to the Guyana and Caribbean business community.    Continue reading



BY EWALT AINSWORTH                 05 05 2012

Had he lived, 8th of May this year Guyana’s altruistic and rustic former Prime Minister, Dr Ptolemy Reid would have been 100 years of age (May 1912 to September 2003). The ‘grand old-man’  Dr Reid died about nine years ago after retiring voluntarily as Prime Minister but  made his mark as  an opponent of poverty and a proponent and exponent for self sufficiency,  fair-play, justice, honesty, transparency and genuine people’s development.  Perhaps we should all tweet something sweet on May 8th and send a message (140 characters or less) to the characters who occupy MAIN STREET to get with it or get out.       Continue reading

Granger rejects criticism of GECOM appointment

Granger defends the appointment of female commissioner, rejects criticism of GECOM appointment

Georgetown, Guyana: May 5th, 2012 — In an invited response to the AFC’s Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan, M.P., Leader of the Parliamentary Majority, Brig. David Granger pointed out that APNU’s nomination of Ms. Sandra Jones to be a GECOM commissioner was made on the basIs of “pure merit.” APNU’s partners jointly concluded that of the competing candidates, Ms. Jones was by far the best qualified candidate, with over 25 years experience in both the private and public sectors. Continue reading


Mighty Chalkdust – Ah Fraid Karl


By Ewalt Ainsworth                                 04 30 2012

The PPP government and administration may not be wearing red T-shirts at the traditional Labour Day parade and perhaps may withhold sandwiches, roti and grenades from the workers because of the new and improved pruned budget.  It is the contract workers who will be the first on site and first to go home empty-handed potentially because of the budget cuts.  The PPP, as a disease and distress creating entity, is blaming everything on Carl.

Shop shut; is Carl.  Bus flat; is Carl.  Cock ent stand up; is Carl.  The PPP afraid of Carl Greenidge and the Joint Opposition budget team more than they afraid massacouraman.  Carl help them create a working budget that will put people back to work and give them a life certificate.  But they want to punish and see folks gravel in the ark and come crawling and begging while they wear khaki bow-ties.     Continue reading


“Boots” –  by the Mighty Gabby of Barbados


RADIO KAYAMABAY RED ALERT                04 23 2012


When you live in the rolling savannahs of the Rupununi and certain upper reaches of the majestic Cuyuni and Mazaruni rivers there is very little electronic and technological communication between and among locals.  But yet still they see and hear and know almost instantaneously every noggin of gossip and every nugget of bamboozling that takes place officially and unofficially.

Trust is key, and in some homes, families have certain birds or animals, and if anything bad is to befall them the bird or the animal takes the rap.   That is a signal for them to know if you are accepted in the community.     Continue reading



By  EWALT AINSWORTH                                      04 18 2012

Overnight I have been contemplating what we call in Guyanese parlance a ‘chuck’.  A chuck is a wonderful thing especially when you dealing with own way, hard ears and racial appearance exponents and proponents.  Just these last few minutes, the APNU chuck the PPP into action and was able to get them to increase the amount of money old age pensioners will get across the board.  The money may even be paid out earlier than expected and should honestly be made retroactive to January.  Old people should not be held at ransom because of their appearance and attendance at the polls.  Dr Ashni Singh is wrong in withholding a generous hand and still has a lot of undoing to do and avoid another chuck or two.          Continue reading

CHILI: Lessons from the students

CHILI: Lessons from the students  – How to stop a middle-class revolt from derailing a successful development model

Apr 14th 2012 | the Economist

CHILE has long seemed set to become the first developed country in Latin America. Its income per head has tripled since democracy was restored in 1990, to around $16,000. Its success has been based on a simple formula: a free-market economy backed up by the rule of law and a fiscally responsible state. Far more than other Latin Americans, Chileans have trusted in the market to provide not only growth but also public services such as education, health, pensions and infrastructure.

Now Chile’s approach is under greater strain than at any time since 1990. For the past year, students have staged huge protests demanding that universities be free (for them, they mean). They want the state to assume a dominant role in education, while barring for-profit providers. Their cause has wide public support. While the conservative government of Sebastián Piñera has fumbled, young far-left leaders like Camila Vallejo, a nose-ringed geography student and Communist Youth leader, have seized the initiative.     [more]



By EWALT AINSWORTH                          03 20 2012

English does not always convey the sincerity and severity of the help and assistance civic-minded people extend to citizens.  ‘Thank-you’ sounds great but gracias has an impact; it also shows grace and gratitude especially after having to endure and extend your stay in a foreign country and left out to dry because of the gender of the basketball team.   The Guyanese girls won the tournament.  Winning in this case was not enough especially when you do not have a cup or your last name is not Singh.  The PPP is always looking for new and creative ways to punish and be punitive to its citizens irrespective of the circumstances.

This basketball team was not on a holiday, but was there to fly the national flag.  Sports are a genuine form of human development.  It fosters national cohesion, confidence and character but those are not the games that the PPP plays.  No money, no love.

DIGICEL and Ansa McAL, gracias.  The Guyana government does not care for certain people.  You do.  These girls went out to win and they did.  Your efforts in bringing them back home are appreciated. Continue reading



By Ewalt Ainsworth                                     03 12 2012

In the heat of the winter a few short years ago Gt-Goatie called urging “come represent.”  His second mortgage and now wife, who originally hails from Buxton, welcomed me with open arms to the bustling christening off Norwood Street in East Orange, NJ.  Once settled, I realised that I was one of four people from Victoria.  House full, kitchen full and basement had standing room only.  I had to become a counter revolutionary and stand to attention and nurse the items of roti and curry, channa pockets, Creole food and dense beers as per request every 20 minutes or so.

While there that solitary Sunday but noise-filled party, I discovered village matters.  Every Buxtonian in the party did not make it a secret of his sovereignty; he/she spoke in superlatives and conducted every conversation in such a way that the village was good and could never be better because of the reservoir of the talent pool, knowledge base and the resourcefulness of the people.  One man, whose mother was from Victoria and father from Buxton, tried playing it both ways and succeeded.  Village matters.    Continue reading