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Guyanese should take note of the protest going on in India

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

In Guyana the violence against women is only getting worse, rape and murder is everyday story. The police does nothing about it, the government turn a blind eye and go as far as covering up rape when one of their own is the perpetrator.

Women like Priya Manikchand, Shalimar Ali-Hack, Gail Teixeira, Bibi Shadick should be ashamed of themselves. Only the other day Shalimar Ali-Hack’s husband and head of CIOG Shaikh Moen-ul-Hack basically said Guyanese girls are directly responsible for being raped. This is the husband of the lady that is responsible for laying charges against perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Is it any surprise why there is no justice for rape victims?

Pick any article in the news today about the brutal rape of the young lady in India, and you can easily substitute Guyana for India in it, except for the part where people are protesting.

The PPP and their friends are allowed to do anything they like to women, and the average man on the road see this and do the same.

http://onevoicecanwin.com/?p=2231

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No way to run a university – or a country

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

By STABROEK STAFF | LETTERS | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012

Dear Editor,

The report ‘Kissoon didn’t qualify for contract‘ in SN of Feb 1 raises some new questions while leaving old ones unanswered.

The old questions are:

Why would the university allow an incompetent lecturer to remain for more than 2 decades?

How could it be a sensible financial decision to terminate a contract immediately, in effect paying a lecturer not to teach, when the council could quietly decide not to renew the contract at its legal end?

The new questions the article raises are:

Why has the council not formally cleared the air on the termination of Mr Kissoon’s contract if it is true that this, as with all other decisions was consensual?

Does consensus at council deliberations mean that the positions of the PPP members carry the day?

Having read much of the coverage relating to the de facto firing of Mr Kissoon, a reasonable conclusion is that the decision was political, and there is much to be said for Dr Henry Jeffrey’s analysis in the same issue of SN that Mr Kissoon was fired to show who has the power. I would add that the intent, besides plain malice, is to send out a warning to those who might be prepared to speak out in ways critical of the presidential party. I suggest that it is past time for the party representation type of council to be changed.

This is no way to run a university or a country.

Yours faithfully,
Karen de Souza

http://www.stabroeknews.com/2012/opinion/letters/02/02/no-way-to-run-a-university-%E2%80%93-or-a-country/

http://www.stabroeknews.com/2012/features/02/01/pppc-regime-axed-kissoon-simply-because-it-believed-it-could/

PPP University of Guyana council members caught lying about the firing of lecturers

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

UG Students Society President denies voting against Freddie Kissoon
Written by Demerara Waves
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:30

The President of the University of Guyana Students Society, Duane Edwards on Wednesday bluntly denied that he supported the termination of Political Science Lecturer, Freddie Kissoon’s contract.
Four Council members, who represent the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC), have said that none of the 14 council members supported Kissoon’s retention.
But in a statement, Edwards called the claim by Indra Chandrapal, Nirmal Rekha, Gail Teixeira and Bibi Shadick “absurd” and almost false and mischievous.
“I now conclude by saying categorically that I argued for the retention of Mr. Kissoon based on the interest of the constituency I represent,” said Edwards.
Kissoon’s contract termination, the payment of three months salary in lieu as well as no offer of future employment is being used a launching pad by workers and students organisations on the Turkeyen campus to press for a number of demands. They include hygienic conditions, no political interference, improved laboratories and the hiring rather than the firing of competent lecturers.
Daily lunchtime protests and marches are being held on the campus and the organisations- University of Guyana Workers Union, Senior Staff Association and the Workers Union plan to escalate ‘Operation Rescue UG’ into a strike in another 72 hours if no action is taken.
Following is the full text of the statement by the President of the Students Society.
Recently four PPP/C UG Council members have seen it necessary to speak publicly about what transpired at the last Council meeting. In relation to my participation in the process as the representative of the UGSS, the press release is promoting as an ‘incontrovertible truth’ what in fact borders on gross misrepresentation of facts that smacks of mischief-making. Apart from coming close to falsity and mischievousness, the press release which claims that ‘not one single member of the 14 council members present at that meeting, including the [University of Guyana Students Society]… supported [Mr. Kissoon’s] retention’ is a reduction to absurdity of what exactly transpired at the meeting. It is inconceivable that in less than two weeks before the beginning of the second semester that the academic staff and I would be party to a decision the consequences of which could be inconveniencing to students and burdensome to the faculty. When the version of the unfolding of the Council meeting presented by the press release is juxtaposed with the fact that the matter had to be transferred from the Appointments Committee, a body dominated by academics, in order to secure the intended outcome then the claim that no academic staff supported Kissoon’s retention becomes even more absurd.
I wish to further state that my voice was among those voices of reason that highlighted the totally irrational and inconsiderate nature of terminating a contract in the middle of the academic year.
Representing the interest of the students, I pointed out to the Council members the extant situation as it relates to the shortages of lecturers for key courses and the fact that lecturers are expected to fetch extra courses to make up for these shortages which consequently result in reduced quality instruction and engagement and lack of program preparation.
I now conclude by saying categorically that I argued for the retention of Mr. Kissoon based on the interest of the constituency I represent.

http://www.demerarawaves.com/index.php/201202013243/Latest/ug-students-society-president-denies-voting-against-freddie-kissoon.html

PPP fires Freddie Kissoon from the University of Guyana

January 24, 2012 Leave a comment

My dismissal from UG: Naked power in an optimistic age

JANUARY 24, 2012 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER FEATURES / COLUMNISTS, FREDDIE KISSOON

On Wednesday evening, the UG Council met and rescinded three lecturers’ contracts that the Government’s representatives wanted sacked in October because they claimed the Vice-Chancellor had no legal right to issue the contracts. That was the last meeting of the Council for 2011.
Dr. Patrick Williams will be issued a new contract, so too will former deputy head of Customs and Excise, Loris Bancroft. The Council decided against renewing my contract and it was brought to an immediate end with the provision that I am not to be employed either as a temporary lecturer or on a part time basis.
My contract ends in August. I should have started teaching next week. My termination letter stated that it goes into effect immediately. For people reading this column let me describe what happened and then go on to defend my academic performance at UG.
Five Government appointees argued for my dismissal. There were Nirmal Rekha, Prem Misir, Gail Teixeira, Bibi Shadick and Indra Chandarpal. Those who debated that the contract should be allowed to run until it was up in August were the representatives from the PNC, students union and two academics.
In summing up, without a vote, the Chancellor said there were more voices for dismissal than for retention. I was not invited to the meeting even though I am a Council member. I cleared my mail on Tuesday afternoon at UG. I received no e- email notice.
I have worked at UG since 1986. My contract was renewed every three years after successful teaching and research since 1986. My present contract was awarded after consideration of my research and teaching. It was recommended by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Over the years at UG, I have done more academic research than the two Presidential aides who argued for my dismissal – Prem Misir and Gail Texieira. Unlike some people who represent the Government at UG, I do not pad my curriculum vitae nor do I edit books and claim that I authored them. For the past five years I have offered to the University community more research seminars than any other lecturer on the entire campus with my last seminar being in November last year.
My latest published research was a 75-page essay that was submitted in 2010 to the Guyana Historical Society that investigated racism in the exercise of power in all the presidents of Guyana, including Mr. Jagdeo.
I was educated at UG, Mac Master University in Canada and the University of Toronto.
In my 26 years at UG, I never had a complaint filed against me by a student for any issue whatsoever. I have taught some of the most powerful people in Guyana including Robert Corbin and Donald Ramotar. I have taught the children of the most important leaders of the PPP, including the daughter of President Ramotar. I taught the wife of Ralph Ramkarran. I repeat; I never had a complaint made against me even for a low grade. Funny that through all the years of Mr. Jagdeo’s resentment of me and my confrontations with the PPP-appointed Vice-Chancellor, James Rose, never could anything be proven against me at UG.
Before I complete this column, I want to state unambiguously that I have proof that the former President, Mr. Jagdeo made a call to Barbados in early November to Chancellor Compton Bourne about me. I hope the Chancellor does not discredit his Caribbean standing by denying that. If he does, I will have to name names.
I will end this column with a funny story that the Guyanese people will not find funny at all. In my presence and other Government appointees on the Council, Gail Teixeira requested a Council meeting from Chancellor Bourne. He said that he may not be able to summon a meeting in November because the British Government had asked him to travel to the UK to appraise one of the universities there. I was speechless.
Dr. Bourne, the Chancellor of UG, was going to appraise a university that was a million times more of an accredited university than UG that he presides over. At that very October Council meeting, Dr. Bourne was asked to immediately fire a number of lecturers. One is fascinated to know what appraisal Dr. Compton Bourne, former Head of the Caribbean Development Bank, gave that university and what he will give UG. Do the Councils in British universities operate the way UG’s does? How will Dr. Bourne answer that?
In an age where the opposition controls Parliament, naked power continues. Let’s see how Parliament will react to this unstoppable cancer.

Almost two-thirds of female population are abused – Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo is the chief abuser

October 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Almost two-thirds of female population are abused – GPHC Official
OCTOBER 11, 2011 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

It is believed that almost two-thirds of the female population suffer from domestic violence and are attended to by health officials. This figure could represent a significant shortfall of the actual case as all health officials may not be equipped with the relevant investigative skills to determine certain forms of domestic violence.
This assumption was recently offered by Consultant Anaesthetist attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Dr Vivienne Mitchell, in an invited comment to this publication.

Dr Vivienne Mitchell
“We think it is about 67 percent of the female population that are abused, but there is not enough good data, and so we don’t know all the patients who are really suffering from domestic violence…
“We have not been able to do enough good studies to precisely pinpoint what were domestic violence and what were not.
“A woman might come in with burns and she might die and it might be treated as a suicide or an accident but we did not investigate to find out what really was the cause…if it was indeed intimate violence.”
A recent seminar which came as a result of the Georgetown Public Hospital collaborating with the United States-based Vanderbilt University, was geared at helping health workers and other relevant officials to discern the subtle forms of domestic violence, the likes of infidelity and verbal abuse.
This move, according to Dr Mitchell, comes as part of the efforts to help stem the rising scourge of the social challenge which occurs between intimate partners.
Vanderbilt University, according to her, has been working along with the Public Hospital for some time now and “they have all of these innovative teaching methods that we can use to improve the way we deal with this problem.
“I had concluded a long time ago that adults cannot be taught because if you tell them one thing they still go back and do the same thing over and over, but with the Vanderbilt experts on board, I think their methods will prove to be effective.”
The support is especially needed in the health sector, she added, since there is no doctor in Guyana who is a domestic violence specialist. And there are already plans apace to ensure that such educational programmes are sustained, as according to Dr Mitchell, a grant proposal has been submitted to the Global Fund.
“The Vanderbilt people are just here to get us started…it’s a trainer of trainers thing we are doing here and then we will have our own programme where our people will be doing the training…”
The programme comes as part of efforts to complement measures that are already in place to address domestic violence.
According to Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, Guyana has one of the most advanced Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Act in the Caribbean. He pointed to the fact that Guyana has pioneered the Domestic Violence Act within the Caribbean and in recent times has amended the Sexual Offences Act to make it more contemporary.
In addition, following a ‘stamp it out’ campaign that was conducted from 2006 to 2008, Guyana introduced a new Sexual Offences Act.
“We are in the process of implementing these Acts…There are responsibilities across sectors…all the different sectors, security, human services, health, education, we all have responsibilities under these Acts.”
But although the Ministry of Health has been working very closely with the various concerned organisations such as the Ministries of Human Services and Home Affairs in implementing the Acts, there are still obvious gaps, thus the need for continued educational development, Minister Ramsammy said.

Bharrat Jagdeo/Donald Ramotar Office of the President pro PPP/C website has illegal porn for download

October 8, 2011 1 comment

Well we all know that the PPP/C are quite welcoming to the porn thing, well that is if they are the ones making and consuming it, remember Minister of Labour, Human Services and Social Security, the Honorable Bibi Shadick’s nephew porn production involving under aged girls being drugged and raped? http://guyanagroove.blogspot.com/2006/07/stella-saysshadick-should-make-things.html