so yuh geh big wuk an’ ting wid de guv’ment? #guyana


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aye! i ain seein yuh in a long time
ok, yea
ah seein yuh in de papers and stuff an’ all ova in de news
ok ok.
so yuh geh big wuk an’ ting wid de guv’ment?
big wuk ?
Yea, now dat the campaign done, wuh yuh doin?
big wuk on my farm. yea
yuh mean yuh ain get nuttin?
nah i ain geh nuttin
yuh not interested in nuttin though?
no jus planting
hmmm ok. well we got the change so things should be better now


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raj singh & the ppp devils will push guyana & guysuco over the edge

pay attention to what’s happening here!

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couple days ago when i said all these devils should be fired some uh yall get vex
oh well, hold on tight an’ don’t let go to your newest love
they’re about to dismantle guysuco right before your eyes come what may

“Further, Dr. Singh indicated that the corporation might have to cease its operations on all estates with effect from (Sunday) May 31, 2015 unless funding to the corporation becomes available within a few days. Should the Corporation cease its operations, the CEO explained all employees – waged and salaried – except security personnel would not be provided with work from (Sunday) May 31, 2015.”

see some have forgotten they once destroyed cane fields and sabotaged factories across guyana

the devil is the devil is the devil
and he is real
as yall tryin fuh savour de lil independence and freedom, the ppp is partying in port morant and…

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Expectations of the New Government: Climate Change and Social Development

agree 20000%. this must be a priority area for sure. no time to waste.

Youth Blogs GY

As a young person, there are many things I wish to see from the newly elected government: a better education system, reduced corruption, an end to winner-takes-all politics, reduced poverty, empowerment of women, and the list goes on. I am mindful however, of the fact that there are severe limitations to how much can actually be done within a short period of time and with our current resources. Remember we are the 3rd poorest country in the western hemisphere, a position which took 2 decades to get promoted to (from being the 2nd in the western hemisphere in 1992). In spite of claims of massive development, comparatively speaking, we were always several steps behind everyone else.

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Connecting with each other is key to health and wellness

Healthy food, exercise, regular check-ups, rest, not smoking or overindulging with alcohol – ask most people the keys to good health and these will be their answers. However, in addition to these well-known standards, there is one other thing that is crucial to our well-being and that is being connected to and part of a community or social group. Yes, research has actually shown that social connectedness has a real, significant impact on our health- both physically and emotionally.

Being lonely and isolated was found to be as bad for a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, being an alcoholic, and not exercising. It was twice as bad for one’s health as being obese. Extreme loneliness was found to increase the chance of premature death by 14%, while strong social connection increased longevity by as much as 50%. Feeling isolated from others can disrupt sleep, raise blood pressure and stress hormones, increase depression, and affect how well the immune system responds. On the flip side, people with strong social connections were found to have a lower risk of mental illness, less stress-related health problems, and to recover faster from trauma or sickness.

Intuitively this makes sense; after all, human beings, like many other animals, are social creatures. We evolved to live in communal groups and a great deal of our sense of self and well-being comes from our relationships and interactions with each other. Realizing that social connectedness has real impacts on our physical health, as well as our emotional wellness is critical, especially in societies like ours in Guyana where divisiveness sometimes rears its ugly head too often (especially at election time like we’ve just experienced).

Being social is not easy for everyone (as someone who often prefers my own company over others, I understand this very well). However we need to feel connected with each other. Aside from the benefits to our own physical and mental health described above, the larger community also benefits when we come together with each other. A community that is closely-knit is better able to protect and safeguard its weak and vulnerable members – children, the elderly and those who physically, mentally, socially and economically challenged. By nurturing close relationships with one another, we become more able to build trust and stronger, healthier, more resilient communities, better at withstanding and recovering from dangers.

In Guyana, a country below sea level, facing the constant risk of flooding, we live daily with the threat of environmental devastation. While those in the hinterland areas would be more protected, the majority of Guyanese live on the coastland and we are therefore mostly all in the same boat. Sure, those with more money and resources may be somewhat better off, in the short term, than others less economically advantaged, but the fact is that much of the wealth of the rich comes from the labour of the poor so in the long run, our well-being is inextricably linked. Obvious and undeniable though these observations are, they are often overlooked.
I wished to make these points in this, my first column post-election, simply to remind you, my fellow Guyanese, that no matter who wins or loses at the polls, whether it was ‘your’ party or not, our destiny is intertwined and our survival best assured by living and working together harmoniously. It is not easy to do, I know.

Differences can sometimes seem insurmountable; the ‘other’ alien and frightening. Often, we are manipulated into believing that superficial differences such as the colour of our skin, texture of our hair and other physical attributes, the amount of money and material goods in our possession, and who and how we love should mean more than the fact that we all bleed the same when cut, need clean air to breathe, uncontaminated water to drink, unpolluted soil to grow food, desire to be loved and cared for, and that we shall all, without exception, die one day.

While there are indeed significant variations in cultural practices among people and some real genetic differences between groups (with some illnesses affecting certain populations more than others – sickle cell anaemia, for example), the fact is that our similarities far outnumber our differences. The fact is that all human beings share common ancestors, and that many of our differences are simply a result of the different environments in which we grow and develop.

That our environments play a huge and very significant role in shaping our beliefs and behaviours is a crucial fact for us to understand. Environments that foster divisiveness and enmity between different groups, and that do not encourage connections and bonding are fundamentally unhealthy and dangerous to our overall well-being. We must realize, remember, and resist this manipulation, and work together to create communities of people who are not afraid of the differences between themselves, and who understand the strength that comes from bonding with one other.

We must resist the urge to isolate or segregate ourselves. We must challenge ourselves to push against and through the fears that we have been conditioned to feel about different others. We must not sacrifice meaningful connections with others at the altar of economic wealth or success. We must teach the youth to embrace diversity in all aspects of life and we must create social systems and infrastructures that protect and enhance equal access and treatment, human rights, and justice. Our very happiness and existence depends on this.

Building social connections, even for introverts, is not too difficult a task. One does not need a multitude of friends; rather it is the quality of the bond that matters. Engaging with others can simply mean doing what you enjoy with others who share your interest (while remembering to encourage and explore differences as well). We must come out from behind our computers and meet in person. We must build and reclaim vital public spaces. Remember we have the power to shape our environments and mold our destiny. By nurturing close relationships and communities, we will live longer, happier, healthier lives individually and collectively.

why does Guyana have a consulate in occupied Jerusalem?

why are large swaths of land in Guyana owned/leased by Israelis when many ordinary Guyanese can’t get affordable houselots?

mark jacobs lives!

in the name of justice i wish to see this abomination corrected by the APNU AFC government and minister of foreign affairs carl grenidge

729-boycott israelwhile paying lip service to Palestinian liberation the outgoing PPP govt has always maintained a consulate in occupied Jerusalem and also accredited an israeli ambassador to Guyana [H.E. Amiram Majid by bharrat jagdeo 2010. see him here saying hi to ramotar]

to make matters worst, the PPP govt given out land to a number of israelis in guyana while citizens like myself have been refused and denied in the country of my birth. in other words, the PPP encouraged israeli settlements in guyana.

indo caribbean world bigged up the farm and concept back in 2009

Company Director, Liran Peretz, who is from Israel, recently told the media that “Guyana is the alternative due to availability of water year round”.
Guyana is considered economical and viable due…

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dear harvard, leslie ramsammy has blood on his hands #guyana

Harvard T. H Chan School of Public Health has blood on their hands

mark jacobs lives!

leslie ramsammy crimes must not be forgotten leslie ramsammy’s crimes must not be forgotten

This letter is an appeal to your sense of decency, humanity & justice.

The Harvard School of Public Health Commencement speaker for 2015 issued governmental approval for a narco-terrorist organisation to purchase sophisticated military equipment. This organisation then went on to murder over 400 citizens of Guyana. To date, no one has ever been arrested or charged for these murders.

I am requesting your assistance in appealing to Dean of Faculty Julio Frenk in stopping Dr. Leslie Ramsammy from speaking and bestowing accolades on him.

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BK International & other PPP affiliated companies should be on guard in Guyana

these people eh! SMH

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The M28 Skytruck touching down at Ogle International Airport. Inset is patriarch of the BK Group of Companies, Mr Brian Tiwarie, and his wife (third and fourth right, respectively), and their four children (Photos by Adrian Narine)  The M28 Skytruck touching down at Ogle International Airport. Inset is patriarch of the BK Group of Companies, Mr Brian Tiwarie, and his wife (third and fourth right, respectively), and their four children (Photos by Adrian Narine)
it’s of interest that BK International gave equipment for digging out south road canal sunday with president david granger
all these ppp affiliated companies and individuals will have to be carefully vetted & investigated and let the chips fall where they may

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Letter and PETITION to Harvard School of Public Health asking that they sever their affiliation with Mr. Leslie Ramsammy


Julio Frenk, Dean
Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115

c/o Ms Linda McDonald Brady, Chief of Staff; 617-432-5522

Re: Concerns about HSPH’s affiliation with Mr. Leslie Ramsammy- current Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow

May 18, 2015

Dear Sir,

My name is Sherlina Nageer and I am a citizen and resident of Guyana. I am also a graduate of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, earning the Masters of Public Health degree in 2000. I am writing to express my great disappointment and concern about the collaboration between the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Mr. Leslie Ramsammy (for reasons which I will outline below). I respectfully submit that Mr. Ramsammy is, in fact, a poor candidate to hold a Menschel Global Leadership Fellowship, teach a course on Leadership Development in Global Health, or be Guest Speaker at the Commencement Exercise for the School of Public Health on May 28th. I believe that the Harvard School of Public Health has been woefully misinformed about Mr. Ramsammy’s accomplishments in the health sector of Guyana and I respectfully request that you reconsider and sever your relationship with Mr. Ramsammy.

I wish to provide some background about myself, to give you some insight into my reasoning and context for my critique of Mr. Ramsammy. I have been resident in Guyana since 2009, working on health and human rights issues, focusing primarily on sexual and reproductive rights and health of women, children and the LGBT community, violence prevention, economic empowerment, and increasing government accountability and quality public services. I am an independent consultant, but affiliated with several local activist organizations, including Red Thread: Crossroads Women’s Center, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Guyana Trans United, and Guyana Rainbow Coalition. I also write a bi-monthly column on Health and Wellness topics for Stabroek News, one of the four major national newspapers of Guyana. Although my work over the past several years has sometimes put me in an adversarial relationship with some government authorities, I remain non-partisan, holding no brief for any political party.

Mr. Ramsammy’s affiliation with the Harvard School of Public Health came as a shock to me, which deepened after I realized he was being lauded as a leader in transforming healthcare in Guyana. I am not sure how much the HSPH investigated or attempted to corroborate Mr. Ramsammy’s claims, or if any effort was made to speak with other independent health care analysts of Guyana prior to his appointment, but I submit that, contrary to Mr. Ramsammy’s claims, the public health system of Guyana remains seriously deficient. While there have indeed been advancements made in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, that has been the case worldwide; there is nothing especially remarkable or innovative about Mr. Ramsammy’s approach in Guyana in that regard. Moreover, Mr. Ramsammy, as Minister of Health, failed to show leadership in multiple areas. I will just touch on four here, which have significant local resonance to the people of Guyana- reproductive rights, LGBTI rights, interpersonal violence, and mental health.

Legislation making abortion legal in Guyana has been on the books since 1995. However, in the decades since the passage of the law, abortion services remain largely unavailable in the public health sector of Guyana. Although Mr. Ramsammy may claim otherwise, the fact is that abortion services only began to be offered earlier this year, in the main public hospital of Georgetown. Women who need this service (especially those living out of town) have, over the years, been forced to pay private physicians. Economically disadvantaged women who cannot afford private doctor fees or to travel to Georgetown, resort to untested and unsafe folk remedies, or visit unlicensed ‘bottomhouse clinics’ where many have been maimed and even killed by doctors without proper training in performing pregnancy termination. Many of these doctors also work in the public health sector but over the years, even though multiple women have been injured or killed by them, none has been sanctioned. When there is a problem, victims’ families are usually either paid off or intimidated into silence, or else given the run around by the authorities. The doctors deny involvement, destroy the evidence, close up their private practice, and just continue working in the public sector. Information about which doctors are trained to provide abortions, where to go for the service, or where to report any problems is not made widely available by the Ministry of Health. In addition, nothing has been done to reduce the stigma around abortion, there is little sex-education in the public schools, and public clinics do not always have all the family planning methods in stock. While Mr. Ramsammy is no longer the Minister of Health, this sad state of affairs has been the case in Guyana for decades now, including during his tenure (see for more information).

LGBTI health and rights is another area in which Mr. Ramsammy failed to provide significant leadership during his tenure as Minister of Health. Some strides were made in reaching out to men who have sex with men in terms of HIV education and prevention, but many other aspects of LGBTI health remain unaddressed. Women who have sex with women and transgender individuals, in particular, remain largely invisible and untended to in the public health system of Guyana. While lip service is paid to patient rights and non-discrimination, research has shown that many non-heterosexual and non-gender conforming Guyanese continue to receive poor quality service from the public health system (see for more information). Breaches in confidentiality along with disrespectful and discriminatory treatment by healthcare providers are common, making many LGBTI Guyanese reluctant to access healthcare services, including preventative care. As in the case of unlicensed doctors performing abortions, there is little accountability or recourse to justice for LGBTI Guyanese whose rights have been violated. While, Dr. Ramsammy, to his credit, did support civil society’s call to repeal the archaic ‘sodomy laws’ which were inherited from colonial Britain, and has spoken in support of LGBTI rights (as well as the right to abortion) at various international fora, he was unable locally, to mobilize his colleagues to join him on this stance, or to translate this support into tangible action and relief for LGBTI Guyanese on the ground. The fact is that LGBTI Guyanese remain marginalized and stigmatized today, in large part because no influential public figure has stepped forth as a leader to vocally support and advocate for these rights in the public domain.

On the issue of interpersonal violence- Mr. Ramsammy has once again, failed the Guyanese people. Domestic and interpersonal has been widespread in Guyana for many years. While realizing that this is a complex issue with numerous contributing factors, the fact is that there have been numerous high-profile instances of domestic and interpersonal violence perpetuated by friends and colleagues of Mr. Ramsammy which he has remained silent on. In one instance, a former president of Guyana was publicly accused by his ex-wife of hi-tech domestic violence and persecution. In another more recent instant, Mr. Ramsammy’s successor to the position of Minister of Health, cursed and threatened to slap and have someone (me) stripped for questioning him about maternal and child mortality (see for more information). In these and many other instances over the years, Mr. Ramsammy has remained silent and shown absolutely no leadership- no desire or ability to confront his friends and/or those in positions of power who threaten or abuse others. By keeping quiet and toeing the ‘party line’, Mr. Ramsammy has put his own professional and political career ahead of justice and commitment to human rights. His lack of action has contributed to a climate of blaming and shaming those women who dare to speak out and challenge the patriarchal status quo. While some might try to argue that these are personal matters, or politicking, the fact remains that the personal is political, that citizens deserve better treatment from their elected officials, and that to not publicly confront abusers, even if they are friends or colleagues, is to be complicit in the perpetuation of violence.

Finally- concerning mental health. The mental health sector of Guyana has been neglected for decades. As with the issues mentioned above- reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and interpersonal violence- there is much talk but few real advances. While funding and staffing remains extremely limited, Guyanese continue to kill themselves at record rates. According to the most recent data from the World Health Organization, Guyana has the highest estimated suicide rate in the Americas as well as globally (see for more information). The former ruling party of Guyana, which Mr. Ramsammy served as a Member of Parliament since 1997, has tried to refute the WHO’s report by claiming the numbers are incorrect but they have failed to provide any more accurate statistics. The fact is that data collection on many key topics, which could be used to guide policies and strategies have not been adequately collected for many years, or in some cases, like the 2014 Census, collected but not publicly released. The fact is that Mr. Ramsammy, during his tenure as the longest-serving Minister of Health of Guyana, from 2001- 2011, did little to ensure that there were more staff trained or funds allocated to adequately address this significant issue. I am not naive; I realize that resource constraints often limit the scope of necessary action. However, in my opinion, one of the foremost qualities of a leader is the ability to motivate and mobilize attention and support to address key societal issues. Mr. Ramsammy was unable or unwilling to do that, with regards to mental healthcare in Guyana.

Apart from his numerous failings in the Guyanese public health arena which I have described above, and which, in my considered opinion, tarnish whatever reputation he may have gained outside of Guyana as some sort of global leader, Mr. Ramsammy also has serious criminal baggage to consider. He been linked to the notorious drug lord and ‘death squad leader, Mr. Roger Shaheed Khan, who was recently convicted by the U.S government and sentenced to forty years imprisonment for cocaine trafficking, witness tampering, and illegal firearms possession. While serving as the Minister of Health, Mr. Ramsammy officially purchased sensitive ‘spy’ equipment to intercept cellular phone calls- equipment which was later found in the possession of Mr. Khan. Although Mr. Ramsammy denied involvement, his signature was on the bill of sales and sworn testimony to his involvement given in court by representatives of the company involved in the sale (see, and; read for free here- for more information).

In conclusion, I do not know what measure of leadership the Harvard School of Public Health used to judge Mr. Ramsammy worthy, but I urge you to please reconsider your affiliation with this individual. A true leader would ensure that his acclaim internationally is grounded in real works and accomplishments on the ground locally. A true leader would not knowingly and willingly aid and abet drug lords and death squad leaders. A true leader would ensure that the laws of his nation are properly implemented and justice and accountability provided to his fellow citizens. A true leader would stand against violence and intimidation and would work for human rights for all. For these reasons and others, Mr. Ramsammy has not demonstrated leadership to the people of Guyana.

To reiterate- I am not a member of any political party and my issue with Mr. Ramsammy is not a personal nor a political one; my condemnation is solely in terms of his record as a public health professional. I think it is misleading to characterize Mr. Ramsammy as a global health leader based on his poor track record on the ground in Guyana, and that doing so does a grave disservice to the students of the T.H Chan School of Public Health and tarnishes the stellar overall image and reputation of the HSPH. Again, I urge you to reconsider and sever your ties with Mr. Ramsammy forthwith.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or require any further information. I would also like to let you know that a petition against Mr. Ramsammy’s appointment to the HSPH is currently being drafted and will be circulating among concerned Guyanese at home and abroad and to you as well, for your consideration. I do hope that our voices will be heard by you.


Sherlina Nageer, MPH

Amanda Andreyev, Executive Assistant
Kresge 1009; 617-432-1524

Robert Blendon, Senior Associate Dean and Division Director- Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development; 617-432-4502

Betty Johnson
Director of Student and Fellow Programs- Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development; 617-432-1809

Steven S. Lee; (617) 576-6600 ext. 201

Madeline R. Conway; (617) 576-6600 ext. 213

Harvard Caribbean Club

Dear east Indian supporters of the PPP #guyana


mark jacobs lives!

You are free
It’s true
Stop listening to the PPP mis-leaders and get ready for a new beginning
No one is coming to get you
There is no program or plan to rape, assault, attack or injure you
That’s all PPP bullshit and propaganda
All the imaginary fears of the other they’re trying to instill in you they are guilty of
Do not listen to those clowns from freedumb house
They will get you killed in pursuit of their narrow agenda and they don’t give a shit about you anyway
donald and bharrat wants war but they must be ignored
The game is over
Breathe again
You are free
It is true

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east indians have to let go of their collective paranoias vis a vis afro guyanese

mark jacobs lives!

this man is not suffering under forbes burnham or blackman rule. this is ppp guyana today this man is not suffering under forbes burnham or blackman rule. this is ppp guyana today
a lady who told me last week granger murdered two people is now voting for APNU AFC

racism has handicapped guyana but it’s something rarely discussed seriously. the two negroe factions battling for supremacy, straight hairs and curlies, are deeply entrenched in internecine warfare with the straights firing destructive salvos at all concerned the last 23 years. no area is safe from artillery. men, women, children, history, science, technology, health care, buildings, time, space or reality have all been targeted for decimation.

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