Guyana’s mysterious telecommunication licensing.

Sometime last week the Kaieteur News shared information about the ownership/interests of Global Technology and inet. In that article it was reported that the HPS said that he did not know about inet’s license.

Tarron Khemraj wrote a piece in SN analyzing the high cost of electricity and its impact on the private sector. Fact is that high electricity cost and high internet rates and communication costs are strangling businesses in Guyana – and both sectors (Electricity and Commnications) are run by monopolies and/or a handful of persons who were favored by the GoG.

I have always been openly and publicly pro-liberalization even while employed by one of the monopolies.

Now, while inet/GT said that they have had a telecommunication license for many years, I do not know any company other than GT&T or Digicel that received a telecommunication license. In fact, GT&T’s license supposedly precludes any entity from being granted a telecommunication license except in the mobile arena.

So, what happened was that NFMU/GoG gave “permits” to a few entities for use of a certain frequency – for FREE.

These “permits” were, I belive, restricted to the sale and distribution of internet access and were given to Enetworks, Quark Communications Inc and inet. It is important to note that while they received free frequencies, Digicel and GTT had to pay per a complex formula for the spectrum. What was more intriguing was that (maybe) the “freeness” was backed by granting “permits” to use what is usually known as the open spectrum. It was clear that the GoG avoided any legal challenges from GT&T by issuing these permits (instead of licenses).

The main persons behind these three companies (Enetworks, Quark, Nexlink) are known to everyone and one of them even appeared in the list of candidates for one political party at election time.

What was also reported in KN was that Quark Communications operated from within the premises of Queens Atlantic while Inet was acquired by Global Technology whose principals are associated with Queens Atlantic.

The HPS is right to say he does not know them (inet/GT) since if they have a telecommunication license, it would have been with the direct knowledge of the HPS (the NFMU/DoT/PUC all fell under the ambit of the PM and HPS).

Does these three companies operate under influence of one company or one group of persons? Will their collective strenght effectively negate the Dominance of GTT and Digicel? Is communication in Guyana heading into the hands of a few persons?

What is (maybe) not obvious to the public is that Enetworks, Quark Communications Inc., inet and Nexlink Communications are all GUARANTEED a telecommunication license under the new telecommunication (liberalization) legislation “without the need for any application therefor from any of those entities”.

Finally, what is also not obvious to the public is that the PPP and AFC both lack the independence to argue and debate telecommunications liberalization since there is deep conflict of interest. The PPP’s members/candidates are guaranteed licenses
while top persons in the AFC (Ramjattan/Williams) are retained directly and indirectly by GTT and Digicel.

The question begs to be asked: Who will look out for Guyana’s best interest where telecommunication is concerned?

The PUC is as culpable as the telephone companies.

Freddie Kissoon was spot-on in his piece on the non-evaluation and non-valuation of the work done by Lenno Craig in his challenge to Digicel.

Telephone companies all over the world use every opportunity to make money – and unless challenged will make money off us in ways unimaginable. The Lenno Craig Vs Digicel matter is not unique to Digicel, but is a good example of how consumers are ripped off by various companies. In some countries you pay from “send to end” where you start paying from the time you engage a phone to the time you end the call – the argument being that the company’s resources are engaged. In some countries you pay to place and receive a call.

It would appear as though the consumers body and the PUC in Guyana are ultimately clueless in everything and do not employ the resources that can educate them on the ways that their charges make money from consumers – without the PUC’s approval. In fact, the PUC is, at the very least, as culpable as the companies’ in ripping customers off – and it only when the consumers bring matters to them that they act.

Think of it this way, if Digicel’s subscriber base is 300,000 and GT&T’s is 300,000 and you access 10% of their customer bases’ voice mail per day at, say half-a-dollar per access, the revenue is approximately G$5million per year for each company. And, remember, in the meantime, the consumer did not get to complete his/her call.

Maybe the PUC should order that the consumer only pay upon leaving a voice mail (instead of paying for a “ringing out to voice mail”. So, that’s totalling approximately G$10million that the consumer base can save for things like food or education etc.

Much more can be written on this matter, but the PUC needs to start doing some work. After all, it collects million dollars per year from the consumers (through the two telephone companies) – while the consumers’ advocates and consumer bodies receive nothing. The PUC is therefore as guilty as the telephone companies in extracting moneys from consumers and giving them little in return.

Yes we should all thank Lenno Craig for bringing this matter to national attention, leading a fight and winning it.

Meanwhile how many consumers know that we are looking at a potential increase in telephone rates and electricity rates again.

crISIS – part 1: Silence of Islam

When the attack on Gaza started a couple of weeks ago, the local authorities and the local Islamic Groups protested, held a rally and expressed shock and anger at the attack.
It is a SHAME that they are today quiet when crISIS befalls the brothers and sisters in the same part of the world. Excepting for people like Ty Talbot and Anna Catherina Sunnatul Jamaat, Zaheer Khan and a few others, there have not been enough voices repelling these animals who, under the garb of religion, profess to justify their execution of innocent people under their jihad as directed by the Quran (in their interpretation).
I must note that the Guyana Islamic Trust made a release decrying the actions of ISIS (Aug 25). This is admirable and commendable.
However, in the main, there has been silence. Is the silence an acceptance of the terrible acts portrayed in the name of Islam? The world would do well to remember its silence when the ethnic cleansing began in Germany with Hitler.
The world would do well to remember that GOD is supposedly ALL POWERFUL – whether you call Him an Islamic God or Christian God or Hindu God or whatever. Why not leave the world to Him. Let Him judge who should die or not. Let Him run His world. Who made you into God?
I call upon everyone to denounce the madness. Let us all speak out. If you do not speak out, like a virus, it will spread and destroy us all.
Finally, I call on the CIOG, MYL and all other Islamic organisations – PLEASE let us know if the acts of ISIS is a representation of Islam or at least if you agree with what is taking place in the name of Islam through ISIS. Follow the lead of GIT and speak out.
Peace, Love and Unity.

His name was Krishna

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He was born in Jail. His parents were jailed and under house arrest.

At that time, no one in the country dared to talk about the atrocities of the Government. Intimidation, jail, harassment, embarrassment, and even death awaited anyone who opposed the Government.

The Ruler and the Governing forces killed and destroyed all opposing forces and persons who dared to oppose them. The Government stole all the money from the treasury, built palaces, raped women, became drunken at every opportunity and used every state asset for their personal pleasure. Every citizen had to submit to them.

The Ruler even forced religious groups and religious persons to work along with him and to shower praise on the Government. They also controlled those persons who spread communication across the country.

And, after He was born, the Ruler and his Government learnt of a new generation, new leadership rising. They heard that the Young ones will rise and free the country. So, they sent spies and they killed anyone who dared to speak in opposition.

Yet, He was born. He led the Revolution against the Oppressors and continued to work intimately for the freedom of everyone from evil.

His name was Krishna.

He gave the world the Bhagwad Gita which gave Humanity the pathway to God, while entrusting us to ensure that we free ourselves from oppression and evil, even if that evil is wearing the garb of kith and kin. He told us that God is in Charge.

He also said that the wicked days will repeat itself, but that He will continue to exist in the Heart of the Righteous. He said we will always be free so long as we want to be free.

This August 17, we celebrate his Birth with thoughts of freedom from oppression, corruption and sin. We remember the life and teachings of Lord Krishna.

Long live the ideals and the teachings of Lord Krishna. May His teachings become reality in our lifetime.

U TINK DEM COMING AGAIN?

 

Is wan ting or de odder.
Ow me Guyana
Hu much mo?
Hu much nat yet discover’d?

Meh tink dese peeple tink all awe schupit.
Meh tink….but wait…
Budday, who tell yuh fi tink?
Yuh dare foh care? Yuh dare foh talk?
Yuh gat foh be negaholic
Tek dis pon yuh tail, tek intimidation, tek harassment
Direckly an’ indireckly fire pon yuh tail.

Shhhh. Meh betta wach out! Da massa don tell e troops
“Kill e name, Mash up e credibility
Tell all-bady dat he is teef or he is bad or rude
An, mek sure u tell all bady dat he nah wan of abe.”
Kill! Kill! Kill de messenger an d flock gon move along

Ow Gad. Meh cry aready
Meh cry ‘cause meh see knots and twists coming
Some gaan mo to come.
Backlash coming. Meh eye-wata fall
Dem guh kill me!
Meh cry tearfully silent
Ow Gad, dem unstoppable-
U tink dem coming fi meh again?

An’ how meh ah taak to meself!
Ow budday ow, ow me brudda
laarn nah
Shet up, get outta hey, stay out
Dem nah waan people lik yuh
Naaah. no peeple, on’y sheeple.

Shhhhh. Maan shet up nah
Rememba de voice pon d fone seh
You betta kno’ dat a bullet don mark wid yuh name.

But maan, yuh know d saying?
Back to back, belly to belly
Ah doan give a damn
Cause ah done dead aready!

Happy Raksha Bandhan to all.

Our world is out of sync with its purpose as we kill each other in the name of God, we cheat on each other and we lie on each other….. YET in the midst of all the madness comes a day like TODAY. A supermoon today, in a unique month of 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays – today is RAKSHA BANDHAN.
Today is a unique day – it gives us all a chance to see each other asBROTHER and SISTER. Today signifies the opportunity to stop hate and lies…. since the hate and lie is directed to each other. Instead, today we reaffirm our love for each other as brother and sister. Today we can tie a know of love for each other and give ourselves and our world a chance to experience love and bliss.
Happy raksha bandhan. Love to you with special blessing that God protects you through all difficulties.
Friends, days like today can give this world a chance it needs. When we can see each other as brothers and sisters and recognize that we are our brothers’ (and sisters’) keeper and that we were intended to be one family, in this one world created by that One God.
Happy Raksha Bandhan to all. Love and Blessings.

No confidence in the no-confidence motion

Rambling thoughts….No confidence mean that the season of fear and intimidation starts
1. I have no confidence in the no-confidence motion. I am skeptical that it will become anything more than political gas. Some reasons why:
1a. Currently parliament is not even being convened. They are “waiting” out their time until legal recess. So the no-confidence may have to wait and wait – and wait.
1b. There will be some force, man-made or otherwise that will distract everyone whenever parliament resumes. And again they will have to wait.
2. When, God forbid/bless that that motion is passed, the season of intimidation and fear begins. Forget about free & fair elections – let us look at an election that will be free from FEAR.
3. Everyone who can, will culled, bullied, blinded and muzzled. Everyone in public office will be read the rights of fear – what will happen if elections are lost or won.
4. Across the country, there are more than 200,000 people who will be directly affected by elections. Their concerns will become real and physical.
5. There is no ace-in-the sleeve at GECOM now as there was before and the man who feels he is God there is a weak God, too weak to play the card.
6. The time to batten and shutter our doors and windows will approach as we will soon turn upon our own people once again – in a sad attempt to see who can win more votes to take the reins of intimidation, lies and corruption.
And more….much more……
  • Vimal Persaud · Friends with WR Reaz and 47 others

    Couldn’t be said better buddy
  • Chandroutie Persaud A very realistic synopsis of the present situation inGuyana
  • Ruel Johnson Who are the more than 200,000 people who will be directly affected by elections as opposed to the other 500,000 who are being affected by corruption? And shouldn’t people in public office involved in corruption, political discrimination and racism be afraid? And the season of intimidation and fear is already here for anyone who dares to criticise the PPP.
  • Joycelyn Williams I agree with the GCCI if I have it right. Let’s have elections when they are due. as soon as we hear of elections in Guyana it creates uncertainty and instability. let’s talk some more guys!
  • Ruel Johnson I’d rather the uncertainty and instability that precedes the PPP losing office, than the certainty and stability of corruption, racism and intimidation. Anyone who has any insight into what is going on in this country knows that things like Bharrat’s pension, the Skeldon factory, the Marriott, the Surendra pumps, New GPC, NCN and a dozen other publicised instances of corruption at work knows that this is just the tip of the iceberg on what goes on in the management of Guyana’s affairs – stability and certainty without the threat of the loss of power only applies to the people who are comfortable in this economy and political system.
  • Yog Mahadeo I agree Ruel Johnson. The will of the people must be voiced regardless. My FEAR is whether the will of the people could be allowed to be voiced at ballot. There is too much FEAR. Civil society and the various bodies are infiltrated and controlled by those who are controlled. Their biggest fear = losing it all.
  • Yog Mahadeo Joycelyn Williams the GCCI, like the PSC will never go against any sitting Government. They are completely subsumed into Government by their allocation of seats on various boards whose interests are their individual and collective interests. While in some eyes there is nothing wrong with that, there can be a lot wrong when the allocation of resources follows the same path.
  • Ruel Johnson And that fear will be there in 2016 – the difference is, they will have had two more years to intimidate and bully all who are in a position to remove them. Or, as is happening already, start funneling corruptly acquired money overseas to escape prosecution and this will be done by an acceleration of what is already taking place, the selling out of national assets and the locking of the country into corrupt, predatory deals that will burden Guyanese for generations to come.
  • Yog Mahadeo Final point: to many it’s a point of economics more than it is race. In the 1980’s the largest group of Indian supporters for Burnham came from Berbice, in the Crabwood Creek area. Their reason? Economics. The Burnman Government made them all rich through smuggling. Today, the corruption has emblazoned itself into the souls of thousands…..their reason for maintaining status quo (in addition to the opposition’s foolishness) is economics. Sad but true, too few (to matter) really care about Guyana. They all want POWER to rule, to control, to ridicule….none wants to help, and allow others to grow…..
  • Ruel Johnson But of course – the problem however is that the corruption fuelled economics of the PPP has not trickled down to even its own supporters in Berbice, something a recent Stabroek News man-in-the-street highlighted. It has not trickled down to the sugar workers even as the PPP has destroyed the industry around them. It hasn’t trickled down to rice farmers in Essequibo, nor the goldmining communities of Bartica and Mahdia. While Jagdeo enjoys the highest pension adjusted for parity in the region, (and one of the highest in the world), Guyana remains above only Haiti on the UNDP human development index.
  • Gordon Moseley Yog the parliament has a timetable it works with you know then it goes into recess for a month. So its not a case of wait and wait.
  • Daniel Thomas · Friends with Ruel Johnson and 27 others

    Thanks for educating the nation Gordon Moseley
  • Yog Mahadeo Karma is Intimidation, and Dynamic and Pension and Death and the names we call and the lies we tell and the accusations we make and the false witness we bear, etc…. Karma is action….. and every action has an equal and opposite reaction. What we sow we shall reap.
  • Lenno Craig Gordon, one month of wait can seem so long when one considers the boiling of passions and the anticipation of seeing the back of the PPP/C (by those who long for that day, economics or race) one month is sufficiently long to cause heighten tensions, unSee More

Arrival Day commemoration 2014

This poem was written for (and read at the) Arrival Day celebrations program at the Indian Commemoration Thrust, May 5, 2014:


Oh Friend, I pray…every day I pray
I bow my head and every day I say
Help me, this answer I seek, I strive
Tell me, oh please tell me, have we arrived?

Our fore-parents left their homeland
In search of happiness and hope, we understand.
But ever since then their children and generation
Have been running and fleeing to every other nation
To every country of this world we run insistently
Abandoning Guyana, our land, our own destiny.
Tell me, oh please help me decide…tell me, have we arrived?

The colonials ruled and brutally manipulated
And a dictator fooled and racial chasms created.
And then others in a new government stood tall
But sadly then Power took control of them all
Tell me, oh please help me decide…tell me, have we arrived?

And while some flee and others crawl
Crime and corruption walks over all,
Dancing on our heads, they become the masters
These so-called leaders, pandits, imams and pastors
These leaders who slowly play chess with our souls.
While our people, day after day away they go.
Tell me, oh please help me decide…tell me, have we arrived?

O Friend…when THEY came Hindus, Christians, Muslims
They lived together, looked out for each other
Today, we hate each other, we hate true Muslims,
We hate he who dares to be a Hindu, we hate true Christians
Every religion hates the other, yet preaching love
Tell me, oh please help me decide…tell me, have we arrived?
Yes we have become such a nation
We applaud misfortune praise aberration
Children kill themselves and we murder each other
While religious groups turn into entertainment’s cover
And God’s name; God’s work is controlled by Men and women
Who are controlled by State; false religious indignation
Tell me, oh please help me decide…tell me, have we arrived?

Yes, we can cry; ignore the truth
Blame someone else, pick illusion’s fruit.
But we leave for our children
A history, one of runners, fleeing reality
Instead of standing and fighting with morality
When you grandchild asks you for what the fore-parents strived?
Will you say…oh my child, they really never arrived?

These are words of hope, and this poem now ends
But please I call on you my dear, dear friends
Let us be free, fearless and true
To our past, present and future virtue.
Let us plant our foot down
and say, the future’s now begun
Guyana is our land, to nurture and grow
A gift for our children in all or tomorrows.

Meanwhile, if you believed,
If you believed that we arrived then
Just for today, this illusion of today
With every fiber of my being I say
Happy Arrival Day

by Yog Mahadeo

Congrats to Minister Manickchand…

Introduction:
Let’s turn this thing around. For the sake of this argument, let’s take Minister Manikchand’s statements (following her famous heckle) as what it is.

1) Congratulations to Minister Manikchand on your statements. You have spoken publicly that, today henceforth,you will be the champion of those who are raped and abused.

We agree with you 100%. Let us expose them and, for the sake of the victims, let’s us ensure that we leave no stone unturned in our search for justice for the abused.

Minister, from today we see in you someone that those who are raped and abused must look up to and reach out to for help.

We will hold you to your word and will look forward to you exposing and dealing with those rapists and pedophiles. We call on you to expose them all. Let us even look at parliament where you started this campaign. Let us examine every one of the parliamentarians and any accusation of rape, abuse and pedophilia must be exposed. Whether it is a police matter or not, let us expose them and ensure that we can, if there are any, identify them and their sinful relative to the public, guilty or not.

Minister, today henceforth, we look forward to your leadership on this matter.

2)Mr Jaipaul Sharma – We apologize to you for the embarassment you faced.You Sir, I believe, is not accused of rape or pedophilia but you took the brunt of it. Our apologies from those members of the public who care.

I continue to look forward to meaningful, transparent and positive leadership.

  • Nazim Hussain · 248 mutual friends

    Only if we know the whole truth
  • Atma Ackloo I fail to see the relevance of the rape thing in a national budget debate
    BUDGET being the allocation of resources for a given period more emphasis needs place on how we make guysuco profitable thereby increasing cash flow into Guyana (what about our flag ship Skeldon estate)
    HOW MUCH LONGER CAN THIS COUNTRY AFFORD BAILOUTS AND SUBSIDY TO GPL
    MANY PEOPLE LIVES ON APPROX $us20 per day. HOW DO OUR COUNTRY MEN earn a bigger wage .
  • Bibi Aeysha Khan It is left to be seen
  • Yasmin Oudkerk The minister have a huge task to be there for the people even her friends and family fall in the exposed lot. Other than the rape issue her speech was powerful but delivering is left to be seen.. I know she cannot work alone but her staff must realise that their children family and friends would benefit so they must be honest and work for the benefit of all children
  • Alecia Roninson so true Yasmin, thats the only way we can all build our country. ……. the development of this country does not lie soley on the ministers or president but also us citizens. The Education minister is indeed a person who cares for every child in this counry. and as a public servant appointed at her ministry in the welfare section i will continue to ensure that cases of abuse,neglect etc is dealt with. we are all humans and are not perfect but if we stop pointing fingers and help each other ,most of all help to mould and build our country then Guyana will be a better place.
  • Dwayne Scott · Friends with John Singh and 59 others

    Nice Try Yog!. Good Luck with that though.

Open letter to Guyanese Politicians

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Dear President Ramotar, Dear Honorable Speaker Rafael Trotman. Hon Mr. Granger, Hon Mr. Ramjattan
We, the Guyanese people would like you to bring to the attention of your Honorable Members, the following things to consider:
1) The country is LOOKING and LISTENING to your speeches, slangs, heckles, insults, tirades, lies and acting at each other in parliament.
2) You are all big, educated people - elected to serve US the people. Our children’s future depends on YOU. When you insult each other, curse each other and belittle each other – all in the name of the political game what do you think happens?
3) Your cavalier attitudes rub off on us. Your disrespect for rules is being followed, your “show-off” attitudes is copied. Your mode of dress, (non)punctuality, absenteeism and even your sleeping – makes us all the same. Do YOU all understand that YOU are supposed to be LEADERS?
4) Everyone of us is becoming like YOU. You insult each other – We insult each other. You belittle and disrespect each other – We belittle each other You lie and we tell lies on each other – just for the heck of it.
5) We also then become like YOU and, just for the sake of the political game, we insult you, become disrespectful of you – after all – you are all disrespectful of each other – why should we respect you?
6) We are all intolerant of each other. We hurl insults, we use words to injure without thinking of repercussions.
7) We insult the Government and become intolerant of them and even the good that they do becomes bad – just because YOU have shown us how to belittle and degrade.
We can go on and on. If you want this country to improve, YOU have to start improving yourselves. Behave yourselves in parliament. Treat people with respect and we will respect you.
TRUST ME, no one out here admires your glib tongue when it is used to belittle and lie. If you have facts on each other about rape, torture and theft, present to the police or let’s take civil action.
This country will only start to improve when you all start at the top. If you do not, then soon you will be exchanging fists in parliament and then this nation will spill over.
God help us all – but YOU can too.
Sincerely, Yog Mahadeo on behalf of every affected onlooker.

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Speak out please

There has been a nasty, cleverly hidden cancer that is eating at the soul of our people, especially the young ones. Embarrassment and fear of embarrassment has caused too many people to shut their mouths against the perpetrators.
A number of so-called religious persons, pandits, imams, pastors and missionaries who “interfere” with and rape young children.
Many whispered stories of these so-called religious men abound. They use their position to influence their people and screw up their mind and body for the rest of their lives.
Even worse, the head “religious” organizations cover and “settle” these matters and thus the criminals continue to rape, torture and steal body, mind and soul.
I wish to plead to the parents of children who have been affected. Do NOT “settle” these matters. The moment you accept silent settlement, you become responsible for the rape of others. We have nothing if not a soul and that must be preserved and protected against the criminals who use the garb of religion and the word of God.
Shame on you if you have allowed any other child to suffer – just because you chose to be silent and to “settle” such matters. Like some politicians, we must weed them out and keep them out of our lives and our souls. Shame on the organizations who hide these things away and cause other young people to be at risk.
Yes people can be and are rehabilitated and we pray for them, but in the meantime. let’s protect our children – they are our only future.

Budget 2014

Budget is presented. Am looking forward to the analysis from Ram & McRae. For the next couple of weeks, I will be wildly dreaming an expectation of progress for Guyana arising out of meaningful talks/debates.
Whatever has to be cut/adjusted must be done out of care for Guyana, not just as opposition to PPP and – whatever is approved must be spent out of care for Guyana, not party-hacks and corrupt contracts.
The so-called “State media” should be cut – it is NOT serving the State. It is just serving the interest of a few misguided souls who feel they will live forever.

Minister Persaud’s resignation II

I reiterate that I believe Minister Ganga Persaud is being made the scapegoat and he is made to fetch more than is his. 
And our disgust must be expressed at the “Journalist” who under the guise of friendship phoned the man’s daughter and had her on radio without letting her know she was on radio.
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    Glendon Greenidge that’s not a journalist but a reporter
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    Gordon Moseley Hold your horses or your goats Yog, The Minister is still to answer a number of questions. At first his resignation was voluntary until the President started to dodge that question then Rohee threw the cat out the bag by indicating that he was indeed asked to resign by the President. As for Mr. Bennschop calling Ganga Persaud’s cell phone, I was listening to that internet radio programme and in fairness Mr Benschop was respectful to the young woman who only identified herself as the daughter as Benschop enquired who was answering the Minister’s phone. She said he was not available and that it was late at night and that was about it. the convo if its the same one you are referring to did not last more than 30 secs.
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Yog,I could have never ‘disguised’ myself as a ‘friend’ cause I don’t even know his family, who his ‘daughter’ is etc. I got a number said to be the minister’s, and did what any reasonably thinking ‘journalist’ would have done in any part of the world where there’s democracy. I could recall when you were ask to resign from GT&T (or resigned) under questionable circumstances, many attempts were made to get in touch with you. But, just like Ganga de Banga you hardly answered. Now, tell me since when you’ve become an expert on how a ‘journalist’ should do his/her job? Or, is it that you’re being a bit too emotional about the entire saga.
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    Dhani Andrew Narine Good point Mark!
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    KI Brian Hardyal · 115 mutual friends
    gentlemen!!! morning!! I think everyone has their own opinion n sources for their facts!! true or not we don’t kno, as the public BUT I do hope the proper persons can get dig deep n get the truth!!! guilty or not only the truth counts
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    Shaun Michael As a Journalist myself, I would say Yog has a point. The society has gone to the dogs where basic ethics and decent, moral public behaviour are concerned. Journalism is riddled with unprofessional activism, as much as government harbours corrupt officials. Journalism is not a cover for sleaze and slander and crass activism.
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    Mohamed Khan · 26 mutual friends
    Put it anyhow,goatman spill the beans
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Shaun Michael, do you even know what it is to be an INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST? All I know about you is that you ‘write’ some sort of column in the SN….so, with that sort of SOFT form writing, I’m not surprised that you would ‘understand’ Yog’s point. When in fact, Yog has no point other than attempting to hoodwink us about Ganga de Banga. Maybe we need to hear why is Ganga being made a scapegoat on a matter that would have attracted the attention of the police in any other part of the world where there’s DEMOCRACY.
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    Sunil J Rasul AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Poor Ganga.
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    Mohamed Khan · 26 mutual friends
    If Banga has been made a scapegoat,he will call more names who are involved in these activities
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    Yog Mahadeo I agree Mr Mohamed Khan this is why in my earlier post I called on him to speak out. The statements of ganga persaud, rohee and pres ramoutar are not reconciling.
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    Mohamed Khan · 26 mutual friends
    These men cannot tell lies to cover up for one another dirty works,it like lunchman they are going against one another for power
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    Shaun Michael Mark, it matters not what you know or don’t know about me. That’s not important. My Journalism credentials are quite well-known, and of course you won’t know that. You play a vital role in the democracy, but don’t call yourself a Journalist. You are a political activist. Do not demean the noble profession of Journalism.
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Yog, in the field of journalism, one simply doesn’t sit back and expect the target to speak out. The proper thing a real investigative journalist would do is go after the story, and not sit and wait for the target to call and tell his story in his own time. Tell me, what was so wrong about calling Ganga’s personal cell phone to solicit a response, whether live or not? @ Shaun, don’t know what you mean by your ‘Journalism credentials’ being ‘well-known.’ Please, you’re not talking to stupid people, so save that for another forum. The little I know about you is that you write some very soft column in the SN. Other than that, I don’t know you as a journalist. In fact, I’ve started my stint at GBC over 20 years ago. But, this is not the issue at hand. And, smart folks understand where this so-called self righteousness is heading.
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    Mohamed Khan · 26 mutual friends
    A political activist can also be a journalist
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    Vincent Cornelson · 14 mutual friends
    Mark just ask them to read the British papers,Fox News,lets say if Banga was living in NY or England he would a glad to throw him self off of the Brooklyn Bridge or London Bridge those people don’t make joke eg Prefremo,Billo Clinton,NJ mayor,so I don’t know what Yog,and de other bannos talking about.
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    Shaun Michael Mark, I will not argue with you, but I question your role in Journalism in the country if you do not know that it’s my investigative work that resulted in Corbin being called to a Commission of Inquiry for the power barge story. 20 years a go I wasn’t even living in Guyana. Your arrogance to advocate that what you know or don’t know constitutes truth is nothing less than juvenile. Anyhow, i refuse to defend myself against the likes of people who can only stoop to personal attacks. Why I engaged in this gutter talk i have no idea. What I do know is that Yog has a point, and Journalism in Guyana has deteriorated terribly, along with the state of the society.
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    Rajesh Paperchasi Balwansing · 3 mutual friends
    I see not even here you can with hold the belittling of each other…SMH
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Shaun, something extra might have been in your morning coffee….you started with the personal attack, but as usual, crap must be thrown and you expect that I sit like a little punk and expect the likes of you to have your say without a response. Give me a break, bro. As for the other crap in your last comment, I’ll ignore that and have the readers be the judge as to who is being ‘juvenile, arrogant, etc. I’m done with you, have a blessed day, and oh u should find out about what’s the role of a real journalist. Otherwise, you’re gonna keep exposing yourself. Go in peace, Mr. ‘journalist.’
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    Shaun Michael Mark, the nation gotta rise above this habit of generating acrimony, strife and dissent, and move to a place of Mandela-like reconciliation.
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    Vincent Cornelson · 14 mutual friends
    Ok Shaun did u speak out with the guy that alleged the police bugger him?
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    Shaun Michael Vincent, last week I wrote of it in Stabroek News
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    Shaun Michael and Vincent, your language on an international forum, as is Facebook, leaves much to be desired, and usually I would not respond to lewd language. we must learn to communicate with decorum, decency and competency, with proper vocabulary, especially if we want to gain respect as a Guyanese nation on the world stage
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    Vincent Cornelson · 14 mutual friends
    Tell me what is the lewd language?
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Shaun, I agree. But, you can’t keep shifting the focus by taking the confo into the gutter in order to beat your chest. Then try to sound all fair and evenhanded by inserting let’s talk about a ‘Mandela like reconciliation.’ But, like I’ve said earlier, people aren’t STUPID not to understand what you’re about. I’d prefer to continue seeking justice and answers in this case, as I’ve done in hundreds of cases in the past. I will not be deterred nor be bullied, nor be defined by the likes of you and others, whose agenda is more about emotionalism and self-righteousness. Just look at your response to Vincent Cornelson, all you did is sit and write some weak article based on third and fourth hand info. The man asked whether you’ve made contact with the baton victim, yet you’re such a proper ‘journalist.’ Like I said peace out!
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    Shaun Michael I am not an activist, Mark. and this cussing out, from my end, is terminated. I will not engage with people who refuse to think and exercise intellectual effort.
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    Leroy Nelson · Friends with Gordon Moseley and 72 others
    Mark, I think Yog’s question was that at the start of the call you did not identify yourself as a journalist….it is a legitimate story, and, you, like every other journalist, newsreader, and, or , story writer, has the right to follow the story…heavens know we need more journalist of that ilk.
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    Murdwaj Singh · Friends with Beni Sankar and 15 others
    Marab born with kaal or he placed dog bobo on his eyes for he sees jumbie all over the place but he did not see the jumbie right in front of him!!! There is a difference between a reporter and a journalist! Anyone can be a reporter but a journalist adheres to the law ethics rules and regulations! !
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    Vincent Cornelson · 14 mutual friends
    I’m still waiting for him to tell or say what lewd I used?
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    Vedant James We should not jump to conclusions or take sides since the truth is not yet known. That said, we cannot conclude that the former Minister is being made a scapegoat. What if these accusations are true? I remember the mayor of Toronto denying any wrong doing when information about his drug addiction surfaced. The rest is history. For the sake of Mr. Ganga’s family lets hope that none of accusations are true.
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Shaun, hope you’re not saying that your emotional comments were anything close to having some sort of superior intelligence. Hey Leroy Nelson, I got your point bro. But, in calling his ‘personal’ number, I did identify myself. And, as soon as I realized that it was his daughter and not his little child mother, I terminated the conversation. As Gordon Moseley indicated, at no time was I disrespectful to the man’s ‘daughter.’ Assuming that she was indeed his daughter…
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    Sharlene Douce Et Tendre · 6 mutual friends
    Mark, I don’t able with you haaaaaaahaaaahhhh
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    Berkeley Van Bowen · Friends with Joey Cellular Unlocking
    Ganga needs to speak if he feels he is being misrepresented. Otherwise, we accept the info put out there by the PPP
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    Vincent Cornelson · 14 mutual friends
    Shaun you accuse me of using LEWD language, it is my right to ask you to point out the language that is LEWD.several attempts is made for you to point this out.
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    Kamini Chine Dubraj · 6 mutual friends
    People need common sense.
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    Kriss Ruplal · Friends with Alana Singh and 53 others
    Mark’s argument against shaun seemed more like a personal attack to me rather than a refutation of his argument.(ad hominem fallacy)
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    T-Roy Taylor had a good piece of entertainment reading all the comments .. lol.. life pon de dam eeh? I enjoyed all of it. yall leave Ganga de Banga, he will scream under pressure just now… lol
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    Zawani Hintzen Shaun, I can recall seeing on different occasions persons were charged with the crime “buggery” and it was printed on the front page of several news papers…. Including ur’s….. So wherein lies the decorum ??
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    Lynda Bonnett · 3 mutual friends
    anti-man shaun michael, as a so call journalist, why you do not speak out on all the in justices and corruption of your party…ppp. or are you being paid to slant the truth as you are trying to do….we dont want to read yr crap in sn..go and learn proper journalistic work…who the hell are you to comment on yog comment> are you the ppp fatcat/spokeperson….undercove antiman
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    Ruel Johnson The onus is on Ganga Persaud – as someone who has been feeding off of the taxpayers tit for how many years, and who is still doing so as a member of parliament to do more than issue hollow threats. His reputation in public office is less than stellar, ranging from repeated allegations of sexual impropriety (quelled as always due to the PPP’s penchant for intimidating and paying off victims) and financial misconduct, most notably the law books fiasco. Saying that inquiring into the real reasons behind the firing (not resignation) of Ganga Persaud is making Ganga Persaud a scapegoat, begs the question, a scapegoat for what? And if Persaud is being made a ‘scapegoat’, then why is he silent other than threatening journalists for saying that it is alleged that he raped an underage girl? How about using his public office for personal sexual gain, repeatedly, and taking advantage of young women he has the power to hire or fire? Or doesn’t that count.
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    Colin Woolford · 30 mutual friends
    I am John public. I want information.Journalist by profession or not . I just want to know. Sometimes we criticize our journalism/ reporters and accuse them as being lazy or not being tough enough. When they act, accuse them of breech of ethics. Got to do what you have to do Mark. Thanks for your effort .
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    Berkeley Van Bowen · Friends with Joey Cellular Unlocking
    I agree with Colin Woolford. We may disagree with the uncouth persona of some Journalists but on balance it is in the public’s best interest to have more information than less. Investigative journalism is severely lacking in Guyana due to political intimidation therefore we must celebrate courageous people when they risk liberty and life to bring us the unfiltered news.
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    Berkeley Van Bowen · Friends with Joey Cellular Unlocking
    Someone with a similar name to Mark’s accuser was allegedly removed from the top spot at GT&T for unethical conduct. It would be an irony if it’s the same individual now accusing Mark of being unethical. Kinda like the pot calling the kettle black, I’d say.
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    Deokie Birbal · 31 mutual friends
    A set of opportunists trying to get back at each other I suppose so there must be scapegoats! Very interesting squabble here – I love this and looking forward to learn more – hats off to the “john-publics”.

Minister Persaud’s resignation II

I reiterate that I believe Minister Ganga Persaud is being made the scapegoat and he is made to fetch more than is his. 
And our disgust must be expressed at the “Journalist” who under the guise of friendship phoned the man’s daughter and had her on radio without letting her know she was on radio.
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    Glendon Greenidge that’s not a journalist but a reporter
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    Gordon Moseley Hold your horses or your goats Yog, The Minister is still to answer a number of questions. At first his resignation was voluntary until the President started to dodge that question then Rohee threw the cat out the bag by indicating that he was indeed asked to resign by the President. As for Mr. Bennschop calling Ganga Persaud’s cell phone, I was listening to that internet radio programme and in fairness Mr Benschop was respectful to the young woman who only identified herself as the daughter as Benschop enquired who was answering the Minister’s phone. She said he was not available and that it was late at night and that was about it. the convo if its the same one you are referring to did not last more than 30 secs.
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Yog,I could have never ‘disguised’ myself as a ‘friend’ cause I don’t even know his family, who his ‘daughter’ is etc. I got a number said to be the minister’s, and did what any reasonably thinking ‘journalist’ would have done in any part of the world where there’s democracy. I could recall when you were ask to resign from GT&T (or resigned) under questionable circumstances, many attempts were made to get in touch with you. But, just like Ganga de Banga you hardly answered. Now, tell me since when you’ve become an expert on how a ‘journalist’ should do his/her job? Or, is it that you’re being a bit too emotional about the entire saga.
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    Dhani Andrew Narine Good point Mark!
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    KI Brian Hardyal · 115 mutual friends
    gentlemen!!! morning!! I think everyone has their own opinion n sources for their facts!! true or not we don’t kno, as the public BUT I do hope the proper persons can get dig deep n get the truth!!! guilty or not only the truth counts
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    Shaun Michael As a Journalist myself, I would say Yog has a point. The society has gone to the dogs where basic ethics and decent, moral public behaviour are concerned. Journalism is riddled with unprofessional activism, as much as government harbours corrupt officials. Journalism is not a cover for sleaze and slander and crass activism.
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    Mohamed Khan · 26 mutual friends
    Put it anyhow,goatman spill the beans
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Shaun Michael, do you even know what it is to be an INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST? All I know about you is that you ‘write’ some sort of column in the SN….so, with that sort of SOFT form writing, I’m not surprised that you would ‘understand’ Yog’s point. When in fact, Yog has no point other than attempting to hoodwink us about Ganga de Banga. Maybe we need to hear why is Ganga being made a scapegoat on a matter that would have attracted the attention of the police in any other part of the world where there’s DEMOCRACY.
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    Sunil J Rasul AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Poor Ganga.
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    Mohamed Khan · 26 mutual friends
    If Banga has been made a scapegoat,he will call more names who are involved in these activities
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    Yog Mahadeo I agree Mr Mohamed Khan this is why in my earlier post I called on him to speak out. The statements of ganga persaud, rohee and pres ramoutar are not reconciling.
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    Mohamed Khan · 26 mutual friends
    These men cannot tell lies to cover up for one another dirty works,it like lunchman they are going against one another for power
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    Shaun Michael Mark, it matters not what you know or don’t know about me. That’s not important. My Journalism credentials are quite well-known, and of course you won’t know that. You play a vital role in the democracy, but don’t call yourself a Journalist. You are a political activist. Do not demean the noble profession of Journalism.
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Yog, in the field of journalism, one simply doesn’t sit back and expect the target to speak out. The proper thing a real investigative journalist would do is go after the story, and not sit and wait for the target to call and tell his story in his own time. Tell me, what was so wrong about calling Ganga’s personal cell phone to solicit a response, whether live or not? @ Shaun, don’t know what you mean by your ‘Journalism credentials’ being ‘well-known.’ Please, you’re not talking to stupid people, so save that for another forum. The little I know about you is that you write some very soft column in the SN. Other than that, I don’t know you as a journalist. In fact, I’ve started my stint at GBC over 20 years ago. But, this is not the issue at hand. And, smart folks understand where this so-called self righteousness is heading.
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    Mohamed Khan · 26 mutual friends
    A political activist can also be a journalist
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    Vincent Cornelson · 14 mutual friends
    Mark just ask them to read the British papers,Fox News,lets say if Banga was living in NY or England he would a glad to throw him self off of the Brooklyn Bridge or London Bridge those people don’t make joke eg Prefremo,Billo Clinton,NJ mayor,so I don’t know what Yog,and de other bannos talking about.
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    Shaun Michael Mark, I will not argue with you, but I question your role in Journalism in the country if you do not know that it’s my investigative work that resulted in Corbin being called to a Commission of Inquiry for the power barge story. 20 years a go I wasn’t even living in Guyana. Your arrogance to advocate that what you know or don’t know constitutes truth is nothing less than juvenile. Anyhow, i refuse to defend myself against the likes of people who can only stoop to personal attacks. Why I engaged in this gutter talk i have no idea. What I do know is that Yog has a point, and Journalism in Guyana has deteriorated terribly, along with the state of the society.
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    Rajesh Paperchasi Balwansing · 3 mutual friends
    I see not even here you can with hold the belittling of each other…SMH
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Shaun, something extra might have been in your morning coffee….you started with the personal attack, but as usual, crap must be thrown and you expect that I sit like a little punk and expect the likes of you to have your say without a response. Give me a break, bro. As for the other crap in your last comment, I’ll ignore that and have the readers be the judge as to who is being ‘juvenile, arrogant, etc. I’m done with you, have a blessed day, and oh u should find out about what’s the role of a real journalist. Otherwise, you’re gonna keep exposing yourself. Go in peace, Mr. ‘journalist.’
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    Shaun Michael Mark, the nation gotta rise above this habit of generating acrimony, strife and dissent, and move to a place of Mandela-like reconciliation.
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    Vincent Cornelson · 14 mutual friends
    Ok Shaun did u speak out with the guy that alleged the police bugger him?
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    Shaun Michael Vincent, last week I wrote of it in Stabroek News
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    Shaun Michael and Vincent, your language on an international forum, as is Facebook, leaves much to be desired, and usually I would not respond to lewd language. we must learn to communicate with decorum, decency and competency, with proper vocabulary, especially if we want to gain respect as a Guyanese nation on the world stage
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    Vincent Cornelson · 14 mutual friends
    Tell me what is the lewd language?
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Shaun, I agree. But, you can’t keep shifting the focus by taking the confo into the gutter in order to beat your chest. Then try to sound all fair and evenhanded by inserting let’s talk about a ‘Mandela like reconciliation.’ But, like I’ve said earlier, people aren’t STUPID not to understand what you’re about. I’d prefer to continue seeking justice and answers in this case, as I’ve done in hundreds of cases in the past. I will not be deterred nor be bullied, nor be defined by the likes of you and others, whose agenda is more about emotionalism and self-righteousness. Just look at your response to Vincent Cornelson, all you did is sit and write some weak article based on third and fourth hand info. The man asked whether you’ve made contact with the baton victim, yet you’re such a proper ‘journalist.’ Like I said peace out!
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    Shaun Michael I am not an activist, Mark. and this cussing out, from my end, is terminated. I will not engage with people who refuse to think and exercise intellectual effort.
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    Leroy Nelson · Friends with Gordon Moseley and 72 others
    Mark, I think Yog’s question was that at the start of the call you did not identify yourself as a journalist….it is a legitimate story, and, you, like every other journalist, newsreader, and, or , story writer, has the right to follow the story…heavens know we need more journalist of that ilk.
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    Murdwaj Singh · Friends with Beni Sankar and 15 others
    Marab born with kaal or he placed dog bobo on his eyes for he sees jumbie all over the place but he did not see the jumbie right in front of him!!! There is a difference between a reporter and a journalist! Anyone can be a reporter but a journalist adheres to the law ethics rules and regulations! !
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    Vincent Cornelson · 14 mutual friends
    I’m still waiting for him to tell or say what lewd I used?
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    Vedant James We should not jump to conclusions or take sides since the truth is not yet known. That said, we cannot conclude that the former Minister is being made a scapegoat. What if these accusations are true? I remember the mayor of Toronto denying any wrong doing when information about his drug addiction surfaced. The rest is history. For the sake of Mr. Ganga’s family lets hope that none of accusations are true.
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    Mark Anthony Benschop Shaun, hope you’re not saying that your emotional comments were anything close to having some sort of superior intelligence. Hey Leroy Nelson, I got your point bro. But, in calling his ‘personal’ number, I did identify myself. And, as soon as I realized that it was his daughter and not his little child mother, I terminated the conversation. As Gordon Moseley indicated, at no time was I disrespectful to the man’s ‘daughter.’ Assuming that she was indeed his daughter…
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    Sharlene Douce Et Tendre · 6 mutual friends
    Mark, I don’t able with you haaaaaaahaaaahhhh
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    Berkeley Van Bowen · Friends with Joey Cellular Unlocking
    Ganga needs to speak if he feels he is being misrepresented. Otherwise, we accept the info put out there by the PPP
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    Vincent Cornelson · 14 mutual friends
    Shaun you accuse me of using LEWD language, it is my right to ask you to point out the language that is LEWD.several attempts is made for you to point this out.
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    Kamini Chine Dubraj · 6 mutual friends
    People need common sense.
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    Kriss Ruplal · Friends with Alana Singh and 53 others
    Mark’s argument against shaun seemed more like a personal attack to me rather than a refutation of his argument.(ad hominem fallacy)
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    T-Roy Taylor had a good piece of entertainment reading all the comments .. lol.. life pon de dam eeh? I enjoyed all of it. yall leave Ganga de Banga, he will scream under pressure just now… lol
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    Zawani Hintzen Shaun, I can recall seeing on different occasions persons were charged with the crime “buggery” and it was printed on the front page of several news papers…. Including ur’s….. So wherein lies the decorum ??
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    Lynda Bonnett · 3 mutual friends
    anti-man shaun michael, as a so call journalist, why you do not speak out on all the in justices and corruption of your party…ppp. or are you being paid to slant the truth as you are trying to do….we dont want to read yr crap in sn..go and learn proper journalistic work…who the hell are you to comment on yog comment> are you the ppp fatcat/spokeperson….undercove antiman
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    Ruel Johnson The onus is on Ganga Persaud – as someone who has been feeding off of the taxpayers tit for how many years, and who is still doing so as a member of parliament to do more than issue hollow threats. His reputation in public office is less than stellar, ranging from repeated allegations of sexual impropriety (quelled as always due to the PPP’s penchant for intimidating and paying off victims) and financial misconduct, most notably the law books fiasco. Saying that inquiring into the real reasons behind the firing (not resignation) of Ganga Persaud is making Ganga Persaud a scapegoat, begs the question, a scapegoat for what? And if Persaud is being made a ‘scapegoat’, then why is he silent other than threatening journalists for saying that it is alleged that he raped an underage girl? How about using his public office for personal sexual gain, repeatedly, and taking advantage of young women he has the power to hire or fire? Or doesn’t that count.
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    Colin Woolford · 30 mutual friends
    I am John public. I want information.Journalist by profession or not . I just want to know. Sometimes we criticize our journalism/ reporters and accuse them as being lazy or not being tough enough. When they act, accuse them of breech of ethics. Got to do what you have to do Mark. Thanks for your effort .
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    Berkeley Van Bowen · Friends with Joey Cellular Unlocking
    I agree with Colin Woolford. We may disagree with the uncouth persona of some Journalists but on balance it is in the public’s best interest to have more information than less. Investigative journalism is severely lacking in Guyana due to political intimidation therefore we must celebrate courageous people when they risk liberty and life to bring us the unfiltered news.
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    Berkeley Van Bowen · Friends with Joey Cellular Unlocking
    Someone with a similar name to Mark’s accuser was allegedly removed from the top spot at GT&T for unethical conduct. It would be an irony if it’s the same individual now accusing Mark of being unethical. Kinda like the pot calling the kettle black, I’d say.
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    Deokie Birbal · 31 mutual friends
    A set of opportunists trying to get back at each other I suppose so there must be scapegoats! Very interesting squabble here – I love this and looking forward to learn more – hats off to the “john-publics”.
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