Daily Archives: October 25, 2014

Parliament date awaiting outcome of Ramotar, Granger talks – Teixeira

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Parliament Building – Georgetown. Guyana

Parliament date awaiting outcome of Ramotar, Granger talks – Teixeira

Government Chief Whip Gail Teixeira today confirmed that her acquiescence to a date for the sitting of the National Assembly is awaiting the outcome of the ongoing engagement between the President Donald Ramotar and Leader of the Opposition David Granger.

Her statement in response to accusations from Opposition Chief Whip Amna Ally lends greater credence to views that the government and APNU are trying to strike a deal which would stave off the no-confidence motion which the AFC intends to pilot at the first sitting following the end of the parliamentary recess.

Teixeira’s statement follows:    Continue reading

NASCAR champion Kurt Busch joins ROC 2014 field in Barbados

NASCAR champion Kurt Busch joins ROC 2014 field in Barbados
Published on October 25, 2014 – Caribbean News Now

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NASCAR champion Kurt Busch

BUSHY PARK, Barbados — American NASCAR superstar Kurt Busch has happily accepted the invitation to participate in the 2014 Race Of Champions, to be held at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14.

Busch has been a major force in America’s most popular racing series ever since he became the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion in 2004, the first year the 10-race Chase for the title was introduced. He has now amassed 25 top flight wins, including victory at this year’s STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.   Continue reading

Ganja And The Caribbean Tourism Industry – By David Jessop

Ganja And The Caribbean Tourism Industry

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Thousands turn out annually for The Seattle Hemp fest, in Washington state. (edipure.com image)

By David Jessop

News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Oct. 17, 2014: A debate is just beginning that is unlikely to reach a conclusion anytime soon. It relates to ganja and tourism and follows from the decision by Jamaica, and in time possibly others in the Caribbean, to decriminalise the holding of small quantities of marijuana and its use for medicinal and religious purposes.

The measure, which in Jamaica is domestic in its intent, responds to long standing pressure for change but may well , for a variety of reasons, come to be a form of tourism attraction.

In the US, where the states of Colorado and Washington have legalised the narcotic, reports in the local and national media suggest that this is resulting in a surge in visitor arrivals and an upturn in tax revenues. Although it is clear that events like ‘Hempfest’ in Seattle attract around 30,000 participants to sample product competing for an annual cannabis cup, officials argue that inter-state marijuana tourism remains a myth.  Continue reading

Brazil’s presidential election -Why Brazil needs change

Brazil’s presidential election –Why Brazil needs change – updated

Voters should ditch Dilma Rousseff and elect Aécio Neves

Oct 18th 2014 | The Economist

IN 2010, when Brazilians elected Dilma Rousseff as president, their country seemed at last to be living up to its huge potential. The economy expanded by 7.5% that year, setting the seal on eight years of faster growth and a steep fall in poverty under Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Ms Rousseff’s political mentor and the leader of the centre-left Workers’ Party (PT). But four years later that promise has disappeared. Under Ms Rousseff the economy has stalled and social progress has slowed. Sanctions-hit Russia aside, Brazil is by far the weakest performer in the BRIC club of big emerging economies. In June 2013 over a million Brazilians took to the streets to protest against poor public services and political corruption.

Ever since the protests the polls have shown that two-thirds of respondents want the next president to be different. So one might have expected them to turf out Ms Rousseff in the first round of the country’s presidential election on October 5th. In the event she secured 41.6% of the vote and remains the narrow favourite to win the run-off ballot on October 26th. Continue reading

Chikungunya in the Caribbean: A backgrounder

Chikungunya in the Caribbean: A backgrounder 

Blood sucking Aedes mosquito with blood at its stomach

Deborah Almond, Antillean Media Group

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday October 16, 2014, AMG  – Chikungunya (CHIKV) was detected for the first time in the western hemisphere in December 2013 and has since swept across the Caribbean causing increasing sickness and economic disruption. The number of people infected across the Americas now stands at more than 13,180 people as confirmed by laboratory testing with an additional 739,400 suspected cases. Here’s what you should know about CHIKV.

What is CHIKV and where did it come from?

CHIKV is caused by a virus belonging to the alphavirus genus of the family Togaviridae and is made up of a single strand of RNA (rather than the familiar DNA double helix). This means it’s able to replicate inside human and mosquito cells and causes sickness by corrupting their regular DNA. CHIKV is genetically similar to Ross River Virus (RRV) and O’nyong’nyong virus (ONNV) and has been diagnosed in almost 40 countries mainly in tropical and subtropical regions across the world. Continue reading

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