Monthly Archives: February 2019

Guyana: 49th Republic Anniversary Reception – Toronto Consulate – 22 February 2019

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USA: President Trump to declare ‘Emergency’ over Mexico border wall

14 February 2019 – BBC News

President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump is to declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said.

He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown – but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said.

Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”.

Building the wall was a key election promise by Mr Trump. But as president he has so far been unable to get the necessary funding to advance it.

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AMAZON Cancels second headquarters site in Long Island City, New York

February 14, 2019 – By Jake Johnson, CommonDreams.org

Photo: People opposed to Amazon’s plan to locate a headquarters in New York City hold a protest inside of an Amazon book store on 34th. St. on November 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Anything Is Possible,’ Declares Ocasio-Cortez After Defeat of ‘Amazon’s Corporate Greed’ in New York

Months of tireless organizing, campaigning, and mobilization by ordinary New Yorkers was credited with Amazon’s decision on Thursday to cancel its widely condemned plan to locate a second headquarters site in Long Island City, New York.      Continue reading

Guyana: Georgetown Mayor cites need for greater accountability at City Hall

 — steps taken to establish audit committee

Mayor Ubraj Narine

During a recent statutory meeting, Narine demanded an answer from City Treasurer, John Douglas, why the current receipts are not carrying City Hall’s TIN. The Mayor pointed out to the fact that the laws governing the municipality require for TIN to be affixed to the receipts.   Continue reading

International Economic crisis can trigger world war – commentary

BY JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM AND VLADIMIR POPOV

KUALA LUMPUR and BERLIN, Feb. 12, 2019 (IPS) — Economic recovery efforts since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis have mainly depended on unconventional monetary policies. As fears rise of yet another international financial crisis, there are growing concerns about the increased possibility of large-scale military conflict.

More worryingly, in the current political landscape, prolonged economic crisis, combined with rising economic inequality, chauvinistic ethno-populism as well as aggressive jingoist rhetoric, including threats, could easily spin out of control and ‘morph’ into military conflict, and worse, world war.

Crisis responses limited         Continue reading

Guyana: GPL says came under cyber attack, rejected ransom demand

14 February 2019 – Stabroek News

The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) today said that it had been the victim of a cyber attack on February 6th and had also been issued a ransom demand which it rejected.

A statement from GPL follows:

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at approximately 04:21hrs, the Guyana Power and Light Inc. experienced a cyber-attack on the Company’s computerized systems.  Upon identification of this cyber-attack, GPL took immediate actions to isolate and prevent further spread of the malware.       Continue reading

With Sex robots —Which sex would soon become obsolete? – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

Sex robots define what sex means to us humans, silicone and all  —

A recent article in Pride magazine brought readers up to date or face to face with the evidence that sex as we know it would soon be out of place. No pun intended. With the passage of time, a growing number of people will find sex and partnership entirely from either artificial agents or in virtual environments.

In so doing, the emergence of a new  sexual identity  termed digisexuality will come into view, where through the utilization of immersive technologies, the individual or digisexual no longer sees the necessity to look for physical closeness with human partners.  

RealDolls and other sex robots can be customised

In 2007, David Levy prognosticated in his book—Love and Sex with Robots—The Evolution of the human-robot relationships that by 2050 people would be doing the no-pants dance with robots.  In 2016 at an international congress on the same topic held at Goldsmiths University in London, other academics were in agreement with Levy that not only would the trend develop but also rapidly https://www.gold.ac.uk/news/love-and-sex-with-robots-2016/  

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Guyana: Vice Chancellor denies running UG broke as staff calls for audit

February 14, 2019 – Demerara Waves

GEORGETOWN – University of Guyana (UG) workers on Wednesday (February 13, 2019), intensified their demand for an in-depth examination of how the institution is spending its monies at a time when there is a cutback in certain expenses, but Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith denied responsibility for running the institution broke.

The workers’ unions believe that the Vice Chancellor has been wasting much-needed money on employing several select persons, including overseas-based Guyanese, at super-salaries, sending large delegations to overseas events, and holding social events at his residence on the university’s bill.       Continue reading

Guyana: Man held in gun probe wanted for arms trafficking, rape in US

Stabroek News – 13 February 2019.

Oudit Narain Seenarain on the US ATF’s most wanted.

A Guyanese-born businessman, who is listed as one of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) most wanted, was arrested here on Monday for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Stabroek News was reliably informed that Oudit Narain Seenarain was arrested by ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch at his Le Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara residence.        Continue reading

China extends its reach into Guyana – By Mat Youkee – Dialogo Chino

Poised to become a top oil producer, the small country is also a key logistical link in regional trade

With Chinese investment that isolation could soon be a thing of the past.

In the coming months, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) is set to deliver its report on a Guyana–Brazil transport link and a deepwater port project for the northern coast.          Continue reading

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