Monthly Archives: February 2020

Guyana Elections 2020: “We are ready for Elections!” – GECOM

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is prepared and ready to produce free, fair and credible general and regional elections on Monday. That was expressed by the Chair, (ret’d) Justice Claudette Singh S.C. as she fielded questions from media operatives at GECOM’s Kingston office, following the signing of the electoral code of conduct by political parties.

GECOM Chair, Justice Claudette Singh

The Chair had been asked about what was left to be done by GECOM to prepare for elections, to which she responded “Well, I would say GECOM is ready. Everything has been done.”

She then allowed Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield to apprise the media about GECOM’s current operations.
The Commission and its Secretariat have had to work in overdrive to ensure that it could be prepared for elections in a short period, and with considerable public pressure following public unease over the events of the December 2018 no confidence motion.    Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Jagdeo agrees with decision to reduce private polling places …

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo agrees that private polling places should be reduced. He just wants to ensure that the reductions are not unfair, or done in places where there aren’t sufficient public residences to replace them.

Bharrat Jagdeo

He made this comment during a press conference on February 27, at his Church Street office.

The private polling stations being used dropped from 166 in the 2015 elections to 92 for the 2020 elections. The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had raised the concern that the reduction may have been applied disproportionately to PPP strongholds, making it so that the party’s supporters would have to travel longer distances to vote. There was also a concern that the polling places were congested.      Continue reading

MEDICAL: Coronavirus (COVID-19) world map – Interactive with Immediate updates

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Guyana Elections: PPP/C Wants Assurances Regarding Role Of Police On Elections Day – Jagdeo

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, February 28, 2020 (CMC) – The main opposition political party, People’s Progressive Party /Civic (PPP/C), says it is seeking assurances that police officers will maintain a neutral role on March 2, when voters go to the polls to elect a new government in Guyana.

PPP/C General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, told a news conference, he had raised the issue with the various regional and international observer teams, here, to monitor the elections, in which his party is seeking to reverse the 2015 defeat, at the hands of the David Granger led-coalition — A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC).

He has also called on the Police Commissioner to give the public assurances that the police will carry out its functions, in keeping with the provisions of the law, on election day.              Continue reading

Arab Involvement In The African Slave Trade — Another Under-addressed Facet Of Black History – By Yvonne Sam

Arab Involvement In The African Slave Trade — Another Under-addressed Facet Of Black History

19th-century engraving, depicting an Arab slave-trading caravan transporting Black African slaves across the Sahara. Credit: 19th-century engraving, uploaded by DavidYork71 at en.wikipedia; Public Domain.

Arab Involvement In The African Slave Trade — Another Under-addressed Facet Of Black History

Yvonne Sam -- newThat Arab slavers were the first, and last, in modern times, to ship millions of Africans out of the continent as slaves? Most people still have the so-called Transatlantic [slave] trade by Europeans in mind; but, in reality, Arab-Muslim slavery was much greater.

Even in the face of years of Black History Months, currently there still remain Earth-occupants, many of whom know little-to-nothing about the expansive role, played by Arab and Muslim slavers in the African slave trade.            Continue reading

Barbados Tourism Authorities Deeply Concerned At Tragic Shooting Incident

Attorney General, Dale Marshall, commented, “Barbados was always felt to be a safe place for visitors, and this kind of callous conduct, on the part of a few hooligans, can threaten the livelihood of our country.”

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, February 28, 2020 (CMC) – The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) says it “deeply regrets” the incident that left a visiting Canadian national paralysed, after being shot.

The BTMI said that the incident, last weekend, “falls short of the founding values of our small community, as we pride ourselves on being a proven-safe destination, with many years of encouraging visitors to enjoy Barbados as their home, away from home.        Continue reading

Guyana — High-stakes March 2 vote will decide control of Guyana’s new oil wealth

 — By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

If there was any lingering doubt as to why the Guyana government tried every available tactic to stall for more than a year the holding of elections after being defeated in a no-confidence vote, the answer came on December 20.

That is when ExxonMobile and its partners started pumping oil from recently discovered offshore fields. The tanker Yannis P set sail a month later with one million barrels of light crude bound for a United States-based refinery owned by ExxonMobile. With that shipment, Guyana finally realized a 75-year-old dream of finding oil. About a month later, another tanker, the Cap Phillippe, left with another million barrels of oil – this time belonging to Guyana as its share of the output.    Continue reading

Guyanese celebrated Republic Jubilee in Washington, DC; – By Francis Quamina Farrier

.–Francis Quamina Farrier reports from Washington, DC

The Guyana Ambassador to the USA and the OAS, His Excellency Dr. Riyad Insanally, along with the Staff of the Guyana Embassy in Washington, DC, hosted scores of Guyanese and Friends at a special Reception to celebrate Guyana’s fiftieth Republic Anniversary. The event was held on Saturday February 22 in the grand Hall of the Americas, at the Head quarters of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Washington DC, which is just a stone’s throw from the White House.            Continue reading

Guyana: Elections Day 2020 – next Monday- is a holiday

The Guyana government has ordered that next Monday- March 2, 2020- the date for general elections will be a national holiday, following calls by the business community and other stakeholders.

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan issued the order which has since been published in the Official Gazette.

Sections of the public and private sector had already expressed concern that some workers would have been unable to vote because no time off would have been available.        Continue reading

Venezuela Economic Collapse: One in Three Venezuelans Not Getting Enough to Eat – UN Study

Venezuela- Food distribution

(Caribbean 360) – CARACAS, Venezuela, Wednesday February 26, 2020 – As a result of hyperinflation in Venezuela, about one-third of the population – more than nine million people – are not getting enough to eat and are in need of assistance, according to estimates published yesterday by the World Food Programme (WFP).

The finding is based on a Food Security Assessment conducted by the agency at the request of the Government between July and September of last year.

“Hyperinflation is affecting the ability of families to secure food and other basic needs,” according to the study.            Continue reading