Daily Archives: February 26, 2020

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

Guyana’s First Shipment of Crude Oil off to United States – 1 million barrels of light crude

MV Yannis

(Caribbean 360) – GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday January 21, 2020 – A Marshall Islands-registered oil tanker, MV Yannis has successfully lifted Guyana’s first shipment of crude, setting sail for the United States with 1 million barrels of light crude.

The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), which is responsible for independently ensuring the accurate measurement of Guyana’s oil from the Stabroek Block, reported that the first offloading of crude oil on the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) commenced last Saturday morning and all activities were executed as planned.

Lifts are expected approximately every 10 to 12 days from henceforth.          Continue reading

VIRUS PANDEMICS: Bill Gates: TED 2015: The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready – Video

The next outbreak? We’re not ready – 3,144,505 views – 8:32 mins. TED Talk given in 2015

In 2014, the world avoided a global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers — plus, frankly, some very good luck. In hindsight, we know what we should have done better. So, now’s the time, Bill Gates suggests, to put all our good ideas into practice, from scenario planning to vaccine research to health worker training. As he says, “There’s no need to panic … but we need to get going.”

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Bill Gates · Philanthropist

A passionate techie and a shrewd businessman, Bill Gates changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success. Now he’s doing it again with his own style of philanthropy and passion for innovation.

Guyana: Elections and the Imperatives of Geopolitical Neighborhoods – By Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith

  — By Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith 

I. INTRODUCTION

Dr. Ivelaw Griffith

This year electoral winds will blow across eight national landscapes in Latin America and the Caribbean—Belize, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Voters there will determine whether we will witness cool winds of continuity or tempestuous cyclones of change. But irrespective of the national circumstances, serious contenders do not have the luxury of focusing only on the run up to the elections; they also need to consider possible electoral outcomes and life after victory.

II. BIG OIL

This surely is the case in Guyana, which had early voting by the army and the police on February 21, and which will have the most consequential elections of the eight countries, largely because of the massive offshore oil and gas find there.        Continue reading

Jamaica and Cayman Islands Turn Away Cruise Ship Amid Coronavirus Fear

MSC Meraviglia

(Caribbean 360)  KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday February 26, 2020 – As the Caribbean seeks to keep the deadly new Coronavirus (COVID-19) at bay, a cruise ship carrying more than 4,500 passengers was denied entry to Jamaica yesterday and the Cayman Islands today, after it was discovered that a crew member had flu symptoms.

The MSC Meraviglia, carrying over 4,500 passengers and more than 1,600 crew members on a Caribbean cruise, was first denied entry to the port in Ocho Rios when it arrived at 8:30 a.m. yesterday.

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness said that during an inspection, port health officials learned that the sick crew member was in insolation on the vessel.                  Continue reading