Daily Archives: July 13, 2020

Guyana Elections: GECOM sets aside 10 district declarations; orders CEO to use recount data

 — CEO Lowenfield must submit his report by 2 PM Tuesday July 14, 2020

Posted by: Denis Chabrol–  Demerara Waves –  July 13, 2020

The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh on Monday set aside the 10 district declarations and ordered that Chief Elections Officer, Mr. Keith Lowenfield a third time to submit a report using figures from the national vote recount- the only figures now available.

GECOM spokeswoman, Yolanda Ward confirmed that this decision was made, although two pro-coalition Election Commissioners did not say so definitively.

If  Mr. Lowenfield again refuses to use the recount data and submit his report by 2 PM Tuesday, the Chairman has reportedly also decided that the Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Roxanne Myers to use the recount data to compile the report for the seven-member commission to consider and declare a winner.

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Florida USA: US seizes 81 vehicles in Venezuela smuggling ring

An official with Homeland Security Investigations walks among vehicles worth an estimated $3.2 million, at Port Everglades after they were seized by Homeland Security Investigations, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The vehicles were to be smuggled to Venezuela in violation of U.S. export laws and sanctions against the socialist Venezuelan government. (Associated Press / Lynne Sladky)

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CANADA: Ten positive things that have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic – blogTO

CANADA: Positive Outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic

It’s difficult to see a potential silver lining from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that’s been wreaking havoc around the world, and here in Canada. But amid the chaos and disaster, there have already been a few positives.

Here are some good things that have come out of COVID-19 in Canada that will hopefully stick once the pandemic is over.

1. Acts of kindness are trending              Continue reading

History: West Indian and African Migration to British Guiana (Guyana) from 1834 – By Odeen Ishmael

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West Indian and African Migration to British Guiana from 1834

With the passing of the Emancipation Act in 1833, the sugar planters in British Guiana (Guyana) anticipated a labour shortage even though the apprenticeship system would force the ex-slaves to continue to provide free labour. As a result they made plans to recruit labourers from the West Indies and elsewhere. (recruitment of Portuguese indentured labour was featured earlier in Guyanese Online HERE).

Because of the close proximity of the West Indian colonies, the planters felt it would be more economical to bring a paid labour force from those islands. Between 1835 and 1838, about 5,000 labourers were recruited from Barbados, St. Kitts, Antigua, Montserrat and Nevis. These islands either had no apprenticeship system or they had a fairly large free African population by 1834. The employment of West Indian full-time wage labour was carried out by the private sugar planters who competed sharply among themselves for the available migrants.     Continue reading

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