Monthly Archives: August 2020

Guyana: Infrastructure Development: US$1.4b luxury project for Mahaica


An artist’s conception of what the development will look like
An artist’s conception of what the development will look like

Guyana Politics: Belladrum residents block West Berbice road in solidarity with Clairmont Mingo

Left to right: Attorney-at-Law Darren Wade, Alliance For Change executive member David Patterson, incoming Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon and Attorney-at-Law Roysdale Forde outside the Sparendaam Police Station where Mr. Clairmont Mingo is being held.

A number of residents of Belladrum, West Coast Berbice on Sunday blocked the public road to vent their anger at the continued detention ad subsequent charging of Region Four Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo.   

Divisional Police Commander for  Mahaica-West Berbice, Edmond Cooper said he and a team of policemen were trying to clear the road without causing the situation to escalate.      Continue reading

COVID-19: Thousands of people in Caribbean to be affected by tourism cuts — ILO Report

An aerial view of Nassau, Bahamas

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is warning that almost half a million Caribbean tourism workers face the prospect of decent work deficits in the form of job losses, reductions in working hours, and loss of incomes, while the worsening of working conditions and the move to informal employment appear as a concrete possibility.          

In a new publication titled “Tourism sector in the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean: An overview and the impact of COVID-19 on growth and employment,” the ILO describes as significant and far-reaching the reduction in the Caribbean tourism industry workforce due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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COVID-19: Push to get staff back to offices amid warning of UK’s ‘ghost towns’ – The Guardian UK

Labour criticises ‘unconscionable’ plans as ministers would warn employees vulnerable to being sacked

Financial districts like London’s Canary Wharf have become ‘ghost towns’ amid the pandemic. 

Press Association = Fri 28 Aug 2020  – THE GUARDIAN UK

The television and newspaper messages will promote the government’s aim to reduce the number of employees working from home amid fears that town and city centres are becoming ghost areas as workers stay away.          Continue reading

TORONTO: Here are the new stations in the Eglinton Crosstown LRT – blogTO

This is what all the new stations will look like when the Eglinton Crosstown is built

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is still a long way from completion, but when it’s done, the city will have a new integrated light rail transit system that stretches 19 kilometres across the city from east to west. 

The $5.3 billion project, which began construction in 2011, will bring 25 new stations and stops along Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis through to Scarborough in Toronto.

A number of the stations have been renamed since their initial announcement, and designs are subject to change in the future. But, as of right now, here’s what all the new stations will look like when the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is built. 


TRAVEL: Guyana Nature Experience – 12-day Itinerary into the Interior

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Guyana Nature Experience

This classic, 12-day, small-group scheduled departure takes in many of the highlights of Guyana:
Visit Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls before travelling to the Iwokrama Rainforest Reserve and its lodges for jungle hikes, boat trips, the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, and the chance to see the elusive jaguar. Stay in the Makushi village of Surama before going into the savannahs in search of giant river otters, giant anteaters and black caiman at Karanambu.



The beauty of the Rupununi region is on full display in this short video. You can also get a quick look at the Karanambu Lodge and some very cute giant river otter pups. There are a couple of additonal surprises, as well. Watch the video. 


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Obituary: Patsy Blair Robertson, diplomat, born 28 August 1933; died 17 August 2020

Influential media spokesperson for the Commonwealth whose skill and charm helped to galvanise opposition to apartheid

Patsy Robertson

Patsy Blair Robertson, diplomat, born 28 August 1933; died 18 August 2020

Victoria Brittain | The Guardian UK 

Jamaica-born, Patsy Robertson, who has died aged 86, was a prominent figure in the historic turning of the tide against Margaret Thatcher’s support for apartheid South Africa by the Commonwealth leadership, headed by Guyana-born, Sir Shridath (Sonny) Ramphal.

As Ramphal’s trusted confidante Robertson helped to shape a new UK mainstream narrative: That apartheid could not be reformed, but instead had to go. Official spokesperson for the Commonwealth from 1983 until 1994, and also director of information at the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1988, she was a brilliant communicator whose clarity and charm came to be trusted by the media, politicians and Buckingham Palace.    Continue reading

Guyana: Annual Amerindian Heritage Month celebration – September 2020

‘Fostering Traditional Practices for a safe Environment’… for the Indigenous People of Guyana

− Virtual Amerindian Heritage Month celebration kicks off on Sep. 1, 2020

OPINION: “Who’s in charge of the world?” – PM Modi of India explains his view

The following exchange did not occur… It is here to outline an interesting observation:

……. Think!…

Trump, Putin and Xi were arguing on who’s in charge of the world. US, Russia or China?

Without any conclusion, they turned to PM Modi of India and asked him “Who’s in charge of the world?”

Modi replied: All I know is :- 

  1. Google CEO is an Indian
  1. Microsoft CEO is an Indian

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Exxon’s threat to take investment elsewhere shows how worried it is – Dr. Mangal

Upon noting the recent comments of ExxonMobil Guyana’s President, Alistair Routledge, to the effect that the company would take its money elsewhere if it does not get its way with the Payara Field Development Plan (FDP); Petroleum Consultant, Dr. Jan Mangal believes this just exposes how worried that company is.

Dr. Jan Mangal

During a recent interview with Kaieteur News, the former Presidential Advisor stated that even if ExxonMobil wants to take its investment elsewhere, Guyana has nothing to fear.  In fact, he said that this sort of posturing is expected.

Dr. Mangal said: “If ExxonMobil were ever vulnerable to a single country, and a single block, it is now. Guyana has immense leverage over ExxonMobil since it needs Guyana much more than Guyana needs Exxon. With Exxon’s current portfolio, Exxon does not have a future without Guyana.”          Continue reading

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