Daily Archives: August 25, 2020

Anxious isles: The pandemic’s indirect hit on the Caribbean economies – The Economist

The region has been spared the worst ravages of covid-19. That has not protected its economies

The Americas –Aug 22nd 2020 edition- THE ECONOMIST

When a highly infectious disease is the biggest threat to global well-being, islands with small populations have an advantage. They can seal themselves off. The English-speaking islands of the Caribbean have by and large done this. Most have, at least until recently, kept rates of infection low (see chart). Some small islands, such as Anguilla and Montserrat, have no confirmed infections.

But that has not protected the Caribbean from the economic consequences of the pandemic. Much of the region depends on tourism, which has been hit hard. In Jamaica, which with 3m people is the most populous of the Anglophone islands, tourism accounts for 10% of gdp. Its indirect contribution is much higher.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Shared Governance – Stabroek News Editorial

There has been no term more tossed about in the political sphere in recent times than ‘shared governance’, by which is more properly meant ‘shared executive governance’. It has been trumpeted as the panacea for all our constitutional ills, which will reduce if not eliminate the political cum ethnic tensions which so debilitate us and inhibit the possibility of rational government.

Judging from the way it voted in March, the electorate is not necessarily persuaded of the advantages of this arrangement; it was, after all, the small parties which for the most part were promoting the idea, and they did very poorly, a joinder of three of them securing only one seat.          Continue reading

GUYANA: COVID-19: Penalties for persons flouting mandatory mask-wearing orders

— Says Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Frank Anthony has warned that persons who choose not to wear a mask when in public can be fined. However, he said that this is not a direction that is necessary as everyone can simply do what is necessary to prevent becoming infected with COVID-19.

In  an interview with the DPI on Saturday August 22, 2020, the Minister emphasised that the revised emergency protocols for August 16-31, 2020, provides for persons found flouting the measure to be fined and even imprisoned.

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USA: Protests in Wisconsin After Police Shoot Black Man in the Back

Published on Monday, August 24, 2020 by Includes Videos

PHOTO: A cellphone video posted to social media shows Kenosha, Wisconsin police officers firing seven shots at 29-year-old Jacob Blake as he tries to enter his vehicle on Sunday, August 24, 2020. (Photo: Screengrab/Twitter)

Protests broke out in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the state’s Justice Department launched an investigation Sunday evening after police officers shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake in the back multiple times at point-blank range as he tried to enter his vehicle.

Witnesses told local reporters that Blake was attempting to break up a fight prior to being shot by the officers, who closely followed Blake to his car and fired seven shots after he opened the driver-side door. According to civil rights attorney Ben Crump, Blake’s children were in the car when the officers shot their father.        Continue reading