Daily Archives: October 4, 2020

GUYANA: Attorney General warns of criminal charges, dismissals if GPHC nurses continue industrial unrest

Nurses Protest outside GPHC

In the wake of a sick out by several nurses of the Georgetown Public Hospital for increased salaries and COVID-19 risk allowances, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall on Friday said COVID-19 patients could die and he warned the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) that if the industrial unrest continues people could be charged and workers could even be fired.

“Unless these protest actions cease immediately and the procedures outlined by the law are invoked, the Government will have no alternative but to consider certain options.      Continue reading

GUYANA: OIL: “Wishful thinking” that Payara could be leveraged to renegotiate Stabroek deal – Jagdeo

VP Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo

Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday said that it is wishful thinking to assume that the Payara development permit could have been leveraged to demand a better Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) from ExxonMobil.

The politician delivered his latest rebuke of calls to get a better deal during a press conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre. The 2016 deal signed for Exxon’s operations in the Stabroek Block by former Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman has been widely condemned for a string of poor provisions, including a paltry two percent royalty share. The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), which took office in August, has criticised, but refuses to renegotiate, the deal.      Continue reading

COVID-19: Women Leaders and Coronavirus: Find the Secret to Their Success – Kate Maclean | The Conversation

Look Beyond Stereotypes to Find the Secret to Their Success

Kate Maclean | The Conversation

JACINDA ARDERN OF NEW ZEALAND, TSAI ING-WEN OF TAIWAN AND ANGELA MERKEL OF GERMANY HAVE ALL BEEN SINGLED OUT FOR THE WAY THEY HAVE HANDLED THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

They have been praised for demonstrating care, empathy and a collaborative approach. These skills – stereotypically described as “feminine” – have enabled them to listen to scientific expertise, work with local authorities and communicate effectively with the public. It has made them come across as transparent and accountable at a time of mass confusion.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Child Abuse: A Strong Call for Withdrawal – By: Yvonne Sam

Child protection and detection is needed from substance- abusing environment.

By: Yvonne Sam

Unsurpassed amazement soon gave way to unbridled anger on reading of the demise of Ronaldo Dave, the two year old toddler, who died days after purportedly ingesting “Molly”– laced milk. While mourning the tragic and senseless loss of such a young life, one cannot help but juxtapose it against the grossly negligent attitude of those tasked with parenting the future generation. It has become blatantly apparent that the term abuse suffers from severe confusion or concept distortion.

This may be due in part to the fact that neglect denotes absence or omission of caregiving rather than commission of discrete acts that endanger the welfare of a child and is therefore more difficult to assess.    Continue reading