Monthly Archives: February 2021

OPINION: Losing way; Monday’s parliament and intensifying depravities – The GHK Lall Column

   Feb 28, 2021- Kaieteur News –  The GHK Lall Column

It was a dark and dirty week.
A fifth member of the AFC resigned from party membership, because the thinking was the group has “lost its way.” No member has said the same thing publicly, as yet, about the PNC, but I have heard the same thing also uttered quietly that the PNC has lost its way, too.

From my perspective, the new PPP government, given its leadership deceptions and membership corruptions, is yet another example of a major group that has also lost its way.        Continue reading

COVID-19: Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine: FDA approves single-shot jab – BBC News

BBC NEWS -27 February 2021. – See Vaccine Comparison Chart belowDose of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine being prepared for a clinical trial

US regulators have formally approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, the third jab to be authorised in the country.

The vaccine is set to be a cost-effective alternative to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and can be stored in a refrigerator instead of a freezer. Trials found it prevented serious illness but was 66% effective overall when moderate cases were included.

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Trinidad: US Dollar shortage has forced businesses to seek US$ on black market

Gregory Aboud

Gregory Aoud

(Trinidad Guardian) The limited availability of foreign exchange has meant that individuals and business have had to turn to the black market for US dollars.

Several business owners told the Business Guardian that if US was required it could be purchased off market at between TT$7.50 to $8.50 for US$1.  This off market (black market) availability has led to questions about the distribution of US into the local market.

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GUYANA: A Cultural Melting Pot – Guyana Tourism News

GUYANA:  A CULTURAL MELTING POT

You can sense it as you walk the streets of Georgetown. There’s a whirl of colours, architecture, sounds and scents. Guyana is a vibrant, energetic cultural melting pot which can more easily be along the coast and especially in the capital city of Georgetown. Over the centuries, a variety of ethnicities and populations have woven their influences into what is today a unique tapestry of Guyanese culture.

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OPINION: Why Venezuela Wants a Piece of Guyana – Reybert Carrillo | Caracas Chronicles 

Map of Guyana – Disputed Area being claimed by Venezuela

Maduro can try to resurrect an old claim to distract Venezuelans, but what’s the geographical reason to want the Essequibo? How would we benefit from it? 

Reybert Carrillo | Caracas Chronicles 

Since the 19th century, Venezuela has claimed a good part of what is now the Republic of Guyana. Venezuelan kids were used to seeing that “zona en reclamación” as a striped area attached to our country’s Eastern border, and imagine it like the hind legs of a cow, a rhinoceros, or even an angry elephant, whose head lies between the Guajira and the Paraguana peninsula.            Continue reading

CCJ urges Guyana Government to consider reform of Deed’s Registry Act

— Ruling in property dispute…

Feb 26, 2021 – Kaieteur News – In a judgment delivered yesterday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) allowed the appeal of Merlene Todd, a Guyanese embroiled in a battle over a city property, which was sold to her on the basis of a fake power of attorney. In confirming Todd’s ownership to the land, the CCJ urged the Government of Guyana to urgently consider reform of the Deed’s Registry Act.

According to a summary of its judgment, the CCJ outlined that Allan Price (now deceased) owned the West Half of Lot 153 Queenstown, Georgetown.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Georgetown: City vending – One of the most pressing issues – Commentary

City Hall – Georgetown

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The announcement last Thursday (February 18, 2021), that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) was moving to implement a policy to regularise vending in Georgetown should have come as no surprise to anyone.

In fact, if anything, some might have questioned what took Mayor Ubraj Narine so long. One of the just four mayors Georgetown has had over the past three-plus decades, it was almost a given. He had to step up to address what is one of the city’s most pressing issues: vending.

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U.S.A — While ordinary Americans fight for political crumbs, the rich get richer – opinion

 By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

The federally mandated minimum wage is $7.25 an hour but the average actual wage is $19.33; for Florida, $16.

The average hourly wage of a CEO is $369 but can be as high as $9,000. The average hourly wage of a billionaire is $1 million but can be as high as $4 million.

Billionaires numbered 565 in 2017and their combined wealth was $2.7 trillion. By 2020, in four years of the Donald Trump presidency and a year of the coronavirus epidemic, their number rose to 614 and their wealth to $2.9 trillion. By April 10, the number increased by15 to 629 and their wealth to $3.2 trillion. Meanwhile, more than 20 million Americans have had to survive on about $333 per week in jobless benefits.          Continue reading

MADE IN CANADA – Some interesting facts.

HERE THEY ARE:

  1. Did You Know Most of the World’s French Fries Come from New Brunswick?
    New Brunswick-based McCain Foods makes one-third of all the frozen French fries produced in the world, and many come from a $65-million state-of-the art potato processing plant that’s in Florenceville-Bristol.

The small town in western New Brunswick has taken on the moniker “The French Fry Capital of the World.”

Not surprisingly, this is the location of the Potato World museum, and the heart of the mid-July National French Fry Day celebrations.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Canadian company finds high-grade gold in Toroparu mine

The Toroparu project – launches phase 2 drilling project

Gold X Mining, a Canada-based company which operates the Toroparu mine in Guyana, has announced that it found high-grade gold during its recently concluded diamond drill programme, resulting in the company launching phase two of its drilling.

In a statement on February 23, the company was able to use historical drill data to encounter “significant” gold concentrations within and below the Toroparu main resource pit. According to the company, these gold structures are likely to be accessed by shallow and underground mining.      Continue reading