Monthly Archives: February 2022

CRICKET: Sonny Ramadhin, West Indies legendary spinner, dies aged 92 – The Guardian

—  Ramadhin’s death confirmed by Friarmere CC in Oldham

— Spinner helped West Indies to first Test series victory in England in 1950

PHOTO: Sonny Ramadhin was the first man of Indian heritage to represent West Indies. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
THE GUARDIANSun 27 Feb 2022 

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USA: The True Story of ‘The Underground Railroad’ – Smithsonian Magazine

Slavery in USA

The adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel reimagines the eponymous trail to freedom as an actual train track.

Smithsonian Magazine – Meilan Solly

When Cora, the fictional protagonist of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel The Underground Railroad, steps onto a boxcar bound for the North, the train’s conductor offers her a wry word of advice: “If you want to see what this nation is all about, I always say, you have to ride the rails. Look outside as you speed through, and you’ll find the true face of America.”

Peering through the carriage’s slats, Cora sees “only darkness, mile after mile,” Whitehead writes. Later, toward the end of her harrowing escape from enslavement, the teenager realizes that the conductor’s comment was a “joke … from the start. There was only darkness outside the windows on her journeys, and only ever would be darkness.”          Continue reading

GUYANA: Government scraps US$12.5M Enmore Sugar Packaging Plant

— to build new one at Albion, expand another at Blairmont

Feb 27, 2022  -Kaieteur News – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), Sasenarine Singh recently revealed that the government is planning to build a new packaging plant at Albion along with the expansion of one at Blairmont for 2022. 

During a recent online interview, Singh said this is all part of a design to be able to sell sugar at a higher value and to ensure the country has enough capacity to produce packaged sugar products for the international market as it opens up. Singh was pleased to announce that the government is already making headway in opening new markets while noting that GuySuCo was able to successfully open a Jamaican market. The CEO said too that last year the government was successful in opening up markets in Grenada and even secured sugar sales for the first time to Germany.        Continue reading

VENEZUELA: Russia sends nuclear bombers to Venezuela – CNN video + Putin’s reasons video – Sky News

CNN Report – 26 February, 2022

Putin Makes Military Moves in America’s Backyard. – CNN

Sends supersonic bombers to Venezuela, that carry nuclear weapons

Also view video below…  IS THIS… TIT FOR TAT BY RUSSIA

Russia’s Putin: The US is parking missiles “on the porch of our house”  – Video

(SKY NEWS – 23 December 2021) Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Sky News that the US and NATO are expanding onto Russia’s borders – and not the other way around. At his traditional end of year news conference, Mr Putin answered questions from the world’s media. And he told Sky News’ Russia Correspondent Diana Magnay that his country wasn’t threatening anybody and that he didn’t want conflict in Ukraine. But he said the ball “is in the West’s court”.

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EUROPE: Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline: The $11BN Megaproject That’s Dividing Europe -video

Nord Stream 2: The $11BN Megaproject That’s Dividing Europe

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Published Jan 5, 2022. This project has been mentioned as one of the main reasons for the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Some Comments: Germany is closing down their last nuclear power plants this year so they’re utterly dependent on gas to keep homes warmed in the winter and the grid powered. Solar and wind just won’t cover the entire energy need.

What seems to be forgotten is that this pipeline was started at the behest of the German government, which needed the gas after shutting down their nuclear plants. The Russians had to be persuaded after the debacle that was the southern pipeline project which got cancelled by the EU at a great cost to them.

EUROPE: Western powers have realised Russia is largely immune to sanctions – Analysis

Analysis: Only the financial equivalent of unleashing a nuclear arsenal will dent Russia’s foreign assets war chest

A branch of VTB bank in Moscow
PHOTO: A VTB bank in Moscow. Economists have said sanctioning banks is largely ineffective. Photograph: Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters
Economics editor –THE GUARDIANSat 26 Feb 2022 01.57 GMT

Russia’s conflict with Ukraine, despite its long gestation and planning by Vladimir Putin and his supporters in the Kremlin, was supposed to end quickly once financial retaliation began. Yes, there would be military skirmishes on the ground, but little more than a few casualties were expected once a range of penalties began to bite.

The western powers have quickly realised that unless they are willing to fire the financial equivalent of a nuclear arsenal, Putin has made sure Russia is largely immune, at least in the short term.          Continue reading

TRINIDAD: Here are the top ten finalists of the Senior Kings of Carnival 2022

Here are the top ten finalists of the Senior Kings of Carnival 2022! These contestants will vie for the crown at the Dimanche Gras show on Sunday 27th February 2022.
Photos by Maria Nunes

USA: How Ketanji Brown Jackson Could Change The Supreme Court

After several weeks of mild suspense, President Biden announced that he’s nominating Ketanji Brown Jackson, who currently sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court.

Now, the Senate is hurtling toward its fourth Supreme Court confirmation hearing in five years. Jackson, who is the first Black woman ever to be nominated to the court, has support from several progressive groups. If she’s confirmed, she’ll probably move the court’s Democratic-appointed bloc even further to the left – although it’s not clear from the data we have just how liberal she’ll be.          Continue reading

GUYANA: PNCR Leader Aubrey Norton promises to scrap income tax

Aubrey Norton

“The PNCR wishes to make it clear that as your government-in-waiting, as part of the coalition, we will remove the burden of personal income tax from our people,” he said. Mr. Norton said the scrapping of the income tax was an “enduring obligation” to Guyanese “given the current favourable economic circumstances from oil and gas.”

In the 2022 National Budget, the government increased the income tax threshold to GY$75,000. (app $375US/month).      Continue reading

GUYANA: GPL’s customers must pay or all electricity from Amaila – even if unused — Winston Brassington

Winston Brassington

…to also meet shortfall if revenues not enough to pay Chinese Co.

Feb 24, 2022- Kaieteur News – The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Incorporated and its customers, will, in the event of the power being supplied by the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Plant (AFHEP) not be utilized by its customers, stand that risk.

Additionally, if for whatever reason the revenue garnered by GPL is insufficient to meet payment obligations under a Power Purchase Agreement—currently being negotiated—then again the power company and its customers are the parties that bear the risk and would have to meet any shortfall in payments to the Chinese contractor sponsor of AFHEP, China Railway First Group.

This much was made pellucid—for those paying attention—during the recently concluded International Energy Conference and Expo 2022, when Winston Brassington, the de facto head of the AFHEP Project, provided delegates with an update.          Continue reading

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