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BARBADOS: PM Mia Mottley wins second landslide 30-0, for second term

— PM who shot to fame at Cop26 climate talks vows to ‘lead country first to safety then to prosperity’

Mia Mottley casts her vote in St Michael, Barbados.
Mia Mottley casts her vote in St Michael, Barbados. Photograph: Nigel R Browne/Reuters
in Bridgetown, Barbados –Thu 20 Jan 2022 09.55 GMT- THE GUARDIAN

The 56-year-old’s Barbados Labour Party (BLP) won all 30 seats, repeating the historic 30-0 win in 2018, in an election marred by complaints that thousands of Covid-positive Bajans were denied a vote.          Continue reading

USA: Technology: Elon Musk Interview – Tesla, Space X. Neuralink, Government etc – WSJ video

‘Tesla as the World’s Biggest Robot Company:’ Elon Musk on AI and U.S. Innovation | WSJ

Wall Street Journal Interview- December 6, 2021

Watch Tesla CEO Elon Musk in an interview with WSJ’s Joanna Stern at the CEO Council Summit.

COMMENT from Corbin Williams: — If something ever happens to this man the world will miss him dearly. He’s working so hard to make the world sustainable, life multi planetary, people in remote areas have access to internet, those with major injuries walk and think again, and to remove the traffic congestion from the freeways. So many people put him down for being a “billionaire” but wouldn’t know what to do with all his billions if he donated the entire amount to taxes.

BUSINESS: “Work” has changed and that’s why everyone is quitting – BlackRock’s Larry Fink

Larry Fink

Business Insider – January 18, 2022

  • BlackRock’s CEO Larry Fink wrote in his annual letter to CEOs about the record number of workers quitting.
  • Fink said that workers seeking new opportunities is a good thing and that companies have to adapt.
  •  Companies that don’t adjust to the “new reality” will “do so at their own peril,” he said.

In his annual letter to CEOs, Fink touched on everything he thought was “vital to driving durable long-term returns” and helping the company’s clients reach their goals. One trend he highlighted was the record-breaking number of workers quitting.      Continue reading

BOOK: ‘White Debt: The Demerara Uprising and Britain’s Legacy of Slavery’

White Debt: Time for Britain to pay up for its legacy of slavery

Thomas Harding is author of ‘White Debt: The Demerara Uprising and Britain’s Legacy of Slavery’ published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson . You can order the book from One Tree Books in the UK, email sally@onetreebooks.com . You can follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasharding

It was a warm dry day in October when I visited Bachelors Adventure on the East Coast of Demerara. With me, just a few steps from the public road, was the poet and social worker Ras Blackman, who grew up in the village and was kindly giving me a tour.

On 20 August 1823, more than 4,000 enslaved women and men had gathered here, Ras told me, in what had been a cotton field. On the other side of the public road were assembled 200 members of the British militia, each carrying a rifle. I was suddenly overtaken by a sense of awe. Awe at the courage of the enslaved people. Awe at their remarkable organisational skills. Awe at the profound legacy of freedom they had left behind, including for me, a White person.  Continue reading

CRICKET: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd of Guyana, receives knighthood

Cricket legend Clive Lloyd has received his knighthood at a ceremony that was delayed since Jan 1, 2020, due to Covid.

Legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd was knighted by the British Royal Federation, on Wednesday January  12 2022, after the ceremony was previously postponed due to Covid-19.

Clive Lloyd, the former two-time World Cup-winning captain was honoured with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to the sport of cricket.                Continue reading

GUYANA: Local Content Bill: Guyana Playing Wrong And Strong!


Jan 16, 2022 – Kaieteur News – The local private sector is being myopic when it comes to the conflict between Guyana’s local content policies and law and the country’s obligations under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC). Those representative private sector organisations which have railed against criticisms of Guyana’s local content laws have failed to appreciate the importance of regional integration towards local firms’ participation through local content policies.

Isabelle Ramdoo, a Senior Investment and Linkages Advisor at the African Minerals Development Centre, has expounded on the importance of a regional approach to the success of local content policies. While noting that many local content policies stand in conflict with goals of regional integration, she said that was in the main because such policies focused on national interests.          Continue reading

USA: Listen Up! — Dr. King Still Speaks to Us if We Will Listen – by Patrick Murfin

Dr. Martin Luther King

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022

 Posted by Patrick Murfin – Dr. King Still Speaks to Us if We Will Listen

When the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jrwas being held in jail in Alabama in 1963 he received a letter signed by several well-known White self-proclaimed racial moderates and liberal ministers who decried the unpleasantness and social disruption of the on-going campaign against racial discrimination in Birmingham.

Since he had unaccustomed time on his hands he took the time to patiently, even lovingly explain the situation in America’s most segregated city and why he and the Black citizens of the city were compelled to launch their campaign of non-violent direct action braving beatings, dogs, firehoses, threats, bombings, and jail to do so.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Feeling Blessed – By Dave Martins + Music Video

 Stabroek News – By Dave Martins – January 1, 2022

It’s one of the features of daily living that we often look back at our lives and feel fortunate for some of the things that have come our way.

I have several friends in this category who will from time to time make this point about their own situation, and it occurred to me very recently, after a very touching email from my friend and fellow musician George Jardim, who spoke about his own satisfaction with things on his plate, triggering me into reflecting on what he said as it related to my life. I have noted this before, but it bears repeating.            Continue reading

GUYANA: The NRF Bill/Law – By GHK Lall – commentary

Encouraging Events, Disturbing Developments…

GHK Lall

 By GHK Lall – The GHK Lall Column

Jan 16, 2022- Kaieteur News – So much has been said and written about the Natural Resource Fund Bill/Law (NRF) that I paused for a long moment, then decided one more word may mean something, sometime down the road, when we look back past the wreckage. That is, if we can.

The NRF Bill has been called a lot of things, such as rushed and controversial, among others. I call it for what it is: the handiwork of the criminally inclined from the well-populated political roosts and lairs. This would not be ordinary crimes by ordinary white-collar criminals, but what amounts to the equivalent of financial treason. In the NRF Bill/Law, I see a betrayal-maybe the biggest one yet – of this country and the hopes of its peoples.            Continue reading

FUTURE: The World Ahead 2022: five stories to watch out for | The Economist Video

The World Ahead 2022: five stories to watch out for | The Economist

What will be the biggest stories of 2022? As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, President Xi will cement his power as leader of China, tech giants will coax more of us into virtual worlds and the space race reaches new heights. The Economist is back with its annual look at the top stories of the year ahead. Film supported by @TeneoCEOAdvisory

00:00 The World Ahead 2022    00:40 China revels in democracy’s failings    04:11 Hybrid working becomes the new normal    07:48 The metaverse expands    11:26 An African fashion boom    14:12 The space race picks up

Read our latest coverage on The World Ahead: https://econ.st/3HtLmuQ

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