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EUROPE: Ghost Towns: The Silent Depopulation of Eastern Europe

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DISASTER: How these buildings made Turkey-Syria’s earthquake so deadly

DISASTER: How these buildings made Turkey-Syria’s earthquake so deadly

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DISASTER – What to Know About the Ohio Train Derailment – By Adrian Koop – Visual Capitalist

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GUYANA: Economic Forecasts -“Rice is done with. It can’t pay.” – Commentary

 By February 4, 2023

For example in his 2022 budget speech, Minister Singh projected that the sugar sector would “grow by 11.8 percent, as GuySuCo will begin to recover from the onslaught of the 2021 floods, with the aim of producing almost 65,000 tonnes of sugar. Similarly, the rice growing subsector is forecasted to expand by 25.1 percent in 2022.”

What actually happened? Sugar declined by 18.9% to 47,000 tonnes while rice was estimated to have grown by 8.1% (although the use of the word estimated suggests some uncertainty over that figure).          Continue reading

Do NOT Fear Putin’s Demise : Victory for Ukraine – Democracy for Russia

Garry Kasparov and Mikhail Khodorkovsky | Foreign Affairs

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

The regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin is living on borrowed time. The tide of history is turning, and everything from Ukraine’s advances on the battlefield to the West’s enduring unity and resolve in the face of Putin’s aggression points to 2023 being a decisive year. If the West holds firm, Putin’s regime will likely collapse in the near future.

Yet some of Ukraine’s key partners continue to resist supplying Kyiv with the weapons it needs to deliver the knockout punch. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden in particular seems afraid of the chaos that could accompany a decisive Kremlin defeat. It has declined to send the tanks, long-range missile systems, and drones that would allow Ukrainian forces to take the fight to their attackers, reclaim their territory, and end the war. The end of Putin’s tyrannical rule will indeed radically change Russia and the rest of the world — but not in the way the White House thinks. Rather than destabilizing Russia and its neighbors, a Ukrainian victory would eliminate a powerful revanchist force and boost the cause of democracy worldwide.        Continue reading

VIEWPOINT: The World Economy No Longer Needs Russia

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

VIEWPOINT: The World Economy No Longer Needs Russia

With alternative sources in place, Putin’s attempt at blackmailing Europe on energy has failed.

By Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the Lester Crown professor in management practice and a senior associate dean at the Yale School of Management, and Steven Tian, the director of research at the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute. | Foreign Policy

For much of the past year, and since his invasion of Ukraine last February, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been riding high on his supposed energy omnipotence, holding the global economy hostage to his whims. Since last summer, Putin has choked off natural gas supplies to Europe, hoping that Europeans, shivering and without heat during the winter, would turn on their leaders and make it politically infeasible to continue support for Ukraine.               Continue reading

GUYANA: Fire destroys Christ Church Secondary School in Georgetown

– second fire in 8 days, 502 students displaced

By Shervin Belgrave

The western end of the Christ Church Secondary School being burnt to the ground.

  • Jan 13, 2023– Kaieteur News – First time lucky, second time not, this is the story of the Christ Church Secondary School located on Middle and Camp Streets that was destroyed by a massive fire on Thursday afternoon.

It was only last Wednesday that “quick response and diligent work” by the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) reportedly saved the school from being burnt down but this week firefighters could not prevent it. Yesterday’s fire reportedly erupted close to 17:00 hrs. Eyewitnesses recalled seeing thick smoke emanating from the western end of the building. Some small explosions were reportedly heard before flames were seen.      Continue reading

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GUYANA: Extensive flooding recorded in the Interior Regions – Updated

GUYANA: FLOODING- Several Areas under water

UPDATE: —  December 12 – The flooding has now spread to other regions

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC), through the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), has confirmed that at least six villages in the Region are inundated.

Quebanang, Kangaruma, Waramadong, Phillipai, Pappy Show Landing and Mango Landing are all experiencing different levels of flooding, especially on the farmlands, a press release from the CDC noted.

A house in Pappy Show Landing under water

Other areas such as Eteringbang and Arau Village are seeing rising river levels, the release highlighted.

According to the CDC, assessment teams from the region, led by the Regional Chairman Mr. Kenneth Williams, are working with the police and other community groups to manage the impact.

Flooding in Mango Landing

“The CDC will remain in constant contact with persons on the ground there throughout an extensive period to determine what measures should be taken.”

Meanwhile, residents countrywide are urged to take precautions where necessary and to report any impacts to local authorities or the National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) on 600-7500 or 226-1114 at any time.

The current rainy season is expected to be wetter and longer than normal accordingly to the Hydrometeorological Service.


CDC ready to provide aid as flooding spreads to other regions

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC), in a release issued on Monday, said that it is ready to provide aid in any part of the country as flooding has been confirmed in six regions.

See below full release from the CDC: 

To date there are confirmed reports of flooding in Regions 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9. Assessments are still underway so an accurate number of houses impacted is not yet available.

The flooding is caused heavy and consistent rainfall, which facilitates the over-topping of waterways. Parts of Region 2 are experiencing an average of 6 inches of flood waters; Regions 4 and 5 have an average of 3 inches of flood water; Region 7 is currently experiencing rising river levels between 7 and 20 feet in some parts; Region 8 is now seeing receding water levels, and Region 9 has mild flooding around in the town of Lethem only. So far, there have been no reports of structural damage, no power outages due to flooding and no shelters have been established to house persons.

The CDC has teams and relief supplies at the ready to be dispatched to any part of the country. We also have supplies prepositioned at our warehouses in Lethem and Timehri.

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