Category Archives: Education

Guyana-Jamaica Friendship Association NY – Boat Ride – Brooklyn NY – July 15, 2023

DISASTERS: How Long Would Society Last During a Total Electric Grid Collapse?

DISASTERS: ELECTRICITY: How Long Would Society Last During a Total Grid Collapse?

A summary of how other systems of infrastructure (like roadways, water, sewer, and telecommunications) depend on electricity and how long each system could last under total blackout conditions.

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CORRUPTION: Oil-rich Guyana still in company of world’s corrupt nations – 2022 Int’l Report

Feb 01, 2023 –Kaieteur News – According to the results of the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Guyana continues to rub shoulders with some of the most corrupt nations in the world. The index shows that Guyana gained a score of 40, one mark more than its standing in 2021.

Nations which score in the range of 0 to 49 are perceived as more corrupt than those with a mark of 50 to 99. India, Maldives, North Macedonia, Suriname and Tunisia received the same marks as Guyana. Others in the 49 to 42 range include: China, Malaysia, Cuba, Jamaica, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Kuwait and Trinidad and Tobago.

Out of 180 countries reviewed, Syria, South Sudan, Venezuela, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Haiti are in the bottom pile with scores ranging from 12 to 20. Countries with strong institutions and well-functioning democracies often find themselves at the top of the Index. Denmark heads the ranking, with a score of 90. Finland and New Zealand follow closely with a score of 87. Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg complete the top 10 this year.        Continue reading

GUYANA: POVERTY AND POVERTY REDUCTION IN GUYANA — by Ralph Ramkarran

Posted by Ralph Ramkarran January 28, 2023- Conversatin Tree Blog

There is no dispute that much poverty still exists in Guyana. Its existence and alleged absence of solutions to relieve it were among the highlights of the Budget Debate last week, uninspiring as many of the speeches were.

The United Nations has more experience than any other international agency in the study, measurement and eradication of poverty. It has embarked on the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018-2027), having completed a first and a second decade. In its recent reports tracking poverty rates, the UN has  used earnings of below US$1.90 per day as the basis of measuring poverty. Those living on less than US$1.90 per day are considered as living below the poverty line. Numerous measures have been discussed and debated over decades to lift people above the poverty line, and prior to the covid-19 pandemic, great successes have been achieved in reducing poverty.          Continue reading

GUYANA: EDUCATION: GTU’s McDonald paints grim picture of school system

…cites hungry children in classrooms, underpaid teachers, violence among students

Coretta McDonald, GTU General Secretary

By Zena Henry – Jan 27, 2023 – Kaieteur News – Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and General Secretary of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) Coretta McDonald called for better treatment of the country’s teachers as she withheld support for the 2023 budget when the debates continued on Thursday.

McDonald told the National Assembly that budget 2023 perpetuates underpaid teachers and hungry children in classrooms, adding that the education system is plagued by violence in schools and the burning of the learning institutions. “Education in crisis,” the MP and union leader said. She told parliamentarians that every day schoolchildren are being found with various weapons when their bags are searched, children are sitting in classrooms hungry and don’t know where their next meal is coming from while in and out of schools, students are fighting teachers, parents are fighting teachers and students against teachers.        Continue reading

WORLD: GLOBAL Cyber Attack ‘Likely This Year’ (Says WEF) – video

Commentary By Neil McCoy-Ward

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USA_CANADA: The New $4.4BN Mega Bridge Connecting US & Canada! – video

USA_CANADA: The New $4.4BN Mega Bridge Connecting US & Canada!

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GUYANA: Georgetown – City Hall restoration climbs to over $1B with $263.2 M budgetary allocation

The restoration works ongoing at City Hall

This was outlined by Minister within the Office of the President with the Responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh.   During the reading of the national budget on Monday, Dr. Singh outlined that the additional sums will be diverted to City Hall for the completion of the building.        Continue reading

GUYANA: 2023 BUDGET SET AT G$781.9B – $208.9B from Oil Account

          – Govt. to draw down $208.9B from oil account for support

               Sugar, fisheries, gold industries perform poorly

Jan 17, 2023 – Kaieteur News – Senior Minister with responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh yesterday unveiled a $781.9B budget for 2023 under the theme: “Improving Lives Today, Building Prosperity for Tomorrow.”

This is 41.4 percent larger than the 2022 budget which stood at $552.9B.

During an almost six-hour presentation in the National Assembly, Dr. Singh was keen to note that $208.9B in oil revenues will be withdrawn from the Natural Resource Fund (NRF) to support national development priorities this year. Last year, government had used $126B to prop up the 2022 budget.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Exxon study says… 5th oil project could affect air quality we breathe’

Jan 15, 2023  – Kaieteur News – American oil giant, ExxonMobil Corporation, has put Guyana on notice that its fifth project in the Stabroek Block, set to develop over 1.3 billion barrels of oil, could affect the nation’s air quality.

Specifically, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the US$12.6B project states that emissions resulting from the project have the potential to change ambient air quality in the Project Area of Influence. Air quality Exxon noted is important for health of humans and wildlife. It was further noted by Exxon that Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the Project may increase the GHG concentrations in the atmosphere.            Continue reading

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