Category Archives: Governance

USA: 50 maps that explain how America lives, spends, and believes

  and Jul. 4, 2019 – Business Insider

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America is a complicated place.
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  • To celebrate Independence Day, we’ve assembled a collection of maps that illustrate who Americans are and how they live.
  • Geography matters — where we reside and where we come from affect many facets of our lives.
  • The US is a large, complex place, and maps can provide a big-picture sense of how we’re doing as a community and as citizens.

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“India Wants To Use Flesh Eating Turtles To Rid The Ganges Of Bodies (HBO)”

“India Wants To Use Flesh Eating Turtles To Rid The Ganges Of Decomposing Bodies (HBO)”

VICE News – Published on Jan 21, 2019

India’s Ganges river is the main source of water for half a billion people. It’s also holy to the country’s almost 1 billion Hindus, who bathe in the river to be cleansed of their sins and believe that if a body is cremated and released into the water at Varanasi it can escape the cycle of reincarnation.

But the river’s cleansing abilities are limited by the fact that the Ganges is one of the world’s most polluted waterways: A billion gallons of raw sewage and industrial waste currently pour into it every day.      Continue reading

Singapore burns its trash to generate electricity ….. with no-pollution – video

Singapore burns its trash to generate electricity…..  with no-pollution – video

Guyana Politics: Voters will reject the do-nothings who dominate the PPP today – by Cheddi (Joey) Jagan

Joey Jagan

Dear Editor,  [Letter by Cheddi (Joey) Jagan]

With oil money coming, the political stakes could not be higher, as most of our citizens know and feel that they could be cheated of their God given rights to the opportunities and wealth of our Republic. Some of our “experts” decry the financial and technological arrangements which we have with ExxonMobil, finding fault and opposing this great investment – these malcontents should understand that over the next  two years, ExxonMobil will invest over 35 Billion US dollars in worldwide oil exploration  without a clear prospect of oil recovery and with the price of oil not yet $60 a barrel, the investments are not always profitable.

We in Guyana, should be proud and excited that the largest oil company in the world is investing real money into our economy – this will eventually attract other good foreign investments and trade to our Republic in areas like agro-industry, mineral extraction, our water potential, our fishing potential, our forest potential and other new avenues to make up for lost time and lost opportunity.      Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Nigel Hughes, politics, governance and a response to the Opposition- Video

Nigel Hughes, politics, governance and a response to the Opposition

Malika Natasha Ramsey  – Published on Mar 15, 2019

Press Secretary and Television Anchor Malika N. Ramsey sits down with Guyanese Attorney at Law Nigel Hughes. The two discuss politics, Guyana’s constitution and much more.

CARICOM: CSME Member States Sign on to Contingent Rights Protocol

Caricom Headquarters
Georgetown. Guyana.

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Monday March 4, 2019 – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States that are participating in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) have all signed on to the Protocol on Contingent Rights and most of them are prepared to immediately begin provisional application of the Protocol.

The Protocol covers the rights of persons moving to another country under the free movement of skills regime, as well as the spouses and dependents of those who move to another country.    Continue reading

Christmas gifts from the politicians – Commentary – Stabroek News

Editorial – Stabroek News – 25 December 2018

There is little peace and good will in the political arena this season. And that applies not just to Guyana, but also to some of the leading democracies such as the UK, France and, of course, the US, to name a few. There is President Donald Trump whose administration stumbled into farce a long time ago, and which has since been disintegrating into chaos. As has become customary in more recent times, lawmakers agreed a short-term spending compromise to carry the government over into the new year.

However, Mr Trump has refused to sign the bill unless the Senate attaches funding to it for a border wall fence. So far he has adhered to that position, effectively partly shutting down the government, and sending thousands of its workers home without their end-of-year salaries. Apparently he does not remember that the Republicans paid a heavy price for refusing to sign a compromise when President Clinton was in office.              Continue reading

The truth is that Trump has a point about globalization – By Larry Elliott – The Guardian

The truth is that Trump has a point about globalisation

By Larry Elliott – Wed 26 Sep 2018  – The Guardian

The president’s belief that the nation state can cure economic ills is not without merit

Photo:  ‘The stupendous growth posted by China over 40 years has been the result of doing the opposite of what the globalisation textbooks recommend.’ AFP/Getty Images

Once every three years the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold their annual meetings out of town. Instead of schlepping over to Washington, the gathering of finance ministers and central bank governors is hosted by a member state. Ever since the 2000 meeting in Prague was besieged by anti-globalisation rioters, the away fixtures have tended to be held in places that are hard to get to or where the regime tends to take a dim view of protest: Singapore, Turkey, Peru.     Continue reading

India top court upholds world’s largest biometric scheme – named Aadhaar

  • 26 September 2018 – BBC NEWS
An Indian woman poses with new 2000 rupee notes, her Aadhaar ID card and a finger inked with indelible ink after exchanging withdrawn 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes at a bank in Chennai on November 17, 2016GETTY IMAGES
Image caption – Indians will need the identity number to receive benefits from more than 500 welfare schemes

Aadhaar: India top court upholds world’s largest biometric scheme

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s controversial biometric identity scheme is constitutional and does not violate the right to privacy.

However the court limited the scope of the Aadhaar scheme, saying it could not be compulsory for bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions.

The world’s largest biometric ID database covers welfare and tax payments and access to social services.

More than a billion Indians have already been enrolled.

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Barbados: Parliamentary Democracy Under the Microscope: Agenda for Change

Barbados Underground

Submitted by Doc Martin

I resonate with commentators on this blog and elsewhere who see the 30-0 sweep wrought by BLP in the May 24 election as a blessing in disguise. But not necessarily for the same reasons!  For those who are willing to look, listen and learn from their mistakes and for those who have “come of age” politically, it is indeed a blessing. 
 
Even as this is being written, the post-election political situation continues to unravel with the so-called crossing of the floor by one of the successful BLP candidates in the May 24 election. This, together with the subtle (and not-so-subtle) retreat of the Prime Minister from some of the promises made in the election, as well as her feigned attempts to convince Barbadians that she is now getting to learn the true gravity of the debt situation, should cause Barbadians to sit up…

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