Category Archives: Government

GUYANA: Harmon called out for “reckless” claims about ‘fake’ COVID-19 vaccines

Opposition Leader, Joseph Harmon.

Jun 18, 2021 – Kaieteur News – Opposition Leader, Joseph Harmon, was yesterday called out for his claims of possible fake COVID-19 vaccines after he sought to lambaste the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government over their acquisition of doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 in Guyana. He had also urged for a hold to be put on vaccines despite being fully immunised himself.

During a live aired press briefing yesterday, Harmon called into question the use of the vaccine on the basis that it was not approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and called for halt in the use of Sputnik V in the public immunisation process. His claims have been called into question by citizens and President, Irfaan Ali, who called him out for his irresponsible and reckless claims.          Continue reading

GUYANA: National Disasters — By Mosa Telford

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Disaster and crisis have always been common in Guyana. In our moments of calm, whether consciously or subconsciously, we are in a state of constant preparedness for the next chapter in our book of trials and errors. As we turn the pages, we often can detach from the action.

Allowing ourselves to be penetrated by every mark of the crisis can have devastating effects on our wellbeing; and so, these coping mechanisms of surviving in Guyana can make us hollow. We can silently watch disasters and never utter a word. We can comfortably turn a blind eye to the suffering of our fellow Guyanese. We can put our stamp of approval and make excuses for corruption when we believe we are the beneficiaries and still dare to wave a moral compass.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Early Morning Downpour Causes Flooding in Georgetown – June 17, 2021- video

EARLY MORNING DOWNPOUR CAUSES FLOODING IN CITY – NEWSROOM VIDEO

An early morning downpour caused several parts of Georgetown to be flooded. Central government has again lamented the poor management of the drainage systems in the city.

Geopolitics of oil and water in Guyana: Part 1 – By Ivelaw Griffith

By Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith – OilNOW

In the first of this two-part series on Guyana’s current flood travails, I offer an analysis of the country’s geography and environmental circumstances against the backdrop of the country as a petro state. The second article will explore the impacts of the flooding, explore strategies for current and future governments to leverage oil revenues, aid recovery efforts, and mitigate future disasters.

Oil Blessings 

Mother Nature has been blessing Guyana effusively in recent years, with 19 offshore oil finds between May 2015 and April of this year by a three-member consortium of ExxonMobil, Hess Corporation, and China’s National Offshore Oil Corporation.    Continue reading

GUYANA: Harmon calls for “full explanation” from Ali about Sputnik V “vaccine racket”

Sheikh Ahmad Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum

Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon on Tuesday called on President Irfaan Ali to explain a more than GYD$1 billion dollar purchase of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines from a member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ruling family who visited Guyana last year.

“A full explanation of the vaccine racket is demanded of President Irfaan Ali by the Guyanese people,” Mr. Harmon said in a statement.

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony, in response to questions by opposition parliamentarians,  named Sheik Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum of the UAE as the supplier of the jabs.          Continue reading

COMMENTARY: Oil, the environment and climate change – By David Jessop

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It is not often that well-resourced and politically powerful companies such as ExxonMobil and Shell suffer historic defeats. However, last month, in different ways, both oil majors saw activist shareholders and environmentalists cause them and the international energy sector, to have to think hard about what the future holds for hydrocarbons.

On May 26, a small hedge fund, Engine No 1, which held a 0.02% shareholding in Exxon worth about US$50mn, led a powerful dissident shareholder group to propose the election to the main board of the oil giant, four alternative nominees. Two with proven track records in creating significant earnings for energy companies and strong environmental credentials, were elected immediately, and a third was confirmed to its board a short while later.      Continue reading

GUYANA: BAUXITE: RUSAL – A Poisoned chalice? – Commentary

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University of Guyana (UG): Virtual Career Fair – June 18 & June 19. 2021 @ 9am – 5pm (GMT+4)

Guyana to record highest growth rate in Latin America and the Caribbean

PHOTO: The Stena DrillMAX drillship operating in Guyana’s Stabroek block, offshore Guyana

— as World Bank increases Guyana’s 2021 growth projection to 20.9 per cent

Guyana Chronicle – June 12, 2021 -GUYANA is expected to record the highest growth rate in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region in 2021, with its newly projected 20.9 per cent real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, according to the June edition of the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report.        Continue reading

Military exercise “Tradewinds” strengthening security in the Caribbean begins

  in Demerara Waves – Sunday, 13 June 2021,

A C-5 Galaxy aircraft landed at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Timehri, Guyana on 8 June 2021 transporting Blackhawk helicopters, mission equipment and members of the 185th Aviation Battalion from the Florida National Guard for the upcoming Exercise Tradewinds 2021

The already started United States (US)-sponsored multinational annual Caribbean military exercise, Tradewinds, is  aimed at strengthening American security among its southern neighbours, US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch said.      Continue reading