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Guyana: Contract signed for construction of new Fire Service Headquarters

Home Affairs Minister, Robeson Benn, submitting the signed contract to the contractor, Nazar Mohammed in the company of others

A CONTRACT valued G$614M was signed on Wednesday  November 24, 2021 for the construction of the new Guyana Fire Service Headquarters building on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown.

The work was publicly advertised and won by Mohammed’s Enterprise following an evaluation by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board.    Continue reading

Guyana: Climate Change impacts could cost oil rich Guyana US$800M – Gov’t Report

— Govt. Report says over 300,000 citizens could be harmed

By Kiana Wilburg – Nov 25, 2021 – Kaieteur News – Since the 1960s, increases in temperature, sea level and extreme rainfall have exposed just how vulnerable Guyana is to climate change. This frightening global phenomenon has resulted in more than US$600M in losses. That figure could however see an alarming spike as two government reports predict that more climate woes of potentially catastrophic proportions lie ahead for the world’s latest oil exploration hotspot.

Some of the homes that were almost submerged during the May-June 2021 flooding.

 

According to the 2015 Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plan for Guyana, climate change will no doubt alter the characteristics of hazards Guyana is exposed to (e.g. average annual rainfall) and the nature of variability (e.g. more intense storms, irregular seasonal rainfall), which will hamper the nation’s socio-economic development objectives.              Continue reading

CARICOM: The Four Great Pioneers of CARICOM and their Pro-Africa Policies – video

CARICOM: The Four Great Pioneers of CARICOM and their Pro-Africa Policies – video

Commentary By Dr. David Muhammad

Guyana is continuing on the same corruption trajectory – Letter by Geoffrey Da Silva

Nov. 21, 2021- Letter by Geoffrey Da Silva

Many governments throughout the world experience an increase in corruption as they enter the second year of their 5-year mandate because, by then, those politicians and officials who are intent on wrongdoing have “learnt the ropes” and have become bold and shameless in carrying out illegal activities. This happened from the second year of the APNU / AFC government..

The Kaieteur News and the Stabroek News published many articles and letters about real or possible corruption between 2015 and 2020 such as: [1] the scam at the government-owned asphalt plant at Garden of Eden where some private contractors got huge discounted prices, and a non-existent company from Trinidad and Tobago was paid $9.8 million; [2] at the Ministry of Public Health, 300 truckloads of expired medicine worth GUY $10 Billion had to be dumped; [3] at the Guyana Revenue Authority, some of the major oil importers abused tax exemption letters with the alleged support of some officials; [4] at the Environmental Protection Agency, a 20-year environmental permit was illegally granted to Exxon and the High Court had to  rule that the law only allowed a 5-year permit; [5] large contracts were granted to local an d foreign construction companies that had track records of not completing Government-awarded projects on time and within costs.        Continue reading

Guyana: Déjà vu? – The Mysterious Police Station Fires in Georgetown- commentary

Stabroek News

Editorial By November 23, 2021

Last Saturday afternoon, a fire ‘of unknown origin,’ gutted sections of the building housing the Guyana Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

In the light of this occurrence the collective public mind is bound to go into ‘reverse gear,’ back to the October 2 conflagration that flattened the Brickdam Police Station and after which we were served with a remarkable story as to how the fire started.

This time around, the Guyana Fire Service appears to have been adjudged to have acquitted itself much better than it did on October 2. The other pertinent fact is that since, as far as we are aware, prisoners are not usually housed in the Office of Professional Responsibility, the Force will eventually  have a different account to give with regard to just what might have been the cause of last Saturday’s fire.        Continue reading

Barbados: Sweet Bajan Spouge Medley gifted to Bajans and the Diaspora + music video

Loop News – Barbados – 21 November 2021

The sound of spouge music is back and just in time for the 55th anniversary of Independence and Barbados’ transition to republic status… on November 30, 2021

As the world’s eyes, ears and in some cases, hearts, are inclined towards the Gem of the Caribbean this month, there is a Sweet Spouge Medley filling the air comprising an array of Bajan artistes – vocally and instrumentally.

The Sweet Spouge Music Medley by The Nicholas Brancker Band features Edwin Yearwood, Nikita and Adrian Clarke. Background vocals are provided by Shekara Straker, Nareesa Lynch and Dorhonda Smith The Nicholas Brancker Band includes Nicholas Brancker on bass, Andre Daniel and Darien Bailey on keys, Andre Forde on pan and percussion, Jermone Waithe is guitars, while Jomo Slusher is on trombone, Kevyn Lynch on trumpet, Melvin Alick plays the drums and Romaro Greaves plays the saxes.

The songs in the medley are Spouge Music, Any Day Now, Hello There Baby, Standby Love, and Bet Your Life I Do.               Continue reading

Guyana: The Public servants’ 7% increase unilaterally imposed by Government – Opinion

Stabroek News

Stabroek News Editorial – November 21, 2021

It was only the week before last when President Irfaan Ali told the nation that discussions were ongoing on wages and salary increases for public servants, and that an announcement would be made very soon. Well an announcement was made not long after that by Finance Minister Ashni Singh, who said that government would be paying an across-the-board increase of 7% to public servants, teachers, members of the Disciplined Services, constitutional office-holders and government pensioners. He went on to say that it would not be tax free but that it would be retroactive to January 1, 2021. Furthermore, it would be paid with salaries for December, “and in time for the festive season.”            Continue reading

Technology: STARLINK Internet – Elon Musk Is About To Change The World Again

DB Business – November 19, 2021

INTERNET OF THE FUTURE IS HERE

Elon Musk is about to change the world again. We all know about Elon Musk’s plan to revolutionize the internet as we know it. So, let’s dive into it and analyze this plan

Guyana: Building housing DPP Chambers and Office of Professional Responsibility on fire – UPDATED

The building housing the Office of Professional Responsibility and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers is burning Saturday afternoon.

Already, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) offices have been destroyed.

Police, lawyers and other personnel are rescuing vital case files from the DPP Chambers.      Continue reading

USA: Revolt of the Essential Workers – By Alex Gutentag | Tablet Magazine

The resurgent labor movement may be the greatest challenge yet to the top-down class warfare of the pandemic era

Alex Gutentag | Tablet Magazine

Back before the COVID-19 pandemic started, the year 2019 saw anti-government demonstrations in Paris, Manila, La Paz, Port-au-Prince, Bogotá, Prague, Quito , Beirut, Hong Kong, London, Baghdad, Barcelona, Budapest, Santiago, New Delhi, Jakarta, Buenos Aires and more, earning the title “the year of the protest”.

It was also a year of resurgent labor activity in the United States. After decades of declining union participation, the country saw 25 major work stoppages involving 425,500 workers, the highest number since 2001.        Continue reading

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