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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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GUYANA: Georgetown and Silica City – Commentary

By January 29, 2023

Our own Georgetown was both a planned city and grew haphazardly. It was planned in the sense that in 1781 the British selected the site for a town, building a fort somewhere near the museum – although no one is sure exactly where it was − and deciding that the seat of government would be on the strip of land which ran south from the Brandwagt or Dutch signal station, around where Stabroek Market now stands.        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

CANADA: Toronto’s vacant home tax has arrived and here’s what you need to know 

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

CHINA-AFRICA: The Myth of the Chinese Debt Trap in Africa – video

 CHINA-AFRICA: The Myth of the Chinese Debt Trap in Africa – video

Over the past two decades, China has built large infrastructure projects in almost every country in Africa, making Western powers uncomfortable amid wider concerns about Beijing’s investments across the continent. However, a deeper look shows that accusations of so-called debt trap diplomacy turn out to be unfounded.

#Africa #China #BloombergQuicktake

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GUYANA: ENERGY MAGAZINE– Q4 of 2022

GUYANA: ENERGY MAGAZINE– Q4 of 2022 –

http://www.energyupdate.gy/books/hlmi/#p=1

GUYANA: Budget 2023 – Editorial January 23, 2023

 EDITORIAL – By January 23, 2023

Of note, is the roughly US$1b in oil revenue which has been allocated to the 2023 budget.

This is the fourth budget produced by this PPP/C government and the 2021 and 2022 editions also contained substantial outlays for infrastructure and improvements in key sectors. The upshot of all of this is that major development work is in the pipeline and how it turns out will provide valuable insight into whether the country is on the right trajectory.        Continue reading

CHINA: China’s population falls for first time since 1961 – BBC News video

CHINA: China’s population falls for first time since 1961 – BBC News

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GUYANA:  43% of Guyanese can’t afford healthy diet, 5% undernourished- FAO report

 43% of Guyanese can’t afford healthy diet, 5% undernourished- FAO report

With Guyana’s population averaging around 800,000 the five percent of undernourished people works out to about 40,000. Titled “REGIONAL OVERVIEW OF 2022: TOWARDS IMPROVING AFFORDABILITY OF HEALTHY DIETS,” the report also concluded that in 2020, 42 percent of the population in the world could not afford a healthy diet, almost 3.1 billion people. Due to the higher cost of a healthy diet, this percentage in Latin America and the Caribbean was 22.5 percent, or 131 million people, an increase of 8 million from 2019. According to the report South America accounts for 57 percent of people unable to afford a healthy diet in Latin America and the Caribbean (74.2 million), followed by Mesoamerica (43.1 million) and the Caribbean (13.9 million). More than half of the Caribbean population (52 percent) cannot afford a healthy diet, followed by Mesoamerica (27.8 percent) and South America (18.4 percent).                Continue reading

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