Category Archives: International News

Trinidad: US Dollar shortage has forced businesses to seek US$ on black market

Gregory Aboud

Gregory Aoud

(Trinidad Guardian) The limited availability of foreign exchange has meant that individuals and business have had to turn to the black market for US dollars.

Several business owners told the Business Guardian that if US was required it could be purchased off market at between TT$7.50 to $8.50 for US$1.  This off market (black market) availability has led to questions about the distribution of US into the local market.

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OPINION: Why Venezuela Wants a Piece of Guyana – Reybert Carrillo | Caracas Chronicles 

Map of Guyana – Disputed Area being claimed by Venezuela

Maduro can try to resurrect an old claim to distract Venezuelans, but what’s the geographical reason to want the Essequibo? How would we benefit from it? 

Reybert Carrillo | Caracas Chronicles 

Since the 19th century, Venezuela has claimed a good part of what is now the Republic of Guyana. Venezuelan kids were used to seeing that “zona en reclamación” as a striped area attached to our country’s Eastern border, and imagine it like the hind legs of a cow, a rhinoceros, or even an angry elephant, whose head lies between the Guajira and the Paraguana peninsula.            Continue reading

MADE IN CANADA – Some interesting facts.

HERE THEY ARE:

  1. Did You Know Most of the World’s French Fries Come from New Brunswick?
    New Brunswick-based McCain Foods makes one-third of all the frozen French fries produced in the world, and many come from a $65-million state-of-the art potato processing plant that’s in Florenceville-Bristol.

The small town in western New Brunswick has taken on the moniker “The French Fry Capital of the World.”

Not surprisingly, this is the location of the Potato World museum, and the heart of the mid-July National French Fry Day celebrations.            Continue reading

GUYANA-born, RUDOLPH DUNBAR (1907-1988) was a musical genius and a brilliant journalist

RUDOLPH DUNBAR – The Pioneering Musician, Campaigning Black Journalist and World War II Correspondent Who Covered The Liberation Of Europe With A Conductor’s Baton In His Knapsack

Rudolph Dunbar

Tim Crook | The Journal

GUYANA-born, RUDOLPH DUNBAR (1907-1988) was a musical genius, a brilliant journalist and indefatigable campaigner for racial justice – but post Second World War, he was discriminated against and excluded from the riches of success he so greatly deserved.

Dunbar was featured and celebrated for his appearances as a conductor and musician on BBC Radio during the 1930s.            Continue reading

Why has England and the UK succeed so much in its history? – Opinion

Honorary President and founder at Comité Bastille, a Think Tank on Tax Reform. (2006–present)

There are many reasons, but all of them were the consequence of three basic reasons without which England could have become a bigger Denmark, a respectable European nation but nothing else:

  1. England is on an island of the right size, right climate and fertile soil to become home of a significant population. Japan is in a similar situation, but with the handicap of earthquakes. Both went through many wars and problems before they got united but they did it.       Continue reading

EDUCATION: Universities need to wise up – or risk being consigned to history – The Guardian

By: John Naughton – The Guardian – Sat 13 Feb 2021 16.00 GMT
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The pandemic has shown that other ways of teaching and learning are possible
  • Students locked down at Manchester Metropolitan University express their frustration to passersby.

    Photo: Students locked down at Manchester Metropolitan University express their frustration to passersby. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

The thing about pandemics, observed the historian Yuval Noah Harari, is that they tend to accelerate history. A couple of years ago, appalled by the environmental, financial and working-time costs of running research conferences, I wondered aloud how long it would take for many of these events to be conducted online – and gloomily predicted that it would take another decade.       

ECONOMY: 2021 Top 10 Financial Predictions – By Neil McCoy- Ward – VIDEO

ECONOMY: 2021 Top 10 Financial Predictions – By Neil McCoy- Ward – Premiered Feb 6, 2021 

1. The Economy: We will continue to see negative growth this year, measured against the real production of goods and services in the economy. If we take away the Government & Central bank fake GDP (which is not creating any value in the economy).
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2. Unemployment: Will rise again this year once Governments stop the current unemployment benefits. There are a number of labour shortages currently because a number of people have been disincentivized from returning to work as they earning more money by not working than they would be by working.

China and the US and a new world order — By David Jessop

— By David Jessop –   February 2, 2021

A few days ago, China’s President, Xi Jinping, addressed the opening of this year’s Davos World Economic Forum. His remarks imply that China is positioning itself to be the voice for a new multilateral world order.

The full text warrants careful reading. It suggests that Beijing believes it has achieved global equivalence to the US and as its economy and influence grows stronger, it intends playing a much broader, higher profile leadership role in every aspect of international relations.

Underreported in the West, President Xi’s words, delivered virtually, have significant implications.            Continue reading

Climate Crisis Update – NOAA National Climate Report 2020 and UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2020

CLIMATE UPDATE – PART TWO

By Rosaliene Bacchus

Continued from Part One: U.S. Re-engagement in a Warming World.

Taiwan to open office in Guyana; US welcomes move; – Then Suddenly Terminated the next day

Taiwan flag

Guyana has granted permission to Taiwan to open an office in Georgetown to facilitate trade and investment, but government has assured that the South American nation’s One China Policy remains intact, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Elisabeth Harper said Wednesday night.

“Guyana has not recognised Taiwan as a State. We continue to accept the One China policy and our diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China remains intact,” she told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/ Demerara Waves Online News.      Continue reading