Category Archives: Personalities

OPINION: A plea to humanity amidst the brutality – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

Are we not our brother’s keeper?

I am in no way soliciting a response, to the afore-stated inquiry, based on the fact that current happenings in Guyana reveal that the people are still answering Cain’s question to God. (Genesis, 4:9). Ironically, the Brother’s Keeper epithet was first framed as a negative:  When God asked after Cain, fresh from murdering Abel, where his brother was. Cain answered, “I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?”

Today any morally upright, sane thinking, god fearing, people loving, oil benefitting Guyanese knows that where God is concerned, the right response is a resounding “Yes!”  After all, Jesus told us so Himself, through stories like the Good Samaritan and imperatives like “Love Your Neighbor.”          Continue reading

World Economics: The Greatest Financial Train Wreck the World Has Ever Seen – Bill Bonner’s Diary

Bill Bonner’s Diary

BALTIMORE — Last week, stocks finished at an all-time high. But guess what? In terms of real money — gold-linked, pre-1971 dollars — stocks have been losing ground since the start of the millennium.

We are looking at one of the most remarkable episodes in financial history. Investors think they are making money… when they’re actually getting poorer.

Donald J. Trump tells the international Deep Staters at Davos that the U.S. economy is “spectacular”, but most of its countries have never recovered from the crisis of ’08-’09.

What a jolly time to be alive… to be conscious… with a few dollars saved up and a sense of humor. And coming up… a financial Demolition Derby on a global scale…              Continue reading

India: Narendra Modi stokes divisions in the world’s biggest democracy – The Economist

India’s 200m Muslims fear the prime minister is building a Hindu state

Narendra Modi

Leaders- Jan 23rd 2020 edition – Jan 23rd 2020 – The Economist

Last month India changed the law to make it easier for adherents of all the subcontinent’s religions, except Islam, to acquire citizenship. At the same time, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (bjp) wants to compile a register of all India’s 1.3bn citizens, as a means to hunt down illegal immigrants (see Briefing). Those sound like technicalities, but many of the country’s 200m Muslims do not have the papers to prove they are Indian, so they risk being made stateless. Ominously, the government has ordered the building of camps to detain those caught in the net.        Continue reading

Reducing Fire, and Cutting Carbon Emissions, the Aboriginal Way – Thomas Fuller | The New York Times

Thomas Fuller | The New York Times

As blazes rage in southern Australia, Indigenous fire-prevention techniques that have sharply cut destructive bushfires in the north are drawing new attention.

COOINDA, Australia — At a time when vast tracts of Australia are burning, Violet Lawson is never far from a match. 

In the woodlands surrounding her home in the far north of the country, she lights hundreds of small fires a year — literally fighting fire with fire. These traditional Aboriginal practices, which reduce the undergrowth that can fuel bigger blazes, are attracting new attention as Australia endures disaster and confronts a fiery future.                  Continue reading

Guyana: Power Generation: Giftland to supply GPL with 4.5 megawatts of power

– Power Purchasing Agreement finally signed

The state owned Guyana Power and Light Inc. has finally sealed the deal with Giftland Mall to supplement more than four mega watt (Mw) of power to the grid after almost two years of back and forth.

This disclosure was made by the Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, yesterday on the sidelines of an event.

According to Minister Patterson, “the Power Purchase Agreement has been signed…The technical modalities have been worked out and I think very shortly the licence will be granted.”

“Giftland will be supplying about four megawatts into the power grid to augment what GPL has at the moment,” Patterson added.      Continue reading

US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo Urges Caribbean To Be Wary Of Chinese Investments

— As Washington Seeks Closer Relations

US State Secretary Urges Caribbean To Be Wary Of Chinese Investments As Washington Seeks Closer RelationsPHOTO: United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, addressing a policy discussion session on US-Caribbean relations on Wednesday (January 22) at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston, Jamaica. The meeting formed part of Pompeo’s two-day working visit to the island. Photo credit: Dave Reid And Adrian Walker/JIS.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 24, 2020 (CMC) – The United States, on Wednesday, urged Caribbean countries to be wary of accepting “easy money from countries, like China”, as Washington sought to improve its decades-old relationship with the region.

US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, addressing a policy discussion on “US Caribbean Relations”, acknowledged that the North American giant had been absent from the Caribbean for a long period.      Continue reading

Guyana: DOCUFEST 2020: Celebrating Guyana’s 50th & U.G’s 57th Anniversary: February 01-15, 2020

Suriname: President Desi Bouterse fights 20 year jail sentence for 1982 executions

January 15, 2020BY BERT WILKINSON – Caribbean Life News. NY

In about a week’s time, embattled Surinamese President Desi Bouterse of Suriname will make his very first appearance before a court or war council which had last month ordered him jailed for 20 years for the 1982 mass executions of 15 government opponents.

The Jan. 22 hearing is designed to allow Bouterse, 74, to signal his plans to appeal the jail sentence for the killings in the height of military rule, following the February 1980 coup that had toppled the elected government of then Prime Minister Henck Arron.

Bouterse, trying to win a third consecutive five-year term in general elections on May 25, has never appeared before the panel of judges hearing the mass murder case for more than a decade, but now that he has been sentenced, he has wasted no time in moving to appear knowing full well that the sentence will be confirmed and imposed if he stays away again.              Continue reading

Guyana: Renewed efforts to make our roads much safer – by Francis Quamina Farrier     

– by Francis Quamina Farrier    

Last year, 2019, there were 128 Traffic Fatalities in Guyana, and as I write this article six persons have already lost their lives this year, 2020, due to traffic crashes. However, with the stepping up of a wide range of concerned Guyanese, there is a likelihood that there will be a decrease in the number of victims in 2020.

Over more recent years, in the face a unbelievable madness displayed by a high percentage of drivers here in Guyana, more individuals and groups have stepped forward to arrest the situation in which hundreds of fatalities and thousands injured since the turn of the century. Most Guyanese drivers of today seem to be always in a hurry. Always very impatient. Most of them seem unable to keep their hands off the vehicle horns.    Continue reading

U.S. — Trump’s unfitness for office runs deeper than policies, personal flaws – By Mohamed Hamaludin

 — By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

If the criterion to be president is fitness to hold the office and the power which comes with it, then a persuasive argument can be made against Donald J. Trump, his detractors insist. Even before he won the 2016 election and was sworn into office in January 2017, he boasted of abusing women. He declared that he could shoot someone on the street and his supporters would not care. So far, he has uttered at least 16,200 false or misleading statements, according to tracking data from The Washington Post.        Continue reading

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