Category Archives: Politics

TORONTO: TTC worries work-from-home trend will keep ridership way down… for good

BLOGTO – 09 May 2021

It’s not all that surprising that TTC ridership has been abysmally low as a result of ongoing pandemic lockdowns, but the transit agency is noting that numbers are down even more than expected by this point, and that they may be down permanently.

Working from home has gone from something temporary amid stay-at-home orders to something permanent for the foreseeable future as companies forfeit their office spaces, residents move out of the city and we all get used to the comfort (and safety from viruses) that home can offer.        Continue reading

POLITICS: How Chinese Financing is Fueling Megaprojects Around the World

How Chinese Financing is Fueling Megaprojects Around the World

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How Chinese Financing is Fueling the World’s Megaprojects

On a mountaintop a few miles north of the bustling streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, a curving, modern complex is beginning to take shape. This building, once completed, will be the home of the African country’s parliament, and the centerpiece of a new section of the capital city.

Aside from the striking design, there’s another unique twist to this development — the entire $140 million project is a gift from Beijing. At first glance, gifting a country a new parliament building may seem extravagant, but the project is a tiny portion of China’s $270 billion in “diplomacy spending” since 2000.          Continue reading

OPINION: David Jessop | Vaccine diplomacy and Caribbean economic recovery

David Jessop | May 2, 2021 |
Vaccine inequity has become a matter of deep global concern.

The issue, as told to a recent meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation – WHO, is “the challenge of our time”. Unequal global distribution, he said, is not only a moral outrage, but economically and epidemiologically self-defeating.

In the year or so following the declaration of the pandemic, the absence of equitable global supply is borne out by statistics which show just how unevenly and sparsely COVID vaccines have been distributed to the world’s population.      Continue reading

POLITICS: Former President Granger sues Nascimento and newspapers for $2.6b over letters

-says has suffered `financial injury, constant distress, humiliation’

Former Pres. David Granger

Former President David Granger has filed a $2.6 billion lawsuit against dailies—Stabroek News, Kaieteur News and Guyana Times, which he says have all besmirched his character through letters published by communications specialist Christopher ‘Kit’ Nascimento.

In his action Granger said that Nascimento, accuses him of attempting to defy the will of the people in the March 2nd, 2020 Elections.          Continue reading

VENEZUELAN MIGRATION: Illegal immigration big business in Trinidad – National Security minister

 — Drone, new vessels to help combat illegal immigration

National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds (centre) speaks to members of the media during a press conference at the National Security Ministry Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday. Looking left is Chief of Defense Staff Air Commodore Darryl Daniel and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith right.

National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds (centre) speaks to members of the media during a press conference at the National Security Ministry on May 2, 2021. Looking left is Chief of Defense Staff Air Commodore Darryl Daniel and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith right.

The Ministry of National Security is moving to clamp down on illegal immigrants entering Trinidad and Tobago as 15 beaches have now been identified as major points of entry for this activity.          Continue reading

GUYANA: GUYOIL was predictable, definitely inevitable – By By GHK Lall

Kaieteur News – It should disturb me tremendously, but it does not. That is because what unfolded at the State agency, GUYOIL, was so inevitable that it could not be prevented. I write today of the utterly disturbing, except that almost all Guyana would read and absorb, then move forward. That is, until the next ugly report of white-collar criminality hits the news.

After all, de adder people dem used to duh de ezact same ting wen dem bin in deh. Now I share with Guyanese the reasons why I am so completely settled in my convictions that this was so predictable and just had to happen, be it GUYOIL or elsewhere.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Gas-to-shore pipeline can be paid for in 5 years – VP Jagdeo

…industrial manufacturing from gas positive externality

The gas-to-shore pipeline being pursued by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government and which it is estimated will cost some US$900 million to build, can be fully paid off or amortised within five years.

This view was expressed by Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, during a recent presentation with senior representatives of various media houses. He noted that given the millions that will be saved in energy cost per year when the gas-to-shore pipeline is functional, the project can be paid for within five years.    Continue reading

ENVIRONMENT: They are killing our forest- Brazilian tribe warns : BBC News

Two Awa children smile for the camera in 2014

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has asked for $1bn (£720m) a year in foreign aid to reduce illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

But under Mr Bolsonaro deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has soared, jeopardising the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable indigenous communities.

Our chief environment correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, has been trying to find out what this has meant for an Amazon tribe he first met back in 2010.          Continue reading

OPINION: The suffering, violence and corruption we choose – By Mosa Telford 

Stabroek News – By Mosa Telford

The Suffering

Hardships, distress and pain cling to us like skin on bones. The suffering many Guyanese face is rooted in living beneath the poverty line. But even when we have found our places of comfort and peace and believe that we will not suffer, we are soon reminded that we cannot escape.

Circumstances like long lines at the Central Immigration Passport Office have returned to remind us of our suffering. Despite there being offices in Linden and Berbice, we have regressed.        Continue reading

COMEDY: Have a Laugh: “SIGNS OF THE TIMES”

  • * A sign on a Shoe Repair store in Vancouver reads:
  • We will heel you
  • We will save your sole
  • We will even dye for you.
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  • * A sign on a Blinds and Curtain truck:
  • “Blind man driving.”
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