Category Archives: Politics

GUYANA: Elections: GECOM backs biometric system for voting

…to formally make proposal to Attorney General on May 19, 2022

 Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) are supporting the use of a biometric system to assist with transparency when it comes to voting at elections.

The representatives of both, the current Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) government as well as the Opposition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU+AFC), have agreed that the use of the technological system would greatly help in preventing many inconsistencies raised during the voting process at elections.              Continue reading

GUYANA: Moves to strengthen economic relations between Guyana & USA

The Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) have pledged to leverage their combined resources to strengthen economic relations between the United States and Guyana.

This is made possible through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two entities earlier this month in Houston, Texas.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources Vickram Bharrat, US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch, ExxonMobil executives Dr. John Ardill and Alistair Routledge, and CEO of Go-Invest Guyana Dr. Peter Ramsaroop.      Continue reading

CANADA: This is the shocking amount it actually costs to live in Toronto these days – By blogTO

People are really feeling the pain of inflation lately as prices for food and other everyday items rise, especially in and around big cities like Toronto, where the cost of rent continues to spike and homes get even less affordable to the average resident.

As the price of housing has increased at an exponentially higher rate than everything else over the years — in Ontario at large, the average home is now about 22.5x one’s disposable income — housing is accounting for a larger and larger chunk of people’s paycheques, pricing many out of the city or region completely.                Continue reading

U.S.A — Florida’s Home Insurance – homeowners lose insurance battle – By Mohamed Hamaludin

U.S.A. — As Florida governor, Legislature wage culture war, homeowners lose insurance battle

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

It sometimes starts simply. Someone knocks on a homeowner’s door, offers to inspect the roof and often follows up with the paperwork to file a claim. In some cases, the roof is not even checked but the homeowner is told a replacement is necessary. All that remains is to sign an “assignment of benefits” or ABS form, handing over the project to the contractor. If the insurance company rejects the claim, a lawsuit is threatened or filed, even without the homeowner’s consent. Faced with the possibility of hefty legal costs, the insurance company pays up.

Welcome to the Florida property insurance crisis. This is how bad it is, based on information which Gov. Ron DeSantis’s office and several news outlets have provided:            Continue reading

GUYANA: Cash grant for hinterland communities; free fertiliser for farmers; home-ownership assistance

President Infaan Ali

President Irfaan Ali on Monday May 16, 2022 announced that there would be a special one-off cash grant of G$25,000 to households in riverain and hinterland communities as well as the purchase of GY$1 billion in fertiliser for free distribution to farmers.

The cost of the one-off cash-grant would amount GY$800 million because they have been “particularly affected by the cost of living,” he said.    Continue reading

UKRAINE: Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol; ceding control to Russia

A convoy of pro-Russian troops is seen before the expected evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in Mariupol, Ukraine, May 16, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO)

A convoy of pro-Russian troops is seen before the expected evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in Mariupol, Ukraine, May 16, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO)
The evacuation likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine. Mariupol is now in ruins after a Russian siege that Ukraine says killed tens of thousands of people in the city.

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GUYANA DIASPORA: Guyana Police Force – ZOOM webinar – 17th May 2022 @ 6.00pm EST

You are invited to a webinar to engage with the Commissioner of Police (ag) and other senior officials of the Guyana Police Force on 17th May 2022 at 6pm EST. The zoom ID number and passcode are stated on the flier to join the meeting.        

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GUYANA: Diaspora – to come or not to come back to Guyana

May 14, 2022 Editorial – Kaieteur News

Guyana’s President is reported to have said that the diaspora must not be “lazy” in taking advantage of the rich opportunities and sweet promises offered by this country. Quite a few members of the widely scattered Guyanese diaspora, largely concentrated in America and Canada, have contemplated whether to return to Guyana, or to stay where they are, and keep building on the foundations that they have erected for themselves.

On the other hand, some Guyanese have actually taken the plunge and retraced their steps to take up permanent residence in the land of their birth, their memories, their love. Still, the challenge lingers for many, regarding whether they should heed the national leader’s call, and make the move back to their homeland.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Gold and Other Mining: ‘Large-scale thievery coming’ – Opinion by Glenn Lall

Glenn Lall

– mega gold firms spell more doom for Guyana
– country has little to show for Omai, Troy Resources, RUSAL investments

Government’s announcement that three large scale gold firms are poised to set up shops here is cold comfort to Guyanese who continue to be short-changed by foreign investors, businessman and Publisher of the Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall has said.

Meanwhile, even as Dr. Singh spoke about the benefits from these possible new gold mining operations he did not disclose the names of the firms and Mr. Lall believes something is sinister in this move. “Three more larger than Omai companies coming soon. He did not name them nor did he tell us where they are coming from or what the deal is. All he said, Guyana will benefit [with slice bread money]. When a leader could tell you consider the food and other supplies, transport services and 1,000 people who gon get jobs, in which a company will fetch out billions in US dollars from we backyard, speaks of the tragedy that they are creating for us.”            Continue reading

USA– For Abortion Rights, Against Trump, Against Fascism: Why American Jews Won’t Stop Fighting – Opinion

For the great majority of Jewish Americans, any embrace of Trump is impossible, the potential overturning of Roe is abhorrent, the MAGA culture wars are madness and the moral collapse of the Supreme Court is a tragedy

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Haaretz  

This past weeks were terrible for America.

The apparent decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade was one more blow, and a devastating one, to America’s system of democratic governance.  

Do you remember, not so long ago, when American democracy was a beacon in a world clouded by tyranny? But that time has passed.        Continue reading

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