U.S.A — While ordinary Americans fight for political crumbs, the rich get richer – opinion

 By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

The federally mandated minimum wage is $7.25 an hour but the average actual wage is $19.33; for Florida, $16.

The average hourly wage of a CEO is $369 but can be as high as $9,000. The average hourly wage of a billionaire is $1 million but can be as high as $4 million.

Billionaires numbered 565 in 2017and their combined wealth was $2.7 trillion. By 2020, in four years of the Donald Trump presidency and a year of the coronavirus epidemic, their number rose to 614 and their wealth to $2.9 trillion. By April 10, the number increased by15 to 629 and their wealth to $3.2 trillion. Meanwhile, more than 20 million Americans have had to survive on about $333 per week in jobless benefits.          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: Canadian company finds high-grade gold in Toroparu mine

The Toroparu project – launches phase 2 drilling project

Gold X Mining, a Canada-based company which operates the Toroparu mine in Guyana, has announced that it found high-grade gold during its recently concluded diamond drill programme, resulting in the company launching phase two of its drilling.

In a statement on February 23, the company was able to use historical drill data to encounter “significant” gold concentrations within and below the Toroparu main resource pit. According to the company, these gold structures are likely to be accessed by shallow and underground mining.      Continue reading

BUSINESS: These Nine Caribbean Islands Are All Offering Remote Work Programs

By newsamericas – February 23, 2021 – News Americas

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Work from the beach in these nine Caribbean countries.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Feb. 24, 2021: Two more Caribbean islands have launched Remote Work Programs for high-end international workers in the pandemic, bringing the total now to 9.

Here Are All The Options And How You Can Apply        Continue reading

CARIBBEAN: Can Medical Cannabis Save The Barbados Economy? – commentary

By  newsamericas – February 16, 2021

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By Felicia J. Persaud & Danielle Corbin

News AmericasNEW YORK, NY, Feb. 16, 2021: Over a year after the passage of Barbados’ Medicinal Cannabis Industry Act, the Caribbean island nation officially opened for business last month, January 2021.

The launch of the sector, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, comes at a time when the local Barbados economy, and wider regional Caribbean economy – long dependent on tourism for its ‘bread and butter’ – are being hammered, and facing an economic crisis of major proportion.              Continue reading

GUYANA: MPs open Budget 2021 debates with insults and vulgarity

Speaker of the House Manzoor Nadir.

Senior Minister in the  Office of the President with responsibility for Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh, recently presented to the National Assembly and by extension the country, the largest budget it has ever seen.

During that presentation, the Senior Minister had disclosed the whopping $38.1B budget would catapult the country’s economic recovery, and improve the performance of critical sectors that were severely affected by COVID-19 shockwaves.      Continue reading

BUSINESS: What’s Driving California’s Mass Exodus? – Video

BUSINESS: What’s Driving California’s Mass Exodus? – Video by CNBC

As Oracle, Palantir and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise move their headquarters out of California and Elon Musk moves to Texas, California is considering raising taxes on the wealthy to unprecedented levels. Experts say California needs to find more ways to reverse the trend.

BARBADOS: COVID Paralysis Versus VS COVID Management Compared – Opinion

Submitted by Richard Petko to the Barbados Underground Blog

The past two weeks has seen a national pause and a furtherance of the pause. What are the actual goals of the pause? What are the goalposts for re-opening? What are the goals for tourism? These are all valid questions and I think they should be asked and answered. Before answering it is pertinent to see what other Caribbean jurisdictions which are considered as world class as Barbados are doing.        Continue reading

US President Joe Biden sends 51st Republic Day Congratulations to Guyana

US President Joe Biden today said he looks forward to working with Guyana on addressing security concerns that threaten the “shared interest” of the two countries.

In a message to President Irfaan Ali to mark Guyana’s 51st anniversary as a republic, Biden also expressed the desire for a stronger relationship founded on “shared principles of good governance, prosperity, and security”.          Continue reading

TRAVEL: The Rise And Fall Of Pan American Airways – PAN AM

  • Pan Am was once the largest international airline in the United States.
  • In 1970 alone, it carried 11 million passengers to 86 countries worldwide.
  • Pan Am still holds cult status for its iconic aviation style. (see article at end)

Following is a transcript of the video.               Continue reading