GUYANA: Workable, Transparent Gov’t Policy Needed For Oil and Gas Investment – by Wilberne Persaud

y: Wilberne Persaud – Published in Opinion – wiredja.com
Hess Corporation Oil rig off the Guyana coast.

Hess Corporation Oil rig off the Guyana coast

How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.”  Adam Smith: “The Theory of Moral Sentiments” (1759) and, “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” (1776)

MIAMI, Florida, May 3, 2021 – Growing up in British Guiana, I marveled at Dutch engineering genius. They created the seawall and amazing below-sea-level coastal water and drainage systems. Georgetown, the country’s capital, was scenic and serene, at the time considered the Caribbean’s Garden City. Imperceptibly, as my dad took our family around the country during those long ‘Summer’ vacations I began to value nature’s infinite variety and Guyana’s biodiversity.        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

GUSDA, Guyana SPEAKS & CHCS (UK) presents: GUYANA’S INDIAN ARRIVAL DAY – 9th MAY at 3pm (BST)

GUSDA, Guyana SPEAKS & CHCS (UK) presents:
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*🇬🇾A COMMEMORATION OF GUYANA’S INDIAN ARRIVAL DAY 🇬🇾*
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*SUNDAY 9th MAY at 3pm (BST)*
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This cultural event will feature an exciting and informative programme with reflections on the significance of Indian Arrival Day with contributions from:
▪︎ *Maria del Pilar Kaladeen*
▪︎ *Petamber Persaud*
▪︎ *Lainy Malkani*
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The programme will also feature live and pre-recorded performances from a variety of talented Guyanese including: 

TRAVEL: Discovering the Three Guianas: French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana

FEATURED ITINERARY: DISCOVERING THE HIDDEN GUIANAS

Imagine three sisters. All have similar features and a common history, but one speaks French, one Dutch, and the third English.

That, in a nutshell, is the story of The Three Guianas: French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana. The three countries are located side by side in the northeast corner of South America, all have the Caribbean Sea as a border, and all are part of the Guiana Shield, one of the only four pristine tropical forests remaining in the world. The Guiana Shield covers an area of 1.2 million square miles and also includes parts of Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Median household income decreased from $100,000 to $67,000 during pandemic

May 07, 2021- Kaieteur News

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its damaging economic impact in Guyana, the median household income has noticeably decreased from G$100,000 to G$67,000. (This is approximately US$500 to US$335 at the exchange rate of 200-1).

This was indicated in a report titled: “Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 on Households in Guyana,” compiled by the United Nations Development Programme in collaboration with the Civil Defence Commission.         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

ENVIRONMENT: Time for Laws to Protect the Giant Ant Hills in the Rupununi- by Francis Quamina Farrier

Rupununi Ant Hill

This is a return to an issue which was addressed some years ago; the legal protection of those iconic giant ant hills in the Central Rupununi, Region 9. With the on-going development of the Guyana/Brazil border town of Lethem, including neighbouring St. Ignatius, Campbelltown and other surrounding areas where many of the ant hills are located, some nature-lovers are of the view that legal protection of those giant ant hills has become necessary..

Many feel that their future is in jeopardy. The recent issue with those trees which line the Mabaruma Public Road in Region 1, is a very similar example. It shows that Guyanese are becoming more environmentally conscious and would make their objections known, whenever aspects of the environment are endangered. In this article, I pre-empt any reckless act by anyone who may have little or no interest in the future of those Giant Ant Hills.

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PROFILE: Dr. Lilith Haynes: From Bishop’s High School to UWI, Stanford, and Harvard – By: Dhanpaul Narine 

By: Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Lilith Haynes has a resume that is a mile long, and when you to get to the end of it, you realize that it does not do her justice. She has excelled in academia, taught as a distinguished professor, traveled and lectured, consulted, attended numerous conferences, published widely, and has received countless awards and honors. But throughout it all, this remarkable scholar has retained the common touch, because the thankful and humble will see the gates of heaven!

    In a wonderful career, Dr. Haynes has always put the welfare of her students first, and the relationships have endured. She is guided by the lessons from her early life. Her parents cared and inspired, and instilled in her a work ethic that she carried to places far and wide.    Continue reading

Moray House Trust: Early Colonial Georgetown – By Wayne Mc Watt- May 8, 2021 @ 5PM EST

 A bit of history, a little architecture and a dose of urban planning. 
Title:              Early Colonial Georgetown
Speaker:        Wayne Mc Watt
Date:             Saturday 8th May 2021
Time:            5PM Guyana, New York, Toronto, 10PM UK

CRICKET: ‘Slow bowling prince’ Sonny Ramadhin turns 92 – oldest living West Indian

Sonny Ramadhin in action

  By Reza Abasali of Trinidad and Tobago

“The prince of slow bowlers” – Sir Len Hutton

To appreciate this royal description of Sonny Ramadhin by Sir Len Hutton, one must understand the background of Len Hutton.

Sir Len (1916-1990) was one of the greatest ever batsmen in international cricket. Between 1937 to 1955, he played 79 Tests, amassed 6,971 runs with 19 hundreds at an average of 56.7 per innings.

He scored over 40,000 First-Class runs and hit 129 centuries. Hutton first encountered the wily spinner from Trinidad on the West Indies tour of England in the summer of 1950.    Continue reading