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Update: The Writer’s Life Under the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown – By Rosaliene Bacchus

  By Rosaliene Bacchus – BLOG: Three Worlds One Vision –  ~ Guyana – Brazil – USA

Seven months have now passed since I first posted about life during the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time in May, more than 67,000 of our loved ones were taken from us. With our collaboration, this formidable foe continues to contaminate, maim, and kill. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as at December 5, 2020, a total of 277,825 Americans have lost their lives. Their grieving families are devastated.

Here in California, America’s most populous state, we now rank in top place with more than 1.2 million infected individuals. Over 19,400 people have died. A recent surge in new infections have heightened the threat. In just 24 hours last week, 18,591 people were infected.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Public Health Advisory for Rainy Season Floods

Flooded Street in Guyana

In light of the increased rainfall and the flng in flood prone areas and there is flooding, stay out of the water as much as possible, as it can ooding in coastal and outlying areas, the Ministry of Health is advising the general public to pay special attention to their health, personal hygiene, vector control, food and water safety, and public health during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Health advises that:            Continue reading

A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision –~ Guyana – Brazil – USA – By Rosaliene Bacchus

If you have ever achieved a goal or a dream, you know that the first step to success was in visualizing or verbalizing what you had hoped to achieve. To imagine a desirable future outcome is key to its realization. The animated short film A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair dares to imagine a better world in which no one is sacrificed; a world in which everyone is essential.

About a month into the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, Naomi Klein and her husband Avi Lewis, co-founders of The Leap, together with award-winning artist Molly Crabapple and Opal Tometi, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, started a conversation about the role of futurism when so much is at stake.    Continue reading

Toronto Canada: Important information regarding consular services

IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE ON CONSULAR SERVICES

October 28, 2020

The Consulate General of Guyana in Toronto, Canada wishes to inform that with effect from August 10, 2020, the Consulate has reopened to accommodate by APPOINTMENTS ONLY some categories of in person consular services.

Please note that new measures in place to reduce the amount of traffic flow at the Consulate and in keeping with the relevant Public Health Protocols in place during the Covid-19 pandemic.        Continue reading

COMMENTARY: Colourful Tales from Kiskadee Village – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Kiskadee

COMMENTARY- by Francis Quamina Farrier

Reality is that we are living in some extremely challenging and uncertain times in this year 2020. Some of us are resolute in ensuring that we stay on top of the COVID-19 pandemic situation which is testing us to the very core. While most of us in Guyana obey the COVID-19 protocols, sadly there are those who do not, resulting in the constant increases in cases and deaths.

Recently, I interviewed a few residents of Kiskadee Village on a few burning issues of the day. But first let me alert you that Kiskadee Village is a mythical community. However, the people who I have interviewed for this article, are real people. Kiskadee Village is the creation of celebrated Guyanese-born, Holland-based, authoress, Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra. By invitation of the Mayor, I visited and have this special report from Kiskadee Village.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Two prisoners die after mayhem erupts at Lusignan Prison

It was the latest eruption of deadly unrest at the Lusignan Prison.

  • A statement from the prison service follows:

The Guyana Prison Service wishes to report that, about 07:30 hours on 2020-09-19, staff at the Lusignan Prison encountered refusals of the acceptance of meals. This situation was immediately brought to the attention of the facility administrators who engaged the prisoners to hear their concerns and to address those where possible. However, the prisoners refused to engage the administrators and demanded to see the Minister of Home Affairs.      Continue reading

Briefing With Senior State Department Official On Mike Pompeo’s visit to Guyana and Region

Macroeconomics: Governments must beware the lure of free money – The Economist

  • Budget constraints have gone missing. That presents both danger and opportunity
Jul 23rd 2020 edition – The Economist

It is sometimes said that governments wasted the global financial crisis of 2007-09 by failing to rethink economic policy after the dust settled. Nobody will say the same about the covid-19 pandemic. It has led to a desperate scramble to enact policies that only a few months ago were either unimaginable or heretical. A profound shift is now taking place in economics as a result, of the sort that happens only once in a generation.

Much as in the 1970s when clubby Keynesianism gave way to Milton Friedman’s austere monetarism, and in the 1990s when central banks were given their independence, so the pandemic marks the start of a new era. Its overriding preoccupation will be exploiting the opportunities and containing the enormous risks that stem from a supersized level of state intervention in the economy and financial markets.    Continue reading

South Africa and the COVID-19 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

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– by Francis Quamina Farrier

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its spread all around the world, I have written articles which have focused on the way some countries have been dealing with the challenges brought on by the pandemic.
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Many African countries with populations in the millions, have less than 100 deaths. The reason being, that those countries took immediate action and put things in place to stop the spread of the disease at an early stage; they closed their borders and international airports and went into national lockdown very early. Testing was also immediate and quarantine put in place wherever and whenever it was necessary.              Continue reading

Economics: 90% of the world will be worse off by year end – IMF’s Managing Director

According to the IMF’s latest assessment, Georgieva said that 170 countries—which represent almost 90 percent of the world—will be worse off with lower per capita income by the end of 2020. The official said that such a tremendous reversal of fortunes has never been seen before.          Continue reading