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

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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