Monthly Archives: September 2017

Caribbean Life News – New York- week ending 22 September 2017

Guyana’s prez calls for peace at the 72nd United Nations

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | GUYANA

President Granger at the UN

In his address to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, David A. Granger, president of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, called for peace in the world.

The head of state told the General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2017, that ‘striving for peace’ has been the principal purpose and preoccupation of this organization throughout its existence. “A good life for the world’s peoples and the sustainable use of the planet’s recourses are predicated on peace with justice, including justice within and between nations,” he stated, adding, “The world is weary of war.”

The Caribbean to get its own hub in Brooklyn

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | BROOKLYN

Visiting the Caribbean is about to get a lot easier. Continue reading

German Elections Sunday, 24 September 2017 – Merkelism vs. Trumpism

Merkelism vs. Trumpism

Jochen Bittner | The New York Times

Angela Merkel

HAMBURG, Germany — When I suggested in a 2015 article for this paper that Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany might become the leader of the free world, I knew it was a pretty far-fetched idea. After all, despite her leading role in the euro and refugee crises, she didn’t actually seem to want the job.

Today, I’m less sure. She might actually have the talent — and the ambition.

When Ms. Merkel starts her fourth term after Germany’s election this Sunday — and she will, barring polling errors exponentially worse than those around the Brexit vote and the American presidential race last year — she will do so in a world significantly different from the one she faced after her last re-election, in 2013.     Continue reading

Dr. Riyad Insanally – Guyana’s Ambassador to the USA – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Riyad Insanally – Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Riyad Insanally

Dr. Riyad Insanally assumed the post on September 1, 2016, as Guyana’s Eighth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America and Fourth Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).

He sees his mission as working to enhance Guyana’s bilateral relations with the US and raising Guyana’s profile as a responsible member of the hemispheric community, as well as helping to build bridges across the Guyanese-American Diaspora.    Continue reading

Canada: Quebec’s systemic discrimination and racism hearings should be open – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

Testimony has a greater impact if one can see and hear the person testifying. The hearings are an opportunity to heighten public awareness.

The Quebec inquiry on systemic discrimination and racism has yet to begin hearings, but what’s already apparent is that the Couillard government does not want the exercise to be transparent.

Quebec Province. Canada

When the consultation was announced in July, all Quebecers were urged to participate, with the hearings being touted as an occasion to find tangible and permanent solutions to the issues at hand. Now we learn that Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil and the Quebec Human Rights Commission have indicated that local consultations will be held behind closed doors, hidden from the eyes of the media and the citizenry, away from the public setting that was expected by the public.   Continue reading

Dominica Update after Hurricane Maria – Reports and video

Interview with Dominica PM following Hurricane Irma

Roseau waterfront in Dominica after Hurricane Maria hit

Posted: 22 Sep 2017 07:47 AM PDT Roseau waterfront in Dominica the day after Hurricane Maria hit the island on Monday night, September 18, 2017.

ROSEAU, Dominica — On Wednesday evening, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, spoke with Caribbean News Now. Q. Could you describe what happened; what is the state of the country? A. We were devastated by the hurricane. Every community, every village, every street was impacted…..

Dominica before the hurricane! – video       Continue reading

North Korea: Trump and Kim call each other mad – BBC Report

North Korea: Trump and Kim call each other mad              

  • Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump

    Image captionKim Jong-un and Donald Trump are trading insults after the US president’s UN speech

Kim Jong-un has said remarks by “deranged” US President Donald Trump have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea.

In an unprecedented personal statement, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would “pay dearly” for a UN speech where he threatened to “totally destroy” the North if the US was forced to defend itself.

Mr Trump responded that the “madman… will be tested like never before”.

The two countries have engaged in ever more heated rhetoric in recent months.

Mr Kim ended his statement by saying he would “surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire”.        Continue reading

Trump Has Filled, Not Drained, The Swamp – Conor Friedersdorf | The Atlantic

Trump Has Filled, Not Drained, The Swamp

The president has made a mockery of a promise at the core of his campaign. It is time for the #MAGA media to tell his supporters the truth.

Conor Friedersdorf | The Atlantic

There is no campaign promise that Donald Trump has failed to honor more flagrantly than his oft repeated pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. He has violated the letter of his promise and trampled all over its spirit. His supporters ought to be furious. But few perceive the scale of his betrayal or its brazenness.

Forget the Russia investigation. Even if no wrongdoing is proved on that matter, the Trump Administration’s behavior would still be epically swampy. A list of examples is clarifying:    Continue reading

These Great Educational Websites Are Completely Free!

Ten Education Websites That Teach You For Free

They say it’s never too late to learn something new in life, and the advent of the internet has only made it easier to expand your horizons. There are thousands of educational websites out there, but I’ve gone a step further and compiled the very best on the internet just for you. So if you’re feeling like it’s time to take your life in a whole new direction, begin your journey of discovery below:

1. EdX

Websites

Founded by Harvard University and MIT students back in 2012, EdX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s finest universities.

Exxon, Guyana look at bringing gas ashore to generate electricity

Exxon, Guyana look at bringing gas ashore to generate electricity

By Bert Wilkinson – Caribbean Life News- NY

oil rigs and production

United States oil giant ExxonMobil and Guyanese authorities this week started two days of talks to determine whether it is feasible to run a 100-mile plus undersea pipeline bringing natural gas from its offshore wells to generate power for the Guyana Power and Light Corporation, the main state utility.

Spokeswoman Kimberly Brasington said Exxon has flown in a special team of specialists from headquarters in Texas to crunch numbers with officials in the country which is anxious to reduce dependency on fossil fuels for power generation.   Continue reading

New Demerara bridge pegged at US$170M; old one to be demolished

New Dem bridge pegged at US$170M; old one to be demolished

– 4 Houston homes, lands be acquired
– vehicle tolls to increase 250 percent; Govt. should subsidise

The present floating Demerara River Bridge

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI), amidst questions over a mega-project to build a new bridge across the Demerara River, has released the feasibility study which recommended a low-level, three-lane, 1.5km structure between Houston, East Bank Demerara, and Versailles, West Bank Demerara.

According to the study, that bridge could cost up to US$170M, inclusive of financing costs and acquisition of properties along the alignment.    Continue reading

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