Category Archives: Governance

The world’s most liveable cities – 2016: Living on the edge

The world’s most liveable cities

Britain’s new Prime Minister – Theresa May

Britain’s new Prime Minister – Theresa May

A no-nonsense conservative has taken Britain’s helm. She should make the case for a minimalist Brexit 

Theresa May

Theresa May

July 16th 2016 | The Economist

THEY campaigned to Leave, and they were as good as their word. Three weeks on from their referendum triumph, the politicians who led the charge for Britain to quit the European Union have fallen by the wayside in the race to replace David Cameron as prime minister. This week the last of the prominent Leavers, Andrea Leadsom, withdrew her candidacy after a few days’ media scrutiny revealed her to be fantastically ill-prepared. The job of steering Britain towards the EU’s exit doors has thus fallen to the only candidate left in the race: Theresa May, who campaigned to Remain.   Continue reading

Brexit tremors continue – Commercial property values tumble – funds halted

Commercial property values tumble in London, Funds freeze – The Guardian

Guns in America and the Washington Talkathon – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Guns in America and the Washington Talkathon

No to GunsBy Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Here’s a suggestion: Let gun control be the main policy issue in the 2016 presidential elections. In this way the American public will get the chance to decide on policies regarding gun control. The voters will have the opportunity to send a clear message to the gun lobby and the politicians as to how they feel about the proliferation of guns in America. Unless guns become the focus of policy there will be the usual babble and waffle as lives are lost in the pile up of tragedies.

Orlando is the latest tragedy. There are broken bodies and spirits. Tons of newsprint report on the pain from every angle and the politicians from Washington keep popping up on the screens. These are the people we elected to represent us; we put our faith in them to carry on the business of the country.   Continue reading

Brexit: UK votes to leave EU in historic referendum – BBC News – various reports

Brexit: UK votes to leave EU in historic referendum – BBC News 

A teller counts ballot papers at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast

BREXIT – LEAVE voters win

The UK has voted to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum.

Leave won by 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the EU.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed it as the UK’s “independence day” but the Remain camp called it a”catastrophe”.

The pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985 as the markets reacted to the results.   Continue reading

The Brexit briefs: Our guide to Britain’s EU referendum – The Economist

The Brexit briefs: Our guide to Britain’s EU referendum – The Economist

brexit briefsON JUNE 23rd Britain will hold a referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union. This will be the country’s most important vote in at least half a century. Alas, the debate has often been neither informative nor enlightening. The Economist is not neutral: we are convinced that a decision to leave (a so-called Brexit) would be bad for Britain, Europe and the world.

But we also believe in the importance of objective analysis and reasoned argument. Over the past few months The Economist has published a series of factual briefs that examine the main issues around Brexit, covering everything from sovereignty and immigration to economics and the consequences of leaving. To help interested readers, we have now assembled all our Brexit briefs together.

See Contents here….  and  Download the free 20-page pdf  below: Continue reading

Venezuela’s Discovery of Hunger – Joel D. Hirst’s Blog

Joel D. Hirst's Blog

Nobody expects it to hit close to them – the hunger. We see pictures on television: Ethiopia, Congo, Kosovo. We dig into our pockets or open our checkbooks to help, we are good people of course. Sometimes we watch a documentary on the History channel, old pictures of internment camps with the emaciated bodies of the victims of foreign wars; and we wonder how it could have come to that? We go to the parades to honor our veterans, celebrating our heroes and mourning the great loss of life; black and white pictures glossing over the horror with the brush of time. It can’t happen to us.

“Venezuela isn’t Cuba,” we heard a lot in the heady days of Hugo Chavez. “That could never happen here; hunger isn’t something we Venezuelans will put up with.” Turns out they were wrong. Venezuela has entered its own Periodo Especial – a time…

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Spirit of a nation showcased at Independence Jubilee

Spirit of a nation showcased at Independence Jubilee

 After months of anticipation, Guyanese ushered in the country’s 50th Independence with great emotion as the fifty foot Golden Arrowhead was, for the second time this year, hoisted in the air amidst much fanfare.

And while the atmosphere was not quite as energetic as it was on February 23, there was still an immense feeling of pride among the majority of people in the massive crowd.

Over 20,000 Guyanese flocked the newly built D’Urban Park to celebrate this historic event and among them, many expressed great pride to have been able to witness Guyana at 50 and the celebrations that were hosted to usher it in.   Continue reading

“Listening to Members of the Diaspora, while in the Diaspora” – by Francis Quamina Farrier

“Listening to Members of the Diaspora, while in the Diaspora”

by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

The Guyana 50th Independence Anniversary Jubilee Party in the Diaspora, has already begun! I was recently in Maryland in the USA, and attended one of the pre-Jubilee Celebrations. It was held at the St. John’s Episcopal/Anglican Church in Mount Rainier, Maryland. The celebration was conducted in two phases; the Religious and the Civil. Guyanese, who are members of that church, have been celebrating Guyana’s Independence in that way, for many years.

Traditionally, this Independence Celebration is held on the Sunday closest to May 26. This year, it was brought forward to May 15, because many of those who attend St. John’s, will be in Guyana for the Big Celebration in the Motherland. There is much excitement in the cold air of Maryland, with those who have already bought their Air Tickets and made all the necessary arrangements for their visit to our “Dear Land of Guyana.” While some of them have been visiting regularly over the years, there are some who are returning to Guyana for the first time in decades.   Continue reading

Guyana: President David Granger Address to Parliament – May 14, 2016

GINA logoPresident David Granger Address to Parliament – May 14, 2016

INDEPENDENCE & RESILIENCE –  Our people’s path to economic progress

Here is the Full Text of the address by Pres. David Granger   << click here

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