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Brexit: UK to leave single market, says Prime Minister Theresa May

Brexit: UK to leave single market, says May

  • January 17, 2017 – BBC News –From the section UK Politics
Prime Minister Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May

Theresa May has said the UK “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU at all”.

But the prime minister promised to push for the “greatest possible” access to the single market following Brexit.   In a long-awaited speech, she also announced Parliament would get a vote on the final deal agreed between the UK and the European Union.     Continue reading

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

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Martin Luther King Jr. was many things — a radical, a moderate, a peacekeeper, a hellraiser, a father, a husband, a crusader against the evils of capitalism, a proponent of love and also revolution. He was a man known to be deeply sensitive, sometimes misogynist, often depressed, blisteringly funny. He was all of these things and more. And like so many brothers and sisters before and since, his beautiful and rich mahogany tones have been flattened to the matte black of the history books that paint him as the friend of well-meaning whites and the moral opposition of angry blacks. And like King, we as black people are so much more than white supremacy would have us believe.

Who and what are we really commemorating on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Writing in The Establishment, Ijeoma Oluo unpacks the myriad ways Dr. King’s story has been softened and re-written to weaken…

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Guyanese have to decide what kind of society they really want – by GHK Lall

Eye On The Issues: Guyanese have to decide what kind of society they really want – by GHK Lall

Posted by: Demerara Waves – January 15, 2017 – by GHK Lall

letters-to-the-editorI noticed the news report of secret balloting by the PPP, and the election of a General Secretary.  The first thoughts were: none of my business and communism.  Then, I read of decentralizing and visions of victory a few years hence, and I came to full attention.  This is my business, and concerns my environment, and a certain minimum standard that is deeply embedded.  So, I share some things that matter.

From my perspective, this country is undergoing radical surgery.  In some instances, there are probing experimental operations in process.  The ongoing discoveries are that national arteries are clogged, muscles atrophied, visions clouded, and weaknesses and malaise all over the body of the state, be it people, or institutions, or outlook, or processes.   Continue reading

Caribbean Life News Update – 13 January 2017

Caribbean Life News Update – 13 January 2017

FOCUS UPON TRUMP

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

In just over a week or so, Donald. J. Trump will be sworn in as presi­dent of the United States and the most powerful man in the world and already Carib­bean Commu­nity leaders are sending both positive signals of welcome and indica­tions that they are willing to work with his adminis­tration.

New SVG US consul general a ‘breath of fresh air’

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsa­lves and Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Straker had predi­cted that Howie Prince would be a treme­ndous asset to the nation with his appoin­tment as the new St. Vincent and the Grena­dines’ consul general to the United States.

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Africa in Review: Imperialist Foreign Policy Breeds Military Conflict and Disunity

Africa in Review: Imperialist Foreign Policy Breeds Military Conflict and Disunity

Why has the UK economy defied predictions of doom?

Why has the UK economy defied predictions of doom?

There was talk of a Brexit vote plunging the UK straight into recession, but the economic news is upbeat 

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Post-referendum forecasts for 2016 had to be quickly shredded by the Bank of England. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

It goes without saying that this is not what the Treasury or the Bank of England expected at the time of the EU referendum last June. At the time, there was talk of the economy plunging straight into recession.

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Caribbean Life News Update – 08 January 2016

Caribbean Life News Update – 08 January 2016   Caribbean Life

PASSPORT SCHEME IN SPOTL­IGHT

BY BERT WILKINSON | CARIBBEAN

The larger Carib­bean trade group count­ries such as Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica and Trinidad have so far kept their distance from the scheme but a new light is now being shone on the cash for passport and citize­nship program which has been embraced by several nations in the Eastern Carib­bean Sub Grouping follo­wing the airing of a piece on CBS’s 60 Minutes Program last Sunday.

Trave­llers leaving Guyana face new fee

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | CARIBBEAN

After enjoying the festive season with family and friends in their homeland, thous­ands of Guyanese passe­ngers were slapped with an increase in Depar­ture Tax, named a Security Depar­ture fee of GYD$1000 (USD$5.00), leaving Cheddi Jagan Interna­tional Airport (CJIA) on January 1, 2017 when the measure went into effect.

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Earth ‘On the Edge’ as Disastrous 2016 Goes Down as Hottest Year on Record

Earth ‘On the Edge’ as Disastrous 2016 Goes Down as Hottest Year on Record

We are already seeing around the globe the impacts of a changing climate’

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer – Common Dreams – 06 January 2017

An aerial photo shows severe flooding in a residential area of Baton Rouge, La. on Aug. 15, 2016. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Earth is “on the edge.”  So declared the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Thursday January 5, 2017, announcing that 2016 was the warmest year on record.

The first global assessment of last year’s temperatures finds that 2016 broke the record set in 2015 by close to 0.2°C , with last year’s record having broken the record set in 2014.   Continue reading

Why I like the new President of Ghana – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Why I like the new President of Ghana – by Francis Quamina Farrier

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Photo: Recently elected President Nana Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana

The Republic of Ghana in West Africa, has a new president. He is, His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). I am not someone who tends to lean in the direction of politicians, but I have to admit that I like this gentleman, even though I’ve never met him. I may have seen him when I was at the Independence Park in Accra, Ghana, on March 6, 2012, while attending the 55th Independence Anniversary Celebration of that West African country.  Continue reading

New Year fireworks ‘show London is open’ – BBC News

New Year fireworks ‘show London is open’

Fireworks surrounded the London Eye during New Year celebrations

Image caption… Fireworks surrounded the London Eye during New Year celebrations

The UK has marked the start of 2017 with a spectacular firework display and a declaration that “London is open”.

Tens of thousands gathered on the banks of the Thames to watch the display immediately after Big Ben sounded its midnight chimes.

New Year events across the UK went ahead under tight security, following lorry attacks in Berlin and Nice.    Continue reading

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