Entries for 18 July 2020
HISTORY: The Arrival of the Chinese in British Guiana started in 1851
By Odeen Ishmael
Even though the planters in British Guiana (Guyana) had expressed interest in introducing Chinese labourers since Emancipation, it was not until 1851 that such recruitment first began.
Because of the long travel distance from China, at first Chinese were not recruited since it was cheaper to transport Indians. While it cost a planter 13 British pounds to transport an Indian labourer from Calcutta or Madras, the cost was 15 pounds to transport a Chinese immigrant from any of the Chinese ports. But because of the growing need for labourers for the sugar estates, some planters decided to recruit Chinese especially during the period between 1848 and 1851 when Indian immigration was suspended. Continue reading →
Venezuela claim of Essequibo Region
Guyana’s President David Granger late Friday said his administration rejected a request by the United States (US) to use the medium wave radio frequencies of this South American nation to broadcast Voice of America programmes to Venezuela.
Mr. Granger said Guyana turned down the request because of security, health and political risks that Guyana could expose itself to with Venezuela which is claiming the Essequibo Region that makes up about two-thirds of this former British colony.
“Given the length of an unpoliced western border, the influx of refugees, the unsettled territorial question and the public health risks, it would not be in our national interest to do anything to contribute to destabilising relations at this time,” the President said. Continue reading →
A screenshot from the virtual hearing today – click to enlarge
By Stabroek News – July 17, 2020
Acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire will deliver her decision on Monday at 4 pm in the latest challenge seeking to block the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from declaring the winner of the March 2nd polls using the figures of the recount.
This newest in a series of actions connected to the elections has been brought by Tucville resident Misenga Jones who wants the Chairperson, Claudette Singh to be prohibited from using the results of the national recount to declare a winner. Continue reading →
The 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will next week hold a special meeting on Guyana in the face of President David Granger’s refusal to concede defeat though a national vote recount, broadcast on national television, showed he lost the March 02 elections.
This is according to Prime Minister of St Vincent and CARICOM Chair Dr Ralph Gonsalves.
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