as in newspapers, are targeting oil and
gas deals both the previous and current
governments made with ExxonMobil and
other mega companies. Leaders have
accused each other of allowing the firms
to negotiate weak deals that allow Guyana
to be short changed of revenues.
The department of energy says, however,
that the country will earn about $300
million this year from exports of five million
barrels of oil and up to $5 billion by
2025 when two more oil fields kick into
production. Actual oil production began
on Dec. 20, less than five years after the
commercial finds were first announced.
Guyana earlier this month sold its first
million barrels to Shell Western with
links to Barbados.
Companies such as Repsol of Spain,
CGX Energy of Canada and Tullow of the
UK are also drilling for oil this year and
could strike it rich in the much heralded
Guyana has been in heightened election
mode since December of 2018 when
a government lawmaker sided with the
opposition to erase its one-seat majority
during debate of a no confidence
motion. The vote immediately collapsed
the government, moving it to caretaker
status and forcing it to organize fresh
Caribbean L 12 ife, Feb. 28-Mar. 5, 2020
Meanwhile, a slew of international
observers from the region, The Commonwealth,
the Jimmy Carter Center
out of Atlanta and the Organization of
American States among others will have
their work cut out monitoring activity as
thousands of ballots could be left unused
and could be abused by overzealous officials.
In the 2015 elections that pushed
out the PPP after 23 consecutive years,
the final voters list was 585,727 with
416,000 people actually casting votes.
And once the Guyana elections are
done and dusted, attention will turn to
neighboring Suriname as it votes on May
25 for a new government. The others on
schedule for the remainder of the year
are St. Kitts, St. Vincent, Trinidad and
Belize. The Dominican Republic is also
due to vote this year.
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issued by US District Court for the
Northern District of Illinois, USCIS
will now apply the final rule to
all applications and petitions postmarked
(or submitted electronically)
on or after Feb. 24, 2020,” said
USCIS in a statement.
“For applications and petitions
that are sent by commercial courier
(e.g., UPS / FedEx / DHL), the postmark
date is the date reflected on
the courier receipt,” it added.
“The final rule, published on Aug.
14, 2019 and originally scheduled
to go into effect on Oct. 15, 2019,
prescribes how the Department of
Homeland Security will determine
whether an alien (immigrant) is
inadmissible, and ineligible to adjust
status to that of a lawful permanent
resident in the United States because
the alien is likely at any time in the
future to become a public charge
pursuant to section 212(a)(4) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act,”
It said the final rule also addresses
USCIS’ authority to issue public
charge bonds in the context of applications
for adjustment of status.
USCIS said the final rule includes
a requirement that Caribbean and
other immigrants seeking an extension
of nonimmigrant stay or change
of nonimmigrant status “demonstrate
that they have not received
public benefits over the designated
Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman,
Yvette D. Clarke has been
expressing outrage over a United
States Supreme Court ruling that
allowed the Trump administration
to deny green cards to Caribbean
and other immigrants who may need
“As a product of the hopes and
dreams of an immigrant family, I
am outraged by the Supreme Court’s
decision to implement the public
charge rule – a cruel policy Donald
Trump has crafted to jeopardize
the lives of our nation’s most
vulnerable,” Clarke, the daughter of
Jamaican immigrants, told Caribbean
“Historically, the United States
has served as a place of refuge for
individuals around the world seeking
to fulfill the American Dream,”
added the representative for the 9th
Congressional District in Brooklyn.
“Immigrants are our neighbors, our
friends, leaders in our communities
and even our members of Congress.
“It is disturbing to witness a global
leader toying with people’s lives, and
we must not stop fighting until Donald
Trump is removed from office,”
continued Clarke, a very ardent critic
of Trump’s immigration policies.
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Guyana’s President, David Arthur
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