Daily Archives: 04/05/2016

Buxton-Friendship Express Newsletter – March 2016

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Buxton-Friendship Express - March 2016Our March 2016 issue of Buxton-Friendship Express is here. We are happy to share it with you.

This month, we saw an frightening number of earthly departures from our community. We’ve listed some of them on page 18.

Among them were three distinguished public servants: Weygand Younge, a former engineer at the Linden Bauxite company, who helped in the design of Guyana’s Independence Arch; William Haslyn Parris, former Deputy Prime Minister, Bauxite Company chief executive, economist, teacher, author, constitutional scholar, and proprietor of the popular Pisces Bar; Clyde Raymond Roopchand, former economist, teacher and philanthropist.  Continue reading

“Sugar” – Poem by Guyanese Poet Ruel Johnson

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East Indian Cane Cutter - Guyana - Photo by John Gimlette

East Indian Cane cutter – Guyana
Photo by John Gimlette (2013)

In honor of Guyana’s fiftieth Independence anniversary on May 26th, my Poetry Corner April 2016 features an excerpt from the poem “Sugar” by Guyanese poet and award-winning short story writer Ruel Johnson. His work largely focuses on social and political issues facing Guyana. In the long, multi-sectional featured poem, he addresses the legacy of colonialism on the enduring divide between the two major ethnic populations: the descendants of African slaves and East Indian indentured laborers.

In section 1—stalk, Johnson recalls his boyhood days growing up in the capital. Sugarcane was a sweet treat. His imagery of his mother whacking the stalk along the joints with her best knife takes us into the canefields. The sweet juice comes at a great price.

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Guyana– Latest News from various sources – April 5, 2016

GUYANA – LATEST NEWS – 05 April 2016 – Kaieteur News

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There is a vision of what a progressive Britain could be. It’s called Canada

There is a vision of what a progressive Britain could be. It’s called Canada

Illustration by Ben jennings of maple leaf thumbs-upA nation gripped by Trudeaumania manages to be tolerant and at ease with itself in difficult times, all with great aplomb

Imagine a West Wing episode come to life, and that’s basically Justin Trudeau. The winsome blew up the internet again this week via an old photo of him larking about for the cameras, balancing his entire weight on his wrists on the edge of a desk in trademark manly-but-sensitive fashion. One more for a photo album that so far includes Trudeau cuddling pandas, Trudeau proudly proclaiming himself a feminist, Trudeau wearing a Barbie-pink sweatshirt in solidarity with kids bullied for looking different – and of course a newly elected Trudeau last autumn answering questions about why half his new cabinet was female, with the words “because it’s 2015”, and a shrug that clearly meant “so deal with it”.  [Read more]

Over 100,000 visitors expected for GuyExpo – May 12th -15th, 2016

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Flashback: One of the many scenes from GuyExpo

Over 100,000 visitors expected for GuyExpo – May 12th -15th, 2016

SOME 400 exhibitors and more than 100,000 local and overseas visitors are expected to attend the four days of this year’s GuyExpo, according to GuyExpo 2016 Marketing Manager, Ms Chevon Lim.  Guyana’s largest Trade and Investment Exposition will be held this year from May 12th -15th, 2016 under the theme “50 Years, Guyana Means Business – Promoting Enterprise, Driving Productivity.”

Lim noted that the theme is perfectly aligned with the objectives of the Ministry of Business and broader Government policy, to create the enabling environment that will foster business growth and development in Guyana.    Continue reading

Guyana 411 – April 2, 2016 – featuring Health Care Services

GINA logoGuyana 411 – April 2, 2016 – featuring Health Care Services

Guyana Government News Brief – April 4, 2016

GINA logoGuyana Government News Brief – April 4, 2016