Daily Archives: 07/18/2018

Guyana News Headlines Links – Kaieteur News Headlines – July 14-17. 2018

Headline News – 17 July 2018 

Alleged $200B procurement fraud under PPP…‘How come SARA can’t charge someone for $1M?’ – Jagdeo

$366M drug contract… Company traced to two NY homes

Men on unlicenced ATV beat police rank, fire shots, damage patrol car

Toshaos Council Chairman blasts President over broken promises “I don’t know any promise was broken” – Granger

Guyana averts possible maritime export ban -as new mobile container scanner site commissioned

Wanted bulletin issued for boat captain in 91 kilos coke haul

Kwakwani floodwaters slowly recede            Continue reading

Guyana History: Johnny Carpenter and the Mekdeci family – By Freddie Kissoon

Johnny Carpenter and the Mekdeci family – By Freddie Kissoon

In my column of Sunday, May 20, 2018, captioned, “White fans didn’t know he was an East Indian boy” I wrote the following; “I remember when I was small there was a shoe store at Camp and Regent Streets named Shu-All. The owners passed as Portuguese but they were Syrians.”

Yesterday, the prominent, Portuguese-Guyanese businessman, Johnny Carpenter, came up to me in the National Park. I pass Mr. Carpenter daily in the park and the customary hello follows. But yesterday, while walking my dog, Mr. Carpenter asked for two minutes of my time. I told him he can get more than two minutes.
What Johnny Carpenter had to say to me was amusing. But there also wasn’t a funny side to it considering what I did to Carpenter.      Continue reading

British Guiana (Now Guyana) – The Great Fire of 1945

The Great Fire  of 1945

Re- Stabroek News May 7th. 2000

The RA&CS building ablaze

As people jumped up in the streets on Mashramani, they probably did not realize that in addition to being the thirtieth anniversary of Guyana’s advent to republican status, the day also marked the fifty-fifth anniversary of possibly the most destructive fire in Georgetown’s history.

On February 23, 1945, the Great Fire, as it came to be known, devastated the commercial heart of the capital, and consumed a host of historical and architectural gems which had given the city its aesthetic flair. In addition, it laid waste the RA&CS building and its unique collection of books and papers pertaining to the past of this country.     Continue reading

Strongmen Have the Edge with Trump. Why Not Maduro? – Commentary

Strongmen Have the Edge with Trump. Why Not Maduro?

Michael Shifter and David Toppelberg | The New York Times

Nicolás Maduro

WASHINGTON — Since President Trump took office almost 18 months ago, commentators have remarked on his apparent affinity for strongmen. As The Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman commented, “Trump […] seems to prefer dictators to our democratic allies everywhere.”

To be sure, this doesn’t mean that Mr. Trump can’t have acceptable working relations with democratic leaders, such as President Emmanuel Macron of France. But, in general terms, he seems more at ease with — and respectful of — authoritarian leaders such as the presidents Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt and, of course, Vladimir Putin of Russia. In short, strongmen have the edge.                          Continue reading

Thoughts on the Demolition of the St. Rose’s High School –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

Thoughts on the Demolition of the St. Rose’s High School –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

The demolition of the St. Rose’s High School on Church Street, South Cummingsburg in Georgetown, Guyana, began on Monday July 9, 2018, after it was decided by the Board of Governors, that the structure had reached a state of disrepair.

So the demolition was inevitable due to its terminal condition. But that does not ease the pain of many present and former students of the St. Rose’s High School, as well as for many who have never been students of that institution of higher learning, the pain is no less.      Continue reading

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