Daily Archives: 02/16/2020

OPINION: What should Guyana learn from Singapore – without oil? – By Wayne Forde

By Wayne Forde – January 25, 2020

Many Guyanese often compare Guyana’s progress to that of Singapore. Although there are some similarities between Guyana and Singapore, there are significant differences. Guyana achieved Independence from the U.K. in May 1966, and Singapore gained Independence in August of 1965 also from the U.K. And that is where the similarities end and divergence begins.

Singapore is a highly developed and prosperous free-market economy that depends on exports of electronics, petroleum products, medical and optical supplies, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, as well as transportation business, and financial services. Guyana is an under-developed and noncompetitive country with deficiencies and gaps in many areas. Divergence of economies.         Continue reading

BARBADOS: Immigration told weed out bad practices regarding CARICOM citizens

GUYANA: CMEI to build two branded hotels at Ogle – one is a Hilton

Stabroek News February 15, 2020
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Mike Elliott -CMEI

A group of businessmen in the Caribbean Marketing Enterprise Inc (CMEI) are building two branded hotels on 20 acres of land at Ogle and a sod-turning ceremony will be held on Wednesday February 19, 2020.

The announcement today by government holding company NICIL, comes on the heels of last week’s sod-turning for the AC Marriott at Ogle to be financed by Trinidadian businessman John Aboud.

It is expected that one of the two hotels to be built by CMEI will be a Hilton-branded one.      Continue reading

U.S.IMMIGRATION: Border Patrol to send Tactical Unit officers to ‘sanctuary cities’


WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Trump administration is deploying highly trained officers to boost arrests of unauthorized immigrants in a number of cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, the latest move in a battle against localities that adopt “sanctuary” policies to protect them from deportation.

Members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol Tactical Unit will be among the officers deployed to cities to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. They will also be sent to San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit, and Newark New Jersey, CBP spokesman Lawrence Payne said in a statement on Friday  February 14, 2020.      Continue reading

BOOK: YEARS OF HIGH HOPES: A Portrait of British Guiana, 1952–1956, from an American Family’s Letters Home – By Dorothy Irwin

GUYANA: Looking back from the 50th Republic Jubilee

 YEARS OF HIGH HOPES: A Portrait of British Guiana, 1952–1956, from an American Family’s Letters Home

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The Letters of Marian and Howard Irwin

Edited and with an Introduction by Dorothy Irwin

The anniversary of Guyana’s 50th year as a republic is a natural time to look back and to reflect on how much has been accomplished and how much has changed since the wind-down of the not-so-distant colonial era. The startlingly detailed depiction of life in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), presented in Years of High Hopes casts light on a seminal period of the colony’s push toward nationhood.

Howard Irwin was the first of several Americans to arrive by way of a Fulbright grant at Queen’s College, where he taught biology. The letters and journal entries that make up this book were written by him and his wife, Marian Irwin, and sent to their parents in the U.S. during the three and a half years the couple lived in Georgetown. A candid, unofficial American perspective, the book presents news-making incidents as they punctuate everyday life in the capital and beyond.        Continue reading

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