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Guyana Politics: Heroes, Monsters and ORDER – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Heroes, Monsters and ORDER – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The result of the December 21, 2018, NO CONFIDENCE vote in the Guyana Parliament, remains a HOT TOPIC in Guyana, as well as in the vast Guyanese Diaspora worldwide. In fact, it is still unfolding with a number of unexpected twists and turns, as it was spawned by the “YES” vote itself. As a colleague of mine described it as, “The mother of all “YES” votes in the history of the Guyana Parliament”.

Recently I came across an old photograph of the Public Buildings, which seemed to be well over 100 years old. The photograph also showed scores of ordinary people on the Brickdam pavement and military clad persons inside the compound. It seems that there was no fence around the building at the time the photograph was taken, and certainly no statue of the iconic labour leader Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow in the north east of the compound. In addition, there was no big screen and loud speakers that now project the sitting of Parliament to citizens outside its chambers in real time. Since the photograph was not dated, I wondered what was the specific event and whether it had resulted in as dramatic an upheaval as occasioned by the recent December 21, 2018 sitting of the Parliament.          Continue reading

​​Georgetown Guyana: Under a Microscope in 2019 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

​​Georgetown: Under a Microscope in 2019 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

City Hall – Georgetown-Guyana

Following the hotly contested November 12, Local Government Elections last year, the (approximate) 202,000 citizens of Georgetown got a new Chief Citizen in the person of Pandit Ubraj Narine who received the Mayoral Chain from out-going Mayor Patricia Chase-Green. There was much work Mayor Chase-Green had on her hands, and there is equally much work for Mayor Narine, as Georgetown slowly inches its way to regaining its lost glory, and become “A Shining City on a Mud-Flat”. But it is an up-hill task in a city which falls below sea level whenever the tide rises.

There are so many things which the current citizens should be grateful for;  the Georgetown we inherited is one of the best laid-out cities on the planet, for starters. In past times, Georgetown used to be known as, “The Garden City of the Caribbean”. The city lost that impressive title about thirty years ago when standards began to tumble.   Continue reading

Commentary: Guyana’s US$150 million ugly airport blunder

Guyana’s US$150 million ugly airport blunder – By Ray Chickrie

The third deadline, December 31, 2018, for the completion of the “new and modern US 150 million” Cheddi Jagan Airport (CJIA) won’t be met and unconfirmed reports suggest it will roll into the first quarter of 2019.

Instead of the country getting a new and larger terminal, the US$150 million “expansion” project by the Chinese company, China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), will merely extend the current terminal for arrivals and “gutting and rehabilitation” of the existing terminal for departures.     Continue reading

The Library, the Novelist, the Community and the Movement – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The Library, the Novelist, the Community and the Movement – by Francis Quamina Farrier  

The four elements listed in the Headline above, will all be in their 110 anniversary this year 2019; they are The National Library in Georgetown, The Guyanese novelist, Edgar Mittelholzer, of New Amsterdam, The Village of St. Ignatius in Region Nine and the Guyana Scouting Movement; they all commenced in the year 1919. Novelist Edgar Mittelholzer, of course, passed on in May 1965.

THE NATIONAL LIBRARY in GEORGETOWN  

The Guyana National Library which is located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Georgetown, was founded in 1909. The 7,000 pound sterling cost for the construction, was donated by the Scottish-American philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who had a passion for literature, and for making  it possible for those who did not have the means to buy books for their reading pleasure and information, to still be able to read the books they desired, by becoming members of “Free Libraries”, and borrow the books they needed.          Continue reading

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MEDICAL: Making GPHC a better, safer and more welcoming hospital – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam- commentary on the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)

Permit me in the capacity of a health professional to pen a few lines on an issue that desperately needs to be caught up or at minimum swept up in the present government’s tsunami of change. A recent newspaper article brought to the fore the undercurrents of a likely financial scandal involving changes/ renovations that were due to be carried out over 32 months at Cheddi Jagan International Airport located at Timehrihttps://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2018/11/20/us150m-and-countingis-guyana-getting-a-new-or-renovated-airport/.

It is a well –known and well-shown fact, that anything of a fiscal nature involving the Guyana Government has always been shrouded in mystery and deception and this case was no exception, even down to the surreptitious recipient of the tender- China Harbour Engineering Company. To coin a well-known Guyanese adage, “Whah gone wrong ah morning, can’t come good at night”. For what was originally decided on during the previous administration regarding the contractual terms have not materialized.       Continue reading

Ontario Is Begging For Skilled Trade Workers And Is Looking To Give Free Education

Ontario Is Begging For Skilled Trade Workers And Is Looking To Give Free Education To Get 1,200 People In The Workforce

It’s the perfect time to make a career switch and learn a new trade.

While some people head to university for good career prospects, there is another way to make a good living in Canada without having to rack up school debt. If you’re someone who likes to get their hands dirty then it may be time to start exploring your options working in a skilled trade.

Right now, Ontario is looking to send 1,200 Ontarians into apprenticeship programs absolutely free because the province is in need of more specialized workers. Tradespeople are workers who specialize in a particular field that requires work experience, on-the-job training, and some formal education.

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Guyana: Work to begin on new Demerara River Bridge in 2019

Work to begin on new Demerara Harbour Bridge next year

Demerara Harbour Bridge

In a recent interview with the Department of Public Information, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, assured that work on the crossing between Houston and Versailles which is pivotal for linking Regions Three and Four and further afield will begin next year.          Continue reading

Pegasus Suites and Corporate Centre US$100M expansion project commences

Pegasus Hotel Expansion

Works on the Pegasus Suites and Corporate Centre have now commenced next to the current Pegasus Hotel.

Privately-owned Pegasus Hotel, looking to capitalize on the emerging oil and gas sector, has unveiled an ambitious US$100M expansion project, including a 15-storey tower and state-of-the-art convention centre.
On March 8, 2018, the sod was turned in the hotel’s adjoining property near the tennis court with Chairman, Robert Badal, hailing the investment as the city’s largest investment.
The contract has been awarded to China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the same company that is in charge of the US$150M airport expansion at Timehri and the MovieTowne project at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara. Continue reading

Religion: How an ancient Islamic holiday became uniquely Caribbean

How an ancient Islamic holiday became uniquely Caribbean

Hosay procession in St James Trinidad. Nicholas Laughlin, CC BY-NC-SA

By Ken ChitwoodUniversity of Florida

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A throng of Trinidadians line up along the streets of St James and Cedros to admire the vibrant floats with beautifully bedecked models of mausoleums. Their destination is the waters of the Caribbean, where the crowds will push them out to float.

This is part of the Hosay commemorations, a religious ritual performed by Trinidadian Muslims, that I have observed as part of the research for my forthcoming book on Islam in Latin America and the Caribbean.

What fascinates me is how a practice from India has been transformed into something uniquely Caribbean.

Re-enacting tragedy             Continue reading

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