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Guyana Infrastructure: Status of Wharves and stellings


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UK Elections: At a glance: what’s in the Labour Party manifesto? – Video

As Labour launches its 2019 election manifesto, we break down the details – from Brexit to housing


  • Labour’s big policy is a promise to increase spending on the NHS by an average 4.3% a year.
  • The party’s base will be hugely cheered by a pledge to end and reverse privatisation in the NHS in the next parliament and reinstate the responsibilities of the health secretary to provide a comprehensive and universal healthcare system.            Continue reading

Guyana: Reflections of Two Scouts During the Colonial Era – by Francis Quamina Farrier


The Scouting Movement in Guyana wrapped up its 110 anniversary celebrations in Georgetown with a series of activities at Scout Headquarters on Woolford Avenue.

Participating in the National Camp were 270 scouts from fourteen Scout Groups in Georgetown as well as from Linden, Bartica and far-away Mahdia. Some of the activities included a Parade and of course, a Campfire. Attending the Camp and addressing the scouts, was His Excellency President David Granger.

Well-known entertainers who performed for the scouts included singer/songwriter Hilton Hemerding and folk singer Gavin Mendonca.            Continue reading

A spectacular Celebration: Caribbean Nationals at 6th Impact Awards Gala in NYC

BY TANGERINE CLARKE 15 November 2019 – Caribbean Life News

Caribbean life rolled the red carpet on Thursday, Nov. 14, to welcome the best and brightest professionals of Caribbean heritage, at the 6th Annual Impact Awards at the Paradise Catering Hall in Brooklyn.

2019 Caribbean Life Impact Awardees.

Planned with a cocktail hour, and pre-awards red carpet TV interview2019 Caribbean Life Impact Awardees, the evening’s presentation was nothing short of outstanding.

Nationals came dressed in the finest attire and danced their way along the red carpet to infectious Caribbean music, before being presented with award plaques from Victoria Schneps, president of Schneps Media, owner of Caribbean Life, and more than 30 other publications.        Continue reading

How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World’s Best Runners – opinion

Kenyan Wilson Kipsang won the 2013 Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 23 seconds — an average of 4:42 per mile. It was easily the fastest marathon time ever recorded, an incredible feat for another powerful Kenyan runner.

But perhaps equally remarkable was that his fellow Kenyans also came in second, third, fourth and fifth place in this major international race. On the women’s side, Kenyans placed first, second and fourth.


Guyana: Prison-break carnage: A Stabroek News investigation… with details

420 persons killed between February 2002 and September 2006

–   151 were murdered by bandits
–   239 killed during confrontations with police and in unexplained circumstances
–   30 security officers lost their lives


For more than 15 years, the number of persons who died in the violence that followed the February 23rd, 2002 Camp Street jailbreak and the circumstances of their deaths have been the sources of heated disputation. As part of a public service journalism project to shed more light on that period, Stabroek News has compiled from its archives a list of persons killed between February 23, 2002 and September 2006 along with basic facts surrounding their cases.  Continue reading

Why being kind could help you live longer – By Lauren Turner – BBC News

An illustration of hands holding hearts

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What can kindness do for you? Give you a warm glow perhaps, or a feeling of well-being? While that may be true, scientists and academics at a new research centre say it can do much more – it can extend your life.

The staff at UCLA’s Bedari Kindness institute are ready for the jokes.

“We look at the scientific point of view. We aren’t sitting around in circles, holding hands. We’re talking about the psychology, the biology, of positive social interactions,” says Daniel Fessler, the institute’s inaugural director.

The notion of kindness has made headlines recently.  It was a key part of former president Barack Obama’s eulogy of veteran US Democrat Elijah Cummings, following his death last month.


Environment: Plastic Pollution: Coca-Cola Nasty Plastic Problem + Video

  – Sandrine Rigaud | DW

 By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Ten tons of plastic are produced every second.

Sooner or later, a tenth of that will end up in the oceans. Coca-Cola says it wants to do something about it – but does it really?

In January 2018, Coca-Cola made an ambitious announcement:

The brand, which sells 120 billion plastic bottles every year, promised a “world without waste” by 2030.

Filmmaker Sandrine Rigaud was skeptical about this ostensibly noble resolution. In Tanzania, for example, far from the company’s American headquarters, a different picture emerges.  Continue reading

Guyana’s First Village: Victorious Victoria now 180 Years – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The “First Village’ Arch, which has been designed by the villagers in 2016

There have been some occasions when I wished that I was born in VICTORIA, a village which is known as “The First Village”. As a matter of fact, when I was a young and up-coming journalist back in the 1970s and working at the Films Division of the Ministry of Information which was located on Brickdam in Georgetown in the building now occupied by IICA, I produced a Film Documentary entitled, “THE FIRST VILLAGE”. 

That film documentary is about VICTORIA and its history, with some scenes which are no longer in existence.    Continue reading

Video: Pictures Of Guyana – By Mike Charles


This video is the product of years of photography across Guyana by Mike Charles, a Guyanese helicopter pilot for over 25 years.

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