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Guyana Memories: “I’ll always Remember” and “I’ll never Forget” – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Dave Martins with Farrier

Like so many Guyanese and many other nationals around the world, I am a Dave Martins fan. I love his music with that rich bouncy Caribbean beat. I love his lyrics, always with something to learn and think about. And during the past decade or so, I have come to enjoy reading his weekly column in the Sunday Stabroek News.

In a more recent article entitled “Lessons I never forgot”, in which he was reflecting on his learning experiences while an up-and-coming musical entertainer, I couldn’t help observing his use of the term, “I never forgot”,  which was in the Headline.  It got me to thinking of something I was doing unwittingly for many decades, with the use of that term,  “I’ll never forget”, and it’s twin, “I’ll always remember”, and realised that somehow I was using both terms, which I suppose means the same thing, very selectively.    Continue reading

Guyana: Towards an indigenous education – By Felician Medino Abraham

Guyana: Towards an indigenous education

 September 24, 2018 –   By Felician Medino Abraham

Felician Medino Abraham is from Santa Rosa Moruca. He holds a Masters in Society and Frontier from the Federal University of Roraima UFRR, Brazil in 2017, where he produced a study on the Wapichans’ experience of formal education.

The Wapichans of the South Rupununi region have a strong indigenous worldview,  supported by extensive use of the local language and strong cultural practices. This can be interpreted as a result of the relative lack of interest that the colonizers had towards indigenous peoples of the interior over the years (as opposed to the plantations on the coast). A belief that they were incapable of bringing any economic benefits – that they could not be profitable in a capitalist sense – meant that they were left to the care of the missionaries.      Continue reading

Guyana oil surge and Surinam Airways comeback with Turkish support – By Ray Chickrie

  Commentary By Ray Chickrie – 

The government has given ailing state-owned Surinam Airways CEO, Gerard Lau, who took over a few months ago, three years to turn the company around, but with so many changes at SLM, there have been numerous plans by different CEOs to “turn the airline around.” Interestingly, there was no mention of part privatizing the airline or inviting Ethiopian or Turkish Airlines to take part ownership of SLM. This is just wishful thinking.

The old model for the past 30 years hasn’t worked and this is why aviation expert Tomas Clumeckhy is urging the airline to change its business model.

He said, “Surinam Airways can easily be running six to nine aircraft in the next three years, “doing the same things over and over again, and expecting different results” has to stop, the business model is broken, the corporate culture is broken, and there is no vision of the future.”

With mega oil and gas discoveries offshore Guyana, the country will surge economically and this is SLM’s comeback opportunity. SLM’s future depends on the Guiana Shield and Guyana can provide that lifeline for the ailing Suriname airline.    Continue reading

GUYANA: Let’s go south of the Kanuku Mountains – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Let’s go south of the Kanuku Mountains – by Francis Quamina Farrier 

Here in Guyana, September is observed as “Amerindian Heritage Month”, or to be politically correct, “Indigenous Heritage Month“. And September is also a special month for Native Americans – the North American cousins of Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples. That was told to me by a Native American Elder when I interviewed him, while on one of my visits to the awesome Museum of the American Indian, located in Washington, DC, in the United States of America.

At this time in September 2018, I invite you to come with me south of the Kanuku Mountain range, which divides the North and South Rupununi Savannahs in Region 9 of the country. I know this area of our beautiful country reasonably well, having gone there on many occasions over a fifty year period and has decided to share a few of my own experiences with you.          Continue reading

New York: Mayor DeBlasio honors Fly Jamaica Airways – By Tangerine Clarke

New York: Mayor DeBlasio honors Fly Jamaica Airways

– By Tangerine Clarke – Caribbean Life News – NY

Mrs Roxanne Reece

Mayor Bill DeBlasio recently honored Fly Jamaica Airways’ executive director and co-owner, Mrs. Roxanne Reece, with a citation for the stellar service the carrier provides to the Diaspora, and for her years of philanthropic work.

Pastor James Richmond, community liaison, on behalf of the politician, presented Mrs. Reece with the prestigious honor during an event hosted by the Brooklyn based, Guyana Unity Movement (GUM), to welcome First Lady of Guyana, Sandra Granger to New York.

Roxanne Reece, who was also presented with a plaque from Mrs. Granger, on behalf of the Guyana Unity Movement (GUY), was congratulated, and thanked by President of GUM Sherif Barker Fraser, for Fly Jamaica Airways’ commitment to the community.      Continue reading

Trekking Thru Guyana – 21 Poems – By Dmitri Allicock + Video

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Shooting a World First Expedition on the Essequibo River in Guyana – By Jon Williams

Shooting a World First Expedition on the Essequibo River in Guyana

Guyana: “Leisure Inn Hotel” – New Amsterdam, Berbice hotel opens doors

G$400M New Amsterdam hotel opens doors

Leisure Inn Hotel

Sunday night, July 15, 2018 saw the cutting of the ribbon and the opening of its doors to the first class facility. Many in attendance were dazzled and anticipated a viewing of the building’s exquisite, yet modern interior.

An investment of over $400M, the proprietors expressed that it was an intention of theirs to raise the bar of service offered in Berbice.    Continue reading

The View from Europe: The new dimensions of tourism – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: The new dimensions of tourism

By David Jessop

David Jessop

In a week in which Caribbean tourism leaders have been meeting in New York to build on the strong growth that much of the industry is now experiencing, it may seem perverse to be writing about the sustainability of Caribbean tourism.

However, there is growing evidence that fundamental structural changes taking place globally in the industry are likely to raise new questions about the social and economic value tourism brings.

Tourism is increasingly a price-based commodity, benefitting mainly those who own its supply: the hotels, the airlines and cruise ships, and the industry’s multifaceted marketing operations.           Continue reading

Airlines: WestJet says it has no plans to operate to Guyana

WestJet routes

WestJet says it has no plans to operate to Guyana

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Canada’s second largest airline, Westjet, said that it has “no plans to operate to Guyana,” and distanced itself from a statement made by Wesley Kirton, director of the Roraima Group of Companies, at the Caribbean Aviation Handlers Association (CAHA) symposium in Guyana recently that the airline is looking to enter the Guyana market.        Continue reading

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