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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

Is Multi-Destination Tourism About To Become A Reality? – By David Jessop

Is Multi-Destination Tourism About To Become A Reality?

There are, however, signs that a product which has been talked about for many years is at last emerging: the multi-destination Caribbean vacation.     Continue reading

Exploitation: A history ignored, a debt unpaid — and the barbarians at the gate By Mohamed Hamaludin

Exploitation: A history ignored, a debt unpaid — and the barbarians at the gate

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

22nd June 1948: MV Empire Windrush arrives at Tilbury Docks in London

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May joined more than 2,000 others at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday to recognize the contributions to the country by immigrants from the English-speaking Caribbean and elsewhere invited in 70 years ago to help rebuild its war-ravaged economy. But it was more an act of contrition over the way the British government treated these people during its own crackdown on illegal immigration, giving birth to the Windrush scandal.

The ship Empire Windrush – yes, empire was flouted in those days – docked in London on June 22, 1948, with 1,027 passengers, 802 of them from the Caribbean, but the “Windrush generation” eventually  totaled more than 50,000, coming from several other countries, with a promise that they could live and work in Britain.      Continue reading

The View from Europe: Bringing inter-island travel into the twenty-first century – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: Bringing inter-island travel into the twenty-first century

David Jessop

By David Jessop

Addressing the opening session of the just-concluded Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government meeting in Montego Bay, Mia Mottley, the prime minister of Barbados, and Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua, both spoke about the need to radically improve inter-regional travel.

Ms Mottley repeated her view that unless it becomes possible to move freely within the Caribbean using a CARICOM multi-purpose identification card, the regional integration process was unlikely to flourish. What is required, she said, was “hassle-free travel” and a “single domestic space for transportation”. This, she observed, would facilitate economic development and the interchange of ideas, while encouraging a sense of common purpose that would ultimately strengthen regional integration.            Continue reading

Guyana childhood reminiscences: Nuts about planes – By Geoff Burrowes

Guyana childhood reminiscences: Nuts about planes – By Geoff Burrowes

Art Williama – Grumman Goose

This is not in any way a history of flying in BG. It is merely childhood reminiscences cobbled together for your entertainment!

The roar of the twin Pratt and Whitney radial engines, as the Grumman Goose took off, came clearly into our house and I dropped everything and raced up to our second floor gallery. If I was in time, I could see, in the space between the Parsley’s house and the Willems’ home, the seaplane, banking to head south towards the Interior. If I waited the Goose, gaining height, flew into the clear air over over Durban Park and I had had my daily dose of excitement as it disappeared behind the bulk of the Fernandes’ house, across Brickdam.   Continue reading

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

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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

CHINA: Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge – the world’s longest sea bridge

China is opening the world’s longest  sea bridge — and it contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers

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Undersea tunnel of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is seen, in Zhuhai city,  south China’s Guangdong province, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

China is the midst of several megaprojects that will transform its cities.

Over the next decade, China plans to encourage 250 million  people – roughly 29 times New York City’s population – to move into the country’s growing megacities. To cope with that huge migration, the country has invested tens of billions of dollars in giant infrastructure projects.

In may 2018, China opened its most ambitious megaproject yet: a bridge that connects Hong Kong, Macau, and the mainland’s southern city of Zhuhai. Stretching 34 miles long, it’s the world’s longest cross-sea bridge, according  to the AFP.

Take a look below.             Continue reading

Canada’s second largest airline, WestJet may begin Guyana flights

Canada’s WestJet may begin Guyana flights

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor. May 20, 2018

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Canada’s second largest airline, WestJet, according to local media in Guyana on Friday, is interesting in adding Georgetown, Guyana, to its network, amid significant growth in Guyana’s aviation sector and its upcoming oil and gas industry.

WestJet officials were supposed to be in Guyana on Friday May 18th 2018 to attend an aviation meeting in Georgetown, the capital.   Continue reading

Short Story: GUYANA-  Savannah Vacation – By Geoff Burrowes

GUYANA-  Savannah Vacation – By Geoff Burrowes

Here are some of my recollections from my dear land of Guyana

It is 1953, and I was 9 years old when a friend invited me to his father’s ranch in the Rupununi Savannah of Guyana, to spend the holidays.

His name was Peter Gorinsky and he was very different from the other boys in our neighbourhood. He was tall and lived next door only during the school term. The rest of the time he lived on his father’s ranch which was in the Rupununi Savannah, over 300 miles South of my town, Georgetown, the capital city of British Guyana (Now Guyana).

Most of my friends were, like myself, town boys and we took some of Peter’s tales as being tall and self-promoting. However his was a very different life as I was about to discover.

My parents agreed to the invitation and early one morning Richard King’s father pulled into our driveway. Richard was a teenager, a friend of Peter’s older brother Conrad, he was also going to spend the August holiday with the Gorinskys.   Continue reading

Electric Buses: Your bus is running approximately 100 years late

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Clean and quiet, London once boasted a fleet of 20 electric buses. They were more efficient and reliable than their petrol equivalents, and operated on battery power. Mounted under the bus, the batteries had a 60 km range and could be removed and swapped for a fresh one in just three minutes.

This was in 1906, and the bus looked like this:

The London Electrobus Company ran a bus service between Victoria and Kilburn from 1907 to 1910, the world’s first fully operational electric bus route. Their buses were popular with the public, and the company had ambitious plans for expansion.

Unfortunately, they also had a couple of crooks at the helm of the company. They failed to pay the engineering firms that had developed their battery technologies. They raised money on false pretences, including fake patents. Investors’ money was siphoned off by the owners of the company, which duly…

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