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Guyana and Regional: Innovation Monthly Newsletter – December 2021

Seasons Greetings! While we continue to live with the specter of COVID and its seemingly endless variants, it is vital that we reflect on and declare our thanks for that which was good in 2021. My colleagues and I would like to express our heart-felt appreciation to our collaborators, advisors, program participants, supporters and sponsors, as well as to friends and family, without whom we simply could not fulfill this mission.

Relating to the mission, for those who missed last month’s Global Entrepreneurship Week virtual event, please check out the highlights here.

In this month’s edition of the !nnovation Monthly, we are pleased to share quite a lot of stories of innovation in the Caribbean.  The world is beginning to see that there is much more to this region than might be believed or expected.  We are innovators!

Enjoy the holidays; and may your 2022 bring peace, joy, love, good health, and prosperity.

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Business: Banking: Much gratitude to the Caribbean for Boxhand, Susu and Partner:

— We now have humane systems of economic cooperation

October 25, 2021 – By Caroline Shenaz Hossein

Box-hand. Susu. Esusu. Meeting Turn. Sol. Lodge. Partner. These are some of the vernacular names for systems of banking co-operatives that Caribbean people have been doing for more than a century—these systems are known by academics as rotating savings and credit associations, or ROSCAs for short.

ROSCAs aren’t new to many of us with Caribbean born parents living in the diaspora. My great-grandmother, Maude Gittens, was a street caterer who lived  in Sangre Grande, Trinidad. But she was also a well-known Susu “Banker Lady.” Susu is a local name for a ROSCA. It’s the same name used in Ghana, West Africa — which in fact, is an original source for these co-ops. And Susu can be found among the diaspora outside of Africa and the Caribbean, so in your towns and cities.            Continue reading

US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo Urges Caribbean To Be Wary Of Chinese Investments

— As Washington Seeks Closer Relations

US State Secretary Urges Caribbean To Be Wary Of Chinese Investments As Washington Seeks Closer RelationsPHOTO: United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, addressing a policy discussion session on US-Caribbean relations on Wednesday (January 22) at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston, Jamaica. The meeting formed part of Pompeo’s two-day working visit to the island. Photo credit: Dave Reid And Adrian Walker/JIS.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 24, 2020 (CMC) – The United States, on Wednesday, urged Caribbean countries to be wary of accepting “easy money from countries, like China”, as Washington sought to improve its decades-old relationship with the region.

US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, addressing a policy discussion on “US Caribbean Relations”, acknowledged that the North American giant had been absent from the Caribbean for a long period.      Continue reading

Trump to meet with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago in Florida

Trump to meet with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago

www.msn.com/en-xl/latinamerica/-  19 March 2019

President Trump

President Donald Trump is slated to meet with the leaders of several Caribbean countries later this week at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the White House announced.

Trump will gather with the leaders of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia on Friday March 22, 2019 to reaffirm the White House’s “strong friendship with and commitment to these countries, and signal the importance of the Caribbean to the hemisphere,” the White House said in a statement.  Continue reading

I come from a “shit-hole” – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Wahoo Bay Beach - Haiti
Wahoo Bay Beach – Haiti

It is so easy to disparage others when we are in a privileged position of wealth and power. In such positions, we can lose touch with our shared fragility as human beings. We can forget that the labor of millions of invisible human beings sustains our lives. Immersed in our comforts and luxuries, we can believe we belong to an invincible special breed.

In October 2017, I featured the work of the young immigrant Salvadoran poet, Javier Zamora, who holds a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) now up for review by our Congress. Following that post, another Salvadoran immigrant, who blogs under the name Koyote the Blind, started following my blog. Our president’s disparaging remarks about his country has struck a deep wound.

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Ruins of Tazumal – pre-Columbian Mayan archeological site in Chalchuapa – El Salvador

In his blog post, “I come from a…

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A Caribbean Brunch Favorite: Ackee And Codfish – By Minna LaFortune

A Caribbean Brunch Favorite: Ackee And Codfish

Published on Mar 31 2016,  News Americas. NY
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A Caribbean Brunch Favorite: Ackee And Codfish

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 1, 2016: Getting an invitation to attend a Caribbean breakfast or brunch is the invitation to a special experience!

Caribbean breakfast foods are very special because they are meals that are also served at lunch and dinner.

They are large meals that contain all the major food groups complimented with fresh herbs and spices and medley of several tropical fruits. To ask a Caribbean national in the region or in the Diaspora what is their favorite breakfast or brunch dish is to get a list of starches, fish, meats, vegetables, beverages and fruits.

The responses no doubt will vary from island to island.     Continue reading

The 10 Most Corrupt Nations In the Americas

The 10 Most Corrupt Nations In the Americas

Venezuela is dubbed the most corrupt nation in the Americas. Guyana is fifth.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 18, 2015: On the heels of the International Anti-Corruption Day and as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) urged governments to jointly tackle the issue of corruption by changing their attitudes towards the problem, News Americas Now decided to look at some of the most corrupt countries in the Americas – both the Caribbean and Latin America.

Here are the Top 10 as complied by News Americas Now based on the public perception of corruption among public and private sector officials, with 1 being the most corrupt according to data compiled from the latest Transparency International Corruption Index and the Heritage Foundations’ 2015 Index of Economic Freedom.  Continue reading

Loewenstein: “Disaster Capitalism” – Making a Killing out of Catastrophe + 2 videos

Posted: 02 Dec 2015 05:08 PM PST – St Stanislaus College Blog

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Crisis, what crisis? How governments and corporations profit from disaster.“A keenly observed and timely investigation into rampant resource plunder, privatized detention centers, and an array of other forms of corporate rapacity on four continents.” – Naomi Klein

Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining…….     [Note: 2 videos below] Continue reading

Haiti – Dominican Republic- thousands in the Dominican Republic are now stateless + Video

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Hundreds of thousands in the Dominican Republic are now stateless

opinionPublished on June 20, 2015 – By Amalia Perez – Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs – Commentary:

Beginning this week, the Dominican Republic government will move forward with the deportation of an estimated 210,000 allegedly Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic (DR). A large majority of them have lived in the Dominican Republic for generations, have never visited Haiti or spoken Creole, or were brought over from Haiti as children.

The  y will be rendered stateless under the DR’s draconian immigration laws, which targets and expels those “dark-skinned Dominicans with Haitian facial features” who cannot prove, with birth certificates or citizenship papers, they legally belong in the DR.  Continue reading

Meet the Caribbean beauties vying for the Miss Universe Crown 2015

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Meet the Caribbean beauties vying for the Miss Universe Crown 2015

 News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 23, 2015: Several Caribbean beauties are among those vying for the title of Miss Universe as the 63rd Annual Pageant gets underway in Doral-Miami this weekend, January 25th, on NBC.

 Read more:  http://www.newsamericasnow.com/meet-the-caribbean-beauties-vying-for-the-2015-miss-universe-crown/?utm_source=NANjan232015&utm_campaign=nan&utm_medium=email

Published on Jan 22 2015 // Aruba,  British Virgin Islands,  Curacao, Dominican Republic,   Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico,  St. Lucia,  Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos

 

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