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Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

Published on Sep 26, 2014 –  In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.

West Indian American Business and Cultural Expo – NYC – Oct 4, 2014


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The changing face of Caribbean migration

The changing face of Caribbean migration
September 26, 2014- Caribbean 360 – By Jewel Fraser
Ruth Osman
Picture: Ruth Osman, 35 – a Guyanese migrant living in Trinidad and Tobago, is one of thousands of women taking advantage of CARICOM’S migration scheme for skilled workers. (Credit: Ruth Osman)
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday September 26, 2014, IPS – Ruth Osman is attractive and well-groomed in tailored slacks and a patterned blouse, topped by a soft jacket worn open. Her demeanour and polished accent belie the stereotypical view that most Caribbean nationals have of Guyanese migrants.
As a Guyanese migrant living in Trinidad, the 35-year-old is one of thousands of Guyanese to have taken the plunge over the past decade, since the free movement clause of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) regime granted skilled persons the right to move and work freely throughout the region.   
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Expect a “different” Guyexpo 2014 – Tourism Minister

Expect a “different” Guyexpo – Tourism Minister

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 | BY |

Staying true to this year’s Guyexpo theme, “Developing Guyana through Innovation”, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Irfaan Ali, expressed confidence at a press briefing yesterday, that this year’s exhibition will be bigger and better than previous ones.
As it stands, the National Exhibition Centre in Sophia has registered 353 exhibition booths with the Minister stating that the planning committee is aiming for 400.

Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali (centre) with members of the Guyexpo Planning Committee

Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali (centre) with members of the Guyexpo Planning Committee

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Capitol News – TV Video reports – 23 September 2014

Capitol News – TV Video reports – 23 September 2014

  • Travelspan to close operations
  • Opposition protests delay in Elections
  • AFC calls for the head of GRA to resign
  • Policeman who lost leg hopes to win in Court
  • Sex Allegations: Speaker files law-suit
  • Rohee says he is not too weak
  • One Billion Rising focuses on protecting women
  • Online streaming of the national assembly
  • Sports
Travelspan to close operations  –  Posted: 23 Sep 2014 03:15 PM PDT –

After restarting its operations here with high expectations this newscast understands that travel span will soon be grounding operations. The airline over the past month or so has encountered many cancelations and flight delays.  But this newscast understands that the airline is having problems with its co partner Vision Airlines that might be financial in […]  Continue reading

TravelSpan scraps deal with Vision Airlines; offers refunds to passengers

TravelSpan scraps deal with Vision Airlines; offers refunds to passengers

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:59  -Written by  Demerara Waves


Flash back: TravelSpan’s flight arriving at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport

TravelSpan, a travel agency, on Wednesday announced that it was preparing to refund passengers or place them on another carrier, after an arrangement with the airline that provided the planes collapsed.

The travel agency said it was no longer a General Sales Agent for Vision Airlines that saw that carrier providing scheduled charter services on the Guyana-New York route.  Continue reading

The Demise of the Nation State – Scotland on the Euphrates – By Uri Avnery

The Demise of the Nation State – Scotland on the Euphrates

20/09/14 –  Uri Avnery

TWO COUNTRIES competed this week for first place in news programs all over the world: Scotland and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

There could not be a greater difference than between these two countries. Scotland is damp and cold, Iraq is hot and dry. Scotland is called after its whisky (or the other way round), while for ISIS fighters, drinking alcohol is the mark of unbelievers, who should lose their head (literally).

However, there is one common denominator of both crises: they mark the approaching demise of the nation-state.

MODERN NATIONALISM, like any great idea in history, was born out of a new set of circumstances: economic, military, spiritual and others, which made older forms obsolete.  Continue reading

Book: British Guiana – By Raymond T. Smith – 1962

British Guiana   –  By  Raymond T. Smith -1962

Oxford University Press 1962, Reprinted 1964. Reprinted in 1980 by Greenwood Press, Connecticut.        

In 1958 or 1959 I was asked by the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London to write a general book on British Guiana.  I readily agreed to do so in spite of the fact that I was about to leave the Caribbean to take up a post at the University of Ghana in West Africa.  The bulk of the book was written during the first half of 1959, in Jamaica and then in Ghana.  Things were changing rapidly in British Guiana during this period and then even more rapidly after the book was published.  I returned to Jamaica from Ghana early in 1962, just before publication.

Although the book was favourably received there were notable exceptions.  Sir Jock Campbell, Chairman of Booker Brothers, a company that had subsidized research in British Guiana through the Commonwealth Foundation’s grant to the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies, wrote a strong letter complaining that I had accused him, and Bookers, of insincerity in their attempts to introduce a more humane form of capitalism in the management of their sugar enterprises.   Continue reading

AFC gives “real reason” Govt. scrapped Surendra contract for Specialty Hospital

AFC gives “real reason” Govt. scrapped Surendra contract

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 | BY |  - says it can help recover US$4M advance

By Abena Rockcliffe
Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan entered revelation mode yesterday as his Party hosted its weekly Press Conference at the Georgetown Club. Among the disclosures made by the political leader was “the real reason” behind the government’s move to scrap Surendra Engineering’s contract to construct the Specialty Hospital.

Ramjattan told the media that the AFC’s investigation into the matter, the publicized findings thereafter, as well as the Party’s public stance that Surendra’s contract should have been taken away a long time ago, have been justified.
He said that the AFC’s stance was premised on the fact that Surendra Engineering knows nothing about Specialty Hospitals. “We knew that it was a fraud being committed, whereby almost US$19M was going down the drain.”Fortunately, Ramjattan said, it “appears” to be just US$4.5M that went down. Continue reading

Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence: 55-45%

19 September 2014 – BBC NEWS

 First Minister Alex Salmond

As Scotland votes to stay in the UK Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out, and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full.  Continue reading


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