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Top Gear host Clarkson fired: The Jeremy Clarkson story – BBC News

The Jeremy Clarkson story

Jeremy Clarkson will not have his contract at the BBC renewed, in the wake of allegedly punching a producer. But how did he get to where he is now?

“In the competition between fame and fortune, you’d take fortune every day of the week,” Jeremy Clarkson once said. “Fame is almost constant pain.”

But the 54-year-old has made a career from being publicly controversial. The Top Gear host has managed to offend Argentines, Germans, Mexicans, Romanians and a host of others. Known for a fashion-proof love of tight denim, he’s a friend of Prime Minister David Cameron and writes columns for two national newspapers. Continue reading

Singapore: End of an era – Lee Kuan Yew dead at 91

Singapore: End of an era

The death of Lee Kuan Yew, former long-serving Prime Minister of Singapore, is of significance for the Caribbean if only for the reason that he first attained office at about the same time as many of the original democratically elected leaders of the countries of this Region, constituted largely of very small states, also commenced their periods of governance. Many of them and their successors lived to see Singapore attain a state of economic wealth well beyond that of the countries of our area.

Lee Kuan Yew first became Prime Minister of his country when, in 1959, it was still a dependency. But with Singapore’s expulsion from a British-created Federation of Malyasia which, like many of our then British Caribbean leaders, he favoured as a potentially beneficial arrangement for small countries, he became Prime Minister of an independent Singapore. This event, which he did not favour, occurred in 1965.  Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Opposition may forge ahead with Amaila Falls Hydropower project if it wins

Opposition may forge ahead with Amaila Falls Hydropower project if it wins elections

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 – By   -Demerara Waves

Amaila Falls Hydro Dam

Amaila Falls Hydro Dam

Presidential candidate for the opposition coalition, David Granger on Tuesday said his “green energy” strategy could incorporate the current government’s proposed Amaila Falls Hydropower Project that his party had up to recently rejected on grounds of transparency and feasibility.

“We will also develop hydro electric power within a project, which we have identified as the Potaro Basin Development Authority which could embody the present Amaila Falls but it will not be a stand-alone project,” he told a Business Luncheon organized by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA). 

Guyana Elections: Coalition will not witch hunt political opponents – Granger

Coalition will not witch hunt political opponents – Granger

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 17:03 -Written by    – Demerara Waves

Granger w businessPhooto: Opposition coalition presidential candidate, David Granger addressing a Business Luncheon organised by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA).

“We are not going to be an administration that is bent on revenge, that is bent on recrimination or that is bent of retribution. It is going to be one that is based on respect,” he told a Business Luncheon organised by the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA).   Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos- 12 March 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos- 12 March 2015

  • More organisations speak out about Crum-Ewing’s death
  • President Ramotar wants full investigation into Crum-Ewing’s Murder
  • Police to follow all leads in Crum-Ewing’s murder
  • Marriott here to stay says Brassington
  • Another Look at the Courts
  • Sports

Click links below to view the TV News videos:

More organisations speak out about Crum-Ewing’s death

Posted: 12 Mar 2015 07:09 PM PDT   Continue reading

Philippines: The country training people to leave – BBC Report

Philippines: The country training people to leave

The Philippines government schools tens of thousands of maids, chauffeurs, mechanics and gardeners every year, with the express purpose of launching them into long-term service abroad.

Trainee maids learning to cook

The Philippines has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia – but there aren’t enough jobs to go around. So every year the government teaches thousands of people the skills they need to get jobs abroad.

When I arrive at the state-run Housemaids Academy in Manila morning exercises are well under way. A squad of uniformed cleaners is poking feather dusters into all corners of the sitting room. In the kitchen trainee cooks are immersed in the finer points of salad preparation.

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Do We Have Enough Stuff? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Do We Have Enough Stuff?

The pursuit of happiness for many is really the accumulation of more stuff.

The pursuit of happiness for many is really the accumulation of more stuff.

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

We live in a disposable age. We have more than we need but few items are made to last because the world has been designed to encourage ‘throw-aways.’

Would you be happier if you have fewer things than you have now? Would you be happy to give up the BMW’s, Pradas, Guccis, the latest gadgets and that big house for the simple life? Must we go out of our way to get the new glossy toy to impress the neighbors?

 The reality is that we live in a world of stuffocation. It’s a new word and it’s easy to define. You look in your wardrobe and it is packed with clothes but you can’t find anything to wear. You decide to buy something new and while you are it you buy some other stuff that you don’t really need but you tell yourself you must have them. You return home with bags of stuff and throw them in a corner.  Continue reading

Venezuela’s relations with Guyana – commentary

Venezuela’s relations with Guyana

Guyana -Venezuela - Disputed territoryMARCH 8, 2015 · BY Stabroek News – Editorial

The week before last Takuba Lodge issued a press release stating that Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez of Venezuela had raised an objection with the Country Manager of Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd about the dispatch of an oil rig from Louisiana to an exploratory concession granted by the Government of Guyana.

The site identified for the drilling is called Liza, which is located off the coast of Demerara within the Stabroek Block. Needless to say, it is situated well within Guyana’s waters, and while Venezuela’s spurious claim to this country’s land space has never encompassed territory east of the Essequibo River, the Stabroek Block does extend into offshore Essequibo. The implications of this, one supposes, is the primary reason for Venezuela’s objection.

The latest protest from our western neighbour follows an ingrained pattern whereby it has attempted to thwart any major development on land or sea in Essequibo over the past few decades, be it a hydroelectric project, a spaceport, or an exploratory concession for oil.   Continue reading

Opposition shocked NICIL found US$58M to build Marriott

Opposition shocked NICIL found US$58M to build Marriott

March 7, 2015 | KNEWS    - urges shares be available to local businesses  
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Moses Nagamootoo

The Opposition has recommended local businesses have an opportunity to bid for Marriott shares, now that the hotel in Kingston is near completion.

Responding to recent disclosures by Government that it has spent more than US$58M of taxpayers’ dollars to construct the hotel and its adjoinig casino and restaurant, Prime Ministerial Candidate, Moses Nagamootoo, of A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change APNU/AFC) coalition, insisted that a strong case has been made by the Marriott project to warrant a full blown investigation.

On Wednesday March 4, Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, disclosed that court cases and other factors caused investors’ monies to be delayed. This forced the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to shell out more than US$58M to construct the hotel.  Continue reading

Govt. finally breaks silence on Marriott…Tax dollars funded project – Luncheon admits

Govt. finally breaks silence on Marriott…Tax dollars fund entire project – Luncheon admits

March 5, 2015 | By | Filed Under News
Government yesterday admitted that NICIL spent all of the US$58M needed for Marriott Hotel construction.

Marriott Hotel. Georgetown, Guyana

Just weeks before the 197-room, US$58M Marriott Hotel is set to open its doors in Kingston, Georgetown, Government in explosive disclosures yesterday admitted that all of the monies it spent so far to bring the facility into operation, has been from the taxpayers.

That was after court cases and other factors held back the release of more than US$30M from a bank and two private investors from Hong Kong.

There had been questions about Government finding the estimated US$34M that was needed to complete the hotel but Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, finally broke the silence, disclosing how the hotel came to the point of completion.   Continue reading

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