The memorable week
literary artists take Toronto by storm
Toronto — The past week in this
Canadian city has been a charged and memorable one for Caribbean
people. No matter how settled we seem to be here, the presence of
our Caribbean selves within our Can-adian selves always provides an
And that comfort has been present in
extravagant quantities in the last little while, unusual in these
pre-Caribana days when all the excitement is held at bay in
anticipation of the midsummer festivities during the August long
I’m talking about the book fair, the Caribbean
Can-adian Literary Expo (CCLE) which began on June 18, 2003 with a
gala at the Metropolitan hotel and ended on June 21, the day of the
summer solstice, with a magnificent reading called “The Colour of
Language” on the Mainstage of the Design Centre in the heart of
Toronto’s financial district.
The two-day event was packed with readings by
Caribbean artists drawn from around the world - indeed, on Saturday
the Mainstage witnessed one series of readings after another, always
packed with listeners, while the booths were equally packed with
browsers and chatterers to the extent that emcees had to call
repeatedly for voices to be lowered. A seamless event: for the book
people, performers, booksellers, the consulates that initiated and
managed the event and the scores of volunteers who made it possible.
The event is planned as a biennial book fair but word of mouth has
it that there is enough juice in this city to do it
releases funds to BWIA
Port-of-Spain - Cash-strapped
national carrier BWIA can now draw down up to (TT) $30 million to stay
financially afloat even as the government has promised the airline
over $85 million more.
Cabinet agreed to provide BWIA the
money, giving the airline access to the $116.8 million it was promised
by the government. But while BWIA can immediately draw down as much as
$30 million to pay its debts and stay in the air, it will have to make
a request to get the remainder of the financial assistance, Trade
Minister Kenneth Valley said Monday.
Prime Minister Patrick Manning, who is also the Minister of Finance,
will have to make the decision to give BWIA the $85 million more.
"This is to protect the government since
the government has given BWIA's lessor (International Lease Finance
Corporation) the assurance that BWIA will make its lease payments,"
Valley was speaking from Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where he is attending the
Caricom Heads of Government Summit.
BWIA's access to new funding comes as it
is set to declare a loss of approximately US $30 million for the
financial year ended December 31, 2002.
After getting two extensions to file its results, BWIA has submitted
its 2002 figures to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Results are expected to be released this week.
BWIA posted similar losses of just under
US $30 million in 2001.
St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonzalves will
outline a plan of action for the possible merger of BWIA and Liat on
Valley confirmed that by July 15, a new holding company would be
established to oversee the operations of both airlines.
Search on in Brazil for kidnapped Guyanese hotel
Three Federal police officers among four men
Georgetown — Today will be day
11 since Guyanese businessman Mohamed Khan was abducted at the small
town of Mucajae, about 80-100 km south of Boa Vista, Brazil. While
the search continues to locate the whereabouts of Khan, four
Brazilians, among them three Federal police officers,
have been arrested and charged in connection with the man’s
Khan, 49, owner of the Savannah Inn
Guest House in the Central Rupununi and President of the Rupununi
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), was taken off a minibus
while travelling in the Portuguese-speaking territory. His three
abductors reportedly identified themselves as Brazilian law
Last Saturday, Khan’s family was invited by the Brazilian police to
inspect a body which was found about twenty kilometres from Boa
Vista to determine if it was that of Khan. It turned out not to be
that of the missing man.
Khan’s wife, Linda, is optimistic that
her husband is still alive saying that for some reason or the other
his captors are not releasing him. She is however very frustrated
that although the captured men have admitted to the Brazilian
authorities that they did abduct her husband, the police there are
unable to “squeeze out information from the men as to where he is.”
The RCCI stated that Khan was going on
a business trip and simultaneously representing the RCCI at a
business venture in Manaus, Brazil, which (if accepted) would have
created business opportunities for the Rupununi and for Guyana.