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Sod turned for second Marriot Hotel at Ogle in Guyana



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#Guyana, February 13, 2020 — “Our government welcomes and supports investments of this nature. The coming to Guyana of AC Marriot is an investment the government is applauding”

So said Minister of Business Hon. Haimraj Rajkumar at a symbolic turning of the sod ceremony for the proposed Trinuyana Investments Incorporated of Guyana backed AC Marriott Hotel on the Ogle Airstrip Road.

The investment company recently signed an agreement with the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to develop a select-service, internationally branded hotel.

Guyana’s proposed second five-star Marriot Hotel will sit on 2.16 acres purchased from former Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) through NICIL.

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The US$75M, 150-room hotel, “with 20,000 square feet of office and retail space” is already underway with the commencement of Geotechnical works, projected to be completed in thirty (30) months.

NICIL’s Business Development Officer Racheal Henry noted that the hotel adds to the national stock, which will stimulate the local economy through additional employment opportunities and business development.

It was explained that Trinuyana Investments Incorporated will target business travellers to Guyana, especially those linked to Guyana’s emerging ‘Oil and Gas’ sector and the creation of the ExxonMobil (Guyana) Headquarters, which will be situated in proximity to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport.

Principal investor, Trinidadian John Aboud said the project is expected to provide an initial 400-plus jobs during construction and some 200 permanent jobs upon completion with “only five ex-pats”.

Chief Executive Officer acting of NICIL, Colvin Heath-London congratulated Aboud and team, noting that the people can expect NICIL pursuing several opportunities that will yield significant revenues and benefits for the country.

Minister of Business Hon. Haimraj Rajkumar – GDPI photo

“We are very pleased with the investment that Mr. Aboud and team will bring to Guyana. We are confident that the government and people of Guyana will certainly benefit from this major hotel investment,” Heath-London said.

He revealed that next week, a similar ceremony will be held for another state-of-the-art hotel, in the same community, creating 300 temporary and 175 permanent jobs.

“It is safe to say that with the two projects on board some 700 temporary jobs will be available during construction with 375 permanent jobs after. With NICIL’s support, a cold storage facility will be opened at Wales Estate providing further employment opportunities for youths and community members affected by the restructuring of the sugar industry in that region.”

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TCI Premier and Delegation visit NCI in Jamaica



#Manchester, Jamaica, 14 August 2022 – The Honourable Charles Washington Misick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and his delegation have arrived at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Central Jamaica.The Premier will give the address at the second commencement ceremony and will be conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Commerce Degree.  The Premier completed high school at West Indies College which is now NCU more than 50 years ago.  Premier Misick and his delegation are on a four day visit to Jamaica.The Office of the Premier and Public Policy will bring commencement live on its Facebook page at 2PM EST.The Premier’s delegation includes: First Lady, Mrs. Delthia Russell-Misick; Hon. Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services; Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Ms. Althea Been, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Immigration and Border Services; Mr. Miquel Swann, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Premier and Public Policy; Mr. Edwin Taylor, Commissioner of Labour; and Mr. Bentley Johnson Aide De Camp.

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.


Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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Dunn’s River Offers Special Summer Package



#Jamaica, August 5, 2022 – Persons looking for an adventurous activity to do this summer are being encouraged to take advantage of the ‘Summa Thrills’ promotion, being offered by the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls and Park.

The promotion, which ends September 15, includes paying one cost to climb the Falls, ‘Tek-A-Hike’ and Zip over the Falls via the Chukka Falls Flyer. In addition, persons will also have access to the beach, splash pad, and other amenities.

The cost for residents is $5,000 per person and US$75 per person for non-residents. A photo identification is required to access the resident rate.

“We have partnered with CHUKKA to create this five-star experience,” Marketing Manager, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Kereen Cole-Ivey, told JIS News.

She further informed that ‘Tek-A-Hike’ is the newest product offering at Dunn’s River Falls and Park and that the promotion provides an opportunity to build awareness and renew interest in the falls and park.

‘Tek-a-Hike’ is a guided, one-hour-and-a-half hike that starts at the Tranquility Gardens and ends in the Dunn’s River Falls & Park Nursery. Here guests can purchase plants or adopt a tree as part of the park’s Reforestation and Conservation Programme.

The hike is approximately two miles and is an experience that the entire family can enjoy. Along the trail, guests will learn about the flora and fauna on the entire property, which is called the Belmont property, as well as the general history of Dunn’s River Falls and Park. They will also get a chance to visit the Belmont Great House ruins.

“Coming out of COVID-19, we thought that this (Summa Thrills) would have been a very great adventure for the family and for everyone to enjoy and have a good time,” said Mrs. Cole-Ivey, adding that the UDC has other plans in place for Dunn’s River.

Dunn’s River Falls and Park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Persons are being encouraged to book ahead via the Dunn’s River website at, otherwise tickets can be purchased on location.

You may also visit @dunnsriver.jamaica and @udcjamaica on Instagram or call 876 618-6052 for additional information.

The Dunn’s River Falls and Park is managed and operated by St. Ann Development Corporation (SADCO), a subsidiary of the UDC.


Contact: Shanna K. Salmon

Release: JIS

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