King liars and big fishes

Nearly three years ago, a bright-eyed dog was curiously sniffing her way through a routine examination of a small Westwind business jet that had landed early that evening for a quick refuelling stop at Luiz Munoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico. Built by Israeli Aircraft Industries, the sleek multi-engine plane usually configured for up to 10 passengers carried just the co-pilot owner, his elderly father and the pilot on another of their frequent flights to the latter pair’s birthplace of Guyana.

K9 Malon/CG93 subtly alerted her handler to something amiss, but due to the amount of cargo inside the aircraft, the American Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer could not immediately ascertain the source. Since the team found some maintenance “discrepancies” during the outbound inspection, the jet was ordered detained for the mechanical issues to be fixed overnight and checked again next morning.

Registered with the United States (US) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as N822QL by the Executive Jet Sales Company of Ringwood, Passaic, New Jersey, the plane would yield unexpected riches greater than the US$7 000 officially declared by the firm’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) co-pilot, Khamraj Lall, his father’s US$5 000 or the pilot’s paltry US$60…..


The Great Hurricane

Facing an uncertain future, batches of battered Guyanese who have lost nearly everything in the recent hurricanes finally flew back home this week with few bags and their weather weary children.

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Flowers for the fallen      

Until Monday night, the humble cottage at Lot 243 South Road, Georgetown was a house of love, laughter and long life.

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The sound and fury

In our home, stands a prized life-size panel of fine Belizean mahogany carved with an imposing figure of Hunaphu, one of the handsome hero twins of the Classic Maya creation myth, soundlessly striding with the axe that he furiously wields to help his brother Xbalanque defeat the lords of the underworld in a series of intense battles.

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Down in the doldrums

As the faint remnants of long lived Irma finally weakened into light scattered showers across the distant American valleys of Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee, shell-shocked survivors slowly started to take stock following the latest deadly hurricane.

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Stormy weather

As I write this column, the huge Hurricane Irma is directly hurtling towards our former Leeward Islands’ lovely home of Antigua and Barbuda, threatening to trash the small islands and test its’ big-hearted people like never before.

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