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Understanding Title 42 And Its Implications For Undocumented Immigration In California

Members of migrant families, mostly from Haiti, wait in a makeshift shelter to receive a permit to continue their journey northward to the Mexico-US border, in Mexico City. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. May 24, 2023: The intersection of immigration policy, human rights, and public health has become a focal point in the United States handling of undocumented immigration, particularly within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. A prime example of this is Title 42 of the United States Code, Section 265, a public health law that has stirred controversy and concern. For immigrants and advocates alike, Title 42 raises critical questions about its impact on undocumented immigrants in California.

Understanding Title 42

Title 42, initially invoked in March 2020, is a previously obscure public health law that has been utilized to effectively close the border to asylum seekers and other migrants. It is a provision of the United States Code which grants the Surgeon General, with approval from the President, the authority to prohibit the introduction of individuals into the country who might pose a serious danger to the public health of the nation.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration invoked Title 42, citing public health concerns. The law was used to swiftly expel migrants, including asylum seekers, who crossed the border without authorization, without the typical due process ordinarily afforded to them under U.S. immigration laws. Despite a shift in administration, the Biden administration continued the use of Title 42, drawing criticism from human rights organizations and immigration advocates.

Implications for Undocumented Immigration in California

California, as one of the border states with a significant immigrant population, has been profoundly affected by the invocation of Title 42. The primary implications center around the curtailment of asylum rights, potential increase in dangerous border crossings, and impacts on family separation and reunification.

Curtailment of Asylum Rights

Title 42 allows for the quick expulsion of asylum seekers without the standard screening process for credible fear or exposure to persecution in their home countries. Asylum seekers who are legally in the US may be allowed to apply for an Adjustment of Status to become a lawful permanent resident. Many individuals fleeing violence and persecution have been denied the opportunity to seek safety in the U.S. This has strained existing immigration systems in California, where a large number of asylum seekers typically end up.

Increase in Dangerous Border Crossings

Another unintended effect of Title 42 is that it may lead to more dangerous attempts to cross the border. As regular avenues of migration are shut down, desperate individuals and families may resort to riskier routes to enter the U.S. This has the potential to escalate humanitarian crises at the border.

Family Separation and Reunification

Title 42 has contributed to the separation of families at the border, as many adults are swiftly expelled while unaccompanied children are allowed to stay. The task of reunification becomes difficult when parents or family members have been sent back to their home countries or to Mexico under this policy.

The Road Ahead

The use of Title 42 has been a contentious issue, and its future remains uncertain. Advocacy groups argue that the policy doesn’t just violate domestic asylum laws but also international refugee rights agreements. Meanwhile, government officials maintain that the use of Title 42 is a necessary measure to protect public health amidst the ongoing pandemic.

The implications of Title 42 for undocumented immigrants in California are significant and wide-ranging. It brings into sharp focus the need to balance public health, immigration policy, and human rights. As we move forward, it’s crucial to engage in constructive dialogue and informed policy-making that can address these intersecting issues in a humane and effective manner.

Unlocking Expansion Capital: How Latin American, Central American, And Caribbean Developers Can Easily Raise Funds For Existing Projects


News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. May 24, 2023: As digital nomads move to Latin America, Central America, and the Caribbean, the regions are witnessing a surge for housing. Real estate development, particularly in the commercial sector, with a focus on apartment complexes and villas are in high demands.

However, many developers face the challenge of raising sufficient capital to fund their expansion projects due to a historical lack of access to capital in these region. But while there is indeed a lack of access to capital for start-ups currently, capital is currently available for developers with existing properties that are seeking expansion capital according to Invest Caribbean, the global private sector investment agency of the Caribbean.

Bridge Loans: Fueling Growth Opportunities

Bridge loans have emerged as a viable financial tool for developers seeking expansion capital according to Invest Caribbean. These short-term loans bridge the gap between the immediate financing needs of a project and its long-term financing options. For Latin American, Central American, and Caribbean developers, bridge loans offer a flexible and efficient way to raise capital for existing projects, enabling them to seize growth opportunities and maximize their potential.

Accessing Expansion Capital with Ease

One of the key advantages of bridge loans is their accessibility. Traditional financing options may present challenges for developers, such as lengthy approval processes, stringent requirements, and limited availability. However, bridge loans are designed to provide a faster and more streamlined funding solution. Developers can leverage their existing projects’ value to secure the loan quickly, enabling them to move forward with their expansion plans without unnecessary delays.

Flexible Financing for Diverse Projects

Commercial real estate encompasses a wide range of projects, from hotel developments to apartment complexes and beyond. Bridge loans cater to this diversity by offering flexible financing options that can be tailored to the specific needs of each project. Whether it’s renovating an existing hotel, constructing a new apartment complex, or repurposing a commercial property, developers can leverage bridge loans to finance their expansion ventures effectively.

Maximizing Returns and Accelerating Growth

By utilizing bridge loans, Latin American, Central American, and Caribbean developers can unlock the potential of their existing projects. Access to expansion capital enables them to expedite construction timelines, implement value-enhancing upgrades, or acquire additional properties, ultimately maximizing returns on investment. The flexibility and speed of bridge loans allow developers to capitalize on market opportunities promptly, contributing to accelerated growth and success.

Building Strong Partnerships

Bridge loans are typically provided by specialized financial institutions or private lenders experienced in real estate financing. Collaborating with these partners not only provides the necessary funds but also fosters long-term relationships with experts who understand the regional market dynamics. Developers can leverage their knowledge and expertise to navigate the unique challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities in Latin America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

For Latin American, Central American, and Caribbean developers, raising expansion capital for existing projects is now easier than ever with the introduction of bridge loans. These flexible and accessible financing options empower developers to seize growth opportunities, maximize project potential, and accelerate success. By leveraging bridge loans, developers can embark on transformative ventures that shape the commercial real estate landscape in these vibrant regions.

Shocking Pictures Emerge In Aftermath Of Guyana Fire

Investigators and government employees inspect the school dormitory where a fire killed at least 19 people in Mahdia, Guyana on May 22, 2023. At least 19 people, most of them youths, were killed and several injured Sunday in a school dormitory fire in Guyana, the government said in a statement, with the nation's president calling it a "major disaster". (Photo by Keno GEORGE / AFP) (Photo by KENO GEORGE/AFP via Getty Images)

News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tues. May 23, 2023: Ashes of burnt out text book, twisted metal and a charred and broken concrete structure are all that physically remain of the dormitory fire in Guyana’s interior area of Madhia that claimed 19 young lives Sunday night.

Mostly indigenous Guyanese whose children were staying at the dorm to attend school in Madhia, searched for answers as their tears fell openly during a meeting with Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali. Here are some of the scenes from the aftermath of the disaster.

Ashes and twisted metal at the former dormitory where 19 children were killed on May 22, 2023. (Photo by KENO GEORGE/AFP via Getty Images)
Investigators and government employees inspect the school dormitory after the fire. (Photo by KENO GEORGE/AFP via Getty Images)
Burnt books and notebooks are seen at the school dormitory that caught fire and left at least 19 people dead in Mahdia, Guyana on May 22, 2023. (Photo by KENO GEORGE/AFP via Getty Images)
All the remains from the scene of the dormitory fire at left 19 students dead in Mahdia, Guyana on May 22, 2023. (Photo by KENO GEORGE/AFP via Getty Images)
View of the school dormitory that caught fire and left 19 students dead in Mahdia, Guyana on May 22, 2023.
(Photo by KENO GEORGE/AFP via Getty Images)
Relatives and friends of the victims of a fire cry during a meeting with Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali, in Mahdia, Guyana, on May 22, 2023. The building was gutted by the inferno. (Photo by KENO GEORGE/AFP via Getty Images)
Victims of the fire at a school dormitory remain in the hospital in Mahdia, Guyana on May 22, 2023. Photo by KENO GEORGE/AFP via Getty Images)
Children rescued during a Mahdia secondary school dormitory fire are transferred by medical personnel, firefighters and policemen to hospitals in Gorgetown, Guyana on May 22, 2023.(Photo by ROYSTON DRAKES/AFP via Getty Images)

A total of 59 girls were staying in the dorms, but only 56 were in the rooms when the fire started since three went home for the weekend. Thirteen of the girls and a little boy died at the dorms, while five died at the Mahdia Hospital.

Of those injured, six children were medevacked to Georgetown in the wee hours of the morning, while 17 are in the Mahdia Hospital.

Due to the severity of the deaths, DNA analysis is needed to identify the 13 female victims, who perished at the dormitory. The Government of Guyana has already sought the needed support from regional and international partners and is optimistic that by the end of the day, that support will be received to bring closure to the families.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer (ag), Dwayne Scotland revealed that the fire was lit maliciously in the south-western end of the building, which rapidly consumed the building killing 19 children residing in the dormitory.

Remembering My Friend Harry Belafonte

Dr. Monty Alexander, C.D., (l), with Harry Belafonte at his home in Manhattan, NY, in 2021. (Pamela Frank image)

By Dr. Monty Alexander

NEWS AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. May 23, 2023: On April 25, 2023, the world bid farewell to Harry Belafonte, a true icon of music, cinema, and activism. I not only mourn the loss of an extraordinary individual, but also a dear friend.

Growing up in Jamaica, my home, Harry played a significant role in my life. In 1956, his album “Jump Up Calypso” emerged, validating the heritage music of Jamaica. The delightful songs sung by Harry, such as “Banana Boat” and “Island in the Sun,” brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

Long before the rise of Bob Marley and the popularization of reggae, Harry was already putting Jamaica on the map with Calypso, or as we called it then, mento. He brought Caribbean rhythms and influences to the forefront of popular music, paving the way for generations of artists who followed in his footsteps.

Harry possessed both striking looks and a compelling voice. When he appeared in movies, his talent as an actor shone brilliantly. I recall watching him in the 1959 film “The World, The Flesh and The Devil,” and I distinctly remember my mother having a crush on him. In fact, Harry Belafonte was adored by many ladies of that era.

As I began my own journey in music, Harry became one of my influential figures. His attitude, grace, integrity, and warmth left a lasting impact on me. Our friendship flourished when I moved to the United States, as we shared a common Jamaican heritage. Despite being an American born in Harlem, his parents hailed from Jamaica, and he even attended high school there for a few years.

Harry always treated me with great kindness. Whenever he saw me, he would joyfully exclaim, “cousin!” Our bond grew stronger over time.

I also cherish the memory of Harry’s contributions to the civil rights movement in America. He leveraged his celebrity status and rallied his Hollywood friends, including Paul Newman, Tony Bennett, and his dear companion from The Bahamas, Sidney Poitier, to join Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in raising awareness for the cause before marching in Selma.

Harry’s activism extended beyond the borders of the United States. He utilized his fame and influence to shed light on human rights abuses in South Africa and other parts of the world. He embraced his platform as a performer to champion the issues closest to his heart, inspiring countless others to do the same. Harry Belafonte was not only an extraordinary entertainer but also an unwavering advocate for social justice and civil rights.

In recent years, I had the privilege of spending time with him on several occasions. Our last meeting occurred on December 16th, 2021, when Harry received the distinguished title of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from the President of the Republic of France. I was honored to be among the select few non-family members present at the private ceremony held in his New York City home. Though time had passed, and Harry seemed quieter than usual, we shared a wonderful moment, exchanging smiles and embraces. During that special event, Mrs. Belafonte, Pamela Frank, took this lovely picture that I share with great honor and pride.

Dr. Monty Alexander, C.D., (l), with Harry Belafonte at his home in Manhattan, NY, in December 2021. (Pamela Frank image)

Losing him fills me with deep sadness. Harry, I will miss you and the tremendous difference you made as an activist for people of color and the less fortunate.

Harry’s legacy serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of music. His music brought joy and inspiration to millions around the world, while his activism fostered real and lasting change.

As we remember Harry, let us draw inspiration from his example and continue to utilize music and art as vehicles for promoting social justice and equality for all.

In closing, I would like to share a quote from Harry Belafonte that has always resonated with me: “The artist is the radical voice of society.” Let us all strive to be that radical voice, and to use our talents and platforms to make the world a better place.

Au Revoir Harry. God Bless, and Happy Journey Home.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Monty Alexander, C.D, is a Grammy-nominated, award-winning Jamaican-born, world renown musician who was recently awarded the Order of Jamaica (OJ) for sterling contribution to the promotion of Jamaican music and the Jazz genre interpretations globally. Hear his version of Harry Belafonte’s ‘Island In The Sun’ at

A Guide To Different Types Of Cannabis Concentrates

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. May 23, 2023: As more research is done on cannabis and the stigma reduces, more inventive ways to consume it and enjoy the benefits have come up. One of these creative ways is through cannabis concentrates. Concentrates are becoming more and more popular because of how discrete and easy they are to use. However, since marijuana remains taboo in many parts of the country, many people are still reluctant to explore it. Shannon Bitzer from CanEx in Southern California adds, “It is important to remember that marijuana offers a unique experience at an individual level. You can get curious with it, find your groove, and let your true self take over.”

Different Types Of Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates offer potency and efficiency compared to other methods of consuming marijuana. Even though most cannabis concentrates offer these advantages, by analyzing different types, you can choose one that best suits you.


The shutter is made through solvent extraction. As a result, it is one of the most popular cannabis concentrates because of its high THC purity levels. The extraction method gives it a longer shelf life, ensuring you can safely store it for longer. Its glass-like solid state makes it easy to transport and store.


Also called Sugar Wax, this cannabis concentrate is made from solvent extraction. It has high potency and purity. It is made with cannabis strains with high water retention abilities, resulting in the final product looking like a viscous wax.


Crumble is made in a similar way to Shutter, through solvent extraction. Crumble is made through a slow extraction method, leaving behind a flavorful concentrate, giving Crumble a rich aroma and taste. It is further subjected to intense whipping during extraction to achieve its unique texture.


Rosin is a cannabis concentrate made through solventless extraction. The extraction method involves heating, cooling, and pressure exertion. As such, It is one of the simplest forms of concentrates, and the process can be done at home. Rosin is solvent-free, reducing the chances of chemical impurities.

There are plenty of cannabis concentrate options you can choose from, depending on your needs. You can contact the experts at CanEx to learn more about the different varieties and options. Contact them for easy and streamlined California cannabis delivery services.

However, it is important to understand your body and choose the best option to have the best experience.

West Indies Surgeon, Lowell Hughes, MD, And Co-Inventors, Granted 2nd Patent Ushering In A New Era Of Precision Surgery

Dr. Lowell Hughes, an Anguillan plastic surgeon has co-invented a method for unassisted robotic surgery at the quantum scale.

News Americas, The Valley, Anguilla, Tues. May 23, 2023: Dr. Lowell Hughes, an Anguillan plastic surgeon has co-invented a method for unassisted robotic surgery at the quantum scale. Far from being a play on words, the invention aims to eliminate human error from one of medicine’s most ambitious and intricate skills – surgery. The surgical innovation represents the second patent for Hughes in the month of May, a noteworthy achievement, considering that only 13% of issued patents are awarded to doctoral scientists and engineers, and multiple patent grants are even rarer.

Technology and societies evolve with innovation, robotics, artificial intelligence, advanced anatomic imaging, and programmatic processes have advanced substantial over the last decade. While surgical advancements have historically lagged, this latest invention is positioned to transform the field of microsurgery, enabling techniques to operate at the atomic scale, well beyond the limits of human dexterity and traditional surgical instruments. This invention, entitled “Unassisted Robotic Surgery Employing Paramagnetic Halo Metallofullerenes as Minimally Invasive, Precision Scalpels or Micronization Particles through Magnetic Field Manipulation and Targeted Exenteration Patterned by Programmed 3D Imaging Using Needle or Magnetic Energy Access and Microelectronic Semiconducting in Non-stationary Wafer-less Space” addresses the complexities and challenges of human biology, encompassing minuscule glands, intricate anatomic pathways, microscopic neuroanatomy, and nanoscale pathophysiology (Patent No. 11,653,984).

Dr. Hughes, a board-certified plastic and general surgeon, envisions early utility of this breakthrough as a potential cure for chronic dry eye disease, which affects nearly half of the population due to clogged eyelid glands. The innovation could redefine the limits of surgery and patient care, enabling treatment of previously untreatable conditions and unlocking new possibilities for challenging procedures that have been hindered by the limitations of human hands and macroscale surgical instruments, such as deep brain surgery.

Dr. Lowell Hughes, an Anguillan plastic surgeon has co-invented a method for unassisted robotic surgery at the quantum scale.

Hughes Medical Center offers a comprehensive suite of procedures using a healthcare model that features both local and visiting specialists that deliver globally recognized care. Their diverse and dynamic practice of physicians from the West Indies, United States and Europe foster deep connections with Anguillan patients, providing exceptional care alongside intellectual engagement.  In addition to this patent accolade, Dr. Hughes has two additional inventions under review that focus on weight loss and malnutrition mitigation and stunting in children. His motivations towards these major health challenges are regionally charged, as childhood stunting affects nearly 30% of the population in nearby Haiti while antithetically 20% of children in this same population experience obesity.

Dr. Hughes emphasizes the importance of fostering innovation in the West Indies. “Our West Indies family of nations must break from our economic past by using our creativity and hardscrabble environment as inspiration and motivation. Our most favored competitive asset is our endemic abilities, and we must teach our children to read, first and foremost, and secondly, fuel our kids with STEM education.” Dr. Hughes went on to explain the need for local manufacturing of inventions in the Caribbean, highlighting that high technology factory floorspace requirements are significantly smaller for innovations like the upcoming malnutrition solution and cure for stunting. He cited a previous invention for mitigating STDs and UTIs, explaining that the atomic scale matter required to meet annual global demand would only fill up a kitchen cabinet or two, showcasing the potential for the region to become a hub for advanced manufacturing.

In 2023, Anguilla emerges as a hotspot for innovation and invention, propelling the region to new technological heights and industrial possibilities. This resurgence harkens back to the days of the “sea island cotton era” and the first resident cottonseed removal gin, now proudly displayed at the Anguilla Heritage Collection Museum in the East End. The cotton gin, once a significant capital investment equivalent to purchasing multiple homes, highlights the historical importance of Anguilla’s cotton yield and its role in British textile industry dominance. The island’s rich industrial past also includes the Sombrero phosphate mines, which employed 130 Anguillan workers and produced the fertilizer that replenished the depleted soils in the U.S. Southern States following the American Civil War. This vital contribution helped save the war-weary, hungry, and disheveled population from starvation. Although the lucrative mineral lease payments made directly to the war-depleted UK crown coffers have never been formally acknowledged or credited, they remain an unforgettable part of Anguilla’s ancestral legacy.

Using AI To Streamline Business Operations Cheaply: A Game-Changer For Latin American And Caribbean Businesses


News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. May 23, 2023: In today’s fast-paced business environment, efficiency and organization are key to staying ahead of the competition. If you’re a business owner or manager in Latin America or the Caribbean, here’s an opportunity to use AI cheaply and manage the power of managing your business with your own custom dashboard from the Hard Beat platform.

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Make informed decisions with real-time data insights at your fingertips. This custom dashboard consolidates data from multiple sources, giving you a clear and up-to-date overview of your business performance. Monitor key metrics, identify trends, and seize opportunities for growth and optimization.

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This game-changing custom dashboard service allows you to take your business to new heights. Streamline your operations, gain valuable insights, and drive growth like never before. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to revolutionize the way you manage your business. Get started today and unlock the full potential of your Latin American or Caribbean business!

Fire Claims Lives Of 19 Young Students In Guyana

Fire killed 19 in a school in Guyana.

News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mon. May 22, 2023: The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) has reported a devastating incident at Mahdia Secondary School, located 100 miles southwest of Georgetown in an indigenous area of oil rich CARICOM South American nation of Guyana.

The May 21st fire engulfed the school’s dormitory, resulting in the tragic loss of lives. Initially, a government statement indicated that 20 individuals had perished, but the GFS later confirmed that 19 children had tragically lost their lives before the fire was extinguished.

Firefighters made valiant efforts to rescue students, successfully saving around 20 students by creating openings in the northeastern wall of the building. An ongoing investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire and gather further information.

Expressing deep sorrow, the GFS shared condolences with the affected families and friends, stating, “It is a sad day for Guyana, and the entire Fire Department mourns with you over the loss of so many young children.” The Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. Carla Barnett, also extended sincere condolences, expressing solidarity with the impacted families and communities.

According to officials, approximately 57 children were residing in the dormitory, hailing from mountain villages such as Chenapau, Karisparu, Micobie, and El Paso. The government has dispatched Prime Minister Mark Phillips, Education Minister Priya Manickchand, and Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn to visit the affected students and distressed families.

In the aftermath of the fire, medical teams are implementing a comprehensive emergency action plan, providing medical care and support to the injured. The burn unit at the Georgetown Public Hospital is attending to six girls who sustained serious burns, with one 13-year-old receiving specialized treatment to preserve her limbs. Smoke inhalation remains an additional challenge for these girls.

Meanwhile, the opposition coalition, A Partnership for National Unity=Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC), expressed condolences and pledged support to the affected families and medical teams. They demanded a thorough investigation into the incident and called for a national day of mourning and support for the injured.

In Chenapau Village, indigenous Amerindians are demanding compensation from the government and seeking justice for the deceased students. Amerindian rights activist Michael Mc Garrell appealed for President Irfaan Ali’s assistance in comforting the grieving relatives and addressing concerns about the safety of school facilities.

As the nation mourns, heartbreaking stories emerge, including the loss of two sisters, Delicia Edwards (15) and Arianna Edwards (13), from Micobie village. Additionally, four cousins – Bibi Rita Fiona Jeffery (18), Sabrina John (16), Loreen Evans (14), and Belnisa Evans (13) – tragically lost their lives. Surviving family members expressed profound grief, highlighting the pain and trauma their loved ones endured.

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Fueling A Sustainable Future: Guyana’s Youth And The Oil And Gas Industry


By Terrence Blackman, Ph. D.  & Utamu Bell

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. May 22, 2023: Guyana’s oil and gas industry is rapidly growing, and with it comes an opportunity to empower the country’s youth, particularly the marginalized, to actively participate in its economy.

During the most recent “Transforming Guyana” webinar, experts discussed the need to invest in technology and new energy generation, evaluate young people’s role in the future, provide education, training, and opportunities for young people to acquire assets and housing, empower girls through technology, create infrastructure for innovators, and develop a comprehensive youth development plan with buy-in from all stakeholders and legislative protection.

Guyana is a young country where the median age is 26.2 years. The majority of the population in Guyana are young people, but unfortunately, a significant number of them are at risk of being left behind. The youth unemployment rate for the first quarter of 2021 was 31.4%, and more young women are unemployed (41.9%) compared to young men (23.7%). Shockingly, 35.9% of youth (young men and women) must be employed, educated, or trained. Among young women, the rate is even higher at 45.6%. This situation is mainly due to talent migration.

Guyana gained independence from Britain in 1966, but political turmoil and economic hardship marked the next few decades. In the 1970s and 1980s, Guyana’s socialist government nationalized many industries and implemented policies that led to economic stagnation and high inflation. This, in turn, led to widespread poverty and limited job opportunities for highly skilled workers. As a result, many educated and experienced Guyanese left the country for better opportunities abroad. The United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom were popular destinations for Guyanese immigrants, who often found work in fields such as engineering, medicine, and finance.

In recent years, the Guyanese government has tried to address the issue of talent migration by implementing policies to encourage skilled Guyanese to stay in the country. For example, the government has a scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in fields such as engineering and agriculture, with the condition that they serve Guyana after completing their studies.

However, talent remains a significant challenge for Guyana, particularly in healthcare and education. The country continues to lose many of its most talented doctors, nurses, and teachers to other countries, significantly impacting Guyana’s quality of these services.

Also important is the intersection of talent migration and local content policies in Guyana, particularly considering the country’s recent oil discoveries. Local content policies aim to promote the participation of local businesses and workers in the oil and gas sector. At the same time, talent migration results in the loss of skilled workers and expertise needed to support the development of various industries.

One approach to addressing the intersection of talent migration and local content policies is to create opportunities for skilled Guyanese living abroad to contribute to the country’s development. For example, the government could establish programs targeted explicitly to Guyanese living abroad to encourage them to return home and work in the oil and gas sector or to provide consulting services to local businesses and organizations.

Empowering Guyana’s youth in the emerging oil and gas sector will require rigorous, sustained, innovative education, training, access to capital, and legislative support.

Dr. David Lewis, CPC Fellow, and Co-Chair, emphasized investing in technology and new energy generation for Guyana’s future. With Guyana on the brink of becoming the country with the most barrels of oil per person globally, Lewis noted the critical need to define young people’s role in this rapidly changing future. He argued that investing in technology and new energy generation should be a priority for the government, as it will pave the way for continuing economic growth and development.

Elson Low, the Youth and Economics Advisor to the Leader of the Opposition, proposed education, training, and opportunities for young people to acquire assets and housing. Low also stressed the need to give young entrepreneurs access to capital, allowing them to compete and scale their businesses, thereby contributing to Guyana’s economic prosperity.

Karen Abrams, CEO STEMGuyana, pointed to the employment mismatch in the country, where many young people need more skills for various industries. She emphasized the need to purposefully prepare young people for meaningful contributions to Guyana’s development. Abrams also stressed empowering girls through technology, breaking the cycle of poverty, and addressing societal issues. She argued that the government should provide infrastructure and a level playing field for innovators rather than attempting to drive innovation itself.

Ronald Austin Jr., Columnist and Former Vice President of the University of Guyana Student Society, suggested creating a youth development master plan connected to the country’s overall development plan, with buy-in from all stakeholders. He called for legislative protection and structured interventions aligned with the vision of using oil and gas revenues to develop a knowledge-based economy.

A comprehensive development plan, supported by all stakeholders, will ensure the country’s sustainable growth and a bright future for its younger generations. Investing in technology and new energy generation, providing education, and training, and creating infrastructure for innovators are crucial steps toward achieving this goal. Moreover, it is essential to be intentional about our girls and endeavor to connect them to technology to catalyze their contributions to the country’s development and to break the cycle of poverty.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Terrence Richard Blackman, associate professor of mathematics and a founding member of the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics at Medgar Evers College, is a member of the Guyanese diaspora. He is a former Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT and a Visitor to The School of Mathematics at The Institute for Advanced Study. Dr. Blackman has previously served as Chair of the Mathematics Department and Dean of the School of Science, Health, and Technology at Medgar Evers College, where he has worked for almost thirty years. He graduated from Queen’s College, Guyana,Brooklyn College, CUNY, and the City University of New York Graduate School.He is the Founder of the Guyana Business Journal & Magazine.

Utamu Belle is an award-winning Guyanese journalist with a career spanning over a decade. Her experience includes writing for print, television, and online media. In addition, she has worked as a Radio and Television host. She is the Founder of A-to-Z Media (Guyana) and an Upscale Magazine News and Digital Editor.

Data Is Key Global State Of The Media Report Says – Here’s What Caribbean And Latin American Communicators Should Know


News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. May 22, 2023: The latest Global State Of The Media Report from CISION is out and for the 14th year, CISION PR Newswire, a partner of CARIBPR Wire, has broadened its approach to help communciations professionals more deeply understand the state of the relationship with journalists and people behind the numbers.

When it comes to press releases that journalists are more interested in the main word for 2023 is DATA!

A full 40% of journalists surveyed say they are relying more on data this year  – views, engagement, demographic data, etc. – to shape their editorial strategy than they have in previous years. Just over 54% surveyed say they are relying on it the same amount, with a mere 6% saying they are relying on it less.

When asked what kind of content or information they wanted to receive from strategic communicators, 68% of journalists said they wanted data – in the form of original research, such as trends and market data. Their biggest priority is ensuring content is accurate.

Additionally, 44% of journalists say they use social media to pick up on trending topics, and more than half (52%) are using it to monitor elements like news, keywords and competitive media. Communications professionals should not only think about social media as a way to engage with and learn more about journalists, but also as a platform to pull data and arm them with valuable data for their stories.

Data – structured, relevant and verified data – can be what makes your message stand out. There are myriad ways journalists are using data. Whether you are serving up audience demographic data to prove you’ve done your research on their audience, trend reports to show that your story is timely, or unique research your client or organization created that will resonate with the reporter’s audience – opportunities abound to provide data in a meaningful way that serves your shared goal of telling a compelling and accurate story to Caribbean or Latin America media or media globally.

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