Monthly Archives: May 2010

This is Guyana

This is Guyana

Posted By Stabroek staff On May 27, 2010  Editorial | 1 Comment

Many of the shires (counties) in the UK have web portals which begin with the words ‘This is,’ and what they do is provide a wealth of information on the area. For instance, a visitor to Leicestershire would find on its ‘This is’ page, historical information, where to find what, news, links to jobs, real estate, pubs, almost everything anyone might need to know. Perhaps this may have caught on in other places in some other parts of the world. Not in Guyana, though. Here, ‘This is Guyana’ is a sentence that brings with it connotations of everything that could possibly be wrong.

For example, if one found oneself waiting at 10:00 hrs for a scheduled 09:00 hrs event to begin, the reason that would be given is that this is Guyana. It is used almost wholesale to explain practically every flawed eventuality: blackouts, corruption, nepotism, unsolved crimes, water shortages, injustice – the list can go on and on. But it’s a useless tally really, since no true Guyanese would like to see any of this on a web portal introducing Guyana to the rest of the world.

Just this last Monday, President Bharrat Jagdeo, as he launched what was called the third draft of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy, shed some light on the “Guyana way of doing things.” He intimated that though there had been no consensus in Copenhagen last December, Guyana was not prepared to turn away from playing a role in combatting climate change.  He held out the hope that his imminent trip to Norway would bear fruit to the tune of millions of US$ to be spent over the next few years on climate change initiatives, one of which was the Amaila Falls hydro power project.

This hydroelectric project, which the President said would cost some US$450 million will, the ‘This is Guyana’ invocation notwithstanding, be ready for commercial operation by October 2014. Hardly believable it is, that Guyana will have commercial quantities of green energy in the next four years – all things being equal that is. One question that is yet to be completely and comprehensively answered is whether this hydro power will be available throughout the entire country.

Read full Editorial here:> This is Guyana

Masthead Picture : Kaieteur Falls

Look at these links for detailed information on Kaieteur Falls

Picture is from this link > Guyana –  Land of Many Waters

This  above link contains n article from the Canadian World Traveller Fall 2008, that contains most of this article on Guyana – click and read from the location on this Blog.

Kaieteur Falls is a high-volume waterfall on the Potaro River in central Guyana. It is located in Kaieteur National Park. It is 226 meters (741 ft) when

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Kaieteur Falls is one of the most spectular waterfalls in the world. It has a free fall height of over 700 feet; It is one of the few places in the world

President Jagdeo’s Independence Day Speech

President Bharrat Jagdeo on 44th Anniversary of Guyana Independence

The above link gives the whole speech…

Fellow Guyanese:

Forty-four years ago, thousands gathered here to watch the Golden Arrowhead fly above an independent Guyana for the first time – after a struggle for political independence waged by a people united against the oppression and exploitation of colonial rule.
That first ceremony also marked the culmination of an even more difficult struggle waged over centuries by diverse peoples, the majority dislocated from their homelands at the other side of the world, brought to these shores against their will or under great deception, deprived of every human dignity, and forced to toil under the most inhumane conditions for the enrichment of a distant continent. Theirs is a story of sacrifice on a scale that today’s generations could scarcely imagine: sacrificing life to secure freedom from bondage; sacrificing historical, cultural, and emotional attachments to make this their home; and sacrificing self to secure escape, enlightenment, and upliftment for their young. The Guyana that was born forty-four years ago is the legacy of their efforts.
Today, as we celebrate yet another milestone in our young country’s history, it is our first task to pay homage to the several generations of our ancestors who toiled to build the Guyana we inherited. Inspired by their journey, and ever faithful to their bequest, it is our abiding duty to continue the work they started and realise a Guyana beyond their dreams.

If that first flag-raising ceremony marked the end of old struggles, it also signalled the start of new ones: the struggle to build a new country; the struggle to establish democratic institutions and entrench democratic behaviour, the struggle to build an economy that would bring prosperity and social justice to all our people; the struggle to overcome the challenges of smallness in size and numbers; and the struggle to forge happy and harmonious communities on the tapestry of our inherited multiculturalism. Forty years later, these struggles are still being fought. And they are being joined by new ones, including two of the defining struggles of our generation: the need to deal with the biggest global financial crisis in living memory, and the global battle to avert catastrophic climate change that now threatens life on earth as we know it.
Thanks to many of those who gathered here forty-four years ago, Guyanese today face these struggles as citizens of a proud, independent republic. But it is not the fact of independence that shapes the nature and the quality of our nation – these are shaped by the choices we make on what we do with our independence. So as we gather here tonight, we need to do more than just celebrate and cherish our independence. We need to ask ourselves if we are fulfilling our duty to make the most of independence and if we are making the right choices for our country’s future – as individuals, as communities, as leaders and as a Government.

feel proud that, as a country, we are getting the big choices right.
We have painstakingly built the strong democratic institutions that are so indispensable for ensuring accountable government and securing people’s freedoms. We have delivered one of the most inclusive constitutions in the world: rejuvenated our parliamentary system; established several commissions for the protection and promotion of fundamental rights; formed sectoral committees to scrutinise Government policy and administration; expanded the mandate of the Public Accounts Committee; created an independent Audit Office; and introduced parliamentary participation in the appointment of the judicial,
police, teaching, and public service commissions.
We have exercised sound and responsible macroeconomic policy choices, creating the stability that is so critical if we are to attract investment and grow our economy into the long-term. Today, our gross domestic product is several times larger than it was twenty years ago, inflation is under control, our currency is stable, our external reserves are at their highest level ever, our external indebtedness is at a sustainable level, and our fiscal deficit is declining. Over the past four years, our economy has grown by more than 4 percent a year on average. And last year, despite the financial crisis, our GDP growth rate was the highest in South America, and the second highest in all the Americas. These successes are not by accident, but because of deliberate long-term choices we have made to protect and strengthen the fundamentals of our economy. ... continued

Read whole speech here > President Bharrat Jagdeo on 44th Anniversary of Guyana Independence

Guyanese Online Newsletter – May 2010

Guyanese Online Newsletter

Guyanese Online – May 2010 < click to download

In This Issue:

  • Pg01-  Award: President Jagdeo gets highest UN award.: Masthead Picture:  Kaieteur Falls with links.
  • Pg02- Editorial;   “On the street where I lived” by Peter Halder;   BBC radio program on Race (listen)
  • Pg03- Tourism News Items;  List and links of  Hotels. Eco-lodges and tour companies in Guyana.
  • Pg04 – Guest Editorial – “Tourism Policy”
  • Pg05 – Pg06   – Guyana News: including a list of news links
  • Pg07- Commentary – “The Bartica Triangle- Door to the Interior”  by Peter Ramsaroop.
  • Pg08 – Associations – Queen’s College Alumni- Toronto Chapter –
  • Pg09 – Pg10 –  Associations– News
  • Pg11 – Arts and Culture – “Tastes Like Home”
  • Pg12 – Arts and Culture – News
  • Pg13 – Business – “Leadership and Vision” by William (Bill) King
  • Pg14 – Historical: Historic New Amsterdam
  • Pg15 – Historical: The Arrival of the Chinese in British Guiana

Barbados Consul Norman Faria passes

Barbados Consul Norman Faria passes

GUYANA’S HONORARY CONSUL to Barbados, Norman Faria, has died.

He was  a patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Barbados over the last week  in serious but stable condition. He died early this morning (May 25, 2010), reportedly from a “terminal illness”.

On behalf of all Guyanese living in Barbados, we wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Faria’s family.


The Guyanese Association of Barbados (GABI), wishes to advise that the funeral service for Guyana’s Honorary Consul, the late Norman Faria, will take place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 10:00 am.


Editor’s Note: Barbadian born, Mr. Norman Faria, was a graduate in Political Science from York University in Toronto Canada.  He was a freelance journalist before he became the Honorary Consul for Guyana in 1994.  He was a regular contributor to a column in the Guyana Chronicle and various blogs on the Internet.

Please see Barbados Nation News: Barbados – Faria passes at QEH

Stabroek News report and Comments : Norman Faria passes away

Funeral Report- Nation News, Barbados ->Faria lauded as sincere man

A Distinguished Race – BBC Radio

A Distinguished Race – BBC Radio talk on “RACE”


A Distinguished Race – Episode 1 – What’s In a Race?  Listen now (28 minutes)

Professor Steve Jones examines what race has meant in the past, and what it means today, delving into both the science and the sociology.  Steve asks whether we have changed enough since humans first left Africa 60,000 years ago to create new races.

He explores how scientists have tried to split the human population into different categories, in the past, and now.  What we view as different races is visible all around us. But when people who think they are of a certain ‘race’ have their DNA examined – they often have a shock.

Steve hears how science is using genealogy to combat racism.

With so much movement around the world and mingling of genes, Steve discusses whether the idea of race will finally disappear altogether.


A Distinguished Race Episode 2 – Skin Deep      Listen now (28 minutes)

Professor Steve Jones steps boldly into the racial ring to discover whether the concept of race is relevant at all.

Our own faces give us hints of past lives who have shaped our early family tree.

Steve Jones goes on a trail to discover what genetics has to say about the common traits that allow racial groupings.

He talks to Professor Nina Jablonski of Penn State University, an expert on skin – particularly its colour; Professor Rick Sturm of Queensland University about eye colour; and he discovers how genetics determined the different hair types found around the world.

Note: This entry is on Page 2 of the May 2010  Guyanese Online Newsletter

Mercy Hospital fire losses at G$600m and counting

Mercy Hospital fire losses at G$600m and counting

Posted By Stabroek staff On May 21, 2010

-faced with replacing expensive equipment
The high replacement cost of surgical equipment lost in the May 10 fire is just one of the issues the St Joseph Mercy Hospital must grapple with now as it seeks to restore all of its services to the public and losses so far have totalled G$600m.(US$3M app).

[1] Members of the Board of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital at a press briefing om May 20, 2010. In photo from left are Sister Mary Noel Menezes, Helen Bowman, CEO and Dr. Rohan Jabour, Paediatrician.

Dr Rohan Jabour, paediatrician and board member of the hospital, speaking at a press conference yesterday, revealed that “prior to the fire, plans were in progress to greatly improve our intensive care facilities and our emergency room.”  However with the fire, an additional cost will have to be borne in order to replace all the equipment lost.  He noted over the years the cost of equipment has risen steadily.

He said that the institution will be in contact with the Ministry of Health to determine what new equipment can be sourced through the ministry. He added that one has to be careful when asking for assistance from overseas because there is the tendency to send old equipment to developing countries.
He said that the hospital is trying to ensure that this does not happen.

Read Full story …> Mercy Hospital fire losses at G$600M

The birth and growth of the St Joseph Mercy Hospital

The birth and growth of the St Joseph Mercy Hospital

Posted By Stabroek News staff On May 23, 2010

An edited excerpt from a presentation given by Sr Mary Noel Menezes, RSM, at the press conference held by St Joseph Mercy Hospital on March 20, 2010.

[1]St Joseph Mercy Hospital before the fire

St Joseph Mercy Hospital has, to date, a history of 65 years’ service to the people of Guyana.

In 1943 a group of Catholic laymen comprising the Sword Of The Spirit movement headed by Bishop George Weld, SJ cherished the dream of a Catholic hospital. That dream was the fruit of the desire of a brilliant Italian surgeon, Dr Caesare Romiti, for religious sisters to run a hospital.

The dream became a reality when the Sisters of Mercy of the Scranton Province, USA, agreed to accept the management of the proposed hospital. The Catholic Hospital Committee formed in 1944 purchased Dr Romiti’s private nursing home, Colonna House cum equipment, for $48,000. Sr Margaret Mulligan, who had worked for four years at Mahaica Hospital, was appointed first administrator of the hospital, which was placed under the patronage of St Joseph – hence St Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Read full article here:> The birth and growth of the St Joseph Mercy Hospital

‘Reds’ Launches Book on Life

‘Reds’ Launches Book on Life

Thursday, 20 May 2010 06:55 Guy Ellis –  Caribarena – Antigua & Barbuda


The Best of Books is pleased to be launching “Living My Dreams” written by well known cricket commentator Reds Perreira. Reds is inviting cricketing fans and well wishers to join him for a short Lunch Time reading and signing at the Royal Palm branch of the Best of Books on Friars Hill Road on Friday 21st May at 1PM.

Joseph “Reds” Perreira is often short changed by being referred to merely as a cricket commentator.  His autobiography LIVING MY DREAMS, just published, challenges that appellation.

There are no records of any outstanding feats on the part of this Guyanese on a field of sports or even of him making any national team of his country, but there possibly is no one in the West Indies now or in the recent past who has contributed to so many disciplines of sport as Perreira has, and most of them at  the very same  time.

Perreira is an icon in the history of sports in these parts. He is a member of a triumvirate of really outstanding international cricket commentators produced by the West Indies, (alongside Tony Cozier and Roy Lawrence of Jamaica).  For nearly four decades, Perreira was a sports broadcaster and journalist, a sports administrator and organizer as well. It is doubtful if there will be another like him, for his sheer dedication to sports development ….all sports. He has filled many roles, including two big ones right here in St. Lucia as OECS Sports Coordinator and Sports Tourism Officer with the St Lucia Tourist Board. His work has taken him throughout the Caribbean, including living and working in Barbados as well.

Perreira confesses to a passion for cricket which he began to follow as early as the late 1940s in the days of inter territorial cricket between the four big countries of the West Indies: Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. By the time the West Indies began to emerge as a force in international cricket in the 1950s, Perreira had been completely bowled over by the game. By then he had already had glimpses of some of the “greats” of the day in the flesh: Headley, Weekes, Worrell, Walcott, the Australians who routed the West Indies at home in 1955, the Indians Mankad and Gupte, among others.


Apart from cricket, Perreira was also tall on soccer, boxing, track and field and a little basketball, but it is as a cricket commentator  that  he  is  best known and from  the role of back up to the head of the Sports Department of newly opened Guyana Broadcasting Service (GBS) in 1968, Perreira went on to carve a reputation  that made his name and voice known all over the world.

In 1984 Perreira assumed the job as the first head of a newly-created Sports Desk (which he described as “a team of one”) at the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States secretariat in Castries, with jurisdiction over nine territories in the sub region. The appointment signaled a burst of sports activities in the OECS that continues to this day, although no one has been able to quite fill Perreira’s shoes since his departure from the post.

But it was “Reds” Perreira who not only organized and administered sports in these islands, but had open to him the doors of sponsorship that had seemingly never existed before. And  then  he  marketed the various events  in all the different islands as well, creating linkages with business houses, government officials and  sports journalists that ensured  the  necessary exposure  and success for  each event.   The OECS should forever be grateful for the “magic touch” that Perreira brought to these islands, producing a long-running spectacle out of the raw talent that existed but with poor club structures  and inadequate support services.

The title LIVING MY DREAMS  is well-chosen since the book  tells the rise of a young boy from the virtual backwoods of Guyana to the international limelight, fighting off a string the odds along the way including a long standing stammering problem  that could easily have sidelined his ambitions to become a broadcaster and commentator  permanently, had he simply acknowledged the problem and given up.  The fact of the matter is that Perreira never allowed this speech impediment to hamstring his forward march to stardom and in fact, unless one knew of it, one would never have suspected that he had it. Such was nature of Perreira’s drive for excellence and to overcoming adversity.

Neither did he allow a 1995 stroke suffered while with the West Indies tour of Australia to finally curb his zest for cricket in particular and sports in general.  The Perreira voice was still be heard on-air as recently this year.

LIVING MY DREAMS is a story that is told with unusual candour.  Perreira shows remorse whatever, in  his  handling of some incidents which  should have left him quite peeved and deflated, like the resentment he encountered in some circles over his appointment as head of the OECS Sports Desk , dealing with hostile and uncooperative officials—in  sports and government–or the circumstances which led to his parting company with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) when it sought to dilute the role that he loved best, that of a ball-by-ball cricket commentator.

The book describes his boyhood in his native Guyana where young men grew up to be fearless playing almost in company with poisonous snakes, alligators and other dangerous animals. Then it was on to Georgetown where he started to organize cricket teams before he began attending first class matches. Two trips to England in the decade of the sixties exposed Perreira to a different way of life and gave the young man the opportunity for adventure, including touring the rest of Europe. It was after his return home in 1967 after his second trip to England, that Perreira’s career took off.

The book gives examples of Perreira’s journalistic excellence like his breaking of the  sensational story of a “rebel” West Indies cricket team leaving to tour apartheid South Africa in 1983, which started with a tip off from Perreira’s own “Deep Throat” –remember Watergate?– “a gentleman whose information I trusted”. Under a barrage of fire from those who questioned the authenticity of his information, Perreira nevertheless prevailed and in the process broke a major story that clearly brought out the best in him as a journalist.

Aside from his stroke, the book delves into a lot of Perreira’s personal life, his relationships, setbacks etc.  It is at lot about cricket, the excitement and thrills of matches and tours he covered including the two West Indies World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979 and the manner in which he was able to convey what he was experiencing to thousands of  fans all over  the world. But the bigger story is about a man living his many dreams.

Also read article by Sir. Ronald Sanders:> Overcoming the Odds

Also Tribute from Hubert Williams:> “REDS”, TRULY A MAN OF MANY SPORTS

Mabaruma Sorjourn – Guyana

Mabaruma Sorjourn – Guyana

NorthwestOrganics1 — August 28, 2009 — Short documentary by Annette Arjoon and Dave Martins about Mabaruma and the wider North West area of Region 1, Guyana, South America.

Mabrauma is a breathtaking location; surrounded by rivers, creeks and rain forest. However, the true beauty of the region is the people. The population is predominately Amerindian, from three tribes Warrau, Carib and Arawak, who’s origins can be traced back over 10,000 years. These are very special people, living an amazing way of life. To experience this is a real privilege.

From Mabaruma, you can take a short boat ride to Shell Beach to see the giant leatherback sea turtles ( This has to be experienced to be believed.

Mabaruma is easy to reach with daily flights from Georgetown, Guyana, by TransGuyana Airways, SkyWest and a 1-day Mabaruma Saturday Special by Air Services (+592-222-4368).