Daily Archives: 01/21/2013

Guyana’s fruits: The Awarra Palm Fruit

Subject: The Awarra Palm Fruit


Astrocaryum vulgareCommon names
Awarra, awara, tecuma, aiara, tecum, aoeara, murumuru, cumari, palmier tucaman, fiber palm.
Arecaeae (Palmae).Overview
Awarra is one of the medium tall palms from the Amazon rainforest, growing up to 50 feet tall. This tree is common in the savannas and lowlands of the South American coast.
The trunk is heavily spined and even the inflorescences are covered by a thorny spathe.
The Awara fruits grow in bunches of about 11 feet long on the tree; the weight of a single bunch is about 100 pound.
The orange-yellow fruit (about the size of a chicken egg) is an excellent source of carotenoids with a very high concentration ofß-carotene (precursor of vitamin A).
It is also an important source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin).
The oil extracted from the pulp contains saturated fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids. It is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9. Since it is a good moisturizer it is used in cosmetics in skin moisturizers, lotions, and products for damaged hair.   Continue reading

Timbuktu – city of legends – BBC feature

Timbuktu – city of legends

Camels in Timbuktu

Camel caravans used to carry gold across the Sahara

     By the BBC’s Joan Baxter 
    Timbuktu, northern Mali
The fabled city of Timbuktu is not a myth – it does indeed exist – in northern Mali, on the edge of the Sahara desert.

  These days, it pretty much lives up to its reputation as “the end of the world” but once upon a time, it was the centre of important trade routes.  Muslim merchants took gold north from West Africa to Europe and the Middle East and returned with salt and other goods.  [Read more]

T&T defeat Guyana – take third Caribbean Twenty20 title

T&T defeat Guyana – take third Caribbean Twenty20 title

Ramdin-TTPicture:  T&T captain Denesh Ramdin poses with the CT20 trophy. ( WICB Media)  

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Monday January 21, 2013 – Mighty Trinidad and Tobago reduced the Caribbean Twenty20 final to a no-contest as they crushed out-of-sorts Guyana in a authoritative performance to march to their third consecutive title here Sunday night – January 20,2013.

The defending champions hardly put a foot wrong, limiting Guyana to an inadequate 116 for six off their 20 overs and then cruising to their target with over seven overs left at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium.   Continue reading

Long-serving educator, Samuel Archer, is a ‘Special Person’

Long-serving educator, Samuel Archer, is a ‘Special Person’

Posted date: April 15, 2012 In: Guyana News | By Leon Suseran

Samuel Archer

Samuel Archer

Pull Quote: “Home visits were very helpful… I have found that the contact with the home and parent eases the load on the teacher”

The name ‘Sammy’ Archer resonates favourably on the lips of many educators across Guyana and especially in Berbice. Mr. Archer gave nearly 40 years of his life (37 to be precise) to the education sector as a concerned, dedicated and experienced headmaster.

During his tenure, he became a vibrant trade unionist and later President of the Guyana Teachers’ Association [later Union] (GTA) and he served his office well. He was and still is very concerned about education and its state of affairs in Guyana even though he sits quietly behind the scenes in his Cumberland, East Canje home today.   Continue reading

How Outdated Curricula are Failing America’s Students

How Outdated Curricula are Failing America’s Students

Sunday, 20 January 2013 11:25 By Marion Brady, AlterNet | News Analysis 

Students in class

Students in class

It goes without saying that solving a problem begins with a correct diagnosis of its cause.

When Michael Gerson, President George W. Bush’s chief speechwriter, had the president say in a January 2004 speech that American education suffered from “the soft bigotry of low expectations,” the simplistic diagnosis reflected and perpetuated the present “tighten the screws” reform effort.

That misguided effort continues. In the Introduction to What’s Worth Learning? (Information Age Publishing), I offer an alternative explanation for poor school performance.

Marion Brady    Continue reading