Daily Archives: 09/12/2013

Cat Tales of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock


Cat Tales of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock

Guyana has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in South America, some parts of which are almost inaccessible by humans. Over 80% of Guyana is still covered by forests, ranging from dry evergreen and seasonal forests to montain to lowland evergreen rain forests. This pristine forest is roamed by least 6 species of Carnivora Felidae including the Waracabra, JaguarundiPuma   Margay, Ocelot and theJaguarThe larger Jaguar actually belongs to the subfamilies of Pantherinaeand the small to medium size cats to the Felinae group.  [Read more]

Capitol News TV News videos – 10 Sep 2013

Capitol News TV News videos – 10 Sep 2013

  • Minister Nandlall speaks about nation’s challenges if financial crime amendments are not passed
  • The Guyana dollar is not at risk according to Lawrence Williams.
  • St. Vincent’s PM wants Guyana and other countries to invest in Regional airline LIAT
  • UG Vice Chancellor speaks about the University of Guyana’s Financial problem
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Minister Nandlall speaks about nation’s challenges if financial crime amendments are not passedPosted: 10 Sep 2013 09:45 PM PDT   –  Guyana’s legal affairs minister Anil Nandlall has been speaking about the challenges facing this nation should the anti-money laundering amendment to the legislation not be passed. Already politicians and civil society activists said that the act is not good for Guyana in its present from, but the minister said should Guyana be placed on the […]
The Guyana dollar is not at risk according to Lawrence Williams.   Continue reading

Guyana: Fly Jamaica to start New York and Toronto flights this month

Fly jamaicaGuyana: Fly Jamaica to start New York and Toronto flights this month

Demerara Waves – 12 September 2013

Fly Jamaica says it will begin Guyana-North America flights later this month but will have to transit Jamaica from Georgetown to New York because the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is yet to approve an exemption application. The Guyana operation begins on September 26 with a flight from Jamaica and the first flight out of Toronto will be on October 8. You can visit the airline’s website on http://www.fly-jamaica.com/

Chief Executive Officer, Ronald Reece said there would be direct return flights on the Guyana-Toronto route.  While Fly Jamaica would go direct from New York to Guyana, return flights to New York would have to make a 90-minute stop-over in Jamaica.   Continue reading

UG’s Road Map: Are we missing the way? – By Rory Fraser, PhD

UG’s Road Map: Are we missing the way?

Stabroek News – Sep tember 9, 2013  In The Diaspora | LINK

By Rory Fraser, PhD – Professor of Forest Economics and Policy,  Alabama A&M University

Rory Fraser has spent most of the last 40 years in academic institutions in the United Kingdom, Canada, 
USA, Jamaica, and Guyana.

in the diasporaOver the past two years, a considerable amount of time and effort have been invested in the US$250,000 consultancy (funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and Government of Guyana) to provide an implementable “road map” to improve effectiveness, quality standards, and fiscal soundness in accordance with the University of Guyana’s Mission.

The consultants Hamilton and Associates have recommended a 5-year US$70 million upgrading and expansion programme to improve the learning and teaching environment and give access to 10,000 students. To date, there is very little evidence of any movement on the recommendations. In fact, there seems to be very little discussion of this report and one is left to wonder if this document is not sharing the same fate as two similar but less exhaustive documents (the 1996 Presidential Commission on University of Guyana and the 2008-2012 Strategic Plan) – an extremely marginal implementation rate.  Continue reading

Looking back… How a Guyanese ‘discovered’ Sparrow

Looking back… How a Guyanese ‘discovered’ Sparrow – [2009 article]

Stabroek News – Oluatoyin Alleyne On March 7, 2009Comments

It was 1955 when a then struggling Guyanese promoter met a young Trinidadian by the name of Slinger Francisco   and on a whim decided to include him in his group that was about to tour the interior.

Sparrow, today

That whim proved to be very profitable for the Guyanese as we all know that Slinger, better known as the Mighty Sparrow eventually became one of the best known names in the calypso world…..  Sparrow, today in picture(r)

That Guyanese was Cyril Shaw who later became Sparrow’s manager andwent on many tours with him around the world.

Today Shaw, who is 87, finds if difficult to remember those days as his memory is failing him but his wife Bhanmattie Shaw, who went on some of the tours, recently told The Scene “those days were fantastic days.”   Continue reading