Daily Archives: 10/18/2013

Eldorado Verde: Guyana’s Biocapacity – By Rory Fraser

Eldorado Verde: Guyana’s Biocapacity


In the DiasporaRory Fraser is Professor of Forest Economics and Policy at Alabama A & M University, and has spent 36 of the last 40 years in the UK, Canada, Jamaica, USA, and Guyana either attending or teaching at universities and working in forestry related fields

By Rory Fraser

Guyana’s future is inextricably linked to its greatest asset, a global leading, 59.75 global hectares (gha) per person of biocapacity. The second country is Gabon, with 27.88 global hectares (gha) per person, less than half  of Guyana’s capacity. In a world with an increasing ecological deficit – ecological footprint exceeds biocapacity – this declining resource is becoming increasingly more valuable. The following discussion draws liberally from the Global Footprint Network’s analyses and their 2011 publication, Ecological Wealth of Nations.

Biocapacity is the capacity of ecosystems – i.e. a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment – to produce useful biological materials and to absorb waste materials generated by humans, using current management schemes and extraction technologies. “Useful biological materials” are defined as those demanded by the human economy. Hence, what is considered “useful” can change from year to year.   Continue reading

NYC: Guyana-born Dr. Dhanpaul Narine awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2013.

NYC: Guyana-born Dr. Dhanpaul Narine awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2013.

The Mahatma Gandhi Peace March was Timely and Relevant 

By: James Paul Sanjay Narine for The West Indian- NYC

Dhanpaul Natine

The eighteenth Mahatma Gandhi Peace March took place on October 6, 2013 under overcast skies in New York but this did not dampen the spirits of those interested in peace. The Peace March was organized as usual by the Federation of Hindu Mandirs Inc.USA and led by Dharamacharya Pt. Rishi Misir and other members of the Federation. There were representatives from numerous organizations and a good sprinkling of politicians too.    Continue reading

Guyana, Venezuela to prepare for maritime delimitation negotiations

Guyana, Venezuela to prepare for maritime delimitation negotiations

Research Vessel -Teknik Perdana

Research Vessel Teknik Perdana

Thursday 17 October 2013 – Demerara Waves

Guyana and Venezuela Thursday night agreed that they would within four months begin groundwork for the start of negotiations for the delimitation of their maritime boundary, in the wake of last week’s arrest of a seismic research ship by the Venezuelan navy.

Foreign Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett said that during the six-hour meeting in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad with her delegation and one headed by Venezuela’s Foreign Relations Minister, Elías Jaua the two countries held on to their position that the Research Vessel Teknik Perdana was in each other’s waters when it was intercepted and arrested last week Thursday.

“In this regard, Ministers Rodrigues-Birkett and Jaua agreed to explore mechanisms within the context of international law to address the issue of maritime delimitation. To this end, they agreed that a technical team would meet within four months to exchange views on how such delimitation could proceed,” the two delegations said in a statement.    Continue reading

Cricket: The meaning of Sachin Tendulkar retirement

The meaning of Sachin

The impending retirement of India’s most famous cricketer warrants national introspection

Sachin TendulkarHOW do you cope in a world without God? That is the question Indian cricket fans (otherwise known as Indians) are asking after, on October 10th, Sachin Tendulkar announced that he would retire next month from international cricket.

Millions will remember where they were when they heard the news. Mr Tendulkar, a curly-haired and diminutive Mumbaikar, has long been known as the “God of cricket” in a country almost maniacally obsessed with the game. It really is hard for outsiders, especially those unschooled in the world’s greatest game (Banyan submits), to appreciate the huge extent of his appeal. When Mr Tendulkar walks out to bat for India, as he has 780 times, seething stadiums erupt, boiling over with cacophonous Sachin-love (as a means of identification, Mr Tendulkar’s surname has long been superfluous in India).  Continue reading

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