Monthly Archives: June 2014

FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil: Who are the Real Winners?

Three Worlds One Vision

A boy walks in front of graffiti painted against infrastructure work for the 2014 World Cup at the Metro Mangueira slum in Rio de Janeiro“Destroying my Community for the World Cup”
Favela Metrô Mangueira – Rio de Janeiro – June 2012
Source: Reuters/Sergio Moraes

When FIFA elected Brazil to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, I shared the elation of the Brazilian people. I saw it not only as an opportunity to showcase Brazil’s economic growth, but also the warmth and hospitality of its people.

At the time, Brazil’s then Minister of Sports of President Lula’s government promised the people: “The stadiums for the World Cup will be constructed with money from the private sector. Not a cent of public money will be used for the stadiums.” (UOL Copa do Mundo)

Almost a year later, the global economic crisis changed our world. Even though Brazil recovered faster than many other economies, the world market for its products had changed. Private funding shriveled. Of the twelve host cities for the World Cup football…

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Stan Brock, Amazon bush pilot – By Hugh Yearwood

Stan Brock, Amazon bush pilot – My candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

By Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

I treat my own bouts of hiraeth by writing about my experiences as a child growing up in Guyana. I was fortunate to travel and work in the interior and luckily kept an irregular journal during the years 1980-1981. I left Ebini Ranch in 1983 to study veterinary medicine in Poland where I have remained since. Here is my second story.

This story is based on an entry I made in a journal in 1978.

Stan Brock was my number one hero when I was a teenager and I’m sorry I never met him. When I first heard of him British Guiana was now Guyana and he was the long gone ex-manager of one of the most remote and largest cattle ranches in the world; Dadanawa Ranch. During his time as a cowboy there 4,000 of British Guiana’s 83,000 sq. miles belonged to Dadanawa. Lethem was just an out station. The ranch is bordered to the South and East by the mostly unexplored Amazon jungle and to the West by the Guyana, Brazilian border.

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US setting up DEA office in Guyana to go after drug lords

US setting up DEA office in Guyana to go after drug lords

Thursday, 26 June 2014 –  Written by  Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

 President Donald Ramotar and US Ambassador, Brent Hardt

President Donald Ramotar and US Ambassador, Brent Hardt

The United States (US) is to set up an office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) here to help go after drug kingpins at a time when there is a shift in trafficking routes, American Ambassador Brent Hardt announced on Thursday.

“There is definitely a shift to this region as we work closely with Mexico and Central America to tighten up some of the areas there so this does have a strategic purpose in that sense that the flows are increasing and there is need to boost our presence and engagement in the Caribbean,”  he told reporters. Continue reading

Guyana – best kept secret in South America-National Geographic

Guyana – best kept secret in South America-National Geographic


Highlighting Wilderness Explorers’ award-winning Amerindian Guyana tour, National Geographic Traveler Tourpresents 2014 must-see places on planet earth.

Guyana has earned a coveted exclusive spot on National Geographic Traveler 2014 list under Highlighting Wilderness Explorers’ award-winning Amerindian Guyana tour.

Noted as a must-see place on planet earth, National Geographic says that Guyana may be the best-kept secret in South America, with most of the country still covered in wild forest. Stunning natural wonders – stretching from newly restored mangroves near Georgetown to the mighty Kaieteur Falls to the pristine Iwokrama rain forest, Continue reading

Walter Rodney Inquiry – The distortions and deceptions – Commentary

The distortions and deceptions


It was William Shakespeare who first zeroed in on a comedy of errors. Certainly in life there are these comedies, some of which have a lasting impact on a situation. The Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry is turning out to be a comedy of errors and at the end, one wonders whether the desired result would be achieved.

Walter Rodney died thirty-four years ago. Since then there have been an aborted inquest and numerous attempts to get to the bottom of the issue. In the end, depending on which side of the political fence one stood, one would have come to distinct conclusions. One conclusion would be that people opposed to the late Dr. Walter Rodney conspired to kill him by whatever means.
However, there is an equally compelling conclusion that Dr. Rodney died by his own hands, albeit by misadventure.   Continue reading

The Story of Your Enslavement – video

The Story of Your Enslavement

Uploaded on Apr 17, 2010  –We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement – up to and including your own.



Rising Star: Guyana-born Lisa Punch – How Will I Know (Week One) – TV Video

Rising Star: Lisa Punch – How Will I Know (Week One)

Published on Jun 22, 2014

Host Josh Groban, along with an expert panel of musicians including Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris, welcomed the first set of hopefuls in a brand new singing competition called Rising Star. In the premiere episode on June 22, ten hopefuls battled it out with the dream that your instant votes would send them through to the next round.
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What It Means To Be A Guyanese Emigrant

Tricia Vivienne Blanc

If yuh nah get wing, nah ah guh a bird sport.

That’s a good old-fashioned Guyanese proverb for you. I heard it all through my school days and plenty often after, and in all those years it fell on deaf ears. Like many of my generation, I was educated in the British system of things and raised by at least one parent who had been educated outside of Guyana and so slangs and creole language were completely lost on me. We spoke proper English in my house, particularly at the dining table and especially around my mother. It was only long after leaving my homeland that I came across that saying again, in a magazine and with it, the meaning that eluded me for all my childhood.

It means that if you do not belong somewhere, then you should not go there.

If you know anything about Guyanese you would…

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US envoy rubbishes govt’s excuse for delaying local elections

US envoy rubbishes govt’s excuse for delaying local elections
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 – By Scott Chabrol – CND
US Ambassador D. Brent Hardt

US Ambassador D. Brent Hardt

United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt has dismissed government’s latest excuse for not holding local government elections and he said it was time Guyanese directly elect their representatives at the local level.

“To my mind, it’s a constitutional requirement, it’s a legislative requirement and there is at this point no obstacle to the holding of local government elections so I would just urge government to set a date, move forward as soon as possible and give people that ability to have effective local governance and start to transform the country,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.

Earlier this month, President Donald Ramotar said his government was gambling on whether to hold long-overdue local government elections this year or call early national elections if blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for Guyana’s failure to pass amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT) begins to bite hard. Continue reading

Cuban ambassador tours Barbados cassava projects

Cuban ambassador tours Barbados cassava projects
Published on June 24, 2014 Caribbean News Now
cassavaAmbassador Lissette Bárbara Pérez Pérez of Cuba (centre) and Dr J.R. Deep Ford, FAO Subregional Coordinator (right) take a closer look at a local cassava crop in Barbados


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — In its ongoing effort to address the region’s mounting $US4 billion-plus annual food import bill, the Food and Agriculture Organization, in close collaboration with other regional agricultural agencies, has identified cassava development as a key pillar of its programme of assistance.

In this regard, FAO, Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI), and the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture, mounted a recent field trip with the ambassador of Cuba to Barbados, Lissette Bárbara Pérez Pérez. The aim is to develop a south-south cooperation program of assistance to develop a cassava industry in Barbados and the Caribbean. Continue reading

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