Monthly Archives: January 2020

New York: Janitor changes tune- admits to smuggling 34 songbirds from Guyana

Francis Gurahoo

“I’m nervous and scared,” Gurahoo told a federal judge Thursday before pleading guilty. “I was a passenger on a flight from Guyana to the United States. I had in my possession 34 finches. I knew these finches had to be declared to customs … I know this was illegal.”          Continue reading

Guyana: Immigration, gun licence, vehicle fitness, should be outsourced – President Granger proposes

— January 31, 2020 – Kaieteur News

The Coalition Government is contemplating outsourcing a number of key services being offered by the police.

President David Granger addresses police officers

These include non-core functions including immigration, certification of vehicular fitness and issuance of gun licenses.

“These non-core functions must be outsourced so as ensure that more trained ranks are deployed to crime-fighting duties,” President David Granger said yesterday – January 30, 2020.          Continue reading

Guyana: GIHR Online Newsletter – February 2020

               READ: GIHR Online Newsletter – February 2020

Guyana Tourism Authority Feature – Mapari Wilderness Camp

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FEATURED ITINERARY — A 6-DAY MAPARI EXPEDITION

This short, custom-built 6-day trip is perfect for those with limited amount of time wishing to get into the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area. You will enjoy all the pleasures of the remote, pristine Mapari Wilderness Camp, a hammock camp overlooking a small waterfall. Includes a final night at the Caiman House.

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Mapari Wilderness Camp is not your typical lodge. It is a remote and rarely visited place where wildlife presents themselves at every turn. Mapari is a hammock camp overlooking a small waterfall within the Kanuku Mountain Range. The mountains are in the southern half of Guyana and divide the Rupununi into northern and southern savannahs. In other words, it’s out there.            Continue reading

CUISINE: From Pakistan to the Caribbean: Curry’s journey around the world – CNN

Kate Springer, CNN • Updated 23rd January 2020 – CNN

Trace curry’s journey around the world | CNN Travel

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It might seem counter-intuitive to eat CoCo Ichibanya’s relatively mild, sweet Japanese dish in the land of curry.
But the move underscores the sheer variety and complexity of curry — a word that’s long been misunderstood.
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Curry is not a single spice, nor is it related to the namesake curry tree (though the leaves are used in many dishes in India).
The catch-all umbrella term refers to a “spiced meat, fish or vegetable stew,” either freshly prepared as a powder or spice paste or purchased as a ready-made mixture,” writes Colleen Sen in her book “Curry: A Global History.”
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BREXIT: European Union MEPs ratify UK withdrawal agreement from EU

Politicians join in rendition of Auld Lang Syne after vote confirming UK departure from EU on Friday, 31 January 2020

in Brussels – 

 MEPs sing Auld Lang Syne after approving Brexit deal – video

Britain’s departure from the EU on 31 January was set in stone in a historic moment for the nation as MEPs in Brussels ratified the withdrawal agreement before breaking out in a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

As the president of the European parliament, David Sassoli, announced the result of the vote, with 621 in favour to 49 against with 13 abstentions, MEPs stood almost as one to sing the Scottish song.      Continue reading

Guyana : Former SWAT Head – Motie Dookie – dismissed from force over whisky find+ video

Motie Dookie

Motie Dookie

Motie Dookie, former Head of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit who was implicated in the smuggling of 30 cases of whisky in 2017 was dismissed from the Guyana Police Force after an inquiry into the allegation found him guilty.

This was confirmed by Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Paul Slowe who told Stabroek News that Dookie’s dismissal was effective from December, 31, 2019.  Continue reading

Guyana: Revamping Exxon deal: the company couldn’t at this time, even if it wanted to… – By GHK Lall

I refer to the article titled, “Steep rise in oil reserve seen as upping pressure for revamping of Exxon deal” (Stabroek News, January 28). As a Guyanese I agree; there can be none-should not be any-who sees things differently. And yet, as I say so, I am prompted to cast a bucket of chilled water on those hopes; they are well-meaning, but forlorn and sure to fall on unfavorable ground.

There is agreement that the reserves have increased significantly. I am optimistic that there will be further additions to those reserves, as it is becoming clearer and clearer that Guyana sits upon an oil lake, several of them, as will come to light in due course. That is the good news, and should be greeted accordingly, by all patriotic-minded Guyanese. The calls from well-intentioned minds and lips have some substance to them: revamp (the newest coinage in the growing local oil lexicon) the deal, being uppermost. I cannot find any fault with that, and no one should.            Continue reading

U.S. — Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate is just a charade – By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

The word “charade” is defined as “an act or a pretense put on to make something appear different than what it is or a word or phrase that is acted out.”

To wit: President Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial in the United States Senate.  With millions of Americans looking on via television, 100 senators were required to be silent and some passed the time playing crossword puzzles or defying the ban on electronics by using smartwatches or sleeping — a not-guilty verdict outcome almost assured.

Even before the proceedings began, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., admitted in an interview with Fox News that there would be “total coordination” with the White House and that there was “zero chance” of a conviction.        Continue reading

HEALTH: Scientists say that Lungs ‘magically’ heal damage from smoking – BBC News

  • NEVER TOO LATE TO QUIT

Healthy lungs

Your lungs have an almost “magical” ability to repair the cancerous mutations caused by smoking – but only if you stop, say scientists.

The mutations that lead to lung cancer had been considered to be permanent, and to persist even after quitting.

But the surprise findings, published in Nature, show the few cells that escape damage can repair the lungs.

The effect has been seen even in patients who had smoked a pack a day for 40 years before giving up.    Continue reading

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