Daily Archives: 11/14/2021

Guyana: New Players in the Guyanese Sweet Drink Marketplace – By Vibert Cambridge

Stabroek News – By October 3, 2021

Sweet Drink: A Preliminary Exploration of the Social History of Nonalcoholic Carbonated Beverages in Guyana (1870–2020).

Demerara Distilleries Ltd

The early 1990s saw a new player in the Guyanese sweet drink marketplace: Demerara Distilleries Ltd. (DDL). The new company was established in 1983 from the merger of Guyana Distillers Ltd. (GDL) and Diamond Liquors Ltd. (DLL). These companies emerged from the nationalization of the sugar industry and ancillary rum distilleries in 1976.  Guyana Distillers Ltd. was a Bookers Bros. Ltd. company, and Diamond Liquors was owned by Jessels Holdings.

Although the new company’s core business was rum, there was a sweet drink strand in its DNA. At the dawn of the sweet-drink era in British Guiana, one of the early bottlers was Bookers Bros. Ltd., the original proprietors of the Guyana Distillers companies. Another strand comes from Russian Bear, which was produced by the R. M. Wight company.

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Guyana Cultural Association of New York (GCA) – Awards Ceremony + Musical Jam – November 21. 2021



6.00 – 8.00 P.M. EST

 (After Awards Ceremony Fundraising Musical Jam – 8.00 -9.00 PM)

The GCA Awards recognize individuals and organizations from global nominations,

whose creativity and leadership, reflect  our cultural heritage and demonstrate

significant achievements in accomplishing the objectives of our theme.


  Meeting ID: 913 3235 6673    –    Passcode: 857493


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Venezuela: How to Briefly Explain Venezuela to an American Audience – Pedro Graterol | Caracas Chronicles

 After going through several stages of migratory grief, I’ve learned some useful things during my experiences talking about my country 

Pedro Graterol | Caracas Chronicles

A couple of weeks ago, I was profoundly moved by a piece written by Nai Gonzalez in Caracas Chronicles. Nai described the dissonance and pain that she felt when she lost her uncle in Venezuela after a long battle with cancer, amid the difficulties that dealing with an oncology patient in Venezuela brings. This pain only increased when she saw a daycare in San Francisco that hailed the Bolivarian revolution as a noble cause rather than the movement responsible for the biggest crisis in Venezuelan history.

As I was sitting at my desk at my job, I found myself forwarding the story to my friends. To Venezuelans abroad because it captured a familiar feeling and to Americans because it illustrated a common yet devastating reality. The reality that Venezuelans abroad face when hearing others talking about our country in a way that dilutes the reality and pain of our crisis.           

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