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Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Photo Credit: Bees – Earth Day Network

April 22nd is Earth Day 2019. The theme this year Protect Our Species – aims to “educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.” Other goals include achieving major policies to protect these species, building a global movement that embraces nature, and encouraging individual actions to adopt a plant-based diet and stop pesticide and herbicide use.

Since the loss of the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago, our planet now faces the greatest rate of extinction due to human impact on their habitats. Learn more about What is driving this process of extinction?

Earth Day Network (EDN) sums up the scope of this threat with the following 10 facts for global species decline. It’s a shameful report card of our deficiency in stewardship.

Fact #1 –…

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Guyana Politics: Irfaan Ali’s inauspicious start – By Adam Harris

Irfaan Ali’s inauspicious start

Guyana Office for Investment – SIAL 2019 Booth #124 – Toronto – April 30- May 02, 2019

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Guyana History: The Village Movement: A Significant Afro Guyanese Achievement – By Cecilia McAlmont

Remembering the Village Movement: 
– By Cecilia McAlmont – Stabroek News – September 29, 2005

On August 1 every year for the past one hundred and seventy-plus years, Guyanese, but especially Guyanese of African descent together with their counterparts in the rest of the English speaking Caribbean, celebrate the end of chattel slavery. However, it was to be four more years of semi-slavery, known as apprenticeship, before they were truly free.

The end of apprenticeship ushered in what could easily be regarded as the most significant decade of Afro Guyanese achievement. The purpose of this article is to remember that achievement and to narrate how it happened particularly for the benefit of our uniformed young men and women.

Caribbean historians describe the village movement and the rise of the black peasantry in British Guiana and elsewhere as a continuation and an extension of the struggle and resistance against the domination and the exploitation of the planters. In British Guiana as elsewhere that resistance had taken place throughout the period of slavery.

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A Successful Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) Show – 2019 – commentary

Stabroek News – 04 April 2019 – EDITORIAL –   MADE IN GUYANA”

On Sunday last (March 31, 2019), scores of local producers came together in a single space for yet another vigorous effort by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) to propel small businesses forward. The event, though heavily supported by the government, could still be seen as the private sector’s response to the agonising fumbling of such efforts by successive administrations by way of GuyExpo and last year’s wishy-washy replacement, the Guyana Trade and Investment Exposition (GuyTIE), which was held at the Marriott Hotel and saw attendance of only some ten small business owners.

Dubbed Uncapped Marketplace, the GMSA event, which was dominated by agro-producers and processors and manufacturers of jewellery, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, art and craft among other local produce, was held at the National Stadium, Providence.            Continue reading

Guyana Politics: British perceptions of Guyanese politicians in 1953: Cheddi Jagan– By Winston McGowan

By Winston McGowan – Stabroek News  – October 4, 2002

(Left to Right): Jainarine Singh, Sidney King (Eusi Kwayana), ​Forbes Burnham. Janet Jagan, Cheddi Jagan, Joseph Latchmansingh and Ashton Chase – 1953

British perceptions of Guyanese politicians in 1953: Cheddi Jagan

1953 was one of the most momentous years in the history of British Guiana- now Guyana. It witnessed two striking but contrasting events. Firstly, in April the country had a general election under a new constitution distinguished by universal adult suffrage and the grant of a measure of ministerial responsibility to the winning political history. The election resulted in a convincing victory for the People’s Progressive Party, led by Cheddi Jagan with Forbes Burnham as his chairman. The PPP won 51 per cent of the votes cast and 18 of the 24 seats in the new House of Assembly.      Continue reading

Bush lady: Bernadette Mc Bean: A life dedicated to herbal treatments + “The Weed Song”



Bernadette Mc Bean with various bushes.

“Everybody know me as the bush woman because is years now I does sell bush, you know, and I does look after people. They would come to me house. I don’t really make plenty money but is a lil something that I love doing,” she said smiling brightly.

We were standing on pavement in Robb Street and she had an old baby pram in front of her filled with an assortment of herbs, some dry and some green. She caught my attention when I overheard part of a conversation she was having with an acquaintance.

“I does still live in Linden, but I does come to town to sell the bush, you know how it does guh,” she said to the acquaintance.      Continue reading

GUYANA: The School Where Indigenous Youth Learn About Their Land and Culture

Bina Hill Institute’s Youth Learning Centre – Annai. Guyana ….. A report by Carinya Sharples for Mongabay.

Education Building

ANNAI, Guyana — It’s 8:30 a.m. and the main school building of the Bina Hill Institute’s Youth Learning Centre is strangely quiet. The classrooms are deserted, the newly built dormitories are empty, and the football field lies still. But behind the kitchen block is a hubbub of noise: the roar of a motorbike, the hum of chattering voices, snatches of Latin music played on unseen cellphones. It’s the sound of an entire student body hard at work plucking, boiling and cleaning more than 100 white leghorn chickens.

The Youth Learning Centre (YLC) is not your average school. Surrounded by the savanna, rainforest and mountains of Guyana’s North Rupununi district, it’s the only tertiary educational institution in the country’s hinterland. And although the two-year syllabus includes English and math, classes focus on areas relevant to life in Guyana’s interior, such as agriculture, natural resource management, forestry, tourism, traditional crafts and one of the local indigenous languages, Makushi.        Continue reading

The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail

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The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption is a work of investigative journalism by Dahr Jamail, conducted during the period April 2016 to July 2017 on the front lines of human-caused climate disruption. Having lived in Alaska for ten years (1996-2006), Jamail had witnessed the dramatic impact of global warming on the glaciers there.

Jamail’s original aim was to alert readers about “the urgency of our planetary crisis through firsthand accounts of what is happening to the glaciers, forest, wildlife, coral reefs, and oceans, alongside data provided by leading scientists who study them.” His reporting took him to climate disruption hot spots in Alaska, California, Florida, and Montana in the United States; Palau in the Western Pacific Ocean; Great Barrier Reef, Australia; and the Amazon Forest in Manaus, Brazil. His grief at what was happening to nature made him realize that “only…

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The Linguistic Legacy of Indian-Guyanese – By Harry T. Hergash

 – By Harry T. Hergash  – April 21, 2014 – Stabroek News – In the Diaspora

Harry Hergash, a graduate of the University of Guyana, taught at the Annandale Government Secondary from 1964 to 1969. He immigrated to Canada in 1974.

EDITOR’s NOTE: Indian-Guyanese, the descendants of Indian immigrants, now comprise about 39.8% of the population of Guyana as reported in the 2012 Census; This is down from 43.4% in the 2002 Census; 48.6% in the 1991 Census and 51.9% in the 1980 Census. (see 2012 Census note at the end of this article}.

The everyday speech of the majority of this segment of the population, especially those living in rural communities, is peppered with words of Indic origin. Most of these words relate to items of food, kitchen utensils, terminology identifying family members and other relatives, names and terminology associated with religious holidays and worship, and names of vegetables and plants.    Continue reading

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