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Stabroek Market. Georgetown. Guyana.


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VIDEO: Rio Carnival 2019 [HD] – Floats & Dancers | Brazilian Carnival | The Samba Schools Parade

Rio Carnival 2019 [HD] – Floats & Dancers | Brazilian Carnival | The Samba Schools Parade

Rio de Janeiro Carnival highlights. The competition took place on March 3 and 4, 2019. The Special Group of the Samba Schools Parade always happen on Sunday and Monday which is before Tuesday of carnival (mobile holiday that occurs 47 days before Easter, and which this year it is on March 5). On both nights, the parade starts at 9 o’clock and ends at sunrise.

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

Guyana Institute of Historical Research – GIHR – Online Newsletter – March 2019

                 Download: GIHR Online Newsletter – March 2019

Guyana Politics: Heroes, Monsters and ORDER – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Heroes, Monsters and ORDER – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The result of the December 21, 2018, NO CONFIDENCE vote in the Guyana Parliament, remains a HOT TOPIC in Guyana, as well as in the vast Guyanese Diaspora worldwide. In fact, it is still unfolding with a number of unexpected twists and turns, as it was spawned by the “YES” vote itself. As a colleague of mine described it as, “The mother of all “YES” votes in the history of the Guyana Parliament”.

Recently I came across an old photograph of the Public Buildings, which seemed to be well over 100 years old. The photograph also showed scores of ordinary people on the Brickdam pavement and military clad persons inside the compound. It seems that there was no fence around the building at the time the photograph was taken, and certainly no statue of the iconic labour leader Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow in the north east of the compound. In addition, there was no big screen and loud speakers that now project the sitting of Parliament to citizens outside its chambers in real time. Since the photograph was not dated, I wondered what was the specific event and whether it had resulted in as dramatic an upheaval as occasioned by the recent December 21, 2018 sitting of the Parliament.          Continue reading

​​Georgetown Guyana: Under a Microscope in 2019 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

​​Georgetown: Under a Microscope in 2019 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

City Hall – Georgetown-Guyana

Following the hotly contested November 12, Local Government Elections last year, the (approximate) 202,000 citizens of Georgetown got a new Chief Citizen in the person of Pandit Ubraj Narine who received the Mayoral Chain from out-going Mayor Patricia Chase-Green. There was much work Mayor Chase-Green had on her hands, and there is equally much work for Mayor Narine, as Georgetown slowly inches its way to regaining its lost glory, and become “A Shining City on a Mud-Flat”. But it is an up-hill task in a city which falls below sea level whenever the tide rises.

There are so many things which the current citizens should be grateful for;  the Georgetown we inherited is one of the best laid-out cities on the planet, for starters. In past times, Georgetown used to be known as, “The Garden City of the Caribbean”. The city lost that impressive title about thirty years ago when standards began to tumble.   Continue reading

Commentary: Guyana’s US$150 million ugly airport blunder

Guyana’s US$150 million ugly airport blunder – By Ray Chickrie

The third deadline, December 31, 2018, for the completion of the “new and modern US 150 million” Cheddi Jagan Airport (CJIA) won’t be met and unconfirmed reports suggest it will roll into the first quarter of 2019.

Instead of the country getting a new and larger terminal, the US$150 million “expansion” project by the Chinese company, China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), will merely extend the current terminal for arrivals and “gutting and rehabilitation” of the existing terminal for departures.     Continue reading

The Library, the Novelist, the Community and the Movement – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The Library, the Novelist, the Community and the Movement – by Francis Quamina Farrier  

The four elements listed in the Headline above, will all be in their 110 anniversary this year 2019; they are The National Library in Georgetown, The Guyanese novelist, Edgar Mittelholzer, of New Amsterdam, The Village of St. Ignatius in Region Nine and the Guyana Scouting Movement; they all commenced in the year 1919. Novelist Edgar Mittelholzer, of course, passed on in May 1965.


The Guyana National Library which is located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Georgetown, was founded in 1909. The 7,000 pound sterling cost for the construction, was donated by the Scottish-American philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who had a passion for literature, and for making  it possible for those who did not have the means to buy books for their reading pleasure and information, to still be able to read the books they desired, by becoming members of “Free Libraries”, and borrow the books they needed.          Continue reading

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MEDICAL: Making GPHC a better, safer and more welcoming hospital – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam- commentary on the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)

Permit me in the capacity of a health professional to pen a few lines on an issue that desperately needs to be caught up or at minimum swept up in the present government’s tsunami of change. A recent newspaper article brought to the fore the undercurrents of a likely financial scandal involving changes/ renovations that were due to be carried out over 32 months at Cheddi Jagan International Airport located at Timehri

It is a well –known and well-shown fact, that anything of a fiscal nature involving the Guyana Government has always been shrouded in mystery and deception and this case was no exception, even down to the surreptitious recipient of the tender- China Harbour Engineering Company. To coin a well-known Guyanese adage, “Whah gone wrong ah morning, can’t come good at night”. For what was originally decided on during the previous administration regarding the contractual terms have not materialized.       Continue reading

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