Category Archives: Geography

Guyana: Mabaruma – Region1 – Welcome to Spice Country – Video

Guyana: Mabaruma – Region1 – Welcome to Spice Country – Video

News Room Guyana with Neil Marks

GUYANA: MABARUMA. In this third episode of the series GUYANA, the News Room’s Neil Marks travels to the fertile Hosororo Hills at Mabaruma, at the top of Guyana, to meet the farmers who grow Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Ginger and Turmeric. The focus is on Organic Farming with no pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals…. real “Natural Farming”.

GUYANA: New Georgetown Buildings after the fire of 1945 – By Geoff Burrowes

By Geoff Burrowes
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When the fire ignited that destroyed the downtown area in 1945 I was only 3 years old. My dad and my uncle who lived side by side rushed downtown to see if they could help fight the fire and I have a vague memory of all the wives and children gathered together in my Uncle Charlie’s house watching the red glow in the western sky as the fire raged unchecked.
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Post Office in flames – 1945 fire in Georgetown

I remember an excitement in the air and a sense of fear but not much else.

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BOOK: Review- 2034: A Novel of the Next World War – Efraim Halevy | Haaretz

A journalist and top NATO commander have co-written a thriller that lays out a series of incidents in the South China Sea, the Strait of Hormuz and D.C. that spark the apocalypse. Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy reviews the book 

Efraim Halevy | Haaretz reviews ‘2034,’ by Elliot Ackerman and James Stavridis

This is a highly appropriate time to read “2034: A Novel of the Next World War”, a thriller published in March that describes a chain of events leading to a third world war.  

Its coauthors are seasoned veterans of the U.S. military. One is James Stavridis, 66, a retired Navy admiral who served in a variety of command positions. In 2009 he was named supreme commander of NATO and the top U.S. commander in Europe, positions he held until his retirement in 2013. The second, Elliot Ackerman, is 25 years his junior. A journalist and author, he served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry and special operation officer, including a brief stint with the Ground Branch of the CIA’s Special Activities Division. Ackerman served multiple tours of duty with elite covert CIA units in the Middle East and southwest Asia, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.          Continue reading

CANADA: Digging Deep Into The Canadian Economy – Video

Canada: Digging Deep Into The Canadian Economy

Released on September 17, 2021 by Economic Raven

Canada, a commonwealth country, has a service based economy, based on the principle of “Peace, Order, and Good Government. Canada is not a socialist country. It is a capitalistic economy. A mixture of capitalism and minimum state regulation, instead of a mixture of capitalism and socialism. 

Canada, just like many developed nations, followed a sequence of transitioning from a raw-material-based economy to a manufacturing-based economy, and finally transitioning again to a service-based economy. Ranked among the top ten countries on Economic Freedom Index, the Canadian economy has some resemblance with the Australian economy.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Extraordinary Places – The Essequibo River – By Ian McDonald

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As a companion volume to my planned book Portraits of Extraordinary people, I intend to add Portraits of Extraordinary Places. One such portrait follows.

Someimes my wife and I go up the great Essequibo to stay at the beautiful river-home of my brother-in-law and his wife. Not far away we share with friends a river-home of our own. In these lovely places we  have spent many of the most contented hours of our lives. We also can say we have lived in Arcady.

It is a long way from the island-scattered mouth yet the river here is like a sea miles across and the waves wild as an ocean’s when storms come and you cannot see the other shore so far away. This is one of the things I love about the Essequibo. It is a mighty force of nature.          Continue reading

OPINION: American Economist Jeffrey Sachs – How The West Is Keeping Africa Poor – Video

Eminent American Economist Jeffrey Sachs Exposes The Truth About How The West Is Keeping Africa Poor

Africa Web TV – August 3, 2021

American economist Professor, Jeffrey Sachs exposes how America, its Western allies, the CIA and the defence industry have rigged the system to keep Africa from being prosperous. It is a stunning expose and rebuke to the present world order. Jeffrey David Sachs is an American economist, academic, public policy analyst and former director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor. He is also a renowned leader in sustainable development, a senior UN advisor and a bestselling author.*

BUSINESS: Downtown Offices in Many USA and Canadian Cities Are Still Relatively Empty

Downtown Toronto

REPORT ON DOWNTOWN TORONTO FEATURED HERE… from BlogTO

The vast majority of Toronto office employees are still working from home, according to a cool (albeit slightly creepy) new index that tracks daily foot traffic near commercial buildings in major North American cities.

Data from global real estate advisory Avison Young’s newly-launched Vitality Index indicates that the number of people actually going into offices across Toronto every day is still 86 per cent lower on average than it was the week before the first major pandemic lockdown.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Int’l study exposes worrying levels of mercury poisoning in South Rupununi Region

Gold Mining – Guyana

By Kiana Wilburg

Sep 12, 2021  Kaieteur News – In recognition of the oftentimes irreversible effects of methylmercury, the Government of Guyana, almost eight years ago, signed onto and ratified the Minamata Convention. That international treaty is designed to protect human life as well as the environment from the release of methylmercury and its compounds during gold mining activities.

In fact, the PPP/C and APNU+AFC had made pledges and implemented several initiatives since 2013 to phase out the use of methylmercury, one of the most toxic forms of mercury that is used in the gold sector particularly by artisanal and small miners. In spite of their best efforts to mitigate the effects or impacts of this chemical on human life and the environment, studies over the years have uncovered alarming levels of mercury poisoning/contamination in Indigenous people and their environs which are in proximity to mining camps that make use of the harmful chemical.            Continue reading

TRAVEL: Caribbean tourism recovery punctured by new coronavirus spike

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Just as tourism was beginning to show signs of recovery, the Caribbean has been hit by a new wave of coronavirus infections that is causing lockdowns and flight cancellations and overwhelming hospitals.

Countries including Jamaica, Martinique, The Bahamas, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Dominica have seen a rise in cases fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant and a relaxation of earlier restrictions. Misinformation spread on social media has also contributed to a low vaccine uptake.        Continue reading

Commentary: The Caribbean’s ‘big fish small fish’ problem – By: David Jessop

Some years ago, the then Prime Minister of Barbados, the late Owen Arthur, told me that unless regional leaders could agree on how to achieve economic parity between CARICOM’s member states, a viable Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) might not be attainable.

During a lengthy exchange he suggested that to overcome the differences in the weight, size and performance of Anglophone Caribbean nations, CARICOM’s members needed to have greater political will. That meant, he said, adopting, implementing, and sustaining measures that would rebalance relationships, enable intra-regional capital flows, and stimulate economic complementarities. Without this, he said, it would be hard to make competitive and economically secure a geographically-fragmented region.          Continue reading
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