Category Archives: Guyana

New Elevated Bridge proposed for Wismar, over Demerara River

   – as Italian engineering firm holds virtual consultation

A map of the new Wismar Bridge
A map of the new Wismar Bridge

An elevated precast concrete girder bridge equipped with two traffic lanes and a footpath has been proposed to replace the existing Wismar, Linden Bridge which has been deteriorating over the years.

The design of the bridge was unveiled on Tuesday night by Italy-based engineering firm – Politecnica Ingegneria ed Architettura Società Cooperativa – which was contracted by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to conduct a feasibility study and preparation of detailed designs for the construction.          Continue reading

GECOM Chairman instructs CEO Lowenfield to submit new report by 2.00 PM Friday July 10, 2020

  • – based on the results from the national vote recount
The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh on Thursday instructed Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield to present a report based on the results from the national vote recount including the certified district results.

Quoting the Election Laws Act, that “you are subject to the direction and control of the Elections Commission,”  she asked him to prepare and submit his report on the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections by 2 PM, 10th July, 2020 “using the valid votes counted in the National Recount as per certificates of recount generated therefrom.”      Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Matter now lies with GECOM – President Granger

Incumbent President David Granger

Guyana: Chief Elections Officer unlikely to budge on results based on CCJ ruling – Peter Wickham

Political Scientist Peter Wickham on Wednesday said he did not expect the Chief Election Officer, Keith Lowenfield to present results to the seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) based on pronouncements by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) of what constitutes valid votes and the settlement of grievance through an elections petition.

“I am confident that he will say that there is no one can that can make him submit a new report, that he is comfortable with the report that he has submitted and if , it is, that he has to withdraw that report, prepare the same information in the report and submit it all over again, that is exactly what he will do and he will create a crisis,” Wickham said on a discussion on News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/ Demerara Waves Online News shortly after the CCJ’s decision.      Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Why Guyana’s political stalemate matters – Washington Post

By Ishaan Tharoor – with Ruby Mellen – Washington Post
Photo: People in Georgetown, Guyana, line up to vote in the country’s presidential election on March 2. (Adrian Narine/AP)
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In a corner of South America along the Caribbean coast, a country is plunged into crisis. Rival camps see themselves as the rightful rulers of the nation and their opponents as would-be usurpers. Officials in regional organizations and foreign governments want those in power to step down and pave the way for a transition. And beneath it all lies the promise — and potential curse — of the country’s considerable and largely untapped oil reserves.        Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Court of Appeal decision thrown out by CCJ – UPDATED

  • Lowenfield’s report cutting over 115,000 votes also of no effect
Justice Adrian Saunders delivering the court's decision today.
Justice Adrian Saunders delivering the court’s decision today.

This story is developing and will be updated.

The Caribbean Court of Justice today threw out a controversial Guyana Court of Appeal decision that inserted the word “valid” into the consideration of votes for the election of a President.

President of the Court Adrian Saunders said that in a unanimous decision that the decision of the Court of Appeal was null and void and of no  effect.    Continue reading

Guyana Politics: APNU+AFC countrywide protests point fingers at Caribbean Court ahead of key ruling

APNU+AFC supporters protesting on Mandela Avenue, Georgetown.

There are countrywide protests organised by A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) to press home its position that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) does not have jurisdiction to hear an appeal in the “valid votes” case by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).

Ahead of Wednesday’s decision by the  Trinidad-headquartered regional court, APNU+AFC supporters on Monday staged several peaceful protests on the Buxton-Friendship-Vigilance public road, East Coast Demerara; Plaisance, East Coast Demerara ; Mandela Avenue, Georgetown; Agricola, Greater Georgetown and Linden in Region 10.

Buxton and Agricola are known to be coalition pressure points.          Continue reading

Guyanese Cuisine: Chefs Adams, Ramsay cook up a ‘storm’ in Guyana – National Geographic

Photo: Chef Delven Adams and Britisn-born chef Gordon Ramsay cooking traditional Guyanese food in Rewa, a small Amerindian village in Guyana, for the second season of Uncharted on National Geographic.  NatGo / Justin Mandel
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Guyana’s popular chef, Delven Adams, proprietor of Georgetown’s Backyard Cafe, will debuted his unique traditional cuisine on Sunday, July 5, on the second season of the National Geographic TV series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted. The episode was aired on NatGo on Sunday, July 5 at 10 pm, 9 Central.
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The charismatic Adams, a remigrant, whose culinary tours have mesmerized foodies, and attracted tourists from around the world, told Caribbean Life in an exclusive interview via Facebook, that the National Geographic episode is more about showcasing Guyana.

Guyana Tourism: A trip to Moraikobai, Guyana – Webinar – July 9, 2020 @ 2.00 pm EDT

Join us for our webinar

A trip to Moraikobai, Guyana

Thursday, July 9th 2020 @ 2 pm EDT

As a destinationGuyana prides itself in its Community-Led and Owned Tourism (CLOT). In this webinar, we are going to focus on some of the newer, more rustic, experiences that are currently being developed in Guyana. We will start with the Indigenous Community run village of Moraikobai. The quiet location provides guests with encounters of some of Guyana’s most renowned wildlife. The best part? A visit to the village can be done on a day trip from the capital city of Georgetown.

Join us to find out more about why you should take a trip to Moraikobai on your next visit to Guyana!  

We look forward to having you!

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Guyana: Tourism recovery after COVID-19 – By Annette Arjoon-Martins

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On certain occasions, I use the space in this column to deal with a pressing subject using the expertise of someone proficient in that field.  Today, as we contemplate what Guyana will be like after COVID-19, the column presents the viewpoint of my wife, Annette Arjoon-Martins, knowledgeable in matters of travel and the environment in Guyana.

By Annette Arjoon-Martins

Guyana’s tourism product is largely dependent on international visitations so the international travel ban for COVID-19 has hit the industry really hard, virtually bringing that sector to a halt.

There are realities here facing us.  Our major tourism attractions are mostly located in the deep hinterland, where road connectivity is not in place, and even in the limited locations where they exist they are always at the mercy of inclement weather.          Continue reading

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