Category Archives: Local Government

GUYANA: Another solar boondoggle for hinterland residents – Stabroek News

By October 9, 2021

Stabroek News

It was announced last week that the Indian government will provide US$7.2m in credit towards delivering solar systems to 30,000 households in the hinterland. 

Exactly how that figure of 30,000 was arrived at is not clear. The most recent census showed a population for what are described as the hinterland regions (1, 7, 8, and 9) of 81,263. With an average household size of 4.7 that works out to only 17,622 homes. Furthermore since population centres such as Bartica, Lethem, Port Kaituma, Kwakwani, Mabaruma and Mahdia have their own diesel powered grid systems they would not be included in this project.

But we must forgive our politicians for their exaggerations in a land where based on their claims everyone must have one or two house lots by now, every schoolchild is above average and serious crimes are near zero.         Continue reading

GUYANA: Georgetown City Hall makeover to commence with G$780M construction contract

Sep 27, 2021 – Kaieteur News – A contract for the Georgetown City Hall restoration project totalling $780M has been signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Prema Roopnarine, and the contractors of Fides Guyana Inc.

The signing of the contract took place at City Hall on Friday in the presence of Senior Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall, Minister within the Local Government Ministry, Anand Persaud, Mayor of Georgetown, Pandit Ubraj Narine, and other officials.          Continue reading

VIDEO: Living Off-Grid for 17 Years on a Self-Built Island Homestead – Built with Salvaged Materials

Living Off-Grid for 17 Years on a Self-Built Island Homestead – Built with Salvaged Materials

Shadow built this incredible floating island with salvaged and reclaimed materials. The island comprises a 2-story float home, a floating chicken coop, floating gardens, and even a floating compost shed! He’s been living on the water for 17 years and working hard to protect the Widgeon Slough area in BC, Canada.

He gathers wood from the river to use as firewood, he grows some of his own fresh food in barrel gardens, and he collects fresh water from a nearby spring. He filters his greywater on a floating raft with multiple plant and husk filtration layers, and he composts his food and human waste to ensure that nothing goes overboard.          Continue reading

GUYANA: D’Urban Park. Georgetown – By Ralph Ramkarran

– The Horse-Racing Mecca in the 1950’s

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D’Urban Park and D’Urban Backlands are named after Sir Benjamin D’Urban, appointed Governor of Demerara-Essequibo in 1824. He became, with the addition of Berbice in 1831, Governor of British Guiana from 1831 to 1833. D’Urban Park was home to Guyana’s most famous horse racing track. I remember when, still a child, I was taken there to horse racing, perhaps in the early 1950s.

I don’t know by whom, but I believe that it might have been an uncle, a lifelong horseracing enthusiast. I distinctly recall the crowd and the noise, over which the resonantly distinctive voice of the announcer, expertly modulated and paced to evoke tension and excitement as the race came to a climactic end. That voice announced horse racing over the radio throughout my youth.      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

GUYANA: Back to Beautiful Buxton – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 The Tipperary Hall. Buxton. The Post Office is now located here.

 Beautiful Buxton – by Francis Quamina Farrier

A few months ago, I wrote an article which has the headline, “From Buxton to Buxton” which juxtaposed the town of Buxton in England and the village of Buxton here in Guyana. Since writing that article, I have done a two-hour walkabout in the Guyana Buxton. During that exercise in which my 83- year-old feet did admirably well, I saw and experienced much of modern-day Buxton in Region 4. I have to say, I was impressed; especially with the people with whom I had verbal communication.            Continue reading

Commentary: A beautiful part of town – By Dave Martins + Music Video

Some places on earth are stunning just as they are – Utah’s Bryce Canyon; the rock formations of the Pitons in St. Lucia; the Canadian Rocky Mountains; Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman Island – but many of the beautiful places we encounter in the more affluent countries are actually landscapes converted into eye-catching scenery by development and enhancement.

 There is, for example, a valley in Toronto, that was simply bush in the early 1960s; today the six-lane Don Valley Parkway winds through the city, following a dried up river bed, in what can be an almost countryside drive (when there are no traffic jams, that is) in the middle of a huge city. That area, now a very busy roadway, is also a singular scenic experience, much admired, but it wasn’t always there; it was created.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Flood waters receding across Guyana – Civil Defence Commission

Paddling past a flooded Region 7 home (CDC photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 22:05 by Denis ChabrolFlood-hit communities across Guyana on Wednesday seemed set to breathe a sigh of relief, begin mop up operations and slowly crawl back their lives to normalcy.

“Due to moderately  improved weather conditions and drainage of lands, flood waters have begun to recede across the country with several Regions reporting significant decline in the height of flood waters, however given the extent of the flooding there still remains some amount of water in some communities,” the CDC said Wednesday night.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Tender issued for restoration of the Georgetown City Hall

City Hall
City Hall. Georgetown.  

The Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development today issued an invitation for bids for the restoration of City Hall.

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall had told Stabroek News last week that the tender would be out shortly.

The notice in today’s Sunday Stabroek said that the duration of the project is 18 months.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Early Morning Downpour Causes Flooding in Georgetown – June 17, 2021- video

EARLY MORNING DOWNPOUR CAUSES FLOODING IN CITY – NEWSROOM VIDEO

An early morning downpour caused several parts of Georgetown to be flooded. Central government has again lamented the poor management of the drainage systems in the city.
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