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GUYANA: Indigenous Artist and Regional Development Officer – Anil Roberts – is a ‘Special Person’

 Sep 19, 2021 Kaieteur News – By Rehanyna Ramsa

Anil Roberts

Championing the cause of Guyana’s first peoples…

“To experience the culture there [in the Rupununi] and the position I am in today at the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, which is to be able to help my fellow Amerindian brothers and sisters within the villages on governance, project development, and support is what I view as great.”

At any successful entity or corporation, it is common knowledge that hiring the right people for the job produces better results for achieving the desired end.

For this week’s ‘Special Person,’ this certainly proves true. As someone who is always championing the cause of the indigenous peoples as an artist and Principal Regional Development Officer (PRDO) attached to the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, Anil Roberts is constantly striving towards preserving and advocating for their rights, culture and heritage.

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GUYANA: Time for Venezuela to stop bullying little Guyana over 180-year-old border dispute– By Mohamed Hamaludin

 — By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and opposition forces got together in August to work out an accord which would hopefully ease international sanctions in a country with the largest oil reserves and one of the worst economic slumps.

The meeting took place in Norway – the second in two years–and participants managed to unite on one issue which had nothing to do with sanctions: a 180-year-old claim to “the historic and inalienable rights of Venezuela over the territory of Essequibo.”

That territory is two-thirds of Guyana, whose government said it “firmly rejects the agreement [as] an overt threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana,” adding, “Guyana cannot be used as an altar of sacrifice for settlement of Venezuela’s internal political differences.” The opposition APNU+AFC Coalition affirmed the country’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity.”  The government and the opposition noted the issue is before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the latest stage of a dispute which began in 1841 involving two wholly unequal neighbors.      Continue reading

Guyana Association of Georgia – GAOG: 2021 Scholarship Awards Banquet – VIRTUAL – October 2, 2021

GUYANA: Persons without FDA-approved jabs can now access approved COVID-19 vaccine – US CDC

Government’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign using the Russian Sputnik V vaccine has not been approved by the WHO or the FDA.

Sep 21, 2021- Kaieteur News – In its most recent recommendations, the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that “people who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not listed for emergency use by WHO (World Health Organisation) and not authorised by FDA (US. Food and Drugs Administration) may be offered a complete FDA authorised COVID-19 vaccine series.”

The recommendation also states that persons should wait at least 28 days after being administered the last dose of the non-authorised vaccine before being administered the FDA-authorised vaccine.  (Note – The Russian Sputnik V Vaccine is a non-authorized vaccine. It has been the most widely distributed vaccine in Guyana, purchased by the Government for millions of US dollars)        Continue reading

CRICKET: Sharpened Knives Now Drawn And Pointed At West Indies’ Selections Panel

By Reds Perreira and Tony McWatt  September 20, 2021

(This column was originally published in the Stabroek News newspaper)

“Knives for Roger Harper and his hallucinating band of selectors, aren’t yet drawn. But surely, they are being sharpened!”

Those were the words of the seasoned Jamaican cricket journalist Ray Ford, in reaction to the storm of controversy that has been created as a result of the choices made by Selections’ Chair Roger Harper and his Panel for the West Indies official squad of 15 plus four reserves to participate in the forthcoming ICC 2021 T20 World Cup. The 2021 ICC T20 World Cup will be held in the UAE from October 17 – November 13.        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: Extraordinary Places – The Essequibo River – By Ian McDonald

 Stabroek News- By

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

GUYANA: The Sweet Drink Wars – The 1950s, 60s, and 70s – By Vibert Cambridge 

The Prestige Competitions: Beauty Contests, and Crown Cork Competitions

Stabroek News – By – September 5, 2021

By the early late 1950s, the Cola brands in British Guiana began to introduce innovations such as image advertising. Image advertising involves associating the product with the attractive attributes of something not related to the product. For example, the Coca-Cola bottle is evocative of the female shape. So, it was not a stretch for these cola brands to associate their products with women. In 1958, Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola sponsored entrants in the Miss British Guiana Beauty Contest.

The Beauty Queens

The first beauty contest in British Guiana was organized in 1931 as part of the program of events to celebrate the centenary of the union of the colonies of Demerara, Berbice, and Essequibo to form British Guiana. The prize for the “most beautiful girl in the colony” was BG$30 and a gold medal. There were hints that the winner might go on to Hollywood and become a film star. The judges for the inaugural contest all came from the colony’s primarily British ruling class, and included “Colonel W.E. H. Bradburn, Inspector General of Police and Commandant of the Local [Military] Force; Capt. E. Burnett, M.C.; and Mesdames L. Clavier, A.G. King, and J.B. Smith.”        Continue reading

PROFILE: Non-Guyanese who contribute to Guyana’s Development – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 by Francis Quamina Farrier

Dr. Fenton Sands

Individuals who were born in Guyana are full citizens by birth. There are many individuals who were not born in Guyana, but their hearts are for Guyana. They desire the genuine development of our Land of Many Waters. And they prove it by the sterling contributions which they make while here in Guyana, and sometimes even after they leave the country. There are thousands of examples, and in this article, we feature one of them.

The spotlight is on an individual who spent two years working in and contributing to Guyana’s continuing growth. He has a background which is very interesting and impressive. I was introduced to him a few weeks before his arrival in the country, while I was at a function in Washington DC, in the United States. “I’d like you to meet Dr. Fenton Sands. He’ll be going to Guyana soon.” a mutual friend instructed me. Dr. Fenton Sands and I went aside and spoke of his upcoming arrival in Guyana.        Continue reading

TRADE: Brazilians protest, unfair practices at Lethem crossing – Block traffic

Lethem Guyana – Bonfim Brazil

– Uproar is leading to shortage of supplies in Lethem

Sep 17, 2021 – Kaieteur News – Residents of Bonfim – a small town located in Brazil just opposite the Takutu River from Lethem, Guyana – have been protesting over the last two days against what they are calling an unfair practice by the Guyanese authorities at the Lethem/Brazil border crossing. Trucks with supplies bound for Lethem stuck at the road block set up by Brazilian protestors.

They have blocked the main highway leading to the Takutu Bridge, preventing the trucks laden with basic supplies from entering Lethem.

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