Tag Archives: Iwokrama

Guyanese teacher committed to educating students in remote villages

— BY TANGERINE CLARKE – Caribbean Life News NY – 17 January 2020

Quado Vancooten, headteacher, left, and professionals from Georgetown, and New York, (back row) with students at Kurupukari Nursery, Primary, and High School in the Essequibo Region, Guyana.  All photos by Tangerine Clarke

Students of Guyana’s highland regions have a savior in Headteacher Quado Vancooton, a dedicated educator for more than 18 years, who has made it his life’s career to travel to remote villages of Guyana to educate underprivileged children in indigenous villages.            Continue reading

Iwokrama, and venerable to vulgar in four days -By Dennis Nichols

A country’s worth is evaluated in many ways. Generally, progress (mainly economic) is measured by GDP and employment/unemployment figures. Who cares about bountiful resources and touted potential? Unmaximized like ours. Well, many do, and I am one, regardless of the swinging pendulum gauge that can shift our dial from venerable to vulgar in a matter of days, or even hours.

On the social and political fronts, things don’t look good, but are looking up. Despite poor mismanagement in national affairs over the years, we always had our natural resources, and still do. Oil is our latest boon. But before oil; before gold, diamonds, and bauxite; before rice, sugar, and timber, we had our land.    Continue reading

GUYANA – Latest News from various sources – November 28, 2015

GUYANA – LATEST NEWS – 28 November 2015  –  Kaieteur News  

         (see other News sources at the end of this entry)

GUYANA: Latest News – 01 July 2015 – Demerara Waves

    GUYANA: Latest News – 01 July 2015 – Demerara Waves

Guyana: Linden to Lethem road in terrible need of repairs

Linden to Lethem road in terrible need of repairs

AUGUST 3, 2014 | BY |

As Brazil and Guyana continue discussions on the asphalted paving of the Linden to Lethem Road, the lives of those who presently traverse the laterite structure are in some amount of danger.

Bus drivers using the road.

This is because the surface of the road has deteriorated to the extent that it now has craters capable of consuming a bus.  Also, several sections of the road are flooded.

Kaieteur News understands that the surface of the road is severely depressed and drivers cannot revert to the shoulders of the road simply because is it covered with debris. Continue reading

The Giant River Otter or “Water Dog” of Guyana

Giant River Otter

Stabroek News –  February 10, 2013  – In In the Rainforest

The Giant River Otter, ‘Water Dog’ or ‘River Wolf’ (Pteronura brasiliensis) is the most endangered mammal in the neo tropics as they were once hunted for their fur.

Today they are protected and it is illegal to trap them for the pet trade or for their pelt. They are found across north-central South America and they can be commonly seen in the rivers and lakes in Iwokrama and the North Rupununi; Diane McTurk is world renowned for her work rehabilitating Giant River Otters at Karanambu in Guyana.   Continue reading

The Capybara or ‘Watrush’

The Capybara or ‘Watrush’

Posted By Stabroek staff On September 9, 2012  Iwokrama

The Capybara or ‘Watrush’ as it’s known in Guyana is the largest rodent in the world.  It’s scientific name, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, means ‘water horse,’ an apt name as they are almost always found near water and have specially adapted partially webbed paws with which give them a distinctive star shaped footprint.

Capybara have heavy, barrel-shaped bodies, with a large, rectangular-shaped heads.  Their eyes are small with their ears set high on their head.  They grow up to 4 feet in length and typically weigh 77 to 150 lbs.  They are a uniform tan or yellowish brown with short fur and from a distance, resemble an overgrown Guinea Pig.     Continue reading

Tamandua – a true anteater

Tamandua – a true anteater

Stabroek News – December 9, 2012

ant-eaterThe Southern Tamandua or Tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla) is classified as a “true anteater”; other true anteaters in Guyana include the Giant Anteater and Silky Anteater, both of which have been featured in this column previously.

To be a true anteater is to have no teeth, only a long, tube-like snout with a long tongue. This nose and tongue is used to reach into inaccessible crevices to trap insects with its sticky saliva. True anteaters have small eyes and ears and powerful hooked front paws that are used to rip apart ant and termite nests.           [Read more]

COME BACK TO GUYANA – November 1-10, 2011 – from Toronto

COME BACK TO GUYANA

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