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Friday, April 22 2011

Soldier charged with manslaughter

Twenty-three year-old Guyana Defence Force Lance Corporal, Curt Belgrave, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court yesterday, to face a charge of manslaughter. The soldier allegedly shot and killed Venezuelan Jose Arturo Castilla Balcazar, called “Colombian” at Wenamu River in the vicinity of Eteringbang last Saturday.

Belgrave, who was unrepresented, made his appearance before Her Worship Hazel Octive-Hamilton.
The accused, clad in a white shirt and blue jeans, stood tranquilly in the prisoner’s dock while the charge was being read to him. Belgrave resides at Cemetery Road, Lodge, Georgetown.

Reports are that Balcazar, who operated a shop at Arrau, was shot dead while travelling in a boat with four other persons, one of whom was his wife, on the Guyana side of the border with Venezuela. According to Divisional Commander, David Ramnarine, the two soldiers who were detained with the accused have been released to army officials.

The surviving passengers, all Venezuelans, told investigators that they first heard two explosions, which were followed by another, after which Balcazar collapsed, with blood soaking his shirt. They subsequently took the vessel to shore where they reported the matter to local police stationed in the area.

Jinxed Supenaam Stelling re-opens to ferry traffic

Ferry traffic to the Supenaam Stelling which went down earlier this week has resumed after more repairs were effected.

There are no weight restrictions and the ferries serving Region Three, Essequibo Coast and Islands, returned to the troubled stelling on Wednesday, Transport Minister Robeson Benn confirmed yesterday.

On Monday, the multi-million stelling which suffered several setbacks was forced to shut down operations after the ramp leading to the drawbridge broke loose from its pontoon support.

Operations were shifted to the rickety Adventure Stelling once again, putting a hold on the decommissioning of that facility.
The Supenaam Stelling is proving a major headache for government after design faults were blamed for a number of frustrating problems.
In May last year, the stelling’s drawbridge, which allows vehicles to load into the ferries, buckled under the weight of a truck.

Initially, government had put the cost to a hefty $431M but later allocated more than $70M for remedial works.
President Bharrat Jagdeo had ordered a probe tasking Prime Minister Samuel Hinds to oversee investigations. Two private engineers were hired for the related probe.

Non performing contractors will be terminated

Close to 45 percent of infrastructural projects in the Drainage and Irrigation (D&I) sector are behind schedule and a number of them had to be retendered because of poor performance of the contractors and the termination of contracts as a result.

This is according to Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud, who was yesterday speaking to contractors at the signing of a number of contracts totalling $490 million in the drainage and irrigation sector. The signing took place at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Boardroom.

“In fact, we are taking steps to terminate a number of those contracts. I want to issue a word of warning to contractors...that failure to comply within timelines, specifications and others, not only will we be enforcing damages but also we will be moving to terminate contractors who have not been performing, especially in keeping with timelines,” he said.

Thursday, April 21 2011

Transport and Habours boss sent on leave

A senior official, charged with responsibility for the country’s stellings and ferry operations has been sent on leave.

Officials yesterday confirmed that Khevin Trim, General Manager (ag) of the Transport and Harbours Department, was issued a letter asking him to proceed on immediate leave.

Minister of Public Works and Transport, Robeson Benn, declined to link the action from the recent closure of the Supenaam Stelling and would only say that there was a “lack of engagement” and “dereliction” on part of Trim.

However, other senior sources said that action had to do with the fallout of multi-million Supenaam stelling which continues to be plagued by problems.

Trim was expected to visit the stelling after reports of some separation of the ramp. He reportedly never did despite promising to do so.

And even when the stelling collapsed earlier this week he failed to visit the location, choosing instead to merely call the Works Minister to report the collapse.

Trim took over the helm of that department early 2009, after working at the Public Ministry since 1998.

Canadian shooting suspect handed over to Canadian Police

Looked ‘relieved

Early Friday, Joshua Warner, 22, was handed over to Hamilton Canadian police detectives in Georgetown, Guyana. He was flown back to Canada under escort later that afternoon and was scheduled to appear in court shortly after.

The international manhunt for a suspect in the shooting death of a Hamilton teenager ended quietly at the foot of an aircraft’s boarding stairs on a runway in Guyana.
Detective Sergeant Ian Matthews and Joshua David Warner, 22, came face to face on the tarmac early Friday and recognized each other immediately.

“How are you?” Matthews asked Warner, who was wanted for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Brandon Musgrave on March 13, 2010.
Musgrave, 18, was mortally wounded when gunfire erupted in what police say was “a party gone bad,” in a Dundurn Street South student residence. Two men opened fire after a dispute about the music being played.

Three young men were hit by bullets. Musgrave died the next day.
When Matthews and Warner met Friday at Cheddi Jagan International Airport outside the Guyana capital of Georgetown, Warner said nothing.

“He actually looked relieved,” said Detective Paul Johnston, who went with Matthews. “He wasn’t living the high life.”

The 13-month hunt for Warner took many turns after the suspect walked out of a Hamilton courtroom on unrelated charges of breach of probation and drug possession two days after the shooting.

Early in the hunt for Warner, Hamilton police, RCMP, Interpol, U.S. Marshals and other police agencies concentrated the hunt on South America and the Caribbean.
Detective Paul Hamilton said police tracked Warner though various Caribbean islands including Jamaica, as well as Suriname, Venezuela and Guyana. Hamilton said Warner was using “illegal transportation” — namely small boat operators who do not ask questions — to travel from one country to another, because he did not have a passport or other documents.

Both Warner and Chambers were being sought on charges of second-degree murder, attempted murder while using a firearm, two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm, two counts of possession of a restricted weapon while prohibited, and two counts of breach of probation.

Luncheon holds media culpable over recent ‘racial’ innuendo

Executive member of the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA), Tacuma Ogunseye, has found himself in trouble for controversial and provocative statements allegedly made on the grounds of race, but Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon is also holding the media culpable.Speaking at a post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the President yesterday, Dr. Luncheon lashed out at the media for publishing the racially provocative and inflammatory statements from ACDA.

“Cabinet had two equal concerns. One of them, of course, has to do with the (ACDA) statement clearly playing on racial insecurity and incitement; and the bodies that have responded like the Ethnic Relations Commission or the political parties, religious bodies, repudiating this statement that came from the ACDA activist,” he said.

“I feel and some of my Cabinet colleagues feel that, equally important, was the looseness (and) lack of professional approach by media houses responsible for publicising this event,” Luncheon declared.

“I want to believe that, as time evolves, whether it is going to be self censorship or whether it is going to be statutory coercion, media houses will have to be held responsible for disseminating information of this sort. Last week I railed against Stabroek News for producing trash and nonsense when a simple editing effort would have caused or generated a different kind of comments from media critics. This week, same thing,” he said.

Kite string entangles to aircraft propeller

Trans Guyana Airways was yesterday forced to arrange an alternative aircraft to fly passengers out of Port Kaituma after a kite string became entangled in the propeller of the aircraft that took passengers in.

The Caravan was in operation for SkyWest, which operates a service to the mining community.

Nicole Correia, a senior executive at Trans Guyana said that the pilot, Captain Ramotar, noticed the string entangled in the propeller while heading into Port Kaituma. She said that there was no issue or accident as a result and none of the passengers were affected in any way.

However, the Captain requested “as a precautionary measure” that engineers from the company carry out thorough checks when the plane landed.

As a result, another aircraft was sent to pick up passengers from Port Kaituma.

Wednesday, April 20 2011

Ramjattan says controversial ACDA statements unacceptable

THE Alliance For Change (AFC) Presidential Candidate Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan has indicated that while he and his party are supportive of the right of free expression, the recent controversial and racially provocative statements coming out of the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) are “unacceptable”.

ACDA has come in for some serious criticisms from a cross section of stakeholders in the political arena after its executive member Mr. Tacuma Ogunseye announced the “riot act” at a poorly attended meeting at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara last Saturday night where he made clear the organisation’s intention to take a struggle to the streets in a fight for shared governance.

But Ramjattan, in an invited comment, reportedly said that Ogunseye’s remarks are “pregnant with danger” and ought not to be supported.

According to him, ACDA’s statements are both threatening and without justification.
Ramjattan explained that, regardless of who is elected, the government of the day must be given the latitude and power to govern.
“This is an environment of competitive politics and a normal democracy,” he said.
The AFC Presidential Candidate added that he is supportive of the “inclusionary governance” concept where the opposition is allowed to support governance.

64 Guyanese deported from US in last six months

The United States has deported more than 2,000 criminals back to the Caribbean in the past six months, according to figures released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Guyana had 64 persons returning.
The figures show that from the start of the 2011 fiscal year in October last year to the end of March this year, 88,497 criminal “aliens” or migrants were deported to their country of birth in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

A “criminal alien” is defined under U.S. immigration laws as a migrant who is convicted of a crime.

For the Caribbean, 1,066 were sent to the Dominican Republic followed by Jamaica with 528 and Trinidad and Tobago with 125. Belize received 74 followed by The Bahamas with 65. So far this fiscal year, 50 migrants have been sent back to Aruba and 31 to earth-quake ravaged Haiti. Other Caribbean nations received less criminal deportees.

Monday, April 18 2011

ACDA reads ‘riot act’ for power-sharing if opposition loses

Cautiously optimistic that a coalition of opposition political parties could win Guyana’s next general election, the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) has read the “riot act” that a struggle for shared governance would be waged on the streets if the incumbent party wins again.
Addressing a poorly attended public meeting at Beterverwagting (BV) village, East Coast Demerara on Saturday evening, ACDA’s executive member, Tacuma Ogunseye signaled to Western nations, United Nations and the Organisation of American States (OAS) that the upcoming elections would be a “game-changer” win or lose.

“If we win, we sharing the government with them but we also have to tell them that if we lose, we are going to fight and bring Guyana to a halt until we have a national government in which the representatives of African people and the combined opposition is part of parliament; Comrades, we are announcing the riot act,” he said.
Ogunseye said ACDA expects that the predominantly African-Guyanese dominated security forces would take the side of protesters to secure shared governance, national reconciliation and political compromise from the PPP.

“Once the African people rise up in their great numbers, I dare the army to take the side of the PPP and against Africans. Our sons and daughters would not do that,” he said.

Ogunseye said his organisation has been telling the main opposition Peoples National Congress Reform (PNCR) that the time has come to shift the political equation through massive street protests in villages countrywide.

“Come elections night when the results come out, Africans must have a share in the government, there must be a national government or there will be no Guyana,” he added.

He welcomed the PNCR’s announcement that if the coalition wins the election, it would introduce shared governance but he noted that the big question remained what would the PNCR or the coalition do if it loses.

He observed that PNCR presidential candidate, David Granger eventually bowed to internal pressure to support coalition politics and shared governance. That, he said, was in stark contrast to mouthing only about that party winning the election on the internal presidential candidate campaign trail.

“Eventually, with internal pressures from the party and external pressures, Comrade Granger seems to be a fast learner and he has retreated and come back to the party position and he has now embraced shared governance and coalition politics,” said Ogunseye. The PNCR, Working Peoples Alliance (WPA), Guyana Action Party (GAP) and National Front Alliance (NFA) are in the coming weeks expected to launch the coalition. The Alliance For Change (AFC) has repeatedly ruled out a pre-electoral alliance that involves the PNCR.

ACDA, for several years now, has been pushing for shared governance as the vehicle to end what it says are African political and economic marginalization, discrimination and exploitation by the mainly East Indian-backed Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration.

Government has been rejecting those criticisms and has been calling on its detractors to lodge complaints with the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC). The legality of the ERC has been questioned by some opposition parties.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Into the Wild in Lush Guyana

Wearing both hiking boots and nightclothes, blearily rubbing the sleep from our eyes, we jerked and bumped our way by jeep across the Rupununi savannah of southwestern Guyana. As the sun rose over the Kanuku Mountains, we passed sinewy cattle, plump black vultures and giant Jabiru storks hunched like skinny old men.

Suddenly, a cloud of dust and sounds of hollering men: we were nearing our goal. Jolting to a halt, we staggered out onto the scrubby plain to see a large, furry, absurdly proportioned and clearly disgruntled giant anteater lolloping at high speed toward us, followed on horseback by three Amerindian cowboys, or vaqueros, who grinned as we dazedly fumbled to get out our cameras.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Leona Lewis & Dad Battle Racism in London

Leona LewisMany people have experienced some sort of bigotry or racism in their lives and know those events can be very disgusting.

“X Factor” winner Leona Lewis spoke publicly for the first time to the Daily Mail this week about a London shops-woman throwing her and her dad Joe out of her store several months ago because of Joe’s dark complexion. He is Guyanese-born.

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Fresh fowl store fills urban need

Terry Jagiah and family with their fresh poultry businessThe sound and smell of 600 caged birds remind Terry Jagiah of boyhood days spent chasing animals and other livestock on the family farm in his native Guyana.

"We were born and raised with it," said Jagiah, noting that generations of his family also tended to sheep, horses and goats on the South American homestead. Jagiah, 45, was reminiscing as he stood proudly inside the Broadway Live Poultry Market. The business, located at 714 Broadway, officially opened to the public Thursday, and represents his dream of owning Schenectady's first of its kind live poultry shop.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Guyana: A journey into the Jurassic

The village of Surama is the wrong side of a forest several hundred miles wide.

Even by South American standards, this forest is overwhelming. It’s so dense that flying over it feels like a journey through a long, green night. New creatures are always turning up here, and, if trucks and planes get lost, they often vanish forever. The rivers are either huge and spectacularly violent – like the Essequibo – or dark and carnivorous. There’s only one road through and one place to stay, at Iwokrama. It’s a moment of riverside gentility before you plunge back into the forest.

Of course, Surama is only the wrong side of the forest to those who need the outside world. The villagers don’t. Here, spreading southwards, they have their own world – a great, golden grassland the size of Scotland. Walled in at the far end by some of the oldest mountains on Earth, there’s nowhere quite like it. The lilies are five feet wide and sandpaper grows on trees. Even the animals feel curiously Jurassic. Here are the world’s largest ants, otters and anteaters, and its biggest fish – the arapaima (a bearded monster as big as a horse).

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Sunday August 2, 2009

Finches Apprehended in Smuggling, Fighting Charges

finch.jpgThat men mostly of Guyanese descent brought caged finches to Queens parks and made bets on which one would tweet fifty times first was news to us.

Now we find U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service authorities have become involved because the finches are suspected of having been smuggled into the United States. The finches are a big deal in the community, and are trained with recordings to sing faster. But appropriate birds are hard to come by locally. Unwilling to pay quarantine charges, some unscrupulous suppliers are said to hide the birds on passenger flights from Guyana; one was found in a hair curler bag "with about 50 pounds of grass seed." The smuggler was fined $250 in a split decision.

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'Bird racing' at NYC park under federal scrutiny

For years, bird racing, as the sport is known, has been held in a park in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens on warm Sunday afternoons with scant attention from outsiders.

Yet the races have drawn increased scrutiny recently from law enforcement, as federal officials target illegal smuggling of finches from Guyana. Authorities also suspect the men place illegal bets on the birds.

The people who flock to the races, mostly Guyanese immigrant men, argue that it is simply a harmless cultural pastime.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

How Peaceful Is Your Country?

The Global Peace Index measures 144 countries by how peaceful each is, internally and externally.

The final list, intended to reflect the state of peace for each nation in the past year (as opposed to historically), includes 144 countries in 2009 and covers almost 99% of the world population and 87% of the planet geographically. Five countries were added this year: Burundi (No. 127), Georgia (No. 134), Guyana (No. 97), Montenegro (No. 91), and Nepal (No. 77). Hong Kong, No. 23 in 2008, was dropped from the list due to its close relationship with China.

See the rest of the above article here, and the Global Peace Index here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

While soldier fights for his country, his wife struggles to stay in the U.S.

WASHINGTON - Spc. Moonsammy Narinesammy isn’t worried about dying in Iraq.

He’s worried about spending the rest of his life in Guyana.

Narinesammy, 31, who has months left on his deployment, spends all of his free time between missions trying to solve his wife’s citizenship problems. Immigration and Naturalization Services officials are finalizing deportation paperwork for Ratashwarie, while she waits nervously in New York.

"I don’t know if somebody is going to knock on the door one day and haul me away while my daughter is out at school," she said.

She faces a possible lifetime banishment from the United States for entering the country on a forged passport in 2000. Moonsammy said the only relatives she has in Guyana live in poor, dangerous slums, in an area where neither wants to raise their two young daughters.

"All I want to do is come back home to my family, but I don’t know what’s going to happen," said Moonsammy, himself a naturalized U.S. citizen. "I have a wonderful family, but it’s getting ripped apart."

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Saturday, June 19, 2009

NEVERTHELESS: Guyanese song stirring up real trouble in Barbados

Man yes, it is me who write it and yes the girl who singing it is a real Guyanese. Well that is the typical answer I does be giving people daily who come up to me asking ’bout the GT Advice song or the Guyanese Song as some people like to call it, which got the place in a uproar. As usual with some of them kinda songs I does get mix responses. For the better part I would say most people like, if not love, the song. But from time to time I would meet somebody who feel that it is a indictment on Bajan women and suggests that even if parts o’ the song are true, they should be whispered and not sang.

But the truth is the truth. The truth is that them got some Bajan women who believe that Guyanese women thiefing them boyfriends. Them also got many Bajan men ’bout here who say openly that as long as them live them aint want another Bajan woman, them dealing with strictly Guyanese ’cause the Guyanese more loving and does make them feel wanted.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Americas on alert for sea level rise

Beach at Cancun, south-east MexicoClimate change experts in North and South America are increasingly worried by the potentially devastating implications of higher estimates for possible sea level rises.

The Americas have until now been seen as less vulnerable than other parts of the world like low-lying Pacific islands, Vietnam or Bangladesh.

But the increase in the ranges for anticipated sea level rises presented at a meeting of scientists in Copenhagen in March has alarmed observers in the region.

Parts of the Caribbean, Mexico and Ecuador are seen as most at risk. New York City and southern parts of Florida are also thought to be particularly vulnerable.

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Guardian of gators in Guyana: Native works to save caiman

Peter Taylor and Spectacled CaimanNine-foot crocodilians don’t scare him. Neither do king cobras, mambas, or trudging ankle deep through a Venezuelan river trying to catch anacondas.

View a photo slideshow of Guyana's wildlife

“Getting down into all that muck and mire and heat catching these big snakes ... that was brilliant,” Peter Taylor recently told the Advertiser, speaking with the excitement of a child and the reflection of a man who survived the trenches.

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September 30, 2007

Guyana's otter woman

On the banks of Guyana’s Rupununi River is a nature reserve with a difference, says Lindsay Hawdon

Ouch, you little bastard,” Diane McTurk shouts, as Flood the otter bolts out of the barn door and runs across the ranch yard, which basks in dusky sunlight. “He bit my foot,” she shrieks, sprinting after him, agile despite her 75 years. She speaks the clipped colonial English of another era. “Come, my heart, my love, my life,” she coos, “you’re not supposed to chew me.”

Flood is the 37th giant river otter that Diane has adopted here at her ranch, Karanambu, on the edge of the Rupununi River. He was abandoned by his mother at six weeks old; Diane found him growling beneath a cupboard in a nearby Amerindian village and brought him home in a red handbag. Eventually, he will be rehabilitated back into the wild. Diane has no children. “These otters are my children,” she had told me earlier.

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Friday June 9, 2007

JFK plot: Is Washington trying to open a Caribbean front in war on terror?

Last weekend's scare headlines and breathless broadcast reports about the unspeakable horrors that were supposedly foiled with the uncovering of the JFK plot have largely faded from view as evidence mounts that the alleged threat was grossly hyped, if not totally invented, by US authorities.

The purported plan to ignite a massive chain reaction of explosions by planting a bomb beside one of the jet fuel tanks at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, or at a section of the pipelines leading into the facility was, experts noted, a physical impossibility.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

New resident trooper is ready to serve

HARWINTON - A new evening resident state trooper brings international experience and his enthusiastic attitude to the job.

"As a child, I've always liked protecting people who can't protect themselves," Resident Trooper Ian Nicholson, 39, said Friday. "What I'd like to do here is to provide a service to the community that is obvious. This is a get-it-done kind of job."

Nicholson made his way to Harwinton from Georgetown, Guyana - the only South American Country whose official language is English, he said. He served as a military officer in the Special Forces for the Guyanese Army for four years before moving to New York in 1990 where he worked in the business world for several years, he said.

"Working for corporate America is what forced me to get back into public safety," Nicholson said. "I just love public service, and working for the state police is the greatest job in the world."

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Penn State Researcher Humbled by Guyana Visit

Frank Higdon recently returned from Guyana after a two-week trek in the South American paradise. He can officially say he has grown a greater appreciation for farming in the U.S.

He traveled with four others to Guyana in January, where he not only learned a lot about the struggles of farmers in the small South American country, he learned just how fortunate farmers in the U.S. are.

Read more from the Lancaster Farming website

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Biofuels, logging may spur deforestation in Guyana

Growing timber exports and rising interest in biofuels are raising concerns that deforestation could accelerate in the South American country of Guyana.

Guyana is a small, lightly populated country on the north coast of South America. About three-quarters of Guyana is forested, roughly 60 percent of which is classified as primary forest. Guyana's forests are highly diverse: the country has some 1,263 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles, and 6,409 species of plants. According to an assessment by the ITTO, forests in Guyana can be broken down as follows: mixed forest (36 percent), montane forest (35 percent). swamp and marsh (15 percent), dry evergreen (7 percent), seasonal forest (6 percent), and mangrove forest (1 percent).

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Looking south

Bridging a divide of language and history

A pontoon ferry putters on demand across the Takutu river not far from the small border towns of Lethem in Guyana and Bomfim in Brazil. It is the only surface link between two countries that have traditionally ignored each other. Guyana, though geographically part of South America, has colonial and linguistic links with the English-speaking Caribbean. Most of its 750,000 people live within a few miles of the Atlantic coast. Portuguese-speaking Brazil has looked to its Spanish-speaking neighbours.

Read more from The Economist

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Guyana-born actress to speak at Anniversary Ball

Orlando FL ( January 6th 2007) - Acclaimed Guyana-born actress Carol Pounder has accepted an invitation from the Guyanese American Cultural Association of Central Florida (GACACF) to be the guest-of-honor and guest speaker at the annual Republic Anniversary Ball to be held February 24, 2007 at the historic Ballroom at Church Street, in downtown Orlando.

Read the Press Release from the GACACF

Saturday, October 28th 2006

DDL's rum, cream liqueur win gold at international contest

The El Dorado Special Reserve 15-year-old rum and the El Dorado Golden Rum Cream Liqueur have again outshone the competition by winning gold medals at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition.

A press release from Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) said both products won the 'Best in its class' distinction at the London competition. The judges described the rum as "lush" with "coffee and vanilla bean, dried stone fruits, caramel, chocolate and toasty oak aromas" wafting from the glass. They call it "absolutely outstanding".

DDL said the 15-year-old rum is the company's flagship brand. It boasts the distinction of being the only rum to have won the title 'Best Rum in the world' for four consecutive years: 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. The rum has also won the gold medal for seven consecutive years. It was also judged 'Best Spirit of the Caribbean' at the Caribbean Rum Fest for seven of the last 10 years and was recognised as the 'Best Spirit of 2001'. The rum was also given the platinum medal in 2001 by the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute. Additionally, at the 2003 Rum Fest held in Newfoundland, the rum was awarded the gold medal.

The liqueur, the judges say, has "flavours of spice, toffee and rum (which) fill the mouth with fine spirity lift highlighting everything" it is an "absolute delight". DDL said the liqueur was also awarded gold medals at the 2003 International Rum Festival and at the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute's competition.

DDL said the fact that its rums have gained and sustained international acclaim is testimony to the company's commitment to quality and excellence.

Saturday, April 1st 2006

Man builds motor vehicle by hand

Shelton Collins may strike you as odd if you happen to see him cruising through Georgetown in his unusual-looking motor vehicle but it moves him around quite comfortably and nothing holds him back but the rain.

For about three weeks now, Collins has been getting around in his four-wheel, open vehicle, which has features such as trafficator lights, headlamp, steering wheel, gear-changing switches, foot pedals, brakes and a music system among other things.

Collins, 34, is a Jack of all trades, but is a trained mechanic as well. He said that since he first became a mechanic, he has owned 24 motorcycles and 12 motorcars - all secondhand.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Endangered red siskins live in their hundreds in South Rupununi

Red siskins, thought to be on the brink of extinction, number anything between a few hundred to a few thousand in the South Rupununi. However, there is need to study and manage the species there owing to continuing threats to their existence, ornithologist Dr Michael Braun of the Smithsonian Institute said.

Braun spent three-and-a-half weeks in the South Rupununi recently. At a talk he gave in the auditorium of the US Embassy in Georgetown early last week, he said the world's endangered red siskins are threatened owing to a number of factors, including environmental degradation caused by human impact and trapping. Nevertheless, he said, there was hope for the species because of conservation activities in the region. [Read more ...]

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