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The Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary in Bangor, PA – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary in Bangor, Pennsylvania – by Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Sankar Sastri

Dr. Sankar Sastri

Dr. Sankar Sastri’s Labor of Love!

We enter the Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary and there is Professor Sankar Sastri, tall, stately, and elegantly attired in his dhoti. Dr. Sastri is a Columbia graduate and a former CUNY professor in Mechanical Engineering.

He calls for Rama, Nanda, Durga, Lakshmi, Radha, Yogeshwari, and Vedanta, the one with a question mark on his head, and they all come to greet us. We take turns feeding them and marvel how intelligent these cows are and how fortunate they are to have Professor Sastri look after them.

When Professor Sankar Sastri retired from the CUNY system in 1999 he knew exactly what he would do for the rest of his life. He purchased 42 acres of farmlands in Pennsylvania and converted it into a Cow Sanctuary.  Continue reading

Privatizing sugar industry key to success – Jamaica Agri Minister

Privatizing sugar industry key to success – Jamaica Agri Minister

Friday, 10 October 2014 22:02 -by   – Demerara Waves

Jamaica’s Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier .Photo: Jamaica’s Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier .

Kellier, who was in Suriname for the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) and the Agriculture Ministerial meeting of the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) Council for Trade and Economic Development, told reporters that the only option was selling out the industry.
“Privatization is the way to go if you want to move it quickly because the capital is necessary to be injected into it,” he said.  Continue reading

Small-Scale Traditional Farming Is the Only Way to Avoid Food Crisis, UN Researcher Says

Small-Scale Traditional Farming Is the Only Way to Avoid Food Crisis, UN Researcher Says

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, advocates for agroecology (traditional farming). Is this a new initiative?

New scientific research increasingly shows how “agroecology” offers environmentally sustainable methods that can meet the rapidly growing demand for food.  

Modern industrial agricultural methods can no longer feed the world, due to the impacts of overlapping environmental and ecological crises linked to land, water, and resource availability.  Continue reading

Capitol News – TV Video Reports – 03 October 2014

  • Gang raped Amerindian woman speaks out
  • Rice krispies hype at GUYEXPO
  • Thief beaten first by residents, then handed to police
  • APNU backing NO-Confidence motion
  • UG considers higher fees, increased pay for lectures
  • Whittaker stands by Plaisance Overseer appointment
  • Sports
Gang raped Amerindian woman speaks out   Posted: 03 Oct 2014 02:09 PM PDT
Rice krispies hype at GUYEXPO   Posted: 03 Oct 2014 02:08 PM PDT  Continue reading

Top posts September 2014 – Top 20 of 498 posts

TOP 20 Most popular of 498 entries. Full List here for  September 2014

Total new entries = 90. Month Hits-=84,834 Total Hits = 2,513,175

GUYANA and CARIBBEAN RECIPES
CHINESE ADVICE TO 50-YEAR OLDS & OLDER
Africa: Beware of China’s $$$ – NYT commentary
Old Jet Magazines – from 1950 onwards – updated
“I will Follow Him” – by a Nun’s Choir – conductor Andre Rieu – video
Fruits of Trinidad and Tobago – and Guyana
Georgetown. Guyana: Fire destroys Umana Yana
Botlahle: Age 11 – Winner Of South Africa’s Talent 2012 – 3 videos
A Hundred Years Later – by Uri Avnery
Guyana has the highest suicide rate in the World– WHO – UPDATED
White Media Falsely Link Brooklyn Shootings to West Indian Day Parade
Book: British Guiana – By Raymond T. Smith – 1962

…  (See the FULL LIST below) >> Continue reading

Brazil’s Stand at the UN 2014 Climate Summit – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

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Photo Credit: Manchete Online

On September 23, over 900 leaders from government, business, finance, and civil society came together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 2014 Climate Summit. Judging from the Summary of their most significant announcements, they issued more promises “to galvanize transformative action in all countries to reduce emissions and build resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change.”

Promises are easy. Following them through is another story.

The pledge to halve deforestation by 2020 and reach zero deforestation by 2030 is ambitious. Since trees release carbon when burned, such a move would secure an additional 4.5 to 8.8 billion tons of carbon yearly. This is equivalent to carbon emissions from one billion cars on the roads worldwide.

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Book: British Guiana – By Raymond T. Smith – 1962

British Guiana   –  By  Raymond T. Smith -1962

Oxford University Press 1962, Reprinted 1964. Reprinted in 1980 by Greenwood Press, Connecticut.        

In 1958 or 1959 I was asked by the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London to write a general book on British Guiana.  I readily agreed to do so in spite of the fact that I was about to leave the Caribbean to take up a post at the University of Ghana in West Africa.  The bulk of the book was written during the first half of 1959, in Jamaica and then in Ghana.  Things were changing rapidly in British Guiana during this period and then even more rapidly after the book was published.  I returned to Jamaica from Ghana early in 1962, just before publication.

Although the book was favourably received there were notable exceptions.  Sir Jock Campbell, Chairman of Booker Brothers, a company that had subsidized research in British Guiana through the Commonwealth Foundation’s grant to the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies, wrote a strong letter complaining that I had accused him, and Bookers, of insincerity in their attempts to introduce a more humane form of capitalism in the management of their sugar enterprises.   Continue reading

An exceptional and innovative talent for management… Earl B. John is a ‘Special Person’

An exceptional and innovative talent for management… Earl B. John is a ‘Special Person’

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 | BY KNEWS |

Earl John

Earl John

“Out of that group of 67 men (The Penumbrians), over time, we produced a president, (Desmond Hoyte) two Ministers of Foreign Affairs, (Rashleigh Jackson and Rudy Insanally) several diplomats, including Rudy Collins, and a principal of Queen’s College; (M.T. Lowe) in addition we’ve had reams of outstanding people, lawyers, doctors, and athletes. We were an indigenous group, (no overseas connections) and we all excelled in our personal lives.” 

By Dennis Nichols

The life experiences of this week’s special person, Earl B. John, may be aptly described as multi-layered. His vocation and interests range from public service to poetry, and embrace human resource management, organization design, community development, sports, creative writing, and instructive letters-to-the-editor penned in local newspapers.
Additionally, he is authoring a projected volume enigmatically titled ‘Being personal with Sugar’, an allusion to his long, productive career with Bookers Sugar Estates, and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).   Continue reading

Update from Moray House Trust: September 2014 for Guyanese Online

Update from Moray House Trust: September 2014 for Guyanese Online

After a quiet August, Moray House Trust is preparing for a busy few months with several exciting talks, slideshows and concerts in prospect. Clips from the evolutionary biologist Andrew Snyder’s talk are now available on our website and You Tube Channel. The clips offer fascinating insights into the biodiversity of our hinterland and the quirks and characteristics of local species of caiman, iguana, snakes, butterflies and much more.  We particularly recommend the following clips:

The Rupununi River and the Kanuku Mountains

Andrew explains the unique geographic isolation caused by the passage of the Rupununi River through the Kanuku Mountains. YouTube clip below:

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Guyana will guarantee financing for India group – Ramsammy denies company claims

UPDATED:  Ramsammy denies ‘60,000 hectares’ claims by Indian group

AUGUST 30, 2014 | … says agreement inked with Ministry has expired  
Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, has denied that his Ministry allocated more lands in the Canje Basin, or entered into any “new deals” with Indian conglomerate, Ajeenkya DY Patil. This is in stark contradiction to what the company claims on its website. The company claimed that …[Read more]
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Guyana will guarantee financing for India group – company website claims

- says it was given 60,000 hectares in Canje Basin

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Photo : Dr Leslie Ramsammy Min. of Agriculture

AUGUST 29, 2014 | BY –  |ndian conglomerate, Ajeenkya DY Patil, says that it has been provided with a 99-year lease on 60,000 hectares of land located in Canje Basin for a mega-farm. The Government of Guyana will provide tax holidays, waive import and export duties, and provide exemption from local taxes, the company said on its website.

The Ministry of Agriculture had initially stated that it had given approximately 10,000 hectares of land in the Canje Basin to the group for “mega farming”.  There have been no announcements by Government of these new arrangements.

The company said it was also able to acquire the rights to not only what is above the  ground but below, a significant allowance, as it could pave the way for even mining to taking place in the concession. Continue reading

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