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

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest - BrazilDeforestation in the Amazon Rainforest – Brazil
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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

Leslie Ramsammy

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

Grounding your body improves your health

GROUNDING Article/Documentary

Story at-a-glance

  • Walking barefoot on the Earth transfers free electrons from the Earth’s surface into your body that spread throughout your tissues providing beneficial effects. This process is called ‘grounding.’
  • Grounding has been shown to relieve chronic pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, thin your blood, enhance well-being and much, much more
  • Wearing plastic- or rubber-soled shoes effectively disconnects you from the Earth’s natural electron flow
  • In the Grounded documentary, you’ll hear first-hand accounts from residents of Haines, Alaska who have overcome chronic pain, sleep apnea and much more simply by getting grounded Continue reading

Guyana: More Pictures of Fruits and Vegetables

Guyana: More Pictures of Fruits and Vegetables 

Here are some pictures from Guyana that illustrate many of the fruits and vegetable that are available there. …

Fruit Cart in Georgetown, Guyana

Fruit Cart in Georgetown, Guyana

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Guyana- The food self-sufficiency myth – commentary

The self-sufficiency myth

If it seems that you’ve heard it all before when it comes to food self-sufficiency, don’t doubt yourself; you most likely have. We have been going around in circles rather than moving forward. Hence the cries of progress, the fist-pumping and the back-slapping are all window dressing aimed at giving credence to the myth.

An example presented itself last Friday in the Ministry of Agriculture’s early launch of Agriculture Month—observed in October—with a cook-off competition in its Regent Street compound. The competition itself is an excellent concept, but why is it being presented as new? Those of us old enough to remember would know about similar cook-offs and demonstrations back during the Forbes Burnham administration when attempts were being made to replace wheat flour with local alternatives like rice and cassava.

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The amazing Calabash of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock

THE AMAZING CALABASH OF GUYANA

By Dmitri Allicock

Calabash

Calabash Tree

The calabash was one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not primarily for food, but for use as a water container. The bottle gourd may have been carried from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas in the course of human migration.

This tough prehistoric stubby looking tree belongs to the family Bignoniaceae and is rarely seen much taller than 15 feet with a leafy canopy that provide a natural shady cool playground for Guyanese children. Continue reading

Benefits and uses of some Fruits and Vegetables of Guyana – Dmitri Allicock

BENEFITS AND USES OF SOME FRUITS AND VEGETABLES OF GUYANA

By Dmitri Allicock

LemonsALL IT IS… IS A FROZEN LEMON!

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon, even the seeds, nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator.

Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods.

Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, melons, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whisky…. the list is endless.

Read more: Go to Dmitri Allicock’s Blog to comment and forward.

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