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So many uses for the Coconut – by Francis Quamina Farrier

So many uses for the Coconut – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

It is safe to say that the just concluded Coconut Festival here in Guyana, was a great success. I will not be telling you about what the Powers-that-be had to say at the opening ceremony, as they made their official verbal presentations. Instead, I will tell you what I saw as an ordinary person, speaking with other ordinary citizens who attended the festival, and what was on display.

First, let me tell you of one of the banners promoting the Coconut Festival, which was hung on the fence of the National Library, at the corner of Main and Church Streets in downtown Georgetown, just opposite the Cenotaph. It was an attractive and eye-catching piece of graphic art-work, and I am sure that it did the job for which it was placed there; and that was to inform and induce passers-by, to go to the Arthur Chung Convention Center on the Lower East Coast of Demerara, where the Coconut Festival was being held.     Continue reading

Abandoned High School Transformed into Home and Vibrant Community – video

Dad Lives In Abandoned High School With His Wife And Baby After Transforming It Into Their Home

Nearly 20 years ago, Charles Shaw seized an amazing opportunity. In 1996, he and his wife Lisa bought an abandoned, vacant high school in Durango, Colorado. The 45,000-square-foot building was in poor shape, but its walls were solid brick. Charles saw the potential to make a long-time dream come true: to turn a large building into a mixed-use space that could become a vibrant community. …

Real Guyana: “The Poisoned City” – Garbage Disposal – a full feature video

Real Guyana – “The Poisoned City” – Garbage Disposal – a full feature video

Published on Oct 12, 2016 – Real Guyana video

I want to tell you a story about the air we breathe. This story is about Guyana’s failure over the course of 20 years and now 5 presidents to find an effective solution to its solid waste problem despite intervention and assistance from organizations such as the IDB. For a look my review of the Georgetown Sanitation Improvement Program also executed with help of an IDB loan you can check the channel for Sewage and the City Parts one and two. In this feature I hope to provide insight into why efforts at establishing a functioning sanitary landfill and waste to energy project have had no success in two decades and counting.

With a focus on the history of the Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill let’s take a look at how the coastal population shoulder the ultimate burden from the environmental and health impacts this failure has had and is having up to the present day. We’ll examine whether a billion dollar out of court settlement made by the new APNU coalition government with BK international is in the public’s best interest and take a look at how best we can end our run as One People with a very toxic destiny if there is no immediate intervention.

Who is at fault for the toxic plume of smoke drifting into the city at dawn every morning? Is there something about Guyanese culture that condemns us to struggle with this issue? How could this all be linked to cancer rates in the country and what does the future hold if we take the right steps now? Let’s take a trip back in time and work or way forward to the present lest we forget the lessons of the past and condemn ourselves and our children to a bleak future.

To contemplate the scale and longevity of this issue is to wonder why headlines speak of billion dollar settlements and justifications instead of criminal charges and class action lawsuits. Have a look at the evidence and make up your own mind. No human being and no child brought into this world should have to live with the injustice of having their lives shortened by toxic plumes of smog we are well within our means to both rectify and avoid in the future. Take a stand for transparency, against corruption and take a stand for the quality of the air we breathe. Take a stand for each other and it is possible to do this all with a commitment to peace and understanding.

Subscribe to the channel to be first in the loop when I post and to support content creation in a tangible way please feel free to use the fan funding feature on the channel. There is much more to shed light upon and I have important stories to bring you from Guyana’s hinterland so I have activated this option on the page to offset the high cost of travel and equipment as I view this work as public service. In return Real Guyana will be able to expand its reach and I will keep delivering content. In closing, I am grateful to those of you that help share these posts to assist with public awareness. The collective has succeeded at getting the dress code abolished or relaxed at many public institutions and I believe we can similarly succeed in bringing an end to this particular toxic situation. Leave your comments below to add to the discussion and share to help raise awareness of this pressing issue. Over to you…

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What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you

What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you

Have you heard about TTIP? If your answer is no, don’t get too worried; you’re not meant to have

Lee Williams@leeroy112 – The Independent UK- Tuesday 6 October 2015

17ttip-glynthomas.jpgPHOTO: Protesters march against the controversial TTIP deal in London last year Glyn Thomas

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US. As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations. It is, as John Hilary, Executive Director of campaign group War on Want, said: “An assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations.”      Continue reading

Caribbean Nations, including Guyana, See The Highest Remittances For 2016

 Six Caribbean Nations See The Highest Remittances For 2016

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October 13, 2016. – News America Now

WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. October 14, 2016: The World Bank’s latest paper on Migration and Development says remittances to the Latin American and Caribbean is set to see a 6.3 percent increase this year compared to other regions globally and reach $72 billion by the end of 2016. This follows a decline in the level of remittances recorded in 2015. Here are six Caribbean nations with the highest number of remittance inflows so far this year:  [Read more]

Devaluation? Barbados’ Finance Minister Says Currency Safe

What Devaluation? Barbados’ Finance Minister Says Currency Safe

    OCTOBER 13, 2016



BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday October 13, 2016 – Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has sought to dismiss anxieties that Barbados would be forced to devalue its currency,  (US$1 = $2BDS),  and enroll in an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme to address the country’s fiscal challenges.  Continue reading

Maldives bank refuses to accept “laundered” US$10M deposit from Guyanese investor

Maldives bank refuses to accept “laundered” US$10M deposit from Guyanese investor

A view of a section of Male, the capital city of the Maldives, a country made up of several atolls in the Indian Ocean.

Male- Capital City of the Maldives

Malé, Maldives; – The Guyana Guardian has been reliably informed that an Asian bank in the Maldives, a multi Island State in the Indian Ocean, has reportedly refused to accept an unusually large deposit from a once politically-connected Guyanese who is known to be already investing in the hotel business in that country, and is said to have close ties to embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen.

Citing the individual’s (subsequent) inability to provide adequate proof regarding the origins of the funds, a bank source with close links to the international journalism fraternity told this publication that the bank has been refusing to accept the incoming transfer from a New Delhi based bank on behalf of the customer for the past two months since the said bank is already running on a thin line with a Western financial oversight body.
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Caribbean Life News Update – October 10, 2016

Caribbean Life

Trauma center sends mental health team to Haiti


A local mental health and trauma center is deplo­ying a team of mental health specia­lists to Haiti in response to Hurri­cane Matthew.

 Carib­bean: Rethi­nking progress in sustai­nable develo­pment era


UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19, 2016 (IPS) – Carib­bean count­ries make a special case for develo­pment. The high and incre­asing exposure to hazards, combined with very open and trade-depen­dent econo­mies with limited diversif­ication and competit­iveness portray a struct­urally and environm­entally vulne­rable region, composed, in the most part, of middle income count­ries.

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What’s happening to the pound? – BBC Business analysis

What’s happening to the pound?

Pound versus dollar

The pound plummeted in Asian trading early on Friday. And no-one really seems to know why.  Did a trader make a mistake? Did the computers go haywire? And where will the pound go next?

What actually happened?

Overnight the value of the pound fell dramatically. It was briefly down 6%, hitting a value of $1.18 against the dollar at 7:09am in Hong Kong (00:09 in the UK).    Continue reading

Caribbean Life News Update – 05 October 2016

Caribbean Life News Update – 05 October 2016Caribbean Life

Hurri­cane Matthew slams Haiti, takes aim at US East Coast


PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti (AP) — Hurri­cane Matthew slammed into Haiti’s southw­estern tip with howling, 145 mph winds Tuesday, tearing off roofs in the poor and largely rural area, uproo­ting trees and leaving rivers bloated and choked with debris. At least nine deaths were blamed on the storm during its week-long march across the Carib­bean.

Young entrep­reneur starts transpo­rtation company


The techn­iques and dreams that are somet­imes repre­ssed into our uncons­cious can in fact become a part of our conscio­usness and lives if the hunches are followed.

Secrecy, democ­racy and the Trans-Pacific Partne­rship


The Trans-Pacific Partne­rship (TPP) has received heigh­tened atten­tion in this campaign season, inclu­ding for the lack of transp­arency in its negoti­ating process.   Continue reading

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