Category Archives: Health / Environment

Guyana- Putting country first – commentary

Guyana Map 2015

Guyana Map – click to enlarge

Putting country first

July 21, 2015 | By | Filed Under Editorial

Despite all the financial and economic problems facing the country especially with the sugar and rice industry, Guyana has an abundance of natural resources, arable land, mineral deposits, natural ports and a young and educated population to move the country forward.

With the recent discovery of oil, the economic growth potential in Guyana is very high. Despite these advantages, poverty, unemployment and crime, especially among the youths are on the rise in Guyana and the country continues to face serious economic and social challenges. Continue reading

The Homeless in New York – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Homelessin NYCThe Homeless in New York – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

It was the middle of winter. We wondered why they wanted us to walk the streets on the coldest night of the year. Who would want to be out in such frigid weather?

As we checked in at York College we soon found out the reason. The coordinator said that if anyone was found sleeping in the streets on such a night then that person desperately needed a place to stay. This was empirical data and was perhaps one of the best indicators of homelessness. Such cases, we were told, should be reported and steps would be taken to move the person to a shelter.

New York is a tale of two cities. Continue reading

Canada- Guyana Outreach Mission – 2015 Projects in Guyana


 Download Flyer: Canada- Guyana Outreach Mission 2015 

On November 6, 2015, members of the CanGO team will again be travelling to Guyana for one week to provide health care to patients in the remote areas of the country. This year the team will be running simultaneous clinics for two days at the Oscar Joseph District Hospital in Charity and at two villages up the Pomeroon River (St. Monica and Karawab).  

They will then travel to Bartica and run simultaneous clinics at the Bartica Hospital and outposts up the Mazaruni River.   Continue reading

Dehydration Problem: How Much Water Should I Drink a Day? + videos

How much water should I drink a day?

Story at-a-glance  –  By Dr. Mercola

  • More than half of American children are dehydrated, which can have repercussions for their health and academic performance. About one-quarter of children in the US do not drink water on a daily basis
  • Research shows dehydrated drivers make twice the amount of errors compared to hydrated drivers—an effect similar to driving drunk
  • Swapping sweetened, bottled beverages to pure water can significantly improve your health. Heeding thirst and observing the color of your urine are two effective ways to gauge how much water you need each day      

GUYANA: Latest News – 01 July 2015 – Demerara Waves

    GUYANA: Latest News – 01 July 2015 – Demerara Waves

The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen – TED video

The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen | TED – (transcript below)

0:07    In this talk, I’m going to give you the single most important lesson
0:13    my colleagues and I have learned from looking at 83,000 brain scans.
0:19    But first, let me put the lesson into context.
0:23   I am in the middle of seven children.
0:25   Growing up, my father called me a maverick

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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS – by Dave Martins + music video


Dave Martins

Dave Martins

– by Dave Martins.    (Hear song “Guyana Coming Back” By Dave martins and the Tradewinds at end)

From I was a youth, as my Jamaican friends would phrase it, I have always been one of those “let me see for myself” guys. Sure, I read the news releases and listen to the social comments, but I’ve learned you can also get a pretty useful grasp of something in your society, almost instantly, from simply observing it in its various aspects, and, most of the time, it’s not a complicated exercise: you can do it casually, just driving the street, or walking the neighbourhood, or flying over the territory.

You spot the change; you see what’s added or what’s absent. In the same half-hour drive, for example, you notice the repaired bridge work on the Embankment Road, as well as the neglected City Hall wooden structure in town. Information sinks in.  So, as I’ve said before, I’m an observer. (Incidentally, that is also the genesis of many of the songs I write; I’m delving into something I’ve noticed.)  Continue reading

Bartica to become town in 10 months – President David Granger

Bartica to become town in 10 months

Sunday, 21 June 2015 21:06 – Written by 

President David Granger as he addressed the gathering at the Bartica Secondary (GINA photo)

President David Granger as he addressed the gathering at the Bartica Secondary (GINA photo)

The date set by President David Granger is April 23, 2016.

He made the announcement on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at a public meeting held at the Bartica Secondary School. “I made a promise when I was campaigning and I promised that Bartica will become a town before the 26 May, 2016, the 50th Independence anniversary, in fact Bartica will be a town on the 23rd  April 2016.”  Continue reading

Georgetown today… What a transformation! –and people couldn’t help but notice

Georgetown today… What a transformation! –and people couldn’t help but notice

 AS widespread clean-up of the city of Georgetown continues, several stakeholders on Tuesday joined hearts and hands in a concerted effort to transform and beautify the landscape of the Public Buildings and its environs, preparing it for the first sitting of the National Assembly under the newly elected APNU+AFC Government.

The Guyana Chronicle sought comments from the proverbial man-in-the-street, and got the following reactions from citizens on how they feel about the initiative.   [See comments below]

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GEORGETOWN GUYANA – Flooding Woes – commentary

Stabroek NewsGEORGETOWN GUYANA – Flooding Woes – commentary

[June 7, 2015 – Stabroek News Editorial]

The municipality has 50 miles of canals, 12 outfalls, 13 kokers and 8 [?] pumps under its control. Many of the kokers are in some state of disrepair and a few are dysfunctional, while maintenance practices are open to question. Furthermore, it has been known for years that more infrastructure is required for the city, although even with respect to the system which exists already the records of the various elements are incomplete. There is, in addition, no disaster preparedness plan in existence for Georgetown.

No, this information was not obtained from a report produced last week, but from one which was submitted in May 2005, by a Canadian technical team that came here to undertake a rapid assessment of disaster preparedness, public health and municipal infrastructure following the Great Flood. Never mind, with the exception of the number of pumps servicing the capital, it might as well have been written yesterday.    Continue reading


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