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If You Don’t Know the Beekeeper, You Don’t Know if it is Honey – Yimochi Melville

I have received several phone calls and requests to buy this honey that comes in the 5 gallon containers. Persons want to buy in bulk to resell and they want to know where to get it from. It seems to be a profitable business. As it seems that it can be bought cheap. Customers are being led to believe that this cheap honey is being produced in Rupununi, Guyana when it is not. It is coming from some very questionable sources.

Michael Charles, a Pioneer in Showcasing Guyana’s Tourism Product

Prime Minister, Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips on the 21st of January, 2021 hailed Captain Michael Charles M.S, as a pioneer in showcasing Guyana’s tourism product to the rest of the world. The PM delivered the keynote address at the launch of Charles’s latest video, the “Sounds and Colours of the Rainforest,” which is the fourth video in a captivating series titled “Guyana -Yours to Discover,” that explores Guyana as an eco-tourism destination.

What Happens if you Are Bitten by a Rattlesnake?

It’s not everyday that you get bitten by a rattle snake. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. It pays to learn from the experiences of others. In this case, Mr. Guy Fredericks is willing to teach you. What happens if you are bitten by a rattle snake? What steps should you take to protect yourself if you are venturing out into the habitat of these venomous creatures? In February, 2021, Mr. Fredericks was bitten by a rattle snake in his village, Nappi, in Central Rupununi. This is his story.

Guyana’s First Recorded Tornado

A tornado is a funnel of rapidly spinning air, or, in other words, we can say that a tornado is a violently rotating column of air. Tornadoes form during thunderstorms when warm, humid air collides with cold, dry air. Sometimes, a tornado may not reach the ground, and form instead a funnel cloud. If you see a funnel cloud, know that you run potentially near to the way of an impending tornado.

Editorial: Reviving Guyana’s Clay Brick Industry

The clay brick industry in Guyana by no means derives its merits from boycotting Trinidadian industries, nor does it seek to blow cement and cement blocks completely out of the water. But what it will do though, is give the cement block a good run for its money on the basis of the superiority of clay bricks over cement blocks, and the fact that producing them locally will strengthen Guyana’s economy.

World’s Strongest Currencies

The Guyana Dollar presently stands at about 210 Guyana dollars to 1 US dollar, but all of that is about to change. With increasing oil exports, the strength of the Guyana dollar is expected to climb against the US dollar. Assuming that the economy is managed well, the Guyana dollar has the potential of becoming stronger than the US dollar in less than 10 years.

Strange Phenomenon Observed in Skies Over Berbice, Region 6

Residents of Region 6, Guyana, South America have reported observing a strange phenomenon in the skies on the evening of 5th of March, 2022. Although some persons speculated that it might have been the effects of a light beam or something similar used to create effects at shows and parties, the appearance was notably different from what is usually observed from artificial light effects used by humans.

Strange Objects in Skies Might Have Been Ball Lightning Phenomenon

On the evening of March 5th, 2022, hundreds of residents across a 100-mile radius in Regions 5 and 6 of Guyana, South America reported seeing strange light objects in the skies. Although it was difficult to gauge the size of the objects, they appeared to be just about a meter in length, and they were circling like fish swimming closely behind each other. There were three or four light objects moving in a circular motion closely behind each other.

Editorial: Civilians Must Show Respect to the Police and Vice-Versa

Police have a difficult task: contending with bandits, murderers, thieves, and lawbreakers and troublemakers in general. Consequently, they are trained to be tough, to handle offensive weapons, and to survive under dangerous circumstances. In light of this, the general civilian population whom the police are paid to protect and serve must offer a high level of cooperation to the police. If the police are completely stripped of the respect which the uniform should naturally carry, then there will be an inevitable breakdown of law and order in the country.

Letter: Regardless of Whom We Fancy Burnham to be, He deserves to be Celebrated

So my people, it is with a heavy heart that I learnt that the National Library on Monday (23rd of May, 2022) canceled its permission to the Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham Foundation to host the Foundation’s Commemorative Exhibition celebrating the life of Forbes Burnham and in particular his contributions to our independence struggle and securing our independence.

The Death of My Son is a Life Sentence of Grief – Fadia Reynolds Tells Her Story

Fadia Reyolds lost her then 31-year-old son, Uriel Orlando Reynolds, in a tragic accident along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway on the fateful evening of Tuesday, January 12, 2021. It was a tragedy that would change her life in ways she never imagined possible. Fadia’s relationship with her beloved son was an exemplary one – a reality which accentuated the pain of his loss. This is her story….

United Nations Pleads with Countries to Repatriate Citizens Trapped in Syria

Living conditions in the country of Syria are difficult even for ordinary Syrian nationals – who regularly flee the country seeking refuge on foreign shores. You can imagine then how much more difficult it will be for foreign nationals living in refugee camps of that country – whose lives are in constant danger every day. The living conditions of the Syrian refugee camps such as Al Roj in northern Syria can be described as “inhumane,” and the faster we empty those refugee camps, the better it will be for Syria and the world.

Paranormal Activities Reported in Region 9 Schools

Stories of paranormal activities such as suspected demonic attacks are not uncommon in Region 9 and have been going on for years, perhaps decades. The stories are prolific in boarding schools where students live in dorms. Numerous persons have reported that the students of these schools, especially those who live in the dorms, regularly come under what they believe are demonic attacks.

Students of Region 9 Report Being Attacked by a Ghost in a White Dress

On Wednesday, 8th of June, 2022, during the registration period at around 8 am, a group of female students of Aishalton Secondary in the Deep South Rupununi started to scream in a frightening manner. At first, the students in the other rooms thought it was some sort of classroom activity, but then a number of girls from forms 1, 2, and 3 ran out of their classroom and started to scream and shout something to the effect that someone is coming for them. They started to jump over walls and fences, and roll on the ground. There were screams all over the school compound.

Ambitious Young Woman Pioneers Computer Training Facility in the Rupununi

Jennifer Lawrence, a US citizen who has migrated to and been living in the Central Rupununi Savannahs for several years, sees a need for more computer and internet literacy that will help to develop hinterland communities. Her dream is to set up a computer training facility to teach her fellow villagers how they can harness the power of the internet to promote their tourism products, sell craft, research, and so much more.

Suriname Estimated to Have Over 30 Billion Barrels of Unexplored Oil Reserves

Currently, just 40% of Suriname’s offshore oil blocks have been licensed, some 32 million acres, leaving over 60% untouched and ripe with potential. Staatsolie’s Vice President of Offshore, Glenn Corrie, said that by the end of 2022, the 60% of unexplored offshore acreage will be up for grabs, and Suriname is looking to get good fiscal terms for the development of its oil and gas resources.

GDF’s Captain Kaya Dover Makes History by Swimming Across the Essequibo River in Full Uniform

Guyana Defense Force’s Captain Kaya Dover on 26th of June, 2022, made history by being the first men to swim across the Essequibo River, a distance of about 3 miles, in complete military uniform. Dover pulled off the daring stunt with his military uniform, including boots, which put an extra six pounds on his body and greatly increased the drag created by the water caught inside his uniform.

Guyana’s Victoria Amazonica No Longer World’s Largest Water Lily

Guyana’s National Flower, the Victoria Amazonica, has lost its record as the world’s largest water lily. Up to July, 2022, the Victoria Amazonica had boasted the title of the world’s largest water lily. However, a new water lily, called the Victoria Boliviana, has blown the Victoria Amazonica out the water and taken its spot as the world’s largest water lily.

Gas to Energy Project to Save Guyanese 27 Billion Dollars Annually – President Ali

During a State House event in July, 2022, President Ali boasted about the immense benefits that the Government’s Gas to Energy Project will bring to the citizens of Guyana, South America. The President explained how the Gas to Energy Project will reduce cost of living for citizens of Guyana, saving them collectively an estimated GY$27 billion annually which can be used for other commodities or savings.

Guyanese Artist Unveils Stunning Portrait of First Lady Adorned with Gold and Precious Stones

Guyana’s First Lady, Arya Ali, was on the 12th of July, 2022 presented with a portrait of herself created by Guyanese artist, Compton Babb. The announcement was made by the First Lady via her Facebook Page. Mrs. Ali called the portrait “a captivating and truly amazing piece of artistic work.” And she referred to the artist, Compton Babb, as “one of our finest creatives.”

Guyanese Citizen Describes Harrowing Experience of Being Robbed at Gunpoint in Georgetown

A prominent Guyanese citizen, Mr. Frank Satnarine, described a harrowing experience of being robbed at gunpoint in the capital city of Georgetown on the evening of Saturday, 23rd of July, 2022 at around 10:30 PM. These types of gunpoint robberies, perpetuated by youths on bicycles, are unfortunately not uncommon in Guyana, but are poorly reported upon, and even more poorly addressed by the Guyana Police Force. Guyanese, and foreigners visiting Guyana, are left at the mercy of these robbers who carry out their attacks as though it were a full time job, both in the day and night.

Owner of “100 Windows” House Issues Notice to Public

The archaic 100 windows house located at No. 19 village is a relic of colonial rule in Guyana, South America. The gigantic structure has been there for perhaps a century, and needless to say, has fascinated the general Guyanese population. Often, travelers and vacationers have stopped to take photos from the road, but many have ventured beyond the gates into the private property to have a close-up view and take more pictures.

Guyanese Man Stranded in Trinidad Appeals for Help in Returning to Guyana

A Guyanese man who left Guyana to work in construction in neighboring Trinidad has reached out to this publication for help in returning and resettling in Guyana now that he has hit rock bottom. The man explained to this publication that he left Guyana in the year 2017 to do construction work in Trinidad. However, of recently, he started experiencing financial difficulties as he is not getting work as before.

Guyanese Citizen Captures Mysterious Phenomenon with Sun

A Guyanese resident of Mon Repos Village, Region 4, Guyana, South America has captured a very unusual and mysterious phenomenon with the sun as seen from above his home in Guyana. Mr. Khemraj Khelawan related to this publication that he was fixing his antenna on the 1st of October, 2022, at around 12:00 noon when he noticed something unusual with the overhead sun. Khelawan said he saw what looked like a ball of fire coming out of the sun, making a half-circle around the sun and then giving off a flare.

Heartwarming Video of President Ali’s Son Interacting with Other Kid Goes Viral

A heartwarming video showing President Ali’s son interacting with another kid at a Quick Serv location in Georgetown has gone viral and touched the hearts of countless people. The video, posted below, shows President Ali’s son feeding ice cream to a little girl, who is complete stranger to him, in the presence of her parents. Many people have lauded the anecdote as promoting love and unity amongst Guyanese people.

“Tails of Hope” Advises Against the Use of Fireworks

Tails of Hope is an animal shelter and animal rights group operating in Guyana. Tails of Hope is committed to promoting animal health care awareness, offering professional advice, educational tools, rescue aids, and housing to protect animals and to prevent animal cruelty. As we all know, fireworks are not especially friendly to dogs and other animals. In the interest of animals everywhere, the organization has issued a friendly message to all Guyanese of the hazards of fireworks, including its damaging effects on animals.

Letter: I Was Trafficked, I’m Sorry, and I Need to Come Home

Earlier this year (January, 2022), we had written a story about a Guyanese woman who is trapped in a Syrian Refugee camp with her two children, and who is appealing to the government of Guyana to repatriate her. However, despite being aware of the situation, the government has done little to help. Calls to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by this publication have been met with the Royal Push Around.

President Ali’s Men on Mission Reconstructs Home for Elderly Citizen

This morning, President Irfaan Ali handed over to 85-year-old Meena Bafan, the keys to her newly rebuilt home at Herstelling East Bank Demerara. The home was rebuilt by the Men on Mission (MoM) after the President saw its state during an outreach in late November. Men on Mission is a brainchild of President Irfaan Ali that engages Guyanese men in productive tasks across the country that helps the less fortunate.

Diwali – the Festival of Lights

Diwali, also called Deepavali, is one of the biggest and most auspicious festivals celebrated by Hindus in Guyana and around the world. The five-day long festival starts with Dhanteras and culminates with Bhai Dooj. Diwali marks the start of the Hindu New Year. The date of Diwali, which is determined by the position of the moon, changes each year, but usually falls somewhere between October and November.

Phagwah Celebrations in Guyana (Holi)

In Guyana, South America, Phagwah is known as the festival of colors. Although of East Indian and Hindu origin, the celebration of Phagwah in Guyana is a national holiday which is celebrated by Guyanese of all races, classes, and religions. During the morning, buckets of water are used to drench one another, while in the afternoon, colored powders are dabbed and sprinkled on friends, and colored water is sprayed using a “water gun.”

Man Stabs Security, Fires at President Ali’s House

There was an alleged shooting incident which occurred at the State House (southern guard hut) on Carmichael Street at about 07:30 hrs this morning (Thursday 15th December, 2022). Investigation revealed that on the date and time mentioned, a security detail was on duty at south eastern guard hut adjacent to Carmichael Street when a male of mixed race ethnicity confronted the security stating: “I want the President.”

Navin Hanraj, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, is a Talented Guyanese

Navin Hansraj is the holder of many titles. A Computer Engineer by profession, he is also an entrepreneur, a humanitarian, a dedicated father & husband, a young leader, the CEO and founder of MMH Enterprise & Maya Fitness, a Rotarian, and the founder of Team Maya: a Non-Governmental Organization that provides a variety of services including a feeding program, clothing, and book drives to the community.

Guyanese Born, Tauseef Baksh, is a Rising Star in the West Indian Music Industry

From ever since he knew himself, Tauseef had a passion for singing, and he explains that this passion was greatly helped and encouraged by his uncle, Akbar Khan, who opened a music shop in the same village within close proximity to his home when the lad was just 7 or 8 years old. Tauseef seized the opportunity to go over often to his uncle’s music shop and listen to music as well as hone his singing skills through practice. He related that his uncle, Akbar Khan, who is also an excellent singer, was very supportive of his dream of becoming a professional singer, and helped him to become a better singer.

The Murder of Shonette Dover

The murder of Shonette Dover will go down as one of the most brutal, heinous, and cold-blooded murders ever committed on a Guyanese citizen by someone she once loved and trusted. Whether the younger sister of the victim was criminally involved in the killing is disputable, but the pieces of evidence presented against the former boyfriend point to a well-planned, cold blooded, and premeditated murder.

Meet Ryan Huckumchand – A Talented Gospel Singer and Video Producer

Ryan Huckumchand has a talent for singing as much as he has a passion for his Christian faith – and in this context, he plans to take worship music to a whole new level with an emerging genre called “Soca Gospel.” Soca Gospel incorporates some of our local Caribbean linguistic styles into songs of worship as you can see from Ryan’s professionally produced music video “Kinda Way.”

Jim Jones Promised Racial and Social Equality

During the 1970s, when racial tensions were high between whites and blacks of the United States, Jim Jones promised his followers something that portrayed him as a champion of the oppressed: racial and social equality. In this regard, The People’s Temple was made up of about 69% blacks, 25% whites, and 6% mixed races. Little did the followers know that Jim Jones meant them no good.

Meet Sir Kenrick Lewis – Headmaster of St. Ignatius Secondary

For teacher’s day 2021 – October, 5th, we had the honor of featuring one of Guyana’s most outstanding veteran educators – a young man by the name of Kenrick Lewis who has touched the hearts of thousands of people and impacted countless lives throughout his 27-year long ongoing career. He is presently the Headmaster of St. Ignatius Secondary in Region 9, Guyana, South America.

Criminal Activities and Violence in the Town of Lethem, Region 9

I’ve previously published an article giving general, touristic, and business information on the Town of Lethem. Because people are often concerned with their safety when traveling from place to place, they often ask questions about criminal activities and violence in that area. For this reason, I’ve decided to create a non-exhaustive log of criminal activities and violence in Lethem that I’m aware of.

The Kanuku Lodge Hotel in Lethem, Rupununi

When traveling to Lethem in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America, the Kanuku Lodge Hotel in Lethem is one of your options if you’re looking for a place to spend the night – or a few nights, etc. The Kanuku Lodge Hotel is located along Lethem’s Main Commercial Road- right next to Frontier Pharmacy and opposite Reeaz Computer Store. Obliquely opposite is Macedo’s Gas Station.

Hoplias Aimara, Known in Guyana as the Haimara or Wolf Fish

The species of freshwater fish, Hoplias Aimara, is known in Guyana as the haimara or wolf fish. In other parts of the world, it is called anjumara, traira, trahira, manjuma, anjoemara, and wolf fish. The haimara is a freshwater fish which grows to more than 4 feet in length, but the average length is 3 feet. It weighs on average 88 lbs. The haimara is native to northern South American countries including Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, French Guiana, and Suriname. It is also found in the rivers of neighboring Trinidad and Tobago.

The Tarpon Fish, Locally Called Cuffum

The tarpon may be described as a “euryhaline species” because it can survive in a wide variety of salinity and therefore lives in both the ocean and in fresh waters. The tarpon breeds mostly in the oceans in salt water. The females can lay up to 12 million eggs at once. They spawn their eggs between the months of March and July. Tarpons tend to swim upriver from the ocean and often inhabit rivers, creeks, tidal pools, and salt marshes. Some return to the ocean but others stay in freshwater locations.

The Giant Anteater – The World’s Largest Anteater

Guyana is known as the land of the giants, and the giant anteater, the world’s largest anteater, is one of the six or seven reasons why. The giant anteater goes by the scientific name Myrmecophaga tridactyla. It is a mammal which feeds on insects and has an average lifespan of 14 years. About two to three feet in height, the giant anteater weighs between 40 and 140 pounds. The giant anteater can reach as long as eight feet from the tip of its snout to the end of its tail.

The Victoria Amazonica, Guyana’s National Flower

The flower of Victoria Amazonica, previously called the Victoria Regia, and also known as the Giant Water Lily is Guyana’s National Flower. Victoria Amazonica is the world’s second largest water lily with its leaves measuring a whooping 10 feet in diameter floating on the surface of the water. The stalk of the Victoria Amazonica extends as much as 26 feet (8 meters) below the surface of the water. The flower of the Victoria Amazonica, which it bears almost every week during the summer months, is also the largest flower in the world. The flower of the Victoria Amazonica stays in blossom for just two to three days – long enough to facilitate pollination.