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One More Mahdia Student Passes Away

The death toll of the deadly Mahdia Secondary School dorms fire has now increased to 20 as another beautiful soul who was hospitalized for severe burns transitions into the great beyond. Today, 13 year old Sherana Daniels was freed of her earthly sufferings following the Mahdia Dorms fire. She had been hospitalized and receiving intensive care since the night of the fire.

Guyana Celebrates Independence Shrouded in Grief

Friday, May 26th, 2023, was supposed to have been a glorious day for all Guyanese…a day of remembrance of the struggle for Independence and the subsequent victory. A day when the colonial power, Britain, like a parent who had nurtured a child, said to the nation, “you are now ready and capable to take care of your self.” Despite the fact that Independence in Guyana was viewed by many as premature and regressive, and the fact that it didn’t do much for Guyana in the past 57 years, Guyanese, engulfed in national pride, and fueled by hope for the future, still have much to celebrate.

National Candlelight Vigil in Honor of Mahdia School Fire Victims Sees Enormous Turnout

A national candlelight vigil carried last evening, Tuesday, 23rd of May, 2023, at the Umana Yana in Georgetown, Region 4, Guyana, South America, in honor of the victims of the Mahdia Secondary School Dorm Fire which killed 19 students, saw an enormous turnout of emotionally laden people from all walks of life standing in solidarity with the friends, teachers, and families of those who lost their lives in the fire.

Moco Moco 999 Steps No Longer Open to Public

The well known Moco Moco 999 steps which became a sort of tourist attraction in Moco Moco Village, Region 9 is no longer open to the public for tourism purposes. The 999 steps is part of the earlier construction of the Moco Moco hydropower plant. After the failure of the hydropower plant, the steps became a popular tourists’ adventure partly for the view from the top and partly to test one’s physical abilities.

Team Mohameds Assists Man with Amputed Leg

Now here’s a heartwarming story. A few days ago, a man appeared in a viral video pleading and crying for someone to help him. He is married but has not children. He had lost one of his legs while operating a tractor in Black Bush Polder, Corentyne, Berbice. As such, he and his family fell on hard times. As a last resort, the man took to social media, foregoing all pride and dignity, to plead for help from anyone who cares.

Plans Afoot to Restore Berbice 100-Window House

The 100-window (or 99 window) house located at No. 19 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, has fascinated curious onlookers for decades. Many persons have ventured inside the compound where the house is located, called the Fraser Farm, to take pictures. Recently, we published an article where the owner, Maria Fraser, issued a statement advising persons to desist from entering the property without permission from the family.

Video: Brave Woman Continues Filming Even After Hit by Bullet

A Facebook Live video today, 10th of May, 2023, shows a woman filming an altercation between two groups of people during which she was shot by a yet to be identified gunman. It is not clear at the moment what is the root of the problem. However, one source suggested that it has to do with dispute over land. The incident took place on the Essequibo Coast in Region 2, Guyana, South America.

President Ali Promises Free University Education by 2025

In his Labor Day message today, 1st of May, 2023, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Dr. Irfaan Ali, promised the nation that University Education will be free by 2025. On the campaign trail leading up the March 2nd, 2020 elections, the then PPP/C opposition had promised to make the University of Guyana free for all Guyanese. However, after taking office in 2020, this promise was not fulfilled to date.

Debunked: The 100-Window House is Not Haunted

A recent Kaieteur News Article entitled, “Is the Berbice 100-Window House Haunted,” somehow managed to misinterpret Ms. Maria Fraser as saying during an interview that the house is haunted. Ms. Maria Fraser, heir to the famous 100-window house located at No. 19 village, Corentyne, Berbice, has reached out to this publication to debunk that myth, expressively stating that the house is not haunted and that they have never seen any ghosts or experienced anything of the supernatural in or around the premises.

Teacher Recounts Horrible Experience of Having Her Car Slammed at Starbucks

A Guyanese woman, who is a teacher by profession, has recounted via her Facebook page, a terrifying experience of having her car slammed into and being destroyed allegedly a reckless driver in the Starbucks parking lot. The woman recounts hitting her chest and vomiting as a much bigger vehicle slammed into her car as she was entering the Starbucks parking lot, only to have it brushed off by her alleged assailant who exchanged numbers with her but is now allegedly refusing to answer calls. What’s worse is that the distraught citizen has been abandoned by the Guyana Police Force who contend that since the accident happened on “private property,” she must hire a lawyer and go to the courts for justice on her own. This is her story.

The Dangers of Hookah by Dr. Telford Layne

Can you imagine, me giving you a cup of poison to drink? The police will be called in, it may be classified as attempted murder. Can you imagine the gossip and social fallout as I am labeled a danger to society? But here you are posting photos every week smoking Hookah which is just like taking a cup of poison every time.

Update: No Ghost at Leonaro Kids’ Park, Region 3

Around the 14th of April, 2023, an eerie Tiktok video purporting to show paranormal activity at a kids park in Leonora Village, Region 3, Guyana, South America went viral. The video, which played an eerie sound and showed swings and see-saws moving by themselves as though ghosts were on them, was also posted on the Guyana, South America Facebook Page where we asked fans to speculate on whether the video was fake or real.

Attorney General Condemns Ogunseye’s Attempt to Incite a Military Uprising

Working People’s Alliance (WPA) held a Public Meeting at the Buxton Line Top, East Coast Demerara on Thursday 9th March 2023 on the current political and economic situation in Guyana. The Guest Speaker was the Leader of the PNCR Mr. Aubrey C. Norton with the Main Speaker being Dr. David Hinds. Other Speakers included Tacuma Ogunseye, Deon Abrams, Kidakie Amsterdam, among others.

Is the Linden “Blue Lake” a Death Trap?

The Kara Kara Blue Lake in Linden is doubtless beautiful. But is it a “Death Trap” as some have called it? Rising up from the depths of poorly covered mining pits, the lake has an uneven and unstable foundation plagued with quicksand and sinkholes that precipitate strong underwater currents. The possibility of landslips occurring underfoot and swallowing a person up is relatively high. Several persons have already drowned in the lake, and many have reported a near death experience.

US Advises All its Citizens to Get out of Russia Now

While the reason given for the advisory is “risk of wrongful detention and harassment,” the possibility of a full scale attack on Moscow aimed at taking out Putin is always looming. Since the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine in January, 2023, nearly 500,000 persons have been killed on both sides including thousands of civilians. The war has caused extensive and debilitating damage to Ukrainian infrastructure and had sparked a mass exodus of millions of Ukrainians fleeing the country and seeking refuge on foreign shores.

Poll: Most Brazilians Believe the Election Was Rigged

In a recent poll conducted by this publication across neighboring Brazil, 90.7 percent of the respondents say they believe that the 2022 general elections that put Lula Da Silva in power were rigged in favor of Lula. When asked how this might have happened, they responded that Lula has strong ties with Russia, who are masters at the game of hacking, and they believe that Russian hackers might have played a role in infiltrating the computer system.

Direct Cash Transfers to Citizens Would Contribute Greatly to Economic Growth

Guyana started pumping oil in late 2019, and to date (January 2023) has earned more than US$2 billion from oil revenues and royalties. That translates to roughly GY$420,000,000,000.00. This breaks down to roughly GY$525,000 per person using the generous population estimate of 800,000. Production data produced by the Ministry of Natural Resources show that Guyana recorded its highest output level in November 2022, reaching 389,000 barrels of oil per day. But production rate is climbing and Guyana is projected to produce more than 600,000 barrels of oil in 2023.

Video: Teachers of Huis’t Dieren Primary Condemn Attack on Teachers

On Wednesday, 11th of January, 2023, a male teacher was reportedly assaulted by a parent at Graham’s Hall Primary School on the East Coast of Demerara, Guyana, South America. Although the Ministry of Education released a statement condemning the attack on the teacher, it stopped short of explaining what might have provoked the attack. The next day, teachers across the country wore black to protest against violence against teachers.

Let the New Year Find Us With Light Hearts and Clean Slates – by Ronald J. Daniels

I challenge us not to write lengthy resolutions. Let’s be honest about how many of those we abandon soon after we pen them – soon after our burning desires to change are consumed by our surrender to our regular ways. Let us keep our goals tight and realistic. If we commit to a few realistic goals, we will accomplish infinitely more than the scrolls of resolutions that we routinely pen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 Iconic “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.

“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.

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.”