The Ireng River forms part of the border between Guyana and Brazil at Region 8. In this video, Guyanese citizen Kevon Lorrimer takes us on a virtual tour of the Ireng River which separates Guyana from Brazil.
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British High Commissioner Takes a Trip to Wichabai Ranch
British High Commissioner to Guyana, Jane Miller, in December 2022 made a trip to Wichabai Ranch in the Rupununi Savannahs. She says she was blown away by the beauty of the Rupununi and the hospitality of the people. She brought back some amazing photos, about 40 of which are posted below, and she made the following comment.
Citizen Complains About Irresponsible Persons Dumping Garbage in Georgetown
A Guyanese citizen from Georgetown has reached out to this publication to voice his concern about irresponsible persons dumping garbage in the city and making the city unclean in other ways.
Video: Christmas Celebrations in Gunns Village, Deep South Rupununi
Christmas celebrations are generally uniform across the country of Guyana, South America: partying, church, music, lots of food, ginger beer, pepperpot, family gatherings, and the likes. However, a recent video which surfaced on the 23rd of December, 2022, shows an indigenous community in the Deep South Rupununi Savannahs doing their own thing: a uniquely indigenous way of celebrating Christmas.
Rupununi Artist, Jerry Marco, is a Talented Guyanese
Jerry Marco is a talented youth from the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana. As you can see from his paintings below, he is an extremely gifted artist whose adopted slogan is, “art is my life.” Jerry believes that one should pursue his or her dreams even though the prospects might at first seem limited because it is important to do what you are passionate about – what drives you.
Indian Arrival Day is Celebrated on the 5th of May Each Year
The first people to have arrived in Guyana were the Amerindians who came from Asia via the Berring Straight supposedly in search of food. This ice passage later melted. After the Amerindians came the Europeans in search of the Golden City of Eldorado. The Europeans never found El Dorado. However, they set up sugar plantations in Guyana.
A Non-Conventional Arrival Day Message – by Dr. Josh Kanhai
The conventional Arrival Day message seeks to glorify the East Indians’ arrival in Guyana and to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the East Indians in and towards Guyana. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But under the peaceful waters of cultural pride rages a deadly current of racism that few like to acknowledge. It is this unseen aspect of racial pride – the disunity created by unity – that Dr. Josh Kanhai seeks to address in his non-conventional Arrival Day Message.
My Arrival Day Sentiments are Bitter/Sweet – by Romona Chanderballi
As mentioned in our previous article, Indian Arrival Day, the attitude of the descendants of colonized East Indians of British Guiana towards their colonial past are wide and varied. Some are thankful for the voyage that brought them a new life and new opportunities while others detest the compromising and sometimes harsh conditions to which their fore parents were subjected during their voyage to the new world.
As I Reflect: An Arrival Day Story by Mr. Frank Satnarine
My great, great grandparents were the first batch of Coolies who came from India and settled in Guyana in 1838. My great, great grandfather came willingly, aged 21: young and strong, and looking for adventure. He came with 2 brothers. One brother died on the way and was buried at sea.
Waterfalls in Guyana
There are more than 276 waterfalls across the country of Guyana, so this list by no means covers all of them. However, I’ll be updating this page from time to time with new waterfalls across Guyana, so be sure to bookmark it and check back often.
Photos: British High Commissioner Takes a Ride up the Mahaica River
Wonderful early morning boat trip today with Ramesh from Mahaica River Tours. This is the first time I have seen Guyana’s Giant Otters so clearly – and also a baby Howler Monkey. I’m feeling very privileged to be based in this beautiful country! Thanks Ramesh for such a super trip.
I personally have never seen a baccoo, nor have I seen evidence of it, nor do I want to. But I’ve heard so many stories about this strange demonic creature, all of them resounding with the same theme and description from people far removed in space and time, that I am tempted to believe that there must be some truth to the matter.
The Kanaima – Folklore or Reality?
During my travels throughout the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, I’ve heard stories of the Kanaima. In fact, I first read about this frightening creature in an online publication which claimed that the Kanaima is a spiritual being which comes to execute vengeance for some wrong committed. Apparently, the Kanaima is “invoked” by someone and sent to harm someone as an act of revenge for some wrong.
Photos: Young Couple Celebrates Wedding at Manari Ranch
Weddings in Region 9 are often celebrated in scenic environments against the backdrop of a nature setting. This wedding at Manari Ranch is one such. On Friday, 23rd of December, 2022, Shavina Albert said, “I do” to Gabriel David at Manari Ranch in Region 9.
Meet Stephanie – the Economics Student Pursuing Her Passion for Singing
Stephanie relates fondly that although her parents never encouraged to sing, she is pursuing her dreams of becoming a professional singer at full pace. Fueled by her passion and a deep-rooted confidence in her own abilities, Stephanie believes that all she truly needs to succeed in the music industry is her unquenchable passion to do so.
The “Coolies” of Guyana, South America
If you lived for any amount of time in Guyana, South America, you might have heard the expression “coolie man,” “coolie boy,” “coolie woman,” “coolie people,” etc in local dialect. In Guyana, the expression “coolie” is used colloquially to refer to someone of East Indian ancestry. But what is the etymology of this word? And what exactly does it mean?
Meet Talented Singer, Performer, and Medical Student, Galina Edmund of Paruima Village, Region 7
Galina Susie Edmund was born on the 8th of April, 2003 in Paruima Village on the East Bank of the Kamarang River in Region 7, Guyana, South America. She attended the Paruima Nursery School, and then the Paruima Primary School where she wrote the Common Entrance Examinations and was awarded a place at one of Guyana’s top secondary schools – the Christ Church Secondary School in Georgetown, Region 4, Guyana, South America.
The Old Higue – Myth or Reality?
The story of the Old Higue is a Guyanese folklore passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation. It is not clear which ethnic group introduced this idea to the Guyanese culture, however, it is most widely circulated amongst the East Indian and African population of Guyana.
Professional Painter and Craftswoman, Sheliza Rampersaud, Is a Talented Guyanese
Sheliza Rampersaud describes herself as a 27-year-old “creative human” who grew up on the on the East Coast of Demerara, Guyana, South America. The youngest of three siblings, she has a passion for creating art, traveling, cooking, and reading.
Life in Linden by Anah Leung
Unlike Georgetown or the West Coast of Demerara that’s always hyped with entertainment, Linden is different. At times, they’ll have a few football activities at the sports club or a lime down at Bucktown along with the blue lakes that are found between the Sandhills which are popular on Saturdays & Sundays.
St. Ignatius Village, Region 9
St Ignatius Village is a Titled Indigenous Village in Region 9 of Guyana, South America. The village, which borders the town of Lethem, is replete with breathtaking scenery, beautiful landscapes, and natural vegetation. The bridge which crosses over the Moco Moco Creek marks the entry point into St Ignatius Village from Lethem. This bridge is located only about 120 m southwest of the Lethem airport.
My First Trip to the Kumu Falls in Region 9
Kumu Falls is located in Kumu Village in the Central Rupuuni Savannahs of Guyana –about 30 miles away from the border town of Lethem. The town of Lethem is bordered by the Brazilian municipality of Bomfim to the south.
Baganara Island Resort in the Essequibo River, Region 7
Baganara Island Resort is located in the Essequibo River about 5 miles from the town of Bartica in Region 7, Guyana, South America. The Baganara Island Resort features 17 rooms, 14 of which have an en-suite bathroom, with hot and cold water available. the rooms can be arranged to accommodate up to 40 people.
Chinese National Allegedly Calls Mr. Hilbert Foster a “Nigga Bitch”
Well known Rose Hall Town businessman, philanthropist, and public figure, Mr. Hibert Foster, related through a Facebook Post yesterday, 20th of December, 2022, that a Chinese businessman uttered a racial slur to him that left him in total shock and horror.
Kumu Falls + Bonfim, Brazil: 3-Day Tour…Let’s Roll!
Pack your traveling bag and buckle up your shoes for three days’ of fun and adventure at Guyana’s southern border – Region 9, Guyana, South America.
Sky Valley Waterfall and Adventure Tours in Moco Moco Village, Region 9
Moco Moco Village is an indigenous community located approximately 24 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of Lethem at the foothills of the Kanuku Mountain range in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America. Moco Moco provides excellent relaxation and tranquility for visitors.
My Trip to Paruima Village, Region 7 by Devi Mangal
In April, 2021, I made a 5-day tour of Paruima Village, Region 7, Guyana, South America. It was one of the most memorable and exhilarating experiences of my life. For the past several months leading up to this outstanding tour, my friend from Paruima, Maunisa Percy, had been inviting me to go there. She had sent me pictures, and I was amazed at the peaceful, natural scenery, and beauty of the place.
Three Adventurous Guyanese Women Brave 80 Miles of Rough Terrain to Brazil
Jillyne, along with her two friends, who sat at the back of the ATV, claim to be the first three women to have braved 80 miles of rugged terrain through the Pakaraimas in Region 8, Guyana, South America to neighboring Brazil. They share their adventures on this journey.
The Kumu Falls in Central Rupununi, Region 9
The Kumu Falls is a small but splendid waterfall located in Kumu Village, Central Rupununi Savannhas, Guyana, South America. The magnificent tree-shaded waterfall descends from the mountaintops of the majestic Kanuku Mountains and flows down a gradient of about 3 miles into the Kumu River.
The Kaieteur Falls in Region 8 – One of the World’s Most Powerful Waterfalls
The Kaieteur Falls is one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls. It is renowned as being the the world’s “widest” one-drop waterfall. The Kaieteur Falls is a one-drop waterfall with a height of 741 feet from the top to the first break. It flows over a series of steep cascades that, when included in the measurement, brings the height of the falls up to 822 feet.
Sakaika Falls in Region 7
Sakaika Falls is located on the Ekereku River in Region 7 of Guyana, South America. Sakaika Falls, at the time of this article, is a relatively undiscovered and unexplored waterfall hidden deep in the jungles of Guyana in Region 7. The falls can be reached by traveling about 15 miles from the airstrip in Region 7. Motorcycle or ATV would be the preferred choice of vehicle to reach Sakaika Falls because of the rough terrain.
Baracara Falls, Also Called White Water Falls, in Region 7
Baracara Falls, also called Whitewater Falls, is located in the Mazaruni River in Region 7 of Guyana, South America. The small, unique, and refreshing waterfall cascades down a series of steps and slopes and attracts scores of visitors every week who want to bathe under its flowing white water.
The Caiman House Eco Lodge in Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi
The Caiman House Eco Lodge is located in Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi Savannahs, Guyana, South America. It was founded in the year 2005 by an American couple who had come to the Rupununi to do a long-term study of the black caiman.
My Trip to Rewa Village, North Rupununi Savannahs
I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about my first visit to Rewa which is a small village down the Rupununi River in the North Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America.
Berbice, known as the Ancient County, is one of the three counties of Guyana, South America. Berbice is beautiful, and I say that from a very personal perspective. I was born in the county of Berbice, and I’ve spent a good part of my life there. Berbice holds a special place in my heart, and it always will: it will always be home to me.
Iconic Jamaican Singer, Sean Paul, Hails up Guyanese Cricketer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Guyana has been getting worldwide recognition for many great reasons recently, but it gets better. Iconic Jamaican Singer, Sean Paul, suggests that he was at some point inspired by legendary Guyanese cricketer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, since Sean called out Shiv’s name during his songs on numerous occasions.
Coming to Guyana: A Look Inside the Amatur Bus
The Amatur Bus Service had first announced in 2019 that they were going to start their service in Guyana in November 2019. However, as we predicted, due to the bad state of the trail and some other bureaucratic factors, their launch has been postponed. The Amatur bus did a test drive of the trail in 2019 and found it too challenging for the bus.
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.
Editorial: Caracas Has No Grip on the Essequibo
With Maduro’s growing ridiculous claims of the Essequibo county of Guyana, we can, through a far stretch of the imagination, begin to consider whether he has an ounce of reason to justify his troublesome position.
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.
Acai Berry, a Renowned Superfood, Goes to Waste in Guyana
We are living in a era of increased natural resource discovery in Guyana…from oil and gas to gold…we hope these resources will create a brighter future for ALL Guyanese, but there is another great natural resource which we would like to tell you about that is yet to be discovered and exploited in Guyana – the Acai Berry.
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.
What Are Funnel Clouds and Why You Should be Able to Recognize Them
In October 2021, we published an article about Guyana’s first recorded tornado. In light of this event which may very well be the result of climate change, we’ve decided to publish this article about funnel clouds – because several funnel clouds appeared over Guyana, and funnel clouds are closely linked to tornadoes.
Two Doctors Team up to Offer Free Online/Phone Consultation for Guyanese Residents
In an unprecedented, revolutionary move, two Guyanese doctors have teamed up to offer free phone and WhatsApp consultation for people who may need medical advice but may be unable or hesitant to visit the hospital.
The GRA is the Reason I Left Guyana – Volunteer Pilot, Doug Spencer
In an interview with this publication on the 23rd of November, 2021, former volunteer pilot in Guyana, Doug Spencer, said he believes that the fact that he refused to renew his contract with RAM in 2019 might have been a contributing factor to the decline in operations in Guyana. In 2021, RAM sold all its planes in Guyana and stopped all airborne activities in Guyana.
Opinion: The Guyana Police Force Needs to Stop Destroying Cannabis Farms
The Guyana Police has been on a rampage over the decades in the history of post-colonial Guyana destroying cannabis farms across the country. While the fight against narcotics and drug abuse is a noble one, the destruction of cannabis farms is largely uncalled for.
Guyanese Woman Trapped in Syria Appeals for Help in Returning Home
A young Guyanese woman who somehow ended up being trapped in a refugee camp in Syria has reached out this publication for help in raising awareness of her situation with the aim of engaging the government of Guyana and/or any influential Guyanese who is able and willing to help her to return home to Guyana.
How President Ali’s Housing Support is Transforming the Lives of Guyanese
Providing turnkey homes with available financing is not the only action the government is taking to put better roofs over the heads of citizens. President Ali announced on the 22nd of July, 2022 that his government will give massive support to persons building their own homes. This includes financial support through local banks and free construction material.
Letter: Guyana’s Trained Teacher’s Certificate is Totally Useless in the USA
The Cyril Potter College of Education is doing the Associate Degree in Education today along with the programme I graduated from in 2006. You show this document to NY State Dept of Education and it means nothing to enter the system here. It’s as cheap as the paper the college gives you.
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.
Viral Video of “Roti Making Machine” Drives Guyanese Crazy
A video demonstrating how a “Roti Making Machine” simplifies the task of making roti has gone viral on Facebook. Everyone is asking, “where can I get one?”
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.
Guyana Boasts World’s Second Highest Oil Reserves Per Capita
The oil reserves per capita then, gives an idea of the impact the oil wealth is likely to have on the lives of the people of that country. If the country has a small population and large oil reserve, then the oil reserve “per capita” will be high, and the oil wealth will have the potential to more strongly impact the lives of the citizens.
Lethem Relaunches Cricket Club for First Time in Decades
Cricket is the national game of Guyana, but unfortunately, the residents of Region 9 have been missing out a lot on the cricket culture. This publication understands that there were cricket clubs in Lethem, Annai, and Aishalton in the 1970s, but it has been decades since they went out of operation.
Guyana, South America Launches Twitter Page
In an effort to keep you more informed about everything that’s happening in Guyana, we’re expanding and improving our Social Media presence. In this context, we’ve recently launched a Twitter Page for the first time where we’ll be tweeting updates about everything Guyana.
Letter: May the Better Form of Journalism Win
You cannot stop this powerful transformation taking place around the world right before your eyes. Truth be told, this is just the beginning of the age of digital journalism.
Guyanese Born, Donald Bacha, Published by Pearson IT Certification
Publishing a book is no ordinary task, but being published by Pearson, the world’s largest and most recognized publisher of IT books and learning solutions, is a task for the elite.
Guyana “Has No Comparison” – Says UK Travel Writer, Steph Dyson
UK travel writer, Steph Dyson, wrote an article about Guyana calling it a place of mystery and intrigue, and says that, from a tourism perspective, this hidden gem “has no comparison.”
Funnel Clouds Recorded Over Region 6
A resident sent in photos of a funnel cloud which appeared on the 23rd of May, 2022 over the landmass of Black Bush Polder, Region 6, Guyana, South America. Below are the pictures of the funnel cloud which occurred over Black Bush Polder.
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.
Tornado Rips Zinc Sheets Off House in Berbice
Funnel clouds are powerfully and violently rotating columns of air which may turn into tornadoes if they touch the ground. It turns out that the funnel cloud did touch the ground and turn into a tornado on the 22nd of May, 2022. However, we only received this update yesterday, 24th of May, 2022.
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.
Editorial: The Humanitarian Mission Guyana Needs to Expand into Other Regions
Speaking to the founder of the Humanitarian Mission Guyana, Mr. Suresh Sugrim, a few days ago, he outlined some of the challenges he was facing in keeping the organization alive. He explained that he is considering closing down the organization because of these many challenges. Frankly speaking, that would be a great loss for the country of Guyana and its people.
Canadian Based Guyanese Seeks to Introduce Revolutionary Herbal Product to Guyana
A young Guyanese entrepreneur, Sheriza Mohamed, has launched a Canadian based health and beauty company which markets a revolutionary medical product that has been approved by the FDA for treatment of numerous diseases.
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.
International Travel Magazine Lists Kaieteur Among World’s Most Amazing Waterfalls
This comes as no surprise. An international travel magazine has listed the Kaieteur Falls in Region 8, Guyana, South America amongst the world’s most amazing or “breathtaking” waterfalls.
African Man Seeks Public Help in Locating His Guyanese Father
According to Mr. Willham Cornelius, his mother had traveled to Guyana in the 1980s for medical studies during which she got into a relationship with his father that led to his conception. However, after his mother returned to Namibia, she lost contact with Willham’s father.
Guyanese Born, Leland Shepherd, Commands Arkansas Army National Guard in the USA
Guyanese born Leland Shepherd has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of the Arkansas Army National Guard in the USA. The momentous occasion marks the first black army officer to command the Arkansas Army National Guard.
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.
Actions of Guyanese Men on Dangerous Falls Leave World Awestruck
The actions of two Guyanese men on a dangerous cliff of a waterfall in Region 7, Guyana, South America, has caught the world’s attention. The video, which was first posted in 2018 by Leon Mendonca, and reposted by the Guyana, South America Facebook Page in 2022, was viewed by more 800,000 people so far, and it is going viral.
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.
10-Year-Old Indigenous Girl Writes Inspiring Poem on Social Issue
A ten-year-old indigenous girl has written a poem highlighting a worrying social issue. The poem is so profound, insightful, inspiring, and beautifully written that the reader has a hard time believing it was written by a ten-year-old.
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.
Opinion: The Caribbean Court of Justice Has Lost Credibility as an Instrument of Justice
The Caribbean Court of Justice, Guyana’s final appellate court, has, on the 19th of August, 2022, lost credibility as an independent and impartial instrument of justice when Justice Denys Barrow sent murder convict, Jarvis Small, walking out of the courtroom a free man.
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.
How Reevaluating Guyana’s Currency Can Make Guyanese Rich Overnight
One Guyana Dollar is currently valued at around 210 US dollars. Guyana’s currency is weak because of numerous factors, but one of the most influential of those factors is the low GDP that the country produced over the last several decades. However, Guyana’s financial windfall from oil revenues now enables it to have a much stronger currency.
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.
Hailstorm – an Unusual Weather Phenomenon in Guyana
On the 17th of September, 2022, residents of Region 7, Guyana, South America reported that ice rained down from the skies over an extensive area across the Region. A resident of Kamarang, Veronica Clement, pulled out her mobile phone and made a video showing the ice pellets falling near to her home. You can see this and other videos of the hailstorm here.
Video: The Day it Rained Ice in Guyana
On September, 17th, 2022, ice rained down from the skies of Guyana over Kamarang Village in Region 7, Guyana, South America. The phenomenon is known as a hailstorm, and while it is indeed a rare one, it is not the only time this happened. There have been several reports of hailstorms in Guyana over the years, most of which came from Regions 7 and 9.
Talented Artist, Retisha Henry, Dreams of Becoming a Professional Art Teacher
Reticia Henry was born with a special gift – the gift of representing the beauty of nature on canvas, and she hopes to one day share her gift with aspiring students, as well as sell her outstanding works of art – some examples of which you will see here on this page.
President Ali Launches “Men on Mission” to Upgrade the Lives of Guyanese Men
His Excellency Dr Irfaan Ali said that the ‘Men on Mission’ initiative is a movement aimed at impressing upon men the importance of responsibility, being role models, and demonstrating a collective will to shoulder a progressive system to support Guyana’s developing society.
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.
Cuffy Statue or The 1763 Monument
The Cuffy Statue, also called the 1763 Monument, is a national monument of Guyana that was erected in honor of rebel slave “Cuffy.” Variations of the spelling include Coffy, Kofi, and Koffi. The location where the monument has been erected is called “The Square of the Revolution.”
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, also called Holi, Celebrations in Guyana
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.”
National Holidays of Guyana
Guyanese celebrate fifteen national holidays each year. Of these, 9 are religious holidays attributed to one of the three major religions (Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam) while 6 are non-religious.