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Guyana’s Premier Guide to Entertainment, Culture, Fashion, Beauty, Sports & Extraordinary Dancers

GEM Magazine

Exploring Iwokrama

A Million Acres of Pristine Rainforest

June/July 2010|Issue 39| A Bi-monthly Publication GY$950 | US$5 | BD$10 | CN$6

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EASTER HAT SHOW & TEA PARTY

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Classique Dance Company

Celebrates the Big 1-0

Cricket Highlights

JUNE/JULY 2010

ICC World T20 Series @ the Stadium

Fashion

@ the 2010

Wedding

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Contents GEM

Guyana Entertainment Magazine

FEATURES 14 Personality

Natheeah Akilah King Marketing Manager, Grace Kennedy Remittance Services (Guy) Limited

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16 Inner Wheel Club

Annual Hat Show & Tea Party

18 Celebration of Culture and Tradition

The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha Mela

20 Highlights from the World T20 Cricket

West Indies 2-0 at the Stadium

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Classique Dance Company Celebrates the Big 1 -0

30 Annual Bartica Regatta

2010 Beach Jam

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Sister Mary Noel Menezes, R.S.M, A. A.

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Nrityageet 31 Let’s Treasure and Celebrate Our National Environment

40 Highlights from the GMR&SC

COVER CREDIT

The photo of the Classique Dance Company members was taken exclusively for GEM by Simeon Corbin. Front row: Fiano Spencer, Onica Martin, Anastasia Sanford, John Reman, Simone Abrams Middle row: Brandon Pindar, Ivor Williams, Ronella Woseley, Shellon Pinto and Soyini Fraser Last row: Travis Bowen, Paul Charles, Leslyn Lashley, Meleesa Payne, Renee Chester and Kester Andrews 6 | GEM JUNE/JULY 2010

2010 Season Opener @ South Dakota

45 Courts Guyana Inc. Launches Community Care Programme

46 GT&T’s Inaugural 10/10

Softball Cricket Tournament

57 Our Folk Culture

Meet the Bush-Dai-Dai


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Contents GEM

Guyana Entertainment Magazine

COLUMNS 37 GEM BEAUTY

Meet Ginesta, a 25 year old Sagittarius

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43 Savvy Sister

Domestic Abuse: Breaking Its Vicious Cycle

53 HEALTH BEAT

Boosting Your Brain Power

FASHION 48 Marisca Designs

- 2010 Collection

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50 Style & Fashion - Wedding Expo II

TRAVEL 54 Exploring Iwokrama

A Million Acres of Pristine Rainforest

BON APPETIT

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58 RECIPES

Pholourie and Pesto Focaccia

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LETTERS TO GEM What readers have to say about GEM

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Publisher’s Note

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Personality milestone

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Random pictures of people and events. Were you there?


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GEM Guyana Entertainment Magazine Founder & Publisher Simeon L Corbin Editor-in-Chief Pamela Corbin Managing Editor Coretta Corbin-Rival Administrative Manager Loretta Amanda Kippins Layout and Design Mark James/Astroarts International Operations Director Pamela Corbin International Sales & Marketing Director Coretta Corbin-Rival International Distribution Director Michelle Corbin Contributors Pamela Corbin • Coretta Corbin-Rival • Michelle Corbin• Carl Croker • Allan Fenty • Petamber Persaud • Tiffny Rhodius •Colin Sulker • Clifford Stanley Guyana Entertainment Magazine P.O. Box 12396 Georgetown, Guyana Phone: 011.592.225.1738 or 011.592.624.2751 Email: info@GemMagOnline.com Website: www.GemMagOnline.com SUBSCRIPTION www.GemMagOnline.com International Sales and Marketing Corbin Media Group P.O. Box 255906 Boston, MA 02125 USA Phone: 617.833.7482 Email: CorbinMediaGroup@aol.com MEMBER Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Guyana Press Association (GPA) Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) ISSN 181-2019 GEM is an international bi-monthly magazine that is focused exclusively on entertainment, culture, fashion, sports, beauty, dining, travel, art and other lifestyles of people in Guyana and the Diaspora. ALL ADS CREATED BY GEM MAGAZINE REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF GEM MAGAZINE AND SHOULD NOT BE USED WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION

Published by Corbin Media Group (Guyana) Reproduction in part or whole without permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited.

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Letters to better idea of the thought process behind these types of publications. Media houses that cover Hollywood, Bollywood and other high profile industries behave the same way. You have to be a “somebody” to make the cut. Readers are usually only interested in seeing celebrities and politicians. Over the years, I believe GEM has reached out and provided a nice blend of people and reading material. At this stage, I honestly don’t see anything to complain about. You get what you pay for. – Robert Alexander, New York

We welcome comments, criticisms and ideas from you. Let us know what you think about this edition. Send comments to letters@gemmagonline.com. Letters may be edited for space and clarity.

I really enjoyed the GEM Icon article on Dr Ian McDonald by Petamber Persaud. Very revealing stuff about a man that has emerged over the years to become a highly respected individual especially in the creative arts environment. - Juliet DePena

Your issue 38 cover was an excellent one and the interview with the Fact-n-Roses team was very informative. GEM is the best thing that ever happened to our fashion industry. – Michelle Pereira This email is in response to a letter that appeared in the last issue of GEM in which one of your letter writers complained about too many pictures and fashion. I am also a longtime supporter of GEM, and I see nothing wrong with the amount of pictures and text in any given issue of the magazine. In fact, I see a balance. In the modern fast-paced society we live in, no-one has time for wordy and boring articles especially in an entertainment magazine. It is all about high quality images and getting to the point fast. GEM is doing just that. Keep up the good work and don’t change a thing! - Sibylla Gopaul, St Maarten I do not agree with Ms Fiedtkou from your last letters column about too many of the same people appearing in GEM and limited reading material. There are certain notables in any society around the world that magazines like GEM will cover regularly. Perhaps, if she understands the concept of entertainment magazines, she will get a

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Publisher's Note dance, theater and other productions there. It feels good to see a renewed interest in the arts by production companies as well as patrons. In this issue, our cover feature is one of the groups that helped to fill the seats at NCC. They are none other than the Classique Dance Company. This group of young people has demonstrated time and again what positive results can be attained from hard work and dedication as was demonstrated in their recent production titled "Scandalous". If you have not seen any of their work or you are not familiar with the troupe, this feature is a must-read.

Dear Valued Reader, Guyanese really know how to have a good time! Whether it is rainy or sunny, we will always try to make the best of the situation. This behavior pattern was demonstrated recently at the ICC World T20 tournament here. The rain stopped play for over an hour at one of the Windies games, and instead of running for shelter some fans decided to turn the break into a big wet fete until play was resumed. Speaking of having a good time, the National Culture Center (NCC) has been very busy lately with the many

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Many sporting and other social events that you may have attended or heard about can also be seen in this edition. I am proud to showcase some of them that brought people out in their thousands. From the motor-racing at South Dakota, to international cricket at the stadium, to regatta in Bartica are all displayed in vivid colours for your enjoyment. In our fashion section, renowned designer Sonia Noel was kind enough to use some of her collection for an exclusive shoot. More fashion is highlighted, as multiple fashionistas showcased their versatility at the second wedding expo at the Roraima Duke Lodge. I can’t wait to see what’s in-store for summer swim wear. Enjoy yourself, Publisher


Birthdays... Johnny Braff

Jumo Primo

JUNE • Singer Rajesh Dubraj (10) • Boxer Vivian “Vicious” Harris (17) • Guyana and West Indies cricketer Ramnaresh Sarwan (23)

Ramnaresh Sarwan

Roger Gary

JULY • Designer Trevor Rose (1) • Singer Johnny Braff (3) • Designer Rhonda Dunbar (3) • Chutney Gospel singer Anil Azeez (6) • Former Guyana and West Indies cricketer Clyde Butts (8) • Fashion Designer Roger Gary (23) • Singer Jumo Primo (25)

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PERSONALITY

Natheeah Akilah King Job: Marketing Manager, Grace Kennedy Remittance Services (Guy) Limited Favourite dish: Dhol & rice with salt fish Favourite actor: Brad Pitt Favourite sport: Athletics Favourite song: Halo by Beyonce

GEM: How long have you been at GKRS? Natheeah King: 1 year and 6 months. GEM: What are some of your responsibilities? NK: Prepare, monitor and manage the annual marketing budget of the company - Prepare and execute the annual brand development plans. - Conduct analysis of all marketing activities to make informed strategic decisions for the company. GEM: In the current climate, what would you say is one of the most challenging aspect of your job? NK: My challenge would be trying to acquire information to make decisions and it’s not readily available. GEM: GKRS offers a myriad of services, which one of them would you say is the most underused by customers? NK: I would say that our services are well used but there is opportunity for increase awareness among Guyanese since some sections of society are unaware of our premium quality customer services, convenient locations and customer care centre. It should be noted that the services we offer are propelled by two strong brands – Western Union & BillExpress - of regional and international companies and as such their premium positions have differentiated them from other brands. GEM: In the competitive field of marketing, what tips would you offer a rookie who is trying to stay ahead of the game? NK: Be equipped and take advantage of modern techniques. They will enable you to be innovative and proactive. And don’t make the same mistake twice it can be very costly. GEM: Which area did you spend your childhood years in and what was the experience like?

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NK: I spent my childhood at No 53 Village, Corentyne, Berbice. My experience was fun, fun, fun. My friends & I used to go to the back dam and pick fruits from the farms of the villagers, sometimes the farmers would complain to our parents and we would be scolded. July – August was time for fishing. In the afternoons after school, we played games like chinee, hide-n-seek & skipping. I remember we used to play cards and if you loose you had to drink a big glass of water….oh my. I would not forget those days. At school I was very funny and sometimes troublesome. I was a very popular student. When there were activities e.g. school sports, I was always involved. I was called a live wire. Ever so often when I talk to some of my school friends, we would laugh about the good old days and they would say…..girl you didn’t change. GEM: On any given Saturday morning, what would you be doing? NK: On any given Saturday morning I would be doing my household chores - remember I am a country girl so I like to do chores, though at times I would love to have some assistance. GEM: Tell us about your children. NK: My children are a bundle of joy. I have a son and a daughter – Jaleel & Jada. They are my life. I love them so much that when my children cry, I feel hurt. They are smart children and have very different personalities. Jaleel likes is very pleasant, he ask a lot of questions and likes to be private. Jada is the opposite. She is serious……. a daddy’s girl, she likes to read and loves to dress-up. When we are going out Jada would say mommy I want to look like you, and she says it with an attitude, she is such bliss. We share a lot of love in the family. Our bond is so strong that when I am away from home for a day or two Jaleel gets sick. When I return home he feels better. This might sound funny but it’s the truth but my children are very loving.

for the young designers, so that they can be tutored and given guidance, hence they can see designing as a career and not a hobby or a part time job. With reference to the industry as a whole, I know some designers are trying their best, they are giving young designers the opportunity to exploit their raw talent and enabling them to realize a dream, but corporate Guyana needs to give more support because when designers go overseas the flag of Guyana is flown very high and as Guyanese we should be proud. GEM: Any chance of you appearing on the runaway at one of these shows? NK: No. GEM: You exude a level of confidence, cheeriness and professionalism, is there a flipside to your public persona? NK: With Natheeah what you see is what you get, it’s all natural, I am not a faker but I do have my serious side. GEM: What is your motto in life? NK: I don’t have a motto, I have a little saying made up of mottos; Be satisfied with little while wishing for more, as you wish for more you must work to become and not to acquire, for in your acquisition use friendliness do not use your friends because this can come back to haunt you.

GEM: Our records indicate that you were the winner of the Miss Bartica Regatta pageant in 1998, first runner-up Miss University of Guyana and Miss Guyana African Heritage the same year. How has life been since then? NK: Life has changed tremendously, so many things have happened since then. I have grown personally & professionally. I am now a mature, professional lady who looks at life from a different prospective. My focus is my family, work & my studies with a little recreation. GEM: You are seen at many fashion events from time to time, what’s your opinion on the work of the local designers and the industry as a whole? NK: I think Guyana has a lot of talented designers, but some designers still need to develop their skills especially if their goals might be to see their creations on the international runway. The finish of some of the clothing displayed and the fabric used are not very attractive. I think the clothing should be examined before they are put on display. Additionally, since we have so much talent an institution should be established for designers - especially JUNE/JULY 2010 GEM | 15


The Inner Wheel Club

Easter Hat Show & Tea Party Photography: Carl Croker

Judges Negla Brandis, Maurice Amres and Chandra Amres

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n April 17, the Inner Wheel Club Georgetown held their annual hat show and garden party at the Promenade Gardens in Georgetown.

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The Hat Show and Tea Party is one of the Club’s many fundraising events held throughout the year. The organization is involved in a number of charitable causes to help the less fortunate in our society. The Inner Wheel Club was started 25 years ago and is made-up of the wives and widows of Rotarians. This organization is one of many that can be found in countries around the world.


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Celebration of Culture and Tradition @ the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha Mela

Photography: Carl Croker

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uyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha held its final mela to commemorate the 172nd anniversary of the arrival of East Indians to Guyana.

Despite the rain, the event brought out thousands of people of all walks of life to the National stadium in providence. The event was hosted under the theme, “ Celebration of 18 | GEM JUNE/JULY 2010

Culture and Tradition.� Many well decorated booths were in place to offer patrons clothing, foods and demonstrations of traditional cooking techniques. There was also a live stage show where singer Andy Singh of Trinidad, and top Guyanese singers Sookrane Boodhoo, Rekha Singh and Mona entertained the crowd. There were also dances by the Dharmic dance company.


President Bharrat Jagdeo (C) and Minister of Culture, Dr Frank Anthony 2nd from left, pose with members of the Dharmic

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ICC World T20 Cricket Highlights West Indies 2-0 @ the Stadium

The Windies doing warm-ups

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Photography: Simeon Corbin, Carl Croker and Colin Sulker

est Indies fans were treated to two rare wins literally days apart as they beat Ireland and England in the ICC World Twenty20 Championships at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence. On April 30, the opening celebration brought out local and regional artistes to help set the stage for another 10 days of exciting cricket. X2, Shelly G and Fojo and other entertainers represented the local acts while Jamaican artistes Shaggy and Mr. Vega and Trinidadians Faye Ann Lyons and Bungy Garlin flew in for the show. In front of a packed stadium, the Windies easily outplayed Ireland in a 70-run victory in their Group-D game. The May 10 game against England was a lot more thrilling 20 | GEM JUNE/JULY 2010

as it provided the Windies with a nail biting win. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. They piled up a mammoth score of 191 runs for 5 wickets utilizing their twenty overs. Being faced with the seemly daunting task of reaching the 192 for victory, fans waited with baited breath for the Windies response. First at the crease were skipper Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. They were able to score 30 in 2.2 overs before the heavens opened up and heavy rain drenched the Stadium for over an hour. When play was ready to resume, officials decided to apply the Duckworth /Lewis rule which set a target for the West Indies of thirty runs from twenty two balls. This


A packed Orange Stand celebrates West Indies versus Ireland, Sarwan at the crease

Reliance dancer

Clive Lloyd and Clifford Reis

new development renewed hope and for the next few overs the crowd went wild. After losing Gayle, Pollard and Ramdin, Andre Fletcher came to the crease and hit a boundary off Stuart Broad to make the score more interesting with 5 runs to go from 3 balls. He eventually was able to pull the much needed win and send his team into the next round.

Local boy, Shivnarine Chanderpaul stayed to the end with 15 runs from 13 balls. St Lucian Darren Sammy received his 2nd consecutive Man-of-the-Match award after taking 2 wickets for 22 runs from 4 exciting overs. By the time this edition of GEM hits the newsstand, those who were following the tournament would have known that the West Indies were knocked out and England beat Australia in the final. JUNE/JULY 2010 GEM | 21


ICC World T20 Cricket Highlights

The English players form a caucus as the Windies target looms over head

Right: West Indies captain Chris Gayle Below: England's captain Paul Collingwood

The mega screen tells the tale

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Natasha and Garry Fitzpatrick Speedster Ryan Rahaman with his wife and friends Carlton Joao, Henry Rodney and dancer Amanda Even Santa came out to celebrate

Mr. Vegas

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ICC World T20 Cricket Highlights Singer Vanilla

X2 with Shaggy The Party Stand Girls with a cameraman Fans celebrate the West Indies win

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Armed and ready! Local media standing l-r: Orlando Charles, Rawle Toney, Iva Wharton, Adrian Narine, Franklin Wilson, Avenash Ramzan and Ravindra Motilal. Front: Carl Croker and Sean Devers


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Classique

Dance Company

The entire troupe pose after a performance

Celebrates

Photography: Carl Croker

The Big 1-0 with Scandalous

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he Classique Dance Company celebrated their ten year anniversary with two sold-out productions at the National Culture Centre in April and another well received show in May. As demonstrated in "Scandalous," their most recent production, the company has become known for their well choreographed dance steps in dancehall, ballet, African, Indian and contemporary movements. The journey to this significant milestone began in 1995 with troupe’s founder and choreographer Clive Prowell responding to a dare from a friend. The story goes that

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Prowell went to a show at the NCC and was not impressed by the dance segments he saw. He felt that he did not get his money’s worth, so he complained to a friend. His friend in turn advised him that since he was so unhappy, he should do something about it. Shortly after that conversation, Prowell joined the National School of Dance. After a stint with the school and some encouragement from his teacher, Linda Griffith, he was inspired to form an all-male dance group at the school. However, that arrangement did not work out, so he decided to branch out on his own to follow his dream.


The all-male group plans did not formulate either in 2000, as female members of the dance school wanted to join his group. Since then, the troupe has developed a company for both male and female dancers. Over the years, Classique has received international acclaim from audiences throughout South America and the Caribbean. They were also responsible for such productions as "The Edge", "Zig-Zag", "Tribal Roots", and "Colours of La Dance" which gave audiences a taste of their versatility in choreography. "Scandalous," was loaded with originality, artistry, energy, comedy and some sexuality, as it evoked cheers of approval from those lucky to witness the show. The dance routines of the entire production seemed tailormade for audiences of every age group as was displayed in their Lion King sequence illustrating the return of the ‘prince’ to his domain to find death and destruction. Rihanna’s Russian Roulette was also an interesting sequence to watch. Today, this dance group continues to put its members - the very young and older dancers through intensive training in various dance techniques by nationally renowned

Founder and choreographer Clive Prowell

The female members went airborne during Scandalous.

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Classique Dance Company Celebrates The Big 1-0 with Scandalous

teachers. The members also receive a dance experience of which all the instructors promote self confidence, poise, personal achievement and pure love for dance and artistic expression.

As Classique celebrates another chapter in their company’s history, it is safe to say that they will continue to push the limits of dance in Guyana for years to come.

Colin Sulker Photo

The male members strike a pose

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The 2010 Bartica Regatta Beach Jam

Photography: Simeon Corbin

Clarence Belle

Miss Bartica Regatta 2009, Savannah-Ree Wyatt

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he 2010 Bartica Regatta Beach Jam on Easter Sunday (April 4), featured highly competitive power boat, canoe and jet ski races among other activities.

This photo essay captures some of action in and out of the waters of Golden Beach on Third Avenue.

Dave Scott

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Attorney Basil Williams and Region 10 Chairman Holbert Knights

Conan Belle

Miss Bartica Regatta 2004, Sonje Marslowe

Neil Gonsalves

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Sister Mary Noel Menezes, R.S.M, A. A. H

"A Life Consecrated to Service"

Text: Petamber Persaud

ow do you feel at this point in your life? Sister Mary Noel Menezes smiled, a brief smile, and in a well modulated voice responded, "I feel very grateful. As I get older, I feel tired too but above all I feel grateful for all the blessings God has given me over the 79 plus years."

Sisters of Mercy is an institution of Catholic women ‘who commit their lives to God, deepening their relationship with God and serving God’s people, especially those who are sick, poor and uneducated. In the spirit of the Gospel, our mission is to help people to overcome the obstacles that keep them from living full and dignified lives.

That was the tenor of her testimony – throughout her life she has experienced the hand of God moving in her life, a life moulded by the guidance of the Sisters of Mercy.

A life of prayer and community is at the heart of our shared mission.’ The Sisters of Mercy was founded by Catherine McAuley in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Sis Menezes’ life could not be touched by God or moulded by the Sisters of Mercy had she not given her life over to her religious tenets. Sis Menezes made that supreme sacrifice when she joined the order of Sisters of Mercy at the young age of seventeen. And she has had no regrets. She found her calling early in life and it was a severing of ways. Sis Noel Menezes was born in July 1930 in Kingston, Georgetown, and completed her secondary education at St. Joseph High School. She grew up with her mother and extended family in a happy home, so her family could not understand her decision to leave such a life of ease for a life of sacrifice. In good faith, she allowed herself to be led by the Sisters of Mercy and there was no turning back and she has had no regrets. Off she went to receive her religious education training in Pennsylvania. Returning home, she taught at elementary schools in Georgetown. But that was only for a while. The Sisters of Mercy sent her off again, this time to the St. Joseph's Training College in Jamaica where she obtained a Teacher's Diploma in Education (with Honours). The idea of sending her (and other sisters) to the above college was to prepare them to take over one day from the sisters who were in charge of the major elementary schools namely, Sacred Heart, St. Mary and Carmel, and of course, St. Joseph High. Sis Menezes returned to Guyana to continue her teaching career, happily going along her merry way. But the Sisters of Mercy was not finish with her and her education; they wanted her to do her first degree. So off she went to College Misericordia, Dallas, where she gained her B. A. in History. So far so good, this was according to Sis Menezes but not according to the Sisters of Mercy. Next stop was Georgetown University, Washington, where she obtained a M. A. in Latin American History (summa cum laude). At this point, a smile reappeared on the face of Sis Menezes as she described her stint at Georgetown University, ‘I was very happy there, it is a wonderful university. My only regret was it was such short time because I finished my masters in less than a year... here again you see God’s gift’. Such was her good fortune and academic prowess that she was advised to stay in the United States to teach at College Misericordia. "I feel strongly we were guided in our vocation and I would not have chosen so wisely …I don’t think on my own, in my wildest dream, I would have gone on to higher education…and come back to teach at university for over twenty years…." In the

1960s, she returned to Guyana to teach at the University of Guyana until the 1990s. During her attachment at University of Guyana, she was sent to do her Ph. D at London University. So it was a life of learning and teaching - foundation for her researches and writings. She has authored many books but she relished telling the story behind the writing and publication of The Portuguese of Guyana: "A Study in Culture and Conflict." During a teaching stint in India, a Goan historian, Dr. Teotonio De Souza planted the seed that led to the research and writing of the history of the Portuguese in Guyana. "I remember so well that day I was sitting down in Poona planning what I would do and when I got back to London" and grabbed at the idea. Off she went to Portugal but duly found out that the research material was in Madeira where, in one day I found an awful lot of material. I remember coming across a play "O Demerarista" which was the story of Madeirenses coming to Demerara and returning to Madeira very rich. The archives gave me a copy of this play so when we had our 150th anniversary of the Portuguese in 1985, the language department of the University of Guyana translated and aired it on the radio… Then it so happened, here again – the hand of God - I got back to London, I was at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and I was telling them about this experience when a young lady, Geraldine Byrne, who was in the Australian Studies Centre evinced an interest in my research and offered to get me funding. Of course, I asked her why she was doing this for me and she explained that she was taught by the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and they were JUNE/JULY 2010 GEM | 33


Sister Mary Noel Menezes, R.S.M, A. A. "A Life Consecrated to Service"

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very good to her and she would like to give back to the Sisters of Mercy. "That was one of my miracles!" Her other books include Goodall's Sketches of Amerindian Tribes 1841 – 1843(Macmillan C a r i b b e a n Publishers, 2002); British Policy Towards the Amerindians in British Guiana, 1803-1873 (Oxford: C l a r e n d o n Press, 1977); The Amerindians in Guyana 1803-1873. A Documentary History (London: Frank Cass and Co. Ltd., 1979); Scenes from the History of the Portuguese in Guyana (London: The Author, 1986); and The Portuguese of Guyana: A Study in Culture and Conflict (Gujurat: The Anand Press, 1992); Guide to Historical Research, and How To Do Better Research. Despite her success at publishing so many books, she is forced to declare "working with publishers is another story" and that’s for another interview. Despite her busy schedule of teaching and travelling, she has devoted and continues to devote a great deal of time to social work. Her major work in this area was with the St. John Bosco Orphanage in Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, to which she devoted over three decades of her time. Her work with the orphanage evolved into Mercy Home for boys in Prashad Nagar especially for boys whom upon attaining the age of sixteen at the orphanage were discharged from that facility. Her two other interest in caring for the sick and less fortunate are found in one area at Mahaica on the East Bank Demerara - Mahaica Hospital for patients suffering from Hansen's Disease and the Cheshire Home for the disabled. Hers was not only a life of toil, it was also a life pitted with rewarding moments and commendations. In 1982, she was honoured by the Government of Guyana with the Golden Arrow of Achievement. In 1983, she was endowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from College Misericordia followed decades 34 | GEM JUNE/JULY 2010

later, 2005, by an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from The University of the West Indies and recently in 2008, she was endowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Aloysius College. In 1989, she was named Outstanding Guyanese Woman of the Year and in 1993, she was named International Woman of the Year. To crown her long association with the University of Guyana, she was recently conferred with the title Professor Emeritus by that institution. Outstanding educator, gifted historian and prolific writer, Sis Mary Noel Menezes is still burning with zeal to serve humanity even as she approaches four score and more.


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Let’s Treasure and Celebrate Our National Environment Photography: Carl Croker

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he Nadira and Indranie Shah Dance troupe presented their thirty first installment of the highly popular Nrityageet - the show of song and dance at the National Cultural Centre in May. Under the theme "Let’s Treasure and Celebrate Our National Environment," the dance choreographies, stage sets, props, music and costumes portrayed mankind’s birth to the earth and his destruction of the environment. This year’s production was inspired by Guyana’s

participation at the Copenhagen summit in 2009 and included classical, folk, jazz, rock and hip-hop and other popular dance moves. Director/Producer Dr Seeta Roath oversaw the entire production with additional help provided by other choreographers the likes of Vivienne Daniels and Linda Griffith. The Nadira and Indranie Shah Dance troupe has JUNE/JULY 2010 GEM | 35


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Age : 25 Sign: Sagittarius Favourite colour: Black Favourite food: Sweat & sour chicken fried rice and chocolate Hobbies: Swimming, working-out, travelling, outdoor adventure and make-up art Location: Georgetown

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Splashmin’s Fun Park

‘Fast and Furious’ Regatta Photography: Simeon Corbin

Brazilian jet skier & stuntman Alexandra Sampiaio

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n May 1 and 2, 2010, the Splashmin’s Fun Park and Resort held a two-day regatta at their Soesdyke, Linden Highway location.

Highlights of the fun filled weekend of the activities included appearances by Brazilian jet skier & stuntman Alexandra Sampiaio who wowed the crowd with his daredevil stunts. In addition, the crowd was thrilled by power boat racers who also participated in the recently concluded Bartica Regatta. The winners from all the competition walked away with cash and other prizes. 38 | GEM JUNE/JULY 2010


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Andrew King gets the checkered flag

Highlights from the GMR&SC

Photography: Simeon Corbin and Carl Croker

2010 Season Opener @ South Dakota

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he Guyana Motor-racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC) held their 2010 season opener on March 28, at the South Dakota racing circuit. Some of the highlights for the exciting race meet included Andrew King winning two of the three Group 4 races and Ryan Rahaman driving his freshly painted Ford Sierra to make a clean sweep of the Group 3 category. In the Group 2 B category, it was no different as Rahaman won all three race using his Ford escort. Rookie Shane Seebarran collected the chequered flag in two of his three races. Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi’ Vieira dominated the superbike category using the 1000cc bike usually ridden by Canadian Kevin Graham. In the 125cc category, Ravi Singh won two of the three bike races. The go-kart races also provided excitement for fans as veteran Stanley Ming, Marcus Gouveia and Alex Fiedtkou picked up a win each. 40 | GEM JUNE/JULY 2010

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Stephen 'Valentino Rossi' Vieira leads the field with a willy.

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Highlights from the GMR&SC 2010 Season Opener @ South Dakota

Ryan Rahaman with his new paint job

Veteran Stanley Ming picks up a win

Alex Fiedtkou Stanley Ming and Mark Vieira Stuart Stephenson

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SAVVY SISTER

Domestic Abuse: Breaking Its Vicious Cycle T Text: Coretta Corbin-Rival

he 2009 incident of domestic abuse between Barbadian pop singer, Rihanna and her exboyfriend, singer Chris Brown, has brought to the forefront an event that sadly plays itself out in many homes across the globe, with Guyana being no exception. Unfortunately, incidences of domestic abuse usually only make the news when a victim is killed at the hands of her abuser. A 2007 report from the Guyana Government showed an increase in the reported cases of domestic abuse from 1,708 to 3, 600. These were the reported cases and women brave enough to seek help, but what about the women who continue to suffer on a daily bases in secret. Many times, we question why do women chose to remain in abusive situations, and fail to understand that escape for these women is not as simple as we think. Many women in abusive relationships find it difficult to leave because of fear of the perpetrator who may use violence, threats, intimidation and other means to control the victim. In most cases of abuse, the abuser isolates the victim from friends, family, employment outside of the home and people who can help. This tactic works to keep the victim dependent on her attacker for food, money, shelter and even love. The constant verbal and physical abuse received from batterers depletes their spirits, reduce their self-esteems and cause them to feel powerless. In most cases, even when a woman manages to escape from the abusive situation, she is followed by her abuser and is pressured into returning. After she returns, the attacker increases the violence in order to keep her from escaping again. Women who were victims of domestic violence said that their abuse started with verbal put-downs and degradations and quickly escalated into physical beatings. Research has proven that verbal abuse is far more detrimental than physical abuse. This is because verbal

abuse leaves emotional and psychological scars long after the abuse is over and the physical wounds heal. Victims need intensive counseling after they leave the situation in order to repair the emotional and psychological damages that remain. The dismal results of a survey conducted in Boston, Massachusetts of young people between the ages of 12 to 19 after Rihanna’s abuse, showed that many of them believed Rihanna “provoked� her attack. Blaming the victim for the abuse is one of the many tools used by batterers and others which sends the wrong message to young people, and helps to promote domestic violence as an acceptable behavior for couples in relationships. No one has the right to harm another person. When we blame victims for their abuse, this creates guilt and shame

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SAVVY SISTER Domestic Abuse: Breaking Its Vicious Cycle and makes victims think that they are at fault for the abuse. But it is the perpetrator who must be made to feel ashamed of his abusive actions and take responsibility for them. Men who abuse know exactly what they are doing. Their main aim is to dominate and control their victims. In an interview with former batterers in counseling, many of them said that it made them feel “powerful and in control� when they abused their spouse. One of the myths of domestic violence is that only people of a certain class, race and age abuse, but perpetrators come from all walks of life. Research says that domestic abuse is a cycle which most perpetrators witnessed in their childhood and grow up to repeat the behavior. When asked why they stayed in their abusive relationships, many victims said that in addition to fear of their perpetrator, they did it because of their children. But many people do not realize that children who witness

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abuse are also innocent victims and usually become abusers themselves. Stopping the vicious cycle of domestic abuse takes the collective efforts of men, women and the law enforcement in a community. If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, research says that the best thing to do is to refrain from judging her and to let her know that you are there for her. Encourage her to seek help and empower herself by learning a trade to help her become independent. Because it has been proven that abuse leaves deep psychological and emotional scars, many women will need intensive counseling. Maybe you could help by accompanying the person you know to the nearest shelter for support and counseling. Counseling helps women rebuild their self-esteem and self-worth. Stopping domestic violence also takes courageous men willing to talk to other men about the issue and helping them to seek help for their behavior.


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Launches Community Care Programme Photography: COURTS Guyana Inc.

L-r: Courts’ Public Relations Officer, Zeya Nasir-Ramnauth, Country Manager Lester Alvis, Marketing Executive Molly Hassan and Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Priya Manickchand

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n April 21, 2010, COURTS Guyana Inc. launched their G$2.5M Community Care Programme (CCCP) 2010 to further enhance their corporate responsibility in the various communities. The CCCP endorses and supports Community Organized Groups and projects that are authentic and geared towards benefiting the community at large.

development of libraries in the respective communities where the Courts stores are located, development and maintenance of Kiddies Play Parks and Recreational Facilities, Branch Community Outreach Programmes, Sports, Culture, Christmas Road Shows and Donations. Minister of Human Services and Social Security Priya Manickchand was present at the ceremony to officially endorse the CCCP 2010 initiative.

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The GT&T’s Inaugural 10/10 Softball Competition Photography: Carl Croker

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fter weeks of fierce competition, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company Ltd (GT&T) inaugural 10/10 softball cricket competition came to an exciting conclusion at the Everest Cricket Club ground in March. Georgetown’s Trophy Stall easily disposed of Corentyne’s Crabwood Creek Unstoppables to grab the million dollar prize. After the first ball for the final was bowled by President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, it was time to get down to business. The Trophy Stall team batted first after they lost the toss and accumulated 115-5 in their allotted 10 overs. The Unstoppables in their reply were reduced to 64-7 after completing their 10 overs. The unprecedented 584-team tournament saw teams from around the country compete against each other in friendly rivalry as they battled for the top prize and

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Trophy Stall team pose for the camera before the final

bragging rights for a year. Prior to the final game, there were two semi-final games. In the first contest, Cotton Field lost to Crabwood Creek. Cotton Field, batted first and amassed a total 77-5 in 10 overs. In reply, Crabwood Creek’s scored 79 runs for the lost of 4 wickets to win. The second semi-final saw Trophy Stall up against Memorex. After chasing a score of 77 runs, Memorex was restricted to 71-6 in teir failed bit to make it tot eh final. Man-of-the-match for the final was Fazal Rafeek of Trophy Stall. Jagdesh Deosaran was named the MVP of the tournament after scoring 244 runs and taking six catches. The best- bowler prize went to Dharam Persaud, who recorded seven wickets for two runs. Richard Latif also received a trophy for the highest individual score of 176.


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FASHION

Marisca Designs

by Sonia Noel 2010 Collection Text: Richard Young Photography: Troy Parboo Models: Sabrina France, Christa Simmons, Nikita Pollydore and Shonta Noel Outfits: Marisca Designs by Sonia Noel Makeup: Kirk Cambridge Styling: Silhouette Director of photography: Richard Young Location: Duke Lodge, Kingston, Georgetown

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onia Noel is well known for making things happen in the fashion industry in Guyana. She was the first Caribbean designer to be invited to Brown University (Ivy League)to do a presentation on Caribbean fashion for Caribbean Heritage Month.

Sonia Noel

Sonia's style has been called chic, avant-garde, ethnic, eclectic, exotic. One thing for sure, it shouts Caribbean.

In Guyana we boast of six ethnicity living in the land of many waters so her sense of style has been fashioned by her affinity to the flora, the water and our colonial past.

Her preoccupation with unique textile design gives her an edge: • peculiar tie-dye techniques • unique seed, bead, wood and bamboo collage art • special applique practices • novel shearing and stripping of fabric to layer on fabric rendering another look and feel to the f a b r i c texture

Her fashion statements appeal to a wide cross-section of tastes, personalities and body types and believes in utilizing breathing fabrics - cotton, voiles, linen e t c.

Our fashion compels us to share a little of our secret selves, but moreover, makes us boast of our Caribbean New World selves.

The Caribbean has a unique brand of style resulting from our colourful eclectic cosmopolitan history of influences.

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FASHION

Fashion @ the Wedding Expo II Photography: Carl Croker

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he Roraima Airways Group held their second wedding expo on April 16-18, 2010 at the Roraima Duke Lodge in Kingston.

The event which was first launched in 2009 as an attempt to make planning a wedding easier, brings stakeholders in the wedding industry into one environment where they can showcase their products and services to a steady stream of browsers. Representatives from financial institutions, event planners, catering services, jewellery shops, boutiques, fashion houses, photography studios and party stores were on hand to answer questions for couples planning to exchange nuptials soon. Part of the added entertainment at the expo was a mini fashion show by the fashion houses, individuals and boutiques who were eager to display outfits that represented contemporary, religious and cultural designs.

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Fashion @ the Wedding Expo II

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ne of the most powerful organ in our body, the brain acts as the body’s epicenter for information-processing and distribution. Research shows that some areas of our brains could grow and may even function better from certain experiences in our lives. Similar to the way we keep our body in shape through physical activities, our brains need continued intellectual stimulation in order to optimize health and to keep sharp. Current research shows that we could improve in brain function in many ways. Mind Games: Using the mind in this way helps to promote concentration. This brain stimulation will also help to keep the brain sharp and reduce memory loss. One study done by the Productive Aging Laboratory at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas found that puzzles, games and other brain teasers that challenge the brain help with cognitive activities. Mindfulness Meditation: Researchers have found that mediation can alter some areas of the brain and help improve focus, memory, regulate mood and bodily functions. Since stress is one of the likely culprits known to cause brain degeneration, meditation could be used to reduce stress which in turn reduces the risk of brain decline and memory loss. Physical Exercise: It is said that people who exercise are less likely to lose their memory as they age. This is because exercise increases blood flow to the brain and other organs in the body, which helps to delay or reduce changes in the brain that lead to impairment. The increased blood flow in our brains also helps

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to transport the oxygen and other vital nutrients needed for efficient operation. Mind Connection: Researchers believe that maintaining an active and satisfying social life with close friends and family have positively played a part in the reduction of mental decline. Many research found that older adults who are socially active are less likely to feel lonely and be depressed. Spending time with others also help us to learn new things which challenge our brains and improve our thought process. Omega-3 Fatty Acid: As I was growing up, my mother used to encourage me to eat steamed fish head. She thought that fish, particularly the head when steamed contained nutrients that strengthen the brain. It turned out that my mother was right. Recently, a research done by Tufts University on 899 men and women found that those who consumed fish three times per week were less likely to develop memory depleting diseases such as Alzheimer and dementia. Researchers believe that the omega-3 fatty acid found in fish promotes blood circulation. This helps improve learning and concentration. Omega-3 fatty acid is also believed to improve mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disease. When it comes to boosting our brain power and promoting healthy brain development, we should always keep in mind that if we do not “use it we may lose it.� Smart lifestyle choices help keep our brains fit. JUNE/JULY 2010 GEM | 53

HEALTH BEAT

Boosting Your Brain Power


TRAVEL

Exploring Iwokrama A Million Acres of Pristine Rainforest

Text: Kirk Smock

Jared Bowers Photo

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t its core, the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development is nearly one million acres (371,000 ha) of pristine Guiana Shield rainforest that serves as a living laboratory for scientific research, ecotourism, and sustainable tropical forest management. Located in the heart of Guyana, the Iwokrama Forest has an amazing cross-section of the country’s biodiversity, including 1,500 species of flora, 200 mammals, 500 birds, 420 fish, and 150 species of reptiles and amphibians. Established in 1989, Iwokrama has a unique and ambitious conservation and development mandate that seeks to show that rainforest resources can be 54 | GEM JUNE/JULY 2010

used sustainably to generate economic benefits through traditional and scientific resource-based knowledge and management. Iwokrama works closely with the 16 indigenous communities that are part of the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) and recently established the Iwokrama Research Committee to study issues including climate change, monitoring for species change, recycling, and solar power. As for the nature that draws visitors, one of Iwokrama’s many monikers is “Land of the Giants,” because it has healthy populations of some of the Americas’ and the world’s largest species. While sightings are never guaranteed, Iwokrama is one of the best places to see the elusive Jaguar and the Harpy Eagle, whose six-foot


wingspan and knack for plucking sloths and monkeys out of trees has earned it the nickname of ‘flying wolf’. Area oxbow lakes also have healthy populations of endangered Arapaima, the world’s largest scaled freshwater fish, which can reach 3m in length and can weigh upwards of 440lbs. The fish can be easily seen – and heard – as they belch and bubble on the surface while breathing. Iwokrama also harbors many dank spots where bright orange and black poison dart frogs pepper rocks, emerald hummingbirds elegantly hover, metallic blue and green beetles shimmer, kinkajous sleep, and squirrel monkeys pass through the sounds of screaming pihas, the birds that provide the constant jungle soundtrack. Unnaturally green swamps harbor anacondas, the world’s largest constricting snakes that exceed lengths of 20 feet. The elongated, trunk-like snout and mohawk of black hair on South America’s largest native mammal, the tapir (or bush cow, locally), are also seen loping along riverbanks. The main accommodation for visitors is at the Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Centre, located on the west bank of the Essequibo River and surrounded by rainforest. The River Lodge has eight spacious guest cabins featuring hammock-laden wrap-around verandahs and perfect river views. The cabins (each is equipped with fans,

bathroom, and 24-hour solar electricity) can fit three beds and are perfect for relaxing in a hammock while listening to birds sing as the sunsets. The epicenter of the River Lodge, the Fred Allicock Training Centre (a.k.a. Round House), is the hub for visitors, researchers, scientists, rangers, and local staff. The massive octagonal building houses a gift shop, scientific labs, computer labs, library, conference room and an upper-level, open-air dining hall and bar that offer spectacular views of the river. Visitors should also spend at least one night at the Atta Rainforest Lodge, which is located next to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway. This enables you to experience the rainforest canopy at both peak times – dawn and dusk – and even during darkness when many of the forest creatures are most active. Atta Lodge is surrounded by the jungle and now features eight self-contained rooms that complement the lodge’s four beautiful bathrooms with outdoor showers, dining house, and Parrot-A-Fly Bar. For birdwatchers, Iwokrama has many ideal birding locations and a crew of superb local Amerindians guides to curate them. By boating down the inspiring Essequibo River and around Indian House Island, birders often

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Exploring Iwokrama A Million Acres of Pristine Rainforest see such notable species as Black Curassow, Capped Heron, Tri-coloured Heron, many Blue-headed and Orange-winged parrots, and Red-and-green Macaws. Iwokrama also has an extensive series of jungle trails. Those near the River Lodge take visitors past giant Mora, Soft Wallaba and Wamara trees and feature many Antbirds, Woodcreepers and the strange Capuchinbird. A trail that leads to the top of 900-foot Turtle Mountain ends with spectacular canopy views that often include Red Howler Monkey troupes and soaring macaws. The Turu Falls trail passes some of the biggest trees in the forest on its way to the refreshing swimming pool and falls. The Prince Charles Trail – named after Graham Watkins Photo

Graham Watkins Photo

HRH The Prince of Wales, Iwokrama’s patron, who walked the trail during a visit in 2000 – takes visitors to a Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock lek where one of the world’s most sought-after birds can be easily seen. Other activities offered at Iwokrama include nocturnal wildlife spotting on the Essequibo River for Black Caiman, Tree Boas, Pacas, Nightjars and Hula tree frogs. At the Amerindian village of Fair View, located within the boundaries of Iwokrama, visitors can marvel at 6,000 year-old Amerindian petroglyphs, learn about traditional Makushi culture, watch cassava processing, and

visit a butterfly farm with species from the Morphidae, Brassolidae, and Papilonindae families. For birdwatchers, nature enthusiasts, and researchers Iwokrama is a rare and special place in today’s world. As Steve Hilty, the naturalist and author of Birds of Venezuela said after his visit, “I see Iwokrama Forest Reserve as being a particular advantage [to Guyana]. You have access to undisturbed rainforest there, and that’s harder and harder to get to, especially with tour groups...[Iwokrama] is world class, a national treasure.” For more detailed information on all aspects of Iwokrama, visit www.iwokrama.org. 56 | GEM JUNE/JULY 2010

Graham Watkins Photo


A GEM FEATURE EXPLORING GUYANA’S FOLKLORIC CULTURE AND SPIRIT-BEINGS. NOW MEET...

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he first people to inhabit Guyana were the Amerindians – so-called “American- Indians," as in “Native” Guyanese.

These first Guyanese preferred the jungles, forests and rivers in which they first dwelled. To this day Amerindian communities are located in hinterland Guyana. Nature, in relatively “pure” form, constitutes the Amerindian habitat and environment. Forests, jungles, mountains, hills, rivers, creeks, waterfalls and the animals which reside in them are the features Amerindians know, live, enjoy or endure. It follows that the folkloric figures, the spirit-beings and beliefs of the Amerindian are rooted in the jungles, forests and rivers. Besides the Massacuraman, which we of GEM have already discussed, another “popular” supernatural figure from Amerindian lore is the BUSH-DAI-DAI. Reportedly-this short being – usually about four feet in height – is human-like in appearance. His “skin”

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is hairless with a yellow sheen or tint. Most Dai-Dais have no knees and one foot is reversed – that is, the heel is supposed to be in front with the toes pointing backwards. The Bush Dai-Dai dwells in the forests and is normally at peace with himself, retaliating only to personal provocation. One explanation of the presence of this peculiar being is that they represent the spirits of a long-lost Amerindian tribe. When not in the forests it can be sighted on mountain tops on moonlit nights. Some have long tails and one of their functions is to guard Amerindians treasure. Its worst manifestation of provocation is to tear apart opponents – usually humans –and eat the, a familiar characteristic of angry Amerindian spirit-beings. You are safe in the towns and villages of the Guyana coast as the Bush Dai-Dai is a hinterland dweller.

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FOLKLORE

The Bush Dai-Dai


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ECIPES

GUYANESE STYLE

Pesto Focaccia Photography & text: NAMILCO

Pholourie

Photography: Simeon Corbin

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

• 2 cups milk • 1/2 tsp Salt • 8 cloves of garlic • 1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs ( thymes) • 1/2 oz yeast • 1 lb (454g) Maid Marian Italian Pesto Flour • ½ cup shredded/cubed cheese • 4 tsp Extra Virgin Olive oil

1. Grate the garlic in the milk and boil for about 10-15 minutes 2. Allow to cool in mixing bowl for 15 minutes 3. Add yeast, salt and 1 tsp olive oil 4. Add flour until the dough is elastic but not too firm. Knead it for a bit then let it sit for one hour. 5. Drop some olive oil in a baking sheet (sheet size -14" × 9") and spread dough. It should end up about 1/2 inch high. 6. Now dab some olive oil on top of the dough. Let it sit for 30 minutes. 7. Use your fingers to poke holes all over the dough. Fill these holes with fresh herbs and cheese. 8. Bake until the focaccia is golden brown (use a 390º F pre-heated oven)

DIRECTIONS To one packet of Namilco Pholourie mix add 1 cup (250 ml) water slowly while mixing. Add chopped onions eschalot and wiri-wiri peppers if desired. Mix well for half a minute to form paste. Leave standing for thirty minutes. Pour enough oil in a frying pan to the depth of 1 inch. Heat until medium hot. Drop Pholourie mix using a tablespoon or as shown on packet, into the preheated oil. Pholourie should begin to fry immediately with vigorous bubbling and will rise to the top of the oil and float. Turn over if necessary and fry until golden in colour. Remove from oil and drain on absorbent paper towel and serve hot with a dip- e.g., mango, tamarind or tomato.

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WERE YOU THERE?

Hugh Ross Classic Bodybuilding & Fitness Show Photography: Carl Croker

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ay 2 was the 2nd staging of the Hugh Ross Classic Bodybuilding & Fitness show. The event dubbed "The Ultimate Competition" and sanctioned by the Guyana Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation was held at the National Culture Centre.

Defending female champion Alisha Fortune retained the Ms. Body Fitness title and also won the Best legs competition.

Winner of the heavyweight category (177lbs & over) Royston Booker.

Top: Clint Duke receives a special recognition from Hugh Ross Right: Hugh Ross does a demonstration.

The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) Mela Photography: Carl Croker

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hree individuals were honoured in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the development of Guyana, in their various fields on May at the National Park, as the IAC held their annual mela to celebrate the 172nd anniversary of the arrival of East Indians in Guyana.

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WERE YOU THERE?

‘Love’s Magic Moment’ @ the Mother & Daughter Pageant

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Photography: Carl Croker

Senior winners Sharon Singh and Lashaunna

Junior winners Renita Duncan and Leshae

he Supa Stylistic held their 19th annual Mother and Daughter Pageant on May 8 at the National Cultural Centre. Twenty three pairs of mothers and daughters competed in Junior, Middle and Senior categories. The prizes this year were trips to Caribbean destinations, jewellery and local hotel & resort stays.

Miss Guyana Earth 2010 Photography: Carl Croker

Middle category - Shivonne and Jenelle Gill

Guyana Lottery Company’s Employee of the Quarter Photography: Guyana Lottery Company

Ms Earth Delegates pose at the launch

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he Miss Guyana Earth pageant an event promoted by Pamela Dillon, of Simpli Royal Production was launched on May 12 at the Princess Hotel. The Miss Guyana Earth pageant is slated for June 26 and the winner will represent Guyana at the Miss Earth Pageant in Manila, Philippines on December 4. 60 | GEM JUNE/JULY 2010

Kumar Kissoon poses with his plaque as recognition for the period January – March 2010


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