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Contents GEM



LETTERS TO GEM What readers have to say about the last edition


PUBLISHER’S NOTES Welcome to the 55th Edition of GEM


BIRTHDAYS Personality milestone


SPOTLIGHT The 30-Year Tradition Continues - Spreading Christmas Joy to Sandhills and Santa/Aratack


4 20-SOMETHINGS You Should Know (Part XII)


PERSONALITY Roger Hinds aka Young Bill Rogers


The GCCI’s Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony


ANSA McAL TRADING LTD Celebrating 20 Years of Service in Guyana


Pageant QUEENS Of 2012 2 | GEM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

Guyana's Premier Lifestyle & Entertainment Magazine February/March 2013 | Issue 55


Glamour Boutique’s

28 Page

Varsha 20 SHARMA

On Business, Beauty & Style


The photo of Varsha Sharma was taken exclusively for GEM by Simeon Corbin

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GEM HUNK Meet Bodybuilder Kerwin Clarke


RACE DAY 2012 The Caribbean Motor Racing Championship


HEALTH BEAT Belly Busting Tips for 2013


MACAELA'S CATWALK Maurice fills in the blanks!


The Valentine’s checklist Ideas to help make this special day perfect


ICON - Marilyn Dewar Christ Church organist for over thirty-five years


SAVVY SISTER Women’s Health 101: Uterine Fibroids


GFA / Banks Beer Knockout Cup 2013


The 23rd Kashif & Shanghai Football Tournament


Remembrance Day 2012 Honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice


FASHION SHAPE 2000 Unveils Its 2013 Collection


Gospel Sensation Miriam Corlette – Williams


TRAVEL The 182 Year Old Georgetown Lighthouse


DIGICEL Six Years in Guyana


RECIPE Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pie & Egg-less Fruit Cake


GEM BEAUTY Meet 22 Year Old Niketa


LAST SEEN HERE Random pictures of people and events. Were you there?


Roraima Airways Group Twenty and Counting



Celebrating Guyana Since 2001

Issue 55 | February / March 2013 FOUNDER & PUBLISHER Simeon L Corbin MANAGING EDITOR Coretta Corbin-Rival ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER Tiya Peterkin LAYOUT AND DESIGN Mark James SALES & MARKETING Simeon Corbin Tiya Peterkin Sophia Ramphal INTERNATIONAL SALES & MARKETING Director Coretta Corbin-Rival INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION Director Michelle Corbin CONTRIBUTORS • Coretta Corbin-Rival • Michelle Corbin • Carl Croker • Donna Shortt-Gill • Tiya Peterkin • Sophia Ramphal • June English • Michelle Gonsalves • Salima Bacchus-Hinds • Mark Andrews • Macaela Cameron GUYANA AND THE CARIBBEAN GEM | P.O. Box 12396 | Georgetown | Guyana P: 011.592.225.1738 / 226.0540 / 624.2751 E: W: F: SUBSCRIPTION Guyana GYD5,500 Caribbean & North America USD40 Rest of the World USD45 DISTRIBUTION To sell GEM at your business, please email sales at INTERNATIONAL SALES AND MARKETING Corbin Media Group P.O. Box 255906 Boston, MA 02125 USA Phone: 617.833.7482 Email: MEMBER Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Guyana Press Association (GPA) Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) ISSN 181-2019 Six times a year, GEM delivers the latest trends in business, charity, art, interior design, real estate, culture, cuisine, sports, entertainment, parties, fashion, events, beauty, weddings and travel. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or whole without permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited. The publisher and editors are not responsible for unsolicited material and it will be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication subject to GEM’s rights to edit.


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Letters to media and really don’t have anything substantive to offer. Usually it’s the same old story from many of them. There are lots of professionals in the medical, education, agriculture, business and other fields that are doing great things daily but their efforts are sometimes rarely or never highlighted in the main stream media. I hope your magazine can reverse this trend, because these people are the true heroes in our society and articles on them will be fascinating human-interest stories for readers like me. – Reginald Best

GEM continues to evolve issue after issue, especially your cover designs. Each cover is unique and special in its own way. Case in point, your issue 54 cover. The close-up of Mr Nascimento, his white beard, the Christmas background and colours really made it an ideal combination for the look of the season. I know you have probably heard many times about the excellent job you are doing for Guyana and Guyanese, but I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus and say keep up the good work. – Juanita Lakenauth, Florida I like your magazine’s articles and pictures, but I would like to see more features on people that don’t make the news regularly and are not part of a list of our so-called “celebrities” in Guyana. Many of these celebrity types in my opinion are overexposed in the

I was in Guyana for Christmas 2012 and happened to come across your magazine at a relative’s home. I must say that I am thoroughly impressed. To think that you have been around for so many years, and I am now being introduced to it makes me wonder at the volume of information I have missed. I guess my next step is to order your back issues if you still have them. Thanks again for all the great info you put into your publication. It will keep me connected to Guyana in many ways. – Nathaniel Barrington There is no other magazine that comes out so frequently and consistently showcases Guyana the way GEM does. With the amount of negativity permeating around the country, it’s amazing that your magazine still manages to find positive slants to help make us look and feel good. I hope all Guyanese will support this magazine because you do an incredible job of promoting Guyana. May God continue to bless you. - Denise France

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Publisher's Notes Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. — Samuel Johnson Dear Valued Reader, Happy New Year to you and here’s to a fantastic 2013! As we move into the 9th year of “Celebrating Guyana” through GEM, this 55th edition faithfully carries on the tradition of transcending race, politics, religion and class to positively promote the country. Last year ended in fine style with the iconic Kit Nascimento gracing the December / January cover. As I look at what’s already ahead for this year, I am so tempted to reveal to you what’s in store, but due to strict instructions from our editorial team, I can’t. I guess that you will have to trust me and wait to see. In this issue of GEM, we have captured many of the events that occurred in the latter part of 2012 and much more. Our cover feature is the beautiful Varsha Sharma, owner of Glamour Boutique and other establishments. In this exclusive feature seen only in GEM, Varsha discusses business, makeup tips and the dos and don’ts of fashion. Make sure you check out her interesting article on page 20. In this edition also, we have resurrected the popular GEM Hunk feature which was on hiatus for a number of years. It was not easy finding guys willing to be featured, but we found a few who are excited to appear in future Hunk columns, so this will be a regular feature again. With the season of love fast approaching, the anxiety level for some will increase as they try desperately to find gifts for their significant others. To help make things a bit easier for you this year, some of our partners have submitted a variety of fantastic gift suggestions for you to consider. These items are listed in our special Valentine’s Checklist on page 50. Happy shopping!


Mashramani 2013 is here also with some events already completed. The National Chutney Competition is one of such events, and we have the champion, “Young Bill Rogers” as our Personality. I am looking forward to this year’s celebration and all the excitement that comes with it. The cover personalities, contributors, partners and promoters are all poised to give us another exciting experience this year. No wonder I can’t seem to find a reason to live elsewhere. Have a safe and happy Mashramani and I’ll see you around town! With kind regards,

Simeon L. Corbin Founder & Publisher GEM

Here's to another year of experience.

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FEBRUARY Track star Marian Burnett (2) Steelpan legend Rudy Bishop (6) Sports Commentator / Journalist Sean Devers (8) Comedian / actor Kirk ‘Chow Pow’ Jardine (8) Singer Timeka Marshall (14) Designer Olympia Small-Sonoram (18) Actor / comedian Henry Rodney (23) Cricketer Travis Dowlin (24) Speedster Andrew King (24)

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MARCH Singer Eddy Grant (5) Former Guyana and West Indies cricketer Lloyd Harper (8) Track star Aliann T. O. Pompey (9) Former Guyana and West Indies cricketer Colin Croft (15) TV personality Donna Shortt-Gill (16) Former Guyana and West Indies cricketer Roger Harper (17) Former Guyana and West Indies cricketer Alvin Kallicharran (21) Calypsonian Malcolm “Lord Canary” Corrica (21) Model Renee Chester (28)



The 30-Year Tradition Continues Spreading Christmas Joy to Sandhills and Santa/Aratack

Santa's Helpers. L-r: June Samuels, Melissa Piggott, Aubrey Samuels - Village Captain, Donna Patterson, Elliot Davis – Santa Claus, Chandra Amres, Patsy Piggott, Maurice Amres and Otis Browne.


n December 16, 2012, the children of Sandhills Village, Upper Demerara River and Santa/Aratack Missions on Kamuni Creek off the Demerara River were treated to a multiple of goodies provided by Chandra and Maurice Amres and their team of friends and volunteers. The tradition which began some thirty years ago is aimed at spreading Christmas joy to the two underprivileged communities in that region of Demerara. The






A group of children await their turn to meet Santa

A youngster proudly accepts his gift from Santa

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Mc Al Trading Company , Lens Variety Store, Banks DIH Limited, Readymix Concrete Ltd, Best Buy Pharmacy, Excel Minerals Inc. and Gafsons Industries Limited.

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20-Somethings I

You Should Know

n an ongoing series, GEM highlights some of the 20 year olds making a difference in their communities as established leaders or as rising stars. Some of these young people are already making waves in media, sports, entertainment, business, politics, music, medicine and other career choices. Despite the frequent talk of “brain drain” in Guyana and disillusioned youths, these young leaders are sticking

around and aggressively pursuing their various fields of endeavor. They are intelligent, creative, self-assured and patriotic, and you won’t find them sitting around and complaining about what’s wrong with Guyana. This list is just a sample of the calibre of talent that is moving to the forefront of our society, ready to takeover and lead the country into a bright future.

Joaan Deo Age: 22 Hometown: Lusignan E.C.D High School: Marian Academy Occupation: Medical Student Claim to Fame: Well my claim to fame is golf. Golf has brought a lot of exposure, even more upon winning tournaments. Hobbies: Well engaging in a hobby can lead to acquiring substantial skill, knowledge and experience and Golf is my competitive hobby. Apart from that, I enjoy hanging with friends, cooking, dancing and touring.

Christopher Nurse Hometown: London, England. Age: 28 Occupation: Professional Footballer in the North American Soccer League & Guyana Senior Men’s National Team Captain Something Interesting: My mum passing away from breast cancer when I was 20 years old is the main reason why I became a professional footballer. I had always played from young, but late teens is when you find a lot of distractions; women, alcohol, and at the time I was getting into a lot of trouble moving in the wrong crowds, doing the wrong things. She would tell everyone I was going to be a professional footballer, so when she died I felt more obligated to make it a reality and became more dedicated and succeed. Favourite Music Artists: Mavado, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Beres Hammond, J. 12 | GEM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

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Relationship Status: In a relationship Idol: I have more than one idol. The first being Jesus Christ. The freedom fighters Mahatma Ghandi, “live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever” and Nelson Mandela, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change this world.” The greatest musician Bob Marley, “none but ourselves can free our mind,” political activist and feminist, Simone de Beauvoir “to catch a husband is an art to maintain him is a job.” Just to name a few. Politics is: Interesting Where do you see yourself in 10 years?: As a doctor and golf pro, fingers crossed on the latter. Lol

Cole, John Legend, Nas, Usher. Relationship Status: Single Idol: I don’t idolize no man. I was brought up in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. God is God. There are people I respect and admire but I have no “Idols.” Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Pele. These are people who made sacrifices to create opportunities for the generations after them. Politics is: Is interesting because at the end of the day it all comes down to money, power and respect. Why would that not interest you? That is how the world is run. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?: 10 years from now I hope to have my own academy facility and foundation here in Guyana helping to pave the way for more kids to be able to realistically follow their dreams and become professional footballers.

Gavin Aaron Mendonca Age: 21 Hometown: Georgetown High School: The Bishops’ High School Occupation: Student (Chemistry at UG), Musician Claim to Fame: : Lead Vocalist/ Guitarist of local Punk Rock Band – Keep Your Day Job! We have performed at many venues, and most recently we performed in Suriname in September 2012 at an event called ‘Unkies Rock The Guyanas.’ Hobbies: Music is my life really (listening to music, discovering new bands); playing guitar, bass and keyboard, composing songs, writing lyrics and poetry. Running regularly on the sea wall where I have all the time to myself to think. I also do lots of reading

and research of esoteric nature. Relationship Status: Single Idol: Kurt Cobain Politics: As an enthusiast of Punk Rock, I have always viewed politics as a means of separating people. Personally I’m not too attached to politics, I do however believe in freedom to be. I believe that people are just like music. A variety of different sounds from different instruments, but when put together we create a harmony, a song – the song of life. Where do you see yourself in 10 years: In Ten years I would have already toured the Caribbean and North America. In ten years I see myself standing on a giant stage, in front of a sea of people, with a guitar in hand, possibly somewhere like Germany or Australia. With at least 4 full length albums and my music being listened to by people across the entire world.

Shelly Sattaur Age: 29 Hometown: Ruimveldt, Georgetown High School: Saint Stanislaus College Occupation: Personal Assistant to the Minister of Local Government and Regional Development. Claim to fame: Head of Marketing/ reporter for and the face of Pink Memo Boutique. Hobbies: I have a passion for modeling, I also love cooking but not the typical everyday meals, I like preparing the fancy “food network” dishes where I can get positive compliments from my family, lol

Relationship Status: very much committed. Idol: is it strange to have an idol that is younger than you are? my idol is the brave 14 year old education activist Malala Yousafzai, who the Pakistan Taliban tried to kill. Politics is: Interestingly stressful. Where you do see yourself in 10 years?: In ten years, I’ll be married with children and a successful business woman. Pink Memo would be an international boutique and will be even bigger with established Caribbean links “keeping you in the know, what to do and where to go.”


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Roger Hinds aka Young Bill Rogers

Photography: Carl Croker

Job: “AN ALL-ROUNDED” ARTISTE (Calypsonian, Soca and Chutney Artiste, Song writer/and Sales Representative at Payless Variety Store Favorite dish: Chicken fried rice / pepper pot and rice Favorite movies: Good the Bad and the Ugly (western), Home Alone (English), Sholay and Dharam Veer (Indian) Favourite singers: The late Bill Rogers, Sparrow, Chalk Dust Cro Cro and Kurt Allen GEM: How and when did you start your singing career? Roger Hinds: I started in 1992 singing Calypso professionally. The inspiration came from my late dad, Bill Rogers. I would accompany him, sing and perform magic in schools. My first attempt was on a programme called, “On Show Young Guyana” singing the ever popular ‘Weed Song,’ I was only about 12 years old then. Also listening to my dad’s old time records being played on our radio gram; 78s, 45s and LPs, classic calypsos, that’s my love. GEM: Who or what do you credit for surviving this long in the music industry? RH: The guidance and strength to carry on with a, “never to give up attitude” was showered upon me by the Almighty and also the love for what I do. Hard work, dedication, sacrifice and people doing great things inspire me. GEM: Do you perform any rituals before appearing on stage? RH: I pray a lot and believe in myself. I don’t allow anything to bother me. I am always focused, and that’s the key.


GEM: Is Calypso Music a dying art form? RH: People who don’t love this great art form of Calypso will try to kill it; however, calypso can’t die. It’s heard a lot, but Calypso music is the only music that speaks for society. Politically, socially or in a funny way, it is the “people‘s mouth piece.” GEM: What was your reaction upon hearing the 2013 Chutney Soca Monarch results? RH: I was a little bit shocked but amazed. I am happy to have that distinction of being the first Afro-Guyanese or Caribbean man to win an Indian dominated genre of music, which I knew I had the ability to sing and perform. Growing up close to a Cinema that showed only Indian films (Liberty Cinema), I used to run in and peak at the movies and I learnt the subtitles and Hindi words, which I know well (that’s another side of me people don’t know). That’s why I wrote my Chutney Song, “Ah Chutney for My Larki” (girl). When I heard the first three persons announced, I said “well that’s it.” I knew I performed and delivered my song well and had the audience and judges amazed. It was well received. I did not judge, they saw in me what they were looking for and judged my performance and song. GEM: Do you think Guyanese music is given enough airtime by the local media houses and deejays?

RH: I don’t think so. GEM: What should we expect from Roger in the near future? RH: Making a name for myself in the music industry and always trying to please my fans and being humble.


The GCCI’s

Photography: Carl Croker

Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, seated 3rd from left poses with the awardees


he Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry held its annual awards ceremony and dinner on December 6, 2012 at the Pegasus Hotel. This festive event featured an elegant Cocktail, Dinner & the Awards Presentation. The event saw Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and other government officials, members of the diplomatic and business communities and the media in attendance.

GCCI President Clinton Urling 16 | GEM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

The event recognized both private and public sector entities and individuals who demonstrated a good over all performance in the areas of finance, customer relations, internal process improvements, and corporate responsibility. The keynote speaker for this year’s event was David Martins of the world famous Tradewinds Band.

Ramesh and Marlene Dookhoo

Lisa and Suresh Beharry

Survival Supermarket sfaffers pose with their award

Digicel's Jacqueline James accepts their award from Capt. Gerry Gouveia

L-r Anita Ramprasad- Sawh , Padma Prashad and Briony Tiwari

The 2012 Awardees: • Media Award – Stabroek Newspaper • Public Service Award of Excellence – Minister Irfaan Ali, the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce • Long Service Award – Hand in Hand Mutual Fire & Life Insurance Companies • Chamber Award – Digicel Guyana • Award for Innovation – Caribbean Container Inc. • Young Business Executive – Ms. Patricia Bacchus • Corporate Citizenship Award – Bank of Nova Scotia • Award of Achievement (Posthumous Awards) * Mr. Naeem Nasir of Bakewell (Food Manufacturing Industry) * Mr. Dennis Morgan of Denmor Garment Factory (Clothing and Textile Industry) • Lifetime Achievement Award - Edward B Beharry and Company • President’s Award - Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry • Business of the Year Award (Small to Medium) – Survival Supermarket • Business of the Year Award (Large) – Air Services Limited

L-r: Sharmaine Davis, Audwin Ashby and Mitra Ramkumar

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L-r: AMTL Marketing Director, Troy Cadogan; Chairman of AMTL, Jose Nivet; AMTL Managing Director, Beverley Harper; President of the Republic of Guyana, H.E. Donald Ramotar; AMTL Group Chairman, A. Norman Sabga and AMTL Group COO, Gerry Brooks.


Celebrating 20 Years of Service in Guyana

NSA McAL Trading Ltd (AMTL) in 2012 is one of the largest distribution companies in Guyana, with hundreds of products from four major divisions including Pharmaceuticals, Construction Solutions, Consumer Goods, and Beverages. However, this was not the case when AMTL started out offering a handful of products in 1992. At the beginning of the 1990s, the Manufacturing arm of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies saw the opportunity for investment in Guyana and did so in the Caribbean Container Incorporated, or at that time, the Seals and Packaging Industries Ltd (SAPIL). However, that particular partnership faced some setbacks, undeterred, ANSA McAL noticed that there was a need in the country for a more robust and service oriented distribution business and in July, 1992, AMTL was born. Operations began later that year in October when the company opened its doors with a small


facility within the SAPIL compound, located at FARM, East Bank Demerara. It is interesting to note that AMTL's first Managing Director, Peter Ullyett, began operations with five products made by the ANSA Group in Trinidad; these were: Carib Beer, Royal Extra Stout, Smalta, TrinChloro Bleach and Swinger Matches. Mr. Ullyett was also instrumental in setting up a depot in RoseHall, Berbice in 1993. Recognizing that the company needed to be closer to Georgetown, an office was set up on Middle Street, where Mr. Ullyett handed over the reins of the company to Paul Chan-a-Sue in 1994. On Mr. Chana-Sue’s watch the business grew in size, value and reputation fostering relationships with the trade and customers that endure to this day. Having determined that the offices and warehouse needed to be in close proximity, he moved the entire operation to the

Team Guyana

Guyana National Shipping Corporation where they continued to thrive. In 2006, a strategic decision was made to acquire a property at Beterverwagting, on the East Coast Demerara, wherein AMTL relocated the following year. In 2008, Mr. Chan-a-Sue retired and Ms. Beverley Harper was appointed Managing Director. The new MD took over an established company and has progressively steered the ship to become one of the best performing companies in the entire ANSA Group which spans eight sectors and over 60 entities. In 2012 AMTL has grown to reach a turnover of nearly over G$8 billion. The rapid growth of AMTL can be attributed to a dynamic group of young administrative, marketing and sales professionals ably led by an energetic and visionary management team, all of whom remain committed to customer service and teamwork. Attesting to its personnel development plan and believing that the employees are its greatest asset, management outsources professionals to conduct inhouse training in numeracy, literacy and computer studies at the basic levels while encouraging and facilitating persons to pursue higher education and training in their respective fields. AMTL has become a place where leadership and teamwork are promoted, where priority is placed on discovering the potential, propensity and passion of its employees based on their personalities and qualifications. Because of these and other factors, the directors, managers and employees of AMTL have been able to produce financial results that have made

the company a success story. AMTL being a company that is extremely cognizant of its corporate responsibilities exercises good citizenship by contributing billions of dollars in VAT, taxation and duties, values its ability to assist in the further development in the country by spending millions of dollars supporting and sponsoring cultural, social and sporting events that help develop the moral fiber of our country. Currently, the ANSA Group, through its Business Development arm, is conducting a feasibility study for a bio-fuels project in Guyana. The opportunities to be derived from this bio-fuels project are positive economic growth, creation of jobs from the plant and from the downstream industries, electricity generation from bio-mass, development of downstream industries and by-products, new business opportunities and the infrastructural development of roads and new housing. Most importantly, this project would serve as a foundation for a new industry, attracting further investment in Guyana. As AMTL celebrates its 20th Anniversary, we are proud of our modest beginnings, we reflect on the stepping stones of our success and the achievement of “Best Performer�. However, as we celebrate this milestone we continue to remind ourselves that getting to the top is only part of success and that remaining on top will require a rededication to the values and hard work that built this business to where it is today. Sustainability for the next 20 years will also require vision for a future rich with opportunity and real challenge. We at AMTL are poised for the task. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013 GEM | 19

Glamour Boutique’s

Varsha Sharma On Business, Beauty & Style

GEM: How long have you been a business woman, and what have been some of your challenges to date? VS: I was born into a home of Business. My parents are brilliant business people and I’ve always been involved in some way or the other in their business. I however started my own business during my first year at university, when I was just 17 years old. I have come a long way since. My boyfriend (who is now my husband) and I started a business opening an electronic store, Gizmos & Gadgets. That grew from a tiny display case operating inside my parents’ business to an 18,000 sqft building in the middle of Georgetown. Along the way we dealt with many obstacles including juggling school schedules, management issues, theft and the big fire that took place on Robb Street in 2004, resulting in us losing almost everything we built. We managed to quickly put ourselves back together and grew bigger. Then in 2009, the idea of Glamour Designer Brands was born and ever since it has been my passion and my obsession! I don’t mean to boast, but in my opinion, Glamour brought a fresh new approach to fashion in Guyana, selling some of the hottest and latest designer trends and at prices comparable to that of the USA. Glamour Designer Brands is also one of the only stores in Guyana that is fully authorized by the various designer brands to resell their products; GUESS being one of the main brands. I knew from the beginning that Glamour was going to be a leader and that it is today! 20 | GEM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

Last year I also ventured out further into another business, Shoe Heaven, selling a line of price-conscious women footwear. GEM: What’s a common fashion mistake you see women make? VS: Definitely would have to say wearing ill-fit clothing. Trying to fit into a smaller or bigger size can result in us looking frumpy and shapeless. It’s a big fashion no-no! I believe that at any size, a woman who wears the right outfit will look and feel fabulous! GEM: Why should anyone shop at Glamour? VS: Other than the fact that it’s just an awesome store filled with lots of fashion and lots of glitz and glam :) Glamour has a wonderful modern design that will leave you impressed. Expect fully stocked displays with the latest trends and a spacious layout for your comfort. Our customer service is exceptional; our staff is trained to advise and guide you with your purchase and is able to provide any information on the products we sell. All our products and brands are authentic; we are an authorized dealer for many brands of clothing, handbags, shoes, sunglasses, watches and accessories. These fine luxury brands include Guess, Kenneth Cole, Jessica Simpson, Prada, Ray Ban, Versace, Gucci, Serengeti, Bulova and G-Shock to name a few. Being authorized means that we buy directly from the brand. Therefore we will always carry the latest collections

John H Green Photo

I plan to remain a leader in this industry by bringing a fresh approach and of course always being innovative and original


Glamour Boutique’s Varsha Sharma On Business, Beauty & Style and our prices will always be the manufacturers’ suggested retail price (MSRP), that’s comparable to prices in stores in the USA. Also we are able to offer a Manufacturers’ Warranty on our products. Not to mention our signature Glamour wrapping which every customer receives. Shopping at Glamour is a guaranteed splendid experience! GEM: In your opinion how has fashion in Guyana changed in the last 5 years? VS: I think in this time fashion has evolved immensely and people are taking more fashion risks. I have noticed this based on the feedback I get from my customers at Glamour and just from simply looking at the styles that are being worn. In the past, I would get worried when I go to ‘market week’ for some brands and I see risky styles that are upcoming, knowing that

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most Guyanese are conservative style seekers I would choose wisely for my store, but these days I find myself making more fashion forward choices in my purchases because customers are willing to step out of the box. I think a lot of women are going for that high-fashion style; from the choice of their sunglass to the choice of their lipstick! For example, a few years ago women knew “makeup” to be a dab of powder and some red lipstick now that simple idea is no more. The art of makeup application is buzzing in Guyana. Women are discovering so many more products and techniques in makeup that can enhance their looks. A big part of this in my opinion has to do with the fact that more makeup products and makeup advice are now available in pioneering stores like Glamour.

GEM: What’s a big “No No” for women when they are applying makeup? VS: Makeup Overload! It’s easy to get carried away with your makeup application especially when there are so many amazing products out there. Applying too much makeup on your face can make you look aged. No need to highlight all the features on your face at the same time. Choose one feature and accentuate it. If it’s your night out on the town, you can highlight your lips by applying a ruby red lipstick and keep your eyes neutral by applying a touch of soft brown eye makeup. If you want to focus on your eyes then amp up your look with a smoky-eye effect but apply a pale nude colour to your lips. Always remember that thoughtful makeup application can make you look more interesting. So when it comes to makeup, less can certainly be more! GEM: What else besides a little black dress should a woman have in her closet? VS: A perfect pair of heels. This should be the pair of shoes that will work with any outfit and should be

work and party- appropriate. A great pair of Heels can transform a woman! GEM: Jeans, Skirts or Dresses…? VS: Dresses!!! They are so feminine, flirty and fun and can work for any occasion. Besides, you can add a pair of leggings to any dress if you are in the mood for pants! GEM: Was being a boutique owner part of your dreams growing up? VS: Owning my own fashion store was indeed one of my dreams. My passion for fashion was evident to everyone around me. I knew it was something I loved and that made it even more exciting. GEM: What is your ultimate vision as a business woman in the future? VS: I can see myself getting involved in more fashionlike business ventures. I wish to expand the Glamour Brand to various specialty areas. I plan to remain a leader in this industry by bringing a fresh approach and of course always being innovative and original. I will most certainly continue doing anything that will bring a fusion of first-world fashion to Guyana!


Pageant of 2012 Arti Angelita Cameron Miss Guyana World Age: 24 Hometown: Kitty, Georgetown Platform: Empowerment of abused Women, lending humanitarian support and empowerment to disadvantaged communities, especially women and children worldwide. Career Goal: Becoming a medical doctor.

Ruqayah Boyer Miss Guyana Universe Age: 22 Hometown: Linden Platform: Gender Based Violence Career Goals: Global ambassador, lawyer, author and artist

Shameka Devonish Miss Guyana Defence Force Age: 25 Hometown: Haslington Platform: The welfare of female soldiers Career Goal: I am currently training as a rehabilitation assistant and after I have completed that, further my studies in physiotherapy.

Soyini Asanti Fraser Jilicia Pinder Miss Guyana African Queen Age: 19 Hometown: Richmond Village, Essequibo Career Goal: Lawyer

Miss United Nations 2012 Age: 22 Hometown: Georgetown Platform: Child welfare (What the Pageant Organization has given me to work on) Career Goal: Christian Child Psychologist

MICHON SUKHO -PERTAB Miss Guyana Plus Size Age: 25 Hometown: Alberttown/ Georgetown Platform: Mental Health & Wellness Career Goal: Medical Doctor/ Surgeon


Dr. Viviene Mitchel - Amata Miss Renaissance Age: 47 Hometown: Industry, East Coast Demerara Platform: Patients' Rights Advocate Career Goal: To use my knowledge and skills to further improve the quality of health care in Guyana


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Twenty and Counting Text & photography: Roraima Group

Aerial tour for children


erry Gouveia had always envisaged that the passage of time would bring growth and an enhanced sense of direction to Roraima Airways; perhaps more than that he was always certain that Roraima Airways would enthusiastically embrace its role as a cog in the wheel of Guyana’s development. With the company now twenty years old.......... ‘and counting’ he declares that he is far from disappointed. “We may not quite be what or where we want to be but we have never stopped growing.” He is garrulous without being boastful. “Roraima Airways,” Gouveia says, “continues to play an important role in the growth of the Guyanese economy. It provides a range of services in the hospitality sector as a provider of travel services to tourists and commercial clients alike. Our most important mission is to offer a convivial environment within which people can do whatever it is they want to do in Guyana.” Gouveia reflects on Roraima’s growth. “Over the past two decades we have been putting our business modules together. Now we are able to say that there is no other company in the Caribbean that can provide such synergised and vertically integrated travel and tourism services as ourselves.”


In ‘other lives’ Gouveia has served as Head of various private sector forums, including the Tourism & Hospitality Association of Guyana, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Private Sector Commission. He has also had a long career in aviation, having served as a pilot with the Guyana Defence Force then as a pilot with a large Canadian mining company, Gold Star Resources. He also served as Chief Pilot and Air Operations Manager of the Civil Aviation Authority and Air Services LTD. Gouveia and his wife, business partner, Debbie have moulded a small charter airline into a multi-service entity that includes a fleet of aircraft, two hotels, a nature resort and other auxiliary services. Accommodating foreign investors. Gouveia says that it was the changes in Guyana that inspired his vision to establish Roraima Airways in 1992. He wanted to create “a first rate travel and tourism conglomerate that could capitalise on the significant changes that were occurring in Guyana’s economy” as well as those changes that were occurring in neighbouring countries like Guyana’s evolving relations with Brazil and with democracies in particular. Gouveia says that Roraima has been able to put together an entire circle of services. “We can then fly you out to your mining sites, logging sites, tourism spots; we can put you in a boat and take you to a resort

Handing over of garbage bins at Santa Mission

Lunchtime after the church service

L-r: Michael Fredericks, Stacey Singh, Gerald Mckenzie, Debbie Gouveia, Mitra Ramkumar, Amanda Persaud and Monalisa Joyeux

for relaxation. When it is time for you to leave, you can go through our own check-in counter and sit in our executive lounge at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.”

Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Roraima luncheon

Roraima Airways is one of five shareholders in the new Ogle International Airport. The company’s aviation support services include ground services, at both Ogle International and Cheddi Jagan International airports that include ramp services to such reputable airlines as North American Airlines, Zoom Airlines, and, most recently, Delta Airlines. To coincide with the company’s 20th anniversary, management has announced a $US4 million investment initiative which embraces the acquisition of a new aircraft as well as the creation of additional aviation infrastructure at Ogle. Roraima is one of the five major local investors at the New Ogle Airport and Gouveia says that he is convinced that “as far as Guyana’s longer term development is concerned,” Ogle will turn out to be “as important an investment as Roraima.”

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Race Day 2012 The Caribbean Motor Racing Championship Photography: Simeon Corbin, Carl Croker and Donna Shortt-Gill


hoto essay of the final leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship which was held on November 11, 2012, at the South Dakota racing circuit at Timerhi. Jamaican driver, David Summerbell Jr. was named best driver for the 2012 season, while Mark Vieira emerged

as the Champion Driver for the race meet. In the country category, Jamaica finished with 137 points, Guyana on 88, Barbados 74, and the Cayman Islands, 37. Stephen Vieira rode away with the Champion Superbikes title while Stanley Ming Jr. was named Champion of the Go-Karts.

The Winner’s Row: Group 1 - Mohamed Ali 125cc - Heeranand Boodhram Shifter Go-karts - Stanley Ming Jr. Superbike ‘A’ Class - Nikhil Seereeram; Group 2A - Raj Singh Group 2A CMRC - Mark Thompson (Barbados) Group 2B - Kurt Thompson (Barbados) Superbike ‘B’ Class - Stephen Vieira Group 4 - Irfaan Kalamadeen Group 4 CMRC - Mark Vieira Group 2A - John Joseph Group 2A - Mark Thompson (Barbados) Group 2B - S. Hassan Group 4 - Irfaan Kalamadeen Superbike ‘B’ Class - Stephen Vieira Group 4 CMRC - Kevin Jeffrey Group 1 - Mohamed Ali 125cc motorcycles - Heeranand Boodhram Shifter Gokarts - Stanley Ming Jr. Group 2A - Chet Singh Group 2A CMRC - Mark Thompson Group 2B - Afraz Allie Superbike CMRC - Nikhil Seereeram Group 4 - Vishok Persaud Group 4 CMRC - Mark Vieira. 28 | GEM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

Mark Vieira on his way to his first victory of the day

Stephen Vieira

Stanley Ming

Kevin Graham

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Marilyn Dewar Christ Church organist for over thirty-five years


Text: Salima Bacchus-Hinds Photography: Submitted

assionate, talented, artistic and dedicated are some of the words that aptly describe Marilyn Dewar. Marilyn Dewar has dedicated much of her life to musical pursuits. She has been the Christ Church organist for over thirty-five years, a member of the Woodside Choir for more than three decades, a musical arts teacher for numerous years, and very active in the Guyana Music Festival Inc, which promotes national music in Guyana. Born Marilyn Hunte on 20 March, 1949 to Janet and Cyril Beresford Hunte, she was exposed to music on a daily basis at an early age. Both her grandmother and mother were music teachers who greatly encouraged her interest in music. Mrs. Hunte encouraged Marilyn and her seven siblings to embrace the art form. Marilyn fondly remembers the concerts that she and her siblings organized at home, a tradition they still practice whenever the family is reunited. At three years old, Marilyn began playing the piano at home under the guidance of her mother. As the years progressed, she mastered one instrument


after the other with the support of her mother and various music teachers. She learned to play the violin at the age of eight, under the tutelage of Mr. Francis Loncke (writer of the National Song, “My Guyana Eldorado�). She also picked up the cello and by twelve Mr. Winslow Smith was teaching her to play the organ. She was one of the youngest members of the

L-r David Hilton Dewar, Husband; Davlyn Dewar, Daughter; David Aubrey Dewar, son with granddaughter, Cecilia and Marilyn Dewar. Missing is son Vaughn Dewar.

Princessville Orchestra. After completing her secondary education at Cambridge Academy, Marilyn enrolled in the Lillian Dewar Teachers’Training College (which eventually became the Cyril Potter College of Education) and specialised in music education. There, she and other trainee teachers formed the Emmel Singers. The folk group recorded numerous Guyanese songs that can still be heard on the radio. After leaving college, she joined the Woodside Choir as the choir’s pianist. She can be heard on the choir’s albums such as “National Songs of Guyana,” “Woodside Sings for Christmas,” “This is Guyana,” and she still accompanies Woodside at numerous events and functions. She had teaching stints at Bishops’ High, Queens College and Charlestown Secondary Schools. She later taught the music programmes at the American International School and St. Rose’s High School, and established the music curriculum at President’s College. After teaching in the public schools, she moved to the Broadcast to

Schools programme, a division of the Ministry of Education that was responsible for educational radio programming. She worked on the radio production for a decade and her outstanding work on the Broadcast to Schools, earned her the British Council Scholarship in 1976 to work at the BBC in London for three months in radio production. Marilyn describes her time at the BBC as fulfilling and enlightening. As characteristic of her personality and ambition, Marilyn decided to take up the challenge of furthering her education and she enrolled at the University of Guyana to read a degree in English. Her time at UG required that she spend a year attached to the National Service (a youth corps established by the Burnham administration) and she was sent to the Kimbia Centre on the Berbice River for training and service. After obtaining her Bachelor’s she went further and got a Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham University in Massachusetts. In her spare time, when she was not teaching, and FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013 GEM | 33

Marilyn Dewar Christ Church organist for over thirty-five years playing for the Woodside Choir and Christ Church, Marilyn established the Dewars Music School after her mother could no longer teach and she had agreed to take her students under her wings. Since 1989, her school has been instructing youth in the art of music, the mastering of the piano, violin and other instruments. Her music classes are so highly recommended that there is a waiting list for students to enrol. She relates that she takes great pride in seeing her students’ musical talents blossom. In August 2012, she was honoured by the Guyana Cultural Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award, for her outstanding contribution to the community. While music has kept her busy for most of her life, it is not her only love. She has been happily married to Mr. David Dewar since March of 1973 with four children – David Aubrey Dewar, Dr. Davlyn Dewar, Vaughn Dewar and Trevoll Pereira. Mr. Dewar is also a singer from a musical family and his voice can be heard whenever the National Anthem is broadcasted over the airwaves. The couple met each other through music. Marilyn and David were elected to the executive office of the Choral Society of Christ Church, as Secretary and Assistant Secretary respectively. Marilyn remembers that David never showed up to help her with the Choral Society but a year later, appeared to sing for the society’s anniversary and Marilyn flat out refused to accompany him. Eventually, the couple got over their initial encounter and have been married for the past forty years. She now accompanies him every time he performs. Her


advice for a long and successful marriage, “pick your battles, it is important to understand each other, and sit down and work out your problems.” Music was and is an ever present feature of Marilyn’s home as her children are also musically talented, with Aubrey and Vaughn displaying vocal talents, while Davlyn plays the steel pan and piano. Altogether Marilyn Dewar continues to display a love and passion for the musical arts in Guyana. She has remained steadfastly dedicated to perfecting her talents and imparting her knowledge to the next generation of national musicians.

GFA / Banks Beer Knockout Cup 2013 Photography: Orlando Charles

The victorious Sunburst Camptown Football Club celebrates with Banks DIH officials


n January 1, Sunburst Camptown Football Club became GY$4M richer as they defeated Riddim Squad 2-0 in the final of the second edition of the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) / Banks Beer Knockout Cup at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground. The very competitive tournament began in midDecember and saw 22 teams battled in front of capacity crowds battle for the top trophy and money prizes. When it was all said and done, Sunburst Camptown and Riddim Squad managed to earn their spot in

the grand final, while Northern Rangers FC and the Guyana Defence Force FC were left to battle for third place. 36 | GEM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

In the final encounter, Sunburst Camptown’s striker Devon Forde outplayed his opponents and scored goals in the 51st and 60th minutes of the game to seal the deal for his team. In the third place game between Northern Rangers FC and the Guyana Defence Force FC, Northern ranger were able to get past the Guyana Defence Force with a 3-1 victory. Their win earned them GY$1.5M, while the Army had to settle for GY$1M. After the game the thousands of fans were entertained by reggae dancehall king Beenieman.

Remembrance Day 2012 Photography: Carl Croker

L-r: President Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Commodore Gary Best, Commissioner Leroy Brumell, Prison Chief Dale Eskine and Fire Chief Marlon Gentle


n November 11, 2012, Politicians, Members of the Military and Parliamentary Organisations, the Diplomatic Community and Civic Society gathered at the Cenotaph, Company Path Georgetown to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World Wars I and II.


Participants proudly wore the red “poppy” during Remembrance Week as a symbol to remember their fallen comrades.   The “poppy” had its origin in World War 1, but in 1921 it was modified as symbol of sacrifice and later became a symbol of remembering soldiers who served in the different wars.

Members of the Diplomatic Corp

The Remembrance Day programme commenced at 8:00 a.m. and included a symbolic wreath laying at the foot of the Cenotaph, an address by President Donald Ramotar and renditions by the Guyana Police Force Orchestra. The ceremony ended with a march pass on Main Street.

Opposition Leader Brigadier (Ret’d) David Granger

President of the Guyana Legion Col. (Ret’d) Carl Morgan

Members of the Guyana Police Force Choir


Gospel Sensation

Text: Coretta Corbin-Rival Photography: Submitted


reshly off a U.S tour promoting her 4th gospel album, Guyanese Gospel sensation Miriam Corlette – Williams has risen through the ranks of gospel music to become one of the faces of gospel music in Guyana and the Diaspora. Using her silky voice to spread the word of God with soulful hits like, “Destiny Calling” from her recent album; “Emptiness;” “Step out in Faith;” “What has become of Love;” and “Bring back the Glory;” Miriam sees herself as a Psalmist and anointed worship leader who sings from her heart and life experiences. Given the Biblical name Miriam after the sister of Moses in Exodus, she believes that they are similar since she too has taken to spreading the gospel of God through her music and poetry. In the entertainment business for thirty years, Miriam was born on October 30, 1972, to a mother who also sang and a father who was a preacher. With such a dynamic family background, you could say that her love of singing, Christianity and her career path were born and instilled within her young mind at an early age. Miriam’s journey into the entertainment industry began at the age of six when she 40 | GEM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

Miriam and her gospel friends on stage

became a student at the National School of dance and later went on to sing and recite poems on the GBC show, “Young Guyana.” She would also become a fixture at church conventions and concerts around the country, performing various songs along with her brother and sister. Moving on from her days as a threesome with her brother and sister, Corlette-Williams would test the rough waters of the entertainment business on her own as a solo artist at different gospel concerts, namely; Gospel Touchdown at the National Cultural Center and St. Roses. Her performances at Gospel Touchdown won three awards; “Best Female Recording Artiste” in 1998; “Best Female Recording Vocalist” of 2000 and; “Most Outstanding Vocalist” in 2002. From a young age, Corlette showed promise of becoming a powerhouse in the gospel arena in Guyana as she picked up her first of many awards to come when at the young age of fifteen her song was voted the, “Best Original Song” in the Teen Star Award contest of 1987. Five years later, she would do it again when she won the, “Best Female Artist” award for two consecutive years in a row in 1991 and 1992 at the Amazing Grace Gospel Awards. Destine to become an agent of change, Miriam whose first career choice was Social Work, a field where she wanted to bring positive changes to the life of others,

but soon found her calling instead in the ministry where she would help others through the word of God. As a singer she also sought to lend her voice to a variety of causes such as the one for peace and unity between the races in Guyana, producing her chart topping single in 2000, “Stop the Hate.” This song earned her the number one spot for three years straight. Topping the local charts with her single, she also netted two awards in 2001 for, “Song of the Year,” and “Album of the Year for Vision of Excellence.” Ever the Social Worker, Miriam has become a vocal advocate against domestic violence and for the rights of children. Having five children of her own; four boys and one girl, she has been married for over 20 years to Paster Kenneth Williams, who also works for God as a Bishop in the Church of God. Since 1998, this dynamic singer has spread the gospel, producing three albums, entitled: Vision of Excellence (first debuted in 1998 and re-released in 2000 as a CD) Bring Back the Glory 2005, The Best of Me 2010, Step out in Faith 2011 and dozens of music videos From her platform as a singer, she has also tried her hand at advertising and production, producing and hosting her own show, entitled, “Vision of Excellence.” FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013 GEM | 41

Six Years After Launch

Digicel Guyana also gave customers an opportunity to win amazing prizes in a number of fantastic promotions over the past six years. These include Bimmer Flex, Swift Challenge, Merry Mansion, Christmas Magic Numbers, Red Hot Summer, Christmas Credit Rush and Live Free for One Year, Three Minutes to Win It. Moreover, the company introduced great offers, which gave customers value for their money. Among these were Free After 3, Value Tun Up, Double and Triple Bubble, Bundle Minutes, 10/10, Free Night Talk and Free Week-ends. Digicel was also the first to launch its BlackBerry service in Guyana in 2007, which connected Guyanese to the rest of the mobile data world.

The Barrack Street Building, Digicel (Guyana) headquarters.


est value, Best Service, Best Customer Care, and the Best Network are the pillars on which Digicel operates. After six years of operation in Guyana, the company continues to make a noteworthy contribution to the advancement of mobile technology in the country. When Digicel entered the Guyana market in February 2007, the company made a commitment to assist in the development of communities across Guyana. To date, Digicel has delivered and continues to deliver on this promise. With ninety-six percent population coverage, communities across Guyana which were once cut off from the rest of the country now have access to stateof-the-art mobile technology. Over the past six years Digicel has extended its coverage to communities such as Wakapau, Omai, Kwakwani, Mabaruma, Port Kaituma, Mahdia, 58 Miles, Matthew’s Ridge, Ituni, Santa Rosa, Red Hill and Kwebana.


A big solar panel at centre right powering DIGICEL's tower at Matthew's Ridge, Region #1

By pioneering and supporting a number of charitable events countrywide, Digicel is now known for its consistent support for benevolent activities. As a core value, Digicel believes in giving back to the community from which it draws its strength. The company supports projects that cater to educational, social and/or cultural opportunities that can inspire positive energy in young people leading to stronger self-sufficient communities. In July 2012, Digicel announced the undertaking of a major project – the construction of a new home for children of the Mahaica Children’s Home. This new multi-million dollar home will replace the existing structure, which houses over fifty children.

of sports in Guyana is resolute. The company supports all the various sports disciplines in Guyana. Digicel has since established a number of signature sports events in Guyana including the Digicel Schools Football Championship, which gives students across the country an opportunity to showcase and enhance their football skills. Digicel has also been the main sponsor of Guyana National Squash Association for a number of years. With its continuous commitment to the development of youths and talents, Digicel is the main sponsor of the National Drama Festival, which gives youths and young adults the opportunity to showcase their acting skills on stage every year. Also, not focusing only on youths, Digicel is an active sponsor of many annual summer programs for children such as the Young at Art, Artists at Work, and the National Library Reading Competition. Despite the numerous events and activities, hosted by Digicel, the company continues to seek ways to make an even greater contribution to the development of individuals and communities across Guyana.

Santa and Mrs Claus, along with some of their elves, pose with a group of children during the Digicel Christmas promotion launch at the Georgetown Club, December 2012.

Since its launch in Guyana six years ago, the company has started many charitable events including the Breast Cancer Awareness Cycle Meet, the School Backpack’s Drive, Back to School Dental Care Outreach and the Digicel Christmas Cheer. During the Digicel Christmas Cheer programme, Digicel provides Christmas gifts to over fifty children’s homes, non-profit organisations and communities countrywide including the Alpha Children’s Home, Hope Foundation and Plastic City. Moreover, Digicel supports several charitable events such as the Young at Art, Champion Reader’s Competition, Avon Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and World Aids Day initiatives. Moreover, Digicel’s commitment to the development

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id you know that abdominal obesity or belly fat is closely related to high stress levels, the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease? Belly fat is something that both men and woman struggle with. We often refer to men with enlarged stomachs as “beer or pot belly” and assume that they consume large amounts of beer. For women, we associate their belly fat with the weight that remains after childbirth or due to obesity. But research shows that belly fat may actually be due to the accumulation of high cortisol levels in the body from stress. Cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone” is a natural steroid which the body produces to help store fat or energy for protection in the event of danger. Prolonged stress means that the body will produce more cortisol and continue to deposit fat, not only in the midriff, but also around organs like the heart, liver and in the arteries, reducing blood flow to vital organs. It is important that women maintain a basic healthy waistline of less than 35in., and men less than 40 inches. Controlling belly fat can be very challenging, but implementing a variety of stress management techniques can help. 4 ways in which to keep belly fat in check are: Stress Management: This should be on the top of your list of things to do when it comes to reducing your expanding waistline and stubborn belly fat. Because the body produces cortisol which causes fat to accumulate during stress, it is important to find ways to manage the stress in your life. Various types of exercise, meditation, yoga and social activities are examples of some of the ways to reduce the stress that may be plaguing your life. Vigorous Exercise: In addition to producing the positive hormones such as endorphin and serotonin, exercise helps increase blood flow to vital organs in the body which also improve memory


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Women’s Health 101 Uterine Fibroids A

Text: Coretta Corbin-Rival

condition which occurs in 70 to 80 percent of women of color, uterine fibroids, also known medically as fibromyomas or myomas, are benign tumors that grow in the walls of the womb or uterus. The exact cause of these tumorous growths are unknown, however, researchers believe that they are associated with the hormone, estrogen. The risk factors for developing uterine fibroids are ingestion of chemicals with high estrogen levels, menstruation at an early age, genetics, obesity and infertility. Fibroids can pose a huge problem for many women of childbearing age which include infertility issues, heavy bleeding during monthly periods, bloating, constipation, urinary urgency, extended abdomen, pelvic pressure, lower back pain and pain during or after sexual intercourse. After menopause and the reduction in estrogen production, fibroids tend to shrink in size and become less symptomatic. Diagnosing Uterine Fibroids: Treating uterine fibroids begins with diagnosing the problem through pelvic examination, ultrasound, X-ray, or magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI). During the pelvic exam, doctors usually look and feel for abnormal growths in the cervix and uterus. An ultrasound can be done by scanning the abdomen or inserting a probe into the vagina in order to get a picture of the inside of the abdomen. Similar to ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can also be used to take images of the uterus and other organs. Available Treatments: With the development of new technology there are many options available for treating uterine fibroids. Myomectomy, the surgical removal of fibroids, is a common treatment used to give many women relief. However, depending on where the tumors are located, myomectomy could be dangerous due to the risk of excessive bleeding. One drawback to this type of surgery is that many women who have undergone the surgery report that their tumors returned after several

years of the surgery. Another treatment used for fibroids is Uterine Fibroid Embolization. Embolization is a non-invasive surgery in which the doctors cut off the blood flow to the tumors through arteries in the groin. This causes the tumors to shrink due to the loss of their blood supply. Uterine Fibroid Embolization, however, only works when the tumors are small in size and numbers. Hysterectomy which is the removal of the uterus alone or uterus and ovaries, is another non-invasive surgery that could be done through small incisions in the abdomen. Non-invasive surgeries help patients return to normal activities quicker than regular surgery. However, hysterectomy could induce early unset of the hot flashes associated with menopause and of course, prevent pregnancy in women who may want to conceive in the future. Other treatments used for Uterine Fibroids also include: “watchful waiting� (to make sure the tumors do not increase in size and become a problem) and hormone therapy which may help shrink the tumors. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013 GEM | 53

Buxton United Fans celebrate

The 23 Kashif & Shanghai Football Tournament rd

Photography: Carl Croker

Mavado performs at the after final show

Buxton's captain, Dwayne Jacobs receives the key to his motor care from Sport Minister Dr. Frank Anthony as K&S CoDirector Aubrey "Shanghai" Major looks on


nderdogs Buxton United FC emerged as champions after defeating Amelia’s Ward on sudden death penalty kicks when the finals of the 23rd edition of the Kashif & Shanghai (K&S) tournament concluded at the National Stadium in Providence on the evening of January 1. The Buxtonians were able to succeed and score the goal needed after at the end of extra time both teams were at 0-0 draw. After the penalty kicks shootout, they managed a 4-4 draw and this forced the sudden death scenario which enabled the victory for the boys from the East Coast.


Besides the GY$4M top prize, the victors also won many of the consolation prizes. The team’s captain, Dwayne Jacobs was adjudged the “Most Valuable Player” and he drove away with a Toyota Alex motorcar. The team’s Herbert McPherson was also recognized as the top coach of the tournament and he won a motorcycle. The Amelia’s Ward team got GY$1M for their second place. In the earlier game, Alpha United defeated arch-rivals Pele FC 3-1 for their third place win. Alpha received GY$750K and fourth place while Pele collected GY$500K.

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SHAPE 2000 Unveils Its 2013 Collection Photography: Carl Croker


ate 2012, renowned designer Donna RamsammyJames under her SHAPE 2000 brand, unveiled her 2013 clothing collection at a private showing at her residence. The collection entitled “Caribbean Footprints” displayed a variety of elegant ladies’ and men’s wear. As with all her previous collections, the 2013 pieces also incorporated the softness of Asia, the depth of Africa and the colour of the Caribbean to make them vibrant and attractive. Over 150 pieces were displayed in the approximately onehour presentation. This year’s collection was divided into various categories using various colour schemes and combinations. The models were also accessorized with handmade jewellery from local products.




The 182 Year Old

Georgetown Lighthouse Photography: Simeon L. Corbin


he Georgetown Lighthouse was first built by the Dutch in 1817 and then rebuilt in 1830 to help guide ships into the Demerara River from the Atlantic Ocean. The 31 m (103 feet) high wooden structure is a famous Georgetown, Guyana landmark with its distinct vertical red and white stripes. The Lighthouse, located on Water Street, is a National Monument. The brick structure was commissioned on 1 June 1830, when it replaced a wooden lighthouse that was built on the same site by the Dutch. British engineers constructed the present lighthouse, reinforcing the building by placing it on a foundation of 49 greenheart piles, making it durable nearly 200 years later. A floating light was placed at the Demerara bar in March 1838 and a system of signaling to the lighthouse was established. On 27 February 1838 a Committee of Pilotage was formed and entrusted with the signaling. Before establishment of the System of Signaling, a beacon had been erected on the East Coast Demerara and vessels


The steel balcony and beacon

entering had to contribute to the cost of constructing the beacon.

A southern view from the Lighthouse

A steel balcony at the top of the Lighthouse offers a panoramic view of Georgetown and West Coast Demerara.

For more information: Harbour Master's Office,. Georgetown Ferry Stelling,. Water Street, Stabroek, Georgetown Phone: 226-3356, 225-7330, 226.9871

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pie Photography: Simeon Corbin Pie Crust ingredients: • 11/3 cups Maid Marian Whole Wheat Flour • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/2 cup well-chilled All vegetable shortening • 6 tbsp ice cold water Pie Filling Ingredients: • 13/4 cups pumpkin puree (or grated pumpkin) • 3/4 cup brown sugar

Text and photography: NAMILCO

• 2 eggs • 4 tbsp Maid Marian Whole Wheat flour • 1tbsp Vanilla Essence • 1 tsp cinnamon • 1/2 tsp each ground ginger, ground nutmeg and salt • 1/4 tsp ground cloves • 1tin evaporated milk (370ml) (Regular or fat free)

Preparation of Pie Crust: In a large bowl, blend Maid Marian Whole Wheat flour and salt. Using your fingers, work in the chilled shortening until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle 6tbsp of cold water over flour mixture. Using a fork, mix until moist. Shape into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for Preparation of Pie Filling: approx. 1hr. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree(or grated pumpkin), sugar, eggs, Preheat oven to 180°C. On a floured surface, roll out refrigerated Maid Marian Whole Wheat Flour, spices and salt until smooth and well combined. dough to 1/8” thickness. Fit in 10” pie plate; press into the bottom and Gradually whisk in evaporated Milk. Fill Pie crust with pie filling and bake for approx. up sides of plate. Trim overhang 1hr. Let cool completely on rack.

Egg-less Fruit Cake

INGREDIENTS yy 11 oz. (275g) Maid Marian Self Rising Flour yy 1 teaspoon ground ginger yy 1 teaspoon mixed spice yy 7 oz. (175g) Margarine yy 4 oz. (100g) brown sugar yy 4 oz. (100g) currants

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400ml milk 1 tablespoon molasses ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 4 oz. (100g) raisins 2 oz. (50g) mixed candied peel 1 teaspoon essence


1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and dust a 900g (1lb) loaf tin with flour shake off excess flour. 2. Mix together the Self Rising Flour, ginger, spice and rub in the margarine. 3. Add the sugar and dried fruit and mix well. 4. Warm the milk and molasses together and add the bicarbonate of soda. Gradually add to the flour mixture and beat well. Add essence. 5.


Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 1½ hours until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

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Diwali Celebration 2012


n November 12 last, thousands of spectators of all walks of life gathered along the route between Kitty in Georgetown and LBI on the East Coast of Demerara to get a view of the annual Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha motorcade as the country celebrated Diwali 2012. Many of the Hindu devotees also decorated their homes and businesses to commemorate this joyous occasion.


Photography: Carl Croker

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Rupee Rings in the New Year

Photography: Carl Croker

Barbadian soca artist, Rupee helped ring in the New Year at Pegasus, as he, Trinidadian chutney singer Hitman and DJ Bevaughn entertained patrons at the hotel.

Courts Spreads Christmas Cheer

Photography: Carl Croker

Courts Guyana Inc. Staffers, on December 7, 2012, visited the Pediatrics Department of the Georgetown Public Hospital to spread Christmas cheer to the patients in the ward.


GEM Issue 55 February / March 2013  
GEM Issue 55 February / March 2013  

Guyana's premier bi-monthly lifestyle and entertainment magazine.