Orealla leading the way in eco-tourism

first_imgThe Amerindian settlement, Orealla, situated 50 miles up the Corentyne River, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), is no doubt leading the way in eco-tourism. The village is home to two tribes of Guyana’s indigenous people; the Arawaks and Warraus. With about 2000 residents, Orealla is one of the cleanest places in Guyana and maybe the only community which has a weekly clean-up campaign where residents must take part as a form of employment for the family.The breathtaking sunrise over the stillness of the Corentyne River produces a desire to go through the day trying to get as close as possible to nature.A day in Orealla, wrapped in the arms of nature, not only allows you to listen to the chirping of the birds and whistling trees, but also the hospitality of its people.The Arawak are the ones who first arrived at the settlement from neighbouring Suriname in 1918. They had escaped the deadly flu virus which had threatened to wipe out most of the natives of a village called Epora, situated on the Suriname side of the Corentyne River, during World War l. Today, Epora continues to strive as a community but not with many inhabitants.But in Orealla where a few families migrated, they survived by farming and fishing. The men built houses from trees in the community and established small farms around them which the women attended to as the males went out hunting.One of those persons who grew up in the village knowing that his parents survived the deadly flu attack on Epora 97 years ago is Fredrick Hendricks.Now the oldest resident of Orealla, he remembers those days. “Back then my father and uncles will go and hunt and sometimes take months before they return.” He said the men would return to the village with preserved slaughtered meat.Their return to the village was a time to rejoice. “Some of the meat my father would pack in a boat and all the cassava and pineapple from the farm… me and my two sisters and brothers would go with him to Corriverton” (a town 50 miles up the Corentyne River).According to Hendricks, it would take them, including his mother, about one week to get to Corriverton in the family’s canoe. The produce would be sold and the family would take a vacation and return to the village when all earned monies were exhausted. The vacation lasted for between one to two weeks.Back home, almost a month after they left, the cycle would start again. Meanwhile, one of Hendricks’ granddaughters, Ingrid D’Veir, said to this day, the people of Orealla continue to be big spenders whenever they have money. “They don’t save; they will go on a spending spree until all their money is finished.”Unfortunately, the natives of Orealla have not preserved their agglutinative language which is referred to as the Arawakan languages. Today, they speak English, and much better than those living in the urban areas in Guyana.These days, most of the men earn their money by working in the logging industry. They are, however, only allowed to get employment if they participate in the weekly village clean up exercise.The village also has a food processing factory, where about five women have gained employment in processing and packaging some of the fruits produced in the village. From the factory comes jams, jellies, guava cheese, and many by-products of cassava. In supermarkets in urban communities, especially Corriverton and New Amsterdam, those products are fast sellers.Orealla “The Land of Chalk” has everything a tourist would enjoy – nature walks, sightseeing and friendly people. On a visit, you may be able to behold a jaguar in its natural habitat while enjoying the sweet succulent juice flowing from a fresh mango picked by a Squirrel Monkey hovering above on a limb.The peace and tranquillity experienced on any nature walk will be interrupted temporarily by the cry of a bird escaping from its predator.One is left in awe as they marvel at the array of birds, magnificently coloured, decorating the sky.last_img read more

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Mavericks provide huge challenge

first_imgThe Mavericks have won 16 consecutive games and will bring a 51-9 record to Staples Center. The Lakers flew home late Friday after an 0-4 road trip and have been “free-falling,” in Jackson’s words, for the past three weeks. “There’s a lot of guys that are challenged in a position where they’re not able to answer the challenge right now,” Jackson said. The Lakers were able to halt Dallas’ 13-game winning streak in a 101-98 victory on Jan. 7 at Staples Center. But the Mavericks have been the NBA’s unstoppable force all season, going 24-1 since that loss to the Lakers. Dallas is the first team in NBA history to post three winning streaks of 12 games or more in the same season and haven’t lost since Jan. 25 in Chicago. “You hear some players that say the regular season doesn’t count at all,” Mavericks coach Avery Johnson told the Dallas Morning News. “I disagree with that. You need the regular season to get in some game situations that you may see in the playoffs. You just can’t jump up in the playoffs and be good all of a sudden. “So even though what you do in the playoffs really, really counts, you need to practice what’s going to count now. And if you want to be in the rotation in the playoffs, it’s a good time to show me you want to be in it now.” The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, coached by Jackson, established the mark for best regular-season record in NBA history at 72-10. One obstacle for the Mavericks on the way to a 70-win season is that they play 14 of their final 22 games on the road. LOS ANGELES – As coach of the only NBA team ever to win 70 games in a season, Phil Jackson will get a firsthand look tonight at a Dallas Mavericks team that needs to win 19 of its final 22 games to reach that magic number. At the same time, Jackson will be staring at the flip side of history, as his Lakers need a victory to avoid their second six-game losing streak in a month. No Jackson-coached team had ever lost more than five straight games before this season. center_img Asked about the Mavericks, Jackson did say, “If we play right, it doesn’t matter who we play.” But the coach already was looking ahead to three-day breaks in the schedule the Lakers will have each of the next two weeks. “We have an opportunity to get guys feeling better about their games,” Jackson said. ALSO With Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia, the Lakers finished with just a 14-16 record (5-10 on the road) against the Eastern Conference. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man City boost! Kompany set for Premier League return

first_img Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany 1 Manchester City have received a boost ahead of their return to Premier League action with news club captain Vincent Kompany appears ready to make his comeback from injury.The centre-back has missed the Blues’ last five games with a calf injury and was also declared unfit for international action by his club manager Manuel Pellegrini.But that did not stop him being called up and, after sitting out Saturday’s game in Andorra, the 29-year-old was deemed ready for action in his country’s final Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel in Brussels.He played 58 minutes without apparent setback as the Red Devils won 3-1 to secure top spot in Group B and a seeding for next summer’s finals in France.Kompany then delivered a positive update on his condition ahead of City’s Barclays Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.He told Sky Sports News: “I feel great and I am glad I got to do it. I needed to be part of this. At the same time it’s going again now and I am just looking forward to the next games.“I play for my country and I am proud to do it. There are no small games. I have given everything I have, always, for City. I will carry on doing this and I will do the same for my country.”Kompany’s return, despite the previous reservations of Pellegrini, gives City some positive news after a difficult international break.Sergio Aguero, who scored five against Newcastle on his last City appearance, could be out for a month after suffering a hamstring injury playing for Argentina while David Silva injured his ankle on Spain duty.Left-back Aleksandar Kolarov also took a knock while away with Serbia.The full extent of their injuries will become clear after City have carried out assessments.These latest problems add to a number of issues City already had with Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy having also been sidelined.last_img read more

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ST PATRICK’S DAY IN PICTURES – SEND US YOUR BEST SNAPS!

first_imgEimear Rodden from Creeslough writes: This is a photo of me and my brother Declan celebrating st paddys day in Sydney. With us are Declan’s children ( l-r) Max, Angus and Cian. We’re the Roddens from Creeslough, and we want to say ‘hello’ to all at home! Happy St Patrick’s DayHAPPY St Patrick’s Day to all our readers across the globe.No matter where you are,  you can send your pictures to info@donegaldaily.com.And we start today with a picture from a Creeslough family Down Under where a day of festivities is almost over. Keep the pix coming….Lily McGonagle’s frozen shamrock! It may be sunny Down Under, but near Burnfoot, it’s freeeeezzzzinnnng!Burtonport brother and sister Mickey and Fiona Sweeney enjoying the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Perth this morning. On parade in sunny Dunfanaghy: Pic Fred Aicken for donegaldaily.comErin McLaughlin age 4 at Manchester parade and cousin Rory Kennedy with his Donegal kit on Freya Bonner from keadue!  On parade in Letterkenny! There was a huge crowd in Letterkenny for today’s parade Now that’s the best hat on parade in LK These two fellas did share all those sweets with the Letterkenny crowds! We saw them! Pope Francis makes a shock appearance in Glencolmcille! Pic Roseann EllisThere was a large turn-out in Killybegs today On parade in Bundoran St Francis national school Barnesmore winners of the school competition in donegal town. Joseph Bond from Letterkenny Rugby Club enjoying the parade today!  ST PATRICK’S DAY IN PICTURES – SEND US YOUR BEST SNAPS! was last modified: March 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ST PATRICK’S DAY IN PICTURES – SEND US YOUR BEST SNAPS!last_img read more

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How Does the Emperor Penguin Dive So Deep?

first_imgUsing a small recorder mounted on an emperor penguin, researchers at Scripps Institute measured the bird diving as deep as 1,800 feet – six times the depth any human has survived unassisted.  This is much deeper than scientists had expected.  Live Science surmises that if we could figure out how they do it without getting the bends, it could “improve anesthesia techniques and aide in research of how to avoid tissue damage when the body is deprived of oxygen.”  It might also improve surgical techniques, Andrea Thompson wrote.Who would have imagined a bird being a champion deep-sea diver?  The diversity and talents of birds should turn us all into bird admirers and bird watchers.  Watch for a sparrow or hummingbird and consider how different it is to an emperor penguin, or an ostrich, or a peregrine falcon.  Yet the sparrow is no less intelligently designed and amazing in its own ways, too.  Watch for the birds in your vicinity and learn something about them on WhatBird.com.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Promoting and Embracing South Africa’s Street Style

first_imgImage supplied by RSA.comBy Phindi MadunaThe RSA.com brand officially launched in 2015. The brand’s aim is to promote and embrace South African trends and style in the country and around the world. Its modern and minimal approach to design is a refreshing take on how to bring out South Africa’s edgy street style.Brand South Africa had a conversation with the brand’s founder and Operations Manager, Tshepo Kolanchu to discuss the brand, it’s highlights and future prospects.Q: What is the inspiration behind the brand’s name?Tshepo: The name came from observing multitudes of people from all over the world wearing clothes branded New York (NY), Chicago, Los Angeles (LA), to name a few. RSA.com is a premium brand that is meant for South Africans to brag about and be proud of while carrying the South African name/brand across the world. Having resolved to promote the country as a brand, the next consideration was the most preferred sales platform, the “.com” domain, which is the top level domain for global commerce. We therefore decided on “RSA.com” as a representative brand.Q: What have been some of the successes and highlights for RSA.com since its launch in 2015?Tshepo: Some our highlights have been the successful registration of the trademark; our online store; our affiliation with two government agencies who promote the country and its products across the world namely – Brand South Africa and Proudly South Africa; exhibiting the brand at the 2018 Buy Local Summit; and our partnership with the Miss Gauteng pageant.Q: Why have you focused on t-shirts and vests as your staple garments?Tshepo: We initially launched the brand with  caps, t-shirts, jogger pants, hoodies, track pants, dresses & warmers to test the market, from this exercise we learned that due to demand and limited resources, it was better to re-focus our energy and push t-shirts, dresses and vests which are capsule garments.Q: Please tell us a little bit more about the market’s reception to your brand?Tshepo: People are showing interest in our clothes and we are slowly gaining popularity. With the launch of the new site established in April 2018 (1 month old), which is being promoted on social media, that has helped the market to get reacquainted with the brand. The new site is interactive and it is receiving more attention.Q: What’s next for RSA.com?Tshepo: The plan is to grow the product lines with time as we grow the love and loyalty of the brand with our clients.We also hope to create opportunities for other business people to open and manage physical stores in cities around the country and abroad, to encourage economic growth and job creation.You can get in touch with RSA.com on the following platforms:Mobile: +27 81 597 7778Email: info@justrsa.comFacebook: Rsa.comInstagram: @rsa_comTwitter: @rsa_comWebsite: www.justrsa.comlast_img read more

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SA’s Kargo granted UCI pro MTB team status

first_img24 January 2014 In a first for the South African mountain biking community, the Kargo Pro MTB team has been accepted as a UCI MTB team by world cycling’s governing body. Phase one of team manager Shaun Peschl’s dream was realised on Tuesday when he received official confirmation from the UCI that his “team will be registered as a 2014 UCI MTB Team”, paving the way for the outfit to start their international journey and, hopefully, follow a similar pathway of success to that of South African road cycling phenomenon Team MTN Qhubeka, presented by Samsung.‘Thrilled’ “We are thrilled by the news that we can now officially call ourselves a UCI mountain bike team for 2014,” an ecstatic Peschl said in a statement on Thursday. “Looking at how far Doug Ryder has gone with his MTN Qhubeka team on the road, he has truly been an inspiration for us and we hope to have the same impact on the South African MTB scene,” he added. The UCI’s acceptance of the Kargo setup will see the “Proudly South African” outfit turn their full attention towards their short term goals while always bearing in mind their ultimate motivator: the Olympic Games.SA sponsors and bicycles “We really are very proud of the fact that almost all of our setup is South African. All our riders are from SA, our title sponsor, Kargo, is a South African company and even the bikes we ride, Momsen Bikes, are from here,” Peschl explained. “We had a really good pre-season and our season began nicely a couple of weeks ago. Now it’s all about fighting for every UCI point available. “Short term goals for us are to be as consistent as possible locally, to achieve good results at the UCI World Cups and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and to have at least five of our riders compete at the 2014 World Champs, while our long term dream is definitely all about the Olympics,” he said.A major step in the right direction For the team cross-country ace Rourke Croeser, the news is a major step in the right direction, not only for the Kargo Pro MTB team but for the sport of mountain biking throughout South Africa. “It really is just great for cycling, and particularly mountain biking, in South Africa,” commented Croeser. “Hopefully this also starts a trend here in South Africa and other teams start taking competing internationally seriously as well. “The more UCI teams we have in SA can only be good for mountain biking in the country.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Governor asks Panjab univ to review fee hike

first_imgAn indefinite hunger strike against fee hike at Panjab University, by members of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), entered the 11th day here on Friday. NSUI leader Manoj Lubana said they would soon meet Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and Governor V.P.Singh Badnore over the issue. “We want the university to immediately withdraw the fee hike order. We will meet Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and Governor V. P. Singh Badnore to chalk out a solution and to seek proper funding for the university.”(According to PTI, Mr. Badnore on Friday asked Panjab University (PU) to review in a “holistic manner” all issues including the fee hike, over which students had clashed with the police on the campus)The NSUI has also broken away from the Joint Student Action Committee (JSAC), which was formed by the students’ unions on the campus to press for a rollback of the decision.“The NSUI has separated from the JSAC owing to its modus operandi which borders on a political gimmick,” said Mr. Lubana.The JSAC now includes members of the Panjab University Students’ Union, Students’ Front, and Students’ Organisation of India. Other students’ body at the university, including Students For Society and Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad, did not join the committee.On Tuesday, a protest organised on the campus against fee hike turned violent after the students and the police clashed. Twenty-two policemen were injured, while 52 students were arrested on charges of rioting and damage to public property.Renewed stirThe Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC), meanwhile, intends to resume its agitation if the fee hike order is not withdrawn.last_img read more

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Final solution to ULFA demands very soon: Rijiju

first_imgUnion minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday most of the demands of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA are “worth considering” and a final solution is expected “very soon“.“The peace talk with the Arabinda Rajkhowa faction of the ULFA is going on very well and with confidence. We genuinely feel that maximum demands by the pro-talk Arabinda Rajkhowa faction are worth considering,” the minister of state for home affairs told reporters here.He, however declined to comment on details, but said “I can only say that we are giving a serious consideration to their demands for a final solution very soon“.When asked about when the solution can be expected, he said “we cannot give any time line.Asked specifically whether the ULFA’s prime demand for sovereignty of Assam is negotiated during the talks, Rijiju said “there is no question of sovereignty at all. If sovereignty, there cannot be any talk. The talk is within the framework of the Indian Constitution“.“I am not even mandated to speak anything which is beyond the Indian Constitution,” he said.last_img read more

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Ushering in year’s cropping season in Assam: Season of seeds

first_imgAs we wait for the monsoon to arrive, the year’s planting season has been ushered in by the Tiwas of Assam with the vibrant Wanchuwa festival. This is a significant festival for the Tiwas, one of the major ethnic groups of Assam.The two-day Wanchuwa festival is usually marked by the sacrifice of a pig and prayers being offered for a bountiful harvest.As spring comes to an end with a flourish and makes way for the rains, Tiwa communities in Karbi Anglong district perform the ritual sacrifice, which is accompanied by dances performed by young men of the community wearing brilliant tangerine head scarves. Following traditional custom, women winnow rice grains by hand and the men then ceremonially pound the rice into powder in large wooden mortars. Brewing fresh rice beer is also a major part of the festival. Agriculture is the mainstay of the 3.16 lakh-strong Tiwa community, who practise shifting cultivation and grow paddy, sesame, ginger, mustard and chilli.The Tiwas believe strongly that the Wanchuwa festival with its sacrifices, dances and rituals blesses seedlings and wards off natural calamities that damage the harvest. (Images and Text by Ritu Raj Konwar)last_img read more

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