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Date: 22 May 18 07:04pm
Linden Stewart“Fear could either be the basis on which you avoid something or embrace it as a stepping stone to realising what lies beyond such boundaries.”By Sharmain CornetteFlirting with danger has essentially become a routine for Linden Stewart, whose daily activities could prove to be fatal for those who are inexperienced, ignorant of the facts, or quite simply incapable of withstanding the venomous stings exerted by Africanised bees.Yes, Stewart is one of the more popular bee hive extractors known to these shores as over the years he chose to master that art. He even has some 100 hives which he manages, along with a friend, Aubrey Roberts, at apiaries situated at several strategic locations along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, including Kuru Kururu, Long Creek, Yarrowkabra and Dora.In fact, he has not just been able to extract these so-called killer bee hives from the most undesirable of locations in urban, rural and interior locations, but he has also over the years even learned to diversify – producing all sorts of by-products including bees wax candles, soaps, floor and shoe polishes, vaseline and ornaments.With the honey and diversified products garnered from the operation of the apiaries, Stewart has been the driving force behind Kingdom Apiary Products and Supplies, a business which he co-founded to market the year-round yields. Though the business is based at his 68 Adelaide Street, Charlestown, Georgetown home, the bee-dependent entrepreneur also utilises a section of Gafoor’s Houston Mall to further his trade.In essence, the 193-centimetre (six feet, four inches) tall fellow has been able to make a decent living simply by learning how to understand Africanised Bees and realising their total benefits. At the age of 49, Stewart is still on a vigorous mission to take the management of bees locally to another level. Although he has not attended a single university to gain his knowledge of the tropically inclined honey producing bees, Stewart possesses a wealth of information that has seen him rendering his bee-rearing and removal skills to not only his neighbours and friends, but even to Central Government.But dealing with bees directly was never Linden Stewart’s ambition. In fact he admitted that he, like most human beings, was extremely fearful of Africanised bees. It was as a young boy that Stewart realised that “fear could either be the basis on which you avoid something or embrace it as a stepping stone to realising what lies beyond such boundaries.”The apiarist recalls when at the tender age of 14 he first attempted to extract a bee hive from a tree aback of the Botanical Gardens. Stewart remembers he was in the company of his boyhood pal, Christopher Menezes. The two had a similar liking for the honey that the hives contained and together theorised that since mosquitoes seemed to have a dislike for smoke, bees would be no more inclined to remain in a smoke-engulfed environment.“We would go down to the back of the gardens and look for bees in the wild…And we would usually take a long bamboo, we would tie a bag on it and light it with fire and then when it is fully alight we would blow the fire out and leave the bag smoking.”Exhibiting two bee hives.Stewart recounted that on one occasion when the smoking bamboo was hoisted into a bee-infested tree, instead of simply calming the bees, the hive was disturbed. Having been disturbed the bees started to swarm, administering venomous stings, causing the two lads to drop their smoking bamboo and abandon their intended quest, seeking refuge in a nearby canal.But though they were very much afraid of the stings, the honey the bees produced was far too luring for them to just give up. “We met another friend and he told us that we were doing it (smoking the bees) wrong so he took us in Howes Street (Charlestown) to meet a man – Hensley DeSouza – who was the best bee handler in Guyana.”Though he wanted to be a part of the adventure to track down and extract bees, the young Stewart would remain in the background as DeSouza showcased his skills of calming the bees with smoke using his custom-made bee-heaping smoker.“I was afraid, very, very afraid and I would stay about a block away.”But though he was afraid, he would pay keen attention to every move that DeSouza made and eventually his passion would conquer his fear.“I looked at everything he was doing and I copied everything. I kept going over and over and over with him until I went to catch a swarm on my own.”He would make his first solo bee extraction from a water pipe situated aback of the Guyana Defence Force’s Camp Ayanganna compound. Applying the smoking methodology he learned, the young Stewart had championed the process, shedding fear at the same time.Having mastered the art, Stewart decided to construct his own habitat for his captured bees building hives out of pine wood from abandoned houses. His first hive was in the backyard of his great aunt’s 140 Sixth Street, Alberttown home. However, his boyhood passion would be short-lived as gaining an education was deemed far more important than his fascination with bees.You see, Stewart, the second of eleven siblings, was born to Olga Peters, a homemaker, Wholesale China Jerseys, and Hector Emanuel Stewart, a very well educated gentleman, whose intellectual ability was of such multiplicity it was exhibited in the several career endeavours he successfully pursued – being a prominent architect, a print shop owner and reputable cartoonist were outstanding qualities for one man to possess, hence it propelled him and by extension his family to a level of eminence in society. As an architect, the senior Stewart’s profession took him to various locations across the country. And it was at Ituni in the North West District where he was stationed, when his wife gave birth to his second son, Linden Stewart, on the 22nd day of November, 1961.The nature of his father’s work would see Linden, and his older brother Silvan, from a very young age, travelling far and wide across the country.“Because of my father’s job we went from Mahdia to Parika to Bartica and we stayed at all of the best places because of who my father was perceived to be; because he was such an educated man.”However, both Linden and his brother were entrusted into the care of their paternal grandmother, Carolyn Stewart, who resided at Sixth Street, Alberttown, when they reached schooling age. She was duly recognised by the Stewart family as the “mother of the family, ” having raised seven children of her own and 15 grandchildren.Linden attended St Ambrose Anglican School and later the Queenstown Roman Catholic School. He also did some skills training at the Kingston Industrial Arts Centre and was even exposed to librarian and book-binding studies. By this time he was in the care of his great aunt, Marian Rocker, as his grandmother had migrated to the United States and his mother and father had separated. Risking all to extract some bees.In order to help with his own upkeep, the young Stewart would work at a bakery at the weekends and during the school holidays, to complement the pension his aunt received. After completing school, he was drafted into the Guyana Prison Service and would become an Assistant Prison Officer over a period spanning 1980 to 1984. He would resign from that profession in order to evade a transfer from Georgetown to the Mazaruni Prisons, a move which would have seen him leaving his girlfriend and first born child Renita behind.He has a younger daughter, 15-year-old Tamala, who he prides himself with raising since she was one year old. He later became a security inspector attached to the Guyana Guard Service.But even before the birth of his youngest daughter, Stewart had tried his hand at being a deckhand on one of his uncle’s fishing vessels and narrowly escaped a watery demise in March of 1985.“I was just about 22 and I was studying that I needed to do something to secure my future…” It was at this very point of his life that Stewart would recall all that he had learned about bees when he was just a boy.Armed with some boxes, which he transformed into hives, Stewart’s bee-keeping passion was reignited, first as a hobby and then into a full blown money-making enterprise in 1989. He had his first three hives in his backyard and would furnish them with bees as he extracted them at a cost from various locations. At the time he resided in West Ruimveldt, Georgetown.“I caught bees and brought them home and every year I would extract about two gallons of honey from each hive…I liked the way things were going, ” Stewart said.But as fate would have it, the hives became the target of young brick-throwing lads, who Stewart repeatedly warned to stay away. It was a Sunday, he remembered, that one lad threw a big enough brick which succeeded in hitting one of the hives down.“I was in the kitchen, but I heard when it fell…it sounded like a pile of books had fallen. I didn’t know it was a hive at the time, so I went investigating to see which of my books had fallen but everything was intact. It was when I looked through the window it was like rain falling. Bees were everywhere, and then I heard my neighbour screaming ‘oh God whey deh coming from.’”Realising the dilemma, Stewart instinctively engaged his bee-extraction mode, strapping on merely his mesh face veil and firing up his bee-heaping smoker. He was able to plug the fallen hive, but could do nothing to stop the hundreds that had already escaped that were wreaking havoc in the neighbourhood.At the end of the near 15-minute-long ordeal there were dead dogs, goats, fowls and ducks in the neighbourhood, all of which Stewart had to replace. A second, but not so fatal incident would occur, but this time the Ministry of Agriculture was called in, ordering Stewart to remove his hives from the residential location.“I had a good relationship with my neighbours so maybe that ensured that I didn’t get into too much trouble. So I ended up taking my bees to a friend’s place up at Ogle.”But it would seem that goodwill was not on his side as an aerial crop-spraying exercise would see insecticide entering the hives thereby killing every bee he had. Stewart however, did not become discouraged and with the support of his friend Aubrey Roberts (who was among the first batch of students at President’s College and learned about bee keeping), founded Kingdom Apiary.In taking the lead in the whole initiative Stewart has since educated himself by doing his own research and consulting with experts. He learnt a great deal after attending the third Apiculture Congress in Jamaica in 2001 and has since been working diligently in his quest to “take bee keeping in Guyana where no one ever imagined. I hope to take it very, very far, ” said an optimistic Stewart.In addition to helping the Guyana Defence Force realise its bee-keeping potential and introducing his tactics to Amerindian communities at the request of Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Stewart has also been offering his knowledge to students of the North Georgetown and Waramadong Secondary Schools on a voluntary basis.In fact, having been exposed to Stewart’s apiculture teaching, North Georgetown recorded its best performance in Agriculture Science last year, represented by the nine grade ones, 18 grade twos and six grade threes candidates secured.With genuine passion and a sustained commitment towards furthering bee keeping in Guyana, Linden Stewart can be considered a special person.
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Date: 22 May 18 07:04pm
HAMPSHIRE, Cheap Jerseys From China, CORENTYNE – Fifteen families from Fyrish, Albion and Hampshire Villages and Rose Hall Town on the Corentyne received food hampers compliments of the Central Corentyne Lion’s Club recently.Secretary of the organisation, Seseupaul Jhagroo, explained that these persons were selected by members based on their financial situation. This donation, though late, was in observance of World Service Day – October 8th. The Club spans the boundaries of Borlam and Tarlogie with a membership of 16. The Central Corentyne Lion’s Club is now trying to reclaim its former status. According to Mr. Jhagroo, membership had declined due to migration and other factors and this affected the functioning of the organisation. Most of the members are said to be newcomers.Other activities planned for the 2009/2010 fiscal year include a Lion’s Re-dedication to the Cause, Ladies’ Night, a gymkhana, painting of road signs, a medical outreach programme, sprucing up of the Port Mourant Bus Shed and an in-house award ceremony.A Bar-B-Que would be held on November 21st to raise funds for the Needy Children Christmas Party which is set for December 12th. The Central Corentyne Lion’s Club was established on May 15th, 1973.
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Date: 22 May 18 07:04pm
The Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development yesterday hosted a workshop for the Regional Engineers Department and Works Committee, in an effort to target issues surrounding overpayments to contractors for various projects in the ten administrative regions; from the issue of preparation of bills of quantities, to the completion of projects.The venue was the Guyana International Convention Centre.The workshop being conducted at the Convention Centre yesterday.Emphasis was being placed on the duties of officers who are tasked with the responsibility of assessing works and recommending payments-the area in which overpayments occur.Minister of Local Government, Ganga Persaud, addressing the Convention Centre yesterday, said that his Ministry is hoping to put an end to the poor works being reflected in the Auditor General’s report.Regional officers all gathered at the Turkeyen venue for the workshop. One of the Regional Executive Officers, Deolall Rooplall, was tasked with presenting on the “Budget and Fiscal Management Act”. Design and Preparation of the Bill of Quantities was done by Mr. Kheeraj from the Ministry of Public Works.Mr. Budhan Nipan, of the Expenditure Planning and Management Unit, presented the topic – Monitoring and evaluating the projects.Functionality of the Works Committee was presented by Mr. Peter Ramotar, another REO.The workshop also dealt with the issue of Payments and Overpayments; presenting on this was the Works and Structures Department of the Audit Office of Guyana.Prior to the workshop, Minister Persaud had explained that “overpayment” in this sense does not mean that contractors getting more than the contract sum, but that they are paid for works which they were not able to complete for whatever reasons.Overpayments have been repeatedly featured in reports of the Auditor General. There have reportedly been numerous instances of overpayments to contractors by some regions.These overpayments were as a result of payments made for works without prior assessments. Heads of some agencies have recovered monies, but others did not.It was reported that despite contracts being incomplete, officers from the works department of the region continue to certify payments.Persaud yesterday noted that while many may want to point fingers for various political reasons, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, there are persons from the various political parties who are members of the Works Committee who would report that the works were “satisfactorily” done. This, he explained, is how payments are being issued.He added that if Regional Officers feel that their salaries are too small, “they should find another job.”
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Date: 22 May 18 07:04pm
By Rabindra Rooplall in Panama CityWith every member country of the Organization of American States underscoringSummit leaders who attended the event at the sprawling ATLAPA Conference Centre.their perspectives on inequality at the recent Summit of the Americas, the event closed with a promise that it will deliver a historic opportunity to revitalize hemispheric relations.Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar was among three heads of government who were absent from the Seventh Conference of the Americas hosted in Panama. The country is however being represented by Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and Ambassador Bayney Karran.The buzz surrounding the summit was the historic meeting between Cuba and the US after more than 50 years of embargo.The central theme of this year’s summit was ‘Prosperity with equity: the challenge of cooperation in the Americas’.  Heads of States addressed the growing global concern of rising inequality, a problem that has come increasingly to the fore, after Oxfam International released a report claiming that one per cent of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99 per cent by 2016.Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries.Such inequality is all too prevalent across Latin America, widely regarded as the world’s most unequal region.  Yet while inequality has been gradually shrinking in the poorest countries over the past decade, developed nations such as the United States are today seeing the gap between the haves and have-nots widen.“Inequality is no longer a Latin American issue, but rather a hemispheric issue, because the region’s most developed countries are also facing growing conditions of inequality. There is the accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few households, Jerseys NFL Wholesale, while large sectors of their society are being excluded, ” according to Secretary General of the OAS Jose Miguel Insulza.At the conclusion of the recent summit officials agreed that the Americas will look to seize the opportunity in Panama and work towards a more unified, more prosperous, more equal region than ever before.Already there are plans afoot for the Eighth Summit which will be held in Peru in 2018.The announcement was made at the conclusion of the seventh Summit of the Americas on Saturday by the host-country Panama. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has already given his consent, according to reports.The Summit of the Americas is a gathering of countries from the Western Hemisphere in which policy solutions to urgent regional challenges are discussed. It takes place every three years.The Summit of the Americas 2015 started on Friday evening and concluded on April 11. The event was attended by delegations from 35 countries and the leaders of 33 states.
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Date: 22 May 18 07:03pm
The National Task Force will hold its first meeting on Thursday in the boardroom of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC).This was disclosed on Saturday by Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, who also revealed that over fifty invitees are expected to attend, including members of the diplomatic corps, Cheap Jerseys For Sale, officials from the Netherlands and technical personnel.“The task force will begin its work immediately, and phase one of the task force’s reports is scheduled to be completed for May 2016 and will include the short term measures for works that will ensure we can at least drain more efficiently.”He stated that the more permanent solutions to the drainage problem, contained in the second phase, will be completed by May 2017, and the third/final phase would be concluded in May 2020.“This will be the completed work nationwide, including rehabilitation and urban renovation.” Patterson enunciated.Following on the heels of massive flooding throughout the country that saw Guyana endure a record-breaking 8.3 inches of rainfall, cabinet awarded the task force $36M to carry out its mandate. Its overall responsibility is to oversee the country’s drainage and irrigation systems, in addition to the requisite recommendations for improvements.Retired Major General Joe Singh will head the task force, which will also include Charles Sohan, Malcolm Ally, Egbert Carter, Andrew Bishop, Stanley Ming, Joseph Holder, Charles Ceres and Dr. David Singh. It is also expected that members of the Guyana Association of Professional Engineers (GAPE), the Private Sector, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) as well as representatives from various Ministries will be a part of the task force.The areas expected to be targeted during the planning phase are drainage, solid waste management, the removal of derelict vehicles, traffic management, the renewal and sustainability of urban physical structure and improved welfare management for the homeless and the addicted.With the majority of Guyana’s population living in the low–lying coastal regions, the rising sea-levels linked to global warming, coupled with heavy rainfall has seen to it that homes, businesses, hospitals, and schools are constantly under floodwaters. Coastal portions of Guyana sit from 19.7 inches (0.5 metre) to 39.4 inches (1 metre) below sea level.About 25 percent of the coast is protected by seawalls, 60 percent by mangroves, and 15 percent by natural sandbanks. As a protection mechanism, the seawalls have sluice gates to allow floodwaters from heavy rains and high tides to drain. However, the gates are controlled by gravity and cannot open if the tide is too high.
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