Two Britons are believed to be among the crew of a seismic research vessel under effective “ship arrest” today after becoming snarled in a territorial dispute that flared over the weekend between Venezuela and neighbouring Guyana, which dates back over a 100 years to when Guyana was under British control.
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Thursday 07 August 2008
Lost Land of the Jaguar is a funny old beast. Not so much a nature documentary as a documentary about a nature documentary. Its setting, Guyana in South America, is home to one of the largest patches of pristine rainforest in the world, but nefarious logging companies are just aching to chop the place to bits. So a team of scientists, conservationists and film-makers went to the uncharted region to survey its flora and fauna, and use their findings to persuade the Guyanese government – and the international community – of the importance of protecting it. A second, unseen camera crew filmed the first lot for posterity, and this programme was the result.
Sunday 03 August 2008
Sir Peter Kemp: Civil servant who through the implementation of 'Next Steps' brought profound change to Whitehall
Friday 18 July 2008
Peter Kemp was instrumental in profoundly changing the organisation of the Civil Service. He was an outstanding and lateral-thinking administrator who made a reality of the ideas set out in the Prime Minister's Efficiency Unit's 1987 report Next Steps, including distinguishing between – and then reconnecting through a management framework – policy objectives and executive delivery.
Tuesday 15 July 2008
At Bush Hall, Eddy Grant has the audience in the palm of his hand. It has been 22 years since he last toured Britain, and word has been slow to get around: this intimate venue could be fuller. But those who are here know the importance of this Guyana-born, London-raised singer, who was the first black British owner of his studio and songs, and who brought a cutting social edge to slick global reggae hits. This electrifying night feels like living history.
Thursday 10 July 2008
Eddy Grant’s firmly established and highly respected career has been hard-earned, but his achievements speak for themselves.
Thursday 03 April 2008
It all started with Sting, this fad for owning one's very own patch of tropical rainforest, though it is probably unfair to blame him entirely for creating the boom industry that buying up forests piecemeal has become.
Thursday 27 March 2008
A deal has been agreed that will place a financial value on rainforests – paying, for the first time, for their upkeep as "utilities" that provide vital services such as rainfall generation, carbon storage and climate regulation.
Thursday 20 March 2008
When I told friends I was off to Guyana the response was, "Wow, how lovely for you... that's in Africa, right?" I have to confess that, although I graduated recently with a degree in geography, I couldn't place the country on a map either. Guyana is, in fact, in South America and one of the three smallest countries on the continent, along with Suriname and French Guyana. All three run along the northern coast of South America touching the Caribbean Sea.
Saturday 23 February 2008
Monday 28 January 2008
Monday 28 January 2008
Guyana deployed hundreds of soldiers and police in villages near where rampaging gunmen killed 11 people, including five children, and authorities yesterday launched a manhunt for the gang leader they blame for the slaughter.
Saturday 05 February 2005
Tuesday 11 January 2005
Friday 16 April 2004
Monday 01 September 2003
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