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Is it time for a Woman President in Guyana Time to Honour our First Nations October 29, 2011


Friday, October 28, 2011

By:     Valerie Garrido-Lowe   Leader – United Force

I would like to assure the constituents of the United Force that the Party is still alive and well, despite all the efforts by elements inside and outside of the UF to destroy what we stand for as a party and to impede the democratic principles on which the party was built. Their efforts have failed.


I would like my fellow Guyanese to know, especially my Amerindian brothers and sisters whom I have committed myself to serve when I accepted the Presidential Nomination of the United Force on May 29, 2011, that my commitment to serve them without fear or favour is unswerving.


My commitment remains resolute on course as it relates to the fight for the rights of Amerindians and all vulnerable groups. The wool that the current regime has placed over our eyes has blinded our constitutional rights for nearly 2 decades. In the case of the Amerindians, the hand outs of gifts in the form of a few solar panels and other basic infrastructure which is the roll and function of any government will no longer blind us…….it just will not suffice. Furthermore, it is the tax payers dollars that are providing these basic necessities.

Brothers and sisters, after consultation with my executives and longstanding UF members, we are now standing on the Alliance for Change platform for the upcoming General and Regional Elections. This is because they have provided a platform for us to continue our struggle to move this country forward.  We have recognized that the Alliance for Change Political Party is the only Party that has similar policies and programmes for the betterment and upliftment of all Guyanese.

And to their credit, they have shown nothing but great respect for the executives and members of the United Force under the leadership of yours truly, Valerie Garrido-Lowe. They have treated me, a woman and an Amerindian with utmost respect and graciousness. I must say this is a welcome change after the terrible treatment of victimization and intimidation meted out to my staff, members of the United Force and myself by Manzoor Nadir and his band of brigands just recently at Unity House.

So, we are joining our voices with a team of enlightened brothers and sisters who, like us, are also committed to the development of Guyana and its people, a team that is committed to the development of all races… where no race is treated as second class!

My brothers and sisters, these elections are not about the United Force Executive Committee and the lawful and unlawful faction of the United Force; it’s about you, the people of Guyana.

We know when you come out in large record numbers and join your voices with our brothers and sisters in the AFC, our voices will be heard and our votes will be counted. The call for change will be heard.

There is something happening not only in Guyana, but in the world, where regimes that have oppressed their citizens for years, are being removed.

There is something unfolding when I speak to Guyanese who are young in age and in spirit – who have never before participated in an election, or at least not in a constructive way, talking about policies and changes they want for their country. There is something happening in the minds of these youths because they know in their hearts that this time around it must be different.

It is heartening to know also that Guyanese, who voted for race because of ethnic influence, are beginning to understand that such reasoning is not going to put food on their tables or get them gainfully employed.

We have to understand that whether we are rich or poor; African Guyanese or Indian Guyanese; Amerindian or Chinese; Portuguese or Europeans; whether we live in region 4 or region 9; 6 or 10; 8 or 2; 5 or 1; 3 or 7; we have to be ready to take this country in a fundamentally new direction that will benefit us all. We must change the foot prints that have been flawed for more than 4 decades, we must change our course. The AFC will lead that change and I am asking all supporters of the UNITED FORCE to join in this united front as we join with the AFC to marshal the nation in this new direction.

This united front must be the new majority who will lead this nation out of the long political darkness it has endured for more than 46 years. We are tired of the division created by ethnic perspective that has been created by the current regime in government. Come November 28, we will get our chance to set things right for ourselves and our children and we must not let this opportunity slip us by.

Nominations Day _ October 27, 2011


Breadfruit Nachos Recipe October 20, 2011

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Remember breadfruit? How many of you liked eating breadfruit. I did not but my mom loved eating this fruit/vegetable but today breadfruit is king and I wish I could get a piece of it sometimes. You never know what you have until you can’t get it.

It looks a bit alien, like a green coconut with goosebumps, and it sounds like an exotic hybrid—is it produce, or a baked good?—but breadfruit is really rather ordinary in many parts of the world.

“Sure, I know what breadfruit is! It grows everywhere in Puerto Rico, where I grew up, and its so good,” says Carmen Eyzaguirre, a Smithsonian librarian in Washington, DC. “It tastes like something between a potato and a plantain.”

According to The Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, breadfruit (artocarpus altilis) grows in almost 90 countries, mostly in the Pacific Islands, southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Central America.

There are hundreds of varieties, but the most ubiquitous are the types propagated by colonial powers as a source of food for slaves in places like the West Indies.

A member of the mulberry family, breadfruit grows on trees that mature quickly and fruit abundantly for many years, which could make it valuable in the fight against world hunger.

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Breadfruit Nachos

1 Breadfruit, mature and firm

2 Tbsp butter

½ to 1 cup grated cheese, such as cheddar or mozzarella Salt

Optional toppings: Salsa, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream

Wash breadfruit and pat dry. Cut it into quarters, lengthwise, and remove the spongy core. Place quarters skin-side down in a pan filled with about an inch of salted water; add garlic if desired. Boil 12-15 minutes or until the flesh is easily pierced with a fork, but still firm.

Remove breadfruit from pan and let it cool. Peel and cut into crescent-shaped slices, about 1/4th-inch thick. Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a skillet (cast-iron works best) on low heat. Add breadfruit slices and fry until they are lightly golden on the bottom. Flip slices, adding more butter if necessary, and melt cheese on top of each one while the underside browns.

Arrange breadfruit slices on a plate like nachos, and sprinkle with sea salt or garlic salt if desired. Top with guacamole, salsa, refried beans, sour cream or whatever else strikes your fancy!

Alternative: Use olive oil instead of butter, and make a Mediterranean version topped with things like pesto, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and/or grated Parmesan cheese.

Breadfruit Cake

¾ cup breadfruit, steamed/boiled and mashed

1 cup honey

½ cup butter

½ cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

¾ tbsp cinnamon

½ cup sour cream

½ cup macadamia nuts, chopped

½ cup raisins

Cream butter and honey. Mix in breadfruit, sugar and vanilla. Sift together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to creamy mixture; add sour cream until well blended. Add nuts and raisins. Pour into buttered or sprayed 8-inch x 8-inch cake pan. Bake at 350º for 1 hour.

Ulu Shrimp Cakes with Macadamia Nut Pesto


½ breadfruit (ulu), steamed/boiled and mashed

1 small onion, diced

6 jumbo shrimp, chopped, or 1 cup crab meat

5 scallion leaves, chopped

2 cups breadcrumbs

1 egg, whisked

Pinch of salt & white pepper

Cooking oil


¼ cup macadamia nuts, chopped

1 cup basil, chopped

1 cup parsley, chopped

½ cup oil

Pinch of salt & white pepper

Mix breadfruit, onion, shrimp or crab, scallions, salt and pepper and form into patties. Dip in egg, then breadcrumbs. Deep fry until golden brown in color. Blend all pesto ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Drizzle a little over the breadfruit cakes, and serve the rest in a bowl as a dipping sauce.


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An interesting website October 13, 2011

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check this out


Oldest man succumbs to influenza October 11, 2011

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Sonny Hendricks, the oldest known man in Guyana died peacefully in bed at his residence in the Moco-Moco community in the Rupununi early yesterday morning.He was 111-years old. Reports from the Rupununi stated that Hendricks, popularly known as ‘Uncle Sonny’, succumbed to influenza.

Sonny hendricks

He leaves to mourn his 95-year old wife and four children.
Hendricks’ death comes just a month after his grandson hanged himself in the Bartica Police Station lock-ups.
This newspaper had featured the centenarian two years ago when he had celebrated his 109th birth anniversary.
At the time he was still tending to his two-acre farm, located some 15 miles from Lethem.


Thanksgiving Day in Canada October 9, 2011

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There are lots of Guyanese living in Canada and today most of them will be eating turkey in addition to all the other Guyanese side-dishes – curry, rice, chow mein and so on.

I remember Thanksgiving at St. Barnabas Church in Phoenix where I was confirmed in as a child, during Thanksgiving Sunday people brought offerings from their farm to offer to the Church – plantains, eddoes, yams, bananas, fruits and so on.  This was then sold to the parishioners and the money went to the Church funds.

Today I thought of some of my old school friends and wondered if I would ever see or hear from them again. The internet is a great tool for connecting but you have to be connected – I thought of Rohan Tiwari, the Tiwaris lived over the bridge in a little house,  Prahalad, Sheila, Tiny, Dyah (Diah) and all the people of Phoenix who lived close by or whom I went to school with.

I think we ought to plan a reunion of students from Success CM School – that would be fabulous for our little villages. We can have a big day feeding the children providing books, gifts and so  while we all have a great time eating and drinking in the old village. How about that? Any takers who feel the same way. We have to start thinking of how to give back to our community that nurtured us as children.  Let’s start the ball rolling.  Let’s give thanks by sharing what we have with those who have not.


Drug bust in Barbados again

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Guyanese people are like a pariah in other Caribbean nations. They do not welcome us with open arms even though, Guyanese are seen as the most hardworking and excellent workers of all the people in the Caribbean, this dark side that others cast upon good Guyanese continues to haunt us.  Simply put Guyanese people are not trusted anymore. We are seen as some kind of a bad influence in an otherwise good nation and this must stop. Most Guyanese are good, law-abiding citizens but for some reason the criminal behaviours of others are tainting all of us. This has to stop.  Today Guyanese and criminals are synonymous.  How can we turn this tide around.

It is election time and if people are sensible they would insist that getting a handle on crime – zero tolerance – should be the top of any agenda following by economic strategy to get people working and well paid. I always say that Guyanese are not afraid of hard work or hardship if they can live in peace. Peace of mind is key. You can work hard but if someone is going to kill you for it or rob you of it what’s the point. Let’s get Guyana back to its roots of non-violent peace-loving people.