What’s really cooking in Guyana?

first_img Oct 27, 2016 Related Posts Share this on WhatsApp Prospects good for agriculture in Cayman Islands –… center_img What sparked my effort to understand Guyanese food culture, and the potential of this sector, was a conversation I overheard a few years ago at an internet café in Bourda, Georgetown about the apparent disappearance of a fruit called bird-shit. I had been returning to Guyana for annual visits and had already reacquainted myself with such fruits delights as Awara, Dunks, Genip, Gooseberry, Jamoon, Sapodilla, Maumee, Soursop, Tamarind, Kuru, Whitey, Five Fingers, Sourie/One Finger/Blim Blim, Simatoo, as well as Cheese & Bread, Fat Pork, and Stinking Toe. Even with such a seemingly endless array of fruits, I wondered at the loss of such a colorfully named fruit, and about what other foods might be endangered. Who knows, bird-shit could be the proverbial “canary in the mine,” warning of diminishing biodiversity and missed opportunities for food sustainability and security. Read more at: Stabroek News  Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… (Stabroek News) – Food is so central to human life and culture that a West African proverb maintains that “There is no god quite like our stomach, as we must make sacrifices to it every day!” In fact, every culture is identified by, among other means, a distinctive cuisine and thus through food tells of its unique adaptation to the environment. Today there is a growing interest in sustainable food, with roots in the 1970s Slow Food movement, emphasizing local agriculture, optimal nutrition and environmental justice. Although typically trivialized as a mere necessity, food is an undisputed force and could be a site of empowerment against the hazards of commercial food industries. Guyana’s rich history and geography positions it to contribute to the modern sustainable food movement. Guyana’s food sector should be a public policy priority in light of foodways’ strong cultural relevance and current trends in ecotourism, sustainable agriculture and diets. Guyanese understand the significance of being called a “nyam go way,” a name given to someone who visits someone’s home and eats, but leaves too quickly to gyaff or meaningfully interact.  Similarly, an Italian tradition maintains that it is ineffective to engage others on an empty stomach. Such entrenched values affirm the significance of food beyond sustenance and satiation. Guyana’s food environment is sufficiently unique to secure Protected Designation of Origin branding for food products like Casareep, cane sugar, aged rums and unique fruit wineslast_img read more

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State Housing Agencies battered by crunch

first_imgAll states have housing-finance agencies, which either originate mortgage loans to state residents or guarantee loans made by lenders. In 2007, state housing agencies issued $17 billion in bonds that funded 126,611 mortgages. In 2008, some agencies were on track to exceed 2007’s levels, until September when the credit markets froze.Now, at a time when housing-finance agencies’ services are needed more than ever, most states have sharply curtailed their housing-finance operations. A handful of states, including California, Texas and Wisconsin, have suspended their mortgage-lending programs altogether.Wall Street Journallast_img read more

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Vacuum technology used for transport of the future

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Dearman to host event on air quality

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My digital life … Philip Houghton

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

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Promotions at Hill Dickinson

first_imgThose promoted to legal director include Colin Navelle (shipping), based in Liverpool; Tony McDonach (PI & regulatory) based in the London City office; Caroline Bridger (cargo & logistics) based in the Manchester office; and Shanna Ghose (shipping) of the Singapore office.www.hilldickinson.comlast_img

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Police reservist applications open

first_imgPolice reservist applicants are invited to visit Bishop Lavis police station on Friday February 21, at 9am.To apply, you must be 20 to 50 years old; be physically and mentally fit; be proficient in two official languages, of which one must be English; be prepared to undergo training and take an oath; have a clean criminal record; and have no visible tattoo marks when in SAPS uniform.You must also provide certified copies of your ID, driver’s licence, proof of residence and senior certificate, as well as proof of employment if applicable. Call Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi at 082 302 8437 for details.last_img read more

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‘Snoopers’ charter’ in line for return after Conservative win

first_imgHome secretary Theresa May has signaled her intention to bring forward new communications data legislation in the next parliament – a move likely to be opposed by legal professional bodies. Asked by the BBC this morning in what way her party had been ‘held back’ by being in coalition over the past five years, May cited the Draft Communications Data Bill, dubbed the ‘snoopers’ charter by critics’.  The bill would have required telecommunications and internet providers to retain data about customers’ communications, but Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg withdrew his support and the legislation was blocked.May said she will seek to re-introduce it in the next parliament to increase the security of British people.‘David Cameron has already said and I have said that a Conservative government would be giving the security agencies and law enforcement agencies the powers that they need to ensure that they are keeping up to date as people communicate with data.‘We were prevented from bringing that legislation into parliament in the last government because of the coalition with the Liberal Democrats and we are determined to bring that through because we believe it is what is necessary to maintain the capabilities for our law enforcement agencies such that they can continue to do the excellent job they do day in and day out of keeping us safe and secure.’Any new bill is likely to revive calls for statutory protection for legal professional privilege. The Law Society and Bar Council are among organisations already campaigning for reform of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act following revelations that the security services have intercepted communications between lawyers and their clients.last_img read more

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