BERLIN, Germany, Friday March 8, 2019 – Guyana has been named the number one “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world.
The award was presented to the Director of the
Guyana Tourism Authority, Brian Mullis, at the ITB global travel trade fair in
The second annual “Best of Top 100” Awards is a
selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who
reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide.
The newly created “Best of Ecotourism” category was added this year and put
Guyana up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations like
Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia and the Galapagos Islands in
“Guyana has expended considerable effort in recent
years not only to develop new and innovative eco-friendly tourism products as a
part of the national Green State Development Strategy, but also to incorporate
sustainable tourism best practice into all aspects of its strategy, planning
and programming while educating the
world about its deep commitment to maximising the positive socio-economic and
conservation outcomes from tourism,” said Mullis.
“It is a tremendous honour for us to be recognized
globally alongside our fellow leaders in eco- and sustainable tourism.”
When asked about Guyana’s selection as number one in
the “Best of Ecotourism” category, President of the Green Destinations
Foundation Albert Salman, said the Top 100 Awards jury was impressed by the
dossier prepared by the Guyana Tourism Authority for the nomination and by the success
stories submitted of Surama and Rewa.
“Both these eco lodges have ambitious and admirable
goals and successes, are community-owned and led, and aim at preserving
Guyana’s ecosystems and indigenous traditions. The jury also liked that Guyana
has a policy of a ‘Green, Inclusive and Prosperous Guyana’ that provides a good
quality of life for all its citizens based on a sound education and social
protection, low-carbon resilient development, green and decent jobs, economic
opportunities, individual equality, justice, and political empowerment,” he
Guyana is positioned as the next must-see
destination for travellers. With daily non-stop flights already available from
New York, Miami and Toronto and direct routes available from Europe through
sister Caribbean countries, and it being the only English-speaking country in
South America, travellers can experience vibrant indigenous culture, rich
history, and hospitable and friendly people in the language both parties know
Guyana has also recently become the first country to adopt the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s International Adventure Travel Guide Qualification & Performance Standards.
Death By Drowning: Italian Authorities Say No Foul Play Suspected in Case of Bahamians Pulled From River
TURIN, Italy, Monday June
24, 2019 –
Autopsies on two Bahamian men whose bodies were pulled from a river in Turin,
Italy earlier this month have concluded that they died from accidental
But the father of 28-year-old psychology Ph.D. student Blair John –
who had met up in the Italian city with his college friend Alrae Ramsey, a Bahamian
Foreign Service Officer who was the other man found in the Po River – does not accept
his son drowned.
According to Italian news outlets, preliminary results determined
the deaths were accidental and no foul play had been uncovered. Additional details
in the report indicate that both men had alcohol in their system before somehow
falling into the river but the toxicology report indicated that their alcohol
levels were not high enough for them to have been drunk.
Investigators suggest that it’s possible one of the men slipped or
jumped into the water and the other went to save him and they both drowned.
But John’s mother Cathleen Rahming told local media after his body
was found on June 5, a day after Ramsey’s, that he was fit and a strong
swimmer. Now the autopsy has been released, his father, Randolph John is
adamant his son could not have drowned.
He told the Bahamas Tribune that if the men did drown, it meant they
were “incapacitated” before being tossed in the river. He also rejected the
idea that his son or Ramsey did drugs.
“If I was born three times again I wouldn’t accept that. If it was
in fact a drowning then it means that they were incapacitated prior to being
thrown in the river. That’s what it would mean,” he said.
“I know my son and I know his friend. They probably might drink a
little bit of alcohol but these are civilized persons with their heads screwed
on right. Do you reach that point in your life at that age, if you’re not
John, a St Augustine’s College graduate of Class of 2009 who was
near completion of his Ph.D. in Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, had travelled to Turin to present an academic
paper at a psychology conference.
Ramsey was employed with his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
from December 2013, and was formerly posted at the Bahamas Embassy in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti as third Secretary/Vice-consul in 2016-2017. Last year,
he was granted an In-Service Award to pursue a one-year Postgraduate Diploma
programme at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria for the September 2018
to June 2019 period. But sometime last week, he went to Turin.
The men both attended the same high school, Saint Augustine’s
College in New Providence.
Their bodies are to be returned to The Bahamas for burial. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was working assiduously with funeral homes in Turin and Nassau to have the bodies repatriated to The Bahamas as quickly as possible, so that they can be turned over to their families.
Illegal Haitian Migrants Apprehended in The Bahamas
NASSAU, The Bahamas, Monday June 24, 2019 – A joint operation by
the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT)
with the support of Bahamas Immigration Department has resulted in the
apprehension of a Haitian sailing vessel with 100 undocumented Haitian nationals.
The vessel was
intercepted approximately 30 nautical miles northwest of Inagua around 2:20
p.m. last Thursday, accoding to the RBDF.
helicopter spotted the vessel and the Defence Force interceptor stationed in
Inagua subsequently apprehended it. The vessel was later assisted by HMBS
The migrants – 89 males, 11 females – were transported to Inagua where they were handed over to Immigration authorities for processing.
Guyana President and Opposition Leader to Meet on CCJ Ruling
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday June 24, 2019 – President David Granger has invited Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to meet with him to discuss the political situation in Guyana resulting from last week’s decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that the no-confidence motion passed against the coalition government last December was valid and the appointment of the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was unconstitutional.
The two are
expected to meet at the Ministry of the Presidency after today, when the CCJ makes
the consequential orders arising from its ruling last Tuesday.
The invitation to
Jagdeo was made in a letter dated June 20, sent on behalf of Granger by Director
General, Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.
Harmon said that
the letter serves to demonstrate President Granger’s commitment to “engagement
and dialogue” with the Opposition Leader in the interest of the development of
According to the
letter, the meeting will be held at the Ministry of the Presidency “at a time
convenient” to both parties “after Monday, June 24, 2019”.
The CCJ will today
hear from all parties on what should happen next after the court ruled that the
December 21 no confidence was properly passed with 33 votes in the 65-seat
National Assembly, and that President Granger acted outside the Constitution
when he unilaterally appointed retired Justice James Patterson as GECOM
The CCJ had urged
the parties to consult with each other on what the consequential orders should
be, in an effort to reach consensus.
Under the Guyana Constitution, elections should be held within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion unless an extension is granted by a two-thirds majority vote of the National Assembly.
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