Guyana/Brazil celebrate 50 years of bilateral relations

first_img…commemorative stamp launchedA commemorative stamp was on Friday launched at the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s South Road, Georgetown office as Guyana celebrated 50 years of bilateral relations with Brazil. In attendance at the event were subject Minister Carl Greenidge, Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes, Deputy Head of Mission of the Brazilian Embassy Paulo Silos, and several others.The stamp will also be launched in Brazil on October 26, although it is currently available in two denominations at the cost of some $200 and $80 locally.Greenidge reminded that Guyana established formal relations with the neighbouring country on August 26, 1986, and the two countries have since closely collaborated in the areas of education, health and technical cooperation, among other areas.Greenidge said, “Over the subsequent 50 years (since establishment of relations), our two countries have solidified relations through close collaboration… These matters are being pursued, (and) continue to be pursued under the variety of mechanisms that were established over the years”.He added that, in recent years, the two countries have intensified their bilateral relations through a series of “high level encounters”.The Deputy Head of Mission of the Brazilian Embassy, Paulo Silos, endorsed Minister Greenidge’s statement and added that the stamp has a powerful message attached, as it is available to all.“A stamp is not just a tiny stamp or a strip of paper. We should not be fooled by small size, as it portrays its true importance and significance. The stamp, in many ways, is better than the visible monument, because a monument is erected in one place, a stamp however has its own powerful impact, as it is not restricted spatially,” he said.Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes told the gathering that the stamp is a testimony of the good relations existing between the two countries. “Today’s official launching of the commemorative stamp is one more symbol of the good, strong, neighbourly relations between the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana,” she noted.This stamp happens to be third one produced in recent years to celebrate bilateral relations with Brazil. The first one was launched in 2003 to observe the countries’ 35 years of partnership; the second was produced in 2009 to mark the official commissioning of the Takutu Bridge, which links Guyana and Brazil.Also released on Friday was a 15-minute documentary on the two countries, which captures various aspects of the two nations.In observance of the 50-year-long relationship, a safari will be heading to Brazil next month. This happens to be the first time that the South Rupununi Safari, organised by Rainforest Tours, will be leaving the country.last_img read more

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GARDAI NOW INTERVIEWING A DOZEN DONEGAL PEOPLE ABOUT €20M SCAM

first_imgA number of Donegal victims of French conman Francois de Dietrich have now contacted Gardai after losing money in the infamous €20 million scam.Donegaldaily.com has learned that detectives from Letterkenny are now interviewing at least a DOZEN people in relation to the get-rich-scheme.Up until recently Gardai had only received a small amount of official complaints about the missing investment money. But that number is now growing rapidly as De Dietrich refuses to return to Ireland to answer charges against him.All these investors contacted the Gardai in recent weeks to make official complaints after De Dietrich fled the country with their cash.The detectives have taken statements about their investments and their dealings with the businessman who was based in Ballybofey until before Christmas.One of the men interviewed told donegaldaily this morning that more and more people are coming forward to tell how they lost money in the scheme. “I think there is a lot of embarrassment around the scheme that people haven’t wanted to go public on it.“People have been thinking that they would eventually get their money back but that’s beginning to look less likely.“I think most people who invested in the scheme now realise they will be lucky to get their money back nevermind make any profit from it,” he said.At least 200 people from across Donegal invested various sums of cash in the scheme with De Dietrich’s company ETIC Solutions.The company claimed they could make a profit of 40% on the initial investment in a matter of just weeks by buying liquidated stock and selling it on at huge profits. A small minority of people did receive a profit but most have been left high and dry despite promise after promise by ETIC Solutions.De Dietrich has been sentenced to 18 months in prison by the High Court in Belfast for contempt of court.However he has twice failed to appear and nobody is certain of his whereabouts at present.Ends GARDAI NOW INTERVIEWING A DOZEN DONEGAL PEOPLE ABOUT €20M SCAM was last modified: April 19th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Francois de DietrichLetterkenny Gardaiscamlast_img read more

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Visitors to mountain ski resorts are transported back in time

first_imgWhile Lake Arrowhead has no official “town center,” its Village serves as the main shopping district, with 50 factory outlets, boutiques, restaurants and a supermarket. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger chose Lake Arrowhead Village as the backdrop for a news conference last fall, when he urged tourists to return to the fire-blackened communities. “Our business is doing well here. We’ve come back after the fires and just had a real surge of shoppers,” said Linda Griffith, spokeswoman for Lake Arrowhead Village. “The shopping experience here is nice because most of the business owners are local residents, and it’s a friendly environment.” The communities also have holiday events planned for December, including weekend visits with Santa and performances by the Dickens Carolers from Rim of the World High School. Ten minutes to the west of Lake Arrowhead lies Blue Jay Village, home to Betty’s General Store, the historic Royal Oak Restaurant and County Furniture, which specializes in mountain-theme furnishings. It’s also the location of Jensen’s Finest Foods, the oldest grocery store on the mountain with renowned baked goods including breads, tortillas, chips and pastries. “They have busloads of people come in for their baked goods,” Griffith said. “They have a Bavarian chocolate brownie that I love.” Holidays and especially chocolate are a big draw in the mountains. Big Bear Valley celebrates the delectable treat in a unique fashion that also showcases its bed and breakfasts. The Holiday Bed and Breakfast Chocolate Tour, held this year the first weekend in December, invites visitors to admire the beautifully decorated lodgings while sampling chocolate. In some places, visitors were encouraged to taste it, in others to make it and at one stop, the delicacy was served up as a decadent facial treatment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nestled among the snow-capped peaks and tall pine forests, the quaint hamlets and resort towns that dot the San Bernardino Mountains draw visitors yearning for slices of a simpler life. A stroll through Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear or Blue Jay Village can be like a trip back in time – back to the days of general stores and family cafes. “People come into our store to just get away from a busy life and to walk around and enjoy the environment,” said Jay Tait, owner of the 28-year-old Bear Mountain Trading Company in Big Bear Lake. “There’s a lot of nostalgia in the store.” Wander upstairs in Tait’s place and find a room stocked year-round with Christmas ornaments and decorations. An old-fashioned candy counter sells jawbreakers, licorice and assorted “penny” treats. The store also sells its own brand of jams, jellies and sauces, along with an array of wildlife d cor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIn neighboring Lake Arrowhead, Sondra’s/Tattle Tails is among the most popular stops for shoppers in search of women’s and children’s clothing. “If you buy an outfit there, you won’t find another person in another one of those outfits anywhere else,” said Leslie McLellan, director of marketing and tourism for the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce. “It’s the quintessential women’s clothing store.” The same hospitable vibe can be felt at Woody’s Boathouse, a family-owned steak and seafood restaurant that has operated on the peninsula of Lake Arrowhead for 16 years. The walls are lined with dozens of vintage photographs of movie stars and of the early days of the village. The booths are crafted from the old wooden Chris Craft boats that used to travel the lake in bygone days. “Every seat has a great lake view,” said general manager Dee Dee Romack, whose father, Randy, owns the restaurant. last_img read more

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