Shabna Ullah

GuySuCo could be rationalised to four estates

-major announcement on sugar expected in budget speech today

-land for workers on the tableBy Shabna Rahman With the 2017 budget to be presented today, a major announcement is likely on the way forward for sugar with GuySuCo Chairman Dr Clive Thomas telling Stabroek News on Friday of a possible rationalisation of the industry to four estates.

Life in Moraikobai

What the People Say

Facing the effects of a prolonged dry season and the depletion of the forest as well as a poor price for lumber, residents of Moraikobai, Region Five share what life is like for them in their community: Havan Smith Havan Smith, logger, ‘At this time the logging business slow up a lot, especially in the market area with the price.

Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast

Onderneeming on the Essequibo Coast is well known as the home of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC), the institution that houses minors who have been in trouble with the law, but it is gaining more attention now since the establishment of the Rooster Resort and Fun Park.

GAICO launches US$1m dredge

With the commissioning of the US$1M GAICO Wharf Facility & Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge at Nismes, West Bank Demerara yesterday, there is expected to be improved navigation of the rivers.

Matthews Ridge

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah Mathews Ridge, North West District with its hills, mountains and pristine rainforest is magnificent, its people are friendly and hospitable, but the community has a common problem – the state of its main road.

Many West Dem villages hit by flooding 

A flooded street in Meten-Meer-Zorg Becca Henry looks on sadly at her damage Altaf Ahamad and his wife in their flooded apartment – The clogged trench at Meten-Meer-ZorgResidents on the West Coast of Demerara are counting their losses after floodwaters severely damaged items from their homes, business places and kitchen gardens early yesterday morning.


Story and photos by Shabna Ullah   The friendly people of Fellowship, West Coast Demerara welcomed us warmly during an afternoon visit and were happy that their village would be featured in ‘The World Beyond Georgetown.’ They made it clear that the village was separate from Den Amstel, though many people would view the two villages as one,

Heavy winds demolish Cornelia Ida dwellings

Rhonda Jackson and her daughter look on as her sons try to put the pieces back together – An occupied house that crashed to the ground Repairs being done to Ramnauth’s house A zinc sheet wrapped around an electricity line Another peeled-off roofing sheetResidents of Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara suffered major losses when heavy winds sent two houses crashing to the ground and destroyed the roofs of others around 3 pm yesterday.


Students and other passengers disembarking a speedboat Tarmattie Persaud at work on her sewing machine Students strike a pose The depressed community of Plastic City The War Memorial Deborah Hamid Harry Deodharry Ena Peters A stall at the roadside market Kenneth Simon doing laundry Wendy Williams with her granddaughter KendraVreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara was bustling as with dark clouds hanging overhead, everyone was hurrying to get about their business done before the rains came.

Cornelia Ida

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah   Cornelia Ida is one of the largest villages on the West Coast Demerara and a hub for prominent businesses that cater to the needs of residents as well as to nearby communities.

Bus driver dies after injured in Parika lock-ups

-family demands answers from police

Relatives of a 38-year-old minibus driver of Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara are seeking the truth regarding the way he met his death while in police custody after noticing “marks of violence about his body.” Police sources said Zaharudeen Rozan who was arrested sometime on Tuesday evening appeared sick yesterday morning and was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The upcoming elections 

Interviews and photos by Shabna Ullah As the date for general elections draws nearer we asked members of the public whether they are excited and would be voting  Noel Parkinson, NIS pensioner, ‘I’m not excited about the elections because as a Christian I don’t get into politics.

Bonasika Mission

Story and photos by Shabna Ullah   Farming is the main source of income in the indigenous community of Bonasika Mission, Essequibo Islands but the problem is that there is not enough land.