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Guyanese selected to be peace pioneer in international youth project

Tiffany Daniels20-year-old Tiffany Daniels of Guyana has been selected as one of thirty-five young participants in the 2010 Nkabom Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme.

Tiffany, a student of Sociology at the University of Guyana, is an ardent youth activist. Beating stiff competition from over 500 other international applicants, she has emerged as Guyana’s sole representative in a group comprising 28 diverse nationalities.

The Nkabom Programme is a flagship project of the Royal Commonwealth Society, the oldest and largest NGO devoted to Commonwealth affairs. The word Nkabom (pronounced ink-a-bom) means 'coming together' in parts of Ghana where the programme was first held in 2004.

In September 2010, thirty five young people aged between 18 and 25 from around the world will gather in Kigali, Rwanda for an interactive 10 day programme focussing on international understanding, peace building and conflict resolution skills. Rwanda, which is the Commonwealth’s newest member state and where the average age is 18 years, will be an ideal setting for an initiative that propagates the potential of young people to be agents of peace and development.

Tiffany Daniels said: “I am delighted to have been offered a place on the programme, especially given its focus on peacebuilding. We ought to envision a world where our children ask what ‘was’ war as opposed to them being caught in this present-day snare. ’’

RCS Youth Programmes Manager, Claire Anholt said: “The standard of applications received this year has been outstanding. The knowledge, experience and perspective that Tiffany will bring to the programme will, I am sure, empower her fellow participants to promote peace within their own communities and in the wider world.’’

Notes to Editors

The Nkabom Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme:

  • actively engages young people in international issues, particularly conflict resolution
  • fosters friendships and encourages the exchange of ideas among people from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • develops a network of young leaders who can pioneer and revitalise peace-building initiatives in their communities, their countries and beyond
  • is directed by young people themselves.

The Royal Commonwealth Society: Founded in 1868, the RCS conducts a range of events and activities aimed at promoting international understanding. Its educational, youth and cultural programmes include one of the world’s oldest and largest schools essay competitions, and an innovative international youth leadership programme. HM Queen Elizabeth II is Patron. Headquartered at the Commonwealth Club in London, the RCS has some 4000 members in the UK and a presence in 40 Commonwealth countries through a network of branches and Commonwealth societies. The RCS is a registered charity in England & Wales (226748). For more details, visit:

Tiffany Daniels:

  • Currently completed a BSc. in Sociology with an unofficial GPA of 3.6 from the University of Guyana, awaiting graduation in November.
  • Youth journalist/secretary for Youth Media Guyana
  • Previous Intern at the Commonwealth Youth Programme Caribbean Centre
  • International Youth Juror for the United Nations Alliance of Civilization's – Plural +
  • Years of extensive involvement with projects of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • Independent Coordinator and Chief Facilitator of UNICEF funded/GuyberNet Facilitated Rights Education Summer Programme in 2008
  • Previous Presidential Candidate for the University of Guyana's Student Society Elections 2009-2010
  • Represented Guyana and the Caribbean in May 2010 at the United Nations Alliance of Civilization's Youth Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Alma mater - St Rose's High School (2000-2005) [top ten graduating student]; The Bishop's High School (Lower 6th Form: 2005-2006)
  • Represented Guyana and the Caribbean at the International Student Week in Ilmenau, Germany (May 2009)

The University of Guyana Guild of Graduates, Ontario

As part of the Calendar of Events to celebrate the 44th Anniversary of Guyana's Independence, the University of Guyana Guild of Graduates, Ontario (UGGGO) will be hosting a talk and video presentation on "The Life and Cultural Practices of the Amerindian People of Guyana" by Lal Balkarran, together with an exhibition of books by Guyanese writers in Toronto.

This event will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010, from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. at the Malvern Library, 30 Sewells Road, Toronto, ON, M1B 3G5.

Mr. Balkaran is the author of several books including An Encyclopaedia of the Guyanese Amerindians, A Photographic Journey and Photographic Scenes of Amerindian Life, and A Photo-journal of the Guyanese Amerindians . He has lived and worked among the Amerindians of Guyana and brings first-hand knowledge to the topic.

Authors interested in displaying their books should contact Ed Yhap 905-470-9648, or Jeanette Singh 416-446-6490, or Harry Hergash 416-626-2897 by June 5, 2010.


Closest major intersection: Sheppard Ave. East and Neilson Rd. Located one block east of Neilson Rd. on the north side of Sewells Rd. (part of the Malvern Community Centre).

Free -Community Centre.

Public Transit

TTC buses #131, 132 & 133 from Scarborough Town Centre.


Bachelors’ and Bachelorettes’ Auction

The final year law students of the University of Guyana with some help from the West Indies and Sri Lanka cricket teams held a bachelor and bachelorette auction in the Savannah Suite of the Le Meridian Pegasus Hotel. The event was held with the aim of acquiring funds to compile a Journal and Yearbook for the final year law students. The highest bidders of the evening would have the opportunity to have lunch with their respective bachelor/bachelorette at the Buddy’s International Hotel.

The bachelors presented to be auctioned brought much delight and excitement to the large female gathering. Considering the fact that there were a greater number of females in attendance as compared to men the response received from the crowd was considerably high. There were a significant requests for the bachelors to 'take it off' by excited females in attendance. They were successful as it relates to two of the bachelors one of which took off both his shirt and vest much to the delight of the ladies in attendance. Despite the fact there were more males than females in attendance the bachelors received considerably lower bids than the bachelorettes. This fact may or may not have been attributed to one of the stipulations stated on the ticket. The stipulation was "Heterosexual bidding only". The bachelor that eventually acquired the highest bid was Mr. Steven Rogers.

The bachelorettes presented were all beautiful and immensely attractive young women. The reception they received by the gathering was very encouraging to the young women and even had the females in attendance cheering. Some of the males in attendance even acquired permission from their female companions to bid on the young women. The highlights of the evening however were the bidding for Melissa Alfred and Samantha Matute. Bidding for Ms. Alfred was intense and fierce by virtue of her beauty and appeal. The attention acquired by Ms. Alfred was much to the delight and satisfaction of those in attendance. The bidding was spirited and fierce as the prospect of having lunch with such a beauty was incentive enough for the men in attendance to keep bidding higher. The bidding was so intense that the final bid was $40,000. The bidding session for Ms. Matute was as energetic and as spirited as that of Ms. Alfred. This fact can be attributed the fact that she happens to be a law student and also to the fact that she is from Belize, which is interesting to know. Her beauty in addition to the prospect of having lunch with such a beautiful woman was enough to motivate the men to bid generously. At the end of the bidding the opportunity to have lunch with Ms. Matute went to the young man that bid $45000.

In addition to the bachelors and bachelorettes up for auction there were also two autographed bats up for auction. The bats were autographed by the players of the West Indies and Sri Lankan cricket teams. This welcome addition to the evening was well received by those in attendance who wished to have these collectibles in their possession.
There was an entertainment segment to the evening which featured fashion and music. The fashion aspect of the evening was an opportunity to display Tie Die and Hand Painted creations of Ms. Jacobs. The males confidently showcased their pieces while the females elegantly displayed cocktail dresses. The designs were colorful and comfortable clothing that can be worn to various events. Mr. Sheldon Walcott entertained the gathering with musical selections done by the group 24K of which he's a member. Performing the single "Turning me on" was much to the pleasure of the large female contingent in attendance. This musical interlude was much to the pleasure and satisfaction of those in attendance more so the women.

This event was well organized and executed which was evident in the success acquired. It would be fair to say this event was a success and the patrons had their money's worth. The special effort made to promote local talent through fashion and music was also noted and a tribute to the thoughtfulness of the organizers.

By Andrew Ross