Monthly Archives: June 2011

Weblog-Website Entries for June 2011

Guyanese Online

List  of Weblog-Website entries for June 2011

  1. How to cook chicken curry by Madhu Gadia – video
  2. Guyana Beat TV program – Norman Sue Bakery  Toronto – video
  3. Guyana – Street Art on display video
  4. Slavery – The Goree Island guides – what is happening now?
  5. The Villages, Florida – the golf cart town – video
  6. Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc. Newsletter
  7. VPL Multicultural Day Fair‏ – Vancouver. Canada
  8. The AFC has the plan and “will” transform Guyana!
  9. “PPP Prepared For Elections” – Donald Ramotar
  10. Guyana opposition unites to contest elections
  11. Letter: Voters should make the election matter
  12. Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education
  13. Shaba Ranks – Guyanese Women – song
  15. New York celebrates Guyana’s 45th Anniversary
  16. Fruits of Trinidad and Tobago – and Guyana
  17. Vintage Caribbean Calypso by David Bereaux –video
  18. The little girl with an “Amazing Voice” – video
  19. Q.C. Alumni Florida Chapter – Summer Brunch – June 26,2011
  20. Caribbean American Festival – Orlando – June 25, 2011
  21. Black Music Month – June 2011
  22. Guyanese cardiologist cops prestigious European award
  23. Godfrey Chin – “Nostalgia Nights” launch in Guyana – June 22
  24. Letter: “Joey” Jagan praises PNC’s Granger
  25. Farrakhan Blasts the “Coalition of Demons” attacking Libya
  26. Medical Information Explanations and Videos
  27. Scenes from old British Guiana – video
  28. Early East Indians of the Caribbean
  29. Guyana – Original Folk Songs
  30. St. Stanislaus Alumni – Barbados Chapter – Lime – August 26
  31. British Guiana in 1853
  32. Amerindians – The Wai Wai
  33. A 1924 History of British Guiana .
  34. Guyanese Cultural Network Picnic – Florida- July 2, 2011
  35. GUYFEST – Crownsville. Maryland – July 2, 2011
  36. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Recovery Project – Dance
  37. Guyanese writer Wilson Harris has been knighted
  38. A Tribute To Bartica By Nelta Wyatt
  39. Lighthouse – Georgetown Guyana
  40. Windows 8 gets a preview by Microsoft
  41. The Antidote to Apathy – Dave Meslin
  42. Guyana‘s Development—Taxation reviewed
  43. My Dear – Performed by Bill “The Crooner” Newman
  44. Guyanese Online Newsletter – June 2011
  45. Letter: Shared Governance by Cheddie ‘Joey’ Jagan
  46. Japanese Play Carnival – The Yosakoi Festival
  47. Guyanese Association of Delaware – July 17, 2011 – Picnic
  49. “Come Walk With Me” by Francis Yvonne Jackson
  50. Video: Microwave radiation dangers – the Swiss warning
  51. Nostalgia 375 – Celebrating GT&T, 1991 to 2011
  52. The Guyanese Heritage Foundation – Seattle

How to cook chicken curry by Madhu Gadia

This is a video on how to cook chicken curry, a popular dish that most of us love. Here the presenter Madhu Gadia, the author of Cuisine of India, gives a detailed lesson on preparing an authentic chicken curry dish.  Try it guys!!

Guyana Beat TV program – Norman Sue Bakery

Guyana Beat TV program – Norman Sue Bakery

This Toronto TV program features the Norman Sue Bakery, located in the Toronto borough of  Scarborough, Ontario Canada.  In this feature, the Guyana Beat presenter Camille Ross gets a detailed lesson on how dhall pouri is made.

Guyana – Street Art on display

A nice sunny day in Guyana , looking at some very good street Art on Avenue Of The Republic or Main Street . The back ground music is by the Yoruba singers..” YORUBA MAN”. This is early YORUBA recorded at GEMS in the early 70’s

Slavery – The Goree Island guides – what is happening now?

The Slave Narrative as told by Goree Island guides  – what is happening now?

By: Guyana -born Muriel Glasgow, now resident in New York – June 2011

Many of us have an understanding about the Slave Trade and the Slave Routes.  I thought I did, but despite the fact that I visited slave houses on Goree Island in Senegal as well as castles in Ghana and listened to the guided narrative, it was not until this time on Goree Island last week, that I was able to separate emotions from overcoming my ability to listen dispassionately. 

And this is what I heard –

  • Africans rounded up families and brought them to the Goree Island to be sold. (I no longer was lost in the why of this)
  • Upon arrival at the slave house, the families were separated – Men to their cells, women to their cells, children 6-17 years old to their cells.
  • Children under 6 years old were killed/eliminated as there was no room on the slave ship for unproductive groups; men under 60 kg in weight fitted this category and they were also gotten rid of.

The able-bodied men 60kg and over were shipped off to Louisiana; the women were sent to Cuba, Brazil; the children 6-17 sent to Haiti and the West Indies.  This was the Goree Island narrative.  Other slave house narratives might speak of different landing points.

What intrigued me during this visit was the plight of the under-sixes and of the women, for any woman arriving pregnant to the slave house was sent back to the village.  If a woman was impregnated by the colonials, she was also sent back to the villages.

The plight of women and the under six population exists to this day – the under six population is also seen as unproductive and investments are not made or seem to be overlooked as regards their education, development, well being.

This is where I believe that countries should be focusing their investment dollars if they are to win the future in education as President Obama alludes to.

If they are to develop a cohort from the under-six population from which scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians, could derive instead of offering up the usual fare of delinquents, street children, fodder for the prison population, or limiting their scope of possibility to athletics and entertainment.

Children on Slave Ship:Most of those who were transported to the “New World” from Africa via the Middle Passage were under 16 years of age.  

I would like to suggest that the Guyana Cultural Association of New York  (GCA), begin a series on our history, to help us in  eliminating the pain from the memory and replacing pain with strategy as we go forward to create a better world, culturally, for the legacy of Guyana’s children.              

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The Villages, Florida – the golf cart town

The Villages, Florida – the golf cart town

Uploaded by on May 22, 2011

Bill Geist of CBS Sunday Morning explores the 90 miles of golf cart paths in the town of THE VILLAGES in Florida.

Golf cart paths to take people wherever they so desire – no cars necessary. That doesn’t prevent residents from indulging in their love of cars, with custom-designed golf carts that are street legal.

No gas required- no pollution – just plug it in overnight to charge the batteries.

Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc. Newsletter

Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc. Newsletter – June 2011


  • PAGE 1: Letter to the Editor: Tangerine Clarke
  • PAGE 3: Guyanese students excel – five proud Guyanese scholars
  • PAGE 4: Literary Hang:The Guyanese word
  • PAGE 5: Conversations in the Garden
  • PAGE 6: Desmond Roberts honoured by East Orange Mayor at Guyana’s 45th Independence Commemoration.
  • PAGE 7: Amerindian Guyanese at UN – Bertie Xavier represents South America at the U.N.
  • PAGE 8: Folk Festival Summer Heritage Camp – Arts in the Community
  • PAGE 11: 2011 Folk Festival – Calendar of Events
  • PAGE 12: Film and Video Festival
  • PAGE 13: Premiere of Films produced in Guyana
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VPL Multicultural Day Fair‏ – Vancouver. Canada

VPL Multicultural Day Fair‏ – Vancouver. Canada

I am very pleased to report that today, for us, was a very successful day at the

fair – VPL – Vancouver Public Library Multicultural Day Fair

Sylvia Jemmott and I managed the table and the questions from the public.

We had one Jamaican lady who works at Canada Post stop by to chat with us.

She has been in B.C. 5-years and she previously lived in Ottawa.

She told us she knew a Guyanese woman in Ottawa living in the same building as her.

I almost told her if she didn’t know a Guyanese in Ontario, she must be intentionally avoiding them.

I blew up copies of Trev Sue-A-Quan’s book, Cane Reapers and another on Sir James Douglas for our display.

One woman wanted to know if the book was in the library, I told her I doubted it, but we do have them for sale.

She went into the library and came back outside with a copy of the book: Cane Reapers.

We had a few religious people who had a stint or two in Guyana, at least one who did some research for a thesis.

One actually spent 10-years in Guyana. Blond hair and blue eyes, at that. And that is for the benefit of people who still believe there are no white people in Guyana – in my day they were born there.

He went to Guyana at 8-years old and I forgot the school he attended, but he did attend Queen’s College prior to University in Canada.

His dad was a pilot for Guyana Airways, so he visited most of the places on the map we had on display, courtesy of Meharam Sugrim.

I was very pleased with the reactions and feed-back: –

“I didn’t know that – I can’t get over it!’

Of course, we had the usual ‘Is Guyana in Africa?’ No!

But in general, people were genuinely interested in our food, etc.. Brazilians,Saudi Arabian, Armenian, Bulgarian, for example … I wish I had taken notes.

I wish we had some more help so that I could wander around and check out the other displays.

It was exciting to talk about the B.C. / B.G. connection all day.

I hope you all join us next time.

1858 – British Columbia was proclaimed a colony of the U.K.

The Governor and First Lady were a multicultural couple. A first …!

1871 – British Columbia joined Canada.

1971 – 40 years ago, Canada was the first country in the world to adopt a multicultural policy.

Sir James Douglas, who was born in British Guiana, and Lady Amelia kick started it and Pierre Trudeau made sure it stuck in British Columbia and the World.

A Japanese-Canadian man asked us at the fair, ‘why does the British Prime Minister

say that multiculturalism has failed??

I say Multiculturalism just IS !’

I am proud to be living in British Columbia, Canada and call myself Guyanese-Canadian.

.Clyde Duncan

Sylvia Jemmott

Read about the Sir James Douglas monument unveiling at Mahaica, ECD. Guyana.

The AFC has the plan and “will” transform Guyana!

The AFC has the plan and “will” transform Guyana!

Posted by Administrator in AFC In the NewsCampaign 2011

For over forty years the talk of transforming Guyana has been just that – talk!  Oh yes…some lives have been transformed –but take a good look,  they are just the ruling elite, whoever is in power at the time…but for the average Guyanese? Well, the poor has gotten poorer, many continue to migrate and more suffering from mental illnesses seem to be on the streets. Like the word “potential” we continue to dream of better days as one generation is replaced by another.

The Alliance for Change is here to tell you, we see, we hear and we can change this together – you and me! The AFC ‘IS” different, look at what we have said, look at what we have done. Since our inception we have tried to shape a new kind of politics in Guyana.  It starts with healing and reconciliation and a commitment to work hard to change Guyana’s racially based politics which has put one race against another and issue based politics in the bin. Few have won in this system and hundreds of thousands have lost.

For the AFC’s our core principle which states :“That the development of a just society is founded on the supremacy of the rule of law and the belief that all persons are equal” is the foundation of our belief  and our plan to transform Guyana and its economy, for the benefit of “all Guyanese” in based on a series of these principles:   Continue reading

“PPP Prepared For Elections” – Donald Ramotar

“PPP Prepared For Elections” – Donald Ramotar

Donald Ramotar

The incumbent People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is ready to face the polls and is confident of being re-elected for a fifth consecutive term, Donald Ramotar, the party’s presidential candidate declared on Friday June 24, 2011.

“Our electoral structures at both the leadership level and in the communities have been established to face the challenges,” he stated.

He said that the party is confident of victory as it is going to the electorate with “a proud record to stand on.”

According to Ramotar, the PPP/C has delivered on its promises and is now working on its manifesto for the upcoming period. However, the PPP General Secretary stressed that the projects the party plans to announce would be realistic, as the party wants to be careful not to make promises it can’t deliver on.

“Since we assumed the administration of Guyana our country has made great strides in every aspect of life,” Ramotar stated.

At the economic level, he said the PPP/C has moved Guyana from being a basket case in 1992 to being the most dynamic economy in the Caribbean today.

At the social level Guyana has progressed tremendously, Ramotar said, pointing out that the government’s housing programme is exemplary. He noted that since the PPP came to office 80,000 house lots have been distributed.

“In education we are building a nation where all our people will have access to quality education and where all will be able to use the most modern tools available today,” Ramotar stated, making mention of the One Laptop Per Family Project.

He boasted also that the country’s health services have come a very far way, as more and more facilities are made available.

At the political stage, Ramotar claimed that Guyana is now one of the most democratic nations in the world.

“All the fundamental freedoms and human rights are protected,” he declared.

The PPP/C, Ramotar said, is heartened by the growing amount of support being expressed by civic society for the party at the up-coming election.

“We look forward to working with all to realise in full Guyana’s potential,” he stated.