Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Collective Tribute to Randall Mohan Butisingh – 1912-2112

A Collective Tribute to Randall Mohan Butisingh – A Constant Teacher, a Constant Student

 Stabroek News – On December 31, 2012 – In The Diaspora | 

As we prepare to usher in a new year, we pay tribute to a remarkable individual, Randall Mohan Butisingh (RMB), who passed away on December 9th in Florida, just eight days after celebrating his 100th birthday. Thanks to Devanand Bhagwan, Cyril Bryan, Harry Hergash, daughter Joan Khan, Eusi Kwayana, Avin and Nalini Mohabir and Patanjali Ramlall, whose thoughts comprise this week’s diaspora column.

Excerpts from an obituary page created by his family give us a small measure of the man: “Randall was born on December 1, 1912 in British Guiana (now known as Guyana), and raised in Buxton, East Coast Demerara, where he received his primary education. In 1925, he qualified and was the first runner-up for the first Buxton Scholarship. Continue reading

The Year 2013 – Reflections

A happy new Year to everyone from Guyanese Online.
Thanks to Rosaliene Bacchus for this post.

Three Worlds One Vision

Happy New Year 2013Source:


My goal to write and publish a weekly blog article continued to be a challenge in 2012. I extend special thanks to the publisher of the Guyanese Online Newsletter for re-posting my articles on his blog. Thanks, too, to you my ‘follower’ and visitor for taking the time to read my posts and for sharing your own thoughts. May you realize your goals and dreams in the year ahead.

I failed to achieve my major goal of completing the revision of my first novel, Under the Tamarind Tree. Frustration badgered me for six months before I devised a workable system for cutting the excess length. In 2013, I aim to complete the revision process, have my manuscript edited by a professional, and find an agent.

As if my frustrations as a writer were not enough, I also had to deal with contentious issues raised during the…

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Trinis happy and have sexiest accents, says CNN

Trinis happy and have sexiest accents, says CNN

Story Updated: Dec 21, 2012  – Trinidad Express

Trinidadians have been polled as being among the happiest people in the world.

And on top of that, citizens also have one of the world’s most sexiest accents, according to international polls conducted by Gallup Inc and CNN.

An Associated Press (AP) report on Wednesday stated that Gallup Inc asked roughly 1,000 people in each of 148 countries the following questions: Did you feel well-respected yesterday? Were you treated with respect all day yesterday? Did you laugh or smile a lot yesterday? Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday? Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment?   Continue reading

APNU wants Ramotar administration to honour Linden agreement

APNU wants Ramotar administration to honour Linden agreement

December 28 2012 – Capitol News – The Opposition grouping, A Partnership for National Unity, wants the Donald Ramotar administration to honour its commitments to the agreement signed with officials of Region 10 in August, that paved the way for the ending of the protest action in the mining town.

Region 10 officials have been complaining bitterly about the sloth at which much of the work to address the concerns of the Lindeners has been moving. A number of committees that came out of the agreement are still to begin their work.   Continue reading

Looking back on 2012 – commentary

Looking back on 2012

Stabroek News –  December 28, 2012

We have come to the time of the year when it is customary, almost de rigueur, to look back and reflect on the past year’s happenings. For most of us, the musings will inevitably be of a most personal nature – notable achievements, disappointments, anniversaries celebrated, the pursuit of happiness punctuated by sickness and death – all ticked off in the wins and losses columns on life’s scorecard.

For some of us, beyond the intensely personal nature of our reflections, there will be the realisation that much of what has affected our daily life – our struggles, big and small, to provide comfort and security for our families, our ambitions to do more for them and ourselves – can be laid at the feet of the politicians, the people whose actions most determine the economic and social environment in which we function.         Continue reading

Seven persons arrested for Curacao gold heist

56 of 70 gold bars recovered from Curacao heist…

………  Thieves sent 30 to US buyer via FedEx

DECEMBER 29, 2012 | BY KNEWS |

Authorities in Curacao and the US have made some major breakthroughs in the investigations into last month’s multi-million-dollar gold bar heist in Curacao.
According to news reports from that Dutch Antillean island, police in recent days arrested six suspects, including a prominent downtown jeweler, Giovani Regales. Some 56 gold bars have been seized in Curacao, Kaieteur News has since learnt.

Curacao’s police in a statement yesterday said that of the seven persons arrested, one of them is from Bonaire, another Dutch Antillean island; three from Venezuela and the remainder from Curacao. One of the suspects was since released while the others are still being interrogated. During the investigation, the police said that they have confiscated articles that are “very important for the case”.         Continue reading

Ineffective interior security and the gold-mining industry

Ineffective interior security and the gold-mining industry

Stabroek News – Editorial – December 25, 2012  – comments

One of the more glaring – and costly – security failings of the government has been its woeful neglect of the need for a more robust law and order presence in our interior mining communities.

Evidence of this shortcoming is overwhelming. Interior mining operations dare not drop their guard for fear of attacks by groups of armed brigands; brutal killings that invariably arise out of one type of dispute or another are now a virtual everyday occurrence; instances of ‘rough justice’ arising out of allegations of theft by employees of mining operations are frequent; and cases of alleged police-related shakedowns against gold miners have been recounted by miners. These occurrences, as much as the government’s lack of any meaningful response, speak for themselves.                  Continue reading

The Magnificent Essequibo River – by MG Joe G Singh


The Magnificent Essequibo River

by  Major General (retd) Joseph G Singh

Guyana, Land of Many Waters, owes its name to the abundance of rivers, tributaries, creeks, and wetlands. These along with the man-made canals have made and will continue to make an enormous   impact on the development of Guyana and its people.

Rivers are natural arteries for movement and the establishment of early human settlements thousands of years ago on their banks and tributaries, provided the First Peoples of Guyana – the Amerindians, with the food security and means of communicating among themselves for trade and socialisation.           Continue reading

Tribute to Past Guyanese Teachers (cont’d) – By Lear Matthews

Back to School: Continuing the Tribute to Past Guyanese Teachers

By: Lear Matthews

History is not was, but reflected in what is (Anonymous)

My introduction to formal education at Susamachar’s, a kindergarten church school at  the corner of South Road and Light Street, Georgetown included writing with a slate pencil, repeatedly “rubbing out”  mistakes, sometimes with spit on my finger tips, mostly due to lack of confidence.  My brother attended Teacher Georgie School on Princess Street. I then went on to Primary School, where I was introduced to the lead pencil and eraser, exercise book, big cursive (“join-up”) writing and the “wild cane.”  Discipline re-enforced.  By Third Standard I was using a fountain pen with a fine-tip “nib”, and doing plenty sums, although my penmanship left much to be desired.    Continue reading

A Guyanese Christmas – by Ron Cheong

A Guyanese Christmas

 By Ron Cheong

Old GT Xmas

No one wanted the season to come and go without marking some meaningful change in their life, however small that change might be.  They didn’t want the season to come and go, leaving them as it had found them.  And this frame of mind was reflected in the sense of expectancy as Christmas approached that year and carols from Radio Demerara filled the air.

Wit hardly a break in between, I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas came on after Bill Rogers’ Jimmy Black Pudding and Souse, and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. And even though most of those listening had neither seen nor expected to see a white Christmas that did nothing to dampen the enjoyment.

Read article:  A Guyanese Christmas – By Ron Cheong