Daily Archives: December 7, 2012

From the rice fields of Guyana to a Brevard County bench

From the rice fields of Guyana to a Brevard County bench

By Jan Pudlow   Senior Editor. The Florida Bar News

Link to story:   http://www.floridabar.org/DIVCOM/JN/jnnews01.nsf/8c9f13012b96736985256aa900624829/76dcbcd426c127e285257aad004b7c79!OpenDocument

Judge Majeed

Judge Majeed

Relegated to ride the steamer in the lower deck with livestock and poor people of Guyana, cow dung splattered on his beautiful mother’s orhni headdress.
While his mother took the indignity in stride, A.B. Majeed describes an anger that “burnt in me.”

Majeed was only 10 years old on that trip from Anna Regina to visit an uncle who lived on an island in the Essequibo River. Peeking up the stairs, he saw the nice, polished seats reserved for the upper class.

Tugging at his mother’s hand, Majeed asked why they couldn’t sit in the empty seats upstairs, rather than squatting with the cows and sheep down below.

“I understood then and there that I wanted to be in first class, and the only way to do it was to get an education,” Majeed said. “That was the birth of my quest.”

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Bishops-QC: A RED HOT 12th NIGHT – Toronto – January 5,2013

REMINDER – GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

Bishops’ High School (Guyana) Alumni Association, Toronto Chapter   &

Queen’s College (Guyana) Alumni Association, Toronto Chapter

invite you to

A RED HOT 12th NIGHT

on Saturday, January 5, 2013

7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

STS. PETER AND PAUL BANQUET HALL
231 Milner Avenue, Scarborough
(Off Markham Road, N of 401. Toronto. Ontario. Canada)

Music By: THE FUH FUN BAND 
AND DJ TC

Tickets: $50.00
DINNER INCLUDED

Maureen: 905-426-9970             Gerald: 416-693-5011
         Peta: 647-291-6798                    Leyland: 905-666-0237
Lynette: 416-690-5322                Audric: 905-839-6816 
Derek: 647-297-9918                 Vivian: 416-724-5937

Download Flyer: Bishops-QC-12th-Night-2013

British Guiana – British Empire Exhibition, Wembley -1924

This is a historical document that gives a comprehensive picture of British Guiana in 1924.  The Introduction is shown in this entry.  The whole document (126 pages) can be downloaded here : BRITISH GUIANA  – 1924

The photos from this publication are in https://picasaweb.google.com/blog4saints

British Guiana – British Empire Exhibition, Wembley – 1924

1924  –  INTRODUCTION

BRITISH GUIANA, the only British colony on the South American mainland, has an area of about 89,480 square miles, approximately equal to that of England, Scotland and Wales, and the population by the 1921 Census was estimated at 297,691, which gives an average of 3 1/3 per square mile.

In spite of being so near the equator the climate is more subtropical than tropical. For most months of the year the maximum shade temperature is about 85°F, and even in the hottest months 89°F is rarely recorded, while the night temperature seldom falls below 73°F or 74°F, a temperature of 70°F being very rare.There are two wet and two dry seasons in the coastland regions; the long wet season, usually from April to August, being succeeded by the long dry season up to the middle of November, followed by the wet weather towards the end of January, and the short dry season until April.         Continue reading

The lottery of life – Where to be born in 2013

The lottery of life  – Where to be born in 2013

Nov 21st 2012 | from The World In 2013 – The Economist

Born 2013Warren Buffett, probably the world’s most successful investor, has said that anything good that happened to him could be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country, the United States, at the right time (1930). A quarter of a century ago, when The World in 1988 light-heartedly ranked 50 countries according to where would be the best place to be born in 1988, America indeed came top. But which country will be the best for a baby born in 2013?

To answer this, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, has this time turned deadly serious. It earnestly attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.  [ read article]

Rankings: The Where to be Born Index – 2013   vs     Where to be born in 1988

Chanderpaul returns to top of test match batting rankings

Cricket: Chanderpaul returns to top of test match batting rankings

Published on December 6, 2012 – caribbeannewsnow.com

Shivnarine ChanderpaulST JOHN’S, Antigua — West Indies batting star Shivnarine Chanderpaul has made a return to the top of the International Cricket Council’s Test Match Batting Rankings. The reliable left-hander was listed at Number 1 in the latest ICC Test Players Rankings released by the game’s governing body on Tuesday. He has 879 ranking points and is closely followed by Australia captain Michael Clarke on 878 points and Hashim Amla of South Africa on 875 points.

Chaderpaul’s rise came after two brilliant batting performances in the recent two-match series in Bangladesh. In the first Test at Mirpur he made 203 not out – to equal his highest Test score – and followed up with 150 not out in the second Test at Khulna. This earned him the Man-of-the-Series award and led West Indies to victories in both matches as they won the Series 2-0.    Continue reading

Jan Carew passes – novelist, playwright, poet, educator 1920-2012

Jan Carew passes – novelist, playwright, poet, educator 1920-2012

Jan Carew

Jan Carew

Jan Carew – From Wikipedia, 

Jan Rynveld Carew (born 24 September 1920 in AgricolaGuyana) is a novelist, playwright, poet and educator. His works, diverse in form and multifaceted, make Jan Carew an important intellectual of the Caribbean world. His poetry and his first two novels, Black Midas and The Wild Coast, were significant landmarks of the West Indian literature then attempting to cope with its colonial past and assert its wish for autonomy.
Carew also played an important part in the Black movement gaining strength in England and North America, publishing reviews and newspapers, producing programs and plays for the radio and the television. His scholarly research drove him to question traditional historiographies and the prevailing historical models of the conquest of America. The way he reframed Christopher Columbus as an historical character outside his mythical hagiography became a necessary path in his mind to build anew the Caribbean world on sounder foundations.
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Here are some entries on Jan Carew that have appeared in Guyanese Online:

“Guyanese Wanderer” by Jan Carew

…….  Short Stories by Jan Carew      Reviewed by Eusi Kwayana  –  Posted on July 3, 2010 – 4:09 am                      Continue reading

COTAB Boxing Night Party 2012 – Toronto. Canada

COTAB Boxing Night Party – 2012

The tradition continues!
The Committee To Assist Buxton/Friendship (COTAB) is requesting your attendance at its 11th Boxing Night Fund-raising Party.
The party will be held at 15 Chisholm, Toronto (Main & Danforth) Toronto Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday December 26, 2012.  Your attendance will assist us to fulfill our mandate to raise funds for educational, sports, and health-related projects in the village of Buxton, Guyana.
Please forward the accompanying flyer to your friends and other colleagues.
COTAB Boxing Night Party Flyer
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