Daily Archives: March 3, 2013

International Women’s Day 2013: Remembering Kowsilla of Leonora

International Women’s Day 2013: Remembering Kowsilla of Leonora  by Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Kowsilla - Leonora - British GuianaKowsilla of Leonora (1920-1964) – Guyana

Source: Article by Vanessa Narine (www.angelfire.com)

I learned about Kowsilla, also known as Alice, while researching Guyana’s history (1950 to 1970) for my first novel, Under the Tamarind Tree. Her involvement in the sugar workers’ struggle for better working and living conditions and her final act of courage on 6 March 1964 at Plantation Leonora made an enduring impression on me.

Leonora, located on the West Coast Demerara, got its name from two Dutch children, Leo and Nora, during the days of Dutch occupation before the British took control of the colony in 1786.

On 6 March 1964 during a general sugar workers strike, Kowsilla was among the men and women who formed a human barricade by squatting on the bridge leading to Leonora’s factory gate. In so doing, they prevented African scabs, hired by the factory manager, from entering the factory to…

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Eddy Grant is 65 on March 5, 2013 – see ‘Interview in Barbados” videos

INTERVIEW IN BARBADOS 1/2

INTERVIEW IN BARBADOS 2/2

Edmond Montague “Eddy” Grant (born 5 March 1948) is a musician, born in Plaisance, Guyana.[1]   He will be 65 on March 3, 2013.

Read more about Eddy Grant here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_Grant

Here are two entries on Eddy Grant that are on this website:   Continue reading

BBC Future of Food – Part 3: Cuba

BBC Future of Food – Part 3: Cuba

Uploaded on Feb 27, 2012 – 

Future of Food -Part 3 of 3

In the final episode George Alagiah heads out to Havana to find out how they are growing half of their fruit and vegetables right in the heart of the city, investigates the ‘land-grabs’ trend — where rich countries lease or buy up the land used by poor farmers in Africa — and meets the Indian agriculturalists who have almost trebled their yields over the course of a decade.   Continue reading

BBC Future of Food – Part 2: Senegal

BBC Future of Food – Part 2: Senegal

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Future of Food – Part 2 of 3 documentaries

George heads out to India to discover how a changing diet in the developing world is putting pressure on the world’s limited food resources. He finds out how using crops to produce fuel is impacting on food supplies across the continents. George then meets a farmer in Kent, who is struggling to sell his fruit at a profit, and a British farmer in Kenya who is shipping out tones of vegetables for our supermarket shelves. He also examines why so many people are still dying of hunger after decades of food aid.           Continue reading

REUTERS reports on new calypso songs banned from airwaves

The story on the banned MASH 2013 calypsos has now hit the major international news agencies… See the Reuters report below:

“Slanderous” new calypso songs banned from Guyana’s airwaves – Reuters report

GEORGETOWN | Fri Mar 1, 2013 5:36pm EST – REUTERS

(Reuters) – Calypso lyrics decrying corruption and excess have so irked Guyana’s government that new songs from the popular Caribbean music genre have been banned from state airwaves.

Calypso music has long been a proud and central feature of life in Guyana, a laid-back former British colony of just 750,000 people on the northeast shoulder of South America.    Continue reading

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