Daily Archives: March 12, 2013

Carnegie School – 80 year anniversary + feature on Magda Pollard

Carnegie School of Home Economics celebrates 80 years of service

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Feature : MAGDA  POLLARD

Magda Lois Muriel Pollard, national of Guyana, and stalwart women’s activist was fittingly bestowed the honor of the fourth CARICOM Triennial Award for Women in 1993. Throughout her country of birth and the wider Caribbean region, the name Magda Pollard is synonymous with the movement for women’s empowerment and women’s rights. The creation of a liberating and sustaining environment for women is the passion which fuels her lifelong and consistent service in the arena of women’s development.    Continue reading

History: The 1913 Rose Hall Uprising at Rose Hall

Fatally Policed Protest: The 1913 Rose Hall Uprising

In the Diaspora – March 11, 2013 · By Gaiutra Bahadur

In the DiasporaGaiutra Bahadur is a Guyanese-American journalist who has devoted much of her career to telling the stories of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The story reconstructed here, from archives in London, features in her book Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, to be published this autumn by The University of Chicago Press.

Wednesday marks a grim centenary in Guyanese history: a date that should have lived infamously, but has been forgotten, lost when the keepers of its memory were themselves lost to us. One hundred years ago, on 13 March 1913, resistance by Indian workers on Rose Hall Plantation ended in carnage, as British colonial police killed fifteen, including a woman they shot in the stomach, and injured another thirty-nine, seriously enough to warrant amputations. It was perhaps the deadliest indenture-era suppression of unrest in the Caribbean.    Continue reading

Corruption: Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt

Corruption: Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt

Some of the world’s most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. In his talk, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization Transparency International. (Filmed at TEDxBerlin.)

As a director of the World Bank in Nairobi, Peter Eigen saw firsthand how devastating corruption can be. He’s founder of Transparency International, an NGO that works to persuade international companies not to bribe. Full bio »

Three myths about corruption – Afra Raymond, Trinidad

Afra Raymond: Three myths about corruption

Filmed Dec 2012 • Posted Feb 2013 • TEDx Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago amassed great wealth in the 1970’s thanks to oil. But in 1982, a shocking fact was revealed — that 2 out of every 3 dollars earmarked for development had been wasted or stolen. This has haunted Afra Raymond for 30 years. Shining a flashlight on a continued history of government corruption, Raymond gives us a re-framing of financial crime. (Filmed at TEDxPortofSpain.)

A leading expert in the fields of property valuation and project management, Afra Raymond is battling the government corruption rampant in his country, Trinidad and Tobago. Full bio »