Daily Archives: March 25, 2013

The Spring Festival Phagwa, or Holi Caribbean Style – Latchman Kissoon

Celebrating The Spring Festival Phagwa, or Holi

Caribbean Style

By: Latchman Kissoon – Barbados

Latchman Kissoon

Latchman Kissoon

The reason for the season  of spring is the celebration of VICTORY OF GOOD OVER EVIL. We have witnessed several despotic leaders, around the world being deposed by their people because they ignored the wishes of their subjects while trying to impose their own tyrannical rule upon them. The Middle East is the best example of how leaders can tumble.

The festival of Phagwa or Holi will be celebrated around the world on Wednesday 27th of March 2013 and the Caribbean is no exception.

This festival which  is the most colourful in India observed  for more than 5,000 years  was brought  to the Caribbean , by Indentured Labourers, during the month of May 1838 .and spread throughout the region with new arrivals until the end of indenturship 1917. Phawga  was originally celebrated by East Indians. Now the festival is celebrated by all races, nationalities or religious background, similar to the festival of Jouvert in Trinidad and Tobago with mud, water, different colouring and music.   Continue reading

Guyana: Latest news for March 25, 2013 from Capitol News – videos

Guyana: Latest news for March 25, 2013 – Capitol News – videos

Budget Expectations for Budget Day on March 25, 2013.

Click link below for list of 29 other news videos

http://www.youtube.com/user/CapitolNewsGY?feature=em-subs_digest

Guyana: MacKenzie/ Linden – 100 year Anniversary 1913-2013

Mackenzie – 100 year Anniversary 1913-2013

A section of the bauxite plant at Mackenzie, Linden

A section of the bauxite plant at Mackenzie, Linden

Historical review of Linden…The “mining town” 

  1. Part 1/4: http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2013/02/18/historical-review-of-lindenthe-mining-town-celebrates-one-hundred-years/
  2. Part 2/4: http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2013/02/25/historical-review-of-lindenthe-mining-town-celebrates-one-hundred-years-2/
  3. Part 3/4: http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2013/03/04/historical-review-of-the-mining-town-part-3/
  4. Part 4/4: http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2013/03/18/historical-review-of-the-mining-town-part-4/

The following links are from:   guyanathenandnow.wordpress.com

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Guyana: Linden – Watooka House in 2009

Guyana: Linden- Watooka House in 2009

Here are some more videos and information from John and Christine Grimshaw on their visit to Watooka House in 2009 . Please click on the pictures for the videos and also view the Watooka Web Page link.

Guyana Then And Now

In addition to the R.H. Carr adventure, John and Pauline Grimshaw also visited and stayed at the Watooka House (It is looking just fine). Their photo shoot included a set of videos which can be reached at the Watooka House page or by clicking any of the photos below.

Watooka House now even has it’s own page on the web, although it doesn’t like Firefox.

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Guyana: The Demerara Essequibo Railway (DER)

A great historical lesson on railways in British Guiana.

Guyana Then And Now

by Dmitri Allicock

The once popular and well known 1897 Demerara Essequibo Railway (DER) once symbolized the Upper Demerara River and served as a corner stone in its development before Bauxite came to dominate. This railroad provided valuable and safe transportation of commuters and cargo between the Essequibo and Demerara rivers. It was Guyana’s first inland railroad.

Hugh Sprostons entry to British Guiana in 1840 saw the dire need for transportation across Guyana’s waterways and hinterlands. He established Steam powered vessels across Guyana and built Guyana’s first dry dock in 1867, where damaged vessels could be repaired and new ones constructed.

Sprostons had steam brigs and other vessels plying the Georgetown route to as far as Lucky spot up the Demerara River since the 1850s. There were also other privately run vessels of that time period.

Access up the mighty Essequibo river was a different matter. Navigation was very dangerous…

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Time for open debate, secret balloting at PPP Congress – Ramkarran

Time for open debate, secret balloting at PPP Congress – Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Sunday March 24, 2013- (Demerara Waves)- Former Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) member, Ralph Ramkarran has challenged the governing party to cease orchestrating decisions and results for office holders and instead design a plan to rescue it from its “worst crisis” in 20 years including power-sharing with the opposition.

“I dare the leadership to place on the agenda of the Congress these two options for the way forward in the present political impasse and shifting electoral sentiments, take no position on it, do not privately campaign against it, and allow a full, free and balanced debate. Then take the decision by secret ballot,” said Ramkarran.     Continue reading

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