Daily Archives: May 4, 2013

“Dear Mother” – 23-year-old pays off mom’s mortgage, becomes YouTube star

“Dear Mother” – 23-year-old pays off mom’s mortgage, becomes YouTube star

By: Michelle McQuigge The Canadian Press, Published on Fri May 03 2013

TORONTO — Most people don’t make headlines for writing mortgage cheques, but a payment made by a 23-year-old Canadian has recently vaulted him to digital stardom.

Aba Atlas saved his entry-level military salary for two years in order to pay down the mortgage on his mother’s Ottawa home. His years of frugality culminated in an emotional presentation that he captured on video and posted to YouTube.

The “Dear Mother” clip has garnered 1.6 million views in the four days since it appeared online, a reaction that took its creator entirely by surprise.      Continue reading

Every kid needs a champion – Rita Pierson – TED video

Every kid needs a champion- Rita Pierson

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Rita F. Pierson has spent her entire life in or around the classroom, having followed both her parents and grandparents into a career as an educator. Full bio 

US govt wants fair and transparent allocation of radio licenses

US govt wants fair and transparent allocation of radio licenses

Written by Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

US Ambassador to Guyana Brendt Hardt at the lectern. Others are (L to R) President of the Guyana Press Association, Gordon Moseley; Mrs Hardt and Attorney General, Anil Nandlall.

US Ambassador to Guyana Brendt Hardt at the lectern. Others are (L to R) President of the Guyana Press Association, Gordon Moseley; Mrs Hardt and Attorney General, Anil Nandlall.

Thursday, 02 May 2013 23:11

US Ambassador to Guyana Brendt Hardt at the lectern. Others are (L to R) President of the Guyana Press Association, Gordon Moseley; Mrs Hardt and Attorney General, Anil Nandlall.

The United States (US) on Thursday May 2, 2013 called on the Guyana to ensure that radio licenses are granted fairly and transparently, but Attorney General Anil Nandlall signalled that the process might have been flawed.         Continue reading

Guyana – Capitol News – May 3, 2013 – 6 videos

Guyana – Capitol News – May 3, 2013 – 6 videos

  • PNC/R defends Guyana’s role in the liberation of the South African Freedom Fighters during Apartheid regime – 3rd May 2013
  • Guyana inks rice deal with Venezuela – 3rd May 2013
  • US Gov’t mounts pressure on Guyana Gov’t to review radio licences issued by former President Jagdeo – 3rd May 2013
  • Former Police Commissioner believes murdered cop did not follow Standard Operating Procedures – 3rd May 2013
  • Trade and Industry Minister studies impact of TCL cement increase – 3rd May 2013
  • Bodybuilder and Fitness expert Hugh Ross spreads message of fitness and good health – 3rd May 2013

Click the news story headlines below to view the videos   Continue reading

Famous Upper Demerara and Guyanese swimmer Walter Percy Spence 1931.

Famous Upper Demerara and Guyanese swimmer Walter Percy Spence 1931.

By Dmitri Allicock

Walter Spence may be the first Guyanese to ever win an Olympic medal. He competed for Canada in the 1928 Olympics and won a bronze medal in the 4×200 m freestyle relay event.
Walter Percy Spence (March 3, 1901 – October 16, 1958) was a swimmer from British Guiana (who competed for Canada in the 1928 Summer Olympics and 1932 Summer Olympics. He immigrated to the United States and held several national swimming titles there.

Spence was born in Christianburg, British Guiana, the oldest of eight children—four brothers and four sisters. His father was Scottish and worked as a big game hunter and guide, while his mother was Indian. The Spences would swim in the Demerara River; six family members bore scars from piranha bites suffered while swimming there. Walter and two of his younger brothers, Wallace and Leonard, became champion swimmers. Two of the four Spence sisters also swam competitively, although not at the level of their brothers. The youngest Spence brother, Harold, showed great promise but was killed in action in World War II before his swimming career could take off.

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