Daily Archives: 07/28/2013

Reflections: The Specter of Race – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Reflections from Rosaliene Bacchus’ Blog..

Three Worlds One Vision

Smiling FacesPhoto Credit: gamerfitnation.com
Faces, faces, faces, faces
Everywhere you turn
The more you learn
There is no real difference among races.
Excerpt of Poem, “Faces” from if only the gods were awake
by Guyanese-American Poet Gary Girdhari


On 13 July 2013, the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin not only raised concerns about Stand Your Ground laws in America, but also reminded us that the election of a black president did not mark the end of racism.

As defined in the Encyclopedia Britannica, racism is any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview—the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races,” that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some races are innately superior to others.(The emphasis is mine.)

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Songs and Dances of the 40s and Early 50s – Peter Halder

Songs and Dances of the 40s and Early 50s

by Peter Halder

When Julius Caesar said the Ides of March are come, Artemidorus the soothsayer replied, yes Caesar but not gone. So the twenty-first century has come but my memories of songs and dances of the 40‘s and early 50′s of the twentieth century have not gone.

During the early to the mid 40′s, the only songs I was familiar with were Hymns sang in Church on Sunday nights and Good Fridays from a red cover Hymn Book. No one on Non Pareil Street, Albouystown had a radio much less, a pick-up or a radiogram. We were fortunate however because after 1945, our home had a Victrola Gramophone and three 33 size records. Two, both sides, could only be played during the Christmas Season because they were Carols : Oh Come All Ye Faithful; Silent Night Holy Night; Once In Royal David’s City and Hark The Herald Angels Sing. The other contained Indian songs on both sides. One I remember was Sohani Raat. The singer was Lata Mungeshkar I think.    Read More »

This is just one of many  historical articles on Guyana written by Peter Halder that will be published on Guyanese Online.  You can read them all at Peter Halder’s website:  http://peterhalder.wordpress.com/

Prince Randian of Guyana – by Peter Halder

Prince Randian of Guyana

by Peter Halder

Guyanese men and women have distinguished themselves in many fields of human endeavour, at home and overseas. The performing arts is no exception. Guyanese have been in films, on TV shows and on the stage. One has even been a feature attraction in the Barnum and Bailey Circus in the United States. And the amazing Guyanese had no arms or legs. He was known as Prince Randian.

The young man, born to Hindu parents in 1871 with neither arms nor legs, was 18 years old at the time. He was discovered by P.T. Barnum who transported him from the “Demerara district” and exhibited him as a human “oddity” or “freak” – a practice common in those days. Exactly how Barnum learned about the usual young man is unknown but he did. He arranged, in 1889 to bring the young man to New York. And hundreds of thousands of spectators paid to see him.     Read More »

This is just one of many  historical articles on Guyana written by Peter Halder that will be published on Guyanese Online.  You can read them all at Peter Halder’s website:  http://peterhalder.wordpress.com/

My take on Davis Casavis’s “Thomas Carroll Affair” – Ralph Seeram


JULY 28, 2013 | BY KNEWS | From the Diaspora…By Ralph Seeram

Sometime in the late nineties a friend of mine here in the United States asked me to loan him US$8,000. I had known him from boyhood days so if he was in a “jam” I would not have had any hesitation to loan him the money with just a “handshake”. I was agreeable to loan him the money, until he told me the reason.
He wanted to give the money to his sister in Guyana, who in turn will use it to buy a visa in Guyana to come to the USA.

The idea did not appeal to me. First I doubt anyone in the US Embassy in Georgetown will sell a visa. Secondly I did not like the repayment method. His sister will work when she comes here and repay me. I told my friend I had just made some other investments.   Continue reading

The day I resigned from the PPP by Ralph Ramkarran

The day I resigned from the PPP

Stabroek News – July 28, 2013 – By Ralph Ramkarran

ralph ramkarranIt was a Saturday morning, June 30, 2012, just over a year ago. I had gone to bed the night before at 7.30 pm, never so early as far as I remember. I opened one of the partially read books at my bedside but could barely concentrate. My wife, Janet, joined me at 9 pm, said nothing, went under the sheets and pretended to go to sleep.

But I knew that sleep would not come to her as long as I was awake and in distress. I knew that during the night she would awaken about every hour and check if I was breathing. I turned off my night light at about 11 pm. She turned around, embraced me and I fell asleep.  Continue reading

Amaila: Troubling dimensions of a troubled public project – Clive Thomas

Amaila: Troubling dimensions of a troubled public project

 By Dr Clive Thomas On July 28, 2013  Features,Sunday |

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Today’s column concludes the discussion of the Amaila Falls Hydro Project (AFHP). It examines a few troubling dimensions of the project, which have not been adequately addressed, even though passing references have been made to some.


The first is an issue that I hinted at weeks ago, which is, the AFHP in its present version is mis-specified. It is being presented as a stand-alone project. However, at its inception in the late 1990s it was portrayed as the first of a three-stage hydropower development project (at a minimum) aimed at generating eventually between 1-3 thousand MW. The Upper and Middle Mazaruni area was the intended site for the later stages.

Specifying the AFHP as a multi-stage and not stand-alone development project has enormous consequences, three of which immediately spring to mind.   [Read more]

CARICOM at 40: The power of colonialism – Freddie Kissoon

CARICOM at 40: The power of colonialism


Do the leaders and peoples of the Caricom want integration?

The birth of a dream to make the English-speaking West Indian islands and Guyana into an integrated region is forty years old this month. Its current manifestation is the formation named Caricom. One house separates my home from the Caricom Secretariat. My bedroom window overlooks the Secretariat.

My study window also overlooks the Secretariat. Every day and every night, millions of times, my eyes gaze onto the Caricom Secretariat. There is no coruscation from the Caricom structure in the evening because they turn off all the lights to save money.   Continue reading

Guyana’s economy slowed in first half – GBTI report

GBTI: Economy slowed in first half

JULY 27, 2013 | BY  |

– lower gold price, delayed Venezuela rice deal blamed

GBTI’s Chairman, Robin Stoby

GBTI’s Chairman, Robin Stoby

One of Guyana’s biggest banks has expressed worry over the economy which it said has slowed down during the first half of this year and has placed pressure on the exchange rate. The Guyana Bank For Trade and Industry Limited (GBTI), in its half yearly unaudited report for the period ending June 30, 2013, also spoke of the effect of the present political circumstances which has made it difficult to pass legislation to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering and the Countering of the Financing of Terrorism requirements.

These are requirements of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), the regional regulatory body that oversees what measures countries have taken to counter money laundering.    Continue reading

West Indies v Pakistan, 1st T20, St Vincent – last ball loss!

West Indies v Pakistan, 1st T20, St Vincent

Babar takes Pakistan home off last ball

The Report by Abhishek Purohit  –  July 27, 2013

Pakistan 158 for 8 (Amin 47, Afridi 46) beat West Indies 152 for 7 (Pollard 49*, Babar 3-23, Hafeez 2-4) by two wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details  << click

You get a chance to play international cricket at 34, becoming the second-oldest debutant for your country. You are hit for six second ball. What do you do? You dismiss three key batsmen for just 23 runs. You are then called on to finish the game. With the bat. Understandably, you are tied down. But with six needed off six, you loft over extra cover for four. You think you have more than pulled your weight as a debutant. You have, but it is not over yet. It comes down to the last ball. One run needed. Everyone is in the circle. No sweat. You go big over mid-off, so big that you clear the rope. Zulfiqar Babar, welcome to international cricket.  [read more]

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