Daily Archives: September 9, 2013

Celebrating the Memory of Otis Redding on his Special Day

Celebrating the Memory of Otis Redding on his Special Day

By Dmitri Allicock

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Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was born on this day September 9, 1941 –, December 10, 1967. He was an American soul singer. Often called the “King of Soul”, he is renowned for an ability to convey strong emotion through his voice. According to the website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1989. Redding’s name is “synonymous with the term soul, music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm and blues into a form of funky, secular testifying.” In addition, rock critic Jon Landau said in 1967, “Otis Redding is rock & roll”.    Read More »

Climate Change Threatens Caribbean’s Water Supply

Climate Change Threatens Caribbean’s Water Supply

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico September 6, 2013 (AP) –  By DANICA COTO (AP)
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Experts are sounding a new alarm about the effects of climate change for parts of the Caribbean — the depletion of already strained drinking water throughout much of the region.

Rising sea levels could contaminate supplies of fresh water and changing climate patterns could result in less rain to supply reservoirs in the coming decades, scientists and officials warned at a conference in St. Lucia this week.

“Inaction is not an option,” said Lystra Fletcher-Paul, Caribbean land and water officer for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. “The water resources will not be available.”   Continue reading

Oil: High-resolution seismic surveys offshore Guyana to begin

High-resolution seismic surveys offshore Guyana set to begin
 September 9, 2013 – Caribbean News Now  
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The Polarcus Asima engaged by Repsol to undertake 2D and 3D surveys in the Kunuku Block offshore Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — A high-level delegation on Saturday toured a state-of-the-art vessel, the Polarcus Asima, which has been engaged by Spanish multinational oil and gas company Repsol to undertake seismic two dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D) surveys in the eastern Guyana Offshore – Kanuku Block.

In May of this year, the Guyana government and Repsol signed the agreement for petroleum exploration in the Kanuku Block off the Berbice River by 2016.   Continue reading

Education: Dexter Hutt talks of his idyllic childhood in Guyana

Education: Dexter Hutt talks of his idyllic childhood in Guyana

Stabroek News – By John Mair  –  January 27, 2004

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Sir Dexter Hutt

He was the latest school knight created by Tony Blair. When pupils at Ninestiles school in Birmingham call him ‘Sir’ they mean it. Their headmaster Dexter Hutt has just been knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to education. Today, he is a ‘super head’ in charge of Ninestiles and Waverley School in Acocks Green. His own childhood was many worlds away in Guyana, South America.

Sir Dexter’s school is a runaway success story; the number of good (Grades A to C) GCSE passes are up in the 15 years since he has been headmaster from just six per cent to 76%. Word has got out. Pupil numbers have shot up from 900 to 1500. Ninestiles is now at the education cutting edge with the largest school wireless network in Europe – 1,000 laptops on site. Sir Dexter preaches the gospel of good headship and school improvement through a training company he has established on site. Many, including Prime Minister Blair, have come to Birmingham to see success for themselves.    Continue reading

Guyana: Synergies with Brazil – commentary

brazil_mapGuyana: Synergies with Brazil – Editorial

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 | BY  |

At the commemoration of the 191st anniversary of the independence of Brazil, both President Ramotar and Brazilian Ambassador Luiz Seixas DeAndrade emphasised the mutual benefits of improving the transportation linkages between our two countries. We have products such as rice that can be exported to northern Brazil, while the Brazilians have for decades been stressing their desire for an overland passage to the North Atlantic for their goods produced in Manaus and other northern locales.

Such benefits have long been recognized as having positive implications for trade and commerce within a far wider circle, and indeed, encompassing all South America. Back in late 2000, as a matter of fact, at a meeting of UNASUR (Union of South American Nations), President Bharat Jagdeo was one of 12 South American Heads of State that launched the “Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America” (IIRSA). This unprecedented multinational, multi-sectoral, and multi-disciplinary initiative’s main objective, as the name suggests, was to develop the region’s infrastructure.  Continue reading

“Empire Of Cricket” – The West Indies

This entry was first posted on April 5, 2011. Some readers may not have seen it so we have reblogged it. Enjoy!!

Guyanese Online

BBC Cricket Documentary:

The English invented cricket, created its rules and a whole moral code for the game. They then exported this elegant game of bat and ball to the wider British Empire. But England began to struggle when the natives began to play the game so much better.

The English game was also divided by class and held back by its own traditions. Until the 1960s, cricket was literally divided between upper class gentlemen, the amateurs and lower class players, the professionals.

Even the way players addressed the ball had class connotations, with exuberant off-side shots being presented in training manuals as somehow having greater value than more workmanlike leg-side scoring.
In telling the story of cricket in England, Empire of Cricket explores the careers of great cricketers from Grace to Hobbs, Hutton to Illingworth, Botham to Pietersen.  It also shows how cricket in England has been influenced by historical and…

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