Daily Archives: 10/17/2013

US Gov’t reopens after Congress ends 16-day shutdown

US Government reopens after Congress ends 16-day shutdown

Senate Bi-partisan DealWASHINGTON (AP) — Even as the government reopened its doors, congressional budget negotiators met Thursday and acknowledged that their search for agreements on deficit reduction and spending cuts has no assurance of achieving their goals.

“Talking doesn’t guarantee success,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, senior Democrat on the House Budget Committee, after he and Congress’ three other top budget writers held a breakfast meeting to discuss their upcoming two months of budget talks. “But if you don’t get together, obviously you don’t move forward.”

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the group’s goal was “to get this debt under control, to do smart deficit reduction, and to do things that we think will grow the economy and get people back to work.”  Continue reading

Guyana launches Portuguese curriculum for secondary schools

Guyana launches Portuguese curriculum for secondary schools

Thursday, 17 October 2013 (Demerara Waves)  – Guyana on Thursday launched its first secondary school Portuguese curriculum as part of the country’s push to deepen relations with neighbouring Brazil.

“While language will never stop Guyana from enjoying good relations with anyone, surely our familiarity with the language of the people of Brazil will help us to bolster that friendship,” said Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand

The language would be taught initially at five high schools until Guyana’s teacher’s college could begin training Portuguese teachers. Brazil has been already asked to train, exchange or provide Portuguese teachers. The schools are Queen’s College, Bishop’s High School, St. Joseph’s High School, St. Stanislaus College and St. Rose’s High School.  Continue reading

Ti-Jean and His Brothers – Theatre 2 USF Tampa Campus – Oct 24-Nov 3, 2013

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Based on a West Indian fable…

Nobel Prize winning author Derek Walcott explores the power of good versus evil, poor versus wealthy and the search for what defines human-ness. This folk tale, told by the animals of the rainforest through dialogue, dance and song, tells the tale of a poor widowed mother, her three sons, and their bargain with the devil.            

Directed by Macy’s Guest Artist Henry Muttoo, Artistic Director of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation.    Continue reading

The Guyana/Venezuela Boundary – by Peter Halder

The Guyana/Venezuela Boundary

by Peter Halder

      In 1830 Venezuela became independent from Spain. A year later, in 1831, Great Britain united the three colonies of Essequibo, Berbice and Demerara into a single colony – British Guiana. The Dutch founded the colonies of Essequibo and Berbice in the early 17th century and added Demerara later. The colonies changed hands among the Dutch, French and English during European wars. In 1814 they were ceded to Britain.

The independence of Venezuela and the creation of British Guiana led to the need for both countries to define the border between them.

Britain took the initiative to determine and define its western boundary with Venezuela. In 1840, Britain engaged the services of the famous international explorer Robert Schomburgk to traverse the entire county of Essequibo, beginning from the left bank of the Essequibo River, to determine where the boundary should be drawn.       [Read more]