Daily Archives: January 30, 2014

Time for a radical shift in the sugar belt – By Moses Nagamootoo

Time for a radical shift in the sugar belt

JANUARY 26, 2014 |  By Moses Nagamootoo – AFC Vice-Chairman and Member of Parliament

 The shadows of doom seem to be hanging over the sugar industry. Besides continuing mismanagement and political interference, there is the ominous warning from eminent scholar, Dr. Clive Thomas, that the sugar industry has reached a point of no return, “or alternatively, a negative tipping-point”.

For the 16,000 sugar workers and an estimated 50,000 persons whose lives depend of the industry, this raises the spectre of “bitter sugar” that historically was the root cause for oppression and despair of slaves and bonded workers on the colonial plantations in Guyana.   Continue reading

Six Caribbean countries eligible for US visa programme

caribbean map

 Petitions for nationals of unlisted countries may be approved if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, Tuesday January 28, 2014, CMC – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says six Caribbean countries are among 63 countries worldwide that are eligible to participate in two visa programmes this year.

The H-2A and H-2A and H-2B petition H-2B Visa programmes allow US employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, respectively.   Continue reading

A SUCCESSFUL AJ SEYMOUR CENTENARY by Francis Quamina Farrier

A SUCCESSFUL AJ SEYMOUR CENTENARY by Francis Quamina Farrier

 Ms Jane Seymour, the daughter of Guyana’s celebrated poet, AJ Seymour, and Dr Jacqueline de Weever, the niece of the poet, are now back in the Unites States, after spending a special week in Georgetown, Guyana. They were there to participate in functions celebrating the Birth Centenary of the poet Arthur James Seymour, which was on January 12, 2014, and which proved to be quite a success.

The principal function was the staging of a poetry concert, “SEE MORE POETRY”, which was held at the Theatre Guild Playhouse in Kingston, Georgetown, on Sunday January 12, to a sold-out audience.  A wide variety of the poems by Seymour were read by some of Guyana’s well-known radio, theatre and cultural luminaries. They included Margaret Lawrence, Ron Robinson, Ian McDonald, Rupert Roopnaraine, Francis Quamina Farrier, Joan Cambridge, Ras Michael, Nazim Hussain and Malcolm DeFreitas.   Continue reading

Ziggy Marley bags Grammy for Best Reggae Album

Ziggy Marley bags Grammy for Best Reggae Album

 imageThe Jamaican icon’s eldest son beat out Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters; Sizzla; Beres Hammond, and Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg/Snoopzilla).

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday January 27, 2014, CMC – The eldest son of Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, has been awarded a Grammy for the Best Reggae Album for his live In Concert set.

The 14-track album, recorded on Marley’s 2012 world tour, got the nod over Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters’ Reggae Connection; Sizzla’s The Messiah; One Love, One Life by Beres Hammond, and Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated.  Continue reading

South Africa: Soweto Gospel Choir- 3 videos

AFRICAN MONTH – FEBRUARY

Woolies and Soweto Gospel Choir: Mandela Madiba Tribute

Published on Dec 9, 2013

Watch the Soweto Gospel Choir sing an incredible tribute to Madiba in our Parkview store.

On Saturday, 7 December 2013, Woolworths had planned a performance at our Parkview store in Pretoria to support our Operation Smile Christmas campaign. The Soweto Gospel Choir’s planned a rendition of James Brown’s I Feel Good. But, after Madiba’s passing the choir decided on a tribute instead. They chose Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga.

Also listen to:

Soweto Gospel Choir – Oh Happy Day   Continue reading