Monthly Archives: April 2014

Amerindian Affairs – What the Permanent Secretary said – commentary

What the Permanent Secretary said

Both he and the Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Mrs Pauline Sukhai, who was present when the statements were made in strident language and tones, should be censured and President Ramotar should ask for a full report on the event from all concerned and decide what further steps should be taken to excise this type of bullying behaviour of the First Peoples.

During his presentation, which seemed to be mostly consumed by ensuring that the government was given all the credit for Community Development Projects (CDPs) in Amerindian villages, Mr Dharamlall was recorded as saying in part: “The LCDS [Low Carbon Development Strategy] is the Government of Guyana… the people of Guyana… I don’t want any single one of you to ever again—and I keep saying this over and over—any CSO [Community Support Officer] who says they are working on the UNDP project called the CDP I want you off the CSO project”.   Continue reading

North Ruimveldt Multilateral Secondary School Alumni- Dinner/Dance – Queens NY Aug 29, 2014

North Ruimveldt Multilateral Secondary School Alumni – Dinner/Dance – Queens NY  – August 29, 2014

NRMSS Dinner and Dance (1)

Book Review… Boogie Days – by Albert Cumberbatch

Book Review… Boogie Days by Albert Cumberbatch

Guyanese dance through time hits mark

Boogie DaysApril 7, 2013 | By KNews |  By Dr. Glenville Ashby

Guyanese native, Albert Cumberbatch, hoists readers on his literary wagon, traversing time in this nostalgic novel. The road is a not always smooth, but through the prism of Rudy, a twelve-year-old, trials never seem adversely impactful. Rudy is a typical teen – adventurous, resourceful with an enviable ability to adapt. Boogie Days wastes little time in sowing Rudy’s experiences in Mackenzie, a suburban mining town in the South American country of Guyana. It is removed culturally from the capital, Georgetown, where Rudy lived with his aunt Vannie before being taking away by his mother.

Cumberbatch captures the rich passage of teenage life, baiting the imagination of readers. A sojourn in Berbice for Rudy is culturally awakening. He learns of the Queh Queh, a traditional African dance performed at weddings, and is imbued with country living – natural, unpretentious and earthy. Boogie Days is poignantly spirited, colourful and whimsical.  Continue reading

NETmundial: First Step towards Global Internet Governance

Three Worlds One Vision

Netmundial - Opening Address - Sao Paulo - Brazil - 23 April 2014Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff addresses participants
NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting
on the Future of Internet Governance
São Paulo – Brazil – April 23-24, 2014
Photo Credit: el Nuevo Herald

Edward Snowden’s revelations about America’s massive surveillance system shocked our allies. Since learning that the U.S. National Security Agency had intercepted Brazil’s phone calls and e-mails, including her own, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been in the forefront of pushing reform of Internet governance.

On 23 April 2014, during her opening address at the two-day NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, held in São Paulo, President Rousseff deemed U.S. espionage “unacceptable…in that they are an affront against the very nature of the Internet as a democratic, free, and pluralistic platform.” Her remarks that no country should have “more weight than another” in governing cyberspace received applause.

Organized in partnership with Brazil’s Internet Steering Committee and /1Net

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GCA Online Magazine – April 2014

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99 Magnificent Birds of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock – pictures

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THE SCARLET IBIS- (Eudocimus ruber)

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Leadership: by Simon Sinek: “Leaders Eat Last” – video

Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

Published on Dec 4, 2013

In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”
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Surveillance video and Biker Murder cases upset President Ramotar

Surveillance video and Biker Murder cases upset President Ramotar

orange walkThis video, that has drawn thousands of views, has riled the president too. President Ramotar used the Annual Police Officers’ conference to tell the police that he was disappointed with their investigations, the low prosecution rate and the many unsolved crimes.

Now the police obtained the edited and unedited videos, but both the videos and the police failed to show up in court. The accused Carlyle Barton walked free.    Continue reading

C.L.R. James: Back in Style, Black in Style – a Book Review

C.L.R. James: Back in Style, Black in Style – a Review and a Comic!

Thursday, 24 April 2014- By Paul Buhle and Milton Knight, Truthout | Book Review 

C.L.R. James

C.L.R. James

C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain opens up the issue of the Third World struggle in an elegant and memorable way.

 (Author’s note: This marks the first appearance of excerpts from C.L.R. James, a Graphic History, a comic art book in process, drawn by distinguished African American artist Milton Knight, edited by Paul Buhle. The excerpts – young Trinidadian James grows to self-consciousness and emigrates to London, writes a play about Toussaint Louverture, with Paul Robeson starring – are easily understood.)

C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain 

By Christian Hogsbjerg.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. 312 pp., $24.95 paperback.

This year marks a quarter-century since the death of Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901-89). His obituary in The New York Times, putting aside many other interests and qualities of a long and productive life, mainly described him as the last giant of Pan-Africanism.   Continue reading