Daily Archives: October 11, 2014

Guyana Foundation Newsletter – September 2014

4a90f018-864f-42da-94fb-fd5ca1b52d7d Guyana Foundation Newsletter

Transforming the Lives of People for a Better World.

Dear Friend,

Over the past month, the Guyana Foundation has made important strides in expanding the impact of its programs.

Our volunteer base continues to grow, while at the international level, we have seen more and more individuals stepping forward to be a part of our work.

One such individual is Vidya Seekwar-Jaisaree, who has graciously accepted an invitation to join our Board of Trustees for a two year term, commencing on October 1, 2014. Vidya is a Guyanese-born Canadian educator, and brings a distinguished track-record of excellence in Canada to her new role with the Foundation. We are delighted at her addition to our team, and hope that you would join us in warmly welcoming her.  Continue reading

The Electric Eel – by Peter Halder

The Electric Eel

by Peter Halder

 General  

Electric eel

Electric eel

Growing up as a child, I had often heard about the dangerous electric eel from adults in my neighbourhood since there was the La Repentir Cemetery trench, the Sussex Street trench, the Punt Trench and the Lamaha Canal in the Sussex Street backland.

I swam in the Cemetery Trench, the Sussex Street trench, the Punt Trench regularly as a kid, at Clay, the Paaloff and near Cooper Street, Albouystown and in the Lamaha Canal. I was nipped by a piranha at Clay but to my delight, I never came across an electric eel. I also swam in the Demerara, Essequibo, Berbice, Pomeroon and Ireng Rivers; Kara Kara, Catabuli, Kamuni, and Mahaicony Creeks. Never came across one.

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DIASPORA – editorial in Stabroek News

DIASPORA –  editorial in Stabroek News

Guyana: President Ramotar

President Ramotar

Last week GINA, the Government’s information service, reported that President Donald Ramotar had met Guyanese in Washington and Queens, New York, in the course of his visit to the United Nations, and that he had asked them to return home and invest in the country’s economy. One wonders if he was serious when he put that question to his compatriots in the diaspora, or whether he was just going through the motions.

If he was serious, then he is truly divorced from reality; we have been waiting twenty-two years for this flood of returnees to swamp us with their US dollars, their overseas skills and their drive to nurture their homeland, and no one, even President Ramotar one would think, anticipates that they will do so in the immediate future.

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Veteran broadcaster Rafiq Khan passes away – updated

Veteran broadcaster Rafiq Khan passes away

Rafiq Khan

Rafiq Khan

Guyanese broadcaster Rafiq Khan passed away in Kingston, Jamaica on October 10. He was 82.

Khan was highly regarded in the field of broadcasting and played a significant role in what was considered a golden period of radio in Guyana. He was a former Programme Director of Radio Demerara (1956) which was later merged into the state broadcaster.

Later, he became Management Consultant to the Rediffusion Group of Broadcasting Systems in the Caribbean. After resigning from the Company in 1978, he served regional communication organizations in various positions.  Continue reading

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