Daily Archives: October 31, 2014

The Diaspora Reconsidered: A Guyanese Perspective – By Lear Matthews

The Diaspora Reconsidered: A Guyanese Perspective

Lear Matthews

Reacting to this writer’s views about the need to strengthen Caribbean Diaspora Associations, an esteemed commentator advanced the notion that “We should not bank too heavily on an unending outreach to the land of our birth. The Diaspora is a slow diminution”. (H. Williams, Guyanese-On-Line 9/14).

However, contrary to that dismal prognosis, I argue that the Caribbean Diaspora is unlikely to diminish, rather it will expand. It is not a time-phased, amorphous process that faces extinction, but will increase exponentially with continuous immigration flows.  The term Diaspora describes the dispersion of a defined group of people of similar ethnicity, nationality or cultural background. They tend to strive for a common identity, group consciousness and often collaborate on causes of interest to themselves and those they believe they represent. Contemporary social analysts have asserted that Diasporas have a significant function of sustaining strong social, economic, cultural, political and emotional bonds to their country of origin. Continue reading

Caribbean North Charities Foundation – Toronto- Casino Bus Trip 29 Nov. 2014

Caribbean North Charities Foundation

PLEASE JOIN US ON OUR FUNDRAISING CASINO BUS TRIP, FIRST ONE TO
FALLSVIEW, AND AFTERWARDS ENJOY THE NIAGARA’S FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

ON: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2014

DONATION: $ 20.00 PER PERSON ( AND ALSO RECEIVE A $10.00 SLOTS PLAY)
Remember to: BRING YOUR CASINO FALLSVIEW PLAYER’S CARD or ANY GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO I.D.

PICK UP POINT#1. Scarborough
@ CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTRE
1967 ELLESMERE ROAD AT DOLLY VARDEN BLVD.
(WEST OF MARKHAM ROAD) SCARBOROUGH.
 FREE PARKING AT SOUTH PARKING LOT NEAR TENNIS COURTS ( SAME SPOT BEFORE)
 BUS LEAVES FOR NEXT PICK UP POINT# 2 @ 10.00 -10.15 A.M. SHARP Continue reading

THE BANSHEE DEMON – by Peter Halder

THE BANSHEE DEMON

by Peter Halder

     Simone and Tiara were cousins and next door neighbors. It was October 31 and the two young girls were at a loss at to what to do that Halloween evening. Their parents could not afford costumes so they were not keen on going trick or treating.

    “Well, life is full of let downs but we can still find something to do. So you have any ideas?” asked Simone.

    “Aha. I’m glad you asked. I did have an idea. What if we walk around the neighborhood and admire some of the costumes worn by kids for the night. Who knows, maybe something weird may happen which will make our Halloween stroll a night to remember.”

    “Good idea Tiara. I sure our parents will have no objections if we walked around together holding hands. Maybe we can even take that small wooden Holy Cross you have on your bedroom wall with us just in case we run into a demon.”

 

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Guyana’s no-confidence vote: “A common fight must have a common strategy” – David Hinds

Commentary: A common fight must have a common strategy: The fate of Guyana’s no-confidence vote
Published on October 27, 2014

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr David Hinds

Many people have asked me why, despite their legislative majority, the opposition in Guyana has, since 2001, allowed the PPP and its executive government to out-maneuver them. They are of course referring to the latest confusion surrounding the AFC-sponsored no-confidence vote.

Dr David Hinds, a political activist and commentator, is also an Associate Professor of Caribbean and African Diaspora Studies at Arizona State University. Send comments to dhinds6106@aol.com. More of his writings can be found on his website. Continue reading

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