Daily Archives: November 8, 2014

“Calypso meets parang: A One Night Stand”, in Trinidad

The Mighty Sparrow entertains

Mighty Sparrow entertains

Standing ovation: The Mighty Sparrow entertains after receiving a thunderous welcome. —Photo: GARY CARDINEZ

Calypso meets parang

By Gary Cardinez –  Story Created: Nov 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM ECT

The Calypso king of the world, Mighty Sparrow last Monday finally met the queen of parang, Alicia Jaggasar when they both performed at the Mas Camp Pub, Woodbrook in a specially crafted event titled, “Calypso Meets Parang: A One Night Stand.” The two treasured artistes spent time chatting backstage each expressing admiration for each other’s musical talents.

The night proved to be a wonderful affair as the artistes helped the patrons get into the spirit of the Christmas season early, while also taking them down memory lane through some classic calypsos and traditional Christmas songs.  Continue reading

Queen’s College people – commentary

Queen’s College people

Queens College Pix revised

By all accounts, last week’s Queen’s College Old Students’ Association (QCOSA) reunion, marking the 170th anniversary of the founding of QC, was a great success, with old boys and, significantly, an impressive number of old girls, gathering to relive the carefree days of their youth and to celebrate the institution that laid the foundation for their many and varied achievements.

Predictably, the reunion was a wonderful occasion for wallowing in nostalgia, particularly for those alumni who had travelled from overseas and who enjoyed several opportunities not only to revisit their beloved school and rekindle old friendships but also, for many, to reacquaint themselves with contemporary Guyana, much changed from the time when they emigrated. Continue reading

Traveling Through Multiple Europes

Traveling Through Multiple Europes

Geopolitical Weekly – Stratfor – Tuesday, November 4, 2014 –

Europe is overcrowded with people and with nations. Six decades ago, the need to suppress the dangerous forces of nationalism led to the unprecedented political, economic and social experiment now known as the European Union. The hundreds of thousands of EU citizens working across the Continent and the lack of border controls between member states show that the experiment has been successful in many ways. However, rising nationalism, pervasively high unemployment and a growing sense of frustration with governing elites also highlight the serious limitations of the European project. Over the past 12 months, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, observing firsthand how the global economic crisis is reawakening dormant trends along the Continent’s traditional fault lines.

The crisis is having an uneven effect on EU member states because the eurozone locks countries with different levels of economic development into the same currency union. Europe’s geography helps explain these differences: Countries in the south have traditionally dealt with high capital costs and low capital-generation capacity, while countries in the north have seen the opposite.   Continue reading