Daily Archives: February 2, 2015

The Ecology of Happiness – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Ecology of Happiness

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

 International Happiness Day will be on March 20, 2015. The Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki-moon defines happiness to mean, ‘working to end conflict, poverty and other unfortunate conditions in which so many of our fellow human beings live.’

In various UN studies on wellbeing it was found that happy people live longer, they earn more and they are healthier, more productive and loyal. They also heal faster. Happiness is like a shining star. It radiates and it has the properties to be contagious. Happy people want others to be happy like them. Some psychologists believe that your success and personal growth will multiply with age. Happiness, however, is a relatively new field of study. But contrary to what some governments may be saying wellbeing as a science is not a global oddity.

The idea of happiness has long featured in the world’s religions and many philosophers have spent years trying to explain how one can be happy. But it has remained elusive. Continue reading

The “Good Old Days” when dancing was FUN – video

The “Good Old Days” when dancing was FUN.

Kayla Henley & Jeremy Webb won the 2012 Junior 2 Division at this year’s National SHAG Dance Championships.  He’s 17 and she’s only 15.

But together, they won the USA 2012 Junior Division National Carolina Shag Dancing Championships.

The gal is fun to watch and the guy is “loose as a goose”.  Usually, the female is featured, but here the young man steals the show. His legs are like liquid magic.

They’re dancing to Joe Turner’s “Flip, Flop and Fly.”

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IT IS ARITHMETIC! – By Clyde Duncan

IT IS ARITHMETIC! By Clyde Duncan

I have issues and feel it is time to speak up – VENT!! Forwards to my email about Islam taking over the world is revolting – the people who forward these videos to my email address believe this nonsense and it makes my blood boil; I am fed up seeing the same nonsense over and over from different sources. I am being forwarded videos about how Islam is this and how Islam is that; how Islam is taking over the world – So let me play with my cards upturned – Islam is taking over the world. It is arithmetic!

I have never read any of the holy books and some keep saying to me that it is about time I started – forget it – the holy books are all about indoctrination for a holy war – for war?  That seems like a good reason to not read it. Other religions are using birth control, while the followers of Islam have 10-children per family. Don’t tell me you failed arithmetic?!   Continue reading

Tribute to Ronald “Bamah” Bamfield – By Lear Matthews

Tribute to Ronald “Bamah” Bamfield – Former Top Tutorial High School Athlete

 By Lear Matthews 

In addition to his other achievements, Ronald Bamfield, who died on January 15th, was an outstanding and superb Guyanese athlete in the 1960’s. Among the notable accomplishments in track and field, he ran the fastest Boys High School 400 meters in the country, in a time of 48.5 seconds.  Quite remarkable for that time.

Cavalcade of Sports was a 1960’s tradition in Guyana, popular among a generation. To highlight that tradition, I pay tribute to the athletes who attended one of the most reputable educational institutions in Guyana.  Known for its excellence in academics and sports, Tutorial High School, Ronald’s Alma Mater was a beacon of hope for a large cadre of working class youth, many of whom were granted the opportunity to display their talents in both academics and Sports.

A memorable moment in track and field at the Cavalcade of Sports demonstrates the athletic prowess of former High School students in Guyana, and provides the context for Ronald’s extraordinary performance as one of most popular High School athletes in the country.

It was an overcast day.  Bourda (GCC) was packed with spectators.  It was time for the men’s 4 by 100 meters sprint relay Invitation Track Race, and Tutorial was represented by one of the best high school teams in the country: Richard Jones (Jonezee), Maurice Emanuel (Manchi) Wilfred Robinson (Raabo), and of course Ronald Bamfield (Bamuh).

 Dem boys fass baad!” shouted a young enthusiast as the athletes warmed up on the sun-singed grass track, some in “street clothes”. Tracksuits were not affordable gear at that time.

No sooner did the first-leg runners assume their ready position, than the Starter raised his pistol.  “On Your Marks”!  A deafening silence resonated across the popular Bourda ground.  “Set”!  One could almost hear a pin drop.  BANG!  As if serving as a queue for both athlete and spectator, a thunderous roar emerged from the crowed, increasing in intensity as the athletes propelled from the starting line.  Apparently some of the runners on the far side of the ground were not aware of the command for the start of the race.  This resulted in the failure of one of the Tutorial athletes to remove his long pants in time to receive the baton.  Anticipating the possible calamity that could befall the favorite team, the crowd’s roar was now intermingled with nervous laughter.  Jonzee came out of the blocks like a rocket, leaning forward slightly, accelerated at incredible speed, opening an early lead.  The spectators went wild as he handed the baton to Manchi. “Clean!” yelled an excited fan, referring to the flawless exchange.  Manchi was magnificent as he dashed around the track between the unevenly painted lanes, widening the gap further, giving an unforgettable exhibition of speed, strength and skill.

The third-leg scene, however, was mellow-dramatic. Robinson was still struggling to take off his long pants as Manchi approached at top speed.  Wishing to avert what would have been certain disaster, Robinson abandoned any further attempt to disrobe, took the baton in one hand while firmly gripping his unzipped trousers at the waist with the other.

Now in a frenzy, spectators were screaming and cajoling. Amazingly, Robinson in perfect stride and displaying astounding athleticism, negotiated the northwestern Bourda bend with surgical precision, extended the lead further, leaving the competition in the dust.  The noise in the stands escalated to a deafening crescendo. With a remarkably smooth hand-off from his unruffled team mate, and his familiar signature high-knee bounce, and perfect form, Bamuh, the consummate anchor, majestically sprinted unchallenged toward the finish line and brought home the win in record time to the delight of ecstatic fans. Just imagine! Ronald Bamfield was a champion. You could always depend on him to seal the deal in grand style as he did on that day.

Sportscaster B.L. Cromby of Radio Demerara described the performance as a classic.  Such moments are forever etched in our memory with a sense pride. Ronald was a team player. He was competitive, and methodical in training and preparation. He was unique in style and countenance.  For him, to be a success in athletics requires commitment, hard work and sacrifice, all of which I am sure were reflected in other areas of his life.

Those glorious days are gone, but not forgotten.  Neither will we ever forget the many talents and contributions of Ronald Bamfield.  So long my brother, you have been a trailblazer. You had a good run, rest well.

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