Daily Archives: April 6, 2015

Trevor Noah: the South African comic – new host of The Daily Show + video

Trevor Noah Live at the Apollo – Comedy video

Trevor Noah: the South African comic who sails close to the wind

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah

Known for his charm and commercial savvy, new host of The Daily Show will also need to watch what he tweets, says Rebecca Davis      [The Guardian-March 31, 2015]

One of the interesting aspects of You Laugh But It’s True, a so-so 2011 documentary on Trevor Noah’s attempt to make it in comedy, was the sense you got that the young man’s success was deeply resented by some of his fellow South African comedians.

Asked what he thought of Noah, well-known local veteran Mel Miller rasped about how young black comics “mustn’t come bitching about apartheid”.   Continue reading

A Brief History of the Swahili Language

A Brief History of the Swahili Language

Countries where Swahili is spoken

Countries where Swahili is spoken (click to enlarge)

Origin

The Swahili language, is basically of Bantu (African) origin. It has borrowed words from other languages such as Arabic probably as a result of the Swahili people using the Quran written in Arabic for spiritual guidance as Muslims.

 As regards the formation of the Swahili culture and language, some scholars attribute these phenomena to the intercourse of African and Asiatic people on the coast of East Africa. The word “Swahili” was used by early Arab visitors to the coast and it means “the coast”. Ultimately it came to be applied to the people and the language.

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Guyana Elections: APNU+AFC promises Essequibo rice farmers improved payment system

Opposition promises Essequibo rice farmers improved payment system

Saturday, 04 April 2015 23:17- Written by   – Demerara Waves

Nagamootoo in EssequiboPhoto: APNU+AFC Prime Ministerial candidate, Moses Nagamootoo (backing camera) greets attendees at a rally held Saturday night at Damon Square, Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast.

The opposition coalition Saturday night (April 4) promised the largely rice-dependent Essequibo Coast that it would examine ways of ensuring that lowly-paid farmers receive higher prices for their paddy and that they get a fair share from sales to Venezuela.

Prime Ministerial candidate Moses Nagamootoo appealed to the rice farmers to vote in favour of a government that would bring an end to “vampires” who were paying meager prices for paddy while the country’s coffers earn billions of dollars from grain sales to Venezuela. Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Accepting the Election Results – by Ralph Ramkarran

ACCEPTING THE ELECTION RESULTS

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on April 4, 2015  – by

Since the restoration of free and fair elections in Guyana, the only election results that have been accepted were those of 1992, even though they, and most other elections since then, were accompanied by violence, particularly after the elections. The Opposition castigated the 2011 elections alleging ‘discrepancies,’ although admitting that the results would not have been affected. The PPP went further and alleged that the 2011 elections were rigged against it.

The consequences of the failure to accept election results have been devastating to Guyana. It results, after most elections, in serious post-election violence, which causes damage to property, injury and loss to innocent people and harm to Guyana. It further exacerbates ethnic tension, which the elections campaign would already have whipped up, drives fear in the population and generates a feeling of uncertainty in the minds of investors.   Continue reading

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