Monthly Archives: August 2015

Portuguese in Trinidad- by Jo-Anne S. Ferreira

Language Blag

Portuguese in Trinidad

Is one or more of your family names Abreu, Affonso, d’Andrade, Cabral, Camacho, Carvalho, Coelho, Farinha, Fernandes, de Freitas, Garanito, Gomes, Jardim, Lourenço, Luz, Mendes, Mendonça, Netto, Nunes, Pereira, Perneta, Pestana, Pinto, Quintal, Rezende, Rodrigues, Sabino, dos Santos, de Silva, de Souza, Teixeira, Vieira or Xavier, to name just some of the 100+ Portuguese surnames in Trinidad and TobagoThen your roots are probably in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira.

Most of the names live on but, for the most part, the language has not. What happened to the language among Luso-descendants of Trinidad and Tobago/Portuguese Trinbagonians is our question.

globalmap1 Madeira is an island chain in the north Atlantic off the coast of Morocco, and 1,076 km from Portugal to the north-east, and 5,168 km from Trinidad to the south-west.

Portuguese groups reportedly came to both Tobago and Trinidad as early as the 17th century: a group arrived…

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How China’s Currency Policies Will Change the World – analysis

How China’s Currency Policies Will Change the World

Analysis – AUGUST 26, 2015 | STRATFOR

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Documentary: Cuffy Face of a Rebellion 2015

Documentary: Cuffy Face of a Rebellion 2015

Published on Aug 16, 2015

Cuffy: Face of a Rebellion is a Green Mango Media documentary by journalist Amanda Wilson which explores the origins and legacy of the 1763 Berbice Rebellion led by Guyanese national hero Cuffy.

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Making America Great Again? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

USA Map showing Poverty Rate for Total Population by County 2013

Map of USA showing Poverty Rate for Total Population by County 2013
Source: The Washington Post

Here in the United States, there is a presidential candidate, a businessman-turned-politician, who is leading the polls for his political party. I prefer not to name him; he feeds on media coverage, good or bad. I’ll call him PC. The slogan of his campaign is “Make America Great Again.”

PC promises to resolve the problem of illegal immigrants living in the USA. In his estimation, most of the illegal immigrants from Mexico are criminals. For readers who don’t already know, his solution is to build a wall along our border with Mexico and have the Mexican government pay for it, because they are making lots of money doing business with the U.S. Will building a wall to shut us in from Mexico and the rest of Central America make us great again?

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Jennifer Bricker – a gymnast without legs – an incredible story – 2 videos

Jennifer Bricker

Published on Aug 17, 2014 – She is the sister of gymnast Dominique Moceanu. Born without legs, she was placed for adoption by her parents.

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Wordsworth McAndrew – Meche Meche, Ol’ Higue, and Cook-up Rice! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine + video

Wordsworth McAndrew – Meche Meche, Ol’ Higue, and Cook-up Rice!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Wordsworth McAndrew

Wordsworth McAndrew

The speck of a curved moon sent the village into its own sense of rapture. The clouds soon parted. Moonlight was like day and the village assumed a sense of purpose and anticipation. The lone radio beckoned the people to meet and share stories. Folk tales were spun into fantastic webs: spiders spoke and the lang lady hid in the bushes as Black Sam held court with his jumbie stories.

The Murphy radio was plugged into the Berec dry cell battery and the magic hour would soon approach.   Continue reading

Freer US Travel to Cuba poses a Challenge – By David Jessop

Freer US Travel to Cuba poses a Challenge

Published on Aug 27 2015 – By David Jessop


Havana – Cuba

News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 28, 2015: According to the North American trade publication, Travel Weekly, US tourism to Cuba is now growing at such pace that the country is experiencing a shortage of both highly trained Cuban professional guides and non-Cuban certified tour directors to accompany the tours that US Treasury regulations require almost all US visitors to take.

It is just one indication of a situation that as this year goes on may change, if as seems likely the US Administration allows its citizens to travel to Cuba on an individual basis.  Continue reading

GUYANA – Latest News – 29 August 2015


GUYANA – Latest News – 29 August 2015

  • No more five-year wait for Cuban-trained Guyanese doctors to pursue post-graduate studies – Demerara Waves
  • Media policy looming; government says agencies must be responsible – Demerara Waves
  • Bitter row in GMSA over CCJ’s US$6 M award to Surinamese company; lawyers also scold GMSA for “irresponsible” statement – Demerara Waves
  • Realtor Tony Reid dies – Demerara Waves

GCA Awards Ceremony 2015 – Brooklyn Borough Hall – September 2, 2015


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GCA Awards Ceremony 2015 – Brooklyn Borough Hall – September 2, 2015 @ 6.00 pm


Also view Guyanese Online entry : CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GCA 2015 AWARDEES

Top 10 Countries with the highest Proven Crude Oil Reserves

Top 10 Countries with the highest Proven Crude Oil Reserves

Venezuela - Crude Oil

Venezuela – Crude Oil

Business Insider- (Elena Holodny)2015-08-13

The world powers and Iran recently struck a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program for at least 10 years in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. One of the most talked-about side effects of the deal is the reentry of Iranian crude on the global markets.

Interestingly, although Iran has a huge amount of oil, the Islamic republic doesn’t even make it into the top three when it comes to proven crude oil reserves.

Using the data provided by Barclays commodities analyst Michael Cohen, we put together a list of the 10 countries sitting on the greatest amounts of crude oil. Check the list here:-  Continue reading

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