Daily Archives: November 21, 2017

Over 30 “Likely New” Species of Biodiversity Found at Guyana’s Kaieteur National Park

NOVEMBER is TOURISM AWARENESS MONTH in GUYANA

Some of the new species found at Kaieteur National Park

Over 30 “Likely New” Species of Biodiversity Found at Guyana’s Kaieteur National Park

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday November 21, 2017 – More than 30 species of fish, plants and other creatures that may have been undiscovered until recently, have been found in Guyana’s Kaieteur National Park.        Continue reading

GUYANA SPEAKS: Sunday, 26th November + Bourda Bazaar on 10th December 2017 – London

Dear All,

Please find below a reminder of this coming Sunday’s Guyana Speaks: ‘What will Oil do for Guyana?’ with Rex McKenzie, Christopher Ram and Dr Vincent Adams.     

 I’ve included a flyer about our Bourda Bazaar on Sunday, 10th December. The Bourda Bazaar will be opened by His Excellency F. Hamley Case and include musical performances from musicians, Keith Waithe, and Seetal Gurprashad (previously of the Hot Shots).  There will also be an exhibition of work by the artists, George ‘Fowokan’ Kelly and Rebecca Sharples as well as stallholders selling Guyanese products as varied as books, jewellery, greeting cards, cushion covers, collages, food  (e.g., conkie, pone, cassareep, etc) and drink.      Continue reading

My UG Convocation Address – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

My UG Convocation Address – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The lady next to me was puzzled. She couldn’t understand why I was “taking the trouble to visit Guyana to speak for only fifteen minutes.” I explained that it was the most important speech of my life. She smiled and shook her head, unmoved and unconvinced. It came to pass that I was standing before hundreds of graduates amidst pomp and ceremony and this is what happened: If only Ma can see me now!

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We welcome your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ministers of the Government, Members of the Opposition, the Pro-Chancellor, the Chancellor of the University of Guyana, our esteemed Vice-Chancellor, and the Faculty and students of the University. A special welcome also to the overseas students of UG. In my time we didn’t have you, so welcome to our beautiful country.     Continue reading

‘When I Speak of History’ – by Leonard Dabydeen

When I Speak of History’  – by Leonard Dabydeen

November 18, 2017

When I speak of history I speak well;
I leave behind the past where broken bones
Lay scattered on blistering sands to tell
Of atrocities that are mostly groans.

While you may feel the pain lurking inside
With hurt failing any impunity;
And browse pages upon pages to ride
This feeling of guilt, remorse or pity,

It was Columbus sailing the great tides
Out discovering many a new world;
And Sir Francis Drake loved the battle cries –
Chicanery as a new age unfurled.

The mind finds revelations in the past,
So meaningful and useful to the last.

 

Leonard Dabydeen is author of Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems , Xlibris Publication(2012); Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys and Fibonacci Poems, Xlibris Publication (2015)

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The Writing Life: Giving Thanks – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

At the end of May 2017, I received an unexpected request by e-mail from Vitor Rafael Siqueira de Araújo, a young poet, literature teacher, and freelance Portuguese/English translator in Roraima, North Brazil. His first poetry collection is due for publication in 2018.

With a bachelor’s degree in English and Portuguese literature from the University of Roraima, Vitor is currently enrolled in a postgraduate course in Translation Studies. Specializing in the translation of short stories, Vitor sought permission to translate one of my short stories.

I selected my most popular short story, The Ole Higue, published in July 2008 in the Guyana Journal (New York/USA). Considering that my short story contains dialog in Caribbean Creole English, Vitor’s project was very ambitious.

With its origins in West African mythology, the ole higue is an evil spirit that takes the form of an ugly, repulsive old woman that sucks the blood of…

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Terrorism—Incitatory or Revelatory? What has the term achieved? – By Yvonne Sam

Terrorism—Incitatory or Revelatory?What has the term achieved?

By Yvonne Sam

Who has the final say–—Man or Lexicon?  Or would term remain  racially designated?

Terrorism now at the center of semantic jousting suddenly and without warning bombarded our collective consciousness, to the point where nowwe are unable to stop hearing or reading of it.

Ironically the word comes up constantly in newscasts, congressional debates and speeches by world leaders, usually as a way of garnering and securing public support for one security measure or another.     Continue reading

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