Monthly Archives: October 2018

Guyana Memories: “I’ll always Remember” and “I’ll never Forget” – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Dave Martins with Farrier

Like so many Guyanese and many other nationals around the world, I am a Dave Martins fan. I love his music with that rich bouncy Caribbean beat. I love his lyrics, always with something to learn and think about. And during the past decade or so, I have come to enjoy reading his weekly column in the Sunday Stabroek News.

In a more recent article entitled “Lessons I never forgot”, in which he was reflecting on his learning experiences while an up-and-coming musical entertainer, I couldn’t help observing his use of the term, “I never forgot”,  which was in the Headline.  It got me to thinking of something I was doing unwittingly for many decades, with the use of that term,  “I’ll never forget”, and it’s twin, “I’ll always remember”, and realised that somehow I was using both terms, which I suppose means the same thing, very selectively.    Continue reading

Barbados: Hundreds of Government Workers to lose jobs – PM Mia Mottley

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday October 15, 2018 – Hundreds of government workers in Barbados – but not more than 1,500, mostly in temporary positions, will be laid off over the coming weeks as the Government continues to execute its International Monetary Fund(IMF)-supported economic recovery and transformation plan.

In a televised address to the nation yesterday evening, Prime Minister Mia Mottley dismissed rumours that thousands of civil servants would go on the breadline, and outlined a series of strategies to help those who would be, cope.           Continue reading

Miss Earth Guyana Wins Gold Medal for National Costume – “Ole Higue”

Miss Earth Guyana Bags Gold Medal for National Costume

Miss Earth Guyana 2018 at the center with her medal.

SEE Pictures here: https://www.missearthguyana.org/events-1/miss-earth-guyana-bags-gold-medal-for-national-costume

Xamiera Kippins, Miss Earth Guyana 2018 has captured the gold medal for South America at the Miss Earth National Costume Competition. Kippins displayed an illustration of Guyanese folklore – The Ole Higue. Peru and Ecuador were awarded the Bronze and Silver medals respectively.

The delegates of Miss Earth 2018 showcased their respective countries’ rich culture and heritage through the national costume competition held October 11 at the Century Park Hotel in Manila, Philippines.          Continue reading

Business: Sears – The Store That Changed America – Declares Bankruptcy

Countz Lifestyle

Sears, the once-dominant retail chain that changed how Americans shopped and lived, has filed for bankruptcy, CNN reports.

The 132-year-old company has been struggling for several years and is drowning in debt. The final straw was a $134 million debt payment due Monday that it could not afford.

Sears Holdings (SHLD), the parent company of Sears and Kmart, is among dozens of prominent retailers to declare bankruptcy in the era of Amazon (AMZN).

The filing in federal bankruptcy court in New York came in the early hours of Monday morning. The company issued a statement saying it intends to stay in business, keeping open stores that are profitable, along with the Sears and Kmart websites.

As of the filing, about 700 stores remained open and the company employed 68,000 workers. That’s down from 1,000 stores with 89,000 employees that it had as recently as February.

But Sears said that it’s…

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Profile: The late Romesh Singh – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Profile: Romesh Singh -Engineer, Activist and Teacher

Romesh Singh, also known as Romesh Chandra Dutt was a person of many interests. He built radios and radars, set up communication links that brought the world closer and never lost sight of the fact that ordinary people matter. Romesh was one of the foremost telecommunications engineers of his generation that designed complex systems.

He was unassuming but firm in his convictions, and above all, he had an abiding love for his homeland, Guyana.

When you were with Romesh you knew that he stood for what was right. He did not play around with words, or said one thing and meant something else. Romesh was the genuine article, a scholar with varied interests, outspoken in his views, and always giving of his best to the community.

Read more: Profile – Romesh Singh = By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

UK Councils Condemned For ‘Shameful’ Rebranding of Black History Month 

Appropriation row comes as councils scrap the Black History Month name in favour of celebrations of all different ethnicities

Sally Weale and Robert Booth | The Guardian UK

For more than 30 years, Black History Month has been a fixture in Britain’s cultural calendar, celebrated every October in schools and at tens of thousands of events across the country.

But this year the event is at the centre of an appropriation row as campaigners complain that a number of councils have scrapped the name, describing it instead as a celebration of all different ethnicities.        Continue reading

Despite criticisms, UG prepares to bestow honorary doctorates on four Guyanese

University of Guyana

Guyanese pilot who escaped with two planes dies in Long Island crash

Munidat “Raj” Persaud

Technology: Critical Transformation of a Generation – By Yvonne Sam

A generation is learning from what they see- So adults must perfect models be.

By Yvonne Sam

My next door neighbor, who also hails from my native land, has two young sons, and although one is a tot and the other a baby I recently became concerned while interacting with them.  Unlike their parents whose concern may lie somewhere between teething and potty training, my biggest concern, strangely enough was how to keep cellphones out of their hands for at least the next fifteen years.  Yes, go ahead and exhale now.

Today kids and teenagers alike face an epidemic without a cure: screen time—–  and all its accompanying dysfunction, mental health problems and bad habits. The head-in-the-phone attitude is more than mere irritation.  Sad but true this behavior, seemingly harmless in itself can nevertheless determine whether or not a young person lives or dies.    Continue reading

Netherlands restores Guyana’s Dutch archive

Netherlands restores Guyana’s Dutch archive

Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton with conservation specialist Gabriela Beentjes – National Archives of the Netherlands

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana, the former British Guiana, was a Dutch colony before it became a British possession in 1831 and, as a result, over half of Guyana’s National Archive is in Dutch. After an agreement between Guyana and the Netherlands to preserve and translate the Guyana Dutch Archive, which was in tatters, the final segment of the project was completed and handed over to Guyana two weeks ago.       Continue reading

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