Daily Archives: February 26, 2019

Black History Month is A Part of the Solution and the Problem – Nicholas Raymond Rockey Simon

Nicholas Raymond Rockey Simon | medium.com

Why I Reluctantly Celebrate Black History Month

The history of Black History Month (BHM) is interesting in Canada. Many know the American story, how it began as “Negro History Week” in 1926. In 1976 President Ford made the growing trend of celebrating a “Black History Month” official.

In Canada, it wasn’t until 1995 when Liberal MP Jean Augustine, motioned for the month to be recognized in Canada that it was so. 1995, 24 years ago! That is in most of our lifetimes and has bothered me since that day.           

At the ripe old age of 15, I remember thinking, “Why did this take so long? Why did it even need to happen?” Isn’t Black history also — Canadian or American history?    Continue reading

ARTS- CULTURE: Guyana’s Winslow Craig – Video

  • A brief biographical video of Winslow Craig of Guyana.
  • Winner of the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellenceco-Laureate in Arts & Letters- 2017.

Venezuela and PetroCaribe, sanctions and collateral damage – By David Jessop

Commentary: The View from Europe: PetroCaribe, sanctions and collateral damage

David Jessop

February 24, 2019 – By David Jessop

As this is being written an uneasy calm prevails in Haiti following nearly two weeks of widespread demonstrations against the government of President Jovenal Moïse. Protesters had been demanding his resignation, blocking roads, burning vehicles and attacking government buildings and businesses in many parts of the country including the capital Port-au-Prince.

More protests are planned in the coming days following what many Haitians see as the continuing failure to address their concerns about the disappearance of US$1.7 billion in PetroCaribe funds between 2008 and 2016 intended for social programmes in Haiti. Among those implicated by a Senate report were former ministers, officials, and senior political figures.    Continue reading

Senior Guyanese Friendship Association Newsletter – March 2019

President’s Message

On behalf of members of the Committee, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year. Also, I would like to thank the Committee and all those members who called to check on me during the months I was on oxygen. It was with an enormously fulfilled and happy heart that I was able to attend and celebrate our 45th Anniversary with you.

Everybody who started and continued this journey with us, were highly energetic, young and newly integrated Canadians – not that we are less energetic today – eager to make our community come together to practice our customs, traditions, culinary delights and festive hearts.

Little did we know that we were building an empire of Guyanese and Caribbean Diaspora in Canada, brick by brick, event after event, special projects and charity causes, one after another, year in year out! I am proud to be a part of this extraordinary group of people, seemingly never tired and always ready to keep on serving.

READ MORE: Senior Guyanese Friendship Association Newsletter – March 2019

Guyana Politics: PPP waiting on Irfaan Ali to show proof of academic qualifications

— Transcripts can be obtained in days but party waiting over a month

Irfaan Ali

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has set certain criteria that one must meet before he or she can receive the party’s blessing to be its presidential candidate.

According to sources in the party’s Central committee, academic achievements are a plus but it is not a “stringent requirement.” However, “good standing in the party and capacity for public appeal are two important requirements,” said one official who spoke on the ground of anonymity.

Therefore, when Ali’s qualifications were exposed as questionable just a few days before the hopefuls for presidential candidates were to make presentations to the central committee; his appeal to the party took a hit. However, he was still chosen to serve as presidential candidate.  Continue reading

Religion: No surprise then that a ‘gay cabal’ rules the Vatican – By Anthony L Hall

Commentary: Eighty percent of Catholic priests are gay. No surprise then that a ‘gay cabal’ rules the Vatican

By Anthony L Hall

Some of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay. …

Eighty percent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active, it is claimed in the [new] book, In the Closet of the Vatican.  (The Guardian, February 12, 2019)

Alas, this only affirms the litany of commentaries I’ve written on the Catholic Church. But I cannot stress enough the clear distinction between gay priests and pedophile priests.

Granted, church leaders have invariably shown little regard for this distinction. I insinuated why this has been the case in “Confirmation! Pedophile Priest’ Is Redundant,” August 15, 2018:        Continue reading

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