Monthly Archives: July 2019

GUYANA SPEAKS: The Role of SUGAR in Guyanese Life – London UK – July 28, 2019

                  SUGAR, RUM and RHYME in Guyanese Life

SUGAR has long been the mainstay of the Guyanese economy. Since the days of the first European colonists sugar cane has played a significant role in Guyanese life. From the scourge of slavery and the production of rum to the euphoric carnival celebrations, sugar, more particularly Demerara sugar, is synonymous with Guyana.

Our distinguished guests will address the issues of SUGAR from three different perspectives.

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Cricket: West Indies announce squad for first two T20I’s against India in Florida

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – West Indies chances against India in the upcoming MyTeam11 Twenty20 International Series, co-sponsored by Skoda, were given a boost with the recall of the veteran duo of Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.

Wicket-keeper/batsman Anthony Bramble is the only newcomer in the 14-member squad selected for the first two T20Is in the series which will be contested on August 3 and 4 at the Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida. The Selection Panel has the opportunity to make changes to the squad before the third T20I on August 6 at the Guyana National Stadium.          Continue reading

Commentary: The view from Europe: Britain’s uncertain future – By David Jessop

By David Jessop

In a  few days about 160,000 members of Britain’s Conservative Party, largely white, male and in their late fifties, will elect a new party leader and so appoint Britain’s next Prime Minister. This 0.3 percent of the country’s electorate must choose between two men, both of whom now appear determined to lead the UK into a no-deal Brexit after October 31 and to an uncertain future.

Speaking a few days ago, Boris Johnson, the candidate widely expected to become prime minister, and his opponent, the present UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, laid down new red lines.    Continue reading

Caribbean: Tourism Matters: Airline travel and tourism development fee

By Adrian Loveridge

I recently questioned the charging of US$70 of the October 2018 imposed ‘Airline Travel and Tourism Development Fee’ on a LIAT return ticket from Barbados to St Maarten. This was in addition to the already existing US$27.50 departure tax.

LIAT kindly responded stating the “Airline Travel and Tourism Development Fee is US$35 for CARICOM and US$70 for other destinations. Since St Maarten is not a member of CARICOM the fee is US$70”.    Continue reading

HEROC: Bingo Fundraiser for Guyana Cancer Mission – Brooklyn NY- August 18, 2019

Guyanese Chef Kashif Browne …creating a stir at The White House

Guyanese Chef creating a stir at The White House

Kashif is the Executive Sous Chef at The White House.     
He completed his secondary education at The Bishops’ High School and started a career in banking, but left all of that behind when he migrated to the United States just after completing a semester at the University of Guyana.  

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TRIUMPH  OF  THE  “UNDERCLASS” –  By Hubert Williams

TRIUMPH  OF  THE  “UNDERCLASS”  (Written almost 5 years ago)

      By  Hubert  Williams

Boston, Massachusetts, October 21, 2014 — In 2003, in a lengthy document sent the office of Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, reacting to her extremely well presented book “Living History”, I had expressed misgivings over societal weaknesses and the emerging role of well-educated, highly-placed working women which could have the unintended consequence under Democracy of an ‘underclass’ literally controlling small jurisdictions such as those in the English-speaking Caribbean… and, in the fullness of time, large jurisdictions, too.

She is absolutely a “women’s libber” and a very strong proponent of an education system which separates girls and boys, particularly at the secondary and tertiary levels. Of her own experience at Wellesley College in Boston (one of the world’s foremost women’s universities), she wrote:              Continue reading

Dr. Hollina Alfred: Who said – “Nothing good can come from Albouystown?”

By Leson Jones – Pepperpot Magazine

Dr. Hollina Alfred (Adrian Narine photo)

AS a young girl growing up in Albouystown, Dr. Hollina Alfred watched all the episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. After being thrilled by the television series, it fuelled her desire to become a medical doctor.

Of course, this was just one reason. Speaking with the Pepperpot Magazine, Alfred related that a personal experience also inspired her decision.

“After I saw my little brother struggling with overcoming seizures, the impact this had on my family at large was suffocating; we struggled emotionally and financially to ensure that he was taken care of,” she stated.    Continue reading

Guyana Politics: PPP urges supporters to boycott house-to-house registration

– PPP: To seek injunction to halt process

– Govt. and Opposition clash over role of President in GECOM’s chair selection

Workers of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) fanned out yesterday across the country to start house-to-house registration but the Opposition has called on its supporters to not cooperate.

 Bharrat Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, in a Facebook video yesterday, hours after, signaled intentions to approach the courts tomorrow for an injunction to halt the registrations.

It will mean both the Government and the Opposition are defiantly standing on opposite grounds on an issue that has heavily divided the nation.  Continue reading

America’s Homeless Working Poor – Video

The Most Revolutionary Act

The Working Poor and Homeless in the US

Four Corners (2017)

Film Review

This Australian documentary challenges whether job growth in the US (25 million new jobs in ten years) really represents economic recovery. The film makes three important points: 1) the vast majority of new American jobs are minimum wage part-time jobs, 2) well-paid middle class jobs continue to vanish, and 3) approximately one-half of US workers live in poverty.

The film follows three families. The first, in Orlando Florida, consists of a single mother of three who works 70 hours a week for Dunkin’ Donuts and MacDonald’s. Earning $8 an hour, she and her family live in a cheap motel because they can’t afford rent. She sleeps 1-2 hours a night, and her mother-in-law provides childcare while she works.

The second family is a couple with two children who live in a homeless camp in the parking lot…

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