Daily Archives: 03/05/2021

TRIBUTE: In memory of: Sydney Norman Abdool – 1927-2021 – By: Geoff Burrowes

– By: Geoff Burrowes

My brother in law Norman died on March 1. 2021, and in his passing we lost a great Guyanese Canadian.

I was blessed to marry into my boss’ family, the Sydney Abdools.

Norman was the eldest, then Marjorie Fredericks, Freddy, Beryl Fredericks and  many years after that, Barbara Magalee and my wife, Norma the baby of the family. When I got to know Norman he was tall and slim and elegant, a handsome man with a dry sense of humour which salted his view of life, often.    Continue reading

Guyana SPEAKS: Legacy of Andrew Watson (1856-1921) – first black international footballer – 8th March 2021 at 7pm GMT

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Please note Guyana SPEAKS will be hosting a one-off special event on the life and legacy of the first black international footballer, Andrew Watson (1856-1921).  Given the circumstances of his birth, this event will also include a broader overview of Guyana’s 19th century history and its links to the people of Scotland.
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To attend this virtual event on Monday, 8th March 2021 at 7pm GMT, please register via the eventbrite link below:        Continue reading

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and seniors: Where Canada and other countries stand – CBC News

Amid mixed messaging in Canada, France and Germany reverse course to approve vaccine for people 65 and older

.. CBC News · Canadians now have a third option to protect against COVID-19 after Health Canada approved the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine. But questions remain about whether it should be used in people aged 65 and older — an issue that is also playing out in other countries around the world.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) on Monday March 1, 2021 recommended against using the vaccine in that age group, even though Health Canada has authorized it to be used in adults of all ages.            Continue reading

HISTORY: Guyana During the Second World War – 1939-1945

Credit: www.guyana.org. — with Carl Morgan and Maxwell Hinds.

When Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, Guyana, like other British West Indian colonies, gave full support to the war effort. Some Guyanese men volunteered to fight and they formed part of the British Caribbean Forces. In addition, Guyanese volunteered to serve overseas with the British Navy, Royal Air Force, and the Women’s Corps. Some also travelled to Britain to work in the munitions factories.

In Guyana, for the purpose of defence, the Government organised two militia companies and a garrison. A Voluntary Civil Defence Organisation was also established.              Continue reading