Daily Archives: 04/26/2021

SONGS AND COMMERCE – “IS WE OWN” – By Dave Martins + Music video


Memory does not tell me exactly how many years back, but several decades ago I recorded a song IS WE OWN with Tradewinds,  essentially highlighting aspects of Guyanese culture that constitute an integral part of our way of life, and the song has now become one of the Tradewinds standards frequently heard on radio and in various public functions.

It is crucial to note here that the approach by various artistes of dipping into the voluminous and varied culture in the Caribbean generally is a time-honoured and repeated slant used by them going back to the time of the calypsonians Sir Lancelot, Lord Canary, Slingshot, Bill Rogers, etc., and, of course, over and over again by a wide range of painters and script writers across the region.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Government plans to integrate migrants and re-migrants into society – Foreign Secretary

 Venezuelan immigration to Guyana:

Foreign Secretary, Robert Persaud, addressing migrants and  re-migrants   .

Apr 25, 2021 – Kaieteur News Foreign Secretary, Robert Persaud, announced yesterday, that his government has made plans to integrate migrants and remigrants from Venezuela, into various sectors of the Guyanese society. Persaud made this announcement, during an engagement with the migrants residing on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two.

In his opening remarks, the Foreign Secretary said that his objective is to listen to the various issues affecting migrants in Region Two.      Continue reading

SHORT STORY: KUMERAU Dam Site –  By T. Eric Matthews

KUMERAU Dam Site – Upper Mazaruni River, Guyana

 By T. Eric Matthews

In the early 1970’s the Guyana government took steps to develop a hydro-electric power scheme in the Upper Mazaruni River area. The Upper Mazaruni Development Authority (UMDA) was specifically created  to plan and execute the project. The dam itself was to be built near or at the Kumerau Falls. A great deal of field work was done by several teams crisscrossing the Region. Actual construction never started and the scheme never came to fruition. 

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USA POLICING: There Will Be More Derek Chauvins – Adam Serwer | The Atlantic

Powerful political actors are committed to ensuring that the system of American policing remains unchanged.

Adam Serwer | The Atlantic

During his closing argument, Steve Schleicher, one of the prosecutors trying the former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, insisted that jurors could convict Chauvin without convicting policing.

“This is not an anti-police prosecution,” Schleicher told the jury. “It’s a pro-police prosecution.”

For his part, Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, told the jury that “all of the evidence shows that Mr. Chauvin thought he was following his training. He was, in fact, following his training.”                Continue reading

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