Category Archives: Education

UG to Launch Alumni Associations in Toronto, London and Washington

UG to Launch Alumni Associations in Toronto, London and Washington

UG will first rejuvenate the Toronto Guild of Graduates on Thursday, and will launch an alumni association in London on August 3. That event is titled “Reignite” and is billed from 6-8pm at the Tropicana Community Services Hall at 1385 Huntingwood Drive Scarborough , MIS 3J1, Ontario.

The theme ‘Reignite’ is being used since a UG Guild of Graduates has been working since the early 1970’s under the leadership of Harry Hergash and a dedicated group in Canada.            Continue reading

JAMES WITTROY Mc RAE – A  Short  Story by  Royden  V  Chan – 2005


A  Short  Story by  Royden  V  Chan – 2005

Allan Agard was diagnosed with a terminal illness almost two years ago and had now passed away. The viewing was being held today at Osgood Funeral Home on Sheppard. Allan and his wife Gladys both came from a family background of teachers and professional civil servants, which traditionally influenced their preference for academic vocations.

They both graduated from the University of the West Indies and worked in the Caribbean for several years until 1970 when they responded to the “back to home” call from Guyana’s Prime Minister, Forbes Burnham.  Allan was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Guyana and Gladys was attached to the Ministry of Education.            Continue reading

Guyana History: Johnny Carpenter and the Mekdeci family – By Freddie Kissoon

Johnny Carpenter and the Mekdeci family – By Freddie Kissoon

In my column of Sunday, May 20, 2018, captioned, “White fans didn’t know he was an East Indian boy” I wrote the following; “I remember when I was small there was a shoe store at Camp and Regent Streets named Shu-All. The owners passed as Portuguese but they were Syrians.”

Yesterday, the prominent, Portuguese-Guyanese businessman, Johnny Carpenter, came up to me in the National Park. I pass Mr. Carpenter daily in the park and the customary hello follows. But yesterday, while walking my dog, Mr. Carpenter asked for two minutes of my time. I told him he can get more than two minutes.
What Johnny Carpenter had to say to me was amusing. But there also wasn’t a funny side to it considering what I did to Carpenter.      Continue reading

Thoughts on the Demolition of the St. Rose’s High School –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

Thoughts on the Demolition of the St. Rose’s High School –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

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The demolition of the St. Rose’s High School on Church Street, South Cummingsburg in Georgetown, Guyana, began on Monday July 9, 2018, after it was decided by the Board of Governors, that the structure had reached a state of disrepair.

So the demolition was inevitable due to its terminal condition. But that does not ease the pain of many present and former students of the St. Rose’s High School, as well as for many who have never been students of that institution of higher learning, the pain is no less.      Continue reading

STEMGuyana’s National Scratch Coding League In Full Swing

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Fifteen teams representing schools, community clubs and religious organizations in regions 3, 4, 6, 7 and 10 are participating in Guyana’s first Nationwide Robot and Coding technology competition. This first program of its kind in Guyana, serves as a pilot to gauge the interest of participants and to help organizers work out potential issues associated with automating and organizing a nationwide competition among teams so widely dispersed in Guyana.

Organizer Karen Abrams stated that, “students will learn critical soft skills like collaboration, communication and conflict resolution while strengthening their academic knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving and technical skills. There is simply no downside to youth participation in this exciting new competition” Abrams noted that, “the pilot league was launched to expose and engage our young people in STEM related activities and then careers. What we have found is that, the more engaged they are, the more they learn, the more they are able to grasp pretty complicated concepts. We are preparing them for future which is unknown but which we bet will be kinder to those young people who are comfortable with the backend of technology”


The negatives of ICT are now affecting all of us – By Adam Harris

The negatives of ICT are now affecting all of us

Jul 15, 2018  Features / Columnists,- By Adam Harris

When I was a boy growing up I heard talk about robots taking over jobs that people were doing. It sounded like science fiction, but it was not long before it became reality. People were afraid of the technology because they saw themselves being put on the sidelines.

It turned out that as technology developed new jobs appeared. The centres that produced cars introduced robots. Soon robots controlled the assembly line and of course, cars were produced faster and with near impeccable finishes.          Continue reading

Renewable Energy Soundscapes – By the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog

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Primal Sonic Visions by Bill Fontana

Primal Sonic Visions by Bill Fontana
Photo Credit: Venice Science Gallery, Italy

Joan Sullivan – a Canadian-based renewable energy photographer, blogging at Artists and Climate Change – has opened my senses to diverse artists working to help us embrace our transition to a 100 percent renewable energy economy. In her post, “Renewable Energy Soundscapes,” published on July 12, 2018, Sullivan introduces us to Bill Fontana’s Primal Sonic Visions, now on exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

Seventy-one-year-old Bill Fontana, an American composer and sound art pioneer, told Sullivan that the project, commissioned by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), transformed him as an artist through his experimentation with moving images and invention of a new visual language.

Primal Sonic Visions prompts deep reflection on the power and effectiveness of energy capable of ensuring the future of our planet and triggers an emotional response to…

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WATER: Waste not, Want not! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

WATER: Waste not, Want not!  – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Water, and not oil, will be the source of future world conflicts.  It will be the biggest threat to world peace.

It is New Year’s Eve. Thousands are in Manhattan to watch the ball drop. By the time the clock strikes midnight, until lunch the following day, New York would have consumed enough energy to supply the Caribbean for a year and millions of liters of water would be wasted.

It is lunchtime in a New York City Public School. By the time the session is over gallons of milk and sandwiches and fruit will go to waste. They will be dumped without being touched. When we waste food we waste energy. We waste water. Food on the table involves a complex chain, from land preparation to production, transportation, storage, marketing and packaging and finally consumption.

Read More:  Waste Not.Want Not – Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Selflessness is human currency that never loses its value – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Selflessness is human currency that never loses its value


Eight-year-old Maurice Adams was riding in his mother Contricia Hill’s car on a street in Milledgeville, Ga., when he saw an elderly woman with a walker trying to climb a set of stairs.

“Can I go out there and help her up the steps?” Maurice asked. His mom stopped the car and let him out. He helped the woman to the top of the stairs and she hugged him and told him he’s special.

This is one of many stories that made the news in recent months of people rising above these troubled times to display a selflessness that is a hallmark of the human spirit.     Continue reading

GUYANA SPEAKS: London UK – “OIL” by Chris Ram on July 13, 2018; + “Emancipation and Beyond” – July 29, 2018

 GUYANA SPEAKS – Featuring CHRIS RAM – 13 July 2018. London. England.

Chris Ram, who was one of our speakers on What will oil do for Guyana? in November 2017, has just received a certificate for the Masters of Laws in Oil and Gas from Reading University and is currently in the UK.  Guyana SPEAKS will therefore be holding a one-off special in which Chris will talk for 30 mins on “First Oil in 2020: Are We Ready?” followed by a Q&A session.  If you are able to attend, please RSVP so that we have an idea of numbers. The event will be held on Friday, 13th July (6.30pm for a 7pm start) at the Classic.       Continue reading

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