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“My Mother’s Blues” – Poem by British-Caribbean Poet Malika Booker – by Rosaliene Bacchus

“My Mother’s Blues” – Poem by British-Caribbean Poet Malika Booker

by Rosaliene Bacchus

British-Caribbean Poet Malika Booker
Photo Credit: University of Leeds Poetry Centre

My Poetry Corner January 2020 features the poem “My Mother’s Blues” from the poetry collection, Pepper Seed, by British-Caribbean poet Malika Booker. Born in 1970 in London, UK, to a Guyanese father and Grenadian mother, she grew up in Guyana. At eleven years, she returned to the UK with her parents where she still lives. In June 2019, she received the Cholmondeley Award for her outstanding contribution to poetry.

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Canada: The bold new plan for an Indigenous-led development in Vancouver

A rendering of how the new First Nations district Senakw could look from the Burrard Street Bridge. Photograph: Revery Architecture

The scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, over which tens of thousands of people drive every day.

This is not any old swath of underused space, however. It’s one of Canada’s smallest First Nations reserves, where dozens of Squamish families once lived. The village was destroyed by provincial authorities more than a century ago.

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Guyana featured among top travel destinations on NBC’s ‘Today Show’

Jan 04, 2020    News

The majestic Kaieteur Falls, beautiful beaches and its close cultural ties to the Caribbean are among some of the breathtaking features that have landed Guyana among the top travel destinations for 2020.

The Majestic Kaieteur Falls

For that, this small oil-producing nation was yesterday featured on a segment of U.S. television network NBC’s ‘Today Show’ during which Mark Ellwood, contributing editor for Conde Nast Traveler, revealed a list of top travel destinations to explore.      Continue reading

Guyana: Central High merged with St. Mary’s High School and relocated

  • various governments accused of neglect. – New School Address is on Princess Street

    The old Central High School. Georgetown. Guyana

By Stabroek News – December 28, 2019

Central High School which was located on Smyth Street, Georgetown, as of September 2019, was merged with St. Mary’s High School and is now the “The New Central High School.” The new address is 5-6 Princess Street. Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.

This announcement was disclosed at Central High School’s final graduation in November. However no word was given as to the reason for merging one school with the other.    Continue reading

Guyana Tourism: Experience a Wild(er) Guyana – Ashley Holland’s Story – video

In this short video, Guyana Truly Wild owner Ashley Holland takes us deep into the Guyanese wilderness, and discusses how he brings comfort, and makes new friends, in the remote jungle.
Watch the video.

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Continues Drifting, Crosses Prime Meridian

By Stephanie Pappas | Space.com

Earth’s magnetic north pole, which has been wandering faster than expected in recent years, has now crossed the prime meridian.

Magnetic north has been lurching away from its previous home in the Canadian Arctic toward Siberia at a rate of about 34 miles (55 kilometers) a year over the past two decades. The latest model of the Earth’s magnetic field, released Dec. 10 by the National Centers for Environmental Information and the British Geological Survey, predicts that this movement will continue, though likely at a slower rate of 25 miles (40 km) each year.

This model is used to calibrate GPS and other navigation measurements.             Continue reading

Iwokrama marks 30th anniversary since Guyana’s gift to the Commonwealth

– by Tangerine Clarke – Caribbean Life News NY
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Photo: Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar, scientist, tropical forest ecologist, and director of Iwokrama during a talk on conservation and tourism, at the Guyana Consulate, NY.
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Commemorating, its 30th Anniversary, since offering a gift of a million acres of rainforest, put forward to the Commonwealth by the Government of Guyana, and commonwealth partnership, commissioned by late President of Guyana, Desmond Hoyte in 1989, the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development in Guyana, continues to be at the forefront of conservation.

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Video: Amazing Bhutan: Free Healthcare, No Homeless People, No Traffic Lights

Amazing Bhutan: Free Healthcare, No Homeless People, No Traffic Lights

This mysterious and picturesque country located between India and China was closed for tourists until 1974. Today, everyone who’s ready to go through a lot of formalities and has enough money can visit Bhutan. Ans even though the borders are open, the King still tries to restrict the number of tourists using many different methods.

This is a country that decided to measure national happiness, has completely free healthcare, and nobody living on the streets. Sounds unbelievable, but this is all true about Bhutan, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. So, wanna know why all the people who live in Bhutan are so happy? Let’s find out more about their traditions and numerous bans.

Iwokrama, and venerable to vulgar in four days -By Dennis Nichols

A country’s worth is evaluated in many ways. Generally, progress (mainly economic) is measured by GDP and employment/unemployment figures. Who cares about bountiful resources and touted potential? Unmaximized like ours. Well, many do, and I am one, regardless of the swinging pendulum gauge that can shift our dial from venerable to vulgar in a matter of days, or even hours.

On the social and political fronts, things don’t look good, but are looking up. Despite poor mismanagement in national affairs over the years, we always had our natural resources, and still do. Oil is our latest boon. But before oil; before gold, diamonds, and bauxite; before rice, sugar, and timber, we had our land.    Continue reading

On giving this Christmas – by Rosaliene Bacchus

https://rosalienebacchus.blog/2019/12/08/on-giving-this-christmas/

Christmas Cactus – Gift of Mother Earth – My succulent garden
Photo taken November 23, 2019

Our climate emergency is for real. In his address at the opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held on December 2 to 13, 2019, in Madrid, Spain, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said:

The latest, just-released data from the World Meteorological Organization show that levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high. Global average levels of carbon dioxide reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018.        Continue reading

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