Category Archives: Guyana

GUYANA: Illusions of Freedom — By Mosa Telford

There is controversy surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations in Guyana. While many people are getting vaccinated, others who are vaccine hesitant are being told by their employers that they must be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Minister of Health Frank Anthony during a press conference on Wednesday said that the free PCR tests should be utilized by those who have been exposed to the virus.
The reality is that most Guyanese cannot afford to pay for weekly COVID-19 tests. Most people will probably comply, and some may quit their jobs.  Of course, people are split on this issue. Some are saying that employers can do what they believe will protect their employees, while others are saying that it is the violation of people’s rights to force them to become vaccinated.

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GUYANA HISTORY: FUH ALL AHWEE! – By Ted Eric Matthews 

(Was Before Emancipation, Was Before Haiti)

FUH ALL AHWEE! – By Ted Eric Matthews 

Remember 1762? Remember Plantations Goedland and Goed Fortuin up dee Berbice River. What a brave and heroic thirty -six they were! They struck a blow for Liberty, for us—–the audacity!—–Then pursued, hunted, killed, severely punished! Remember 1763? (was before Haiti).

Remember Magdalenburg, Providence, Hollandia, Lillianburg up dee Canjie River. Break the chains! Break out! Burn! Chop! Free ourselves! Free yourselves! Run Massa run! Run missy run! Massa day done!      Continue reading

🔴CRICKET: LIVE RADIO | West Indies v Pakistan | 4th – T20 – Played in Guyana

LIVE RADIO | West Indies v Pakistan | 4th Osaka Presents PSO Carient T20 Cup Match

Listen to West Indies v Pakistan in the 4th T20I. The last in their 4-match series.

The first and third matches were abandoned due to rain. Pakistan won the second match by 7 runs.

Guyana’s 60-year struggle for cheap, adequate and reliable – By Ralph Ramkarran

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The economy Guyana inherited at Independence in 1966 has remained largely unchanged. Throughout the period Guyana was a primary producer of bauxite, sugar, rice, timber and gold. The fortunes of some industries have improved while those of others have declined, and a few added, like fisheries.

The absence of cheap, adequate and reliable electricity was recognized as one important reason for the failure to industrialize.   In this new era, as in the past, Guyana can never attain its full economic potential unless the production and delivery of electricity is vastly improved.          Continue reading

CRICKET — Highlights | West Indies v Pakistan | 2nd – T20 Match – July 31. 2021 – Guyana

Watch “Highlights | West Indies v Pakistan | 2nd Osaka Presents PSO Carient T20 Cup Match” 

FULL MATCH SCHEDULE – WINDIES CRICKET

  • Wednesday, July 28: 1st Osaka Batteries Presents PSO Carient T20 Cup match at Kensington Oval https://bit.ly/3kh3lLP
  • Saturday, July 31: 2nd Osaka Batteries Presents PSO Carient T20 Cup match at Guyana National Stadium – 11am local (10am Jamaica)
  • Sunday, August 1: 3rd Osaka Batteries Presents PSO Carient T20 Cup match at Guyana National Stadium – 11am local (10am Jamaica)  (RAIN -ABANDONED
  • Tuesday, August 3: 4th Osaka Batteries Presents PSO Carient T20 Cup match at Guyana National Stadium – 11am local (10am Jamaica)

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SWEET DRINK: Wieting & Richter Ltd.: Cold Storage and Ice Depot – By Dr. Vibert Cambridge

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In the previous installment, we noted that, as was the case with Josė Gomes d’Aguiar, Carl Wieting and Gustav Henri Richter, the founders of Wieting & Richter Ltd., were in British Guiana to try their luck. They did not come from Portugal. They came from Prussia.

Carl Wieting [Sr.]

At the time of writing, there were few details on Carl Wieting’s early years. There is evidence to conclude that he was born in Prussia in 1843. He died in British Guiana in October 1919 at the age of 76. In his obituary in the Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturers, he was described as “a distinguished citizen, a man of ability and enterprise, [who was admired for] the energy with which he carried out his ideas and successfully developed them during his long career in British Guiana.” His first wife, Christina, had predeceased him. She was 34 when she died in 1888.  A plaque in the crypt in St. George’s Cathedral memorializes Wieting for his “many years as Warden of [the] Cathedral.” Also memorialized on the plaque is Martha, his second wife, who predeceased him in 1918.          Continue reading

Emancipation Day 2021 -President Ali hails contribution of Afro-Guyanese

President Infaan Ali

— recommits to establishment of ‘One Guyana Commission’

ALMOST two centuries after the abolition of the most heinous crime against humanity, slavery, Afro-Guyanese continue to catalyse growth and development, making strides in every sphere of life.

“While we take the time to pay homage to our African-Guyanese brothers and sisters on the occasion of Emancipation, we must seize this opportunity to acknowledge, to value, and to celebrate their tremendous achievements and contributions to national development,” President, Dr. Irfaan Ali, said in his message to commemorate Emancipation Day, 2021.      Continue reading

GUYANA: EMANCIPATION DAY REFLECTIONS – 2021 — By Pat Dial

Today, August 1, Emancipation Day, is celebrated throughout the Caribbean including Guyana.

In 1833, the Emancipation Act was passed by the British Parliament freeing all slaves in the British Empire. But real freedom did not come until August 1, 1838, since the Emancipation Act specified a number of hours per day over several years which each slave had to serve before full freedom were finally accorded.

This period between 1833 and 1838 is known as the Apprenticeship (System) and accordingly, full freedom came only on August 1, 1838, at the end of Apprenticeship.        Continue reading

EMANCIPATION DAY 2021: ‘Emancipate yourself from mental slavery’ – says Former President Granger

People’s National Congress – Message on Emancipation Day 2021

Press statement  – 30th July 2021.

‘Emancipate yourself from mental slavery’ – Former President Granger urges as Guyana celebrates Emancipation Day.

Former President David Granger on Friday urged Guyanese to emancipate themselves from mental slavery and become the drivers for change in their communities and the country.

During his weekly programme, “The Public Interest,” Mr. Granger said that, as the nation prepares to celebrate the 183rd anniversary of Emancipation, that historical event is still relevant to everyday life. He explained that Emancipation set the foundation for political, economic and social changes that transformed the plantations into a nation.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Embracing Blackness — By Akola Thompson

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When I was a young child, I did not necessarily consider myself Black. Looking back, I recognize how odd of a thing it was because my immediate family members were all clearly African descendants. In my young mind though, I could not make sense of my differences when compared to the majority of the family I grew up with. I was lighter and had different features; so clearly, I had to be “different” from them, right?

With race not being something that was really discussed, I relied on knowledge I gained from studying history and popular culture to get an idea of who I was. I tried to find my face in books and screens but could not find myself represented in the images that stared back at me. I then began to take cues about my identity from the way people responded to me.          Continue reading