Category Archives: History

Women as Trailblazers – Richmond Hill. NY- March 23. 2019

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Guyana Elections … APNU says voters’ list bloated, PPP calls it valid

February 19, 2019. Kaieteur News By Abena Rockcliffe-Campbell

At a time when Guyana is supposed to be speedily gearing for General and Regional Elections, even the Voters’ List is something that the main political parties cannot agree on at the level of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

February 19, 2019 marks 60 days since the Bharrat Jagdeo-sponsored no-confidence motion was passed against the APNU+AFC government.

According to the constitution, the passage of a no-confidence motion results in the automatic fall of government and elections are to be held within three months. However, just a few days shy of two months after the motion was passed, no date for elections has been given.          Continue reading

Guyana: Stray Animals and the working ones –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

  •  Stray Animals and the working ones
  •  –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

Going through my Archives of old newspapers I recently discovered an interesting news Item in the Sunday Chronicle of February 23, 1986, with the headline, “Council launches campaign against stray animals”. Accompanying the article is a photograph of the then First Citizen of the country’s capital city, Georgetown, Mayor Robroy Whyte.

That perennial problem of stray animals roaming the streets of Georgetown, has been with Guyanese for a very long time, and it seems to be  a problem which is just not going away anytime soon. However, the Stray Catchers Division of the Ministry of Public Security has been on the job with many challenges.           Continue reading

BANKS DIH: the formula of a Winning Team – By Francis Quamina Farrier

BANKS DIH: the formula of a Winning Team

By Francis Quamina Farrier

The curtains came down on the five-acts of BANKS DIH Ltd. Annual Shareholders Meetings at New Amsterdam on Sunday February 3rd., and as usual, there were some “Showers of Blessings” on the proceedings. It was another successful year for what has been referred to as “The Winning Team”; BANKS DIH Ltd. The five ‘acts’ commenced with the large Shareholders Annual Meeting at Thirst Park in Georgetown on Saturday January 26, 2019.

Before that meeting commenced, a pleasant mood was set for Shareholders as they arrived, with music by the Guyana Police Force Band under the Direction of Bandmaster Superintendent Charmaine Stuart. The music was of standard compositions and included Guyanese Folk and Patriotic songs such as “Beautiful Guyana” by Hilton Hemerding.      Continue reading

Guyana: 49th Republic Anniversary Reception – Toronto Consulate – 22 February 2019

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Why Black History Month – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Why Black History Month? 

February means Black History Month. It is the time when teachers dust those books from the previous year and brush up on their knowledge of Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King. It would also be good if the unsung heroes are mentioned, particularly the women. Do we need Black History? Should we set aside a month for the study of it? Do Blacks have a history anyway?

In order to answer such questions the life and times of Amos Beman is pertinent. The young Beman had his heart set on attending Wesleyan but in 1832 the college was not admitting Blacks. The Board of Trustees passed a resolution on October 10, 1832 saying that, ‘ none but white male persons shall be admitted as students of this institution.’

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Burnham’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Foresight led to Guyana having oil offshore

Opinion: Brexit Has Made Britain Anti-German Again – Tanja Bueltmann | Haaretz

Anti-German dog-whistling has plagued the pro-Brexit camp since pre-referendum billboards enjoined Brits to ‘Halt Ze German Advance’. As the Brexit chaos intensifies, that populist jingoism is becoming increasingly shrill

Tanja Bueltmann | Haaretz

When Germany was kicked out of the FIFA World Cup last year many UK commentators gloated, happily reaching for the German word “Schadenfreude” to describe their feelings. So far, so predictable.          

Even after Germany’s exit, parts of the media still made frequent reference to the German team, and to their status as losers. This was incomprehensible to me. There was an exciting England team progressing through the competition; there was an inspiring coach; players were doing well. Why divert and detract from that positive story, giving space to outdated anti-German stereotypes instead?       

This little episode of football history lays bare something of much wider relevance: The problem of English identity.         Continue reading

Venezuela’s Maduro must leave office but invasion not the answer — By Mohamed Hamaludin

Nicolás Maduro

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

By the time this column is being read, Nicolas Maduro may no longer be president of Venezuela. The successor to Hugo Chavez has run the country’s economy into the ground, with an inflation rate that could reach 10 million percent by year-end; for comparison, in the U.S. it is under three percent.  An estimated three million Venezuelans, about 10% of its population, have fled to neighboring countries.

Maduro served six years and claimed victory in an election late last year widely regarded as rigged and took the oath of office in January. Massive street protests have become a daily routine and a young politician, Juan Guaido, emerged as Maduro’s main opponent, calling on him to resign and declaring himself interim president.        Continue reading

Guyana History: BOY SCOUTS – Troop 39 – By Geoff Burrowes

BOY SCOUTS – Troop 39 – By Geoff Burrowes

Boy Scouts

Our big ugly brown tent would never win us a campsite award and our marching and turnout during the Garnett Cup would never win us an award, but our scoutmaster Richard ‘Dicky’ Driver was a proper bushman and he taught us well.

My first rally was at Redwater Creek a clear Coca Cola coloured creek that ran through white sand banks and we had a campsite halfway down the hill at a bend in the trail that gave a lovely view of the swimming hole. Mr. Driver went to Sammy Isaacs who I think, was the scouter in charge of the camp layout and insisted that we be moved to a site at the very top of the hill that perched over the camping area.       Continue reading

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