Category Archives: Personalities

PROFILE: AA Thorne: Guyanese politician, trade unionist, journalist and educator – By Nigel Westmaas 

AA Thorne
AA Thorne

Described as the “lean man with the jerky gait”, Alfred Athiel Thorne straddled the political and social life of Guyana for more than 60 years, in a career spanning from the late 19th to mid-20th century. Yet little is known in modern times about this titanic figure in the political and social life in colonial Guyana and his significant roles in supporting and struggling on behalf of the working class and other causes.

Contrast this with the reception accorded his contemporary, Hubert Critchlow, whose career and contributions are fairly well documented and recognized. This is surprising as Thorne arguably had an equally impactful career as his sometime rival Critchlow.        Continue reading

Guyana-born Toronto musician “Bonny Brent”, sits behind drum kit at his own funeral

BlogTO – 03 May 2021

Today in going out with a bang, we have Toronto’s own Brentnol “Cabbage” McPherson — aka Bonny Brent — a world-renowned Guyanese-Canadian musician who recently “performed” for the last time ever… at his own funeral.

Friends and family gathered at Covenant Funeral Home in Scarborough, Toronto on Saturday, April 24, to send off the lifelong drummer, who passed away at the age of 73 following a battle with cancer.

What was less traditional — and incredibly memorable — was the visitation that took place ahead of the funeral, during which McPherson’s body was presented in a seated position behind a set of drums bearing the words “Bonny Brent, 1952 – 2021.”          Continue reading

VENEZUELAN MIGRATION: Illegal immigration big business in Trinidad – National Security minister

 — Drone, new vessels to help combat illegal immigration

National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds (centre) speaks to members of the media during a press conference at the National Security Ministry Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday. Looking left is Chief of Defense Staff Air Commodore Darryl Daniel and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith right.

National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds (centre) speaks to members of the media during a press conference at the National Security Ministry on May 2, 2021. Looking left is Chief of Defense Staff Air Commodore Darryl Daniel and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith right.

The Ministry of National Security is moving to clamp down on illegal immigrants entering Trinidad and Tobago as 15 beaches have now been identified as major points of entry for this activity.          Continue reading

GUYANA: GUYOIL was predictable, definitely inevitable – By By GHK Lall

Kaieteur News – It should disturb me tremendously, but it does not. That is because what unfolded at the State agency, GUYOIL, was so inevitable that it could not be prevented. I write today of the utterly disturbing, except that almost all Guyana would read and absorb, then move forward. That is, until the next ugly report of white-collar criminality hits the news.

After all, de adder people dem used to duh de ezact same ting wen dem bin in deh. Now I share with Guyanese the reasons why I am so completely settled in my convictions that this was so predictable and just had to happen, be it GUYOIL or elsewhere.      Continue reading

USA– ‘Decades ahead of his time’: history catches up with visionary Jimmy Carter

Former president Jimmy Carter with his wife Rosalynn in 2018. Was Carter actually so ineffectual?
Photo: Former president Jimmy Carter with his wife Rosalynn in 2018. – The Washington Post/Getty Images

A new film rejects the popular narrative and recasts the former president, 96, as hugely prescient thinker, particularly on climate change

Mon 3 May 2021 14.39 BST THE GUARDIAN
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ENVIRONMENT: They are killing our forest- Brazilian tribe warns : BBC News

Two Awa children smile for the camera in 2014

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has asked for $1bn (£720m) a year in foreign aid to reduce illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

But under Mr Bolsonaro deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has soared, jeopardising the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable indigenous communities.

Our chief environment correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, has been trying to find out what this has meant for an Amazon tribe he first met back in 2010.          Continue reading

OPINION: The suffering, violence and corruption we choose – By Mosa Telford 

Stabroek News – By Mosa Telford

The Suffering

Hardships, distress and pain cling to us like skin on bones. The suffering many Guyanese face is rooted in living beneath the poverty line. But even when we have found our places of comfort and peace and believe that we will not suffer, we are soon reminded that we cannot escape.

Circumstances like long lines at the Central Immigration Passport Office have returned to remind us of our suffering. Despite there being offices in Linden and Berbice, we have regressed.        Continue reading

COMEDY: Have a Laugh: “SIGNS OF THE TIMES”

  • * A sign on a Shoe Repair store in Vancouver reads:
  • We will heel you
  • We will save your sole
  • We will even dye for you.
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  • * A sign on a Blinds and Curtain truck:
  • “Blind man driving.”
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MUSIC VIDEO: The King of Calypso: The Mighty Sparrow – Party Classics

Some popular tunes by the Mighty Sparrow, some going back to the late1950’s….. These should bring back some memories… ENJOY!!!

1. Jean & Dinah,  2. The Lizard,  3. Melda,  4. Drunk & Disorderly,  5. Miss Mary,  6. Jane,  7. Royal jail,  8. Benwood Dick,  9. Sa-Sa-Yea,  10. Magarita,  11. Marajihn,  12. Doh Back Back

Mighty Sparrow
Birth name Slinger Francisco
Born 9 July 1935 (age 85)
Grand RoyGrenada
Genres Calypsosoca
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, Calypsonian, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1949–present
Labels Balisier, RCA, National, Recording Artists, Warner, Charlie’s, B’s, Ice
Associated acts Byron Lee and the Dragonaires
Website mightysparrow.com

MORE INFORMATION: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Sparrow#Soca

RECIPES from Guyana and the Caribbean from Metemgee.com

Meet Althea – at https://metemgee.com/

Hi I’m Althea.  Welcome to my blog.  I have a real passion for cooking, especially Guyanese and Caribbean food.  I was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana. I moved to the USA (Brooklyn and later Queens, New York) with my parents when I was 18 years old.

When I got married and moved to Denver, Colorado I found myself recreating dishes that were no longer easily accessible to me. Without the convenience of my mom’s cooking or all the cook shops and Caribbean restaurants that Queens offered, I started recreating some of my favorite dishes, especially around Guyanese holidays when I craved dishes that we traditionally serve during those celebrations.

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