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Queens Book Fair Celebrates Women as Trailblazers! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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It was a magical afternoon. A number of distinguished women shared their experiences with the community to celebrate Women’s History Month. The packed audience at Hillside Library, Richmond Hill Branch, was treated to presentations of the highest quality as the women discussed a wide range of topics that included mental health, Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’, the experiences of a young attorney in Queens and gender bias in the legal system. Jannelle Allong, a graduate of West Point, crowned the afternoon’s proceedings with a riveting presentation of women in the military.

The offerings of these professionals were preceded by the narration of the children. They chose a variety of stories to highlight the resilience of women and their poise and confidence shone like stars on a clear night.

Download : Queen’s Book Fair – Women as Trailblazers 

Quebec’s Bill 21: Secularism and Antagonism – By Yvonne Sam

Quebec’s Bill 21:   Secularism and Antagonism

  By Yvonne Sam

The province’s notion of inclusion is turning into a mere delusion.

The leader of the American civil rights movement and Baptist minister, Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Nothing in the entire world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”  Currently Quebec is lending truth to the statement as the government and the people become enmeshed in the brouhaha surrounding religious symbols. The act and its accompanying fact were clearly spelt out in the CAQ’s campaign promises. Now everyone is beginning to shout as the Premier shows what he is all about. First the say and now the play.

On October 1, 2018 the Coalition Avenir Quebec under the leadership of Francois Legault was swept into power with a majority government, due in large part to strong support from the predominantly francophone regions of Quebec and a Liberal base that stayed home. New records were set for the lowest share of the vote ever registered by either the Liberals or the Parti Québécois. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/grenier-quebec-results-1.4846595.                    Continue reading

CSJAD “New Road” Monthly Newsletter – March 2019

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Guyana Politics: Government denies Granger acted in bad faith

The government today denied that President David Granger had acted in  bad faith in relation to the no-confidence motion.

It was the latest trading of charges between the the government and the opposition as the three-month  clock for the holding of general elections expires on Thursday March 21, 2019.

The government needs the support of the opposition for an extension of the timeframe. The opposition has been insisting on elections by April 30th and the two sides remain deadlocked.

A statement by the Ministry of the Presidency follows:

The Government of Guyana rejects the baseless allegations by Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo that President David Granger has treated with the issue of the no-confidence motion in bad faith.

President David Granger (right) and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.

That is farthest from the truth. In fact, President Granger has demonstrated impeccable leadership, despite consistent attacks from the Opposition, beyond a reasonable doubt given the current circumstances.      Continue reading

Guyana: Education: GofundMe for a school library in Better Hope, Essequibo Coast

Guyana: Education: GofundMe for a school library in Better Hope, Essequibo Coast

Robert G. Lawrie, President of Project Unite Humanity Inc., a Florida not-for-profit corporation, is organizing an endeavor to establish a library at the Better Hope Government School.

Although residing in Florida, his Guyanese roots have drawn him and his organization to help create this library to benefit the children of this area.

Project Unite Humanity is seeking donations to help fund the purchase of books and supplies to begin the first ever library in Better Hope. The library will be dedicated this summer in time before the beginning of the new school year. Anyone can be a part of this effort by making donations to the fund set up on gofundme.com at https://www.gofundme.com/ BetterHopelibrary

With my deepest respect,

Thank you for your donation

Rob Lawrie

Guyana named the #1 “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world

Guyana Named World’s Best Ecotourism Destination

Guyana has been named the #1 “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world. The award was presented to Guyana at the ITB global travel trade fair in Berlin, Germany. The second annual “Best of Top 100” Awards is a selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide. The newly created “Best of Ecotourism” category was added in 2019 and put Guyana up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

The announcement was made this evening at Berlin’s Messe Berlin exhibition grounds by Mr. Albert Salman, President of Green Destinations Foundation. Mr. Brian T. Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Guyana.        Continue reading

“The Leash” – Poem by Ada Limón

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Front Cover The Carrying: Poems by Ada Limón
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Photo Credit: Ada Limón

My Poetry Corner March 2019 features the poem “The Leash” from the poetry collection, The Carrying: Poems, by Ada Limón. Native of Sonoma, California, Limón is a poet, writer, and teacher. After earning an MFA in creative writing from the University of New York, she spent the next ten years working for various magazines, such as Martha Stewart Living, GQ, and Travel + Living. In 2011, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky, to be close to her now-husband, Lucas, a business owner in the horse racing industry. In addition to working as a freelance writer, she serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte (NC) and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center (MA).

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Barbados PM Wants Greater Movement Towards CSME From CARICOM States

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis, February 28, 2019 (CMC) – Barbados Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, on Tuesday, warned that the future of multilateralism is being threatened at the “very time it is needed, more than ever, and urged Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to put aside their differences and further develop the much-heralded CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The CSME allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour and services across the 15-member grouping and Mottley, addressing the two-day CARICOM inter-sessional, held meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis, said that the special CARICOM meeting, on the CSME, held in Trinidad and Tobago last December, had achieved much in the way of putting the initiative back on the front burner.

“The opportunity to have had two days of dedicated discussion has really made a fundamental difference in the trajectory that we can see now, and the progress we can garner going forward.

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Anti-slavery campaigns in Britain and their impact on the formation of the United States

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by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | February 24, 2019

 Zong massacre of 1781 by the British slave traders

The leaders of the 18th century separatist movement from England were not motivated by a genuine desire for freedom and equality.

If the so-called American Revolution of 1776 was truly committed to breaking with monarchical and autocratic rule from the United Kingdom then why did slavery grow at a rapid rate after the achievement of independence of the former 13 colonies in North America?

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Guyana: SARA files civil suits against Jagdeo, six others over ‘Pradoville 2’ land

Stabroek News – 26 February 2019

The State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) has filed civil proceedings against former President Bharrat Jagdeo and six other persons who purchased land at ‘Pradoville 2’ below market prices, Director Clive Thomas disclosed on February 25, 2019 before adding that more cases to recover “stolen” state assets will be filed before the year ends.

Thomas revealed that a total of eight cases were filed last Friday to go after persons who are in possession of state assets.        Continue reading

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