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REFUGEES: No room for today’s ‘tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ — By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

The number of free African Americans increased from around 60,000 in 1790 following the Revolutionary War to about 300,000 in 1830 and European Americans feared they would help the still enslaved to escape or revolt and believed anyhow that they were an inferior race who would be better off elsewhere. The American Colonization Society and others came up with this solution: send them to Africa.

African Americans, in general, objected strongly, with some pointing out that they had lived in the United States for generations and were “no more African than white Americans were European,” as Wikipedia puts it. Shame upon the guilty wretches that dare propose and all that countenance such a proposition,” abolitionist and scholar Frederick Douglass declared. “We live here—have lived here—have a right to live here and mean to live here,”

Still, 4,571 African Americans were relocated between 1820 and 1843 to West Africa, in a collection of settlements with names such as Mississippi in Africa, Kentucky in Africa and Republic of Maryland that formed the nation of Liberia by 1857. Because of diseases, only 1,819 survived. Continue reading

Cricket: History: Rohan Kanhai-gifted, and talented, led the Guyanese march into the West Indies XI + video

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Rohan Kanhai -1975

He was gifted with eagle-like eyes’ and he had the speed of a hare and the concentration of a man on fire.
Those qualities abounded in him, a testimony that can be retold by opposing bowlers from England, India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.

Of course we speak of Kanhai when that dapper figure dons his whites and marches to the middle with bat in hand at the start of an innings in test matches, in first class games or what have you.

Hitherto unknown excepting for those who were fortunate to dwell in the areas of Port Mourant in Berbice, this new found West Indian cricketer blazed the trail of West Indies cricket, bringing joy to many who, among other things, defied the elements of the weather, inclement or otherwise, to see him pepper the most fearsome of bowlers in his quest of blasting for runs.            Continue reading

Guyanese Christmas Down Under – by Francis Quamina Farrier

  – by Francis Quamina Farrier
While it is winter in countries in the north – America, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France and other European countries, it is now summer Down Under in countries such as Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This is also true in other countries such as Botswana in Africa and Uruguay in South America – countries which are way down south of the Equator.

 As such, they spend the Christmas Season in a warm climate without any snow. Their Winter months are during mid-year. While on visits to Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay, I recognized the weather realities of those countries which are Down Under at the southern or bottom portion of the globe.          Continue reading

Cricket: West Indies name squad for first four matches of tri nation ODI series

West Indies name squad for first four matches of tri nation ODI series

West Indies cricketPublished on May 20, 2016 – Caribbean News Now

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The West Indies Selection Panel has named the 14-man squad for the first four matches of the upcoming Tri Nation One-Day International Series.
The squad includes two players who are yet to play in ODIs for the West Indies. These are: off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who was a member of the West Indies team that won the ICC World T20 last month; and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who has played 16 Test matches.

The Tri Series will feature West Indies, South Africa and Australia and all matches will be day/night. The series starts in at the Guyana National Stadium (June 3-7), then moves to Warner Park, St Kitts (June 11-15); and concludes at Kensington Oval, Barbados (June 19-26).
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Loewenstein: “Disaster Capitalism” – Making a Killing out of Catastrophe + 2 videos

Posted: 02 Dec 2015 05:08 PM PST – St Stanislaus College Blog

9781784781156-max_221Loewenstein: Disaster Capitalism – Making a Killing out of Catastrophe

Crisis, what crisis? How governments and corporations profit from disaster.“A keenly observed and timely investigation into rampant resource plunder, privatized detention centers, and an array of other forms of corporate rapacity on four continents.” – Naomi Klein

Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining…….     [Note: 2 videos below] Continue reading

Beautiful time-lapse film- Rise of the Full Blue Moon in Australia – video

Beautiful time-lapse film- Rise of the Full Blue Moon in Australia – video

This is unbelievable and beautiful …. 4 mins… Once in a Blue Moon…

On the 31st of July 2015, this beautiful time-lapse rise of the Full Blue Moon was captured 2 ½ miles away from Cape Byron Lighthouse, on Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. The headland and lighthouse at Byron Bay is the most easterly point of the Australian Mainland and therefore is the first place in Australia to watch the full moon Rise.

 Probably the Most Beautiful Moonrise Time-Lapse You’ll Ever See….       Continue reading

Canada named world’s most well-respected country by holidaymakers…

Canada named world’s most well-respected country by holidaymakers… but the UK and US fail to crack the top 10

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Toronto. Canada

  • Findings included in the Reputation Institute’s Country Reptrak Survey
  • More than 50 nations were ranked by an online panel of over 48,000 people
  • Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia rounded out the top five

India and APEC: Time to get on the Bus – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

India and APEC: Time to get on the Bus

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Smart economics suggests that India should be a member of APEC or Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. When India does well the world benefits.   

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been making the right statements that might make this possible. In welcoming the Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping to India Mr, Modi outlined the special chemistry that exists between both countries. He said, ‘ India and China are bound by history, connected by culture and inspired by rich traditions. Together they can create a bright future for the entire mankind.’

If this is a sales pitch or a form of ‘Modinomics’ it caught the attention of the international community. Mr Modi continued by saying that India and China can ‘ script history and make a better tomorrow for all mankind.’ Continue reading

Cricket: Who would win the World Cup? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Cricket: Who would win the World Cup?

2015_Cricket_World_Cup_Logo.svgBy Dr. Dhanpaul Narine –  10-February-2015

Beyond the ball destiny lies. Stars and legends are made. Cricket’s extravaganza begins and New Zealand will be the team to beat. They are playing well and have the game to take on the best teams in the world.  Besides, New Zealand is peaking at the right moment and they are playing at home.

Valentine’s Day 2015 a love affair of a different sort will take place. It involves the cricket nations from fourteen countries and they will compete for cricket’s World Cup. This will be the eleventh such meeting; the first was in 1975 in England. Cricket fans will recall that West Indies won the 1975 and 1979 tournaments and lost in the 1983 finals to India at Lords.  Continue reading

Cricket: ICC proposes sweeping changes for the game

Cricket: A new Imperium – Sweeping changes for the game

Stabroek News – 27 January 2014 – Tomorrow, the Board of the International Cricket Council (ICC) will begin deliberations on a proposal by its Finance & Commercial Affairs (FCA) committee for sweeping and astonishing changes in the way the game is run and how tours are scheduled. At the core of the proposal is that India, Australia and England would take charge of the game and that they would be immune to relegation in the two-tiered system that is also being promulgated.

It is in essence the cricketing version of the permanent five of the United Nations Security Council, as regressive and in need of urgent reform as that model is. And just as the permanent five were installed as the victors at the end of the Second World War, it is proposed that these three be ordained on the basis of the money they bring to the game and the level of the public interest in their teams.   Continue reading

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