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Barbados wants to rear Blackbelly sheep in Guyana, Suriname

Barbados Blackbelly Sheep

Government is exploring the possibility of rearing Barbados Blackbelly sheep in CARICOM’s two largest member states, Suriname and Guyana, as top civil servants prepare for a mission to South America next week.

Paramaribo and Georgetown have offered land to Barbadian farmers for sheep rearing, said Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir.

“We are sending out a team now to look at Suriname and then Guyana to make sure we have a suitable arrangement and type of land that we can raise the blackbelly sheep in Suriname and possibly Guyana.        Continue reading

Guyana’s Waterways – By Dave Martins

Guyana’s Waterways – By Dave Martins

Dave Martins

Stabroek News – Sunday 27 Jan 2019

Growing up in Guyana, or coming here to live, our waterways are part of your life. For me, growing up in West Demerara at Hague, in a house by the seaside, it was the rowdy Atlantic, a hundred yards away, and the long straight canal running from the village road, straight as an arrow, about a mile, past the train line, all the way to Hague Backdam where farmers planted rice and kept cattle.

Later, as we moved to live at Vreed-en-Hoop, travelling daily to school in town, it was the Demerara River, with the government ferry boats – Querriman; Lady Northcote; and the small, appropriately named, Hassar – where we would watch the few small cars on deck, with wooden chocks holding them in place. Surely they would be pitched into the sea when the Hassar rolled – and roll it did, but the chocks held.      Continue reading

The danger in what others wish for in Venezuela – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: The danger in what others wish for in Venezuela

David Jessop

February 16, 2018 – By David Jessop

A few days ago, the International Energy Agency reported that oil production in the US was undergoing extraordinary growth. The OECD-related body for net importers of oil said that the increase meant that US “production could equal global demand growth” largely because of its rapidly expanding shale output. This meant that US production would probably reach 11 million bpd by late 2018, outstripping Saudi Arabia and offsetting OPEC-led supply cuts aimed at increasing energy prices.      Continue reading

How the 19th-century flow of indentured workers shapes the Caribbean | The Economist

Of carnivals and controversy: How the 19th-century flow of indentured workers shapes the Caribbean | The Economist

WHEN Anthony Carmona, the president of Trinidad and Tobago, showed up in a Carnival parade last month wearing a head cloth, white shorts and beads like those worn by Hindu pandits, he was not expecting trouble. Nothing seems more Trinidadian than a mixed-race president joining a festival that has African and European roots. But some Hindus were outraged. “[O]ur dress code has never been associated with this foolish and self-degrading season,” huffed a priest. Trinidad’s cultures blend easily most of the time; occasionally, they strike sparks.     Continue reading

Book: Q&A with Sharon Mass “The Sugar Planter’s Daughter”

Q&A with Sharon Mass “The Sugar Planter’s Daughter”

Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for “The Sugar Planter’s Daughter” by Sharon Maas. I am delighted to welcome Sharon here and thrilled that she has agreed to answer some questions about her writing and the novel. So, no more from me – over to Sharon!

The Sugar Plamterès daughterHello Sharon! Thanks so much for joining me! You clearly have a good knowledge of the country in which you set your novel. Could you tell me a little bit about your background and travels?

I grew up in the capital of British Guiana, as it was then called, Georgetown. Back then Georgetown was known as The Garden City, one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean. The atmosphere, for a child, was mellow, friendly; we had a lot of freedom, and my memories are full of fruit trees, beautiful gardens, fun at school, friends, uncles and aunts, trips to the beach or to the creeks in the Interior. This was MY British Guiana, though; I grew up in a middle-class family so I am privileged. There was of course the dark underbelly of colonialism.    Continue reading

Latest Facts On The Caribbean Population In The US – NAN

13 Latest Facts On The Caribbean Population In The US – NAN

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Photo: Politicians including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo working the West Indian bloc at the annual West Indian Labor Day Carnival in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Yana Paskova)

By News Americas Now (NAN) Staff Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 11, 2015: The US Census Bureau has released its latest estimates on the population in the US, including Caribbean and West Indians across the country. Here are 13 latest facts as obtained first by News Americas Now:   Continue reading

Reparations and Sustainability: Sir Hilary Beckles Makes the Case! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Reparations and Sustainability: Sir Hilary Beckles Makes the Case!

Sir Hilary Beckles

Sir Hilary Beckles

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

It was simple and compelling. But Prime Minister David Cameron was not buying into it. He said that reparations were not the answer. When he addressed Jamaica’s Parliament in September 2005 Mr. Cameron admitted that slavery was ‘abhorrent’ and that the ‘wounds run very deep’ but he did not give much hope to the pro-reparation argument.

In fact Mr. Cameron wanted the Caribbean to move on and put the past behind. According to the British Prime Minister, ‘ I hope that as friends who have gone through so much together since those darkest of times, we can move on from this painful legacy and continue to build for the future.’   Continue reading

Portuguese in Trinidad- by Jo-Anne S. Ferreira

Language Blag

Portuguese in Trinidad

Is one or more of your family names Abreu, Affonso, d’Andrade, Cabral, Camacho, Carvalho, Coelho, Farinha, Fernandes, de Freitas, Garanito, Gomes, Jardim, Lourenço, Luz, Mendes, Mendonça, Netto, Nunes, Pereira, Perneta, Pestana, Pinto, Quintal, Rezende, Rodrigues, Sabino, dos Santos, de Silva, de Souza, Teixeira, Vieira or Xavier, to name just some of the 100+ Portuguese surnames in Trinidad and TobagoThen your roots are probably in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira.

Most of the names live on but, for the most part, the language has not. What happened to the language among Luso-descendants of Trinidad and Tobago/Portuguese Trinbagonians is our question.

globalmap1 Madeira is an island chain in the north Atlantic off the coast of Morocco, and 1,076 km from Portugal to the north-east, and 5,168 km from Trinidad to the south-west.

Portuguese groups reportedly came to both Tobago and Trinidad as early as the 17th century: a group arrived…

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Lightning Bolt strikes again, bringing Gatlin to tears + race video

 Lightning Bolt strikes again, bringing Gatlin to tears

bolt_beijing_2015News Americas, BEIJING, China, Mon. Aug. 24, 2015:
Despite naysayers including Caribbean-born NBC host, Ato Bolden, a bolt of lightning returned to the Birds Nest in Beijing on Sunday, striking down the US’ Justin Gatlin at the IAAF 2015 World Championships and bringing him to tears.

Usain St. Leo Bolt returned to Beijing with a purpose – to reclaim the medals he secured at the 2008 Olympics and make history again. Gatlin came with one goal – to beat the Jamaican Olympian and world’s fastest man.  Continue reading

The Birdmen of Queen’s New York – NY Times article

The Birdmen of Queen’s New York – NY Times article

Towa Towa - Guyana

Seed finch – Towa Towa

By Emily Rueb – 31 July 2015 – NYTimes

Ray Harinarain cut the lusty Hellcat engine of his Dodge Challenger and gently lifted his birdcage from the front seat.

Mr. Harinarain, a heating and air-conditioner repairman from Brooklyn, joined a procession of middle-aged men in fedoras and flat caps, cradling wood poles and cages the size of large shoe boxes, streaming into a pocket-size park in Richmond Hill, Queens, on a recent Sunday morning. The cages were blanketed in white coverlets, some trimmed with lace. Inside each one was a delicate songbird: a chestnut-bellied seed finch native to the northern parts of South America and the Caribbean.  Continue reading

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