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Hope: Guyana’s history and the names of some “Great Guyanese”

 By Geoff Burrowes

When I was growing up I knew a mild mannered boy named Malcolm Rodrigues. His nickname was “Milky”. I later heard that he had become a Jesuit priest.

When many of us, decided that life under the heel of the Forbes Burnham regime was not supportable and emigrated to other countries to enjoy their freedoms, Malcolm continued to minister in Guyana. I recently read an article written by him about the martyrdom of Father Darke and realized that Malcolm had grown into a courageous priest who had stood up against the excesses of the politicians of the time. I guess that his Jesuit training and expectations were partially responsible for that growth.          Continue reading

“Thank you Tiger – Shivnarine Chanderpaul”

Thank You, Tiger – Living and making history with West Indian cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul”

  JULY 10, 2011 | BY KNEWS |  SPORTS 

Colin E. H. Croft

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

You would think that I am mad, but I am very sure that I knew Shivnarine “Tiger” Chanderpaul long before he was born.  I knew of him perhaps before his father thought of him!

I believe that we should all be very pleased to be alive to celebrate Shiv’s record-breaking achievement of becoming the most capped West Indies Test player ever, with, now, 133 Tests.
If we really appreciate our cricket and cricketers, we should give tremendously great homage to a guy who has survived everything thrown at him, even West Indies team captaincy, to soldier on, regardless!
By now, many would know that the little village of Unity-Lancaster, in the Mahaica area, up the East Coast of Demerara, in Guyana, with approximately 2,000 inhabitants, has produced two West Indies Test cricketers, “Chanders” and me.  That is not bad at all, for such a little place!
To add to that, both outgoing President of Guyana’s Cricket Board, Chetram Singh and outgoing President of Republic of Guyana, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, are also our ‘country-men”, products of Unity-Lancaster.  It would not be an idle boast to claim these achievements as being unique for any village.
I am very proud to be fortunate enough to have my name associated with these erstwhile performers, especially Shiv.  While I did not know the two presidents well in their youth, I have come to know them fairly well in professional life.  I certainly knew Chanders’ father, and uncle, ‘much better than well’!

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