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“DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH GUYANA RADIO” – By Bernard Heydorn

“DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH GUYANA RADIO” – By Bernard Heydorn

Broadcasting House, Georgetown, British Guiana 1964

Caribbean radio has a long, illustrious history. In the days before television, videos and the like, radio was the people’s main source of news and entertainment. Guyana had its first radio station, ZFY on the air as early as 1935, even before the CBC in Canada in 1936, and not long after the BBC in England, 1922.

ZFY was accompanied by stations VB3BG and VP3MR, followed by Radio Demerara in the 1940s and BGBS in the 1950s. Incidentally, ZFY, which was located by the Main Post Office in Georgetown, burned to the ground in the great fire of February 1945, the week when I was born.  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

Local Government Elections – No room for complacency by Government – editorial

Local Government Elections – No room for complacency 

MARCH 25, 2016 | BY | FILED UNDER EDITORIAL

If anyone is reading the signs correctly, the government has resigned itself to the fact that it did not do as well as it would have wanted in the Neighborhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) but it outdid the PPP in Georgetown and four other towns. Its intention appears to be not to dwell on the negative but the positive.

According to one of its ministers, the government is “quite satisfied” with the outcome. The administration opined that the elections and results confirm that its strategy has worked,”
This indeed is not the right time for the government to look back; it has to look forward and engage the people in the decision-making process. The LGE is over and it is no use crying over spilt milk.

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GECOM ready for 523,831 persons to vote in Local Govt Elections

GECOM ready for 523,831 persons to vote in Local Govt Elections

ballot boxPosted by: Jomo Paul – Demerara Waves – February 5, 2016

The Guyana Elections Commission Friday said all systems are go for 523,831 eligible registered voters to cast their ballots in Local Government Elections slated for March 18, 2016.  The total number of valid votes cast at the May 11, 2015 general elections are 412,012 or 72 percent of the 570,708 then eligible voters for the entire country.

For the first time ballots would be cast for Councils in new towns-  Bartica, Lethem and Mabaruma. They join the list of the other towns- Georgetown, Linden, New Amsterdam, Anna Regina, Rose Hall and Corriverton.   Continue reading

The Promenade Gardens, Georgetown. Guyana.

The Promenade Gardens, Georgetown. Guyana.

The Promenade Gardens is located  in the city of Georgetown, Guyana. The gardens are located between Middle and Newmarket Streets as well as between Waterloo and Carmichael Streets in the city. It stands as the perfect spot for the family and the young at heart to relax and think of mother nature’s countless blessings to the City of Georgetown.
… Photos by Alva Solomon.

The sign along Middle Street tells the story of the gardens. Republic Bank has over the years partnered with the Georgetown Municpality to maintain the Promenade Gardens.

The sign along Middle Street tells the story of the gardens. Republic Bank has over the years partnered with the Georgetown Municpality to maintain the Promenade Gardens.

 

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GUYANA – Capitol TV News Videos – 03 November 2014

Capitol TV logoGUYANA – Capitol TV News Videos – 03 November 2014

  • Deal with mental health sensibly
  • Relatives of slain NYPD cop say thanks
  • More rice markets found
  • Koker rehabilitation ongoing
  • Maintain high standards for food imports.
  • Georgetown – Keep city clean
  • Housing sector for transformation
  • Sports

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Bartica to become town in 10 months – President David Granger

Bartica to become town in 10 months

Sunday, 21 June 2015 21:06 – Written by 

President David Granger as he addressed the gathering at the Bartica Secondary (GINA photo)

President David Granger as he addressed the gathering at the Bartica Secondary (GINA photo)

The date set by President David Granger is April 23, 2016.

He made the announcement on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at a public meeting held at the Bartica Secondary School. “I made a promise when I was campaigning and I promised that Bartica will become a town before the 26 May, 2016, the 50th Independence anniversary, in fact Bartica will be a town on the 23rd  April 2016.”  Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 19 May 2015

Capitol TV logoGuyana: Capitol TV News Videos –  19 May 2015

  • Relatives identify bodies in mines disaster
  • Poor mining practices caused mines disaster
  • Georgetown getting back to normal
  • Granger speaks of plans for inclusionary governance
  • “Ghost workers” at government agencies being identified
  • Outrage at Ramotar’s pardoning of child killer
  • Grand celebrations planned for Independence Day
  • Sports

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Photos of Guyana – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 Photos of Guyana – by Francis Quamina Farrier

A photo of a bird’s eye view of Georgetown could be so Beautiful; but it is a different scene on the ground. As the saying goes, a picture is like a thousand words, and I’ve decided to submit a few of the photos of Georgetown taken in July, 2014, on the ground.

A Fly Jamaica jetliner at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport,Timehri.  (FQ Farrier photo)

A Fly Jamaica jetliner at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport,Timehri. (FQ Farrier photo)

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Book Review… Boogie Days – by Albert Cumberbatch

Book Review… Boogie Days by Albert Cumberbatch

Guyanese dance through time hits mark

Boogie DaysApril 7, 2013 | By KNews |  By Dr. Glenville Ashby

Guyanese native, Albert Cumberbatch, hoists readers on his literary wagon, traversing time in this nostalgic novel. The road is a not always smooth, but through the prism of Rudy, a twelve-year-old, trials never seem adversely impactful. Rudy is a typical teen – adventurous, resourceful with an enviable ability to adapt. Boogie Days wastes little time in sowing Rudy’s experiences in Mackenzie, a suburban mining town in the South American country of Guyana. It is removed culturally from the capital, Georgetown, where Rudy lived with his aunt Vannie before being taking away by his mother.

Cumberbatch captures the rich passage of teenage life, baiting the imagination of readers. A sojourn in Berbice for Rudy is culturally awakening. He learns of the Queh Queh, a traditional African dance performed at weddings, and is imbued with country living – natural, unpretentious and earthy. Boogie Days is poignantly spirited, colourful and whimsical.  Continue reading