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How Guyana took Christmas Cheer to the children of South Africa – by Francis Quamina Farrier

— by Francis Quamina Farrier

There was no Christmas cheer for the children of South Africa for decades, during the period of Apartheid, when the minority White-ruled government of that wealthy country of GOLD and DIAMONDS, oppressed the Black majority of the population. It was the period when in South Africa, Santa Claus forgot all the little Black boys and girls. It was during the decades of apartheid when Blacks and Whites were officially kept apart.

While the White minority enjoyed the best that the country had to offer, enjoying the good life, the majority Black citizens of South Africa were treated less than second-class in their own country.        Continue reading

I am glad my ancestors made the decision to leave India – By Mike Persaud

By Mike Persaud – Letter in Stabroek News – 06 May 2019

May 5th marked the 181st anniversary of Indian Arrival Day (IAD) in Guyana. There had been some debate about whether to call this event a “celebration”. In Guyana it is called simply, “Indian Arrival Day”. Celebration or Observance – it makes little difference.

Reflecting on these last 181 years in Guyana (as well as in Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad, Jamaica and elsewhere), and on the development and progress of Indians – socially, economically, culturally, levels of freedom enjoyed – I would say it was a good decision our ancestors made when they signed up to go to the sugar colonies.

I have visited some of the villages in the Indentured Belt (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal), saw economic and social conditions there, and formed my considered opinion that we, the descendants of those indentured are better off today than had our ancestors never left. (I suspect this statement will stir debate and argument – that would be a good thing to stimulate thought).          Continue reading

The big secret nobody wants to tell – Bruce Muzik – TED video

The big secret nobody wants to tell | Bruce Muzik | TED video

Uploaded on Jun 3, 2011 –Bruce Muzik presents a riveting talk about the devastating impact that withholding secrets can have on our lives and what to do about it.

Bruce Muzik is a world class trainer and speaker. He is known as the “white man that lived for 6 months in a black ghetto” in post-apartheid South Africa.
His passion is having people experience unprecedented freedom and happiness, through being Authentic.
Find out more about Bruce at http://www.brucemuzik.com.

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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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: Russell delivers win worth toasting vs S.A.

Russell delivers win worth toasting
South Africa v West Indies,  4th One Day International
Andre Russell

Andre Russell

Andre Russell toasted his match-winning innings with his first beer for a month, deservedly so after making 64 in 40 balls to see West Indies home in a thrilling one-wicket victory that finally got his side on the board in this series after three heavy defeats.

Andre Russell played an innings to saviour for the West Indies © AFP  read more about Andre Russell here.

 

West Indian cricketers would be sober men indeed if they waited for ODI victories before having a drink but they finally had a performance to open a bottle to in Port Elizabeth, with Russell providing the coup de grace.

Arriving at the crease with 97 needed from 83 balls, Russell smashed five fours and five sixes to chase down 263 with nine balls to spare. Continue reading

Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

Book  305 pages – By Paul Younger
Book cover New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

When the colonial slave trade, and then slavery itself, were abolished early in the 19th century, the British empire brazenly set up a new system of trade using Indian rather than African laborers. The new system of “indentured” labor was supposed to be different from slavery because the indenture, or contract, was written for an initial period of five years and involved fixed wages and some specified conditions of work.
From the workers’ point of view, the one redeeming feature of the system was that most of their workmates spoke their language and came from the same area of India. Because this allowed them to develop some sense of community, by the end of the initial five years most of the Indian laborers chose to stay in the land to which they had been taken. In time that land became the place in which they joined with others to build a new homeland.
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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

My visit to Cape Town, South Africa – by Lear Matthews

In Memory of Mandela: Impressions of my visit to Cape Town,

South Africa

by   Lear Matthews

Rejoice in the dawn of Pan African light.
Mandela! Mandela! Weep not for Nelson
But sing a thousand hosannas for Madiba
Our sacred Liberator (J.G.Morris)

Lear Matthews

Lear Matthews

I recently visited Cape Town as part of a team project focusing on adult higher education within the context of local and global struggles for equity and social justice, principles espoused by Nelson Mandela.  Following are impressions of this maiden sojourn, the highlight of which was a visit to Robben Island, the notoriously infamous island-prison where Mandela spent more than 17 years.  Continue reading

André Rieu – A Tribute To Nelson Mandela

André Rieu – A Tribute To Nelson Mandela

Published on Dec 10, 2013 –A Tribute To Nelson Mandela performed by solist Kimmy Skota, André Rieu and Johann Strauss Orchestra. Recorded Live in Wembley Arena on December 7 2013. My African Dream.

Concert in Wembley Arena is part of the André Rieu UK Tour 2013.