UPCOMING EVENTS by GUYANESE ASSOCIATIONS

UPCOMING EVENTS by GUYANESE ASSOCIATIONS 

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  1. Magazines and Announcements by Guyanese Associations

    1. Guyana Cultural Association- August 2014 Magazine
    2. Guyana Cultural Association New York (GCA) – Honorees 2014
    3. 2014 GCA HONOREES – Dmitri Allicock awarded second prize – Godfrey Chin Prize for Heritage Journalism
    4. Guyana Christian Charities requests help for Rev. John O’Conner teaching nurses in Guyana.

    Upcoming Events by Guyanese Associations

    1. GCA New York – Guyana Folk Festival Season Events – August 2014
    2. Victoria Village: Kings & Queens Ball – Brooklyn NY – August 29, 2014
    3. North Ruimveldt Multilateral Secondary School Alumni- Dinner/Dance – Queens NY Aug 29, 2014
    4. St. Stanislaus College Alumni- New York- Labor Day Jam, Brooklyn- August 30, 2014 (NEW)
    5. St.Joseph’s Alumni Association – NY- Dance August 30,2014
    6. QC/BHS Labor Day Sunday Jam- Brooklyn NY – August 31, 2014
    7. BHS Alumni Toronto – Evening of Jazz – September 13, 2014
    8. Guyana Cultural Association of Montreal – Banquet/Ball – Sep.13, 2014
    9. Toronto Foundation- Dinner & Dance flyers – September 13, 2014
    10. Guyana Christian Charities – Fall Dance – Toronto – September 20, 2014
    11. Guyana Association of Georgia- 2014 Awards Banquet- Clarkson GA- Sept 27, 2014 (NEW)
    12. Guyana Association of Georgia- 2014 Awards Banquet- Clarkson GA- Sept 27, 2014
    13. Central High School Alumni – Toronto – Dinner/Dance- September 27, 2014
    14. Guyana-Jamaica Friendship Asso NY – Dinner/Dance – Bayside NY – Oct 3, 2014 (NEW)
    15. Senior Guyanese Friendship Asso – Toronto – Bazaar & Craft Sale – October 4, 2014
    16. Senior Guyanese Friendship Association – Fall Dance – Toronto – October 25, 2014
    17. XGDF Association NY – Black & White Affair – Nov.15, 2014

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Guyana will guarantee financing for India group – company website claims

Guyana will guarantee financing for India group – company website claims

- says it was given 60,000 hectares in Canje Basin

Leslie Ramsammy

Photo : Dr Leslie Ramsammy Min. of Agriculture

AUGUST 29, 2014 | BY –  |ndian conglomerate, Ajeenkya DY Patil, says that it has been provided with a 99-year lease on 60,000 hectares of land located in Canje Basin for a mega-farm. The Government of Guyana will provide tax holidays, waive import and export duties, and provide exemption from local taxes, the company said on its website.

The Ministry of Agriculture had initially stated that it had given approximately 10,000 hectares of land in the Canje Basin to the group for “mega farming”.  There have been no announcements by Government of these new arrangements.

The company said it was also able to acquire the rights to not only what is above the  ground but below, a significant allowance, as it could pave the way for even mining to taking place in the concession. Continue reading

The Mapmaker’s Dilemma – By Barry Evans

From the beginning, mapmakers have had to contend with the problems inherent in translating the surface of a three-dimensional spherical object (the Earth) to the flat plane of a map. Barry Evans at The North Coast Journal takes a look at the “tearing” versus “stretching” methods of map-drawing, as epitomized in Bucky’s Dymaxion Map and the Mercator Projection, respectively.

Commons Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion world map, which can be folded to make a regular 20-sided icosahedron (one of the five "Platonic solids").

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Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion world map, which can be folded to make a regular 20-sided icosahedron (one of the five “Platonic solids”).

The Mapmaker’s Dilemma  – By

If you’re over 50, chances are the obligatory world maps hanging in your classrooms were based on the Mercator projection. You probably remember it: Greenland, which is 14 times smaller than Africa, appears to be the same size as the continent. And Europe looks twice as large as South America, instead of half the size, as it really is.

Dutchman Gerard Mercator, as smart a businessman as he was a mapmaker, would have been appalled if he knew his map projection was used to educate children in geography, since it was never intended as anything like an accurate depiction of the globe.

The English title of his 1569 map (the first world map to use what we now call the Mercator projection) is “A New and Enlarged Description of the Earth with Corrections for Use in Navigation.”   Continue reading

GAZA: The War For Nothing – by Uri Avnery

The War For Nothing
30/08/14 - By Uri Avnery

gazaAFTER 50 DAYS, the war is over. Hallelujah.

On the Israeli side: 71 dead, among them 66 soldiers, 1 child.

On the Palestinian side: 2,143 dead, 577 of them children, 263 women, 102 elderly. 11,230 injured. 10,800 buildings destroyed. 8,000 partially destroyed. About 40,000 damaged homes. Among the damaged buildings: 277 schools, 10 hospitals, 70 mosques, 2 churches. Also, 12 West Bank demonstrators, mostly children, who were shot.

So what was it all about?

The honest answer is: About nothing.

Neither side wanted it. Neither side started it. It just so happened.

LET US recapitulate the events, before they are forgotten.  Continue reading

Caribbean Carnival 2014 In New York City Gets Underway

 Caribbean Carnival In New York City Gets Underway 

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Photo: The 2013 queen of carnival Kay Mason, from the band Borokeete, portraying “Celebration of Darkness to Light thursday night at the Brooklyn Museum. Thecostume was designed by Follette Eustace. (William Farrington/WIADCA Photo)

News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Thurs. Aug. 28, 2014:  Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will today help kick-off the beginning of the annual five-day celebration of Caribbean carnival in New York City – the West Indian American Day Carnival.

North America’s largest carnival turns 47 this weekend and got underway officially at 3 p.m.Thursday August 28, with ‘The Stay in School Youth Fest,’ a free program, presents an opportunity for young people to showcase their artistic talents on stage to approximately 3,000 attendees. Continue reading

Terrorism as Theater – By Robert D. Kaplan

Terrorism as Theater

Global affairs - KaplanWednesday, August 27, 2014 – Stratfor

By Robert D. Kaplan

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

The killing, in other words, became merely the requirement to send the message. As experts have told me, there are more painful ways to dispatch someone if you really hate the victim and want him to suffer. You can burn him alive. You can torture him. But beheading, on the other hand, causes the victim to lose consciousness within seconds once a major artery is cut in the neck, experts say. Continue reading

The Smallness of Being in Economy Class

The Smallness of Being in Economy Class

FROMA HARROP -NATIONOFCHANGE / OP-ED Published: – 27 August 2014  
Economy Class

Economy Class

 
Wall Street actually rewards airlines that put the most passengers into the smallest areas. The fight for space on airplanes has gotten so bad it has led to physical altercations between passengers!
 
Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.

The middle class sees its stature shrinking in the global pecking order and in a culture that favors money over well-being. There can be no better example for this than the indignities of flying economy.

Surely, you heard the story about the United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver that was diverted to Chicago after two passengers got into a fight over legroom.  Continue reading

African-Guyanese traditions need to be revived and cherished – by Murphy Browne

African-Guyanese traditions need to be revived and cherished

Jane engage and she tink nobady like she
Jane engage and she tink nobady like she
Run a kokah dam someting bruk away
Run a kokah dam
Jane engage and she walk the village wid style
O run a kokah dam someting bruk away
Run a kokah dam

From Guyanese kwe-kwe song “Jane Engage”

Singing and dancing to kwe-kwe songs is an important part of some African Guyanese pre-wedding celebration. The songs are sung in the Guyanese Creolese language which is derived from several Central African and West African languages combined with the languages of the Europeans who enslaved Africans. The kwe-kwe pre-wedding celebration does not seem to have a corresponding ceremony in any present-day African nation which suggests it was probably derived from a combination of African ceremonies. 

Continue reading

Iraq, Syria and Lebanon – invented by Britain and France, now collapsing

Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon’s Precedent

 Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 03:1 Stratfor 

Geopolitical Weekly  By George Friedman

Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement between Britain and France reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey into the states we know today — Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, and to some extent the Arabian Peninsula as well. For nearly 100 years, Sykes-Picot defined the region.

Iran-map-region

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A strong case can be made that the nation-states Sykes-Picot created are now defunct, and that what is occurring in Syria and Iraq represents the emergence of post-British/French maps that will replace those the United States has been trying to maintain since the collapse of Franco-British power.

The Invention of Middle East Nation-States

Sykes-Picot, named for French diplomat Francois Georges-Picot and his British counterpart, Sir Mark Sykes, did two things. First, it created a British-dominated Iraq. Second, it divided the Ottoman province of Syria on a line from the Mediterranean Sea east through Mount Hermon. Everything north of this line was French. Everything south of this line was British. Continue reading

GCA New York – Guyana Folk Festival Season – August 2014

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GCA NEW YORK- GUYANA FOLK FESTIVAL SEASON

50 years of Notting Hill Carnival: the changing face of London’s party weekend

50 years of Notting Hill Carnival: the changing face of London’s party weekend

An event that began as an attempt to lift the spirits of West Indian immigrants has survived controversy and violence, but now the street party is also big business

The Observer, Sunday 24 August 2014 – Nadia Khomami

Notting Hill Carnival, London 2013

Last year’s carnival, which is thought to have attracted about a million people. Photograph: Ben Cawthra/REX

The first memory Mikey Dread has of Notting Hill carnival is a warm one. His now famous sound system, Channel One, had just finished playing a show in a giant shed in Portobello Road to 2,000 people. They had begun to take down the equipment in anticipation of doing it all again the next day when a group of local men in their 60s approached them. “They said to us ‘no, there’s no need to pack up, we’ll stay here and look after your stuff’. And they did. They stayed up the whole night playing dominoes and looking after our sound system.”   Continue reading

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