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GUYDA Father’s Day Brunch – Brooklyn NY – June 15, 2014

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Easter: Kite Flying in Guyana – with pictures by Nigel Durant

KITE FLYING IN GUYANA-  Pictures by Nigel Durant

Kite flying at Easter is a unique Guyanese tradition. Fly a kite at any other time and you’ll be thought of as rather odd. The origins of the practice are a bit hazy but the general explanation is that the kite is symbolic of the Risen Lord. How it started, though, is the subject of speculation.

These pix were all taken near or on the seawall at the Kitty pump station side.

Note: Click the picture to view the others in the picture gallery created by Nigel Durant

Easter Kites - 2009

Kite flying at Easter – a Guyanese tradition

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Cricket: Brian Lara’s 375: a world record-breaking innings +2 videos

Brian Lara’s 375: The inside story of a world record-breaking innings

Posted By STABROEK NEWS  - – April 18, 2014

Brian Lara

Brian Lara

By Marc Higginson BBC Sport

Twenty years ago this week, West Indies batsman Brian Lara broke Sir Garfield Sobers’s 36-year-old world record for the highest score in a Test innings.

The legendary left-hander surpassed his compatriot’s 365 not out as he scored 375 against England at Antigua’s Recreation Ground in a historic match played from 16-21 April 1994.

BBC Sport spoke to those who witnessed his world record innings close up: two of Lara’s West Indies team-mates – Phil Simmons and Shivnarine Chanderpaul – and five England players who suffered in the field: Angus Fraser, Jack Russell, Phil Tufnell, Graham Thorpe and Alec Stewart.

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Miss Guyana World Contestants visit the Big Apple

April 17, 2014 / Arts & Entertainment / Caribbean Life News

Miss Guyana World Contestants visit the Big Apple

Miss Guyana World Pageant contestants

                            2014 – Miss Guyana World Pageant contestants

Article and photo by Tangerine Clarke

A flurry of excitement and flash bulbs greeted five of the eight contestants vying for the Miss World Guyana 2014 title when they arrived in the Big Apple last week for a soiree to kick-off the upcoming May 26 pageant in Georgetown. The official sashing of the contestants will take place on May 4 in Georgetown.

They were greeted at the Guyana Consulate by Consul General Brentnold Evans, who complimented them on their achievements, borrowing a quote from the great Chinese philosopher, Confucius who said, “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential are keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”  Continue reading

Tracing the origin of Trinidad’s Carnival to Grenada – by Arley Gill

Carnival

(Credit: grenadagrenadines.com)

Tracing the origin of Trinidad’s Carnival to Grenada – by Arley Gill

April 17, 2014 – Caribbean360

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Thursday April 17, 2014 - How is it that Carnival, a festival that is so strongly influenced by the French, found its nursery on an island that was never colonized by the French?

From the time I read Joachim Mark’s fervent and bold assertion that Grenada gave Carnival to Trinidad, I could not help but agree with him.

Mark, an educator, history buff and a great historical archivist, has since gone to the Great Beyond. I read his assertion as a college student and his thesis has remained with me all those year. And, from time to time in my perusing through carnival history literature, I will come across passing comments on the issue that will strengthen Mark’s argument.  Continue reading

USA Ackee ban remains in effect

USA Ackee ban remains in effect

ackee-tree

By NewsAmericaNow

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. April 18, 2014:  While many Jamaican nationals may look forward with longing to ackee and saltfish this Easter weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending seizure or import refusal of canned, frozen and other ackee products.

The ackee fruit which is harvested from the ackee tree (Blighia sapida), is native to West Africa, but is also found in Central and South America, many Caribbean countries including Jamaica, and southern Florida.

It contains the toxin hypoglycin A, which drops to negligible levels in the edible portion of the fruit when it is fully ripe,, making them safe to consume . However, the rind and seeds still have high levels of hypoglycin A when the fruit is fully ripe and should not be consumed.  Continue reading

Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada – Dance in Toronto- May 3, 2014

GEPAC Flyer 2014

            

The Caribbean through the eyes of others – by David Jessop

By David Jessop

News Americas, LONDON, England, Thurs. April 17, 2014:  How others see us is sometimes hard to accept. Despite this, what they say when we are not present, can play a significant role in creating reputation and identity.

It also determines the tone of any response. In the case of nations, especially small states, it contributes to their perceived place in the world and may affect their ability to make progress.

This is not to suggest that image is more important than substance, or that the view of others is always correct, but to try to describe in what follows the much less positive light in which the Caribbean is seen than was the case a decade or more ago.  Continue reading

Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC – Spring Dance – May 24, 2014

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My Multi-Ethnic Friends & Other Stories – by Cyril Dabydeen

An Appreciation of Cyril Dabydeen’s Storytelling

BOOK REVIEW: My Multi-Ethnic Friends & Other Stories

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