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The Diaspora Reconsidered: A Guyanese Perspective – By Lear Matthews

The Diaspora Reconsidered: A Guyanese Perspective

Lear Matthews

Reacting to this writer’s views about the need to strengthen Caribbean Diaspora Associations, an esteemed commentator advanced the notion that “We should not bank too heavily on an unending outreach to the land of our birth. The Diaspora is a slow diminution”. (H. Williams, Guyanese-On-Line 9/14).

However, contrary to that dismal prognosis, I argue that the Caribbean Diaspora is unlikely to diminish, rather it will expand. It is not a time-phased, amorphous process that faces extinction, but will increase exponentially with continuous immigration flows.  The term Diaspora describes the dispersion of a defined group of people of similar ethnicity, nationality or cultural background. They tend to strive for a common identity, group consciousness and often collaborate on causes of interest to themselves and those they believe they represent. Contemporary social analysts have asserted that Diasporas have a significant function of sustaining strong social, economic, cultural, political and emotional bonds to their country of origin. Continue reading

Caribbean North Charities Foundation – Toronto- Casino Bus Trip 29 Nov. 2014

Caribbean North Charities Foundation

PLEASE JOIN US ON OUR FUNDRAISING CASINO BUS TRIP, FIRST ONE TO
FALLSVIEW, AND AFTERWARDS ENJOY THE NIAGARA’S FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

ON: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2014

DONATION: $ 20.00 PER PERSON ( AND ALSO RECEIVE A $10.00 SLOTS PLAY)
Remember to: BRING YOUR CASINO FALLSVIEW PLAYER’S CARD or ANY GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO I.D.

PICK UP POINT#1. Scarborough
@ CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTRE
1967 ELLESMERE ROAD AT DOLLY VARDEN BLVD.
(WEST OF MARKHAM ROAD) SCARBOROUGH.
 FREE PARKING AT SOUTH PARKING LOT NEAR TENNIS COURTS ( SAME SPOT BEFORE)
 BUS LEAVES FOR NEXT PICK UP POINT# 2 @ 10.00 -10.15 A.M. SHARP Continue reading

THE BANSHEE DEMON – by Peter Halder

THE BANSHEE DEMON

by Peter Halder

     Simone and Tiara were cousins and next door neighbors. It was October 31 and the two young girls were at a loss at to what to do that Halloween evening. Their parents could not afford costumes so they were not keen on going trick or treating.

    “Well, life is full of let downs but we can still find something to do. So you have any ideas?” asked Simone.

    “Aha. I’m glad you asked. I did have an idea. What if we walk around the neighborhood and admire some of the costumes worn by kids for the night. Who knows, maybe something weird may happen which will make our Halloween stroll a night to remember.”

    “Good idea Tiara. I sure our parents will have no objections if we walked around together holding hands. Maybe we can even take that small wooden Holy Cross you have on your bedroom wall with us just in case we run into a demon.”

 

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Dialogue with Wilson Harris – by Stanley Greaves – November 2014 Georgetown

Painting Exhibition

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ECHOES OF GUYANA- POEMS By Dmitri Allicock

ECHOES OF GUYANA- POEMS

By Dmitri Allicock

standpipe

THE STANDPIPE
Innocence smiles and optional clothes
Water from standpipe slowly flows
O’ sweet water washes the mud away
Guyana’s countryside back in the day
Laughter of simpler times that quiver
Teeth chattered with splashes of shiver

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Guyana mistaken for Guinea in NYC Ebola report – apology requested

Guyana mistaken for Guinea in NYC Ebola report – apology requested

 ISSA  NYC Ebola reportPicture: Congressman Issa on CNN on Sunday Oct. 26, 2014. (CNN image)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Oct. 27, 2014: A Caribbean American Institute is calling on Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee, to apologize after erroneously stating that the medical doctor who is now hospitalized with Ebola in a New York hospital returned from “Guyana” with the disease.

Issa, the U.S. Representative for California’s 49th congressional district at a House Oversight hearing on the US’ Ebola response on Friday, October 24th in Washington, D.C., three times misstated the country where the outbreak of Ebola originated was Guyana. The first time he stated: “… in the West African nation of Guyana, the world first learned about yet another new outbreak of the Ebola virus” several months ago. Continue reading

Canada to get first national Caribbean television station

Canada to get first national Caribbean television station
Published on October 22, 2014- caribbeannewsnow.com

TORONTO, Canada – Fitzroy Gordon, founder and president of Toronto-based radio station G98.7FM “The Way We Groove,” has been granted approval from the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to operate a national television station focused on airing programs for the black and Caribbean population of Canada.

news2.jpg “For years the black and Caribbean community in Canada has expressed the need to have easier access to media that reflects their identity, culture, values and issues. By obtaining approval to establish this television station we have taken a significant step in bringing this shared vision to life,” said Gordon. Continue reading

Book by Shridath Ramphal: Glimpses of a Global Life

Ramphal: Glimpses of a Global Life

The links below were compiled by the St. Stanislaus College Blog to go with the Press Release below:

Cover for Glimpses of a Global Life
http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Sir-Shridath-to-launch-Glimpses-of-a-Global-Life-279222452.html
http://www.dundurn.com/books/glimpses_global_life
http://www.turnaround-uk.com/glimpses-of-a-global-life.html
https://bookshout.com/ebooks/glimpses-of-a-global-life

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Ganja And The Caribbean Tourism Industry – By David Jessop

Ganja And The Caribbean Tourism Industry

Ganga article pix

Thousands turn out annually for The Seattle Hemp fest, in Washington state. (edipure.com image)

By David Jessop

News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Oct. 17, 2014: A debate is just beginning that is unlikely to reach a conclusion anytime soon. It relates to ganja and tourism and follows from the decision by Jamaica, and in time possibly others in the Caribbean, to decriminalise the holding of small quantities of marijuana and its use for medicinal and religious purposes.

The measure, which in Jamaica is domestic in its intent, responds to long standing pressure for change but may well , for a variety of reasons, come to be a form of tourism attraction.

In the US, where the states of Colorado and Washington have legalised the narcotic, reports in the local and national media suggest that this is resulting in a surge in visitor arrivals and an upturn in tax revenues. Although it is clear that events like ‘Hempfest’ in Seattle attract around 30,000 participants to sample product competing for an annual cannabis cup, officials argue that inter-state marijuana tourism remains a myth.  Continue reading

Dancing in the Rain – a story about “Life”

Dancing in The Rain


It was a busy
morning, about 8:30, when an elderly

gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have
stitches removed from his thumb.

He said he was in a hurry as he had an
appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat,

knowing it would be over an hour

before someone would to able to see him.  Continue reading

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