Category Archives: Personalities

The Great Sir Frank Worrell Remembered + video by Brian Lara

THE GREAT SIR FRANK WORRELL REMEMBERED

By Dmitri Allicock

On this day in history, July 22, 1950, Sir Frank Worrell completed 261 vEngland at Trent Bridge.

Sir Frank Worrell

Sir Frank Worrell

Sir Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell (1 August 1924, Bank Hall, St MichaelBarbados – 13 March 1967, Kingston, Jamaica), sometimes referred to by his nickname of Tae, was a West Indies cricketer and Jamaican senator.

A stylish right-handed batsman and useful left-armseam bowler, he became famous in the 1950s as the first black captain of the West Indies cricket team. He was the first of the two batsmen to have been involved in two 500-run partnerships in first-class cricket.

By 1947 his mother had moved to New York and his father was away at sea most of the time so Worrell moved to Jamaica. Continue reading

AFC tells Ramotar time-up, ready for no-confidence – Ramotar responds…..

AFC tells Ramotar time-up, ready for no-confidence

Friday, 18 July 2014 – By  Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

President Donald Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar

The smaller opposition Alliance For Change (AFC) has told President Donald Ramotar that it is going ahead with its vote of no confidence in the government that will inevitably see Guyana going into early general elections before year end if approved by the combined opposition-controlled House.

AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan told the Guyanese leader that he was pushing ahead with the no confidence vote because government was spending millions of dollars from the Consolidated Fund without parliamentary approval. “Our Party sees no other alternative than to proceed with this constitutional mechanism for removal of an unpopular Government that has ceased to enjoy the confidence of the National Assembly and who by its actions has demonstrated an unlawful and contemptuous disregard for the Supreme Law of the Country,” he said in the July 17, 2014 letter.
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BRICS countries establish alternate funds to rival the IMF

Emerging BRICS powerhouse agrees to establish US$50B bank, US$100B crisis fund

JULY 17, 2014 | BY  |  Fortaleza, Brazil – The BRICS group of emerging powers met on Wednesday with South American presidents as they justified the creation of a development bank, seen as an alternative to Western-dominated global financial organizations.

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) held closed-door talks in Brasilia with counterparts from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and other Latin American nations.

President Donald Ramotar (3rd back) with leaders who attended the meetings in Brazil.

President Donald Ramotar (3rd back) with leaders who attended the meetings in Brazil.

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Barbados Cropover: Naniki Caribbean Cuizine – August 3, 2014

Naniki Cropover event

Local Govt Elections: GECOM Chairman discards concerns by PPP Commissioners

Local Govt Elections: GECOM Chairman discards concerns by PPP Commissioners

Monday, 14 July 2014 -  by  Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

Dr Steve Surujbally

Dr Steve Surujbally

Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Dr. Steve Surujbally on Monday debunked claims by the three ruling party-nominated commissioners that the local government elections machinery was rusty and could lead to disenfranchisement.

Surujbally insisted that the commission was “fully prepared and committed” to move into election mode with “immediacy” whenever the Local Government Minister issues an order after consulting with GECOM.

In terms of actual preparations for local government elections , the Commission Chairman said they already have a work plan that caters for 180 days from the date of the ministerial order. This timeframe is largely a result of the sequential statutory requirements and other prerequisite activities for the conduct of the elections.    Continue reading

Book: English-Speaking Caribbean Immigrants – by Lear Matthews

Announcing the publication of a new book entitled:

ENGLISH-SPEAKING CARIBBEAN IMMIGRANTS: Transnational Identities

Lear MatthewsBy Lear Matthews.  

Published by University Press of America (Rowman & Littlefield).  

ISBN: 978-0-7618-6202-4.  On Amazon. < click link to look inside the book and order from amazon.com

This book highlights a range of issues relating to the transnational experiences and identity of English Speaking Caribbean Immigrants in the United States, with implications for immigrants in general. Few students of international migration envisioned the changes in migration trends, policies and events that have shaped the immigration process at the onset of the 21st Century. Continue reading

“Rising Star” Contestant Lisa Punch saved by West Coast Vote + video

“Rising Star” Contestant Lisa Punch saved by West Coast Vote + video

Given the option to save one “Rising Star” contestant this week, the west coast voters opted to push Lisa Punch into the quarterfinals.

With a new phase of the “Rising Star” competition came a new mechanism by which the west coastviewership, despite not being able to watch and vote during the initial, live broadcast, could participate.

Of the six contestants involved in head-to-head “Duels” this week, three would be crowned winners and automatically promoted to the quarterfinal round based on the initial audience’s vote.  Continue reading

Gotze goal hands Germany 2014 World Cup

Gotze goal hands Germany 2014 World Cup 

Mario Gotze of Germany celebrates scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final with Thomas Mueller Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Mario Gotze of Germany (#19) celebrates scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final with Thomas Mueller Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

(ESPN).-Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time after a stunning extra-time strike by substitute Mario Gotze secured a 1-0 victory over Argentina.

After 113 goalless minutes in the World Cup final, Gotze — a second-half substitute for Miroslav Klose — controlled Andre Schurrle’s left-wing cross beautifully on his chest before volleying past Sergio Romero.
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The Census and its Political Implications – By Ralph Ramkarran

THE CENSUS AND ITS POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on July 12, 2014 by Ralph Ramkarran

 The census figures substantially confirm the analysis I made in an article “The Future of the PPP” published in November, 2012. I had argued at that time that declining Indian population had an impact on the election results of 2011, having regard to ethnic voting patterns. I had also indicated that the effect of a slowly decreasing Indian population could be seen in voting patterns and results since 1992. The census results show that in Region 6, a stronghold of the PPP, the population declined by 15,000 at the end of 2012. Adding Regions 5 and 3, also strongholds of the PPP, there was a total decline of 20,000 persons.

There was no publication of figures indicating the sizes of the various ethnic groups in Guyana. I had predicted at that time that the Indian population is likely to have gone below 40 percent. The census of 2002 showed the Indian population to be 42 percent and I had based my prediction on the prior rate of decline. I do not know the reason for the non-publication of these figures but it is quite possible that it is because the Indian population is now below 40 percent. Continue reading

Rtd Major Joseph Skeete of the Guyana Defence Force, has died

Rtd Major Joseph Skeete (Joe or Archie) of the Guyana Defence Force, has died.

Naj Joseph Skeete

Maj Joseph Skeete

Rtd Major Joseph Skeete transitioned from this life on Thursday, July 9, 2014.  Joseph Skeete was also a former Master Mariner (Ship’s Captain) at ESSO Standard Oils. He adjusted to life as a quadriplegic and was extremely successful … a great lesson to us all.  Here are some details of his life at the GDF, and later after he retired:

On January 9, 1967 the Maritime Arm of the Guyana Defence Force was established. On its formation it had strength of one Officer and twenty two (22) other Ranks. SPO St Lewis the longest serving member of the Coast Guard was amongst the twenty-two (22) other Ranks. The Unit was originally located in Ayanganna and was accommodated in close proximity to the gym.

This unit was first commanded by Lt Joseph Skeete who was responsible for organising such administrative duties like grass cutting to instituting routine Coast Guard operations. In 1969, during a joint military exercise between the GDF and the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guards, he dove into shallow and muddy waters, hitting his head on a tree stump that was not visible from the surface. Twenty-six-year-old Skeete suffered irreversible damage to his spinal column and from then on has had to adjust to life as a quadriplegic.  Continue reading

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