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Politics and the Guyana Middle Class – By Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

The middle class, which supported the PPP in 1950 and was heavily represented in its leadership, began to divide on the basis of the ethno-political developments after 1955. This division and consolidation matured only in the early 1960s.

During this process Burnham saw the importance of the middle class, particularly the African middle class. He courted the United Democratic Party, which was the political expression of the League of Coloured People and eventually merged with it. According to some critics of the PPP, Jagan signaled the need for a similar outreach in his 1954 Congress speech.

If this is so then it is evidence that both leaders saw the importance of capturing the support of the middle class, or rather, that section of the middle class which they expected to be sympathetic. 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").

Commons
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

Storytelling Concert by Ken Corsbie & Friends – NY – Sept 6, 2014

“See you in September…”

New York STORY Exchange (NYSE)

(Aka American Center for Theatre & Storytelling)

 Storytelling Concert

Featuring

KEN CORSBIE  and  Friends

Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

In the home of Barbara Aliprantis,

Founder/Artistic Director of NYSE

*43-77 169th Street, Flushing, NY 11358  Continue reading

2014 GCA HONOREES – Dmitri Allicock awarded second prize – Godfrey Chin Prize for Heritage Journalism

2014 GUYANA FOLK FESTIVAL SEASON CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2014 GCA HONOREES

Godfrey Chin Prize for Heritage Journalism

Dmitri Allicock AwardNote: click document above to enlarge

Visit the Dmitri Allicock Blog to view all of his articles  <click

What can USA and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world?

What can the American and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world? inc videos

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May August 14, 2014 at 10:59 am EDT
A group of students in Karakati, India, research the answer to a big question at one location of Sugata Mitra's School in the Cloud. According to Mitra and Adam Braun, there's a lot that Western schools can learn about education from students in India.

Students in Phaltan, India, research the answer to a big question at one of Sugata Mitra’s School in the Cloud labs. According to Mitra and his Microsoft Work Wonders Project partner, Adam Braun, there’s quite a bit that Western schools can learn from classrooms in the developing world.

Adam Braun went to school in the US and now runs a nonprofit that builds schools in Ghana, Laos, Nicaragua and Guatemala. In contrast, Sugata Mitra—the winner of the 2013 TED Prize—went to school in India and now is a professor in the UK, where his research on self-directed learning routinely brings him into elementary schools.
Both of these education activists have seen how typical classrooms function in the Western world, and both have seen how typical classrooms function in the developing world. And both say, the West isn’t always better.Braun and Mitra have teamed up through Microsoft’s Work Wonders Project to bring Mitra’s School in the Cloud learning platform into Braun’s Pencils of Promise schools. As the two pilot their partnership in a school in rural Ghana, we got them together via Skype to talk through a bold question: what can the West learn from the developing world when it comes to education? Their conversation is packed with insights.   Continue reading

Cricket: Caribbean Professional League Finals – Updates

Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Jamaica Tallawahs – will meet Barbados Tridents for Finals

August 15, 2014 · Stabroek News

Amazon Warriors

The Amazon Warriors celebrate (CPL20)

Lendl Simmons was unbeaten on 71 – “Man of the Match”

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Guyana Amazon Warriors stormed into the finals of the Caribbean Premier League after a stunning 10 wicket mauling of Jamaica Tallawahs in the second-semi-final here yesterday. (August 14). Jamaica had eliminated the Trinidad Red Steel in the first semi-final the previous day.

Blistering half centuries from openers Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill ripped the fight out of the Tallawahs, sending the defending champions crashing out of the tournament and making way for new champions to be crowned.  Continue reading

Guyana Politics: When appreciation turns to depreciation – commentary

When appreciation turns to depreciation

AUGUST 12, 2014 | BY | FREDDIE KISSOON

There are photos of Uncle Donald enjoying himself at the Guyana Festival. (Website-  http://www.guyanafestival.gy/)  In one frame he is hugging an African dancer. Then there is a shot of him with an African drum between his legs beating away. Other photos have the President dancing with the performers. There was no back-balling as when he performed that act with a dancer at an Old Year’s Night party.

The ambience reminded us of Bharrat Jagdeo’s Day of Appreciation. The Chronicle put that crowd at fifty thousand. Jagdeo brought in well known names to eulogize him. The dancers gyrated as if they were afflicted with Saint Vitus dance disease. Jagdeo walked around the pavilions at the National Stadium and hugged those fifty thousand souls who hugged him back. Continue reading

Hitler and carnage – By Basil Jide Fadipe

Subject: Hitler and carnage – By Basil Jide Fadipe 

To cut to the chase,
What Netanyahu is doing to the Palestinian people is awful:
Carnage is it..
and no amount of explaining or sophistry could justify it.
Finding reasons to do carnage often requires no genius.
Findings reasons to not
is often the genius.

There was the biblical king
who committed carnage.
Thinking there was a “threat” ( a male infant)
but unable to secure the right coordinates,
the king simply sent his infantry into the land
to kill any and all infants once they looked like male.
He was not hunting for Hamas,
He wanted to hunt down infant Jesus.
and like Netanyahu,
would sacrifice anyone on the way to achieving his aim. Continue reading

5 Reasons Jamaican Culture Is the Most Popular Per Capita

5 Reasons Jamaican Culture Is the Most Popular Per Capita

Prince Harry race Usain Bolt in a short sprint

Jamaican Patois becoming the youth language of choice in larger countries

In some parts of England and Toronto Canada, a dialect heavy with Jamaican and Afro-Caribbean inflections is being spoken by a significant portion of the youth population. British linguists are calling it “multicultural youth English,” or MYE.

Jamaican Creole, or JamC , what the academics are now calling the patois native to Jamaica, has become the dialect employed not just by the children of Jamaican immigrants, but also by second-generation West Indians of other national origins (i.e. of Trinidadian, Grenadian, Guyanese, etc. parentage) and simultaneously by Black youth of various African heritage. For British-born, urban Black people, JamC became a code used as a marker of Black identity with sociolinguistic functions similar to African-American vernacular English in the United States.

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Tartan: Its Journey Through the African Diaspora’

CIAD presents ‘Tartan: Its Journey Through the African Diaspora’

By ARC Magazine Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

 The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) presents its first major project titled ‘Tartan: Its Journey through the African Diaspora’, which tells the story of how tartan travelled around the world and through its influence led to aspects of material culture being developed  in certain parts of Africa and the Diaspora. The project looks at how these cultures adapted, adopted or absorbed this influence to bring significance to fabrics such as madras cloth. Madras cloth was created in India and then sold to people in the Caribbean, the fabric has been used in the development of many islands national dress.
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