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THE PROMISE OF 1950 – by Ralph Ramkarran

ralphramkarran-THE PROMISE OF 1950

This is an appropriate time, on the occasion of the celebration of Guyana’s 48th Independence Anniversary, only two years before age 50, to begin the assessment of our condition as an independent nation and try to assess the future. Such a discourse is even more urgent at this time when it must be clear to all that Guyana’s post independence political dispensation is poised for a transformation. While politicians contend with the pressures of managing, or even acknowledging, new political developments, leaving frustration in their wake, there is no doubt that change is upon us – change so dramatic that it will transform our political landscape.

The discourse could begin by asking the question: What did a shovelman (Fred Bowman), a Hindu Priest (Pandit Misir), a lawyer of Chinese heritage (Rudy Luck,), a dentist (Cheddi Jagan), a lawyer and a Guyana Scholar (Forbes Burnham), a transport supervisor and trade unionist of mixed but dominant European extraction (Frank Van Sertima), a school teacher (Sydney King), a mixed heritage transport worker (Ivan Cendrecourt), a woman optician (Sheila La Taste), an American-born woman (Janet Jagan) and a trade unionist (Hubert Critchlow), mostly young people, have in common? These are 11 of the 22 General Council members of the PPP of 1950, chosen at random.   Continue reading

Guyana Consulate: Toronto – Independence Festival – June 22, 2014 – Event Cancelled

Guyana Independence Festival Flyer

Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

Book  305 pages – By Paul Younger
Book cover New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

When the colonial slave trade, and then slavery itself, were abolished early in the 19th century, the British empire brazenly set up a new system of trade using Indian rather than African laborers. The new system of “indentured” labor was supposed to be different from slavery because the indenture, or contract, was written for an initial period of five years and involved fixed wages and some specified conditions of work.
From the workers’ point of view, the one redeeming feature of the system was that most of their workmates spoke their language and came from the same area of India. Because this allowed them to develop some sense of community, by the end of the initial five years most of the Indian laborers chose to stay in the land to which they had been taken. In time that land became the place in which they joined with others to build a new homeland.
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BOOK: RACING WITH THE RAIN – Ken Puddicombe

BOOK: RACING WITH THE RAIN – Ken Puddicombe

racing in the rain

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CIA INTERVENTION IN THE INTERNAL POLITICS OF BRITISH GUIANA DURING THE EARLY 1960’S.

Documents alleging the CIA, the U.S., and British Governments had a hand in changing the elected government prior to British Guiana’s independence in 1966 are essential to the theme of the novel RACING WITH THE RAIN.

Author Ken Puddicombe has written a novel using the CIA intervention to flush out the plot and lend credibility to the conflict his characters experienced during the turbulent cold war era.

Racing With The Rain: a phenomenon witnessed in the tropics. A fast moving rain cloud in an otherwise clear sky triggers a sudden downpour and people run helter-skelter for cover. Is it possible to outrun the rain? Can one ever really escape the past and avoid the inevitable?

Puddicombe’s novel spans three decades, shifting locations between pre and post independent Guyana, Cuba after the revolution, and Canada in the 1970’s.

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Anti Money Laundering Bill: Guyana tops list of 55 defaulting countries

Anti Money Laundering Bill…Guyana tops list of 55 defaulting countries

FEBRUARY 2, 2014 | BY  |  Guyana shares the worst rating in the world with Mozambique, as it relates to the list of countries under the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) to be reviewed come February 10, when the body meets for its review group in Paris, France.

According to official FATF records seen by this publication, Guyana heads the list of the International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG).
That group includes countries such as Guyana, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Haiti, Cameroon, Aruba, Benin, Fiji and Zambia.   Continue reading

Guyana-Born: 5th Largest Immigrant Group in NYC

Guyana-Born: 5th Largest Immigrant Group in NYC

New York City Boroughs Map

New York City Boroughs Map

News Americas, New York, NY, Dec. 19, 2013:

What do the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, Guyana, Ecuador, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago all have in common? Nationals from these nations all make up the top eight immigrant groups in the Big Apple.

According to the latest ‘Newest New Yorkers Immigration Report,’ released by New York City’s out-going Mayor, Mike Bloomberg Wednesday (Dec 18), the city’s immigrants have reached new peak at more than 3 million residents with the majority being from the Caribbean and Latin America.  Continue reading

Caribbean, Latin American Immigrants top NYC Foreign-born Population

Caribbean, Latin American Immigrants top NYC Foreign-born Population

The Caribbean population has become noticeably more prominent with many politicians courting voters including incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio. (File photo)

The Caribbean population has become noticeably more prominent with many politicians courting voters including incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio. (File photo)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Dec. 19, 2013: What does the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, Guyana, Ecuador, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago all have in common?  Nationals from these nations all make up the top eight immigrant groups in the Big Apple.

According to the latest ‘Newest New Yorkers Immigration Report,’ released by New York City’s outgoing Mayor, Mike Bloomberg Wednesday  (Dec 18), the city’s immigrants have reached new peak at more than 3 million residents with the majority being from the Caribbean and Latin America.   Continue reading

Georgetown: A MAN MADE DISASTER – by Ralph Ramkarran

A MAN MADE DISASTER – by 

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on November 30, 2013

Georgetown is already a disaster. An explosion of disease is all that remains to condemn the city as unsafe for human habitation. The spectacle of Georgetown and its environs under water was not unusual but the mixture of water with muck and floating garbage from clogged drains could only be described as gross. Even though the Government has taken control of the city’s administration, the interminable blame game continues, while the city gets worse every year, just when we felt that it was so bad it could not.

Yet we were recently regaled by Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, a Champion of the Earth, not bother about clogged drains. The daily column in Guyana Times, Eyewitness, nowadays reflects his views in uncannily familiar language, close to his own. It regularly takes issue with anyone, including me, who may have ignited, or could potentially ignite, the great man’s infamously short fuse in puerile analyses and ‘pathetic’ (Eyewitness’s word) conclusions, but has not pontificated on the relationship between clogged drains and flooding in the city.   Continue reading

The Street Vendor of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock

Street vendor - Georgetown 1934Street vendor – Georgetown 1934

The Street Vendor of Guyana

By Dmitri Allicock

“The “Peanut man” grew his own peanuts downriver from Linden and carried his roasted peanuts in large burlap bags which were quickly sold out. Great conversation and enjoyable peanuts in a paper bag of lasting memories.”

Maze of crowded passageways between crude stalls, hawkers standing in the streets, goods laid out on the sidewalk, is a common sight of downtown Georgetown that extends all over the country. Here Guyanese Creole in all its uninhibited fluency is tossed back and forth between seller and potential customers as all prices are negotiable. Any item that can be carried in a bag is on sale here in the pure spirit entrepreneurship.   [Read more]

Leaders in self-denial as Caribbean economic crisis worsens

Leaders in self-denial as Caribbean economic crisis worsens

by Sir Ronald Sanders –   published Caribbean360.com

imageSt Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony charged that governments are “engaged in one form or another of self-denial” while the Caribbean is “in the throes of a major crisis like it has never ever experienced before”.

Thursday November 7, 2013 – St Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony says that there is a grave economic crisis gnawing away at Caribbean countries and “governments are busy looking inward – each busy with their own agenda rather than pursuing a Caribbean solution to the economic crisis”. Not for the first time Dr Anthony has dared to tred where many other Caribbean leaders have shied away.    Continue reading

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