— Post #1152
— Post #1152
Not many people can live to be 100 years old. On January 26, Johanna Duncan of Mississauga became one of those fortunate few.
Duncan was joined by her four children, countless grand children, great-grandchildren and even a great-great-grandchild among several others at St. Thomas A Becket Anglican Church in Erin Mills, a church the family normally attends, to celebrate the occasion.
Duncan, a teacher for nearly 30 years in her native Guyana, was best described as loving, kind and helpful by her daughter, Pauline Williams.
“She’s always had a positive outlook on life,” Williams said when asked what has led to her mother’s longevity.
“She’s had a very good life and it’s always been her nature (to be loving, kind and helpful).” Continue reading →
Both of her parents are Guyanese
2/23/2012 – FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — By the time she was in fourth grade, young Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell knew she wanted to be a fighter pilot.
What the now-Air Force major didn’t know, however, was that she would knock down a racial barrier by becoming the first black female in the career field.
Kimbrell was born in Lafayette, Ind., on April 20, 1976, to Guyanese parents. Her mother and father, who were naturalized U.S. citizens by the time she was born, moved to the U.S. for education and opportunities. Their hard work and dedication paid off in her father earning a degree from Howard University and a doctorate from Perdue University, which in turn earned him a job offer in Parker, Colo.
That focus on education was a big part of life for Kimbrell and her three older siblings as they spent their school years in Parker.
“(Education) was the thing that opened doors,” Kimbrell said. “If you got your education, you could do whatever you wanted to do. That was how our house was run.”
On top of that family modus operandi, Kimbrell had a goal-driven personality from an early age. While in kindergarten, for example, she decided she wanted to be an astronaut, so she wrote a letter to NASA asking how she could join the program. But as she got older and did more research into joining the astronaut corps, she realized the career wasn’t as exciting as she wanted it to be. Continue reading →
UWI Cave Hill, Barbados – HISTORY FORUM
on Friday, March 2nd at 4:30 pm
in the New Bruce St. John Room [located in the Humanities Quadrangle]
Mr. Frederick Alleyne will present a paper entitled:
Guyanese migration to Barbados and other Caribbean territories in the 20th century is now the subject of much debate but the reverse was the case in colonial times when British Guiana was the destination of thousands of Barbadian and West Indian workers. The debate on migration during the 19th century on the issues of national economic development of the countries that sent the migrant and those that received them are not that different from the present discussion. In a recent speech to the local Chamber of Commerce Hon Mia Amor Mottley, M.P former Leader of the Opposition, Barbados Labour Party, stressed the potential of Central And South America to the economic development of Barbados and the Caribbean. [More -Please see the paper attached]
Full text of the paper: Frederick Alleyne’s Paper
— Post #1049
The people that form the leadership of the Government of Guyana do not deserve to hold the high offices that they do. Their level of thinking brings disrespect and ridicule from society. There are times when the main actors in the PPP Government should shut their mouths and just stay quiet whenever the press or the opposition stumbles upon a depraved policy.
It is downright stupid the way the Guyana Government reacted to the description of its pact with Ansa McAl as a secret. Is there such a thing as a public secret? I guess oxymoronically speaking. How can a document be public when no one knows about it and it has not been released for public scrutiny?
But this is what the Guyana Government has told the nation. It boggles the mind to know that Guyana has these people who are in charge of the administration of the nation’s affairs.
The Guyanese people did not know that their government had entered into an agreement with Ansa McAl to release 110,000 hectares of prime, untouched land in Canje, Berbice for ethanol production. We learnt of this from a Trinidad newspaper. Continue reading →
US Ambassador to Guyana, D. Brent Hardt has said that the historic outcome of the November 28 general elections has given all Guyanese a seat at the political table.
In remarks to the Rotary Club of New Amsterdam on February 25, the Ambassador also said that the reinvigorated talks between the executive and legislative branches of government is the essence of vigorous democracy. He lauded the move by the new Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman to make the Assembly more accessible to members of the public.
The presentation follows:
Remarks by: Ambassador D. Brent Hardt
To the: Rotary Club of New Amsterdam
February 25, 2012
Thank you Dr. Shivkumar for your kind introduction and thank you also for your invitation to join you and your New Amsterdam Rotary colleagues this evening. I am truly delighted to be here with you and to be back in New Amsterdam. As we gather tonight to commemorate Paul Harris’ birthday, I am reminded of the founding question Rotary Clubs around the world pose: what would it take to change the world? As I have served in many countries throughout the world, I have always been impressed by the extraordinary commitment that Rotary members bring to helping others and to building stronger communities. In fact, I had the opportunity to attend last year’s regional Rotary gathering in Barbados where the creative efforts of Rotary clubs throughout the Caribbean region were highlighted. Rotary is an organization that genuinely puts its philosophy of “service above self” into action as a pathway to change the world and achieve greater international peace and understanding. Continue reading →
Kaieteur is a 2 min documentary about the legend of sacrifice by the leader of the Patamona, at Kaieteur – the highest single drop waterfall in the world, and the potential threat from the extractive gold and diamond mining industry which has caused environmental damage in the Mazaruni of Guyana, South America.
Please click the YouTube logo on the picture below as it has to be viewed on YouTube:
— Post #1146
Pictures are from the Amanda Richards collection on Flickr.com at this link:
— Post #1145
Caterina Bortolussi has always been interested in fashion. But what started as the dream of a young girl from a small town outside of Venice, Italy, has become a reality years later in the ghettos of Port Harcourt in the south of Nigeria.
In December 2010, Bortolussi started her fashion label Kinabuti. With designs inspired by Nigeria, reflecting the vibrant colors and traditions of Africa, Bortolussi decided on an ethical twist to her organization. She wanted to use fashion as an instrument for change in the region. [more]
— Post #1144
Ah We Ting is a short feature looking back over time at the celebrations of Mashramani – a Guyanese festival brought into being by the political directorate at the time of the establishment of Republican status to nurture and develop the fusing of the diverse cultural strains of the people. The name is taken from the Lokono word Mashramehi which means celebration after successful cooperative work, something which continues to elude the nation as a whole but which hardly, if at all, dampens the festivities. (Errol Ross Brewster).
— Post #1143