Monthly Archives: December 2014

Guyana: A weary society demanding positive change

A weary society demanding positive change

December 31, 2014 | By | Filed Under Editorial

The society has been saying for many years that it has had enough with the fiercely divisive nature of politics in Guyana. Each party seems willing to score political points at the expense of the wider society; each panders to its followers to the exclusion of others in the society.

This has been the case for as long as one cares to remember and until now, nobody has seen it fit to do anything about it. Instead, people became apathetic in public but angry within the confines of the homes at what passed for government.

In recent times, people became increasingly worried about victimization and so they would say things, in public, that they suspected one party or the other wanted to hear. It had reached the stage where people with genuine problems would rather seek out the help of reporters to air their grievances, but were quick to beg that their identity be protected. Continue reading

Guyana: Moray House Trust Report: Nov-Dec 2014

Moray House Trust Report: Nov-Dec 2014

  • Photographic slideshow by Karran Sahadeo and Roshana Mahadeo
  • Conversation between Stanley Greaves and Rupert Roopnarine  
  • Overview of the work of Wilson Harris
  • Christmas Concert at Moray House Trust
  • Moray House Trust Magazine Ku’wai launched
  • Photographic slideshow by Ryan Dos Santos
  • Edgar Mittelholzer – lecture by Dr Juanita Cox Westmaas

Photographic slideshow by Karran Sahadeo and Roshana Mahadeo

Moray House

Photo of house, Photographer: Roshana Mahadeo

Our programme for November began with another photographic slideshow. The two local photographers whose work was featured this occasion were Karran Sahadeo and Roshana Mahadeo.

Roshana’s presentation, “Journey through the Lens,” described how her love of photography inspired her to develop from, in her words, “just a person with a camera” to photo hobbyist to professional photographer. Continue reading

YEAR’S END- 12 Poems – By Dmitri Allicock

YEAR’S END- 12 Poems

By Dmitri Allicock

years end

Merry finches sing and waters run

Passage of time, year almost done

Curtain closes and memories dwell

Yesterday shadows, we bid farewell

Bless each other with a fresh start Continue reading

Guyanese Online Blog – 2014 in review – By WordPress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Guyanese Online Blog – 2014 in review – By WordPress.com

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 920,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 40 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

AirAsia Flight 8501: What Makes Thunderstorms Such a Threat to Airliners

AirAsia Flight 8501: What Makes Thunderstorms Such a Threat to Airliners

Lightning is seen through the window of

It’s been two days since AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared over the Java Sea, and still there’s no sign of the missing plane or the 162 people aboard. It is, of course, all but impossible to know at this point just what went wrong, but we do know the flight’s planned route to Singapore would have taken it through clusters of thunderstorms, and we know the crew moved west of their course to avoid clouds.   Continue reading

The GED is Empowerment Through Education- By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The GED is Empowerment Through Education

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

One of the greatest gifts you can give anyone is to help that person unlock the power of knowledge.

When the sun sets New York City buzzes with activity. Thousands of adults from across the City journey to centers of learning. Their mission is to get a second chance, the opportunity to improve their skills to qualify them for entry into college. These students are studying for their General Educational Development or GED and the task is to master five subjects that include reading, math, history, social studies and science.

Most of the adults are immigrants and the classes are free. One does not have to be a citizen or permanent resident to be admitted to class and no such questions are asked. In fact the GED classes are perhaps the best endowment that New York and indeed the United States can bestow to immigrants.  Continue reading

Caribbean Airlines adding more flights in early 2015

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Caribbean Airlines adding more flights in early 2015
Published on December 29, 2014 – Trinidad Express

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago flag carrier Caribbean Airlines has announced a revised schedule that will be implemented from January 15, 2015, through to February 4 because of increased travel demand.

“In addition to increased capacity and more non-stops, Caribbean Airlines is also expecting major cost savings from a more efficient schedule that will see better utilisation of its 737 and 767 fleets. Many of the changes will focus on its Port of Spain hub at Piarco Airport, where improved connection times will make it easier for our guests to connect to/from various points in our network,” the airline said in a statement last week.  Continue reading

Guyana: The Minister of Local Government and Georgetown

Georgetown Christmas flood – 2014 – Stabroek News video

The Minister of Local CGovernment and Georgetown

Dominican Republic Art – by Loca Gringa

Dominican Republic Art – by Loca Gringa

Originally posted on Loca Gringa:

dominican artThese paintings are a random sampling of some of the artwork sold in the Dominican Republic.  Everywhere you go, whether you are a tourist or a local paintings are for sale.  Of course some are mass produced and some are true treasures.  Enjoy!  I will periodically keep adding to the photos on this page as time goes on and new ones are discovered.

I would be remiss if I did not convey that this country has a wealth of talent.  There are so many gifted people here!

Go to: http://locagringa.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/dominican-republic-art/

Stories about life, in and out of Guyana, from a Guyanese perspective

Stories about life, in and out of Guyana, from a Guyanese perspective

December 28, 2014 | By | Filed Under Countryman, Features / Columnists

Christmas ‘spirit’, pagan gods, and the Guyanese spirit

By Dennis Nichols

masquerade band is far removed from the clichéd ‘reason for the season.’

The masquerade band is far removed from the clichéd ‘reason for the season.’

Some years ago I told a friend of mine I was concerned about some of the pagan elements of popular holidays and observances like Christmas, Easter and Halloween. He laughed away my perturbation and assured me that the tradition and spirit of how we Guyanese celebrate them are more important than why we do, and what their heathen origins are. I responded that it was an arguable point. As Christmas rolls around again I am once more faced with this curious aspect of yuletide festivity.

The ‘spirit and tradition’ my friend alluded to are the joy and peace, the goodwill, jollification and religious rituals associated with Christmas. Add to this the idea that it seems to transcend religious, cultural, and geographical barriers, and it is obvious why so many people are drawn to its lure and lore, despite the notion that December 25 was almost certainly not the birthday of Jesus. Continue reading

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