Category Archives: Arts / Culture

Important Facts to remember as you grow older

Important facts to remember as you grow older

Guyana Elections: Inflammatory language in state media by PPP/C – GECOM

Guyana Elections: Inflammatory language

It is all the more disconcerting therefore that in recent years, the PPP/C government has mercilessly commandeered the newspaper to campaign for it. This has extended to placing of particularly divisive editorials which appear intended to stir up racial, political and other cleavages in the interest of the electoral fortunes of ruling party. In this charged electoral season, the Chronicle has continued the placement of inflammatory content in its columns undoubtedly under the draconian control of the government.  Continue reading

Guyana Christian Charities (Canada) Inc- Toronto – Spring Dance – May 16, 2015


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Guyana Christian Charities (Canada) Inc- Toronto – Spring Dance – May 16, 2015

at Pickering Recreation Complex , 1867 Valley Farm Road. Pickering ON. Canada

Tickets from:

Joe Castanheiro – 416-286-1956;  Dennis Choy – 905-839-0434;  

Dexter Gonsalves – 905-428-3883;  Mike Gonsalves – 905-420-0565

Karen Heifa – 416-287-2526  or any GCC member


Romanee Kalicharran is the quintessential ambassador of culture

Romanee Kalicharran is the quintessential ambassador of culture

romanee in blue kurta

Romanee Kalicharran

She has traveled the world sharing her talents in a variety of dance forms. Romanee has bridged cultures and her passion for the arts has made her one of the foremost artists in our community.

Romanee was born in New York and her parents are Ramesh and Judith Kalicharran. What is remarkable about her parents is that both Ramesh and Judith are from a musical tradition. But they stand out in other respects as well. Ramesh is Guyanese while Judith is Puerto Rican.   Continue reading

The Last Lap Lime – Monday August 3, 2015 – Toronto. Canada

last lap lime

The Last Lap Lime – Monday August 3, 2015 – Toronto. Canada

This is the 19th year of The Last Lap Lime, an annual event held by five non-profit Guyanese Alumni Associations in Toronto, Ontario.  All Associations have websites… see the links below: 

It is the largest congregation of Guyanese outside Guyana.   Buy Tickets Now

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St Stanislaus Annual Golf Tournament -Toronto – July 11, 2015

Saints Golf Tournament

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Education: Queens Gateway Tops the Grade! – By: Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Queens Gateway Tops the Grade! – By: Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

At a time when there are so much criticisms about education, here is a NYC School that is doing well. It has a Guyanese Assistant Principal too.

Queens Gateway School

Queens Gateway School

Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School is one of the top schools in the community. At a time when the emphasis is on instruction and accountability Queens Gateway has every reason to be proud of its achievements. The school has dedicated teachers, hardworking students, involved parents and an administration that responds to the needs of all beyond the walls of the school.

The Principal is the indomitable Ms. Judy A. Henry while the A.P for Administration and Supervision is Luis A. Santiago, who is cool under pressure, and the A.P for Supervision is Dr. Amar Samaroo. Many sports fans in the New York area will remember Dr. Samaroo as a television personality and a keen cricket fan. They are proud that he is flying the flag of his native Guyana in New YorkContinue reading

A Brief History of the Swahili Language

A Brief History of the Swahili Language

Countries where Swahili is spoken

Countries where Swahili is spoken (click to enlarge)


The Swahili language, is basically of Bantu (African) origin. It has borrowed words from other languages such as Arabic probably as a result of the Swahili people using the Quran written in Arabic for spiritual guidance as Muslims.

 As regards the formation of the Swahili culture and language, some scholars attribute these phenomena to the intercourse of African and Asiatic people on the coast of East Africa. The word “Swahili” was used by early Arab visitors to the coast and it means “the coast”. Ultimately it came to be applied to the people and the language.

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Madeiran Portuguese Migration to Guyana, St. Vincent, Antigua and Trinidad – By Jo-Anne S. Ferreira

Madeiran Portuguese Migration to Guyana, St. Vincent, Antigua and Trinidad:

A Comparative Overview

Madeira Island click for info

Madeira Island click for more info – Wikipedia also click map to enlarge

By Jo-Anne S. Ferreira – University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.

THIS PAPER REPRESENTS a preliminary exploration of Madeiran migration to the Anglophone Caribbean.1 It seeks to consider the phenomenon of Madeiran migration in the context of the wider Anglophone Caribbean by comparing and contrasting the waves of Madeiran migration across the region, including the extent and rate of cultural assimilation in each new home of Madeiran migrants. Apart from the primary sources available for the Portuguese community of Trinidad, mainly secondary sources have been used and assessed for the other territories as an initial basis for comparison. This is done particularly where the experiences of migrants have been reportedly similar.2

During the 140 years of Madeiran Portuguese migration to the Anglophone Caribbean, a period lasting from 1835 to 1975, Portuguese and Luso-West Indians have remained a minority group within the wider host societies.   Continue reading

Planet of the Apps – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Planet of the Apps – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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  • Cornelius: What did you find?
  • Lucius: The usual as in any wreckage.
  • Cornelius: Humans are the same. They destroy whatever they touch, unlike us simians.
  • Lucius: But, but I found something…
  • Cornelius: What is it?
  • Lucius: An iDevice of some sort. It’s in different sizes and shapes, with little square boxes on a screen.
  • Cornelius: (sniffs, menaces, turns up his nose). Oh wow, it plays music, sends messages, takes pictures, show movies, has maps, and you can text. How totally unsimian!
  • Lucius: There are millions of them and humans are addicted. They’re suffering from an ailment called iNeck!
  • Cornelius: Come let’s send a text to Dr. Maximus.
  • Lucius: What shall we say?
  • Cornelius: (smiling) We’re on the Planet of the Apps!

Cornelius and Lucius are characters from the 1968 hit movie ‘Planet of the Apes.’ In that movie the news would spread through the simian networks. It didn’t matter whether it was in the town or country. The word could be refashioned, reworked and reconfigured but the community was kept in the loop.   Continue reading


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