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Caribbean Life News – 26 October 2016

Caribbean Life News – 26 October 2016 Caribbean Life

WHAT A NIGHT- at the Brooklyn Trans­ition Lions Club’s inaug­ural Jazz Show!


Organ­izers of the Brooklyn Trans­ition Lions Club’s inaug­ural Jazz Show have descr­ibed as very succe­ssful the event that was held Sunday evening, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Hall, at 2806 Newkirk Ave. in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Brooklyn: $2m to const­ruct low cost housing


Brooklyn Borough Presi­dent Eric L. Adams on Monday detailed more than $2 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) funds from Brooklyn Borough Hall to const­ruct and preserve hundreds of affor­dable housing units across Brooklyn.

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BARBADOS 1966-2016 – Celebrating Fifty Years of Independence – By Dr. Keith A. P. Sandiford

By Dr. Keith A. P. Sandiford

barbadosFormer Caribbean colonies are more fortunate than African and Asian ones in that they have completed their first 50 years of political freedom without political and military coups and without the copious shedding of human blood. On November 30, 2016, Barbados will join Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago as fifty-year old sovereign states which have thus far avoided the turmoil of revolutions. It is an achievement worthy of joyous celebration. There is a sense that the island has shown perceptible signs of regression, following the worldwide recession of 2008, but the overall all progress since 1966 has been eminently satisfactory.

The emergence of modern Barbados can be said to have begun in the 1950s with the rise of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU). These were the institutions that destroyed the political hegemony of the old plantocracy. They focussed most sharply on the plight of the non-white majority and led the movement which forced the Colonial Government to overhaul its administrative structures and reshape the electoral laws as well as its fiscal practices.   Continue reading

So many uses for the Coconut – by Francis Quamina Farrier

So many uses for the Coconut – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

It is safe to say that the just concluded Coconut Festival here in Guyana, was a great success. I will not be telling you about what the Powers-that-be had to say at the opening ceremony, as they made their official verbal presentations. Instead, I will tell you what I saw as an ordinary person, speaking with other ordinary citizens who attended the festival, and what was on display.

First, let me tell you of one of the banners promoting the Coconut Festival, which was hung on the fence of the National Library, at the corner of Main and Church Streets in downtown Georgetown, just opposite the Cenotaph. It was an attractive and eye-catching piece of graphic art-work, and I am sure that it did the job for which it was placed there; and that was to inform and induce passers-by, to go to the Arthur Chung Convention Center on the Lower East Coast of Demerara, where the Coconut Festival was being held.     Continue reading

MUSIC BOX: 24 Classic Sad But Sweet Songs – Videos

MUSIC BOX: 24 Classic Sad But Sweet Songs – Videos


John Lennon

Music can really help you work through your feelings. Just like all forms of human expression, the most beautiful thing in the world is to unburden your heart with all the emotions you are carrying. I guarantee that listening to these beautiful songs will fill you with empathy and love, while freeing you from whatever is weighing you down.

We’ve chosen some of the greatest musical artists of recent times to help us with this task, with everyone from Frank Sinatra and The Beatles, to Hank Williams and Dusty Springfield. Which songs do you think have made our tear-jerker list?  Continue reading

Abandoned High School Transformed into Home and Vibrant Community – video

Dad Lives In Abandoned High School With His Wife And Baby After Transforming It Into Their Home

Nearly 20 years ago, Charles Shaw seized an amazing opportunity. In 1996, he and his wife Lisa bought an abandoned, vacant high school in Durango, Colorado. The 45,000-square-foot building was in poor shape, but its walls were solid brick. Charles saw the potential to make a long-time dream come true: to turn a large building into a mixed-use space that could become a vibrant community. …

Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton roast each other at the 2016 Al Smith Dinner – 2 videos

Donald Trump Roasts Hillary Clinton At 2016 Al Smith Dinner

Published on Oct 20, 2016

After earning hearty laughs for many of his early jokes at the annual Al Smith dinner, Donald Trump appeared to lose the crowd as he crossed the line from jokes to deeply personal insults aimed at rival Hillary Clinton. Trump was repeatedly booed when he described Clinton as corrupt and latched onto information contained in hacked emails from her staff. That included a hit on Clinton for “pretending” not to hate Catholics as she sits at a Catholic charity event.

Hillary Clinton Roasts Donald Trump At The Al Smith Charity Dinner

Published on Oct 20, 2016

A night after the third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the two candidates appeared at the Al Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to raise funds for Roman Catholic charities. These are Hillary’s jokes.

Imam Baksh wins with “Children of the Spider”- By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Imam Baksh wins with “Children of the Spider”

By: Dr. Dhanpaul Narine


Imam Baksh

The world of Zolpash is ruled by Spider gods and an assortment of followers. But they have a grand scheme which is to invade planet Earth. It sets up a conflict between good and evil and the necessity of intervention to perform the act of rescue. This occurs with the arrival of heroine Mayali whose mission is to fight off the enemies and restore order.

Imam Baksh has taken us into a world of fantasy and magic. He has delighted his readers with characters which are refreshingly different when compared to the usual fare on the high street. It is time that someone explores the myths and the meanings given the fantastic webs that are entombed in Guyanese lore.

Read more: profile-imam-baksh – by Dr Dhanpaul Narine

“Imagining the Guyanas” features Guyanese Authors in London – October 27, 2016

“Imagining the Guyanas” features Guyanese Authors in London – October 27, 2016


Date: 27/10/2016 – 17:00
Institute: School of Advanced Study – University of London
Type: Other events
Venue: The Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Speakers at the ‘Rose Hall Panel’ chaired by Judith Misrahi-Barak and Clem Seecharan: Cyril Dabydeen, Gaiutra Bahadur, Jan Lowe Shinebourne

Journalist Gaiutra Bahadur and authors Cyril Dabydeen and Jan Lowe Shinebourne were born in the Canje District, in Berbice, Guyana. They all grew up on, or close to, the Rose Hall Estate and have maintained a strong bond with Guyana through their writing, scholarship, and their commitment to human rights. Imagining the Guyanas provides a rare opportunity for these leading Guyanese intellectuals to meet in a free public event following conference proceedings to discuss, among other topics, the autobiographical narrative, the diasporic existence, the Rose Hall Estate and Guyana as a source of creativity, and the epistemology of belonging.    Continue reading

DIWALI 2016 Message – from Vidur and family

With this drawing please accept our warm best wishes to you and family for a happy and blessed Diwali, from Vidur and family:
 I learnt about Diwali from our late father Pandit Petamber Dindayal of Guyana. He believed in living a life of warmth and love, of service and seeking knowledge.

Diwali for us children was a time for fun and play. We bathed and changed into clean clothes. Our parents bought us plenty of sweets and colourful toys. They prepared the diyas -little lamps made from brass, clayware or dough- filled with ghee with cotton wicks. The best part of Diwali night was helping our parents with the Diyas, placed in every room,  doorway, table, step, porch and pathway outside. We enjoyed looking at the Diyas as they flicker. The whole house would glow with the warmth and soft dancing lights of the Diyas. You felt warm and really happy.      Continue reading

BC Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations – Caribbean Culture Expo

British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations

bcoccaCaribbean Culture Expo

By Grafton Rouse

Grafton Rouse is a nurse from Barbados.   He is Program Coordinator for the Caribbean Community Health Support Group which is a standing committee within the British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations.

They did it, they did it, yes, they did it. The British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations (BCOCCA) held its first Caribbean Culture Expo on October 1st, 2016 at the Allan Emmott Center in Burnaby. With the help of a small grant from the British Columbia Government BCOCCA was able to plan and organize an event which allowed Caribbean nations to showcase their culture in the form of music, art and food. This was the first event of its kind and many people who attended were so pleased with what they saw that they said this should become an annual event.      Continue reading

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