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Origin and significance of Mala Beads which are sacred to Hindus – Veda Nath Mohabir

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Why the Mala Beads are Sacred for Hindus?

Veda Nath Mohabir

Indian forebears – the over one-half million Indian indentured labourers, pejoratively called “Bound Coolies” – between1838 to 1917, were carried across the oceans (Kala Pani or dark waters) holed up in ships in a journey of over three months from India with few earthly possessions. Yet, they took to the Caribbean –Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, the Windward Islands, St. Croix (Danish) and Guadeloupe and Martinique (French) – Belize, Surinam, French Guiana and British Guiana traditions which preserved their ultra-rich ancient heritage. One such intriguing tradition is embedded in the unassuming mala (Sanskrit: maalaa, for garland) or loosely called, ‘Hindu beads’. Thus, the mala is widely known as a garland or necklace – of 108 beads.
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Caribbean Life News (NY) Update – 17 March 2017

   Caribbean Life News (NY) Update – 17 March 2017  

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Exxon ups the stakes in Guyana, applies for produ­ction license


American oil giant Exxon­Mobil has asked Guyana’s gover­nment to approve a produ­ction license to allow it to actually start pumping oil from the seabed by late 2019, months earlier than planned offic­ials said this week.

Dynamic Int. Airways to improve service


Capt. Gerry Gouveia, chief execu­tive officer of Roraima Airways, Guyana, and Karen Kraus, interim chief execu­tive officer (CEO) of Green­sboro North Carolina, Dynamic Interna­tional Airways, thanked travel agents and custo­mers for staying with the carrier through turbu­lent times, and assured custo­mers that the airline is now focused on service recovery that would be seamless.

Haiti – Guyana: Cultural Associations of BC – “Pepperpot of Culture”- Vancouver – March 25, 2017

How the 19th-century flow of indentured workers shapes the Caribbean | The Economist

Of carnivals and controversy: How the 19th-century flow of indentured workers shapes the Caribbean | The Economist

WHEN Anthony Carmona, the president of Trinidad and Tobago, showed up in a Carnival parade last month wearing a head cloth, white shorts and beads like those worn by Hindu pandits, he was not expecting trouble. Nothing seems more Trinidadian than a mixed-race president joining a festival that has African and European roots. But some Hindus were outraged. “[O]ur dress code has never been associated with this foolish and self-degrading season,” huffed a priest. Trinidad’s cultures blend easily most of the time; occasionally, they strike sparks.     Continue reading

The View from Europe: Responding to the coming trade disorder – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: Responding to the coming trade disorder

Published on March 11, 2017 – By David Jessop

David Jessop

  • A few days ago, an astute observer of the US political scene told me: “Watch what the new administration and Congress does, not what the president tweets. That is the secret of understanding future US policy.”

If this is correct, the Caribbean should ignore the noise and think hard about the implications of a nine-page document sent on March 1 to the US Congress by the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). It makes clear the radical ambition of new administration.

In stark and confrontational terms, it sets out the president and his advisers’ zero-sum thinking on trade.     Continue reading

Caribbean Life News Update – 7 March 2017

Caribbean Life News Update – 7 March 2017 

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Register for Timehri Film Festival


Regist­ration is now open for the 2nd Annual Timehri Film Festival (TFF) that will be held from May 31 to June 4, in Georg­etown, Guyana. The deadline for submi­ssion for film conside­ration is April 15, accor­ding to organ­izers of the film festival, who want to ensure there is ample opport­unity for film viewing.

Guyanese pianist pays tribute to Gershwin


For more than 20 years, comma­nding pianist, Hugh Sam has shared his talents and inspired many along his path of excel­lence. But on Feb. 17, many more had the great opport­unity to exper­ience his genius when he paid tribute to late, great, composer, George Gershwin, whose compos­itions spanned both popular and class­ical genres.      Continue reading

Caribbean Life News Update – 05 March 2017

Caribbean Life News Update  – 05 March 2017  

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Diver­sity, culture, mark Guyana’s 47 Republic Day


The Guyana Consu­late in New York City was a scene of comra­dely, and jollifi­cation, on Friday, Feb. 24, when compat­riots joined hands to mark their homeland’s 47th Republic Annive­rsary, and Mashr­amani celebr­ation.


Guyanese-born seeks to make City Hall history


Richard S. David, a former vice presi­dent of the NYC Economic Develo­pment Corpor­ation, is poised to become the first Guyanese-born in the City Council, when consti­tuents of District 28, Queens, go to the polls in the Septe­mber primary, and general election in November of this year.

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The View from Europe: Has Caribbean sugar a future? – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: Has Caribbean sugar a future?

Published on March 6, 2017 – By David Jessop

David Jessop

David Jessop

Unless the sugar industry in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) can develop in the coming months a coordinated and concerted plan of action, it is quite possible that in a few years’ time there will be little left of an industry that, for evil and good, has played a central role in the making of the Caribbean.

This is because this year will see two tsunami-like events occur, both of which threaten the survival of the industry in its present form.     Continue reading

News Headlines from… NEWS AMERICAS NOW – 01 March 2017


Caribbean Life Now News Update – 28 February 2017

Caribbean LifeCaribbean Life Now News Update – 28 February 2017

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Jamaica Tourist Board recog­nized for outsta­nding public relat­ions


The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) says it has started 2017 on a very high note, winning two coveted public relat­ions awards for its marke­ting of the Jamaica House 2016 at the 31st Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2014 J’Ouvert celebr­ation shooter jailed for 24 years


A 28-year-old Brooklyn man has been sente­nced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to first-degree mansla­ughter for fatally shooting a Grena­dian man during the Carib­bean J’Ouvert celebr­ation that was held in the wee hours before the 2014 West Indian Day Carnival Parade on Labor Day, the first Monday in Septe­mber.

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