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Cannabis for the Treatment of Epilepsy, and More + videos

Cannabis for the Treatment of Epilepsy, and More + videos

Last year, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries agreed to discuss the issue of decriminalizing marijuana for health reasons at their inter-sessional summit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in March

Cannabis plant

April 12, 2015  –  By Dr. Mercola

Many drugs are developed not because there’s a great medical need, but rather because there’s big money to be made from them.

In many cases, holistic therapies and medicines already exist that can take the place of any number of synthetic pharmaceuticals. Cannabis is one such therapy, and according to Dr. Margaret Gedde, “it’s time to ask questions and look at a new way of thinking about this plant.”

Dr. Gedde is the owner and founder of Gedde Whole Health, located in Colorado, and the Clinicians’ Institute of Cannabis Medicine.

“I actually never imagined that I’d be in this field,” she says. “My medical training was originally in pathology and research, and I spent many years in the research lab. My PhD is in biophysical chemistry along with my MD. I did my training at Stanford, and then I worked in the pharmaceutical industry. I had no idea that cannabis actually was medicine.”  

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Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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From the Rosaliene Bacchus blog website

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

University students demand fossil free investments

University students demand fossil-free investments
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Fossil Free USA: #whoseside

On April 9th, 48 students launched a sit-in at Yale University to demand their administration divest from fossil fuels, and [in the] evening 19 were arrested for refusing to leave the building. Students asked their administration to pick a side: the people or the fossil fuel industry wrecking our climate.
~ Katie McChesney & the Go Fossil Free Team

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Guyana Elections: Donald Ramotar talks of his plans and PPPC achievements

A confident Donald Ramotar talks of his plans for his second term

APRIL 12, 2015 | BY |  By Ralph Seeram  – From the Diaspora…
Pres. Donald Ramotar

Pres. Donald Ramotar

While many are predicting the demise of the PPP with the “Time for Change” campaign, incumbent President Donald Ramotar has plans in the works. He can’t wait for elections to be over so he can implement his party’s plans to move Guyana even further in his second term.
A confident Ramotar is looking not only to get over the 50 per cent mark but hoping to get substantially more.

I caught up with the President on his visit to Florida this past Easter weekend, and took the opportunity to interview him.
One of the main charges of the Opposition against the PPP administration is corruption, so naturally the first question I asked is what his administration will do to fight corruption at all levels. Continue reading

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

Caribbean: Obama announces initiatives for energy security and education

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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (third right, front row); President of the United States, Barack Obama (fourth left, front row); and CARICOM Heads of State and Government pose for an official photograph prior to the start of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-US Summit.

Obama announces initiatives for energy security and education

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday April 10, 2015, CMC – US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a US$20 million effort to jumpstart private and public sector investment in clean energy projects in the Caribbean and Central America.

Obama made the announcement as he wrapped up a visit to Jamaica where he held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and then met Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government.   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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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)

Origin

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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Guyana’s Eileen Cox: Mum – a Feisty Fifties Feminist – By Sharon Maas

Guyana’s Eileen Cox – Mum – a Feisty Fifties Feminist

By Sharon Maas – March 8, 2015 

Eileen-Cox-4x2-memoLast November my mother died in Guyana, aged 96; I happened to be on a two-week visit from Germany, and it seemed she had been only waiting to see me one last time. Her death made front-page news in the country. Articles appeared in the papers, I was interviewed, and it wasn’t long before the tributes poured in, including condolence cards from the country’s President, the Prime Minister, and the Opposition Leader.

Mum was an icon in Guyana, a role model for people of all persuasions admired and respected. She made changes, and for this she received well-deserved accolades. For me, of course, her passing was far more personal. With it came the peace and closeness to her I had longed for all my life. It hadn’t been easy being her daughter.

Mum was always at least 50 years ahead of her time. The steps she took back in the 50’s might seem normal and self-evident to today’s young women, but in her day they were truly revolutionary; they went against the grain of society, and she took them alone, with no role models or living examples.   Continue reading

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

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