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Guyana Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years of Independence – by Melissa Noel – NBC News

Guyana Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years of Independence


Guyana 50th logoGEORGETOWN, GUYANA — When Frank McLean touched down at Cheddi Jagan International Airport at the start of the week, he couldn’t believe he was home. “I’m here but it’s like I am not here. I remembered where my school was and I had to walk by it to really realize that I am here in Guyana,” McLean exclaims.

The 61-year-old Queens, New York resident left Guyana four decades ago and has not returned to the country of his birth until now to celebrate the nation’s 50th anniversary of independence. “I have a phobia of flying but I am a Guyanese to the bone. I am a Guyanese to the core and I couldn’t miss this,” he says.

McLean is one of thousands who have traveled to Guyana from the United States — home to the largest population of Guyanese people outside of Guyana — for the country’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.   Continue reading

JUBILATING UNDER A WATCHING MOON – by Francis Quamina Farrier + 2 videos


by Francis Quamina Farrier

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

If the word ‘jubilating’ is strange to you, so it was to me when I first heard it as I was on my way to the Jubilee Park on Wednesday night May 25, to enjoy the Flag Raising Ceremony of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee, May 26, 2016. I also over-heard the statement, “This is Jubilee, not stupidee.” The streets approaching the Jubilee Park were over-run with vehicles. It was grid-lock of the worst order. Drivers were impatiently honking their horns as though they were driving out Ole Higue. It was chaotic. (Please say the word the way it was popularized so long ago by one of our hero policemen; “chow-tic”).

It was so different a situation fifty years ago when I went to the then Queen Elizabeth Park – now the National Park – to witness the lowering of the Union Jack and the raising of the new National Flag of Guyana, the Golden Arrowhead. There were certainly not so many vehicles on our roads back then. Fifty years make a difference – a big difference – as it should, and I am about to relate just a few of those differences between the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Georgetown in May 1966 and that which occurred some fifty years later in May 2016.   Continue reading

Guyana’s gifts to the world – By Alex Murray BBC News

Guyana’s gifts to the world

It’s 50 years since the British colony of Guiana became Guyana.

Covering 214,969 sq km (83,000 sq miles), it is the only English-speaking country on mainland South America.

In popular culture, the country is sadly best known for the tragic events of Jonestown, where more than 900 people died in a mass suicide.

To mark the 50th anniversary of independence, BBC News highlights some of the positive contributions from “the land of a thousand rivers”.

Read more – Guyana’s gifts to the world – BBC News



MAY 26, 2016 | BY Kaieteur News | FILED UNDER EDITORIAL,

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Opinion - commentary -analysisFifty years ago, today, Guyana broke free from the Monarchy to chart its own destiny. There was no golden handshake as has been the case with countries like Suriname that gained its independence from Holland. Instead, Guyana was pretty much left to work with the systems left in place by the colonial rulers.

It is not that these systems were all bad. For example, we continue to maintain the judicial system that allows for a preliminary inquiry ahead of an indictable charge. There are still the public service, the police force and the postal service which, until the advent of improved technology, remained the main link between families and friends.   Continue reading

President: Independence moulded our national identity- speech on Guyana’s Jubilee

President David Granger takes the Presidential salute at the Golden Jubilee ceremony

President David Granger takes the Presidential salute at the Golden Jubilee ceremony

President: Independence moulded our national identity
 – says economy must be reshaped to meet future goals

WITH six distinct identities fused within one geographic space, Guyana’s ardent aspiration and arduous struggle for political Independence in 1966 moulded a national identity which has been preserved 50 years later.

Thousands watched, their eyes fixed on the enormous screen which projected an audio/visual recording of President David Granger’s speech at D’Urban Park, the newly created stadium behind the iconic statue of slave rebel Cuffy at the Square of the Revolution.    Continue reading

Poem: FIFTY YEARS ON THE WINGS – By Dmitri Allicock + video



By Dmitri Allicock

 50 years already and how time really flies

Since this flag was raised up into the skies

The colors of green, white, black and gold

With red for zeal and dynamism to behold


Read more – comment and share at Dmitri Allicock’s blog

I LOVE MY GUYANA – Chris Prashad – music video

I LOVE MY GUYANA – Chris Prashad – music video

Published on May 21, 2016 – This video is just a tiny showcase of the undiscovered magnificent and jaw dropping natural beauty of GUYANA, a small English speaking country perched on the northern coast of Brazil between Venezuela on the West and Suriname on the East.

This song was written for the children of Charity and Siriki Primary schools in Region 2, Essequibo, Guyana a long time ago, and I take pleasure in dedicating this production to all my hard-working Amerindian brothers and sisters throughout the country and beyond.      Continue reading

50th Independence Anniversary Arch is a symbol of nationhood…. President Granger

50th Independence Anniversary Arch is a symbol of nationhood…. President Granger

50th Anniversary AechGeorgetown, Guyana – (May 20, 2016) President David Granger, today, committed to ensuring that Georgetown is restored to its former glory and that the capital city will regain its reputation as one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque and pleasant places for residents and visitors, in his address at the unveiling of the 50th Independence Anniversary Arch.

The $20M Arch was financed wholly by Banks DIH Limited as an Independence anniversary gift to the nation. It was designed by Mr. Vaniar Gutierrez of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and fabricated by VSH Steel with hot dipped galvanised and welded steel pipes.  Continue reading

Cheddi Jagan’s Contribution to Guyana’s Independence – By Ralph Ramkarran


Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Inspired by events that were occurring in the wider world and influenced by progressive views while he was a student in the United States, Dr. Cheddi Jagan returned to Guyana in 1943, then British Guiana, intent on becoming politically involved on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged. He chose the trade union movement as an entrance point. Ashton Chase and Jocelyn Hubbard, both trade unionists, were sought out to join with him and Janet Jagan to form the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) on November 6, 1946, as a study and discussion group.

Branches emerged in various places including Kitty, Buxton and Enmore. My father, Boysie Ramkarran, joined the Kitty Group in 1947. Ashton Chase, at the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the PAC said that my father was the Secretary of that group. Eusi Kwayana was active in the Buxton group.   Continue reading

Women’s rights haven’t made women happier. Why is that? – Anna Petherick

Gains in women’s rights haven’t made women happier. Why is that?

Since the 70s, women in the US and Europe have reported feeling less satisfied with their lives

Women are outliving men in every country in the world, despite facing higher levels of poverty than men, greater odds of encountering sexual violence and many additional, diverse forms of discrimination.

But while women are living longer, it’s unclear whether their wellbeing is showing comparable strides. As women gain political, economic and social freedoms, one would expect that they should feel even more contented relative to men. But this isn’t so.    Continue reading


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