Category Archives: History

German Elections Sunday, 24 September 2017 – Merkelism vs. Trumpism

Merkelism vs. Trumpism

Jochen Bittner | The New York Times

Angela Merkel

HAMBURG, Germany — When I suggested in a 2015 article for this paper that Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany might become the leader of the free world, I knew it was a pretty far-fetched idea. After all, despite her leading role in the euro and refugee crises, she didn’t actually seem to want the job.

Today, I’m less sure. She might actually have the talent — and the ambition.

When Ms. Merkel starts her fourth term after Germany’s election this Sunday — and she will, barring polling errors exponentially worse than those around the Brexit vote and the American presidential race last year — she will do so in a world significantly different from the one she faced after her last re-election, in 2013.     Continue reading

This Too Shall Pass – By by Aishwarya Shah

A great article from one of the followers of the Guyanese Online blog.

Eclipsed Words

“And this, too, shall pass.”

This is a proverb indicating that all material conditions, positive or negative, are temporary and time solves all problems.

I once read that the great Abraham Lincoln used to have a grand affinity for this proverb. On September 30, 1859, Abraham Lincoln included a similar story in an address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in Milwaukee. This is what he said;
“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.”

How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!

When we are in trouble, we feel that we are the only person who is facing these mountains full of doubts…

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Guyana Speaks: Guyana’s West African Connection – London UK – 24th September 2017

Guyana Speaks: Guyana’s West African Connection – London UK – Sunday 24th September 2017

Please join us at The Classic, 28 Upper Tooting Road, London, SW17 7PG.   Doors open at 1.30pm.

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Dr. Vibert Cambridge

Our two esteemed presenters, Dr. Michelle Yaa Assantawa, and Rosamond Grant (see flyer for more details), will be joined by Dr. Vibert Cambridge, a recipient of Guyana’s Golden Arrow of Achievement.   He will be speaking via Skype on the contribution of J. A. Barbour-James, a Guianese postal official who worked in the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana) during the first decade of the 20th century.  [See Flyer below]  Continue reading

Tourism: Guyana’s untouched beauty has tremendous potential – Zegrahm Expedition FAM tour 2017

Guyana’s untouched beauty has tremendous potential for tourism

The Team that completed the nine-day FAM tour of Guyana and Director General of Tourism The Team that completed the nine-day FAM tour of Guyana and Director General of Tourism

“Guyana’s natural beauty is second to none. It could be touched a little bit more,” joked Michael Moore, Tour Leader for Zegrahm Expedition, who is part of 10-member team that returned for the Guyana FAM Tour 2017.

 

The group participated in Familiarisation (FAM) tour of Guyana, which was hosted by Wilderness Explores and The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA). The team comprised of members from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States (USA), spent nine days exploring Guyana’s rich natural habitat.

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Amazing Places on Our Planet -44 videos- 2016 in Review: HD video

Amazing Places on Our Planet – 44 videos

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ ICFQS_jpzFY?rel=0 < click for review

Sacred places of worship; ruins of ancient civilizations; stunning creations of Nature; beautiful hiking trails; National Parks and World Heritage Sites. Welcome to the Amazing Places on Our Planet.
Published on Dec 16, 2016 – 2016 in Review:–All 44 Amazing Places videos released in the channel in 2016.
List and Links to all videos below.        
0:20 2. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4nM1…  
0:33 3. Old Town of Lijiang, China https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlsM-… 

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PASSING FOR WHITE – from “Our Kind of People” – by Lawrence Otis Graham

PASSING FOR WHITE – Book feature by Delanceyplace.com

9/13/17 – Today’s selection — from Our Kind of People by Lawrence Otis Graham. “Although I spent six years researching Our Kind of People, I could never have been prepared for the controversy it elicited from various groups upon its initial publication.” So wrote Lawrence Otis Graham in the most recent edition of his hotly debated 1999 book. In this book, Graham, a Harvard-trained lawyer with an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a best-selling author of 14 books, wrote of class divisions within black society.

In one particularly controversial chapter, he wrote of light-skinned black Americans who attempted to “pass” as white. To do so they often “divorced” from family and friends to help ensure that they weren’t discovered while trying to create a new life as a white person. In one heartbreaking story, he tells of a black woman growing up in the 1950s and 1960s whose father went to great lengths to hide not only his own skin color, but hers as well:       Continue reading

Guyana: St. Cuthbert’s Mission to be renamed ‘Pakuri’

Guyana: St. Cuthbert’s Mission to be renamed ‘Pakuri’

President David Granger being welcomed by Lennox Shuman, Toshao of Pakuri village

Hundreds of locals and foreigners on Saturday, gathered at Pakuri, better known as St. Cuthberts Mission to celebrate the annual ‘Heritage Village Day’.

At the weekend celebration, Toshao Lennox Shuman in his opening remarks reflected on the history of the Indigenous people, and expressed gratitude to his ancestors.     Continue reading

Human Population Through Time – video

Human Population Through Time – video

American Museum of Natural History – Published on Nov 4, 2016  – 4,867,376+ views
It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average. When will our global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources, even as we approach 11 billion?  Download the video in HD: http://media.amnh.org/sciencebulletin…

Vertopoeia: An Urban Fantasy – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Vertopoeia: An Urban Fantasy – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The city became a village. Dan George dusted the tome. It was more than 500 years old. The idea was to bend the universe, to create perfection in a place called ‘nowhere.’ But Amaurot was . It invaded the imagination, regarded people as more than abstract statistics and had its own codes and dramaturgy. Dan George stood in the future. It was a brave and different world.

The shaman had predicted that the structures of reciprocity would tumble. Myths and dreams would be ruptured by the echo of falling trees. Oil hunters would shake the land and the seas. They would squeeze the saplings dry in a brisk trade to get the green dollar to construct vertopoeia.    Continue reading

The Story Within The Story…Irma: A few deadly hours – By Leonard Gildarie

The Story Within The Story…Irma: A few deadly hours

This past week, one of the world’s strongest hurricanes, Irma, started up and on its path to

Leonard Gildarie

Florida, USA, battered parts of the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars of rebuilding, monies that many of the small states don’t have. Many Guyanese live in the affected areas.

At least 13 persons are dead in the Leeward Islands zone alone, it was reported. Along its way, the US and British Virgin Islands have taken damage. So did Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda and Puerto Rico.

In Florida, all commercial flights from Miami Airport for yesterday and today were cancelled ahead of Irma’s landfall. Overhead images showed traffic backups after authorities ordered mandatory evacuations.     Continue reading

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