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Micro-aggression and the Caribbean Diaspora: A Perspective – By Lear Matthews

Micro-aggression and the Caribbean Diaspora: A Perspective

By Lear Matthews

There is a dimension of the immigrant experience that has not received much attention.  Micro-aggression is a concept used by psychologists to describe a phenomenon in multi ethnic societies such as the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. According to Derald Wing Sue and colleagues, micro aggressions can be defined as, “brief and common place daily verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities, intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative slights and insults to the target person or group”.

Micro-aggression may be an expression of contempt, fear, power, self-defense, implicit bias or discrimination. It may also signify a lack of knowledge of a particular group of people. The author will examine this phenomenon as it relates to the English speaking Caribbean Diaspora, with implications for the wider immigrant community. Personal narratives are used to highlight examples and consequences of micro-aggression. An in-depth, empirical-based study on the topic is forthcoming.   Continue reading

India and APEC: Time to get on the Bus – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

India and APEC: Time to get on the Bus

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Smart economics suggests that India should be a member of APEC or Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. When India does well the world benefits.   

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been making the right statements that might make this possible. In welcoming the Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping to India Mr, Modi outlined the special chemistry that exists between both countries. He said, ‘ India and China are bound by history, connected by culture and inspired by rich traditions. Together they can create a bright future for the entire mankind.’

If this is a sales pitch or a form of ‘Modinomics’ it caught the attention of the international community. Mr Modi continued by saying that India and China can ‘ script history and make a better tomorrow for all mankind.’ Continue reading

Results -The International World Steelband Panorama – Trinidad – 9 August 2015 – videos

Performances at the The International World Steelband Panorama, staged on Sunday, 9th August 2015, at The Grandstand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

St Martin Gunslingers (St. Martin) – “Pan Revival” (24th place – 398 points)

Pan Coalition (
Maine, USA) – “Outta De Box”  (23rd place – 406 points)

Top 10 Countries with the highest Proven Crude Oil Reserves

Top 10 Countries with the highest Proven Crude Oil Reserves

Venezuela - Crude Oil

Venezuela – Crude Oil

Business Insider- eholodny@businessinsider.com (Elena Holodny)2015-08-13

The world powers and Iran recently struck a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program for at least 10 years in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. One of the most talked-about side effects of the deal is the reentry of Iranian crude on the global markets.

Interestingly, although Iran has a huge amount of oil, the Islamic republic doesn’t even make it into the top three when it comes to proven crude oil reserves.

Using the data provided by Barclays commodities analyst Michael Cohen, we put together a list of the 10 countries sitting on the greatest amounts of crude oil. Check the list here:-  Continue reading

The Ashley Madison data breach- articles in Huffington Post

The Ashley Madison Hack: 20 Things NOT to Say

James J. Sexton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Comedy

James J. Sexton I imagine many have been racking their brains with excuses to give if their information – including profiles with all their secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails – ends up being released.

GUYANA – Latest Budget and Other News – August 20, 2015

 GUYANA –Latest Budget and Other News – August 20, 2015 – Demerara Waves

Profile: Peter Jailall – Poet and Storeyteller – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Profile: Peter Jailall – Poet and Storeyteller – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Peter-Jailall

Peter-Jailall

Life is a story. If the mother of all literature is poetry then storytelling cannot be far behind. In fact some of the most loved poems are in the form of stories. They can soar the spirit to planets unknown and take one to the deep inner self. Consider Rumi, ‘You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.’

The classrooms have seen effective teachers use both poetry and storytelling as tools to explain the intricacies of language, to hold the attention of students and also to show how the moral of the story is relevant in a present-day context. Peter Jailall has used poems and stories in these settings with much success. He has combined poetry and storytelling in his native Guyana, Canada and the United States to bring to his audience the power of the written and spoken word.   Continue reading

BOOK: RACING WITH THE RAIN – Ken Puddicombe

BOOK: RACING WITH THE RAIN – Ken Puddicombe

racing in the rain

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CIA INTERVENTION IN THE INTERNAL POLITICS OF BRITISH GUIANA DURING THE EARLY 1960’S.

Documents alleging the CIA, the U.S., and British Governments had a hand in changing the elected government prior to British Guiana’s independence in 1966 are essential to the theme of the novel RACING WITH THE RAIN.

Author Ken Puddicombe has written a novel using the CIA intervention to flush out the plot and lend credibility to the conflict his characters experienced during the turbulent cold war era.

Racing With The Rain: a phenomenon witnessed in the tropics. A fast moving rain cloud in an otherwise clear sky triggers a sudden downpour and people run helter-skelter for cover. Is it possible to outrun the rain? Can one ever really escape the past and avoid the inevitable?

Puddicombe’s novel spans three decades, shifting locations between pre and post independent Guyana, Cuba after the revolution, and Canada in the 1970’s.

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Embassies, civil society reiterate calls for early Local Govt. Elections

Embassies, civil society reiterate calls for early Local Govt. Elections
MARCH 6, 2014 | BY KNEWS |

The pressure is piling up for Guyana to hold local government elections early with a joint statement from civil society and three embassies yesterday  [March 5, 2014], signaling a growing unhappiness over the current situation.
Everything seems to be in place for votes to be cast as early as August 1st, the strong statement said.It has not been the first time that such has been issued, with the last a year ago.

This time, the British High Commission, Embassy of the United States of America and the High Commission of Canada made it clear that with new laws in place and the elections machinery ready, August 1st seems a very possible time.  Continue reading

Copa Airlines to fly Panama- Guyana route


Copa Air
Copa Airlines to fly Panama- Guyana route       

Panama City, Panama – Jan.  22, 2014 – Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., {NYSE: CPA}, announced Wednesday its growth plans for the first half of 2014 including new direct flights from Panama to Georgetown, Guyana.

Other direct flights are from Panama to: Montreal, Canada, and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  In addition, Copa will add aircraft to its fleet, for a 10 percent growth in seating capacity.

The new routes will strengthen Copa’s position in regional air travel and provide passengers in Georgetown, Montreal and Fort Lauderdale the fastest and most efficient way to connect with Latin America via Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama, thus increasing travel options and improving connections throughout Copa Airlines’ extensive route network.   Continue reading

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