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The Hindus of the Caribbean: An Appreciation – by Murali Balaji

The Hindus of the Caribbean: An Appreciation

Posted: 02/13/2015 2:33 pm EST –  – Director of Education and Curriculum Reform, Hindu American Foundation – HuffingtonPost.com

Nataraja Hinduism symbolOn May 5, 1838, the Whitby, a British ship docked in British Guiana (now known as Guyana) with 249 human cargo after a nearly three-month voyage from the Port of Calcutta in India. Along the way, many of those on board were abused by the ship’s crew, and five died.

The Whitby was the first of many chartered ships that would bring Indians — mostly poor Hindus from rural northern India — to work on the sugar cane plantations in the British West Indies. Over the next 80 years, more than 500,000 Indians would make the trip to the Caribbean as indentured servants, primarily to places such as Guyana and Trinidad. Their story — shaped by the trauma of Transatlantic migration, struggles in a new environment, and eventually the triumph of forging a distinct identity — continues to be an overlooked part of colonial history.  Continue reading

Meet the Caribbean beauties vying for the Miss Universe Crown 2015

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Meet the Caribbean beauties vying for the Miss Universe Crown 2015

 News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 23, 2015: Several Caribbean beauties are among those vying for the title of Miss Universe as the 63rd Annual Pageant gets underway in Doral-Miami this weekend, January 25th, on NBC.

 Read more:  http://www.newsamericasnow.com/meet-the-caribbean-beauties-vying-for-the-2015-miss-universe-crown/?utm_source=NANjan232015&utm_campaign=nan&utm_medium=email

Published on Jan 22 2015 // Aruba,  British Virgin Islands,  Curacao, Dominican Republic,   Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico,  St. Lucia,  Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos

 

Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe

Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe
Published on November 26, 2014 – By Caribbean News Now contributor
Petro CaribeMIAMI, USA — At least four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries are taking steps to reduce their reliance on Venezuela’s PetroCaribe oil subsidy as crude prices plunge, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The four countries are Guyana, Haiti, Belize and Jamaica and it’s a move other countries should follow, said David Voght, managing director of energy consultancy IPD Latin America.The future of the $8 billion PetroCaribe subsidy, which also allows countries to finance part of their oil purchases at 1 percent for 25 years, is looking less secure as Venezuela faces inflation that had risen to 63 percent and the world’s widest budget deficit.

 

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Guyana wins Caribbean Motor Racing Title: CMRC 2014

Jeffrey, Seereeram, Thompson cop top awards in CMRC

November 19, 2014 | By Glitz and glamour inaundate Parc Rayne

The kings of the Caribbean (from left)- Superbike champion Nikhil Seereeram, Group 4 and overall champion Kristian Jeffrey and Group 2 champion Mark Thompson pose for a photo op with their hardware..

Photo: The kings of the Caribbean (from left)- Superbike champion Nikhil Seereeram, Group 4 and overall champion Kristian Jeffrey and Group 2 champion Mark Thompson pose for a photo op with their hardware.. 

Amidst the glitz and glamour that inundated the impressive Parc Rayne Hall with motor racing royalty in attendance, host Guyana easily retained the Caribbean title after amassing the highest aggregate of points over the three legs that the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship was contested in.

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Guyana mistaken for Guinea in NYC Ebola report – apology requested

Guyana mistaken for Guinea in NYC Ebola report – apology requested

 ISSA  NYC Ebola reportPicture: Congressman Issa on CNN on Sunday Oct. 26, 2014. (CNN image)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Oct. 27, 2014: A Caribbean American Institute is calling on Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee, to apologize after erroneously stating that the medical doctor who is now hospitalized with Ebola in a New York hospital returned from “Guyana” with the disease.

Issa, the U.S. Representative for California’s 49th congressional district at a House Oversight hearing on the US’ Ebola response on Friday, October 24th in Washington, D.C., three times misstated the country where the outbreak of Ebola originated was Guyana. The first time he stated: “… in the West African nation of Guyana, the world first learned about yet another new outbreak of the Ebola virus” several months ago. Continue reading

ISIS – A moment for Caribbean Reflection – By David Jessop

ISIS – A moment for Caribbean Reflection

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By David Jessop

 News Americas, LONG ISLAND, NY, Tues. Oct. 21, 2014:  Four weeks ago, this column urged the Caribbean to begin to think the unthinkable. It suggested that there are some individuals whose values are not those of the vast majority and who mean harm to those who live in the region or who visit.

That column pointed out that the world is now entering a new and dangerous phase in which fanatics are prepared to act across borders in any way that might damage those they believe they are at war with, or against those who do not believe their extreme interpretation of a religion that encourages selfless and peaceful universal values.  Continue reading

THE PROMISE OF 1950 – by Ralph Ramkarran

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This is an appropriate time, on the occasion of the celebration of Guyana’s 48th Independence Anniversary, only two years before age 50, to begin the assessment of our condition as an independent nation and try to assess the future. Such a discourse is even more urgent at this time when it must be clear to all that Guyana’s post independence political dispensation is poised for a transformation. While politicians contend with the pressures of managing, or even acknowledging, new political developments, leaving frustration in their wake, there is no doubt that change is upon us – change so dramatic that it will transform our political landscape.

The discourse could begin by asking the question: What did a shovelman (Fred Bowman), a Hindu Priest (Pandit Misir), a lawyer of Chinese heritage (Rudy Luck,), a dentist (Cheddi Jagan), a lawyer and a Guyana Scholar (Forbes Burnham), a transport supervisor and trade unionist of mixed but dominant European extraction (Frank Van Sertima), a school teacher (Sydney King), a mixed heritage transport worker (Ivan Cendrecourt), a woman optician (Sheila La Taste), an American-born woman (Janet Jagan) and a trade unionist (Hubert Critchlow), mostly young people, have in common? These are 11 of the 22 General Council members of the PPP of 1950, chosen at random.   Continue reading

Guyana Consulate: Toronto – Independence Festival – June 22, 2014 – Event Cancelled

Guyana Independence Festival Flyer

Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

Book  305 pages – By Paul Younger
Book cover New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa

When the colonial slave trade, and then slavery itself, were abolished early in the 19th century, the British empire brazenly set up a new system of trade using Indian rather than African laborers. The new system of “indentured” labor was supposed to be different from slavery because the indenture, or contract, was written for an initial period of five years and involved fixed wages and some specified conditions of work.
From the workers’ point of view, the one redeeming feature of the system was that most of their workmates spoke their language and came from the same area of India. Because this allowed them to develop some sense of community, by the end of the initial five years most of the Indian laborers chose to stay in the land to which they had been taken. In time that land became the place in which they joined with others to build a new homeland.
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BOOK: RACING WITH THE RAIN – Ken Puddicombe

BOOK: RACING WITH THE RAIN – Ken Puddicombe

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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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