Burnham honoured by South Africa – the Oliver Tambo Award (Gold).

Burnham to be honoured by South Africa

Burnham to be honoured by South Africa
Twenty  seven years after his death, Guyana’s first Executive President, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham was honoured by the Government of South Africa with one of the Nation’s Highest Awards, the Oliver Tambo Award (Gold).
The Order of the Companion of OR Tambo is a South African honour which was established on the 6th December 2002 and is granted by the President of South Africa to foreign citizens who have “promoted South African interests and aspirations through co-operation, solidarity, and support.”

According to a statement from the Burnham family, the late President’s daughter Ms. Roxanne Van West Charles  traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to accept the Award. Continue reading

Guyana welcomes another centenarian… Mrs Doris Agatha Kingston

Guyana welcomes another centenarian… Mrs Doris Agatha Kingston is today 100 not out!
Centenarian Mrs. Doris Kingston with her nieces Leila Ashby; Pansy Thomas (visiting from the USA); and Natasha Kingston, who assists in taking care of her and other relatives
Centenarian Mrs. Doris Kingston with her nieces Leila Ashby; Pansy Thomas (visiting from the USA); and Natasha Kingston, who assists in taking care of her and other relatives

Guyana welcomes another centenarian… Mrs Doris Agatha Kingston is today 100 not out!

 TODAY is a special day for Mrs. Doris Agatha Kingston of Nabaclis, East Coast Demerara. Today, she is privileged to be joining the ranks of Guyana’s few but celebrated centenarians. Born at Nabaclis, East Coast Demerara on April 21, 1915 to Martha David and Inniss, Doris is the longest surviving from her line, but recalls with pride that she had an aunt and godmother, Aunty Bacchus, fondly referred to as ‘Aunty Piggy’, who had also been a centenarian.  Continue reading

VICTORIA’S COUNT RAWNA DIES IN LONDON

VICTORIA’S COUNT RAWNA DIES IN LONDON

By Waltie Ainsworth

last Sunday in Brooklyn Victorians aborted their winter garb to bid farewell to one of their very own, Mr. Carlton Kingston 83 who died after a prolonged illness.  In Guyana he spent his productive years working in the bauxite industry in Linden.  It was at this ceremony, it was announced that his cousin, Ovid Count Rawna Hoppie-Beaton  had also died.

Count Rawna had migrated to London since in the 60s and was known in the community for his magical footworks and dancing style.  He was also a jazz enthusiast. Continue reading

West Indian cricket – Why The Economist failed to predict a stunning victory

West Indian cricket – Why The Economist failed to predict a stunning victory

Apr 9th 2016 | KOLKATA | The Economist Magazine

West Indian cricket logoWRITING about West Indian cricket last year, The Economist tried to explain “why a dazzling team has faded”. On April 3rd in Kolkata, the West Indian men’s and women’s teams both dazzled by winning the Twenty20 (T20) championships. We feel nearly as sheepish as the bookmakers who put the odds of that happening at 150 to one.

Caribbean players excel at T20 cricket, a three-hour version of the game in which each side bowls 20 overs (six ball-tosses towards the batsman). When they come together every few years for international T20 tournaments they do well; the men won a world championship in 2012. Where they fall short is in one-day international (ODI) and five-day Test matches. In fact, those failures are one reason for the West Indies’ T20 success. Continue reading

WEEKEND KUDOS FOR GUYANESE SPOUSES IN BROOKLYN

WEEKEND KUDOS FOR GUYANESE SPOUSES IN BROOKLYN

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The atmosphere was electric and the presentations terrific as the spouses in the Guyanese Diaspora paid strict attention to the The International Women’s Movement and their can do attitude in New York over the weekend.

Both Ms Sandra Granger, wife of President David Granger and Ms Sita Nagamootoo, wife of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo were on hand for the annual event held this year at the Glen Terrace in Brooklyn.

This year several Spouses were given awards.  Here are some of the names: Beryl James; Samantha Dow- Hankerson; Kevin Smith; Trevlyn Headley; Kaeli Ferguson; Oswald Bobb; Ewrin Edwards (Flantis).    Continue reading

THURSDAY FUNERAL FOR 104 YEAR OLD WW 11 VET

THURSDAY FUNERAL FOR 104 YEAR OLD WW 11 VET

By Waltie Ainsworth

In his native community of Seafield he is known as Bassy……baptismal name ‘Arnold Bascom.  And at time of death he was 104 years of age and would have served gallantly in World War two.

Last November President David Granger awarded special commendations to Bassy for his contributions to Global Peace and Economic Development.  Bassy for a number of significant years worked as a private contractor with the bauxite company of Demba in Linden.  Later in life, he became a shepherd of sheep in his hometown.

This writer remembers him fondly when he lived in the house alongside the cross trench in Seafieled before he resettled later in Bengal…..a neighbouring village.  Continue reading

Former PNC Minister, Haslyn Parris, dies

Former PNC Minister, Haslyn Parris, dies

MARCH 29, 2016 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

A former Government Minister of the People’s National Congress (PNC) has died ending a career that

Died: Haslyn Parris

Haslyn Parris

spanned Teaching, Public Service, the Bauxite Industry and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
Seventy-five year-old William Haslyn Parris, CCH, was reportedly rushed from his Friendship, East Coast Demerara home Sunday night after falling ill. He died at a private city hospital.
Parris was Deputy Prime Minister for PNC until 1991.
He was also Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission and a commissioner on the Guyana Elections Commission, as well as a member of the Constitution Reform Commission. Continue reading

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