Three elderly Guyanese pass on – By Waltie Ainsworth

Three elderly Guyanese pass on

By Waltie Ainsworth

Norman "Star" Armstrong

Norman “Star” Armstrong

On Friday January 20th, the family of Norman “Star” Armstrong, will funeralise him in Brooklyn New York.

Star as he was familiarly called was 98 and lived with his eldest son James, in East Orange new Jersey.  Star last known address in Guyana was north East la Penitence and he retired in 1973 from the Fire Service.

This writer for more than four decades was a family friend of the Armstrongs and on the eve of the American elections last November, Star called to remind my family to get out and vote for the Democratic ticket. Word on the street is that after the Republican ticket emerged victorious, Star lost hope and threw in the towel. His health rapidly declined and he was hospitalized never to recover from a bout of pneumonia.   Continue reading

Calgary police charge Sunwing Airlines pilot with being drunk before takeoff

Sunwing Airlines on drunk pilot arrested in Calgary: all foreign pilots trained, approved

WATCH: Sunwing Airlines says the Slovakian pilot accused of being drunk before a flight Saturday from Calgary to Cancun was a foreign pilot on contract but, met all Canadian regulations to fly the Boeing 737. Miroslav Gronych, 37, will appear in court January 5 after police say his blood alcohol limit was three times the legal limit. Reid Fiest reports.

Two days after a pilot was found unconscious in a cockpit before takeoff and tested at more than three times the legal alcohol limit just hours later, Sunwing Airlines is answering questions on how foreign pilots are hired.    Story continues below

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Is Kwanzaa Still A Thing? – Reports are that interest in it is waning – NPR

Is Kwanzaa Still A Thing? – Reports are that interest in it is waning – NPR
December 28, 201212:00 PM ET  – Heard on Tell Me More
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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we’d like to talk about Kwanzaa. Wednesday marked the start of the seven-day celebration of African-American culture and heritage. And if you’ve been around a while, then you probably remember that in the 1980s and 1990s, Kwanzaa was one of the trifecta of winter holidays – along with Christmas and Hanukkah, of course – that got a lot of attention from the media; from retail establishments, including the big department stores; and artists. Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass released a song “Happy Kwanzaa” on his 1998 album “This Christmas I’d Rather Have Love.” Let’s listen.

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Nigerian officials row over ‘plastic rice’ – BBC News

Nigerian officials row over ‘plastic rice’

 Nigeria’s food safety agency has denied claims by the health minister that it has cleared the reported “plastic” rice.

A senior official at the National Agency For Food and Drugs (Nafdac) said the minister’s Twitter statement “is not their position”.

Health Minister Isaac Adewole had tweeted that tests by the agency found “no evidence” of plastic material.

About 2.5 tonnes of the “plastic” rice has been confiscated.

Rice is Nigeria’s staple food and it is a tradition for people to give bags of rice as a gift during the Christmas period.

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Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said on Wednesday the fake rice was intended to be sold during the festive season but has not commented on the health minister’s statement.

The official at Nafdac told the BBC’s Stephanie Hegarty that the tests were still ongoing:

“We are not done with comprehensive tests. We are still in the laboratory. We haven’t concluded analysis and it is not something we can conclude in two days.”

“We are yet to conclude the chemical and biological analysis,” he added.

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Guyanese author, educator and diplomat- E.R. Braithwaite dies at 104

Guyanese author, educator and diplomat- E.R. Braithwaite dies at 104

Then President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar bestowing the Cacique Crown of Honour on E.R. Braithwaite.

E.R. Braithwaite, the Guyanese author, educator and diplomat whose years teaching in the slums of London’s East End inspired the international best-seller “To Sir, With Love” and the popular Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, has died at age 104, the Associated Press  (AP)  reported.   

Braithwaite’s companion, Ginette Ast, told The Associated Press that he became ill Monday and died at the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, Maryland.

(Back on August 23, 2012 he was conferred with a National Award, the Cacique Crown of Honour, by then President Donald Ramotar. At  the time, he had been in Guyana as patron of the Inter-Guianas Cultural Festival. “I am surprised because I did not expect an award. I don’t know that I have done anything to deserve the award but, I am grateful for what the award represents,” Braithwaite, who served as a diplomat in the formative years of Guyana’s independence, had told members of the media following a simple investiture ceremony at the Office of the President.)     

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Panties And Personality: What Your Underwear Choice Says About You – Gigi Engle in Elite Daily

Panties And Personality: What Your Underwear Choice Says About You – Gigi Engle in Elite Daily

pantiesUnderwear is a secret a girl has with only herself, and the guy she’s sleeping with. It’s like a secret identity she hides under her clothes, a part of her feminine mystique she keeps tucked away from the eyes of the general public. It’s a part of a woman that belongs to her alone.

A lady’s choice of panties has a lot to do with her style. You might be able to guess what kind of underwear she’s got on under a pencil skirt or maxi dress. Or maybe she isn’t wearing anything at all? What a woman chooses to don under her outer garments also says a lot about her personality. Whether she prefers comfort to sexy or cotton to lace, every girl’s panty preference gives a lot of insight into the woman she is.    Continue reading

Doctor Who Made Racist Comments About Michelle Obama to Lose Nonpaid Faculty Appointment

Doctor Who Made Racist Comments About Michelle Obama to Lose Nonpaid Faculty Appointment

First Amendment laws protecting employees in the public sector may make it more difficult for the doctor’s employers at a health center to take action against her, though.

Denver Health Medical Center on March 14, 2016The University of Colorado’s School of Medicine is cutting ties with a faculty member who made a racist remark about first lady Michelle Obama on Facebook.

Dr. Michelle Herren, who works at Denver Health Medical Center, holds a nonpaid faculty appointment at the CU School of Medicine and a medical-staff appointment at Children’s Hospital, where Denver Health physicians supervise residents and other medical practitioners in training, the Denver Post reports.     Continue reading