Politics: Cyril Ramaphosa is South Africa’s new president – Reforms are required

Cyril Ramaphosa

By Jason Burke – The Guardian UK – 26 May 2019

Voters are looking for the newly inaugurated president to take on networks of graft now they have given him a new mandate

In his long career as an activist, businessman and politician, Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s president, has overcome many challenges. But few have been as daunting as those he will face when he sits down in his office in Pretoria.

The first is to consolidate his own position. Despite his electoral win this month, and Saturday’s spectacular inauguration, the 66-year-old is politically weaker than he looks. The African National Congress is deeply divided. Many opposed Ramaphosa’s successful bid for power at an ANC conference in December 2017. Some believe he is too “pro-business” to take radical measures to redistribute wealth in one of the most unequal countries in the world and too close to South Africa’s business community.       Continue reading

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Sybil E. Chin passes on….. Funeral in Ottawa on April 10, 2019

Obituary Overview- “Grandma Chin”

CHIN, Sybil E. (nee Tang)It is with great sadness that the family of Sybil E. Chin announce her passing on Friday, March 29th, 2019, at the age of 88.

Beloved wife of the late Leslie Chin. Loving mother of Gene, George (Yoko) and Gerry (Carol). Cherished grandmother of Leslie Jr (Andrea), Gerry Jr (Denise), Raelene, Kristene (Nick), James, Samy and Pia.

Dear great-grandmother of Kaitlyn, Brody, Connor, Ella, Gehrig and predeceased by great-grandson, Logan. Sybil was lovingly known as “Grandma Chin” to everyone she met and will be forever remembered by her extended family and dear friends.

Family and friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel 1255 Walkley Rd, Ottawa, ON K1V 6P9 on Tuesday, April 9th from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service Wednesday, April 10th in the Chapel at 1 p.m. Interment in Hope Cemetery.   Condolences at www.kellyfh.ca.

Donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada are appreciated.  

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New Orleans mayor to apologize to Italian-Americans for 1891 lynchings

New Orleans mayor to apologize to Italian-Americans for 1891 lynchings

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said she will apologize to Italian-Americans for the 1891 lynching of 11 Italian immigrants, widely considered to be the deadliest in U.S. history.
Cantrell said she plans to issue a formal apology April 12 for the violence that took place in 1891 after a police chief was thought to have been murdered by Italian immigrants, according to NOLA.com.
Eleven Italian immigrants lost their lives in violent lynchings following acquittals in police Commissioner David Hennessy’s murder case.
“Our office has worked with the Italian-American community on this issue and will be releasing a proclamation,” spokesman for the mayor’s office Joseph Caruso told the local news outlet.
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Busy Lives, Work Lead Couples to Honeymoon Solo After the Wedding

For some newly married couples, “till death do us part” does not apply to vacation time.

Why are newly married couples taking separate honeymoons?
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Dave Martins & the Tradewinds – Honeymooning Couple
Stitchie one man band Guyana 2017 Squeaky Rucatux

RURAL FEMINIST, COLLISION SPECIALIST AND TEACHER DOREEN BUTCHER DIES

RURAL FEMINIST, COLLISION SPECIALIST AND TEACHER DOREEN BUTCHER DIES

MICHAEL BOLTON    –   HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU

Doreen Butcher

Leo born  rural feminist,  collision specialist and teacher Ms. Doreen Alida Butcher’s death was announced on the eve of Mashramani 2019 in her hometown, The Peoples Republic of Victoria and will be funeralised on Friday March 1st, at the local Methodist Church in the  afternoon.

Doreen was a staunch advocate for women’s rights and used science, technology , electronics and math in the class rooms in rural Guyana to encourage young women especially to realise their full potential.

TEACH”  as she was familiarly called throughout her approximate 6 decades of teaching always walked in the communities in which she lived and worked.  She was a classic slim and trim resilient community minded  sojourner who collided deliberately with all sectors of the community without being judgemental.           Continue reading

THE ORIGINAL JEGGAE 83, WILL BE FUNERALISED ON PRESIDENTS DAY IN BROOKLYN

UNCLE CHARLIE WILSON – I AM BLESSED

THE ORIGINAL JEGGAE 83, WILL BE FUNERALISED PRESIDENTS DAY IN BROOKLYN

The Original “Jeggae”

The bar has been raised for the hosting of wakes in the diaspora.  The original Jeggae ….given name Randolph Desmond Bacchus aka Winston has set the gold standard for wakes in Crooklyn.  Last Friday nite, six musical outfits and two dance troupes under the aegis of the Guyana Cultural Association performed at the gala wake and prelude to the funeral of native Victorian, the original Jeggae.

Jeggae, the son, and anta banta specialist also performed for the throw down group and invoked the spirits of content and gratitude for his Dad who passed away a week ago after a prolonged illness.
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A NOT SO HAPPY VALENTINE – By Waltie Ainsworth

BYRON LEE AND DRAGONAIRS – SOFT LEE

A NOT SO HAPPY VALENTINE

Valentine in 1970 was not such a happy one for a big man named Cuomo who was an employee of the Guyana Electricity Corporation and based in the Peoples Republic of Victoria on the East Coast of Demerara in Guyana.

Truth be told Cuomo was a condemned married man with a few extra dollars in his pocket and loud gold in his mouth, around his neck and a slave band on his left hand and lots and lots of sweet talk. Since mid- afternoon, he was drinking upstairs at the Penthouse Restaurant and Bar. Soon, he was introduced to a young lady who worked with the local government office in Naarstigheid.

Cuomo thought she was from Suriname not knowing that Naarstigheid was the village district that covered Hopetown, West Coast Berbice.  And so this burly, fit and trim big man in an attempt to impress the lady, decorated her table with Old Kaie whiskey and all the food and chicken-in-the-rough she can eat.     Continue reading