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Why are donkeys facing their ‘biggest ever crisis’ – By Alastair Leithead – BBC News

Why are donkeys facing their ‘biggest ever crisis’?

7 October 2017 – By Alastair Leithead  – BBC News, Africa correspondent 

The world’s donkeys are facing a population crisis because of the huge demand for their skins in China, where they are used to make health foods and traditional medicine.

Donkey meat is also a popular food, but a huge drop in the number of Chinese donkeys and the fact they are slow to reproduce, has forced suppliers to look elsewhere.

Africa has been badly hit because the animals are such an important part of life for transport and farming – particularly in poorer communities.

 Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41524710

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Education: 2017 CSEC Results released – QC shines in top performers

Education: 2017 CSEC results…QC shines in top performers’ row

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations are usually taken by students after five years of secondary school, and mark the end of standard secondary education.

Michael Bhopaul of Queen’s College [QC] was yesterday recognised as the student with the highest number of grade one passes, when Minister of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry, officially announced the results of the 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate [CSEC] examination.     

Bhopaul, according to the Minister of Education, secured a total of 24 grade ones [with 21 distinctions] and one grade two.  

But he wasn’t the only QC student in the spotlight yesterday. Among the others recognised for their outstanding performances were: Rawleeta Barrow (19 Ones), Roshawn Cummings (16 Ones), Jelena Arjune (14 Ones, 4 twos), Sydney Fraser (13 Ones, 3 twos), Cheri Frank (13 Ones, 2 twos), Jeevan Dalip (13 Ones, 1 two), Stephen Lewis (13 Ones, 1 two), Alyssa Nurse (13 Ones), Vishal Jack (12 Ones, 4 twos), Amisha Mohanlall (12 Ones, 3 twos), Diego Barnett (12 Ones, 2 twos), Leonardo Gobin (12 Ones,2 twos).  Continue reading

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FANTABULOUS SYBIL SAUL JAMES CELEBRATES 80TH BIRTHDAY – By Waltie Ainsworth

FANTABULOUS SYBIL SAUL JAMES CELEBRATES 80TH BIRTHDAY
By Waltie Ainsworth

 

Come September 12th, 2017 Ms Sybil Veronica Saul- James will be celebrating her 48th year of living in North America and from all indications, this date is just as significant as her 80th birthday celebrated last June.

The birthday celebrations were fantabulous from all accounts. It was held at an exquisite ballroom in Atlantic City where her husband former policeman and retired Psychologist Oscar James presided over the gathering of siblings, offspring, family, friends and other cohort groups.

Auntie Sybil is originally from Victoria and attended St Andrews Primary at Cove and John. In her formative 32 years in Guyana, she was a teacher at Cane Grove and Mahaicony before leaving St Sidwell’s Primary School in Lodge, Georgetown on an academic scholarship overseas.  Continue reading

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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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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A SHORT HISTORY OF VICTORIA VILLAGE –  By Joseph Barlow Snr.

A SHORT HISTORY OF VICTORIA VILLAGE –  By Joseph Barlow Snr.

With the advent of the 2016 INDABA I decided to offer the wider community a bit of the history of this colourful hamlet named Victoria Village.

Victoria Village, originally Pln. Northbrook lies some eighteen miles East of the capital city Georgetown. As far as records go it was owned by the Scottish family, The Baillie’s who also owned Pln. Dochfour. There still remains, a few miles into the farm lands, an area known as Baillie’s Polder which is famous for its yams.

Latterly, the mulatto, Hugh Rogers became the owner and on his death his executors sold the abandoned cotton estate to 63 manumitted Africans who hailed from neighboring estates of Ann’s Grove, Dochfour, Hope, Enmore and Paradise. The date of the purchase was Thursday, November 7th, 1839. In the year, 2013 November 7th was a Thursday and in the following years of the first half of this century, Thursday November 7th will occur 5 more times: 2019, 2024, 2030, 2041 and 2047.   Continue reading