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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

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Labour’s Khan becomes first Muslim mayor of London after bitter campaign

Labour’s Khan becomes first Muslim mayor of London after bitter campaign

LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) – Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver, became London’s first Muslim mayor on Saturday, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed win for his opposition Labour Party.

Khan’s victory, which also makes him the first Muslim to head a major Western capital, was confirmed shortly after midnight inside London’s futuristic glass and steel city hall following a day of mixed news for Labour in elections elsewhere in the country.   Continue reading

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

AFFLUENZA SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF JAGDEO’S SISTER

AFFLUENZA SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF JAGDEO’S SISTER

Oma at time of death did not have a resume and or a living will.  She was able to secure a job with pay and perks equivalent to a Vice President in the current government.  President Granger has since sent his condolences as a practising Christian because when good people die, you have to say good things about them. Oma is dead and affluenza seems to be the cause or death.

The autopsy report overseered by Dr Bharrat Rosemund Jagdeo is not conclusive. He established from the moment he got the news while on a field trip in Wakenaam, there was no foul play and the medical and investigative community had to work along with him.  Continue reading

MAYOR HAMILTON GREENE TO GET BUST AMONG GUYANESE NINE PRESIDENTS

MAYOR HAMILTON GREENE TO GET BUST AMONG GUYANESE NINE PRESIDENTS

By Waltie Ainsworth

Hamilton Greene

Hamilton Greene

Georgetown’s longest serving mayor and former Prime Minister, Hamilton Greene will get a bust all of his own among the nine Presidents of Guyana. These ten busts will be unveiled during the upcoming 50th Independence Anniversary scheduled for May 2016.

The nine presidents so far have been Arthur Chung, Forbes Burnham, Desmond Hoyte, Cheddie Jagan, Sam Hinds, Janet Jagan, Bharrat Jagdeo, Donald Ramotar and now David Granger.

At time of writing no place has been identified for the mounting of the completed bust but the Burrowes School of Art has been awarded the contract to complete the Jubilee Celebration Project.  Continue reading

Nelson Mandela’s stepdaughter beaten – Global image for domestic abuse

Nelson Mandela’s stepdaughter beaten, blinded by boyfriend

MEG WAGNERNEW YORK DAILY NEWS 11/17/2015 1:39 PM ET

ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Josina Machel, the daughter of Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel, said a brutal domestic attack left her blind in one eye.

Nelson Mandela’s stepdaughter said her boyfriend viciously beat her on her mom’s birthday — a ruthless attack that left her blind in one eye.

Josina Machel — the daughter of the late South African revolutionary’s widow, Graça Machel — said her beau was furious that she wanted to sleep over with her mother on the matriarch’s 70th birthday.

“I’m still going through myriad feelings. To be honest, I have not been able to grieve. I have not been able to cry. I have not been angry. I have not been able to feel all those emotions that happened because I’ve been concentrating on my eye,” she told South Africa’s City Press.

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THE EXCEPTIONAL MR. GEORGE BARCLAY – By Hubert Williams

Mighty Sparrow – Age is just a number

 

Guyanese Online

THE  EXCEPTIONAL  MR. GEORGE  BARCLAY

        By  Hubert  Williams

Boston, Massachusetts, September 30, 2015  — From  the very beginning, George Barclay was an exceptional journalist, despite being among such reputed high-flyers as Leo Small, Rickey Singh, Julian Mendes, Kester Alves, Albert Alstrom, George Baird, Godfrey Wray, Herman Singh, Wordsworth Mac Andrew, Hubert Williams, John Agard, Joan Cambridge, Claudette Earle, Patricia De Freitas, Sibille Hart, and others.

George’s particular exceptionalism was matched by just one other member of staff in the editorial department of the then Guyana Graphic Ltd. on Lama Avenue, Bel Air Park, Georgetown, which published daily and Sunday newspapers.

Of all the many outstanding operatives who strove with skill and courage to produce what I still rate as Guyana’s best ever newspaper (certainly the most courageous and financially successful), only George Barclay and Eleazar Watson (later promoted News Editor) had learnt the skill of Pitman’s and  Gregg’s…

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