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By Aminta Kilawan Narine, Esq. Heartening. Hilarious. Harrowing. Humbling. Ian Harnarine’s feature film “Doubles,” is all of those things and then some. The film, adapted from Harnarine’s short film “Doubles with Slight Pepper,” was screened on Saturday, February 10th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Caribbean Film Festival, to a jam-packed audience including the office of the Consul General...
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO -- A tug boat towing a barge from Panama bound for Guyana was involved in the oil spill incident off Tobago -- and the wrecked barge, which is leaking the oil, is now sinking, according to a Trinidad Guardian report. The news report said the Trinidad Government has now called in top international maritime security investigators I.R....
By Dr Vishnu Bisram My association with Basdeo Panday dates back to 1978 when he was Opposition Leader and continued during the period when he was PM from November 1995 thru 2001 and Opposition Leader again (2002-2010) and until till his death. Panday and I had a warm, respectful relationship during multiple personal engagements (in Trinidad, New York, Guyana, India)...
ONDRIVE with Sham Samaroo December 28, 2023 By refusing to allow Aussie Opener Usman Khawaja to wear a dove on his bat the ICC finds itself in a moral dilemma. This latest request by Khawaja in the ongoing Boxing Day test followed an earlier request to wear the message All Lives Are Equal on his shoes in Perth. Speaking in...
PROFILE OF THE YEAR: By Dr Dhanpaul Narine In 2018, Rudra Jayanta Bhagawati was returning to India with warm memories. He was sent by the Government of India to teach classical dance to Guyanese. Jayanta was based at the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) in Georgetown, but he traveled around Guyana to meet with the people and to get them interested...
By Dr Dhanpaul Narine The remote control lay idly on the bed. We were about to leave the room when we decided to put on the television. A man was reporting something about a demonstration. We had little time for it. We were from New York. Little did we know that one of us would be interviewed by that same...
By Aminta Kilawan Narine, Esq. What are some signs that a community is flourishing? Could it be a robust local economy? A strong social fabric or “sense of place”? Increased employment opportunities? Quality infrastructure such as roads and sanitation? Or perhaps, the clearest sign is access to recreational areas and public spaces. The South Queens neighborhoods of South Richmond Hill and...
ON DRIVE with Sham Samaroo November 24, 2023 If for a moment there you thought this was about today’s generation of emotional misfits, you could be forgiven. Our society seems to have raised a generation of mental midgets for whom simple, everyday challenges become traumatic experiences crying out for counseling and therapy. As an educator for the past 38 years both...

‘A Soul Within a Soul’

  GEORGETOWN, GUYANA: Guyanese Artist Compton Babb has once again elevated to a higher standard with this amazing portrait of Guyanese businessman Mr. Azruddin Mohamed. The oil painting of Mr. Mohamed stands at 5’x4’. The painting was rendered in about 1600 hours of hard work and uninterrupted concentration. Mr Babb described the painting as follows: "The painting is titled 'A soul within a...

Diwali 2023 in New York

By Dr Vishnu Bisram Diwali is very important in the lives of Indo-Caribbean Hindus in the Caribbean and North America and the diaspora (UK, France, Holland, etc.) in general. In communities across the diaspora, particularly in new York, Florida, Toronto, etc. Indo-Caribbean Hindus eagerly anticipate the festival. In the past, Diwali was known to be celebrated with great fervor. In the...
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