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Guyanese Keemo Paul optimistic as he scores First Class 100

Keemo Paul, the Guyana Jaguars’ big-hitting all-rounder said racking up his maiden First Class ton has only increased his appetite to score bigger and more consistently; as he plans to keep churning out match-winning performances for the defending champs.

Keemo Paul

The 19-year-old hard-hitting batsman told this publication on the eve of the third round clash against the Leeward Hurricanes, that his second innings knock of 107 from 129 balls against Jamaica Scorpions was a very special innings and one which he had been waiting on for some time now.
“It meant a lot to me because it was my first hundred, I always wanted to score a First Class hundred and I finally got it this year. It was a great feeling but I’m not satisfied because I want to score more hundreds and I worked very hard for it, the coaches helped me a lot also because after the first innings, we sat and discussed what were my goals for the season and how I was going to get them and scoring a hundred was one of them,” explained Paul.
The former U19 World Cup winning Vice-Captain had failed in the first innings against Jamaica but showed signs of aggressive sportsmanship as he hit a four and a six in his 12 off 8 deliveries. Admitting that he had done some mental work ahead of the second innings Paul said, “I had a clear mind I just wanted to bat and get a big score because I knew what lead we had in mind, so I was in no rush I wasn’t thinking about a hundred but once I passed 50 and saw there was still time I told my partner I was going for the hundred and thanks to God, I got it.”
One of three fast-bowling all-rounders in the team alongside Romario Shepherd and Sherfane Rutherford, Paul has shown great maturity over the past few months whether it be the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) or domestically. He noted that his improvements batting-wise, could be attributed to the minor technical adjustments as well as his approach when out in the middle.
“I altered my batting stance and also my bat lift and that was the cause behind my success while batting. Also, like i said I had no thoughts really, just playing with a clear head and my plan was to bat long and try to get a big score. It was very important that I started my season off on the right foot,” Paul admitted.
As customary, Guyana got off to a brilliant start this season winning their first two matches against the Scorpions and Windwards Volcanoes in quite comfortable fashions. Heading into round three Guyana will be taking with them tons of confidence after sitting steady in top spot but the Essequibian was adamant that his role as a big player in the team was only now beginning.
“Well I have already set my goals for the season, I don’t set it by rounds or who we play against because every game is a challenge and I look forward to new challenges. So definitely I will be looking to make an impact in this game whether it is with bat or ball,” he said.
In closing the V-Net Communications brand ambassador said apart from his coaching and training, his family has been playing a key role in his progression. “I must mention my family who has been behind me tremendously so definitely I want to keep shining for them and for my country. Like I said I’m not satisfied, this (maiden hundred) just drives me to go out there and put in more good performances,” he ended.

Esau, Budhu give Regal big win

SVC NY/ International Softball Cup…

By John Ramsingh

A 13-ball unbeaten 50 and a tidy spell of bowling from Sewchand Budhu hand Regal All-Stars the first ever SVC International Softball Cup when the finals were played last Sunday November 5, at the Hydronie Sports Club ground, East Bank Essequibo.

Regal All Stars with their winnings last Sunday at the Hydronie Sports Club Ground

The inaugural International Softball Cup which was organised by Sawh Volt Comm (SVC) of New York City, from November 3 to 5 with eight teams and saw Regal All-Stars beating SVC in the final by 35 runs to win the majestic trophy and Gy$700,000 first prize.
In the final which was also played at the Hydronie ground, Regal All-Stars won the toss and batted and rattled up 204 for 6 from their 20 overs. They city side found the bowling and fielding of the overseas team challenging and lost wickets regularly early up. In the 17th over, Budhu made his appearance after Regal lost Patrick Rooplall via the run out route for 24 (3×6; 1×4) and Navin Singh (0) who was sent back next ball without facing a ball with the score on 143 for 5.
Budhu then hit five sixes and three fours on his way to an even half century and along with Safraz Esau was also run out in the 20th over added 60 runs for the sixth wicket in just over three overs. Esau made a rapid 36 (5×6) to push the champions past the 200-run mark.
Earlier, Regal were 76 for three when Fazal Rafeek (11) was caught at the wicket off the economical Travis Drakes who finished with figures 4-0-14-1 while openers Sachin Singh (13) and Richard Latif (21) tried their best to get things going. Azad Azeez was expensive in picking up two for 53.
In the run chase, crowd favourite SVC were never allowed to free their arms on the small ground thanks to superb bowling which was backed up by excellent fielding. Anil Beharry blasted the top score of 28 (2×6; 1×4) at number nine and Jake Wessel with 15 not out (1×6; 1×4) at number 11 offered any resistance to Ameer Nizamudain (3-37), Budhu (2-26) and Delroy Perreira (2-40) as SVC finished on 169 for 9 when their overs ran out to give Regal the inaugural championship by 35 runs.
The final day of a wonderful tournament started with Hydronie Masters beating Essequibo Masters to take the Masters’ title with Dubraj Singh being adjudged the Man of the Match and best bowler with 3 for 10 from three overs while Dalip Singh who made 56 for Essequibo was the best batsman.
In the All-Stars’ category, the champions made a clean sweep of the individual prizes with Delroy Perriera who had 11 victims winning the prize for the bowler with the most wickets and Safraz Esau with 192 runs won the batsman with the most runs prize.
Esau who also picked up five wickets was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while Budhu quite deservedly was the Man of the Match in the final.
SVC’s President, Sureain Sawh who is also the president of Enforcers Care, a charitable foundation said he was pleased with the level of competition and the skill displayed by all of the teams and promised a bigger and better tournament next year. Sawh who said that the tournament was planned in just two weeks was grateful for the assistance of all and to the weather for the success.
Children of the area were treated to free sweets, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy and bouncy castle and school hampers while five elders received hampers.

Expansion in sight for Leonora Track and Field Facility

Athletes will soon benefit from a state of the art 200-metre warm-up track at the Leonora Track and Field facility. A tender is currently out at an estimated cost of Gy$14 million for the construction of the track, which will be situated at the south-western curve of the main track at the sports facility.

Trevor Williams

This was disclosed by Director of the National Track and Field Facility, Trevor Williams. He said that tenders will be opened on November 14. “It more than likely will be a two-phase project; wherein the first instance, it will be grass laid and covered and then move on to the concrete and synthetic” he explained.
Williams noted the lack of a warm-up track at the Leonora facility, puts athletes at a disadvantage since they will be required to use the main track when preparing for meets. Williams pointed out having a warm-up track “is a requirement” for the hosting of international and athletic meets of a high standard. It is also mandated by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) that sports facilities are required to have a designated area for athletes to train and warm up.
Additionally, Williams noted that he is lobbying for the construction of an Olympic size swimming pool at the Leonora facility. This follows an overwhelming demand by athletes on the West Coast, who are desirous of taking up the discipline of swimming.
Accommodation is another important element that is currently in short supply. In the near future, dormitories will be constructed to comfortably house athletes, competing in both local and international meets.
According to Williams, with such developments on stream, within the ten years, Guyana will be on par with its regional competitors such a Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. (DPI)

GFF expresses confidence in Golden Jaguars squad for Soca Warriors clash

After a prolonged period of secrecy, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) on Wednesday released an 18-man squad for Senior National Men’s team International Friendly against Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.

Dwain Jacobs

Among the three locally based players invited for the Golden Jaguars are the experienced Dwain Jacobs and Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson while the other is Anthony Benfield.
The other 15 comprise four debutants including Kadell Daniel, Devonte Small, Daniel Jodah and Jelani Smith.
Golden Jaguars Goalkeepers: Akel Clarke Goalkeeper (North East Star FC), Andrew Durant (San Juan Jabloteh FC); Defenders: Christopher Bourne (Islington Admiral United FC), Jake Newton (Walton & Hersham FC), Jelani Smith (Sigma FC), Samuel Cox (Wealdstone FC), Terence Vancooten (Stevenage FC); Mid-fielders: Brandon Beresford (Rochester Rhinos), Warren Creavalle ( Philadelphia Union), Dwain Jacobs ( Police FC), Anthony Benfield ( Alpha United FC), Kadell Daniel (Dover Athletic FC) Daniel Jodah (Sigma FC); Forwards: Shaquille Agard (Durham United FC), Emery Welshman (Puerto Rico Islanders), Sheldon Holder ( Caledonia), Gregory Richardson (Pele FC), Devonte Small (Reynir FC)
Management: Rawle Adams (Team Manager), Wayne Dover (Head Coach) Charles ( Pollard Assistant Coach), Lyndon France (Physical Trainer), Eon DeVeira (Goalkeeper Coach), Denzil Hernandez (Physio), Trevor Burnett (Kit Manager).
Commenting on the squad, Wayne Dover, Interim Head Coach expressed confidence of the team doing well.
“One of the four additions is a young, talented Central Defender – Smith,” Dover said. “We have been short of Central Defenders as of recent and although we have identified talent, the likes of Jeremy Garrett and Cecil Jackman, who will emerge as leading defenders in the future, we’ll focus on using the new-found talent for the Trinidad game,” he added. Daniel, while new to the senior national team, played at the national U-23 level in an Olympic qualifier some years ago.
Looking ahead to the Trinidad game, Dover said: “We are expecting a very tough game where Trinidad will bring it to us especially since they’re coming off from a 2-1 victory against the United States. They should be confident but we’re preparing for that. We will try to give a good account of ourselves, give a good match and get a positive result.”
Meanwhile, a 24-man locally-based squad began training from November 5, as Guyana also travels to Indonesia for another International Friendly on the November 25.
Dover said this squad will be available for selection, he is pleased with the attendance thus far and the players have shown a commitment to fitness, which is one of the critical areas.
“Fitness is currently our number one priority. Analysis of our previous match against Grenada revealed a number of areas in the team’s performance that can be improved. Such areas included our crossing ability and our execution of combination play. Nevertheless, we have used this knowledge to develop a new training regimen.
While some of the selected players travel to Trinidad, the others will remain as a unit with identified coaches.
“Bryan Joseph and Lyndon France will remain to work with players who are not selected and, in so doing, provide them with an opportunity to improve their fitness and understanding of tactics. This will improve their chances of being selected for the subsequent Indonesian International Friendly,” Dover said.
The overseas-based players, who are all in peak shape from playing in on-going seasonal matches with their respective clubs, will join the locally-based team members in Trinidad.

MEDICAL TOURISM

By Anu Dev

Medical tourism can be considered a kind of import: instead of the product coming to the consumer, as it does with cars or sneakers, the consumer is going to the product – James Suroweicki

It’s November, which means that it’s Tourism Month again. This year, the theme is “Sustainable tourism – A Tool for Development”
I was a bit surprised; however, that medical tourism wasn’t touted at the launch of the Month, since this is one of the most lucrative and growing areas of tourism. A few years back, when I was still at Queen’s, medical tourism was in the air in conjunction with the proposed “Specialty Hospital”. But even if the latter has been shelved, it doesn’t mean the former has to die. Just like other types of tourism, “medical tourism” — as the quote above reminds us — is a special reverse type of import; here, the import (the medical tourist) actually comes to buy the product (medical treatment), and leaves the foreign funds in Guyana, rather than sending it abroad!
And those “foreign funds” are astronomical. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), medical tourism contributed 9 per cent of global GDP (more than US$6 trillion) and accounted for 255 million jobs in 2011. So, while our regular tourist numbers are inching ever upwards, I believe we should keep on in that area; especially since we have several medical schools in Guyana, and another is slated to open next year — which I understand will have an adjunct hospital.
Medical tourism brings in more than twice the spending of foreign tourists; so while we’re not going to be exactly overrun by tourists in downtown Georgetown, you’d be surprised how many relatives, friends and ‘significant others’ of patients will fill up the Marriott, Pegasus, Ramada Princess, and all the other smaller hotels that now dot our – dare I say it – once and future Garden City.
With angioplasties (for instance) going for $100,000 in the United States (and we are talking about US greenbacks here!) versus the $11,000 that India charges — even if we go to $15,000 — there’s still a lot of wriggle room for the surgery to be done in Guyana, and rake in all the side benefits of regular tourism.
And what the studies on the major players in medical medicine – India, Thailand — have shown is that, having come for the medical treatment, the foreign patients do get an opportunity to see the country and its attractions. And why shouldn’t they come to see our dear land of Guyana? We have so many beautiful sights to behold and places to visit. The land itself has done half of the work, all we Guyanese have to do is to market the beauty! And medical tourism can be another arrow in our marketing quiver to do this. Brazil is also a big player in medical tourism.
Another type of medical tourists that we can attract would be our Guyanese diaspora in the United States and Canada, which is fighting socialised medicine tooth and nail. For some reason, not many officials talk about the number of these “foreigners” who return to Guyana to have their dentures replaced. They cost at least ten times less than in the United States. Maybe our Specialty Hospital can also do dental surgery, as for instance Costa Rica does.
In the latter country, dental care can cost as much as 70 per cent less than in the United States. More than 40,000 medical tourists visited Costa Rica in 2011, a third for dental care. Guyana, like Costa Rica, is but a short trip from the United States, and it offers orthopedics, cardiology, spine, cosmetic and bariatric (obesity) surgery.
So let’s think – and act – outside the box and watch our tourism revenues swell! And not so incidentally provide higher paid employment to our swelling number of doctors!

Order in the House

Satiricus was all agog at the goings on in Parliament. As usual, he knew he’d have to defend his leaders Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat in the Back Street Bar gyaaf. He felt very lonely nowadays as day by day, his friends in the KFC were jumping ship as it headed onto rocky shores.
“Budday! Who ah de Security Minista?” asked Bungi even before Satiricus could take his seat. “Rum Jhaat or Nagga Man?”
“Rum Jhaat,” answered Satiricus, uncertainly. “Why you ask?”
“Man, me hear Nagga Man call Jaggo Bai wan “domestic terraris’!” Bungi chuckled. “Yuh know if ‘e check wid Rum Jhaat?”
“Rum Jhaat gat ‘e own trouble,” grinned Cappo. “Yuh notice how dem a fyah all ‘e Police big wan dem!”
“But let’s get back to Nagga Man getting his buckta all in a knot,” said Hari. “How he could accuse Jagdesh of crossing the line when he calls waving a placard “domestic terrorism?”
“Well it’s the context, you know,” offered Satiricus. “This was Parliament!”
“Suh Prezzie can stick ‘e finga in abee country eye, an’ Jago must skin ‘e teet’ in Parlament?” demanded Cappo.
“Well, Prezzie has his opinion and Jagdesh has his,” said Satiricus. “Can’t they agree to disagree?”
“Sato old friend,” said Hari. “This isn’t whether Jago like Banks and Prezzie likes Stag. This is promising Jago one thing for the country’s good and then doing the opposite!”
“But na only da,” interrupted Bungi. “Pick sense fram nansense. Wha’ mek Prezzie guh pick dis big fight fuh Patto?”
“Chief Patto!” grinned Cappo before Satiricus could answer. “’Wha’ mek ‘e pick Dessie ole fr’en if nah fuh rig de elekshan?”
“But we don’t know that!” protested Satiricus.
“Suh if wan cyar knack yuh down waan time, and yuh see ya come again,” said Cappo, “Yuh guh wait fuh ‘e knack yuh dong before yuh jump a-side?”
Satiricus knew when to stay quiet.

Weaving good dreams

Originally created by American Indians, dreamcatchers today come in a variety of different sizes and styles. They usually consist of a small wooden hoop covered in a net or web of natural fibres, with meaningful sacred items like feathers and beads attached, hanging down from the bottom of the hoop.

Rena Rufino

Real authentic, traditional dreamcatchers are handmade and crafted only from all natural materials, measuring just a few small inches across in size. The circular shape of the dreamcatcher represents the circle of life, with no beginning and no end. This is significant to many Native Americans because they believe that death is a part of life and that the spirit lives on. The dreamcatcher is woven to resemble a spider’s web, and a single bead represents the spider. Multiple beads represent trapped dreams.
The legend of the dreamcatcher is that it captures the bad spirits and filters them. Protecting us from evil and letting through only the good dreams. It is believed that each carefully woven web will catch bad spirit dreams in the web and disappear by perishing with the first light of the morning sun. The good spirit dreams will find their way to the centre and float down the sacred feather.
Dreamcatchers are also believed to bless the “sleeping ones” with pleasant dreams, good luck, and harmony throughout their lives. It is said that this is how many people remember lessons in our community and get their visions. Also, it is believed that when you get a good night sleep you can remember when the spirit has talked to you. Notably, dreamcatchers were given to new born and/or hung on an infant’s cradle for good dreams.
In Guyana, the significance or even what dreamcatchers look like may not be popularly known, but crafter/artist Rena Rufino wants to change, as this is part of her indigenous heritage.
In an interview with Sunday Times Magazine, the 27-year-old who hails from Shea Village, South Rupununi, Region Nine, said that she attended private craft classes in Paraguay. Additionally, she lived in Mexico and Paraguay with renowned indigenous Guyanese artist/archaeologist, George Simon and family.

A few of her smaller dreamcatchers

“I would visit museums and attend art and craft festivals. I became more interested in art and craft while I was in Paraguay. I attended art and craft festivals every first Sunday of each month and I would observe artists and crafters demonstrating their work. Out of all I saw, I chose to create dreamcatchers because it helps me to be patient and creative and keeps my mind active. Dreamcatchers also have deep meaning,” Rena noted.
She also mentioned that for now dreamcatchers are the only craft she creates. This is so because crafting is something Rena has come to appreciate after seeing her late grandmother and her mother make cotton hammocks.
“I have been creating dreamcatchers for almost two years. Apart from creating dreamcatchers, I am a certified DOULA, which means a trained professional in child birth who provides emotional, physical and educational support to a woman before, during and after delivery,” she pointed out.
For her future plans, Rena hopes to create a network with other crafters and artists. Later this month, she will be meeting with George Simon and team in Georgetown as she begins to build her network. Notably, Rena was one of the organisers for the art and craft festival in Georgetown last September.
For more information, check out Rena Dreamcatchers on Facebook.(Guyana Times Sunday Magazine)

Villagers urged to develop community as Victoria celebrates 178th anniversary

The Victoria Youth Development Organisation on Monday evening hosted a flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the 178th anniversary of the village.
The community, formerly known as Northbrook, was the first to be bought by freed African slaves in 1839 after they gained their freedom.

Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton

Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton, in the feature address, commended the youths for efforts made to recognise the 178th anniversary and encouraged them to continue to work towards the development of the village.
“This evening, we celebrate the purchase of this village and those who struggled and pooled their meagre earnings to make it possible. I appeal to you ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, youths, do not let the struggle of your forefathers, the struggle to ensure a brighter future for you and your future generations to come. Let us not allow the struggle of your forefathers to go in vain,” Dr Norton said.
He noted that team-effort was pivotal for the slaves to achieve the purchase of the village and urged residents to adapt such principles.
“I want to urge you to become more cohesive. To break down the barriers that exist among the gender difference, among the age difference, the socio-economic difference, and let us all come together in whatever way we can to make Victoria a place that we all would be proud of.”
Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings highlighted that the village was once an economic hub and charged villagers to reshape their focus. She also stressed the importance of agriculture and women’s involvement in those activities within the community.
“It is time to refocus our energies towards reestablishing a viable village economy for the welfare of our people. Let us redesign the village economy in line with the current national economic development programme,” the Department of Public Information (DPI) quoted Dr Cummings as saying.
The 178th anniversary celebration saw a number of cultural performances and presentations by villagers and Government officials, before concluding with the hoisting of the National Flag.
In 1839, 83 ex-slaves from five nearby estates – Dochfour, Anns Grove, Hope, Paradise, and Enmore – pooled their resources and bought Plantation Northbrook for 30,000 Guilders. As a result, each of the 83 owned one lot of land.
After its purchase, the village was renamed Victoria, presumably in honour of England’s Queen Victoria, though some suggest it might have been named after the victory of the slaves in gaining their freedom.

Ben Parag- A young voice of hope

By: Anjali Paray

Guyanese diaspora are often bombarded with headlines of political corruption, domestic violence and suicides, however, a young man’s rise to fame is giving his people just the type of hope they were waiting for.
Ben Parag was born and raised in Queens, New York. His parents, Kumar and Savi Parag, hail from Corentyne, Berbice.
At just 19 years old, Ben courageously packed his bags and headed to the other side of the world to participate in a reality singing competition ‘Dil Hai Hindustani’ which translates to ‘the heart is Indian’. Music to Indians everywhere is like air and this would be one of the very first time a network would produce a show that would allow someone from anywhere in the world to compete. They would be the judge of whether the soul of a voice was Indian enough.
While Ben hails from a musical family and started rigorously training from a tender age, Hindi is not his native tongue, nor has he ever spent any physical time in that part of the world, so the odds were stacked against him.
In true Indian style, the very gurus (teachers) who recreated India in New York for Ben to hone his skills, held his hand and dropped him off on the other side of the world. With the blessings and encouragement of Kinnar and Payal Seen, Ben was able to conquer his nerves and win the hearts of the judges week after week. All across the globe, people from the Indo Caribbean tuned in to silently cheer him on, making Ben Parag an instant celebrity. While many thought he would bring the title home, Ben placed 6th.
West Indian media flocked to the Radisson Hotel at JFK, Tuesday night to be briefed on Ben’s premiere feature presentation. Organised by talk show host Lakshmee Singh, Ben showed his poise, maturity and humility as he eloquently answered the media for over an hour and a half. He even sang for them, twice.
The young artist spoke about the hurdles he had to overcome in order to study this ancient artform, what advice he would give to young people hoping to follow in his footsteps and his dreams for his future endeavors. He also spoke about what we can expect from him at York College on Saturday November 11th. He and fellow headliner Fakhrul Rai, have been collaborating on a vibe which ranges from RD Burman oldies to new experimental Arabic pieces.
Time after time newspaper, magazine, television and radio personalities asked young Ben various forms of the same question. What can he do to gap the huge divide that plagues the West Indian people. Ben, who has always lent his now famous voice to charities and various philanthropic endeavors, smiled and with humble confidence answered, “I’ll sing to them and be a source of hope.”

Guyanese Writers: Clement Aloysius Yansen (1906-1976)

By Petamber Persaud

Clement Aloysius Yansen was an educator for over 50 years; teaching at Queen’s College, Berbice High School and Modern High School, teaching during the colonial and post-independent periods, teaching the classics including English, Latin and French, yet he chose to leave his legacy in a book on local dialect, “Random Remarks on Creolese”.
There is more to this unusual tale. His nickname, The Roman, was conferred on him because of his great love for the classics. At Queen’s College, he gained distinction in Latin for five consecutive years and won many prizes in English. His speech delivered in a soft mellifluous sway was impeccable as was his manner of dress and his gait striding down hallowed halls or astride his ‘big-ben’ bicycle. Further, he was in the first panel of judges at the inaugural staging of the Patrick Dargan Debating Competition, pronouncing on the proper use of the English Language – enunciation, pronunciation, elocution and articulation.
In 1929 he, along with other luminaries of the day, founded the Modern High School – an institution that produced significant leaders and notables who relied heavily on the proper use of the English Language, including Sir Harry Annamanthado, Professor Drayton, Bishops Benedict Singh and Randolph George, Justice Guya Persaud, R. B. O. Hart, Balram Singh Rai, Carl Blackman and Lloyd Searwar. Yansen along with others was instrumental in having Queen’s College built and expanded in Camp Street in order that more Guyanese future leaders would be groomed.
He wrote a column called ‘Random Remarks’ for the Daily Chronicle on topics like education and music. His programmes on classical music – “On Wings of Song” and “Music in the Air” – were broadcast on local radio stations during the 1930s, ranking him as a pioneer in broadcasting in Guyana.
Why then a book on creolese? In his foreword to “Random Remarks on Creolese” (revised edition, volumes 1 and 2 combined), published in 1979, Yansen declared: “Creolese is a living thing and clearly reflects the activities of all Guyanese in every walk of life: their hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, vices and virtues, achievements and failures… and, above all, their sense of humour, without which life indeed will not be worth much.” So it’s not surprising that Yansen staked his life on this edition – he died days after final editing, after leaving Guyana for England in the sole pursuit of publishing that book.
‘Random Remarks’ was first published in 1966 – the year of Guyana’s independence, a time of national identity fostered by a peculiar way of speech, creolese.
But that’s only part of the story of ‘Random Remarks in Creolese’. In 1968, Yansen gave a talk on the BBC, an institution that is the leader in use of the Queen’s English; since then his friends prompted him to put his random remarks in a book form. Yansen was honoured by Queen’s College for his work in education and conferred with a National Honour – The Golden Arrow of Achievement (awarded posthumously) for his works in linguistics and education.
And this is what Yansen would have contributed to the current debate/discussion in the local newspapers concerning English and creolese: “English must, and will be, at least in the foreseeable future, the official language; but Creolese, modernized and streamlined, will ever remain the true idiom of all Guyanese. The reason for this belief is clear. In Creolese today, as has always been the case, there are patent signs of enduring strength. All the elements of such strength are there. In spite of what its critics and detractors may wish, say, or do, Creolese will continue to flourish in every walk of Guyanese life.”
Educator, columnist, broadcaster, Clement Aloysius Yansen gave his last breath to creolese, dying a few days after editing the second edition of “Random Remarks on Creolese”.
Responses to this author please telephone 226-0065 of email oraltradition2002@yahoo.com
What’s happening:
Over GYD$1,000,000 in prize monies up for grabs in the 2018 issue of he Guyana Annual. Closing date for entries to the various competitions is November 30, 2017. For further information, visit The Guyana Annual on Facebook or email theguyanaannual@gmail.com (Guyana Times Sunday Magazine)