By Vidyaratha Kissoon Vidyaratha Kissoon is a Guyanese who hopes that Diwali 2014 would inspire people to remember the divine light is in every being without discrimination .
As I was about to prepare this article, two news items caught my eyes .
Just over a year ago on September 30, 2013 Stabroek News paid a visit to St Cuthbert’s Mission on the Mahaica River and interviewed the villagers about their livelihood .
Story and photos by David Pappanah Number 66 Village is home to approximately 400 people .
Introduction To be brutally frank upfront, without 1) strong independent trade unions pushing for national real minimum wage increases, the payment of living wages and the provision of substantial job programmes 2) a considerable strengthening of class-based ideology and politics among political actors and worker representatives 3) rising public awareness and consciousness (fuelled by public advocacy arising from evidence- based analyses), the struggle against grinding inequality and poverty in Guyana is as good as lost .
Head Down The Guyana economy has entered the last quarter of 2014 and the local stock market continues to languish below its closing value of December 2013 .
Abdul Tejan-Cole is Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa .
There appears to be no consensus among parliamentary parties about a date for the first sitting of the National Assembly after the just concluded recess .
My friend Patricia Scarpin, who is Brasilian, is a prolific cake maker .
I consider myself reasonably well read and passably well-informed .
As we anticipated in a recent column, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have just released pretty grim economic forecasts for Latin America in 2015 .
Four weeks ago, this column urged the Caribbean to begin to think the unthinkable .
(Continued)You remember that last week we began looking at quantifiable and measurable criteria that would assist the caring pet owner in making a well-considered decision on the question of putting the beloved pet to sleep .
At the World Youth Chess Championships held in Durban, South Africa, the strength of India’s player-development programme was thrust into the forefront as the once obscure chess nation won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals .
Chrysalidocarpus lutescens commonly called Areca palm, Golden palm or Butterfly palm originates from Madagascar where sadly it is now endangered and very rare .
[caption id="attachment_308542" align="alignleft" width="242"] Palm Tanager Photoby Kester Clarke (http://www .
Something happened earlier this year which reminded me that government policy and programmes are not for all of us .
I would like to start this column by stating that Ebola is not the biggest problem the world currently faces .
Hardly the socio-political analyst as others claim qualifications to be, I’ll limit this lead item to my personal remembrances, anecdotes and opinions – the latter deduced from both reasonable belief and speculation .
When we think of the enormous sacrifices and hardships our foreparents made to carve this blessed land into the Guyanese nation, we ought to hang our heads in shame at the way we insist on being as a people of the 21st century global village .
Residents of the East Bank Demerara communities of Peters Hall and Providence and parts of Republic Park and Nandy Park came face to face, one week ago, with the effects of a broken local government system .
The Guyana Police Force cannot seriously believe that by publishing piece-meal quarterly statistics it is proving anything .
By The Caribbean Voice The Caribbean Voice is a New York based NGO that has been involved in social activism since its launch in 1998 .
In Guyana, public procurement accounts for approximately $150 billion or 70 per cent of the national budget .
During a recent visit to St Cuthbert’s Mission, we asked residents how the destruction of the Umana Yana by fire had affected them .
If you do not read poetry you miss much .
The death penalty has not been carried out in Guyana since 1997 .
Inequality and poverty are independent though symbiotically related forces driving Guyana’s political economy .
If opposition candidate Aecio Neves wins Brazil’s October 26 runoff election — a possibility that virtually no pollster is ruling out — South America’s biggest country would “de-politicize” its foreign policy and end 12 years of preferential ties with Venezuela, Argentina and other leftist governments, top aides to Neves say .
The first thing to be said about the ebola crisis is that the region should be very proud that among the first to fully understand the seriousness of the threat and respond has been a Caribbean nation: Cuba .
Palms having adapted well hundreds of years ago to the tropics and the Caribbean are now very common in local landscaping .
Magnus Carlsen, the 23-year-old Norwegian grandmaster and World Chess Champion who has demonstrated an extraordinary power over the finest chess players on the planet, has launched a chess playing app that allows players all around the world to challenge him .
The Assembly Rooms on fire in 1945 .
Beckwiths Hotel on the left behind an empty lot where the Hand-in-Hand was later built .
The Republic of Guyana’s annual National Drama Festival (NDF) will take to the stage of the National Cultural Centre for the fourth time starting this Tuesday and running from October 14-22 .
Royal Agricultural and Commercial Society (late 19th century) .