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The Whittaker doctrine of local government

The Whittaker doctrine of local government

Stabroek News has invited the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change to submit a weekly column on local government and related matters .

Generating space to engage  in Guyanese possibilities

Generating space to engage in Guyanese possibilities

Words shape space .

Constitutional reforms  must take us as we are

Constitutional reforms must take us as we are

“[P]ublic arguments over policy often reflect the instinctive worldviews of the antagonists rather than honest dialogue to find the best possible solutions” (“What really happened in Bangladesh”, Foreign Affairs, July/August, 2014)Nowhere is this clearer than in the present discourse about constitutional reform .

Understanding the Forests  Act 2009 (Part II)

Understanding the Forests Act 2009 (Part II)

Last week, we commenced our discussion of the Forests Act 2009 that the National Assembly approved on 22 January 2009 .

Westbury

Westbury

Story and photos by Kenesha Fraser“Westbury is the best village on the whole Essequibo Coast,” is the sentiment of Juliet Lall, a resident since 1960 .

Measuring inequality  and poverty in Guyana

Measuring inequality and poverty in Guyana

This week’s column offers readers a simplified and hopefully accurate description of the methods/techniques employed in official studies of inequality and poverty in Guyana .

With scant regard for the other

With scant regard for the other

In the case of Guyana, we’re talking about two contrasting, even conflicting, sets of values and priorities for living, gradually formed and developed and ingrained, for over 150 years .

Euthanasia

Euthanasia

Continued The topic of euthanasia is assuredly accompanied by heartache .

From Persian Parables

From Persian Parables

Perhaps there has never been any time in history when terror, horror, cruelty and brutal suffering, much of it inflicted by men themselves, have set their curse upon so many lands .

Spotlight on constitutional reform

Spotlight on constitutional reform

I had the privilege of being interviewed on the Spotlight TV programme on Channel 9 in the distinguished company of Henry Jeffrey and Tacuma Ogunseye, both knowledgeable and experienced observers of the political scene .

A highly-polished,  well-produced performance

A highly-polished, well-produced performance

Naya Zamana 19: The Royal Twist, directed and choreographed by Vindhya Persaud, continued the established practice of annual full dance productions by companies in Guyana with an emphatic statement .

Bucatini and corned beef

Bucatini and corned beef

In good taste

Bucatini is the name of the shaped pasta that we use prolifically in the Caribbean to make Macaroni Pie (Mac and Cheese) .

Black-necked Aracai

Black-necked Aracai

[caption id="attachment_303699" align="alignright" width="219"] Black-necked Aracai Photo copyright Matt Hallett[/caption]Not to be mistaken for a toucan, the Black-necked Aracari (Pteroglossus aracari) travels in gregarious and noisy groups which are often seen following each other in single file across clearings to fruiting trees .

A different vision of the Caribbean is required

As troubling conflicts loom and the world becomes much less secure, it is striking how Latin America and the Caribbean remain a relative zone of peace .

Brazil’s vote could change region’s political map

Brazil’s vote could change region’s political map

New polls showing that opposition candidate Marina Silva is likely to win Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections are leading growing numbers of analysts to predict that Latin America’s biggest country may soon shift toward more business-friendly policies, and rock the whole region’s political scene .

Dwarf Mussaenda

Dwarf Mussaenda

Last week I wrote about the magnificent Mussaenda in colours of red, white, pink and dark pink .

A points system method would awaken a competitive spirit

A points system method would awaken a competitive spirit

We are approaching the final quarter of year 2014, and traditionally, there are three chess tournaments to be completed before the end of December .

Single parent initiatives should be reviewed

Single parent initiatives should be reviewed

By Guest ContributorLife for the average Guyanese parent, and especially the thousands of single- parent mothers left to struggle because fathers opt not to honour their obligations, remains a struggle .

Guyana and its natural resources

Guyana and its natural resources

Recent dramaThe recent drama surrounding the forestry sector in Guyana is likely to rekindle interest in the effect that exploitation of the natural resources can have on the country .

People should be more concerned about fried chicken than Chikungunya and Ebola

People should be more concerned about fried chicken than Chikungunya and Ebola

Healthy Eating (Part 1)A lot of people right now are worried about Chikungunya- the mosquito-borne viral illness that causes fever, rashes, and joint pain .

Two Presidents chatting

-On Election Day, soon

In the USA, where thousands of my countrymen reside, former Presidents are still addressed as “President .

The Guyana Story: feeling the heart of the matter

The Guyana Story: feeling the heart of the matter

We show a profound lack, a deep abiding absence, of feeling the Guyanese nation’s heartbeat as our unfolding story, the Guyanese Story, even as we shape the global village with our presence on the world stage - at the United Nations, in CARICOM, in the Commonwealth, in our villages and backyards contributing ourselves to the world at large .

 Cartoons

Cartoons

Cartoons .

Ministers misinterpret the law and misread the public mood

Ministers misinterpret the law and misread the public mood

The People’s Progressive Party/Civic – PPP/C – administration is determined to maintain total control of local democratic organs (LDOs) by not convening the Local Government Commission (LGC) .

Constitutional reform: Should  MPs be delegates or trustees

Constitutional reform: Should MPs be delegates or trustees

“You choose a member, indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not member of Bristol, but he is a member of Parliament” (Edmund Burke - 1777 - Letter To The Sheriffs Of Bristol) .

The Jagdeo-Ramotar approach to private enterprise

The Jagdeo-Ramotar approach to private enterprise

Part 2By Tarron Khemraj IntroductionPart 1 of this essay argued that the main motivation driving private investments under the Jagdeo-Ramotar dispensation is the desire to use political power for the purpose of expropriating economic and investment opportunities for associates of the ruling party .

Transparency and accountability  in the regulation of Guyana’s  forestry sector (Part II)

Transparency and accountability in the regulation of Guyana’s forestry sector (Part II)

This is a continuation of lastweek’s article on the above subject .

Understanding the Forests Act 2009

Understanding the Forests Act 2009

In the light of the public outrage at the extent to which certain foreign companies are reported to be carrying out logging operations in Guyana and exporting logs, I have decided to examine the Forests Act 2009 to have a better understanding of it and to share that understanding with readers .

The no-confidence motion

The no-confidence motion

This week we asked members of the public to comment on the motion of no-confidence which is to be moved by the opposition in Parliament against the government .

Tardiness is in our genes

Tardiness is in our genes

Punctuality is a big thing with me .

Pearl

Pearl

Story by Dacia WhaulPhotos by Arian BrowneIf you are not a lover of the overwhelming pace of city life and the doctor has ordered some time in a serene environment, then Pearl must be on your list of places to go .

Caribbean governments, business should be more aware of the value of national branding

Caribbean governments, business should be more aware of the value of national branding

Some years ago, on the table at which I was sitting in a Barbados hotel, there was a small brown packet of sugar .

Andres Oppenheimer: A new push for women’s rights in Latin America

Andres Oppenheimer: A new push for women’s rights in Latin America

After two decades of steady progress in women’s rights — including the election of women presidents in Brazil, Argentina and Chile — Latin America has one of the world’s highest representation of women in top government jobs, but a surprising new study shows that women are losing ground on several fronts in the region .

An information black hole: Tracking inequality and poverty in Guyana

An information black hole: Tracking inequality and poverty in Guyana

IntroductionFor this and several columns to come, I shall be discussing a number of independent but related topics, under the broad theme of inequality and poverty in Guyana .

Let the chips fall where they mayDelinquent conduct

Let the chips fall where they mayDelinquent conduct

Over the last two weeks, Guyana’s forests attracted much media attention not because of any scientific discovery or technological breakthrough, but because of the economics surrounding their use .

The principles of good policing

The principles of good policing

The father of policing in Britain, and therefore of policing in Britain’s colonies, was Sir Robert Peel .



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