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Let’s make teachers superstars

Let’s make teachers superstars

- educational quality key to boost Latin America’s growth and keep social gains

By Jorge Familiar For Latin America, 2014 did not turn out as well as we envisioned .

Tackling violence is a national undertaking

Tackling violence is a national undertaking

By The Caribbean VoiceThe Caribbean Voice comprises thirty suicide-prevention advocates/activist, drawn from the USA, Canada, the UK and the Caribbean, including Guyana, among whom there are three pastors and three pandits, along with educators, youth activists, women’s activists, social activists, community activists, media personnel and individuals of varied skills and experiences .

The Fibre Optic Cable Project:  Another colossal failure?

The Fibre Optic Cable Project: Another colossal failure?

Good and honourable intentions, vigorously pursued to finality, are more likely to produce the desired outcomes .

Plans for the New Year

Plans for the New Year

In the last few days before the New Year we asked the man/woman in the street about their big plans and hopes for 2015 .

Betsy Ground

Betsy Ground

Story and photos byJannelle Williams On the surface it would appear that the village of Betsy Ground is thriving .

Beyond the criminal state: The dynamics of terrorism and looting national resources

Beyond the criminal state: The dynamics of terrorism and looting national resources

Part1 Introduction There is a connecting thread to Guyana’s ongoing narrative of multiple unfolding crises, major economic contradictions, and threats of state violence against government critics .

This ‘IMC’ has failed the nation and must go

This ‘IMC’ has failed the nation and must go

Negative attributes For the past 22 years, the country of Guyana has been administered by an alliance known as the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic or (PPP/C) .

US-Cuba thaw may rock Caribbean tourism

US-Cuba thaw may rock Caribbean tourism

One of the big questions following President Barack Obama’s decision to significantly expand US tourism to Cuba will be how much it will affect other Caribbean tourism destinations such as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica or Cancun .

Kester Clarke: Wildlife hunting with a camera

Kester Clarke: Wildlife hunting with a camera

The acquisition of a high-tech camera is what propelled Kester Clarke into bird and wildlife photography as a hobby, and he now describes it as giving him the thrill a hunter gets except that a hunter is armed with a gun and he is armed with a camera .

2015

2015

The electorate will be called upon in 2015 to decide the political shape of Guyana for the immediate future .

Plucking the gowans fine

Plucking the gowans fine

I was speaking not long ago to an old, dear friend, the Canadian Philip O’Meara .

The power of time

The power of time

Sonnet 123 No .

A good year for chess

A good year for chess

‘Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet’ -LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables The year 2014 is closing .

Bird watchers corner

Bird watchers corner

02White-winged Becard (Pachyramphus polychopterus) photographed in LindenThe White-winged Becard is found throughout most of South America and inhabits mainly forest areas of varying types .

Adopting a pet in 2015

Adopting a pet in 2015

The Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) and so many other Good Samaritans collect abandoned dogs and cats with the hope that they can find a suitable and loving/caring home for the orphans .

The Final Round

The Final Round

In good taste

By now, most of us have had our fill of cake and will be getting ready to toast 2014, wondering where it went… simultaneously, we will welcome 2015, full of hope for betterment in all aspects of our lives and indeed for the world .

Low oil prices leave the Caribbean in an uncertain place

Low oil prices leave the Caribbean in an uncertain place

Two days before Christmas, the Saudi Oil Minister, Ali al-Nami, made a statement that is likely to change geo-politics and the face of the world economy in 2015 .

Sorrel: A Christmas delight

Sorrel: A Christmas delight

Sorrel came into season early this year and I have made good use of it .

Instances of uplift

Instances of uplift

As the year winds down to find us surrounded by daily news of mankind apparently going downhill, both at home and abroad, one can easily begin to harbour feelings of despair .

Inclusionary democracy

Inclusionary democracy

Guyana was born a broken nation forty-six ago .

Cartoons

Cartoons

Cartoons .

Diabetics United – The World and Guyana

- A case for cautious eating

- And their funding comes from?I had touched upon my lead subject a few columns back, writing during a vacation abroad .

Mr. Hughes’ suggestions limit the vision for change

Mr. Hughes’ suggestions limit the vision for change

Last week’s column showed how similar our constitution is to that of the United States of America when it comes to the power relations between the institutions that we call “supreme organs of democratic power” (in my view this phrase is nothing but archaic socialist hyperbole) .

Cuba-US Diplomatic Opening

Cuba-US Diplomatic Opening

By Anton L .

The 20014 Corruptions Perceptions Index (Part II)

The 20014 Corruptions Perceptions Index (Part II)

Last week, we discussed the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index which rated Guyana at 124 out of 175 countries surveyed with a score of 30 out of 100, the lowest in the Caribbean, except for Haiti .

The closure of the city’s markets

The closure of the city’s markets

What the market vendors say about…

Interviews and photos by  Rae WiltshireLast week, while the city’s municipal markets were shuttered for two days as a result of a strike by City Council workers over a pay hike, we spoke to several vendors to find out how they were being affected by the closure .

Sunday's Cartoon

Sunday’s Cartoon

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Taking a look at the insurance industry five years after Clico

Taking a look at the insurance industry five years after Clico

A remedyFive years after the collapse of Clico, the long-term portion of the insurance industry in Guyana exhibits a different profile in many of its activities .

Christmas

Christmas

 So many Christmas poems from which to choose .

Constitutional reform needs political consensus`

Constitutional reform needs political consensus`

A constitution defines the basic laws, structures for governance and rights and responsibilities under which a society is organized .

Probably too soon to call Cuba policy change ‘historic’

Probably too soon to call Cuba policy change ‘historic’

While President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he will normalize relations with Cuba is the biggest diplomatic breakthrough with the island after six decades of hostilities, his speech may have been less “historic” than he portrayed it, according to numerous US congressional sources and Cuba experts .

Guyana’s Reality: Is ‘inequality the root of social evil’?

Guyana’s Reality: Is ‘inequality the root of social evil’?

This week’s column concludes the discussion of inequality and poverty in Guyana .

Death of a goliath

Death of a goliath

Whales are not at home in shallow water .

The Main Thing

The Main Thing

In good taste

The mains for most holiday meals come in the form of a large piece of meat that has been baked/roasted .

Stanley Greaves: The poet and the artist

Stanley Greaves: The poet and the artist

 Caribbean History A flower falls on a leaf,the forest sleeps, andwaves are on holiday El Dorado sings of loveas Columbus listensin a plastic boat .

The NYT’s chess columnist exits

The NYT’s chess columnist exits

“This is the final chess column to run in The New York Times” – Statement carried in the NYT on October 11, 2014 at the conclusion of an article by chess columnist, Dylan Loeb McClain .

What not to do to pets during the festive season

What not to do to pets during the festive season

As you read this, the festive season and the New Year are just around the proverbial corner .



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