Jamaica reverberated last week with birthday tributes, programmes and performances in honour of Ranny Williams called ‘Mas Ran,’ (October 26, 1912 – August 11, 1980) who was born as Randolph Samuel Williams on October 26, 2012 in Colon, Panama.
The other day, a food-in friend was sharing with me the pleasures of eating Guyanese-style Aniseed Biscuits. I have to confess that my memory of the biscuit was not as vivid as his; I vaguely remember large brown flat biscuits with crinkled edges.
Today is to be among my briefest offerings. But hopefully, effectively terse and pointed.
And the observations and shared opinions and advisories which follow are substantially derived from the views of editorial print media writers of this past Sunday.
This column is dedicated to Nikacia Allen, who died at age 17, leaving behind three girl children.
Let’s assume that you are present on a regular basis in the same home as your child/children, grandchildren, niece, or other young female relative/s, that you are paying attention, and that you have enough of a relationship with them to be aware of the basics of their lives.
When I interviewed the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in economics Angus Deaton a few days ago, I asked him a simple question: “If you had to give one piece of advice to Latin American countries, what would it be?”
He answered it in four words: “Improve your data systems.”
Indeed, the 69-year-old Scottish-American Princeton University professor, who is best known for his studies on how to measure poverty, says that Latin America has some of the most unreliable poverty statistics in the world.
By Frank Birbalsingh
Frank Birbalsingh is Emeritus Professor of English at York University, Toronto, Canada.
The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q, recently published by Bookouture, follows a blockbuster tradition set by previous novels of Sharon Maas, for example, Of Marriageable Age, (2000) Peacocks Dancing, (2002) and The Speech of Angels.
It was recently drawn to my attention that I had made a mistake in a number of my articles when making reference to the Public Corporation Act of 1988 and that there was an amendment to the Act which I did not take into account.
Under the theme ‘Quality Education Leadership: Improving Schools from Within,’ Education Month 2015 was celebrated in Guyana in September. Throughout the month-long observance, emphasis was placed on stimulating thoughts on ways of improving the delivery of education by focusing on the inner running of the schools.