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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 .

Excising the presidential carbuncle

Excising the presidential carbuncle

In his article last Wednesday in ‘Future Notes,’ (‘Some suggestions for constitutional reform’), Dr Henry Jeffrey, advanced extensive views on constitutional reform .

Mussaenda

Mussaenda

Mussaenda erythrophylla, commonly called Ashanti blood or Red mussaenda originated from West Africa .

The porkknocker contribution to Guyanese culture

The porkknocker contribution to Guyanese culture

A nation’s art, its literature, music, theatre and dance traditions all arise from, are influenced and shaped by its culture .

In good taste...Herby mac pie with smoked Gouda

In good taste…Herby mac pie with smoked Gouda

A family’s recipe for macaroni and cheese, macaroni pie or pie, whichever you prefer to call it should not be messed with .

Leaf cutter ants

Leaf cutter ants

Second only to humans, leaf cutter ants form the largest and most complex society on earth; one nest can be as large as 30 metres in diameter and house up to  .

Guyana should host its own tournaments to identify the best talent for the next Olympiad

Guyana should host its own tournaments to identify the best talent for the next Olympiad

FIDE has announced details of the 2014-15 Grand Prix series which will qualify two participants for the world championship Candidates chess tournament .

Sunday's Cartoon

Sunday’s Cartoon

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Bird watchers corner

Bird watchers corner

A Swallow-winged Puffbird (Chelidoptera tenebrosa) on one of its favourite perches in Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke, GuyanaThe Swallow-winged Puffbird is commonly found in sandy areas in Guyana where it digs a burrow into the soil to  .

Euthanasia

Euthanasia

Continued from last weekPhysicians who are deeply committed to the Hippocratic Oath must experience great agony when their patients are terminally ill, and they (the doctors) can do nothing treatment-wise to save them .

Helping our mentally ill

Helping our mentally ill

With little or no comment, persons with mental illnesses are being fed into our badly overcrowded prison system and health authorities appear to be making no attempt to correct this situation .

Bharrat Who? Some Jagdeo legacies

—And Opposition Responses(?)

I know that I have had cause to express my curious appreciation of those columnists and dedicated letter writers – based in Georgetown and overseas – who, virtually, daily, lambaste Bharrat Jagdeo, his heirs and wannabes, most relentlessly with a view to regime change .

How Bai Shan Lin acquired the several areas of State Forest which are now in its 1.3+ million hectares empire

How Bai Shan Lin acquired the several areas of State Forest which are now in its 1.3+ million hectares empire

By Janette Bulkan and John PalmerWhy is it important to know about the Bai ShanLin forest empire?Because the President, Ministers and the Guyana Forestry Commission have given almost unqualified statements of support for this Chinese transnational logger without apparently caring about the non-compliances with laws and regulations and without being bothered by the non-conformities with national policies .

Don’t expect a change of heart by the PPP/C

Don’t expect a change of heart by the PPP/C

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 .

Cultivating an inspiring conversation

Cultivating an inspiring conversation

We want conversations that inspire us .

Some suggestions for  constitutional reform

Some suggestions for constitutional reform

The general direction of my last two columns has been that as things stand, the most likely outcome of the coming general election - whenever it happens and if the major political parties go to the polls individually - is that the PPP/C will obtain sufficient votes to be returned to government, i .

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

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

In the wake of relentlessly mounting evidence pointing to grave irregularities within the forestry sector, the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) has chosen to issue blanket statements in defence of the conduct of operations by the foreign multinationals that dominate the sector .

Forgetting Is Not An Option comes to life

Forgetting Is Not An Option comes to life

By Kimalee Phillip, Director and Project Coordinator with Groundation Grenada Groundation Grenada is a social action collective which focuses on the use of creative media to assess the needs of our communities, raise consciousness and act to create positive radical growth .

Prequalification for the supply of pharmaceutical products and allegations of bias (Part II)

Prequalification for the supply of pharmaceutical products and allegations of bias (Part II)

Two weeks ago, we began a discussion of the revised prequalification criteria for the supply of drugs and medical supplies to the Ministry of Health and the Georgetown Hospital for the period 2014 to 2016 .

Chikungunya

Chikungunya

Last week, the Health Ministry reported that there are 76 confirmed cases of Chikungunya, the mosquito-borne disease that causes acute joint pains and fever .

More on the Preliminary  Census 2012: Households,  gender, and building stock

More on the Preliminary Census 2012: Households, gender, and building stock

The Preliminary Census 2012 attributes the coastland’s smaller household size to an increase in single parent households, but this needs to be examined .

Politics and the Guyana middle class

Politics and the Guyana middle class

The middle class, which supported the PPP in 1950 and was heavily represented in its leadership, began to divide on the basis of the ethno-political developments after 1955 .

CPL – The good,  the bad and the ugly

CPL – The good, the bad and the ugly

I don’t get golf, and never did .

The truth about the Pharisees

The truth about the Pharisees

History often saddles people with reputations that are undeserved .

Euthanasia: the final curtain

Euthanasia: the final curtain

Over the last couple of months, we have been discussing cancers and tumours .

Some observations on the 2014 half-year report

Some observations on the 2014 half-year report

ApprehensionThis article offers some observations on the half-year economic report which are made from the perspective of the likely behaviour induced by movement of the monetary variables of credit, foreign reserves and the exchange rate .

Caribbean political leaders  do not write autobiographies

Caribbean political leaders do not write autobiographies

As far as I can determine, few if any of the current group of Carib-bean prime ministers, or opposition leaders keeps a diary recording events and conversations of importance .

Reaching for the Stars:  A story with a hero

Reaching for the Stars: A story with a hero

Autobiography will come in various forms, often in varying degrees of factual information and different postures of pretence .

Dwarf  caiman

Dwarf caiman

[caption id="attachment_302074" align="alignright" width="348"] Photo copyright Andrew Snyder[/caption]This dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus sp) is perfectly camouflaged in a creek in the Iwokrama Rain Forest .

Quick-pickled  red onions

Quick-pickled red onions

In good taste

Remember how traditional it was to pickle onions to enjoy at Christmas time? Do you pickle onions? It is one of those things that I rarely do because I feel the onions are going to be there for a long time and I would never get around to using them as often .

Bird Watchers Corner

Bird Watchers Corner

 [caption id="attachment_302080" align="alignright" width="299"] A Long-winged harrier (Circus buffoni) in Drill, Mahaicony .

UN chief is half-right  on Venezuela’s crisis

UN chief is half-right on Venezuela’s crisis

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon spends most of his time talking about the Middle East, Ukraine and global warming .

Pruning

Pruning

Pruning can improve the look of your plants .

The GCF should use the new-found energy from Tromso to promote chess

The GCF should use the new-found energy from Tromso to promote chess

Now that the wisdom of participating at the 2014 Tromso Olympiad has been noted, it remains the obligation of the established body, the Guyana Chess Federation, to accelerate the promotion of chess .

Lessons from Ferguson

Lessons from Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri’s response to the shooting of teenager Michael Brown mirrors a similar narrative that unfolded here when three unarmed protestors were gunned down at Linden just over two years ago .

Some annual August-time reminiscences

Extreme depravity – the Depths

I tire truly of the world’s and Guyana’s sordid goings-on .



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