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No 5 Village West Coast Berbice

No 5 Village West Coast Berbice

Most of the residents of the close-knit community of No 5 Village, West Coast Berbice are engaged in business from selling iguanas and water coconuts to running food stalls by the roadside .

Sunday Cartoon

Sunday Cartoon

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No confidence

No confidence

The AFC released on Friday last a letter to the President of Guyana in which it advised that it will be tabling in the National Assembly a motion of no confidence in the government .

What Kurt Vonnegut had to say

What Kurt Vonnegut had to say

Too many of my good friends are overwhelmed with work which prevents them living more peaceful, varied, interesting and fulfilled lives .

Wildly off track: Considering ‘debt relief for Guyana’ as Reparations payment

Wildly off track: Considering ‘debt relief for Guyana’ as Reparations payment

IntroductionAt the request of several readers today’s column will evaluate the proposal which is finding favour in several highly-indebted Caricom countries for the payment of slavery reparations by the former slave-owning countries to slave descendants in the region, to be made in the form of national debt relief .

Andres Oppenheimer: BRICS’ emerging world bank: good idea, bad timing

Andres Oppenheimer: BRICS’ emerging world bank: good idea, bad timing

This week’s announcement by the presidents of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the so-called BRICS countries — that they will create their own international financial institution was greeted with polite scepticism and some criticism in Washington DC .

Songs as a history resource

Songs as a history resource

Song-writers are essentially observers; that’s where the process begins; that’s where the ideas or interpretations or slants that song-writers present in a song originate .

Do the meetings in Brazil  herald a new world order?

Do the meetings in Brazil herald a new world order?

As this is being written a series of summits have been taking place in Brazil which may have a lasting effect on the way in which the Caribbean and other small indebted nations come to address their future .

Private sector lags behind government

Private sector lags behind government

 Delayed releaseThe preliminary 2012 census report is out but it does not provide data on employment and the labour force in general .

Celery

Celery

Celery originated from the Mediterranean .

Research done by the National  Dance Company is essential

Research done by the National Dance Company is essential

The Enchanted Caribbean is one of the annual productions of the National Dance Company .

Norway is a milestone for Guyana’s chess

Norway is a milestone for Guyana’s chess

Guyana’s participation at the important 2014 Norway Chess Olympiad, scheduled for the beginning of August, represents a milestone for the sprinkling of local practitioners of the ancient game .

Surface tumours

Surface tumours

Continued from last weekIn last week’s column, in my haste to conclude the painful and distressing topic of tumours/cancers, I omitted mentioning two of the most frequent ailments in our tumour/cancer discussions, namely those associated with the vagina and the breast .

Bird Watchers Corner

Bird Watchers Corner

The Fork-tailed Flycatcher is a common sight in open scrubby pastures along Guyana’s coast between April and September .

In good taste...Butter Potatoes

In good taste…Butter Potatoes

Butter Potatoes are simply potatoes cooked in butter .

Morpho Butterfly

Morpho Butterfly

The glittering sapphire jewel weaving though the dark, humid forest is not an illusion .

Plaisance-Sparendaam

Plaisance-Sparendaam

Story and photosby Desilon Daniels The villages of Plaisance and Sparendaam, situated between Better Hope and Goedverwagting on the East Coast of Demerara, are so closely intertwined, even the villagers don’t distinguish them .

Is the Government of Guyana too big, too little or the right size for the economy?

Is the Government of Guyana too big, too little or the right size for the economy?

Introduction Alongside the debates about the roles/functions of government in the Guyana economy, there has been another equally enduring economic debate as to whether presently the government is too big, too little, or just about right-sized .

Does the new Caricom plan represent a convincing vision?

A little over a week ago, Cari-com Heads of Government met in Antigua .

Whitefish fillets in lemon butter sauce

Whitefish fillets in lemon butter sauce

In good taste

Whitefish refers to any fish that has white flesh .

Young tourists and foreign investment

Young tourists and foreign investment

Inconsistent The disclosure that another hotel with an international brand will be built in Guyana has raised once again questions as to what the government’s real interest is in encouraging such types of foreign investment in Guyana .

The census and its political implications

The census and its political implications

The census figures substantially confirm the analysis I made in an article ‘The future of the PPP’ published in November, 2012 .

A funny and pleasant drama

A funny and pleasant drama

We are reminded that The Tides of Susan-burg by distinguished Guyanese dramatist Francis Quamina Farrier is a history-making drama .

Did any of it make a difference?

Did any of it make a difference?

When you are long retired from the hurly-burly, you become more reflective .

Iguana

Iguana

[caption id="attachment_296877" align="alignright" width="377"] A juvenile green Iguana perched above a muddy creek .

Peru’s ‘mini-crisis’ would be envy of many

Peru’s ‘mini-crisis’ would be envy of many

LIMA, Peru — Compared with most of its neighbours, Peru continues to be an economic star in Latin America, with a projected 4 .

Seirawan and Zhu win  mixed pair tournament

Seirawan and Zhu win mixed pair tournament

The 2014 edition of the International Star Mixed Pair Tournament was won by the combination of Yasseer Seirawan and Zhu Chen, beating the pre-tournament favourites of Nigel Short and Hou Yifan .

Surface tumours

Surface tumours

Continued from last week Well, we are coming close to the end of this thematic – tumours and cancers .

Bird Watchers Corner

Bird Watchers Corner

[caption id="attachment_296874" align="alignright" width="327"] A White-chested Emerald hummingbird (Amazilia brevirostris)[/caption]A White-chested Em-erald hummingbird (Amazilia brevirostris) in Georgetown .

Coriander

Coriander

Coriander, commonly called dhania on the Indian subcontinent and cilantro or Chinese parsley in Europe and the Americas, originated from southern Europe and the Middle East .

Belfield

Belfield

Story and photos by Dacia WhaulOriginally a rice field, Belfield lies16 miles from the capital city between Nooten Zuil and Victoria on the East Coast Demerara .

The census crash

The census crash

Early daysThese might be early days to be discussing the results of the census taken in 2012, but the population decline may have dashed the hopes of the government to brag about its handling of the economy and the economic development of the nation .

The roles the Guyana Government performs in the economy

The roles the Guyana Government performs in the economy

IntroductionThus far I have identified two of what have been described in the economic literature as the “four essential roles or functions governments perform in the economy .

The defence of Guyana’s sovereignty

The defence of Guyana’s sovereignty

Contempt such as Ambassador Hardt is accused of in relation to the Head of State is a serious matter .

US misses the point on Central  American children migrants

US misses the point on Central American children migrants

President Barack Obama’s vow to take executive actions to fix the immigration system and stem the avalanche of Central American children migrants to the United States is good news, but I’m afraid it will only be a Band-Aid approach, which won’t address the key issue: keeping Central American kids in school .

May our children never go hungry

May our children never go hungry

I do not think the young, intelligent and opened-minded Minister of Education will mind me delivering again a little, well-meant lecture to her .

A nine-year-old beats a grandmaster

A nine-year-old beats a grandmaster

Uzbekistan was catapulted into the chess world when one of its nationals, nine-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov, beat a FIDE rated 2600 chess grandmaster, Andrei Zhigalko, in the first round of a local tournament .



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