Two of Guyana’s cultural and artistic giants were born on November 22 and 23 respectively. To celebrate their birthdays, they got together on the 22nd celebrated through the night until the 23rd so that both birthdays would be given due recognition.
The sensitive subject of terrorism in a Caribbean context is a matter this column has addressed before with some caution. However, following recent events in Europe it is clear that it is an issue that now needs to be taken more seriously in the region as those who wish harm to the world begin to deploy their ‘foreign policy’.
We should beware the over-mighty state. A state that gathers all powers to itself drains initiative away from where it does most good ‒ at the local level, at the level of the small group, the family, the individual.
Thus far, my reflections on Guyana’s economic statistics have centred on its national accounts, and in particular the GDP. This focus is due to the fact that the 2006 GDP rebasing, undertaken by the Bureau of Statistics (BoS), (moving away from the 1988 base year), has raised concerns about “skulduggery”, arising from the inflated outcomes of that exercise.
The absurdities are everywhere, conspiring to tax your brain when it needs a break. This week, for instance, I’m watching the TV show Sportsmax with Simon Crosskill and Lance Whittaker interviewing a Caribbean cricket expert with the subject being the perennial problem of the decline of West Indies cricket and our dismal international rating.
On the 26th of May 2015, President David Granger said “Our diplomats must open more markets”. This remark was a clear indication that he wanted to use trade as a driver of economic growth and development in Guyana.
The European Team Chess Championships remain the world’s third most pre-eminent team tournament. It is surpassed in elegance only by the World Chess Federation’s extravaganza, the grand two-year-apart Chess Olympiad and the World Team Championships.
Grey-necked wood rail (Aramides cajaneus) foraging at Buffalo Pond near Karanambu Lodge, North Rupununi.
The Gray-necked Wood-Rail is roughly the size of a chicken and has a gray neck and back, rufous coloured chest and long pink legs.
Covent Garden on the East Bank Demerara is a laid back community with an average population of 300. A far cry from its British namesake with its well-known fruit and vegetable market, the local village has small gardens in the various yards where residents grow flowering and non-flowering plants and a few vegetables here and there.