1st of August, 1838
‘O ye first of August freed men who now liberty enjoy
Salute the day and shout hurrah to Queen Victoria;
On this glad day the galling chains of slavery were broke
From off the necks of Afric’s sons who bled beneath its yoke.
When it comes to Cuba what is often missed is that its government’s primary focus is not on the process of normalising its relationship with the US, but on the far more fundamental domestic reforms that are gradually changing the country’s political and economic model in ways that are intended to better deliver its objectives.
During his trip to Africa last week, President Barack Obama gave a powerful speech asking the region’s long-entrenched leaders to end corruption, respect freedom of the press and stop changing the constitution to remain in power indefinitely.
The end of the world as some of us know and love it is here. The new electronic world order is well established and we cannot escape it: instant communication, computers in every office, class, and living room, the internet, immediate access to an infinity of data, online databases, proliferating networks and modems, e-mail and social media connecting everyone, the information highway inexorably flowing straight through one’s life at work and play.
Lagerstroemia speciosa commonly called Queens Crape Myrtle or Pride of India originated in India and southern Asia.
Queens Crape Myrtle is from the Lythraceae family and must not be confused with the shrub Queen of Flowers – Lagerstroemia indica – which is a small showy flowering shrub.
Chess is not a physical contact sport. In chess, contact is made with the mind, sometimes through speech, sometimes silently. Speech is not allowed in a conversational manner during local and international competitions.
Story and photos by Joanna Dhanraj
Uitkomst is a petite village in Canal Number One. In fact, it is so small that it is not well known to persons; some of the drivers of taxis who traverse the area do not even have a clue as to where it is.
Hypothesis: Paradigm shift
The hypothesis that has been under consideration in my July columns thus far, is that international best practices in the area of financing for development are undergoing a paradigm shift, which is partly reflected in mounting global efforts to incorporate “recovery of stolen public assets” (StPAR) as a central feature of domestic resource mobilization, particularly for developing countries.
It is understood that Guyana has been encouraged to become a part of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). This is work that was started by the previous administration and no doubt would be under some scrutiny by the Granger government.
Following recent musical explorations in the country, including Dr Vibert Cambridge’s excellent book, Musical Life in Guyana, the current depressed state of our music industry is once again a topic of discussion.