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The WICB dilemma

The WICB dilemma

As we sit right now in the middle of a firestorm in the media and elsewhere enveloping the West Indies Cricket Board following the abrupt cancellation of the India series by our team, one is left to wonder how long it is going to take to convince us that our regional cricket arrangement needs urgent revision .

Wages of sin: Massive wage & salary spreads and the phantom economy

Wages of sin: Massive wage & salary spreads and the phantom economy

Absolute v relative povertyThis week I shall follow up on three matters related to last week’s discussion of poverty and inequality in the context of Guyana’s growth, joblessness and the minimum wage .

Fishtail  palm

Fishtail palm

Caryota mitis commonly called Fishtail palm originated in India and South-east Asia .

In good taste...Lemon Rice

In good taste…Lemon Rice

For me, food = rice .

Euthanasia: The  last undertaking

Euthanasia: The last undertaking

Last week we dealt with the activity associated with actually putting the pet to sleep permanently, usually using the method of lethal injection (overdose of an anaesthetic, which works quickly and smoothly) .

The World Championship gets under way

The World Championship gets under way

The most important activity on the World Chess Federation’s calendar, the World Chess Championship title match, began on Friday and runs until November 28 .

Red-fan Parrot

Red-fan Parrot

A wild Red-fan Parrot photographed in its natural habitat in the forests near Rockstone .

Sunday Cartoons

Sunday Cartoons

Sunday Cartoons .

Memoir on the events of 1953

Memoir on the events of 1953

This is the second instalment of Eusi Kwayana’s reflections on the events  of 1953 culminating in the suspension of the constitution by the British governmentBy Eusi KwayanaThe election victory of the PPP in 1953 has been both overrated and underrated .

Guyana: More on Growth, Poverty, Jobs, Inequality and the Minimum Wage

Guyana: More on Growth, Poverty, Jobs, Inequality and the Minimum Wage

Introduction Over the past two weeks I have been displaying a Table that I had specifically constructed for this series indicating: 1) the annual public sector nominal minimum wage increases announced by government for the years 2006 to 2013 .

Delayed benefits from the collapsed Bretton Woods System

Delayed benefits from the collapsed Bretton Woods System

The Nixon Decision It is quite possible to contend that the price at which gold is able to trade today is a consequence of the collapse of the Bretton Woods system .

Navin Chandarpal

Navin Chandarpal

Navin Chandarpal was one of Guyana’s best known public figures and politicians .

Against the grain

Against the grain

In the aftermath of the 9/11 Al Qaeda attack I remember writing that America should take care not to over-react to that singular act of terror .

Why we stay

Why we stay

Hardly a week goes by without some reference in the media to the depressing statistics of the number of Guyanese who continue to migrate .

Oil price fall ought to set region thinking about  long term stability and future requirements

Oil price fall ought to set region thinking about long term stability and future requirements

On the face of it, the collapse in global oil prices would seem to be good news for the Caribbean .

Brazil, US relations unlikely to warm

Brazil, US relations unlikely to warm

WASHINGTON - The big question among Brazil watchers in this capital is whether newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff will improve her government’s ailing ties with the United States during her second term .

Pasta & Chicken Salad

Pasta & Chicken Salad

This very simple salad came about as a result of me being lazy, but very hungry .

Blue gray Tanager

Blue gray Tanager

[caption id="attachment_310187" align="alignleft" width="332"] Blue-gray Tanagerphotographed in Georgetown .

Euthanasia

Euthanasia

Continued Last week, I referred to the ‘Frequently Asked Ques-tions (FAQ)’ relative to the actual putting-to-sleep pro-cess .

Shift to social realism more pronounced in this year’s drama festival

Shift to social realism more pronounced in this year’s drama festival

Guyana’s fourth annual National Drama Festival closed last week after the performance of 27 plays in five categories .

Macarthur Palm

Macarthur Palm

Ptychosperma Macarthurii, the Macarthur Palm, commonly called the Hurricane Palm originated in New Guinea and Australia .

Hungarian grandmaster Judit Polgar retires from competition

Hungarian grandmaster Judit Polgar retires from competition

The strongest woman chess player of all time, Hungary’s Judit Polgar, 38, has retired from competition .

Farm

Farm

Many of its residents have sought employment in the gold fields, so Farm Village on the East Bank Essequibo has seen such improvements as modern homes and a higher standard of living .

Dem Jamaicans

Dem Jamaicans

There will be disputations about this one, but I will stand my ground: overall, in a region of powerhouses, with many different island cultures competing, the Jamaican version today is probably the most dynamic of them all .

Easily seduced

Easily seduced

FashionableThere was a time when countries like Guyana were interested in what an economist like W .

Chile’s economy is down,  but far from out

Chile’s economy is down, but far from out

SANTIAGO, Chile: This country, which has long been Latin America’s economic star, has seen its economic growth fall from 5 percent average in recent years to a projected 1 .

End Poems

End Poems

Some of the best poetry has been written by people on the verge of death .

Losing Cake and Bake: Paltry Pay Increases Compounded with Labour’s Declining Share of Total Income

Losing Cake and Bake: Paltry Pay Increases Compounded with Labour’s Declining Share of Total Income

IntroductionLast week I introduced a Table showing that, over the eight years 2006 to 2013, the average net annual increase in the public sector minimum wage (adjusted for annual inflation) was shockingly low, about one percent .

Caribbean diaspora attracts attention of UK politicians

Caribbean diaspora attracts attention of UK politicians

About ten days ago some 600 invited participants from the United Kingdom’s Caribbean Diaspora gathered at a venue near the British Parliament .

In good taste...Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Bread

In good taste…Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Bread

Last week in Tastes Like Home, I mentioned the making of Sweet Potato Bread .

Christmas Palm

Christmas Palm

Veitchia merrillii commonly called Christmas Palm or Manila Palm originated in the Philippines and the South Pacific and has adapted well in Guyana, the Caribbean and Florida .

The economic consequences of sex

The economic consequences of sex

By Mukesh Eswaran VANCOUVER – Until recently, there has been very little analysis of women’s role in the economy .

Euthanasia

Euthanasia

ContinuedWhen pet owners come to the conclusion that it is best for their pets to be put to sleep permanently, very often they want to know how their beloved pets are going to be euthanised and what should they do with the dead body after the procedure .

China’s Hong Kong follies

China’s Hong Kong follies

By Sin-ming Shaw HONG KONG – The massive public demonstrations by students and young members of the middle-class that have roiled Hong Kong in recent weeks are ostensibly demands for democracy .

Pope Francis and his season of struggle

Pope Francis and his season of struggle

By John Lloyd (Reuters) This month, Pope Francis had to come clean .

Wesley So wins Millionaire Chess tourney

Wesley So wins Millionaire Chess tourney

Wesley So, 21, Filipino chess grandmaster currently playing for the US, won the Millionaire Chess Tourn-ament in Las Vegas recently and walked away with a tantalizing first prize of US$100,000 .

Green backed Trogon

Green backed Trogon

The Green-backed Trogon inhabits dry and humid forests and can often be found near forest edges where it eats fruits and sometimes insects .



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