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The RA&CS Reading Room: That ‘other’ library

The RA&CS Reading Room: That ‘other’ library

By Clive W McWattClive Wayne McWatt was born in Guyana in 1946 .

Rupertee

Rupertee

Mist swirls around the tops of the three hills of Rupertee and the cold breeze streaming from the nearby Pakaraima Mountains, makes a memory – at least for a while – of the heat that can sear the Rupununi savannahs .

Illuminations

Illuminations

For all of us, at whatever strata we live, episodes come along on our journey that transform us significantly purely from the realization or understanding those encounters generate .

Local government elections

Local government elections

Against the background of the passage in the National Assembly of the Local Authorities (Election Amendment) Bill, not yet assented to by the President, which provides that local government elections be held by August, the Chairman of the Elections Commission, Dr Steve Surujbally, announced that the Elections Commission is ready to “go into election mode” as soon as the date for local government elections is fixed .

Making progress not  just in pure statistics

Making progress not just in pure statistics

Like nurses anxiously watching the pulse rate and temperature of patients in an emergency ward, for a long time we were schooled to observe movements in Gross Domestic Product as the indication of whether a country is healthy or ailing .

Anticipations of the 2014  budget: Vulnerable groups

Anticipations of the 2014 budget: Vulnerable groups

Plight of vulnerableThis would be the final article on anticipations of the 2014 budget .

It is the region’s location which represents the Caribbean’s future

It is the region’s location which represents the Caribbean’s future

Until relatively recently, almost all Caribbean economic thinking has been focused on the encouragement of investment onshore, with the emphasis on commodities, manufacturing, tourism, financial services and artisanal industries such as fisheries .

GuySuCo’s under-performance: The explosion of costs

GuySuCo’s under-performance: The explosion of costs

I had reported a few weeks ago in this series data comparing the unit cost of sugar production for Caricom producers in 2005 .

OAS vote for Maduro may be short-lived

OAS vote for Maduro may be short-lived

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro won a diplomatic victory by defeating a US-backed proposal at the 34-country Organization of American States that would have suggested an outside mediation to end that country’s political crisis, which has already left more than 25 dead and hundreds of wounded .

Feeding and nutrition of  young and older puppies

Feeding and nutrition of young and older puppies

The nutrition of companion animals (pets) has received considerable interest during the recent decades, and certain large manufacturers of dog and cat foods have conducted extensive research and feeding trials, in order to establish nutritious diets that need no supplementation .

Bird Watchers Corner

Bird Watchers Corner

The Festive Amazon (Amazona festiva), also known as the Festive Parrot, is a species of parrot in the Psittacidae family .

Can we prevent blunders?

Can we prevent blunders?

Competitive chess players are becoming increasingly aware of the calamitous nature of blunders, those irrefutable errors which occur when one least expects them .

The celebration  of Phagwah

The celebration of Phagwah

It is always interesting to study traditional festivals, their place in a society and how they are continually affected by time and geography .

The Blushing  bromeliad

The Blushing bromeliad

Neoregelia commonly called Blushing bromeliad is found throughout South America, Central America and Florida, and grows in trees in the rainforest .

 Sunday Cartoons

Sunday Cartoons

Sunday Cartoons .

Ruimzigt

Ruimzigt

Story and photos by Dacia WhaulRuimzigt is a small village located a few miles from Vreed-en-Hoop on the West Coast of Demerara between Windsor Forest and Wallers Delight .

Sugar: Propaganda and spin as the production debacle continues

Sugar: Propaganda and spin as the production debacle continues

Last week’s column introduced six performance indicators for the sugar industry, which I will examine in coming weeks: production, costs, profitability, land productivity, factory productivity, and combined (land and factory) productivity, in that order .

Travelling and learning

Travelling and learning

Almost every time you get on an aeroplane to go somewhere, several learning experiences come your way .

Anticipations of the 2014 budget: Security and justice

Anticipations of the 2014 budget: Security and justice

Law and orderIrrespective of the political system, there is general agreement that the safety and security of people are the responsibility of governments .

‘No democracy works without compromise’

‘No democracy works without compromise’

The headline statement of President Barack Obama was of general application .

Ageing

Ageing

At 80 years old I do not think I can be criticised for writing about ageing .

Swordtail Bromeliad

Swordtail Bromeliad

Vriesa splendens commonly called Swordtail or Flaming Sword comes from the bromeliad family and originated from Venezuela and the Guianas where it grows in trees in the rainforest .

Venezuela’s Maduro faces hard choices

Venezuela’s Maduro faces hard choices

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s disastrous government is in much bigger trouble than most people think, not because of the student protests that have already resulted in at least 19 deaths, but by a 56 per cent annual inflation rate — the world’s highest — that may soon turn his country ungovernable .

A woman’s reflection on a society

A woman’s reflection on a society

 Birdshooting Season Birdshooting season the menmake marriages with their gunsMy father’s house turns machoas from far the hunters gather All night long contentless womenstir their brews: hot coffeechocolata, cerassiewrap pone and tie-leaffor tomorrow’s sport .

There are multiple messages for the region in all that has happened in Ukraine last week

There are multiple messages for the region in all that has happened in Ukraine last week

Russia’s de facto annexation of Crimea marks a twenty-first century turning point, carrying with it as many messages for the Caribbean as it does for Europe and the United States .

Human-dog interactions

Human-dog interactions

For one thing, I have observed that, over the past few decades, more and more publications, articles, surveys, research projects and studies are being documented .

Chess blunders

Chess blunders

A blunder in chess is a disastrous move, a move which confers misery on its perpetrator, and which causes in most instances the immediate termination of a game .

Cardamom (Elaichi) Sago Pudding

Cardamom (Elaichi) Sago Pudding

In good taste

This recipe is about taking Sago out of the realm of breakfast and transforming it into dessert mode .

Bird Watcher’s corner

Bird Watcher’s corner

[caption id="attachment_280934" align="alignleft" width="333"] A Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) near the Linden-Soesdyke Highway (Photo by Kester Clarke)[/caption]When hunting, Burrowing Owls wait on a perch until they spot insects and small rodents .

Annai

Annai

Story and photos by Gaulbert SutherlandIf there is any place in Guyana that should be at the top of the list of places to live, it would be Annai .

Sunday's Cartoon

Sunday’s Cartoon

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Preserving our literary heritage

Preserving our literary heritage

Emeritus Professor Ken Ramchand of the University of the West Indies at St Augustine, eminent scholar and literary critic, the other day sent me the address he gave as Chairman of the Project Committee at the opening of The Naipaul House in St James, Port-of-Spain, on 10th February .

 ‘The chickens have come home to roast’

‘The chickens have come home to roast’

As expected, the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism legislation (AML/CFT) has not been passed in the National Assembly .

Courage and compassion lives

Courage and compassion lives

This is not my story; I’m only the conduit .

Ten questions for Venezuela’s president

Ten questions for Venezuela’s president

Dear President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro,Since I have repeatedly requested an interview with you, but have never received an answer, I respectfully submit 10 questions to you in hopes that you would be so kind as to respond to them in writing, if that’s your preference .

Guyana’s Sugar Industry: Six Key Performance Indicators

Guyana’s Sugar Industry: Six Key Performance Indicators

IndicatorsDespite the unavailability of detailed audited GuySuCo accounts after 2009, in the coming weeks I shall focus on six performance indicators (production, costs, profitability, land productivity, factory productivity, and combined (land and factory) productivity) in assessing the sugar industry since 1990 .

Anticipations of the 2014 budget: Physical infrastructure

Anticipations of the 2014 budget: Physical infrastructure

Major thrustA major thrust of this administration has been to invest in the physical infrastructure of the country .



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