Home Economics: Shedding an undeserving stigma

One of the positives about the annual Secondary Schools Home Economics Competition sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in conjunction with the Ministries of Agriculture and Education is that it provides opportunity for schools possessing children with varying levels of academic acumen and located in far flung corners of the country to match skills in a discipline where the playing field is more or less level .

Greed and ignorance

Whenever the next West Indies team is composed either for a domestic series or overseas engagement, a mandatory aspect of its preparations must be a detailed study and recounting of the glories of its cricketing history .

Professional policing

In his column in this newspaper last Wednesday, Dr Henry Jeffrey compared the murder rate in Guyana, firstly, with countries in South America which have a high incidence, and then with the largest members of Caricom because they are more similar to Guyana .

Making sense of Gamergate

At the end of a week of sensational and often fear-filled news – which culminated with no fewer than 39 US Congressmen calling for travel restrictions on Ebola-stricken West African countries – millions of Americans were also puzzling over the sudden rise of an Internet controversy known as #GamerGate .

Justice must be served

A general feeling of repugnance for a dictator and his regime does not necessarily equate with universal distaste .

Bread basket or basket case

Congratulations are in order for the 30 groups of students who conceptualised, cooked and presented healthy food made from local products at this year’s Secondary Schools Home Economics Competition which was held on Tuesday last .

Challenge to Britain’s ruling conservatives

If British Prime Minister David Cameron felt that with the No vote in Scotland he would have a respite from political pressures, the loss of one of his Conservative Party’s seats in a by-election last week will quickly have brought him back to reality .

Living in different times

A few generations ago we would still have been numb with shock over the revelation that schoolchildren were performing sex acts for the camera .

Baishanlin and the road

Nine days after a report appeared in this newspaper on the concerns expressed by residents and organisations of the Rupununi over road building, Chinese company Baishanlin issued a statement denying that it had built a new road network 130 kilometres long .

East Bank flood

On Wednesday afternoon at 4 .

Deferring action on climate change

Despite the large marches and impassioned rhetoric, the UN’s recent Climate Week was mostly just another reminder of how hard it has become to achieve any progress on global climate change .

Can there be reconciliation without a reckoning?

Reports from Port-au-Prince indicate that it was with some surprise that Haitians learnt of the death of their former president, Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, last Saturday, whose rule was addressed in our editorial on Tuesday .

Seek to do no harm

The taping, posting on social media and sharing of a video of schoolchildren involved in sex acts is to be condemned in the strongest language possible .

Obama in the Middle Eastern whirlpool

A little under two years since President Barack Obama won re-election in November of 2012, he finds himself embroiled in a series of global confrontations that he must hardly have bargained for on the day of his inauguration in January of 2013 .

Baby Doc Duvalier

History remembers Haiti for a host of reasons .

GRA and its analysis of media houses

In a press release on Thursday, the Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Mr Khurshid Sattaur has acknowledged that the GRA had compiled information on an initial analysis of the income of media houses for the purposes of an audit of the Kaieteur News .


Last week Gina reported that President Donald Ramotar had met Guyanese in Washington and Queens, New York, in the course of his visit to the United Nations, and that he had asked them to return home and invest in the country’s economy .

The politics of pigeons and umbrellas

The forthcoming local election in Clacton-on-Sea, a small coastal town in Essex, was all but unknown to outsiders up to a week ago .

Radovan Karadzic

Yesterday, Dr Radovan Karadzic, 69, the former leader of Republika Srpska, the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Hercegovina, was scheduled to have wound up his closing argument in his trial at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague .


News surfaced recently regarding a young Amerindian woman who said she was drugged and raped by more than one man at the hotel where she worked in Mahdia, Region Eight .

Jaw jaw, war war

As the nations of the world got together at the United Nations last week to discuss the state of the world, they found themselves having to contemplate increasing war, rather than the prospects of peace and development .

Truancy and absenteeism among schoolchildren

After school had reassembled for the start of the new academic year barely three weeks ago, small groups of children could still be seen roaming some streets in the middle of the morning .

TravelSpan woes

One wonders why the Guyanese public continues to have to suffer the agony of charter-type operations with inadequate resources and tenuous relations with their air carriers .

Casual remark?

While the local political scene is in turmoil, President Donald Ramotar is enjoying a respite away from it all at the United Nations .

Overlooking the news

The glut of recent stories whose prominence was due to footage that could be easily shared by online communities shows the growing influence of social media on how we gather and respond to the news .

The Catalan consultation

Undeterred by the result of the Scottish referendum announced early on September 19, Catalonia’s parliament, later that very day, authorised its president, by a vote of 106 to 28, to proceed with a referendum similar to the Scottish one on November 9 .

This has to stop

Today is Orange Day .

Scotland’s vote

The campaign, and the vote in Scotland on that region’s separation from the United Kingdom, will have reminded West Indians over a certain age of the 1961 referendum in Jamaica, conceded by the Conservative British Government, on whether to stay in the West Indies Federation .

GuyExpo’s unrealized potential

In just over a week’s time GuyExpo would have come and gone without us being any closer to being able to identify in specific and concrete terms just what particular benefits the event has brought to the country .

More information needed on deforestation

On the face of it, the declaration by the Ministry of Natural Resources that a preliminary report has shown that deforestation in 2013 has declined relative to 2012 is to be welcomed .

Bad timing

These have been a strange two weeks in Guyana’s politics .

Sugar is the new tobacco

Sixty years ago marketing campaigns for tobacco used to focus on cigarettes’ alleged health benefits .

Spain and Catalonia

By now, readers will know whether voters in Scotland have taken the low road to political confusion and economic uncertainty that comes with the independence some were seeking, or the high road to preserving the benefits of three centuries of the deepest possible integration and continuing to play a part in a strong union .

Public transportation

Once again, the government has swooped in like a knight in shining armour to rescue distressed commuters from the monster that is our public transportation system with a fleet of 44-seat buses it has procured from the aptly named Knight Rider bus service .

A new Cold War?

As the NATO powers and Russia continue to engage over the future of Ukraine, observers might well begin to wonder whether we are seeing the first stages of a new Cold War, over twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the disintegration of the Warsaw Pact which encompassed the countries of what was then called Eastern Europe .

The reading challenge

It is easy to understand why Education Minister Priya Manickchand would not want the media to dwell on the fact that a survey conducted by her ministry indicates that just 32 per cent of our children between Grades One and Six are reading at their respective grade levels .

Gov’t gone haywire

When objectively evaluated, the only conclusion that can be drawn from the unceremonious bust up between the Guyana Government and the Indian company Surendra is that the Ramotar administration doesn’t understand the importance of good business .

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