Tribute to Derek Walcott

Dear Editor, In his epic work, Omeros, Derek Walcott wrote of “a quiet culture that…slowly but sure … will change us with the fluent sculpture of Time” – “strong as self-healing coral.” He was the quintessence of that Caribbean culture and his life’s work has surely changed our region for all time.

The nurse training programme must be scrutinised

Dear Editor, Well, after resitting, only 23 of the 179 candidates secured overall passes at the Nurses State Final Examination.  The  Nursing Council with its chequered past is tasked with setting the examination, taken by students of the country’s four nursing schools: Georgetown School of Nursing, the Charles Roza School of Nursing, the New Amsterdam School of Nursing and privately-operated St Joseph’s Mercy Hospital. 

It is Indians who subsume their identity

Dear Editor, To correct Allan Fenty’s statements made in his SN column of March 17, 2017, under the sub-head ‘Rights, voices beyond the bound-yard’: it is the Indians who subsume their ethnic identity to the African Caribbean culture who exhibit triumphalism, snobbery and superiority at being both accepted and embraced by the dominant status quo; and it is the very poor rural Indian Guyanese who continue to practise their religion and culture, remembered from Mother India, who most need to be protected and defended.

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