The full year (2016) before another ‘Coalition Christmas’

Prognostications: What a word!

The APNU+AFC Coalition Political Partners squeaked into power electorally in May 2015. Recall that APNU, essentially the PNC –People’s National Congress- itself a Burnhamite PPP decades ago- with some amorphous other “Baby Parties” linked up, on Valentine’s Day 2015 to contest the May 2015 elections with the Third-Party AFC.

Blackouts and Bethlehem

-Lily passed before legislation passed

-SARU, SARA, SOCU: 2015-2017 Hey and hello all. I hope to be relatively light-hearted dealing with three (3) serious issues as many (most?) of you attend to Christmas-time matters – in the country or in the home.

Indications of a modest post-budget Christmas 2016

-People and places to rob before year-end

–  Another plea for pensioners 2017 Fortunate still to be experiencing more months to my age and life span, I am increasingly wont to restrain my “celebration” of the Festival of Christmas.From poor, challenging childhood to teens the BG “colonial Christmas“ were a grand mix of European traditions and (British) Guianese elements- from the wintry jingle bells, sleighs, snow and frosty to masquerade, steel band tramps, breaking-up-the-house, renewal and church-going — and yes, our own delectable Christmas Cuisine.

Budget blues, credibility and reputation

So many fatherless homes for Christmas

– Feliz Navidad companero Moses   If you’re really into the year-end Christmas “syndrome”, this very brief budget 2017 commentary might be the column for you.

Who cares the most for sugar workers? Why?

God, the villages - and “African” business

Bartica, Byderabo: What’s “Best”? Because I appreciate all the elements of the national issue that is the fate and future of this country’s sugar industry; and because I do have a connection with Sugar Union GAWU- however distant- I make bold to offer a few simple but pointed and fundamental comments on a challenge that is bound to be “nationally sensitive”.

Today’s PPP, the Chronicle and CNN

Victoria: A God neither Black nor White?

It doesn’t take any rabidly – anti-PPP individual or group to raise their eyebrows – or ire whenever that Party essays a particular type of criticism of the Granger administration’s style of governance, missteps or obvious blunders.

What I liked about Trump

-As concerns seriously linger

-My simple anti-crime suggestions The commentaries, analyses and dissertations regarding the stunning upset electoral victory of billionaire-businessman-playboy Donald J Trump are not likely to end.

The drug baron’s welcome charity

-Gunmen in the National Assembly?

-Elections USA: Some “Black” Presidents Okay friends, bear with me as I return yet once more to my dubiously-favourite theme of a modern-day moral dilemma.

Cannabis and Coca: Not that “Green”!

-Independent thinkers- The Party/ Government line

Far be it for me, an ageing patriot who chose to live and stay solely and only in this country of my birth, to bad-talk it negatively in a consistent manner.

Election Campaign USA: Personal perspectives

-some puzzles from the Coalition Cabinet

Firstly, I am aware of the numerous analyses, predictions and conclusions being published daily regarding this 2016 (unconventional) election campaign now raging in the USA.I still add my layman’s bit as anyone with just a bit of interest in electoral politics – and has Cable TV- must be enthralled by the rather strange goings on across the US at this time.

…And justice for some?

“C” is for Corrica, Calypso, Canary- and clay blocks

Up front I’ll concede that today’s lead topic above consists of my layman’s ramblings on a societal issue that is very complex, complicated, technical, even profound.

Station-cell incarceration: Human rights violations

-Coalition politics and victors

The man I knew as “father” was a policeman all his life. Even in his retirement when he taught young recruits to drive and was himself the driver and “Man Friday” for Sir Shridath Ramphal, he remained an “Ole police” at heart.

Our Golden Senior Citizens

-The Brigadier’s first major press conference

I realise that, most likely, it is because I am at the cusp of plunging into the heart of that demographic that is the Guyanese elderly that I return to this theme almost annually.

Our First People, our land, our constitution

“Single-parent Guyana”

To his socio-political credit, David Arthur Granger, whilst on the pre-May 2015 Election Campaign trail did visit and interest himself in many hinterland communities at a very personal level.

Corruption and scandals: Probable participants

- ‘Thief man nah like see ‘e mattee wid bag’

Whether the reason or cause is personal economic hardship, innate disrespect for honesty and the law, greed or some disdain for (hard) work, there are parents or guardians who will knowingly accept stolen items generated by their younger relations.

Some suggestions for our police service – again

On apologies – and being `honourable’

I suspect that it’s because “hope springs eternal (in the human breast/spirit”) that I return to the issue of the status, role and effectiveness of our Guyana Police Force or Service.

Guyana at the 2020 Olympics: An appeal

- another PPP strategy session

Attention Vice-President/Senior Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine. Attention Minister Nicolette Henry. Attention Chairman, National Sports Commission.

Thoughts on ISIS terrorism

-How some nurses scare(d) me

-An Emancipation/Arrival nugget Taking a break from our local stresses of life here, I venture to comment on the burgeoning globalised ballistic stress that is terrorism.

Our youth: Plight and potential

American citizen, Guyanese national

Various countries and cultures and the United Nations Organisation all define what they deem to be the World’s “youth”.

Indira and India, Dianand and diabetes

More on remand, bail, sentencing

Earlier this year I was moved to comment (twice) on thoughts and issues of identity and belonging evoked by the poetry and other declarations by Ms Ryhaan Shah, Indian Pride activist.