Old time Manchester Christmas

As a youngster growing up in Manchester Village with my grandmother, Christmas was always the best time around.

St Joseph corrected 91 cleft lip, palates this year

Over the past year, the St Joseph Mercy Hospital Wishbone Project conducted 91 surgeries, including cleft lip and palates, among other surgeries, and a total of 260 surgeries since 2004.

Death and tobacco taxes

A global killer is ripping through the world’s poorer countries largely unchecked. Within 25 years, it will cause 10 million deaths a year worldwide -more than malaria, maternal deaths, childhood infections, and diarrhea combined .

Over 50 `Stamp it out’ meetings held

More than fifty “Stamp it out” consultations were held across the country since early November and as it nears the wrap-up date, persons are being urged to still make contributions.

What the people say about…

What are the must-have things for Christmas this year? We asked several persons in the street this question and these were their responses.

In The Diaspora

For many Queen’s College alumni, the recent passing of Clem Yhap, known affectionately as “Balance”, in Halifax, Canada at the admirable age of 91, invoked moments of deep personal reflection and sadness.

New Hope on Climate Change

The world has taken an important step toward controlling climate change by agreeing to the Bali Action Plan at the global negotiations in Indonesia earlier this month.

Barack Obama’s American Revolution

For eight years, George W. Bush has managed to incarnate and reinforce all the prejudices and negative stereotypes the world has of the US.

Frankly Speaking… By A.A Fenty

Okay the caption might come off as trite and hackneyed. But my “Christmas Is with Us Again” is actually the title of one of my favourite local Christmas time songs.

Fear of flooding

As the seasonal rains begin to really make their presence felt there is no mistaking the jitteriness among villages along the East Coast corridor.

History

Eighth Installment Part V Conclusion Where did the revolutionaries go wrong? The first revolutionaries were surprisingly successful.

Frontiers

From the time of its emergence as a sovereign state in the international community in 1966, Guyana proclaimed three paramount and permanent national interests: the security and survival of the state; the pursuit of the social and economic development of the people; and, the need to develop and strengthen the infrastructure, institutions and mechanisms for national unity.

The environment

Part II By Aubrey C Norton In the first part of this article which appeared in the November 2007 issue of the Guyana Review, I profferred the view that the “national response has to proceed in the context of international realities and must include a diplomatic strategy that makes the international environment conducive to the promotion of the national interest”.

Energy

As recent as five months ago it would have seemed insane. Yet, at the time of writing, the benchmark crude oil, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), was trading at an unprecedented US 99.28 $/bbl.

History

263. We soon reached Bartika Grove again, but left it by next morning in spite of the entreaties of brave Bernau, who wanted us to stay a few days longer.

Wednesday Ramblings

Dear valued citizens of the Guyanese Diaspora. On behalf of the Ministry of Dubiously Tabulated Tourist Arrivals, we wish to welcome you home and to say, a very Merry Guyanese Xmas!

The operating system that stole Christmas

Before asking for a new Windows PC this holiday season, remember the old adage: “Be careful about what you wish for.” In the best of all worlds, we would all benefit from the so-called “network effects” that result from most people using the same software: everyone could easily communicate with each other and teach each other how to use the software efficiently.

In The Diaspora

Diana Abraham is currently a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto.

What the people

Are you satisfied with the government’s and police’s response thus far to the rum shop incident involving Minister of Local Government, Kellawan Lall?

Project Syndicate

This article was received from Project Syndicate, an international not-for-profit association of newspapers dedicated to hosting a global debate on the key issues shaping our world.

Recovering America’s “Smart Power”

This article was received from Project Syndicate, an international not-for-profit association of newspapers dedicated to hosting a global debate on the key issues shaping our world.

Frankly Speaking

Eleven days to that day, which, I hear, celebrates the second most important observance in the Christian Calendar.

A Year of Heart Searchings

Martin Carter died ten years ago today. Over the years Stabroek News commemorates the anniversary.

History This Week

Introduction Over the past six decades, excluding the 1978 Referendum, there have been 13 general elections in Guyana.

In the Diaspora

Following the rigged 1985 elections, the WPA appointed Eusi Kwayana as its lone parliamentarian for the one seat the party was given.

What the people say…

With just over two weeks to go before Christmas Day how are your preparations coming?

Frankly Speaking

“Dis country like a powderkeg waiting to explode. We have a serious ethnic/race problem in dis country, yeh.

Asia in the world

NEW YORK – Before I became the UN’s Secretary-General, I was an Asian diplomat.

Britain’s new internationalism

TOLEDO, SPAIN – With President George W. Bush’s grand strategy for the Middle East in ruins, his administration has, however hesitantly, begun to put greater emphasis on resolving conflicts by peaceful means.

Frankly Speaking A.A. Fenty

I’ll really try to be more “festive” from next week. Meanwhile bear with me these random thoughts in what should be one of the briefest offerings of the year.

Wednesday’s Ramblings

President Jagdeo has gone green. His decision to take the nation’s forests hostage in a high stakes game of ecological chicken (“I will chop them down!

Imagining recession

The world’s housing, oil, and stock markets have been plunged into turmoil in recent months.

What the people say about

Do you believe that the government’s response to the Venezuelan attack was strong enough?

In TheDiaspora

In the Diaspora (this is one of a series of fortnightly columns from Guya-nese in the diaspora and others with an interest in issues related to Guyana and the Caribbean) The issue of development challenges goes beyond economistic interpretations of governments, regional organizations and the World Bank.

China’s see-no-evil diplomacy

Ever since its founding, the People’s Republic of China has adhered to a foreign policy of non-interference in other country’s internal affairs – or so it claims.

History This Week No. 47/2007

The Prussian explorer Robert Schomburgk returned to England for a period of well-deserved rest following his rather extensive challenging and successful explorations of the main rivers of Guyana during the years 1835-1839.

Ask the Consul

Ask the Consul – Preparing for the Immigrant Visa Interview Q: How can I be sure I am prepared for my immigrant visa interview?

Wednesday ‘s Ramblings

According to our sources, President Jagdeo spent most of the Commonwealth Summit in Uganda trying to flog Guyana’s forests to other leaders.

Farewell to development’s old divides

NEW YORK – The notion of a divide between the rich north and the poor and developing south has long been a central concept among economists and policymakers.

Will China ‘lose’ the 2008 Olympics?

When the International Olympic Committee awarded Beijing the 2008 Summer Games in July 2001, the announcement ignited wild celebrations across the country.

In the Diaspora

Rhoda Reddock is Professor and head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, St., Augustine Campus In our lifetime we sometimes have the privilege to live and walk with people of great vision and genius.

Europe’s New Donald Rumsfeld

Russia’s Duma elections this December are almost certain to cement the power of forces loyal to Vladimir Putin.

What the people say…

Do you have pets? Why/why not? We asked several persons in the street this question and these were their responses: Benjamin Dufu, computer technician ‘Yes, I have a dog and it’s about five to six months old.

Frankly Speaking A.A. Fenty

From the routine deception of commercial “giveaways” and the numerous promotions to increase sales, to the occasional real offers of gifts; from the varied forms of exploitation of labour by greedy unscrupulous employers to the threat by under-performing public abilities to deprive the poor of their services, you just know that the “Season” is upon us.

Medellin moves to Africa

An unfamiliar country keeps popping up in press reports about drug trafficking: Guinea Bissau.

History this week No. 46/2007 Part 1

By far the most intensive and painstaking explorations of Guyana, the former colony of Britain, were those conducted in the third and fourth decades of the nineteenth century by the German, Sir Robert Herman Schomburgk.

Installment Fifty five

Q: I know more than one person who is involved in a sham marriage just to get a visa.

Sadat’s journey, 30 years after

TOLEDO – If “one man of courage makes a majority,” as Andrew Jackson said, then 30 years ago, in November 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was such a man.

A new holy alliance?

LONDON – The recent meeting in the Vatican of the “Custodian of The Holy Places,” King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Pope Benedict XVI was a seminal event, particularly as it comes at a time when radical Muslims are decrying the role of “crusaders” in Middle East politics.