A misstep

A meeting was planned to accommodate consultations on the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) on private education.

From town to de country

There are almost two hundred thousand people living in Georgetown. Yet, I am often asked by acquaintances about places to rent in the city.

Are we forgetting the ‘big truck’?

People dying from AIDS in the present time seems rare. There was a time when people would die, especially the young, and one would often hear, “De big truck knock she down” or “He had de truck.” ‘Big truck’ is a colloquial term for describing the disease.

We are in so much trouble

Earlier this week, we celebrated Phagwah. Phagwah is a Hindu festival of colours and celebrates good over evil and the beginning of Spring.

We are survivors

Skeletal remains were found in 1974 in Ethiopia from a female hominid of the Australopithecus afarensis species, who has been called Lucy and who is said to be one of our earliest potential ancestors.

Too much talk

Paid parking is now a reality in Georgetown. While some seem to have no issue with the new system, many are objecting.

Scroungers

The eyes of the desperate are often sad and pleading and if one stares into them long enough, empathy is evoked.

The security guards deserve better

Security guards are people who deserve the utmost respect. It is a profession that many of us would never venture into either because of the pay, the shifts or because our qualifications and/or interests lead us in a different direction.

Home

Sometimes the dreadfulness stemming from social issues and disappointments with the powers of the day seem to overshadow all the other things that are happening in our country.

Reflections and Hope

I do not usually make New Year’s resolutions. What I do throughout the year is make notes on what I want to accomplish both in the short and long term.

A season of drama

Since its return in 2011 the National Drama Festival has helped to develop and expose the talent of many young people.

Save a little

We are in a season where the cries of Guyanese at home and even some abroad have become constant.

Was independence enough?

Recently, Prince Harry of the British royal family visited our country. I have never really been interested in any monarchy, and in the case of Prince Harry, we are worlds apart.

What next?

The average Guyanese will probably not pry into every detail of the budget.

Trying times

After the Lusignan massacre occurred, I did not sleep well for weeks. With only Annandale separating Buxton and Lusignan, the tragedy was too close to home.

Not a festival of noise

Diwali is an opportunity for introspection–we must think about what we are doing for the betterment of our community and what part are we playing in the narrative of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

Coconuts and KFC

Last Sunday, I attended the Guyana Coconut Festival, which was organised by the Ministry of Business and held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.