The View From Europe

A fundamental change is taking place in the global role of agriculture. Since prehistory food has only been cultivated for human consumption or as feed for livestock; but lately, agriculture in developed and developing nations has been transformed as cereals are being grown for conversion into fuel.

Eye Issues

My child is blind and I was told he should learn braille. What is braille?

A Gardener’s Diary

You would hardly believe that the petunia could be a close relative of the potato, tomato, and tobacco, but it is a fact.

Chess

The ‘Chess In Schools’ programme, which has been assiduously promoted by this column and vigorously supported by Dr Frank Anthony, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport and Neil Kumar, Director of Sport, is quickly becoming a reality.

Consumer Concerns

There are none so deaf as those who will not hear. This truth is being brought home very clearly to consumers.

Pet Corner

The first thing that we must decide upon is whether there, in fact, exists a problem during the giving-birth period (parturition).

A Gardener’s Diary

This last few weeks have been really very hot, blisteringly so, and gardeners everywhere are looking forward to some relief.

Al Creighton’s Arts on Sunday

In the face of a wide range of contending factors it is not easy to single out one as the most important contributor to the development of Guyanese theatre.

Chess with Errol Tiwari

On Saturday evening, Sep-tember 29, it was all over. India’s Viswanathan Anand drew his 14th.

Eye Issues

The optometrist told me my son is not seeing because of a scar in the back of the eye from toxoplasmosis.

Ian on Sunday

Who can doubt that small developing countries are being given a blood-raw deal by developed countries?

Business Page

Introduction I must begin this week with an apology to my readers. When I reviewed the 2006 annual report of J.P Santos & Co Ltd (JPS) I spotted an inter-group disposal of assets which I believed should be treated as a one-off and adjusted the earnings per share accordingly.

The View From Europe

Three thousand miles and seemingly light years away from any issue that might interest the Caribbean, a territorial confrontation of sorts is underway to control uninhabited parts of the Arctic.

Guyana and the Wider World

Historically, all known definite forms of the state have been particularized by their individual political economy.

Arts On Sunday

We have on several previous occasions alluded to the common features of various different traditional festivals and, in particular, those that are primarily religious.

consumer Concerns

Sunday Stabroek, August 6, 2006: ‘Not govt’s intention to have food prices increase because of VAT – Jagdeo.’ What happened between August 2006 and January 2007?

Health

The cervix is part of a woman’s reproductive system. It is the lower, narrow part of the uterus.

Pet Corner

Continued from last week So, now back to the wretched tapeworm. Signs of a tapeworm infestation You may recall that last week’s The Pet Corner ex-plained that the mature segments of the adult tapeworm are expelled with the animal’s stool.

The best of everything: Guyana 1945-1985

Nostalgia 16 In F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, one of the pastimes of the indulgent rich was prolonged conversation on “The Best of Everything and Anything.” Of course this was possible because in the thirties there was no television – the nemesis of banter and conversation between family and friends.

Tribute

Dr Cen Jones, who has died aged 85, was an expert in tropical medicine whose initiatives in following up on the pioneering work of Dr Giglioli, virtually eradicated malaria in British Guiana (now Guyana).

Eye Issues

Why does my eye jump or twitch? Sometimes part of your eyelid may twitch for several minutes or hours.

All On Sunday

Poetry International Rotterdam is an organisation in the Netherlands that exists for the promotion and propagation of poetry on a full-time basis.

Chess

Of the twenty-one games that were played, Spassky won one other, the 11th., when he produced a novelty, or, as the Russians say, a novinka, winning Fischer’s Queen.

Ian On Sunday

There have been a handful of men who have made a deep and unforgettable impression on me: my father, first and always; Jock Campbell, Chairman of Bookers in the 1950s and ’60s; Martin Carter, whose poetry time as it passes burnishes to a yet brighter gleam.

Guyana and the wider world

Introduction This is the first of a series on forestry policies and current practices in Guyana.

The View From Europe

St Lucia’s new Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Allen Chastenet, has a refreshingly different perspective on government.

A Gardener’s Diary

The simplest way to raise trees and shrubs is from cuttings. There are several types of cuttings you can use, but the simplest and most economical are hardwood cuttings.

Health

Pain is a universal human experience. It is an unpleasant sensory experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

Pet Corner

Tapeworms, though not as lethal as hookworms can be equally debilitating in the long run.

A Gardener’s Diary

One of the greatest pleasures I have is talking about plants. A few nights ago I had a very nice time talking to a friend in Barbados about the plants that she now has, and once had in her garden.

Through A Woman’s Eyes

When my daughter began nursery school about six years ago, she came from school one day so anxious to relate what had occurred, the words were tripping over each other.

Eye Issues

My wife is trying to get me to stop smoking and she says it can damage my eyes.

Consumer Concerns

The poor are always with us. In Guyana we are very conscious of the fact that many of our consumers are living from hand to mouth.

Arts On Sunday

Last week we took a brief look at contemporary African poetry as illustrated by a selection from a poet resident in Britain, Nigeria born Ben Okri, who won the Booker Prize 1991 for his novel The Famished Road.

Business Page

Introduction Last year this publication ran a story regarding a potential reform being considered by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to replace the current pay as you go system with a system whereby benefits are set with reference to the amount of contributions paid into the scheme (‘NIS eyes contribution-based pensions proposal as part of reform,’ Sunday Stabroek, November 5, 2006).

The View From Europe

Listening to Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley, speak in Aruba one could not but have sympathy with her and the difficult hand that she has been given to play over Caricom’s new visa regime.

Ian On Sunday

There is no connection between sexual mores and job performance. Many of the greatest leaders in history were unbridled lechers.

Chess With Errol Tiwari

Continued from last week Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, was the location for the encounter between Fischer and Spassky.

Arts On Sunday

One of the interesting elements of African poetry is the way it has journeyed in Africa, in Europe and through the diaspora around the world through originality, imitation, modern, identity consciousness, back to imitation to become an influence on the originality of a major contemporary literary movement.

Consumer Concerns

A consumer asked “Why have consumers been misled? We were told that the cost of living would not rise, that food prices would remain the same.

Pet Corner

I did say last week that we would move into the discussion on tapeworms.

Chess

The debate was already raging when I joined the small group downtown, well-wishers of chess who enjoy discussing the literature of the game, and the people who play it.

Business Page

Introduction Following on from last week’s article I would like to highlight Nigel’s Supermarket for being the first supermarket I have visited since the implementation of VAT for which the majority of sticker prices were VAT inclusive.

Ian On Sunday

I suppose it is inevitable that every person should drastically over-estimate his or her importance.

A Gardener’s Diary

I am often asked to give an opinion on the health of a fern called Polypodium aureum, popularly known as Breadfruit fern (because the shape of the leaves is similar to those of the Breadfruit tree).

Eye Issues

Why do my eyes sometimes look red in photographs? The back of the eye contains two layers, the choroids, which is made up of blood vessels and is red, and the retina, which is made of nerve fibres and is much thinner and is transparent.

Bookshelf

Wendy Rahamut Modern Caribbean Cuisine (Macmillan Caribbean, 2006) You may wonder what could be modern about the flavours in Caribbean food.

Consumer Concerns

During the latter half of the year 2006 I purchased a 110ml bottle of Optrex Eye Lotion for $890 and bathed my eyes in the eye bath.

Health

A man’s limb, heavily casted and suspended overhead from elaborate contraptions and ropes tied to these casts pulling down gymnasium weights in a cramped hospital orthopaedic ward, is the picture which comes to mind when we think of visiting a friend who has unfortunately met with a recent accident involving a few broken bones.