Chess

Destiny perhaps, determined that some element of the great game of chess should feature significantly in the expiration of Bobby Fischer – Fischer, that iconoclastic self-taught genius who singlehandedly challenged the establishment and broke the powerful Soviet stranglehold on chess.

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This is Game Six in the Fischer-Spassky match of 1972 in Iceland. Fischer had never played the White side of a Queen Pawn Opening before in competitive chess.

Business Page

Introduction Following the Business Page article in Sunday Stabroek (13.1.08), which criticised the way the Private Sector Commission advocates on behalf of its members, the commission reacted by a clarifying press statement, without reference to the article and in a measured tone.

Ian On Sunday

I do not like what happened in the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement. I think, to adapt what the great theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, said in another context, we were forced to board a train going in one (bad – for us) direction and then allowed to run along the train’s corridor in the opposite direction and boast how fast and well we ran.

The View From Europe

Until about a week ago I had never heard of carbon border taxes.

Guyana and the wider world

In setting the stage last week for a critical evaluation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and CARIFORUM (Caricom plus the Dominican Republic) I presented a schedule listing 15 “contentious planks,” on which the agreement is premised.

Ian on Sunday

Most jobs are done because they have to be done – to earn a living, support a family, get on in the world, secure the future.

Guyana and the wider world

Not since William Demas’s anguished personal communication on the occasion of his discovery of the neo-conservative proposal known as the ‘Shiprider Solution: Policing the Caribbean’ in the Spring 1996 issue of the National Interest, which he circulated to those whom (I have since come to learn) represented every thinking West Indian he could reach, has there been such profound intellectual unease about the future direction of the region.

Business Page

Introduction In a dramatic message, one of Barbados’ most successful prime ministers and perhaps a driving force behind the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), was told unequivocally by voters this week – time for a change.

Through a woman’s eyes

The world virtually buzzed last week with the ‘news’ that Christopher Columbus might have also ‘discovered’ syphilis in the new world and taken it to the old.

Consumer Concerns

It was a smart move by a former government – I believe it was the Burnham government – to amend the Income Tax legislation to make it possible for the Income Tax Commissioner to assess taxpayers with unduly high assessments and prevent their appeals to the Board of Review unless a substantial part of the assessment was paid in advance.

Arts On Sunday

The Guyana Annual 2007-2008, edited by Petamber Persaud and published by Guyenterprise (printed by Ramsaywack Arjun Printers and Graphics with layout and design by Robert Hoban) has been released, and went into general circulation following an official launching at Castellani House on Friday January 11.

The View from Europe

Last week I was in Nassau. There I had the opportunity to listen to an address by the Bahamian Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham, who recently assumed the role of Chairman of Caricom.

Eye Issues

I’m concerned about cataracts. Should I wear sunglasses? In the eye, one of the structures involved in focusing the light onto the retina is called the lens.

Pet Corner

We won’t deal with those maladies that affect puppies as well as older dogs, eg parvovirus, canine distemper, leptospirosis, etc.

Chess

He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.

Health

Early diagnosis of prostate cancer is very important and there is a great deal all men can do to safeguard their health Currently, there is no scientific consensus on effective strategies to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Ian On Sunday

The Economic Partnership Agreement negotiated between the European Union and Cariforum came into force on January 1, 2008.1 have not, I confess, read all thousand pages of its main text, appendices, annexures and schedules.

Guyana and the wider world

Recap In order to wrap up the present discussion on money laundering, let me recap on what I have covered so far.

The View From europe

“Small nations, big ambition”: These are the words used by the Chairman of a major European company to describe the recently initialled Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe.

A Gardener’s Diary

Gardening is a bit like weather forecasting (based more on probability than certainty).

Chess

It is 1914. Nicholas II, Czar of all the Russias, is hosting a great chess tournament arranged by the St Petersburg Chess Society.

Al Creighton’s Arts On Sunday

At the end of 2007, Castel-lani House quite fittingly mounted an exhibition of gifts: artwork received by the gallery from individual and corporate donors.

Consumer Conserns

Last week I mentioned that a German group of ladies were highlighting Guyana for the World Day of Prayer.

Eye Issues

My baby has a white spot in her eye and the specialist says it’s a cataract.

The golden age of film musicals in Guyana

I was flattered recently when Ian McDonald in his Sunday Stabroek column of December 16 challenged, “Anyone can mention a subject to Godfrey – sweeties, seawall or sugar estates or dominoes or the old D’Urban racetrack or anything you like – and hardly pausing Godfrey could produce a Nostalgia which will make you laugh and wonder, and say ‘yes that is how it was.'” Sunday, Jan 6, I spent a wonderful afternoon with Ian and his charming wife Mary in their beautiful garden in Bel Air Gardens – reminiscent of Kew Gardens, London.

Pet Corner

Now that we have entered into the fresh and new year, let’s continue discussing the newborn (puppies, that is).

Business Page

Introduction The statement made by Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) in a letter published in the Sunday Stabroek of December 30, 2007 “reiterating” the position of the PSC that it wanted the government to continue the present and unjustifiable 16% VAT rate and to apply it to reforming (reducing?) income and corporate taxes has shocked not only the general public but even members of the business body for its insensitivity to the plight of scores of thousands of Guyanese.

Through a woman’s eyes

One minute you’re in 2007; the next you’re in 2008. The point at which the second hand of the clock moves off 12 is all the difference there is between any two years.

A Gardener’s Diary

As a New Year’s promise I am resolved to carry out some soil acidity tests, and to give my roses a heavy dressing of well-rotted cow manure once the pruning has finally been completed.

The View From Europe

Every nation and culture has a knowledge of where it has come from, an awareness of shared experience and a sense of its place in world.

Ian On Sunday

In childhood a year is a very large part of a lifetime long – but by old age a year has become fragment – brief.

Guyana and the wider world

As has been emphasised in this column money laundering is associated with all types of illegal activities, not only those arising from organized crime.

Consumer Concerns

The year 2007 has been a difficult one for our consumers. Let us resolve, here and now, that 2008 will be a happy year, no matter what may befall.

Pet Corner

As every pet owner knows, companion animals reciprocate love unconditionally and irrepressibly. In fact, medical experts tell us that the human-animal bond, in addition to being a mutually pleasurable exercise, actually benefits a person’s health.

Arts On Sunday

At six o’clock last Thursday, on the evening of Boxing Day, December 26, 2007, the dramatic production titled Nuff an Plenty opened at the Little Theatre in Kingston, Jamaica.

Workers Paradise?

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 CAMBRIDGE – Will the political resurgence of labour unions throw a wrench into the wheels of globalization?

Caricom, Cuba and the hemisphere

Dr Vaughan Lewis, a native of St Lucia, is the Professor of International Relations of the Caribbean at the Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad.

Health

The statistics are shocking: One in seven women in the United States will be treated for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) over the course of her lifetime.

Eye Issues

I’m 41 and my optometrist told me I need bifocals. I don’t want the old-fashioned ones with the lines.

Business Page

Introduction As civil society in Guyana has taken – or rather been given – an increasing role in public-spirited tasks such as fighting floods, AIDS, poverty and discrimination – perceived and real – providing legal aid or cheap meals for the poor, those civil society organisations seeking to formalise and institutionalise themselves face more than the usual challenges of resource limitation and fundraising.

Introduction

From today Mr Christopher Ram, the senior partner of Ram and Mc Rae resumes authorship of the Sunday Business Page.

A Gardener’s Diary

Tomorrow this tired old year will give birth to a brand new one.

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I started to see blurry and the optometrist told me I am beginning to get something called keratoconus.

Consumer Conserns

The publication of a list of the most serious concerns faced by consumers during the current year may, with a little luck, induce some improvements for the coming year.

Pet Corner

Overfeeding – continued We had begun dealing with this last week. We had mentioned that humans seem to have this fixation with overstuffing themselves during the festive season.

Health

What is pterygium? A pterygium is a wedge-shaped fibro vascular growth of the conjunctiva (the surface tissue of the white of the eye) that extends onto the cornea.

Chess

It was on Sunday, March 18, that two chess players took a daring step and announced a chess tournament; the first for well over a decade.

The Business Page

Introduction This will be my last column as a regular writer for these pages.