The good guy versus bad guy theory is sickening nonsense

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon 

Mr. Ralph Ramkarran has written a Stabroek News column entitled, “The PPP’s enduring fears” in which every paragraph, from start to end, is a narrative on Guyanese history from 1950 to 2013. Guyana’s history is painted in a zero sum drama of the good guy, the PPP, haunted and hunted down by the bad guy, […]

A tragic death…an invisible, crying child…two terrified women… House of spiders

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Murder and Mystery 

By Michael Jordan Lot – Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara isn’t your typical ‘haunted’ house. The doors don’t creak open on rusty hinges. It has no imposing, gothic towers. It isn’t over-run with vines or built over a Dutch burial ground. In fact, it’s quite an ordinary-looking, three-bedroom concrete house. It’s painted in pink and surrounded […]

The GSPCA – A welcoming home for abandoned and uncared for animals

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

By Jenelle Willabus Like human beings animals need care and proper environments, even though they are known to survive harsh conditions. For the past 60 years, a unique entity has been making provisions for abandoned and uncared for animals. This organisation, the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA), located at 65 […]

More focus on deaf population needed, says ardent advocate

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

With the passage of the Disability Act in 2010, discrimination of persons with varying forms of disability has been outlawed. However, there has still been evidence of discrimination, particularly among the deaf community. Well at least this is the opinion of some deaf persons associated with the Guyana Deaf Mission. Speaking through her sign language […]

Rice and cash crop surge

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

Rice production in Berbice increased in 2012, reaching 97,797 acres of crops that yielded 2.6 million bags of paddy at a yield of 4.3 tonnes per hectare. This is an improvement on the 93,900 acres at a yield of 4.2 tonnes per hectare, according to Region 6 Chairman, David Armogan. “Rice cultivation is picking up […]

The Baccoo Speaks

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under Features / Columnists, The Baccoo Speaks 

The hatred that stalks the land is so intense that one must wonder how it is that a people could live with so much distrust. The fact that men hate their spouses defies logic, especially when it is the woman who has the wherewithal to harm the man. She cooks. And this fact is going […]

Suspected murder weapon tendered in Cotton Tree murder trial

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

A knife with a black handle, the suspected murder weapon used in the Cotton Tree murder was tendered and accepted into evidence when the main trial began. This was after more than two and half days of a voir dire in the Berbice High Court in the murder trial of Nazrudeen Jahoot, called “Buddy”, of […]

Translated labour laws commendable, willingness to prosecute vital – GTUC head

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

President of the Guyana Trade Union Congress (GTUC), Norris Witter has applauded the government for its continued initiative of making available translated local labour legislation to foreigners living here. He however believes that the administration needs to show greater willingness to prosecute those who breach the law, as it is the most vital of the […]

For local government to work

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Ravi Dev 

There is a great hue and cry for local government elections in our country. Even the western embassies have put in their two cents worth. Maybe it’s part of their recent exportation of ‘democracy’ initiative. Everyone insists that local government will return power to the people – which is where our Constitution locates that precious […]


January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

By Ralph Seeram She was a beautiful young school teacher, fair with long flowing hair, always pleasant, always smiling, never passed you without a greeting. She was making her way home from school on this very sunny afternoon around 4pm, when suddenly her ex lover scrambled out from behind the black sage bush, cutlass in […]

Men caught with guns on ganja farm walk free

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

Once again poor investigation has been cited for the freeing of two West Bank Demerara men who were facing narcotics and ammunition charges. The two men, Khomal Persaud-Ramdhanny and Puran Singh, on Thursday walked out the Wales Magistrate’s Court as free men after Senior Magistrate  Ann Mc Lennon upheld a ‘No Case Submission’ made by […]


January 20, 2013 | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Peeping Tom 

There is a modest home in the village, unpainted and having had better days. On the outer wall there is a slot into which was fitted a window that looks out onto the roadway. The facing of window is rotten. Yet if you passed by this window during the Christmas holiday, you would never know […]

Berbice estates fall short of sugar targets

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

… Skeldon misses by 40,000 tonnes   By Leon Suseran The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) estates in the East Berbice area—Albion, Rose Hall and Skeldon —all fell miserably short of their targets in 2012. This information was recently revealed by the Region 6 Chairman David Armogan. The estates, combined, produced a staggering 56 per cent […]

Seven doctors pursue US-backed Residency programme

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

By Abena Rockcliffe As efforts are made to advance postgraduate medical education to meet national needs for specialist care and research, and as a mean to tackle migration of doctors, the University of Maryland, the University of Guyana, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), and the Ministry of Health have introduced a Masters degree in Internal […]

One year later… Blankenburg wife killer still at large

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

By Rehana Ashley Ahamad Thursday marked one year since 33-year-old Rushell Rodney was murdered by her husband who later fled to neighbouring Suriname, and has not been heard from since. At least that is what his relatives say. While he remains at large and has been living his life for the past year, his late […]

Man torches wife’s home, in custody

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

    Minutes after 30-year-old Matthew Johnson, a labourer who periodically resides at Queenstown, Essequibo Coast with the mother of his child, Nelly Sookra, set the woman’s two- bedroom Food for the Poor house ablaze, police apprehended him at a cook shop in the Village. Arson charges will be soon instituted against Johnson, police said. […]

I think one could always help one’s country and its people from arm’s length

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under Letters 

Dear Editor, Service, in whatever shape or form, is one of the distinguishing characteristics of humankind”, according to the letter of 19th January. Quite so.  Insightful.  But, since we cannot please all the people all the time, sooner or later it all ends in tears. In the meantime, think of the cost not only to […]

Will the promise of 10,000 jobs be yet another bitter pill for Guyana?

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under Letters 

Dear Editor, The promises of 10,000 jobs by China’s Bai Shan Lai could turn out to be a misnomer and yet another bitter pill for Guyana to swallow (SN, Jan 18, 2013) . The Government has failed to complete the Amelia Falls project at a huge loss to its hard-press citizens. The Project will now […]

“Coolie, coolie come for roti, all de roti done”

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

BY TONY DEYAL In the elementary schools I attended in the fifties, this racist chant was common. Now, fifty years after Independence, making, buying, selling or eating roti is not limited to any one race.  It is not the speed with which the roti “done” but the question, “Where de roti gone?”  As we say […]

Corentyne pensioner found dead in house

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

    – Murder suspected The bound and gagged body of 70-year-old pensioner, Jasmatty Puran, was found around 11:00 hrs yesterday in her Guava Bush, Albion, Corentyne home. Police said that the gruesome discovery was made by the woman’s great nephew, Jagdeo Ganesh, who is currently assisting with investigations. Puran, known as ‘Mai’, had lived […]

Frequent Travel Abroad and Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

ImmigrationINFO Immigration News For Our Community Attorney Gail Seeram, The most frequent question I receive as an immigration lawyer is, “Can my travel and length of stay abroad impact my green card?”  The treatment of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who leave the United States for long periods of time, yet return once every six […]

Judiciary decision on Rohee creates domino effect to uphold his rights

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under Letters 

Dear Editor, “Chief Justice Ian Chang found that Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee as an elected member has a right to speak in the National Assembly”  but according to the report of SN of  1/12/12  headlined  “Rohee can speak in Parliament but…”,  some doubt  is  now created that  the Chief Justice   decision “ does […]

Cartoon – Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under Cartoons, Features / Columnists 

Guyanese top list of deportees from T&T

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

    (Trinidad Guardian) – Over the last two years T&T has intensified its deportation of illegal immigrants and criminals as some 750 people were sent back to their respective countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Statistics from the Immigration Department also revealed the US deported 630 criminals to T&T between 2011 and 2012 after […]

Unidentified corpses found in interior baffling police

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under News 

  Police in the interior are still baffled by the discovery of two unidentified corpses over the past two weeks. One of the corpses, which was decomposed beyond recognition, was discovered on Thursday on the Puruni Road, between Mara-Mara and Tiger Creek, while the other was found two weeks ago at Sand Hill. According to […]

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