IS THERE A WESTERN CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT?

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Peeping Tom 

  Is the international community ganging up on Guyana? Has there been, as a consequence, an overemphasizing of governance and corruption? And do these actions indicate some form of conspiracy against the incumbent PPPC administration. There is appreciable justification for the PPPC to be taken aback by the degree to which a recent conference on […]

Endangered marine turtle populations increasing in Guyana

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

By Keeran Danny Guyana can essentially be called a home to the Leatherback, Green, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles, which are listed as critically endangered worldwide. These turtles are reportedly experiencing population growth, which is recorded and tracked. This is essentially because of the active Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society (GMTCS) at Shell Beach, Region […]

Don’t drink a laxative on the drill square

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

    …the lighter side of National Service By Michael Jordan Food was often scarce, you often had to work guard detail on chilly nights and march in the blazing sun. But you made lifelong friends and there was a humorous side to the rigours of being a pioneer in the Guyana National Service. That […]

There is so much to learn

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under Features / Columnists, My Column 

  There are so many lessons to be learned in life that one wonders if at any time people actually stop learning. It would seem that there is never enough time to learn some of the things that present themselves to people in their lifetime. Forget that two people facing the same situation would walk […]

Housing and You…Getting permission from the NDC to build; Int’l Building Expo

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

      By Leonard Gildarie Next weekend, for the fourth year in a row, the Housing Ministry is set to host its popular International Building Expo at the National Stadium, Providence. Like previous columns, I am encouraging both prospective home owners and current ones to take the opportunity and make the trek down to […]

The Brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus)

    The brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus) is a species of three-toed sloth found in the neo-tropical eco-zone. It is the most common of the four species of three-toed sloth, and is found in the forests of South and Central America. The brown-throated sloth is of similar size and build to most other species of three-toed sloth, with both male and female being […]

Perhaps the saddest thing in the world

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon 

I spent four years studying history as an undergraduate at the University of Guyana. Before UG, I was exposed to plenty philosophy, because I worked as a sixteen-year-old youth at the Michael Forde Bookstore, where I stole philosophy books and carried them home. My philosophy insatiability was heightened when I met a Guyanese Catholic nun […]

OUR ARCHDUKES OF UNPRINCIPLEDOM – PPP and Procurement

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under AFC Column, Features / Columnists 

By Khemraj Ramjattan, Leader AFC The PPP Government, from its very laudatory position of 2003 when it promoted its relinquishment of authority over procurement matters, today argues that Cabinet must have a no-objection power over all procurement awards worth over $15M, even with the coming into being of the new regime under the Public Procurement […]

Law west of Fort Island

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under APNU Column, Features / Columnists 

    Guyana’s hinterland west of Fort Island on the Essequibo River could be a very lawless and dangerous place. Banditry is rampant; contraband smuggling is commonplace; disease is prevalent; poverty is pervasive and educational standards are lower than the rest of the country. The hinterland – comprising mainly the Barima-Waini; Cuyuni-Mazaruni; Potaro-Siparuni; Rupununi and […]

Book Review… An author’s portrayal of an empty, tragic society

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

Book: Ordinary people in a Normal Society by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh Critic: Dr Glenville Ashby Dr Jerome Teelucksinghs’s latest offering is a macédoine of interfacing dialogue and disjointed scenes clothed in a bipolar literary style, if ever it existed. The many themes of Ordinary People in a Normal Society see-saws at a bewildering and confounding pace. And it […]

The important things in life

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Food For Thought 

  A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. […]

Guyana’s “development” is influenced by corruption

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

  Corruption has become pervasive in Guyana with some Government officials compromising quality of works executed by contractors for kickbacks on projects; manipulating inside information to enrich themselves through surrogates and providing information to influential businessmen. This is according to Ralph Ramkarran, former Speaker of the National Assembly and former Executive member of the People’s […]

Salvation Army divisional commanders relate Guyana experience

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

  “The past ten years would not have been the same without them …We just want to celebrate who they are and what they have done for us”. One member of the Salvation Army noting the input of Captain Matignol Saint-Lot and his wife Mrs. Mireille Saint-Lot during their stint in Guyana, said that the […]

5% decline in peace costs US$473 billion

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

    A dramatic rise in the number of homicides and more countries increasing their military expenditure as a percentage of GDP were the key drivers in making the world a less peaceful place, according to the 2013 Global Peace Index (GPI) released recently. This year’s findings underline a six-year trend showing a deterioration of  […]

Guyana Fire Service receives 3000-gallon water tankers

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

  Recognizing the need for the Guyana Fire Service to be fully equipped to fulfill its mandate in protecting life and property from the destruction of fire, provisions were made to supply the service with additional water tankers during the considerations of the 2012 budget. Following the training provided by a French delegation of fire […]

Falling gold prices pose threat to small scale miners

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

  By Zena Henry Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud, told Kaieteur News yesterday, that any drop in gold prices is a need for concern.  He was alluding to the dangers falling gold prices pose to the industry and the direct effect on small scale gold producers. The Minister viewed with urgency the need to […]

“The Thomas Carroll Affair”….US Embassy official sold 25 visas per week at US$8000 a piece

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

“In a small economy, that much money had a profound effect”-author David Casavis By Dale Andrews  David Casavis is fascinated by the United States of America State Department, dedicating most of his adult life studying the working of the US diplomatic apparatus. For him, that was made easier by his known connections to operatives in […]

METRO offers $4M support to St. Francis

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

  Local computer and office supplies giants, Metro Computer and Office Supplies, in collaboration with its United States counterpart, Metropolitan Office and Computer Supplies, recently extended a hand of support and friendship to one of Guyana’s leading Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Charity and Social Service Organization the St. Francis Community Developers (SFCD) and its collaborating partners. […]

$60M in contracts signed for Works in Region Six

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

  In an effort to get residents involved in what is happening in their respective communities the Regional Six Regional Administration has made an unprecedented move and has taken the signing of contracts to the community in which the work would be done. The contracts herald the first set to be signed for the year. […]

Amputees unite to help teenage palsy victim

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

It is said that there is strength in numbers and that determination is the key to success. This was evident yesterday as several amputees from across the country placed themselves along the New Amsterdam Public Road and made appeals to the oncoming traffic for assistance. The men, who were all involved in accidents some time […]

From the Diaspora…How the PNC turned “Cow Dam” (Angoy’s Avenue) into Guyana’s largest squatter settlement

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under News 

By Ralph Seeram The area was of mixed use, pasture, some housing, but mostly pig pens, cow pens, donkey pens and some farming. The houses were mainly located along “Cow Dam” stretching from Smythfield to Vryheid about a mile long on the outskirts of New Amsterdam. The area Vryheid was purchased by former employees of […]

Income Inequality

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under Editorial 

The furore raised over the introduction of the minimum wage, scheduled to kick in tomorrow, raises the issue of income inequality. This issue has become a burning question not only in the US and Europe but in every country in which the neo-liberal economic medicine has been administered. Last month we raised the issue of […]

Sunday Cartoon

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under Cartoons, Features / Columnists 

The underlings in this criminal enterprise have blended into Guyana’s political power assembly

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under Letters 

  Dear Editor, David Casavis’ book documenting the mafia-like criminal connections between an American Embassy Official and Haleem Khan, exposes the development of a criminal enterprise that has grown to encompass virtually every aspect of our lives in Guyana. It did not disappear with the apprehension, prosecution and jailing of some of the principals in […]

Ron Webster acquired 85.31% stake in CCI for G$300,000 – and no money paid

June 30, 2013 | Filed Under Letters 

  Dear Editor, A review by Business Page of Sunday Stabroek of May 5, 2013 of the annual reports and financial statements of three companies, including Caribbean Container Inc. (CCI), about which three concerns were raised, drew a sharp response from Mr Ronald Webster, that company’s Chairman and Managing Director in respect of one of […]

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