Daily Archives: July 8, 2014

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

The Song of Guyana’s Children & My Native Land – 2 videos

The Song of Guyana’s Children – by Success Elementary School

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Linden commemorates 50th anniversary of Son Chapman

Linden commemorates 50th anniversary of Son Chapman

JULY 8, 2014 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

Lindeners, on Sunday, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Son Chapman tragedy that claimed 54 lives after the launch was blown to bits by an explosion. The date was July 6, 1964; the explosion occurred at Horadia, some 18 miles from Linden.

The launch which was owned by businessman, Norman Chapman, was returning to Linden from Georgetown, with less than its complement of passengers, according to reports.
The boat never reached its destination, as it was rocked by the explosion and sank with its cargo of passengers.

Five decades later, the real cause of the explosion is yet to be determined, and this has prompted the call for an enquiry into the tragedy. The call was repeated by several persons who attended a symposium at the Egbert Benjamin Hall, in memory of those who perished in the tragedy.  Continue reading

Guyana’s young people are largely forgotten

Young people are largely forgotten

JULY 8, 2014 | BY  | EDITORIAL

Half of Guyana’s population (about 50.9 per cent) is below the age of 24. And more than one-third (about 36.9 per cent) is between 25 and 54 years of age. The government, however, persists in the non-implementation of a coherent national policy to cater to the needs of this large number of young Guyanese.

Young people are the nation’s future but they face monumental challenges. The spate of suicides among adolescents, the rising number of teenage pregnancies, the large number of school dropouts, the unavailability of new job opportunities, the reports of their being victims of police brutality and torture, the huge prison population (of which youth are said to comprise 75 per cent) and the predicament of juveniles in the New Opportunity Corps are all signs of a dangerous and deteriorating social situation. Continue reading

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