Daily Archives: 12/05/2014

Justice Department Investigating NYPD Cop Caught Killing Eric Garner on Video


Justice Department Investigating NYPD Cop Caught Killing Eric Garner on Video

Andrew Emett, News Report
Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department will conduct an investigation into the death of Eric Garner after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the NYPD officer responsible for using a banned chokehold resulting in Garner’s death. Garner is one of at least nine unarmed black people killed by police in recent months. To date, no officers have been charged with the deaths.

Around 4:45pm on July 17, Eric Garner and his friend, Ramsey Orta, were discussing where to eat dinner when a fight erupted nearby. After Garner assisted in breaking up the fight, NYPD Officer Justin Damico approached Garner and accused him of selling untaxed cigarettes. Continue reading

Stop attacking citizens who identify corruption – Business chief tells Govt.

Stop attacking citizens who identify corruption – Business chief tells Govt.

December 5, 2014 | By KNews | By Kiana Wilburg

PSC Chairman, Ramesh Persaud

PSC Chairman, Ramesh Persaud

While Guyana showed marginal improvement in its corruption perception score in an international report, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Ramesh Persaud says that he is concerned that the perceived level of corruption is too high.

On this premise, he called on the government to “stop the attacks, character assassination and vilification of citizens who have identified corruption as a serious problem that needs urgent and radical state intervention to stem its disastrous consequences for economic development”.
The 2014 Annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) was released on Wednesday and out of the 175 countries surveyed by the body, Guyana ranked 124th, with a score of 30 (0 being highly corrupt;100 being very clean.) Continue reading


Harpy Eagle


By Dmitri Allicock

Prehistoric sharp and thrilling Harpy Eagle calls

Leaping from his perch like a thunderbolt he falls

Deafening screech of wolf of Guyana’s that flies

One of the largest ferocious eagle of Amazonia’s skies


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Ian McDonald: A Guyanese and West Indian treasure

Ian McDonald: A Guyanese and West Indian treasure

 To the disappointment of many in Colombia, the archive of its most famous literary son, the Nobel laureate, Gabriel García Márquez, has been acquired by the University of Texas at Austin. That the opus of one of Latin America’s most celebrated writers and public intellectuals and at times outspoken critic of US policy in the region should go to an American institution is not without a certain irony.
Nevertheless, The University of Texas is known for its focus on Latin America and has the technical expertise to take good care of the late author’s papers. It may also be of some consolation to Colombians and other Latin Americans that the university plans to digitise part of the collection to make it more accessible.

Quite coincidentally, the University of the West Indies at St Augustine last week received the collected papers of Ian McDonald, whose induction as a Distinguished Friend of Mr Biswas, for his contribution to Caribbean letters, at a ceremony last Friday was announced, in an article in the Trinidad Guardian, on November 23, by UWI Professor Emeritus Kenneth Ramchand. Continue reading

The Haiku Master by Takiko Morimoto

Three Worlds One Vision

The Haiku Master by Takiko MorimotoBook Cover of The Haiku Master by Takiko Morimoto

Some books touch our lives in unexpected ways, changing the way we look at life. The Haiku Master by Japanese American author, Takiko Morimoto, is one such book. Based on the life of Japan’s most famous poet in the Edo Period, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), Morimoto’s historical novel brings to life the unrecorded early years that shaped his emergence as a haikai poet.

When we first meet Kinsaku (Basho’s birth name), he is thirteen years old with dreams of becoming a samurai warrior. In seventeenth-century Japan, with its strict class structure under the feudal lords, the young Kinsaku could never realize his dream. He’s the son of a poor farmer and former gunnery soldier.

On his father’s death, Kinsaku obtains work in the kitchen of the Iga Castle. Given the new name, Hanhichi (seven and half), his main duties are fetching water…

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