Daily Archives: March 1, 2015

THE PPP’S CHALLENGES – By Ralph Ramkarran

THE PPP’S CHALLENGES – By Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on February 28, 2015  by Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

The responses of the PPP to The Cummingsburg Accord by APNU and the AFC were a declaration by President Ramotar that it is a ‘farce’ and the unleashing of Ms. Elizabeth Harper as its prime ministerial candidate. The first reaction was bravado. The second had real substance. Ms. Harper has credentials – ability, integrity, experience, dedication – and her agreement to adorn the PPP’s ticket will add lustre to its appeal. If anything, it is the PPP that will damage Ms. Harper’s credibility. The silence they have imposed on her is a mistake. Ms. Harper’s qualities need to be on public display.

Having looked at the potential for the opposition coalition last week, some thoughts about the PPP’s prospects may be of interest. Facing the task of recovering lost support after 22 years in office, the PPP’s image badly needs to be enhanced with new faces like Ms. Harper’s, however limited the possibilities may be. Continue reading

Guyana tells Venezuela: Hands off oil exploration plans

Guyana tells Venezuela: Hands off oil exploration plans

Saturday, 28 February 2015 22:52 – Written by  – CND

The "Liza" field where Exxon Mobil, through its local subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, plans to explore for oil.

Diagram: The “Liza” field where Exxon Mobil, through its local subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, plans to explore for oil.

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“Pantoum for Ferguson: 20 Miles a Day” Poem by Angela Consolo Mankiewicz

Reblogged from the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog …. Thanks Rosaliene!

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To mark the fiftieth anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965, my Poetry Corner March 2015 features the poem “Pantoum for Ferguson: 20 Miles a Day” by American poet Angela Consolo Mankiewicz.

The modern pantoum is composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and the third lines of the next stanza. As you’ll notice in Mankiewicz’ pantoum, the repeated lines take on a slightly different meaning and punctuation.

The pantoum’s pattern of rhyme and repetition is the perfect poetic form for giving us the sense of the four-step forward and two-step backward movement of race relations in America.

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Where are the promising West Indies batsmen? – By Tony Cozier

Where are the promising West Indies batsmen?

By Tony Cozier  – February 28, 2015

Jermaine Blackwood

Jermaine Blackwood

Jermaine Blackwood, who made a good impression in his debut Test series, has only averaged 27 so far in the PCL © WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks

For those everywhere who belong to the extended informal West Indies Cricket Admiration Society, the loss to Ireland in the World Cup opener and Friday’s trouncing at the hands of AB de Villiers and his merciless South Africans would have been as depressing as it is for West Indians themselves.

The constantly repeated cliché that “world cricket needs a strong West Indies” is based on fond memories of the unique brand of excitement provided by their great teams and players of the past. They filled the stands everywhere they went, once with 90,800 Australians on the Saturday of a Test at the MCG and close to 100,000 Indians whenever they played at Eden Gardens; through the 1980s they were not only widely popular but unbeatable.  Continue reading

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