Daily Archives: March 18, 2019

The best of everything: Guyana 1945-1985 – Nostalgia 16 – By Godfrey Chin

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January 28. 2007 – Stabroek News – Nostalgia 16 – By Godfrey Chin

In F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, one of the pastimes of the indulgent rich was prolonged conversation on “The Best of Everything and Anything.” Of course this was possible because in the thirties there was no television – the nemesis of banter and conversation between family and friends.

In subsequent years, the Best of Everything was extended by newspapers and magazines to annual polls on Jazz, restaurants, the worst dressed, the rich and famous, MVPs and today’s popular Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues.

In recording my Nostalgias I have always cherished the idea of sharing my best – titillating your palette to simultaneously evoke your best for comparison, especially since we may have been in the same church – different pews, different times – but all on the same heady, wonderful journey of life in ‘O Beautiful Guyana’ of yesteryear.

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Guyana: The ethnic dilemma at election time – Adam Harris

March 17, 2019  Features / ColumnistsMy ColumnAdam Harris

Politics sometimes force people into some corners and make them do things they would not normally do. I have seen this over the years and I am seeing this again. Friends are less cordial and gradually people graduate to groups of like-minded people.

It is not that people have changed, but their attitudes sure have undergone change. In offices where people have been working and even socializing, this segregation is becoming more and more noticeable.

What is worse is that many are even afraid to voice opinions for fear of offending someone who would normally have listened and rebutted.    Continue reading

Guyana: History: The origin of the names of the wards of Georgetown – By Arlene Munro

Stabroek News – May 10, 2001- By Arlene Munro

The city of Georgetown began as a small town in the 18th century. Originally, the capital of the Demerara-Essequibo colony was located on Borselen Island in the Demerara River under the administration of the Dutch. However, when the colony was captured by the British in 1781, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Kingston chose the mouth of the Demerara River for the establishment of a town which was situated between Plns. Werk-en-rust and Vlissengen.               Continue reading

Mental Illness Does Not Catalyse Violence – By Annan Boodram – Caribbean Voice

Mental Illness and Mass Shootings – Caribbean Voice

Mass shootings in the US continue to bring to the fore the issue of the relationship between mental illness and violence. For example, US President Donald Trump expressed the view that the February 2017 Florida shooter’s mental illness inevitably catalysed his mass killings. But what are the facts?

A 2000 article in Psychology Today entitled “Are the Mentally Ill Really Violent?’ by Edward P Mulvey and Jess Fardella, stated, “The overwhelming majority of people with diagnosed mental disorders do not engage in violence.” In fact the article pointed out, “Certain factors that appear to be associated with an increased likelihood of violence are in line with common sense’. In effect it’s the same for persons with and without mental illness.             Continue reading

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