Daily Archives: December 18, 2019

US Politics: Trump writes blistering letter to House accusing leaders of ‘war on democracy’

Letter is a thinly veiled attempt to redirect back impeachment inquiry’s findings he abused power and obstructed Congress

Ed Pilkington in New York and  in Washington – 

President Donald Trump

Donald Trump has accused Democratic leaders in the House of declaring “open war on American democracy”, on the eve of a historic vote that is likely to make him only the third president in US history to be impeached.

Trump issued the incendiary accusation in an intemperately-worded letter sent to the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, on Tuesday December 17, 2019.    Continue reading

This we must get —- Lest We Forget — The true reason for the season – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

Remember that the holidays can be a toxic time of the year for some.

It is that time of the year when we get inundated with  Christmas special reruns , inundated with holiday cheer, remakes of old jingles and advertisements  encouraging us to find the best gift for that special someone , not to mention every other person in your life.

Strange but true Xmas is also that time when people are expected to tolerate borderline abusive behavior from people in their lives, in the name of holiday spirit. There appears to be (origin unknown) an unspoken rule that the holidays are the time of the year when people are expected to “put their differences aside”, and be happy and grateful for everything in their lives.          Continue reading

Guyana: Oil expectations are high, but there is a ‘BUT’ – By Adam Harris

 Dec 15, 2019  Features / ColumnistsMy Column – Adam Harris

For the past few weeks I have been hearing about first oil before Christmas. Perhaps oil is being pumped as I write this column and the announcement would be made sooner rather than later.

I did mention that Guyana is extremely lucky to be the most talked-about oil-producing country at this time. For decades there was the search. Except for a small find by Hunt Oil in the Takutu region, there was nothing.

Wells were drilled almost all over the country but they proved to be dry, until the find offshore. Of course, there was the view that if there was oil all around Guyana, it was highly unlikely that Guyana would not have oil.    Continue reading

Murders of two Guyanese women raise awareness in NY community

New York – (qns.com/story)- The murder of a 27-year-old Guyanese woman committed by her husband in early November pushed Ozone Park’s Indo-Caribbean community to reflect on the recurring incidents of gender-based violence in their community.

On Sunday, December 15, a group dedicated to empowering Indo-Caribbean women and addressing gender-based violence organised a vigil to honour the life of Donna “Rehanna” Dojoy and facilitate a conversation on how to address spousal violence and other forms of gender inequity in their community.        Continue reading

Guyanese Cricketer: Basil Butcher – (1933-2019) Obituary

Batsman whose determined character and solid defence held together many West Indies Test innings

Basil Butcher – 1963

Peter Mason | The Guardian UK

In the dashing era of 1960s Caribbean cricket, Basil Butcher was the sturdy backbone around which many a fine West Indies score or victory was built. Although a stellar batsman in his own right, the unassuming Butcher, who has died aged 86, was generally content to play second fiddle in the middle order to whoever was at the crease – confident in the expectation that when the big guns were gone he would still be there, pushing the total to respectability and beyond.

In this vein he was at the very heart of the Frank Worrell-led West Indies team that established the Caribbean as a premier cricketing force and captivated the Commonwealth with the vibrancy of its play.  Continue reading