Category Archives: Commentary

MOTHER’S DAY GREETINGS + Randall Butisingh’s Mother’s Day Speech

This was published in Guyanese Online on May 12, 2014

     

                   MOTHER’S DAY GREETINGS

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Mother’s Day Speech – by Randall Butisingh – 1912-2012

POLITICS: How Chinese Financing is Fueling Megaprojects Around the World

How Chinese Financing is Fueling Megaprojects Around the World

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How Chinese Financing is Fueling the World’s Megaprojects

On a mountaintop a few miles north of the bustling streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, a curving, modern complex is beginning to take shape. This building, once completed, will be the home of the African country’s parliament, and the centerpiece of a new section of the capital city.

Aside from the striking design, there’s another unique twist to this development — the entire $140 million project is a gift from Beijing. At first glance, gifting a country a new parliament building may seem extravagant, but the project is a tiny portion of China’s $270 billion in “diplomacy spending” since 2000.          Continue reading

OPINION: David Jessop | Vaccine diplomacy and Caribbean economic recovery

David Jessop | May 2, 2021 |
Vaccine inequity has become a matter of deep global concern.

The issue, as told to a recent meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation – WHO, is “the challenge of our time”. Unequal global distribution, he said, is not only a moral outrage, but economically and epidemiologically self-defeating.

In the year or so following the declaration of the pandemic, the absence of equitable global supply is borne out by statistics which show just how unevenly and sparsely COVID vaccines have been distributed to the world’s population.      Continue reading

CRICKET: ‘Slow bowling prince’ Sonny Ramadhin turns 92 – oldest living West Indian

Sonny Ramadhin in action

  By Reza Abasali of Trinidad and Tobago

“The prince of slow bowlers” – Sir Len Hutton

To appreciate this royal description of Sonny Ramadhin by Sir Len Hutton, one must understand the background of Len Hutton.

Sir Len (1916-1990) was one of the greatest ever batsmen in international cricket. Between 1937 to 1955, he played 79 Tests, amassed 6,971 runs with 19 hundreds at an average of 56.7 per innings.

He scored over 40,000 First-Class runs and hit 129 centuries. Hutton first encountered the wily spinner from Trinidad on the West Indies tour of England in the summer of 1950.    Continue reading

BUSINESS: Ramnaresh ‘Ronnie’ Sarwan opens restaurant in Guyana

Photo: Former West Indies Cricket Captain Ramnaresh Ronnie Sarwan poses in front of an international drinks bar in his Providence, Guyana RS53 RestoBar & Grill. – Photo by Tangerine Clarke
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Three months ago, during a time of pressing uncertainty, retired West Indies Cricketer Ramnaresh ‘Ronnie’ Sarwan opened his ultramodern restaurant, RS 53 ‘RestoBar & Lounge’ — just a stones-throw away from the Providence Stadium where he had thrilled fans for many years.     

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Guyana-born Toronto musician “Bonny Brent”, sits behind drum kit at his own funeral

BlogTO – 03 May 2021

Today in going out with a bang, we have Toronto’s own Brentnol “Cabbage” McPherson — aka Bonny Brent — a world-renowned Guyanese-Canadian musician who recently “performed” for the last time ever… at his own funeral.

Friends and family gathered at Covenant Funeral Home in Scarborough, Toronto on Saturday, April 24, to send off the lifelong drummer, who passed away at the age of 73 following a battle with cancer.

What was less traditional — and incredibly memorable — was the visitation that took place ahead of the funeral, during which McPherson’s body was presented in a seated position behind a set of drums bearing the words “Bonny Brent, 1952 – 2021.”          Continue reading

USA– ‘Decades ahead of his time’: history catches up with visionary Jimmy Carter

Former president Jimmy Carter with his wife Rosalynn in 2018. Was Carter actually so ineffectual?
Photo: Former president Jimmy Carter with his wife Rosalynn in 2018. – The Washington Post/Getty Images

A new film rejects the popular narrative and recasts the former president, 96, as hugely prescient thinker, particularly on climate change

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ENVIRONMENT: They are killing our forest- Brazilian tribe warns : BBC News

Two Awa children smile for the camera in 2014

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has asked for $1bn (£720m) a year in foreign aid to reduce illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

But under Mr Bolsonaro deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has soared, jeopardising the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable indigenous communities.

Our chief environment correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, has been trying to find out what this has meant for an Amazon tribe he first met back in 2010.          Continue reading

OPINION: The suffering, violence and corruption we choose – By Mosa Telford 

Stabroek News – By Mosa Telford

The Suffering

Hardships, distress and pain cling to us like skin on bones. The suffering many Guyanese face is rooted in living beneath the poverty line. But even when we have found our places of comfort and peace and believe that we will not suffer, we are soon reminded that we cannot escape.

Circumstances like long lines at the Central Immigration Passport Office have returned to remind us of our suffering. Despite there being offices in Linden and Berbice, we have regressed.        Continue reading

TRAVEL: The Airline Industry Hasn’t Collapsed; But That’s The Only Good News

By Volodymyr Bilotkach — The Conversation

We thought things would be so much better by now.

A year ago I wrote about the future of the airline industry. Along with many other experts, I expected international air travel by this point would still be below pre-pandemic levels but well on its way to recovery.  We are not even close.

After a disastrous 2020, in which passenger traffic globally fell by two-thirds, the International Air Transport Association’s latest forecast (published in February) doesn’t expect this year’s total traffic to be more than halfway back to pre-pandemic levels. Full recovery isn’t expected before 2023.    Continue reading