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Venezuela: Russia and hemispheric geopolitics – Stabroek News Editorial

Stabroek News – October 13, 2019

A number of news organisations, including the BBC, have produced pieces on Russia’s growing global reach, and President Vladimir Putin’s apparent mission to re-establish his country’s influence in world affairs and engineer a return to spheres of influence. He has been aided by the carelessness, lack of judgement and sometimes arrogance of the West, which made it possible for him to make Moscow a player in the Middle East, take the Crimea and bring eastern Ukraine under its ambit.

But all of this, while of interest to Guyanese on account of the small world we live in, is not of immediate moment. In contrast, Russia’s actions across our border are. Once again, with Washington taking the lead, the West made a strategic miscalculation in de-recognising Nicolás Maduro as Head of State and Government in Venezuela, and according interim presidential status to Juan Guaidó.              Continue reading

Black Male Teachers and the dearth of Diversity in Classrooms – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

       Is the scarcity of diversity a problem for teachers or students?

Very often young people are asked what they want to be once they grow up. Despite the varying responses, the fact nevertheless remains that it is somewhat difficult for young people to visualize themselves in a career or professional field when they fail to see someone who looks like them in that field.

Point in question is that young girls may say that they want to be a teacher because the majority of their teachers are female.  On the other hand young boys, especially Black boys, may struggle to see themselves as teachers.      Continue reading

PROFILE: Mayor, City of Georgetown, Guyana – Pandit Ubraj Narine – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Mayor Ubraj Narine

He is a Hindu priest, twenty-seven years old, and is the Mayor of Georgetown in Guyana. Pandit Ubraj Narine was recently in New York where he met with Guyanese in the diaspora and brought them up to date with his plans for Georgetown.

In another twenty years, Georgetown will become unrecognizable as oil and gas will transform the city into a bustling international center. One of the highlights of Pandit Narine’s visit was his meeting with the Mayor of New York City, Mr. Bill de Blasio. The meeting was to explore ways and means in which  the two cities can benefi t from each other’s resources.

Download: Pandit Ubraj Narine – Mayor of Georgetown

Using the political vote- to change the course of the Government’s Boat – By Yvonne Sam

  – By Yvonne Sam

In the midst of increasing international pressure to put an end to political uncertainty March 2, 2020 was declared as the date for Guyana’s General and Regional Council Elections. However, in the days and weeks following the announcement the trend of current conversations said, have forced me to take a serious look at Guyanese voters and their relationship with politicians.

Additionally on a  recent visit to the homeland and mingling with family and friends, discussing the forthcoming elections, oil discovery, property recovery  from the past government etc., it was further substantially apparent that Guyanese in general do not make demands of politicians, nor hold them accountable to campaign promises.    Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Little detail on how PPP’s Irfaan Ali would create 50,000 jobs

–  presidential candidate silent on matter

Stabroek News – October 11, 2019

Irfaan Ali
Irfaan Ali

Ali has not responded to requests from Stabroek News for more details on the proposal and instead pointed to an interview posted on his Facebook page on July 1, 2019. In that interview, Ali indicated that the 50,000 jobs will come from the mining, forestry, environmental, and other sectors.  He, however, did not source the figures he cited and while he spoke about how some jobs will be created, the figures did not amount to the 50,000 promised.    Continue reading

“APNU is not against cash grants” from oil revenues but more information needed – Granger

— WPA ready to negotiate modified proposal

President David Granger

President David Granger on Wednesday sought to dispel concerns that he is opposed to direct cash transfer of some oil revenues to Guyanese, even as the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) signaled that it was ready to modify its proposal with other political parties in A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) whenever those talks begin.

“There has been a lot of speculation and we ask that people put figures to their intention before we make any public discussion but the APNU is not against cash grants. It needs to know more so it can make a proper announcement to the people of Guyana,” the President said.              Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Toshao Chairman upbraids Opposition for disrespecting President Granger

Chairman of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), Nicholas Fredericks

However, while heading to the podium, a small number of opposition leaders refused to stand.          Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Linden Visit by Chris Gayle… `I am apolitical’ says Chris Gayle

`I am apolitical’ – Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle (centre) greeting fans in Linden on Saturday. At left is Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon. (Terrence Thompson photo)
Chris Gayle (centre) greeting fans in Linden on Saturday. At left is Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon. (Terrence Thompson photo)

Amid negative comments on social media about his presence at a PNCR campaign launch in Linden on Saturday, Jamaica batting star Chris Gayle has reiterated that he is apolitical and had simply taken the opportunity to meet his fans.

He issued the following statement today (October 8, 2019):            Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Toshaos’ Conference becomes ‘battleground’ for political parties

Toshaos and other village leaders at the NTC

This fresh clash follows after the National Toshao’s Council (NTC) launched their 13th annual conference, where village Toshaos, senior councillors and community development chairpersons gather to consolidate and expand national development, which would inevitably cater to the needs of the indigenous people.

Considering that the country has now found itself in the atmosphere of elections, it is now up to the Government of Guyana and the Political Opposition to win the votes of the first people of the land.      Continue reading

Guyana Politics: We have not been idle! More work to do… give us the chance! – President Granger.

Linden PNC 62nd Anniversary Rally

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