Archive for March 17th, 2012

Private schools for the poor

Bad state education means more fee-paying schools in poor countries

Mar 17th 2012 | MUMBAI | The Economist Magazine

IT IS Republic Day in Mumbai, and an elderly nun addresses 1,000 silent schoolgirls gathered in the playground of Mary Immaculate Girls’ School. If the writers of India’s constitution could see the state of the country today they would weep, she cries, but this school offers hope. Local parents in the tatty surrounding district agree. They will do almost anything to get their children into the oversubscribed school, even though it charges its primary pupils $180 a year when the state school across the road is free. From the Mumbai slums to Nigerian shanty towns and Kenyan mountain villages, tens of millions of poor children are opting out of the state sector, and their number is burgeoning.

Despite a rapid rise in attendance since 2000, 72m school-age children across the world are still not in school, half of them in sub-Saharan Africa and a quarter in South and West Asia. The United Nations reckons it would cost $16 billion a year to get the remaining stragglers into class by 2015—one of its big development goals. Yet a free education is something that many parents will pay to avoid.                  Continue reading


The Mighty Crazy song “Time Will Tell”

The Mighty Crazy song “Time Will Tell”

LEH-AWEE-GET-AM (come let us get it)

LEH-AWEE-GET-AM (come let us get it)

By EWALT AINSWORTH                                          03 15 2012

Joey Jagan-Robert Persaud-Cheddie Jagan111

While North America was in grief the weekend popular and acclaimed singer Whitney Houston was being buried, newspapers in the area had a booming headline that  LIL KIM will be on the cover of the prestigious and global TIME MAGAZINE.  That weekend, it was impossible to find a TIME magazine; everybody wanted to see black and just as famous as Whitney, Lil Kim; most of all they wanted to know her claim to fame except being the mother of a child to Jamaican Rap Artiste BIGGY SMALLS.

  • I suspect bad news makes good reading; the headline was referring to 30 year old little Kim Il Sung who was catapulted to the Presidency in the DPRK (North Korea), after his father died.
  • Some news emerging from the PPP suggests that Little Cheddie, grandson of the now deceased President Cheddie Jagan and eldest son of Joey Jagan is being actively considered to displace Donald Ramotar in snap elections.
  • No specific date has been set for the snap elections but informed sources are suggesting a Fall 2012 deadline that would somehow synchronise with the America elections in November.      Continue reading



By Ewalt Ainsworth                                03 16 2012

My GT favorite politician of all times was Cde Kenneth Hopkinson former Regional Chairman of Essequibo and cousin of Prime Minister Dr Ptolemy Reid.  Cde Hopkinson was simply bright and beautiful and born before his time; they made him so.

In 1978 when he was appointed chairman in  Essequibo, yours truly was cherry-picked to be in his office as a jankilar.  Every day the Cde Chairman worked as if ‘they-do-he.’  His ambition was to put a human face, a personal touch to the every need of every farmer without regards to race.  In the end the region became self sufficient and Hampton Court cricket ground and thousands of acres of virgin farms under the Tapsakuma Irrigation Scheme were harnessed and became productive.  Regular flights from both Hampton Court and Capoey were scheduled; Bonny Young became a prominent hotelier; a Jamaican national converted all the guava bushes into food and Cousin Valerie and Mary Williams started exporting Amerindian craft and Kayman Sankar moved into Other Crops.  There were scores of other firsts and no seconds.  Everybody piggy-backed off of Cde Barjee – the Chairman.  ASOMELYKAM. Continue reading