Archive for August, 2012

LOOSING TEETH & FACE

THE TRADEWINDS – Motor Car

LOOSING TEETH & FACE       08 28 2012

By:  EWALT AINSWORTH

By any yardstick, 26 years is a long-long long time to stay away from your original yard…in this case Guyana.  This was the case affecting and infecting ace-mechanic Junior Armstrong.  And now that he is back in time for Brooklyn Labor Day, the man can’t wait to go again; he want see what frighten he.

Junior over the 26 years made several attempts.  Some attempts were in pursuit of happiness (marriage) and other times death.  Mr. Armstrong does not discriminate…he cancelled all of the above at the last moment leaving some with water under their hearts.  Others too never recover and have serious grudges.  But that is for another time and place. MANY ARE COLD BUT FEW ARE  FROZEN in this North East native’s lifestyle manual.      Continue reading

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NOC EMOTIONALLY STINKING

SHADOW….   TENSION

NOC EMOTIONALLY STINKING          08 27 2012

BY EWALT AINSWORTH

Contrary to media disclosures and news coverage, the ‘break-out’ at the  NOC Essequibo Boys School was essentially an uprising. The students were protesting the prevalence of hard drugs, alcohol, sodomy and prostitution on the sprawling campus.  The straw that broke the camel’s back was the emotional and stinking admin staff handing over to the security services the more able-bodied and quasi-compliant.

In another arena those being volunteered for Para-military training are the ‘handsy-pansy’’ clients with questionable sexual preference.

The Onderneeming school has a mission statement, and in times past, used to push out entrepreneurs, farmers, musicians, carpenters, leather craft, bakers and other artisans.  These boys and a limited amount of girls have a different challenge….a challenge of chastity.  Off campus and even at health facilities bananas are waved, or behaviors akin to the inability of the sphinxter muscle gripping a banana is standard fare.     Continue reading

Ramotar has embraced the mistakes of his predecessor – “Joey” Jagan

Ramotar has embraced the mistakes of his predecessor  – Letter by Cheddie “Joey” Jagan (Jr)

Posted By Stabroek staff On August 16, 2012 |  Comments

Dear Editor,

Two months ago, at a meeting at Red House for all the candidates on the PPP/‘Civic,’ I spoke openly and forcefully. It was obvious to me that, at that meeting, the PPP leadership was preparing for a snap general election, and I warned against that and called for local elections as a more immediate concern (they will still try to have general elections, probably early next year). They will remember that I mentioned that we should consider inclusive governance, maybe at local levels like Georgetown, especially with a minority government; that Mr Granger and Mr Ramjattan are not the Taliban or al Qaeda and that we should approach them differently without a confrontational attitude, like was displayed when demonstrations led by ‘Fuzzy’ Sattaur and certain ministers in this government objected to the budget cuts. Ironically, after the budget cuts we all found out about the penchant for extra personal funds on the part of some senior members of NCN.

They all will remember – because all that President Ramotar did was take notes all the time, hardly saying anything – that I told the gathering that President Cheddi would have cut the budget more than APNU and the AFC did if he was alive and in the same situation.   Continue reading

OWNERSHIP IS CRITICAL TO BETTER CXC RESULTS

EDDY GRANT…GEORGETOWN GIRLS. 

OWNERSHIP IS CRITICAL TO BETTER CXC RESULTS

By  EWALT AINSWORTH                             08 24 2012

Results at the last CXC regional examinations were exceptionally disappointing, and from this day forward CARIBBEAN educators and educationists have got to get into the habit of teaching children how to ask questions rather than answering questions.  There is a felt and immediate need to change the old thinking of getting students to cram and cog and expect tremendous results at the end of the semester and or exams.  In essence of cramming and cogging is short term and has the effect of teaching them how to steal and deal and look for performance enhancement drugs.  Taking ownership of the questions has the opposite effect.

And when the child is programmed to ask questions there is dual learning; the child learns and the teacher or parent learns simultaneously.  Having the child google the answer or go to the library and spend hours chatting on Facebook is not lifting and creating the incentive for creative learning.  Asking questions is taking ownership of the outcomes and the examination process must be revised to magnify and emphasise interactions.    Continue reading

SWEET CUSS OUT AT GUYSUCO

BARON…SWEETNESS IS MY WEAKNESS

SWEET CUSS OUT AT GUYSUCO     08 26 2012

By  EWALT AINSWORTH

The GAWU leadership, cane farmers and the Joint Opposition in Guyana may be spoiling for a general strike in the sugar industry over the next couple of days. Guyana’s sweet staple and stabilizer SUGAR; is in steep decline.

The PPP central executive and cabinet members have become perfectly imperfect in ruining all industries and it comes as no surprise that sugar has faltered and continues to falter.  The appointment of a new manikearaam, who lives overseas, has not made it any better;  his once a month visit with all expenses paid seems to have aggravated the situation and a general strike may be in the pipeline.                Continue reading

POWER-PASSING YOUR PAST

Mighty Shadow – Musical me

POWER-PASSING YOUR PAST         08 24 2012

BY  EWALT AINSWORTH

The 40 or so young adult boys and girls who escaped their jailers in Essequibo for fear of being volunteered for para-military service are back in paddock. No sooner they were all rounded up, a massive fire burnt un-controllably in an office complex and housing area. Police and soldiers from throughout Region Two were galvanized as first responders to the suspicious fires after being mobilized to re-capture the innocent and potential child soldiers according to a reliable source late Thursday evening.

Reports suggest that there has been another failed attempt at recruiting for the Joint Services. The size of new entrants hovers around 170.  For the third consecutive year recruits average 26 and this is exceptionally un-acceptable.  In the past the Home Affairs Ministry has tried recruiting unsuspecting candidates from the Amerindian hostels and riverian communities.  There are some cultural differences hinterland residents have to overcome and this has not proved cost-effective to the PPP.                Continue reading

SELWYN FELIX FUNERALISED

GRACE THRILLERS…LEST I FORGET 

GT TUC EXECUTIVE FUNERALISED

Veteran Guyanese Trade Unionist Selwyn Felix was funeralised at a moving home coming ceremony in Brooklyn New York on Friday August 24th.  There was a certain aura of grief for the stalwart that brought a sense of ownership and belonging to struggling Guyanese workers in field, factory, office and executive suites.  Selwyn was a power broker and a champion of the people and in like vein, they aborted all assigned tasks and doctor’s appointments to stand by their man.

His charm and grace was always embraced. Felix 82, died a week ago while residing in his encore home near to his loved ones and wellness advisors.  He spent more than 50 years in active duty between and among workers including TELECOMS and NIS enduring the fights and making-up processes in fn the fledgling republic of Guyana. Selwyn was always on the menu for increased BENEFITS … production and productivity;  he would be   sorely missed as the current crop of politicians bore holes and dilute the rights of workers and assault  entire communities. A complete document on the order of service is attached for your scrutiny.

KEN BOOTHE…FREEDOM STREET