On proper coverage?
"5 ft breach spotted in conservancy
dam "- Kaieteur New headline, 1/30/2005
"No breach found in dam"- Chronicle
"The badly battered body
of a male East Indian that was discovered about 08:30 hours
on Tuesday morning along the Mocha Access Road, East Bank Demerara,
is yet to be identified." (According
to Chronicle, Oct 30,2003.)
" The police have launched an investigation to determine
the identity of an East Indian male whose body was found along
the Mocha access road, East Bank Demerara early yesterday morning.The
dead man was estimated to be in his early thirties and sources
said that apart from swelling to the right side of his face,
the corpse bore no other marks of violence."
(According to Stabroek News, October 28, 2003.)
Is the Arts Editor of Stabroek
News and new Vice-Chancellor of UG, Mr. Al Creighton,
“Mr. Rampertab also
mentions the comments in the local press about VS Naipaul and
a passing remark by Al Creighton in the year 2000 about Salman
Rushdie. Both merit responses which will have to be addressed
Creighton, Arts Editor for Stabroek News, on 11/10/2002,
in an article on the Guyana Prize for Literature; responding to
criticism by Rakesh Rampertab that he made serious mistakes in
his interpretation of the 2 main characters of Salman Rushdie’s
famous Satanic Verses. Mr. Creighton noted, amongst other
things in an article in 2001, that the 2 characters were Hindus.
They were Muslims. The point made was that if an "Arts Editor"
of a national paper could make such a blatant error in reading
this famous book, what does it say about the editor's literary
skills and literature in Guyana per se? Despite his saying that
he'll follow up, nothing has been said about it.
In early October, Al Creighton
wrote a piece on the deceased Palestinian scholar-literary critic,
Professor Edward Said who passed away in late September. It was
in the Arts Section of Stabroek News. Mr. Creighton said that
Mr. Said died "suddenly." This
is false. Professor Said has been suffering from leukemia for
the past 11 years. In fact, he has been going in and out of hospital
for years now. This goes to show what nonsense passes by columnists
Writing on Wilson Harris
(see "The Guyana Prize and its critics") the Guyanese
author in England, Al Creighton say on January 19, 2003, "His
recognition has been sufficient to earn him nominations for the
Nobel Prize.” That same month also (January 4, 2003), a
Stabroek News editorial titled "Wilson Harris," probably
written by Mr. Creighton, also says that Mr. Harris has "twice
been shortlisted for the Nobel Prize."
—Mr. Creighton, a diehard
fan of Mr. Harris, is bull-shitting the Guyanese public because,
unlike other awards like the British Booker Prize, candidates
for the Noble Prize in Literature are not "shortlisted."
Yes, people speculate, but the potential candidates are not made
known to the public. Not even after the award has been given.
See the Noble Foundation statement: "According to the Statutes
of the Nobel Foundation, nominators must not make public the names
of the nominees nor inform nominees privately of the proposals.
Even invitations to propose names are confidential. Proposals
received for the award of a prize, and investigations and opinions
concerning the award of a prize may not be divulged. The names
of the nominees are classified as confidential information for
at least fifty years. "
The quarrel between
Frederick Kissoon and Al Creighton in Late October 2003 on UG
Scholarship and Racism...
According to Mr. Creighton,
“The faculty then sends its nominations to the University
Scholarships Committee on which all the Deans, the Registrar and
the Deputy Registrar sit. They meet to elect those to be sent
forward for awards.” Professor Kissoon ckecjed this out
and said; “He [Mr. Creighton] needs to apologize to the
Registrar since he incorrectly states in his letter that such
a person sits on the scholarship committee. Dr. Chanderbali, the
Registrar, told me he is never invited to sit. How can he be invited
to be in a process that is meant to be secretive? I am in my eighteen
year at UG and I can boldly state that one of the unsavoury procedures
at UG is how scholarships
are arrived at.”
...On the education system of Guyana
“More and more of
our children are growing up with little ability and practice in
reading or writing. This will be a handicap all their lives. The
capacity to learn and understand any subject increases or languishes
to the extent that you can or cannot read properly and express
yourself clearly. This is fundamental and it is astonishing that
our top educators have not done more to close this gaping breach
in the educational system that lets in such floods of ignorance
and incomprehension in the society.”
-Dr. Ian McDonald
on August 25, 2003, from article “The need to make language
clear and fresh.”
“Our students who
in the 1960's were ahead of their Caribbean counterparts were
reduced to the bottom of the performance ladder by the end of
the PNC regime in 1992. This is quite a shame on those who occupied
the seat of power during that period! Today, the performance gap
between our Guyanese students and their regional counterparts
have been considerably narrowed. As I mentioned earlier, our students
for the first time since the examinations were introduced some
30 years ago have won the overall best performance on three occasions,
significantly since the assumption of office of the current PPP/Civic
Administration in October of 1992.”
-Hydar Ally in “viewpoint”article
for Chronicle, dated 10/23/2003, and titled “Red
Stripe Bowl win highlights correlation between democracy and good
by David Hinds and Frederick Kissoon?
I refer to David Hinds’ letter
(21.10.03) captioned “Mrs Jagan seems to shut the door on
power sharing,” which he claims is commenting on her article
in the Mirror (October 12) captioned “No Power
Sharing.” Not being a regular subscriber to or reader of
the Mirror, I borrowed a copy from a friend to read Mrs. Jagan’s
article. The first thing I noticed is that her article is in fact
headed “Winner Takes All” and not “No Power
Sharing” as David Hinds claims.
—John Da Silva, noting that Dr.
David Hinds, WPA forefront figure and advocate of "Power
clearly or purposely mistook the title of Janet Jagan's editorial.
See Stabroek News, 10/25/2003.
"This is the second part of my letter
on Keane Gibson’s book, The Cycle of Racial Oppression in
Guyana (SN, Sep. 28). Ms. Gibson makes a bold claim in revisionist
history - that a vicious caste system in Hindu religion makes
for an unmitigated racist hatred of other people and the African
Guyanese are seen as the lowest common denominator by this caste
—Dr. Frederick Kissoon,
UG Professor and well-known political analyst. His critique of
the named book was printed in Stabroek News in four letters.
The error? Simple. The name is Kean, not Keane.