Arellano out to stun SSC

first_imgMunicipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown LATEST STORIEScenter_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member San Sebastian entered the finals needing to win only twice as an incentive for its elimination-round sweep, leaving Arellano with the challenge to beat the Lady Stags three times.Last Friday, the Lady Chiefs took Game 2, 18-25, 25-16, 25-11, 26-28, 15-13, against the Lady Stags who played out-of-sorts, their dip in form coming at the worst possible time even with three-time Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones showing the way.  —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Nakajima leads 33 foreign aces in Anvaya golf View comments Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Arellano U tries to complete a remarkable turnaround when it clashes with San Sebastian College on Tuesday in the finals of the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball at PhilSports in Pasig.The Lady Chiefs can wrap up their second crown in three years with a victory in the 4 p.m. duel with the Lady Stags.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

Kobe Paras plans to try out for Gilas

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “This year, I’m taking a break from college basketball just because of residency and I really plan on trying out for Gilas,” he said.Paras recently transferred from Creighton to Cal State Northridge, where he will sit out for a year before being able to play competitive college basketball in the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundWith his basketball schedule on a minimum, the second-generation star seeks to get a look from coach Chot Reyes and possibly, see action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“I’m not the type of person who receives a call or text from a coach and plays right away. I wanna be fair and have an equal opportunity with everyone so I don’t really care if I’m famous enough. I care to try out before to even entering the team,” he said. For the meantime, Paras will join forces with Jeron Teng, Kiefer Ravena, and JR Quiñahan with Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 as they represent the country in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France from June 17 to 21.Being the youngest in the four-team crew, the 6-foot-6 forward is eyeing to absorb every lesson he can get from seasoned teammates.“Just being able to team up with Kiefer and Jeron is just really great. I’ve been keeping up with Kiefer and Jeron, just seeing them play, learning form them, it’s a great experience. Hopefully, we’ll show what we can do,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Consecutive losses put concern on Meralco’s playoff push Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Kobe Paras. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresIs Gilas Pilipinas the next destination for Kobe Paras?The 19-year-old prodigy would love for it to be as he expressed his intentions to represent the country in the international stage.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View commentslast_img read more

Thunder center Kanter says father arrested in Turkey

first_imgEx-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The arrest came a week after a warrant was issued for Enes Kanter, whose passport has been cancelled by Turkish authorities.Kanter, who has compared Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, was briefly detained in Romania on May 20 but returned to the United States with his green card, telling reporters he wanted to seek American citizenship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img NEW YORK, NY – MAY 22: Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter speaks to media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFPTurkish NBA player Enes Kanter, an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Friday his father had been arrested in Istanbul and could face torture.“My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party,” Kanter wrote on his website. “He may get tortured for simply being my family member.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Oklahoma City Thunder center, who had voiced support for Muslim cleric Fethulla Gulen in Twitter postings after an attempted putsch last July aimed at ousting Erdogan, said thousands in Turkey could face similar fates for their support of the Gulen-inspired Hizmet, which he calls a social initiative advocating for human rights.Turkey, meanwhile, accuses US-based Gulen of ordering the failed coup and refers to the movement as the “Fethulla Terrorist Organization”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundKanter’s family has publicly denounced the player’s support of Gulen.The pro-government Anadolu news agency reported Friday that Mehmet Kanter had been placed in protective custody in connection with an inquiry targeting Gulen. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig inlast_img read more

Jamaica aim at four gold in Athens

first_imgJamaica hopes to set the stage for a successful staging of the 2018 International Sport Kick Boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships by fielding four gold medal prospects for this year’s tournament in Athens, Greece, which starts Wednesday and concludes on Saturday. Jamaica combined martial arts team members Subrina Richards, Akino Lindsay and Sheckema Cunningham, all ISKA Amateur Members world champions, are joined by Ackeem Lawrence, an International Taekwondo Federation Pan Am gold medallist as Jamaica’s brightest propects for gold in Athens. Lawrence has had considerable experience fighting at the ISKA United States Open but gets his first taste of Amateur Members Association World Championships, which is primarily hosted in Europe, and will make its first trek to this hemisphere when Jamaica hosts next year. Jason McKay, who heads ISKA Jamaica, said he is confident the quartet will return with four gold, pointing out that the strongest squad has been chosen and need to do well. “It is considered really crucial that, being hosts, countries should have persons defending their world titles. Lindsay won gold when he debuted at Portugal 2015, but was dropped for 2016 due to not having sufficient local activity. He, however returns as one of the brightest prospects to take gold,” McKay pointed out. “Cunningham was dropped from last year’s squad for not meeting the minimum training requirements, plus she was injured when she had gone to Cyprus in 2014. She, however, is in her best form in years, showing her diversity with a great knockout in World Taekwondo Federation action this month in Jersey, wining two gold medals.” Of the four, Richards is possibly Jamaica’s greatest prospect for gold, having won three ISKA world titles in her career and not losing a fight for the entire season last year. -A.W.last_img read more

Manning Cup a step down for STATHS’ White

first_imgSt Andrew Technical’s outstanding goalkeeper, Jaedin White, says playing in the Manning Cup is like taking a step down to play with some ‘youngsters’. White, a former national under-17 representative, kept goal for Cavalier in the recent Super League and Premier League play-offs and was outstanding between the sticks, and now that he is back playing among his peers in the Manning Cup, he feels like he is a cut above the league. “I play a higher level of football than this … so it’s like taking a step down to come and play with some youngsters. All I had to do as captain was motivate my team and make sure no one lapsed in concentration,” he told The Gleaner after his team drew 0-0 with Camperdown on Wednesday to advance to the quarter-finals of the Manning Cup. White is not worried about ever letting his team down as he feels no pressure. “There is no pressure … I always tell myself don’t panic in football. It’s either you have a good day or bad day. Today ( against Camperdown) wasn’t a victory, but we knew what we had to do,” he said. St Andrew Technical face St George’s College, Holy Trinity and St Catherine in their quarter-final group and White insists that he is yet to be really tested and that he has a lot more to offer. “I feel overwhelmed that my team has qualified. We have the quality to win this competition and we have taken one more step forward. We just want to continue after this. But for the rest of the competition, it will not be the same. You can expect much more, because I have a lot more inside to give and I will give everything for my team,” he added.last_img read more

United entire int’l break with win

first_img Yesterday’s EPL results: Cardiff 2-3 Arsenal Burnley 0-2 Manchester United Watford 2-1 Tottenham LONDON (AP): After the furore that followed straight English Premier League (EPL) defeats for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho’s team produced a routine 2-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday. Romelu Lukaku’s first-half double put United in control before the second half briefly took a dramatic turn when Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart saved Paul Pogba’s penalty kick and substitute Marcus Rashford was sent off for violent conduct only 11 minutes after coming on. “Even with 10 men for 15 minutes, we were the team that had the chances to score,” Mourinho said. “We are all very happy that the boys can go for their international week with the feeling (of winning).” Tottenham, who set alarm bells ringing at Old Trafford by winning 3-0 there six days ago, were unable to carry that momentum to Watford, who came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road. Watford have won all four of their Premier League games and join Liverpool and Chelsea with a maximum total of 12 points at the top of the table. Arsenal, meanwhile, joined United on six points as they secured a first away victory under Unai Emery with an entertaining 3-2 win at newly promoted Cardiff. After storming out of his news conference following United’s defeat to Tottenham, demanding “respect, respect” from the media, Mourinho was much calmer ahead of his side’s trip to Burnley, and the approach may have brought rewards on the field. Mourinho will have been especially pleased by United’s improved defensive performance as it claimed a first clean sheet of the league season. Both the Portuguese manager and his squad will enter the international break with confidence that United’s worst Premier League start for 26 years is firmly behind them.last_img read more

Orville Higgins | Two bulls cannot rule in one pen

first_img Two years on, Durant has his two rings and may be headed for a third, but all is not well in what we thought was basketball paradise. We probably should have seen this coming. Draymond Green is not the most talented player on the GSW roster, but he is the muscle and the enforcer behind this team. He is the bad boy on an otherwise very classy organisation. He is the one who most plays with his heart on his sleeve. When a big superstar joins an already successful team it’s a given that the other star players have to modify their games and their egos to facilitate him. It is not difficult to see that Draymond would be the least accommo-dating to Durant. One can almost see Green sizing up Durant from early and feel he was ‘soft’, which in many ways is the very opposite of what Draymond represents. Draymond grabbing a rebound and not passing to Durant is not the real reason for the stand-off. That’s just on the periphery. The real reason is about two guys trying to prove who is the real alpha dog. From Draymond’s point of view Durant is still an uncommitted ‘outsider’ who came to Golden State for personal and convenient reasons. The fact that Durant has not pledged his long term future to the team only makes it worse. On the other hand, Durant sees himself as the superior basketball talent to Green and, therefore, shouldn’t have to take a backward step to him. Therein lies the basis for real fireworks. Management sus-pended Draymond for one game, which is subtly telling him that they take Durant’s side in the ongoing drama. Draymond may well interpret this as the organisation seeing Durant as being ahead of him in terms of importance to the team. His pride will not make him take this lightly. No bully likes to feel emasculated. If this stand-off continues, and I don’t see it stopping, then one of them will leave for next season. Two bulls won’t be able to rule in one pen. This isn’t merely a sports story. This is an ongoing case of the nuances of human interaction with humans. Can management keep the two focused on winning another title or will the personal issues between the two prove damaging to the team? The sports gods are writing their own scripts on this one. Unlike regular novels, we can’t simply go buy the book and read the ending. We simply will just have to wait and see. Not welcoming For virtually all my life I have been a voracious reader of novels. I may have told the story before of how I took up reading as a child only because I never wanted to do housework, and I found out very early that my mother would not disturb you to do anything once she saw you reading. I must have read thousands of fiction in my time and they all have one thing in common. They all make you think this COULD have happened. The better novels may have surprising twists and turns in the plot, but by the time you finish you almost feel you could have seen the finish coming. The latest stand-off between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green from the Golden State Warriors (GSW) is something that a good novelist could have made into a first-class book. All the ingredients are there. Not too many great novels are written on sports anymore. I was spell bound as a child when I read Michael Anthony’s The Games Were Coming, and CLR James’ Beyond a Boundary remains an all-time favourite. What we are witnessing now between these two NBA stars would be a classic storyline for a first-rated sports novel. Think about it. When Durant left Oklahoma City he was rated top three, at least in the NBA. He knew, however, that his legacy would be affected by the lack of rings. With the American public’s penchant for using titles to determine greatness in basketball, Durant felt compelled to join a team that had won the title just before he joined them. The move was called wimpish and weak in many circles.last_img read more

Basil: The Great

first_imgThese are tumultuous times. A lot of drama is unfolding in Guyana because of the Government’s inability to understand both the ‘mood’ of the populace and its ‘resentment’ for poorly thought out policies and initiatives that appear burdensome, discriminatory and unnecessary.The satiation is made more complex when one examines the rising levels of tension between the Government which is the Executive policy-maker and the Judiciary which is duty-bound to defend the law.A classic example can be found in the recent exchanges between representatives from both branches of Government on issues which have engaged the attention of the Courts, and require the interpretation of the Constitution of Guyana.While the Judiciary appears to be discharging its mandate independently and in line with the tenants, as well as spirit of the Constitution, the Executive is throwing a tantrum as opposed to acting maturely whenever judgments are handed down that are not within its favour.The Government, through its Attorney General Basil Williams, is displaying a lack of grace, dignity and self-respect. It is behaving as though it is desperate, spiteful and vengeful.One may even say that the responses and movements made after the Judiciary takes a position on various issues demonstrates a lack of knowledge, intelligence and basic understanding of key principles of law on the part of the Government.This can be seen in the attacks made by the learned Attorney General against the Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon. For weeks now, he has been laying blame for the State’s failure to win several cases against prominent figures in the Opposition at the feet of Ms Kissoon.He has resolved in his mind that she is “unprofessional” and somehow compromised because of her perceived or imagined closeness to the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and his predecessor Anil Nandlall. Also, Mr Williams appears to be convinced that some conspiracy is afoot within the Judiciary to tarnish what, no doubt will be his short “stint” as Attorney General if he continues to act so irrationally.What is strange, however, is the fact that Mr Williams has not laid any blame at his feet for allowing cases to be filed in the courts in the first place, which are misconceived and bad in law. He does not seem to understand that as the Government’s chief legal advisor, he is duty-bound to vet all of these cases and ensure that are arguments put forward by lawyers from his chambers, including the Solicitor General and her deputy, are sound.He is not exempt from appearing in person whenever necessary if he feels that the Judiciary will be biased. After all, he is a specially anointed and ‘hand-picked’ Senior Counsel, and any failure on part of Ms Kissoon as he has alleged is also a failure on his part.His decision to continue his diatribe in the media against Ms Kissoon is unprofessional and could be deemed racially motivated if the public was to understand the full context of his protestation as some other lawyers do.Not even the Acting Chancellor Carl Singh is exempt from the Attorney General’s wrath and discontentment in many respects.Recall how Mr Singh was given notice about the Government’s dissatisfaction with him being in that current portfolio. He should have responded to the comments of Messrs Trotman and Williams with more force. The Chancellor should have sanctioned the Guyana Chronicle which was in contempt of Court.No amount of window-dressing by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and polemic explanations can undo the tone and focus of those attacks. These attacks along with the shameful libellous statements made against other judicial office holders, like the Deputy Registrar, by Mr Williams does not augur well for Guyana’s democracy and the principle of separation of powers.Mr Williams would be serving the public well if he implements more programmes to tackle the backlog of cases in the Judiciary and address forthwith the efficiency of the same. He could turn his eyes away from politics for a moment and give good advice to the Government that could correct major flaws in a series of poorly framed and conceptualised legislation which were tabled and passed in Parliament that have vexed the public across the political divide.Make no bones about soon the Government will have its way. Carvil Duncan is being removed from the Commissions on which he serves. Soon Mr Singh will retire and a new Chancellor will have to be appointed. There will also be a vacancy in the office of Chief Justice which will have to be fulfilled.No one is safe from Basil – the Great, if they dare oppose him or challenge his legal acumen, especially if they win or appear sympathetic to the PPP. If the Government’s chief cultural advisor can call for the burning of a media conglomerate (part of the fourth estate) and remains on the job. Then Basil – the Great will face no sanction from his superiors for attacking the Judiciary, I think.last_img read more

Staying true to form

first_imgGuyana’s Attorney General, Basil Williams, has again found himself embroiled in a scandal, after he allegedly threatened a High Court Judge whilst sending a clear signal to judicial officials that they either conform and comply with his expectations by handing down favourable rulings to the Government regardless of the merits or demerits of cases brought against the State, or face the detrimental consequences which could follow if they dissent.The AG, who was recently promoted by his boss, President David Granger, to the coveted post of Senior Counsel, also sought, shortly after the drama which unfolded in the Judge’s chambers, to deny publicly that he had ever directly or indirectly threatened the Judge. He went further by attempting to discredit Anil Nandlall’s version of what actually took place in Court, with the help of two junior Attorneys from his chambers.But just when the public was buying the arguments put forward by the AG, who appeared to be the victim of the nasty politics being played by Mr Nandlall, who is also a former AG, in steps the Judge with a full statement on the matter. In classic Shakespearian style, Justice Franklin Holder’s statement exposed the current AG’s apparent deceptive nature and the fact that he was deliberately misleading the public to shield his misconduct during the court case; as well as his apparent distasteful behavior, which bordered on contempt before the Courts.Now uncertain about what next damage control device to kick into high gear, Mr Williams retreated from the public limelight, which he so often enjoys, but is soon confronted by Guyana’s ever vigilant media. Faced with a series of blistering questions from the media corps, the AG is forced to swallow his pride and demonstrate some sort of humility and regret or repentance. The tone and mood were set by media operatives who appeared sympathetic to his Government, and were appropriate for him to do so, but the Senior Counsel refused, and instead chose to strike again.When one examines the gravamen of his response, he, in essence, declined to offer an apology to the Judge and the Judiciary for the alleged disrespect he demonstrated. By doing so, Mr Williams again has shown disregard for his colleagues in the field of law and the Bar. He has also expressed indifference to mounting public dissatisfaction over the incident and his collective performance as the country’s AG. By his own actions, he has also proven that he is not answerable to the people, but to those who pay him, as he knows that his job in the coalition Government is secure, given Mr Granger’s track record on the subject of disciplining his ministers.And as expected, the President, staying true to form, has already put on his scarce camera face. He claims that he has asked the AG for an explanation, but no one is fooled. As was the case when Ministers Nicolette Henry, Joseph Harmon, Volda Lawrence and George Norton found themselves in similar scandals, no direct disciplinary action will be taken. It will be business as usual until another scandal erupts, maybe in Mr Williams’s Ministry or some other part of the Government.This is most unfortunate, because the Government’s popularity and creditability are sinking because of Ministers like Mr Williams. In fact, it is Mr Granger’s inherent refusal to take direct charge of his ship and crew that will see the coalition Government ultimately being defeated. The public is not likely to demonstrate indifference in 2020, because Mr Granger’s cabinet is demonstrating higher levels of incompetence and mismanagement of public funds that what was demonstrated by any PPP-led government in Guyana’s pre and post- independence history.This Government has also become infamous for the adumbration of some of the poorest socio-economic policies, which threaten the livelihoods of the very same people it claims it wants to protect. It is clear that the coalition’s policies are failing. From the decisions to hike the super salaries of the APNU/AFC Ministers, to VAT on private education, to the controversial parking meters’ project, to the hardship caused by the unbelievable spate of new tax measures, to the pharmaceutical scandals and corruption, to mishandling of probes by the Government-controlled Special Organised Crime and State Assets Recovery units, to the looming increases on tuition fees for students of the University of Guyana, all of the coalition’s policies are failing.The attitude demonstrated by Mr Williams is unforgiveable. His appointment as both a Senior Counsel and AG should be revoked, because he has tarnished both offices and brought the legal profession into disrepute. Recall the scandals with the appointment of the Deputy Registrar; the cases the State lost because of the AG’s actions, as alleged publicly by the Deputy Solicitor General; and a host of other matters which remain unaddressed, including the diatribe of attacks launched on former Chancellor Carl Singh.President Granger must stand on principle, or he will soon lose the moral and political rectitude, or acumen, to lecture the PPP, or anyone for that matter, on the notion of good governance.last_img read more

‘The Evolution Of Writing In English By And About East Indians Of Guyana,…

first_imgFollowing in the wake of her magisterial work on Roy Heath in ‘Aftermath of Empire: The Novels of Roy A.K. Heath’, published by the University of the West Indies Press, Ameena Gafoor has produced another book of immense import to the literature of Guyana but particularly and more importantly this book is a timely addition to the slim list of scholarly works on the writings of East Indian of Guyana.‘The Evolution Of Writing In English By And About East Indians Of Guyana, 1838-2018’ has been compiled with meticulous care to details and great concern for the preservation of the literature of East Indians. This work, coming 180 years after the arrival of East Indians to Guyana, flies in the face of sins of omission and sins of commission with regards to the composition of the literature of the region. The quantity and quality of literature that was bought here by the people who came is an indication that the Indians who came were not mere ‘illiterate peasants’ and that their contribution to the literature of the region was slighted and undervalued. The quantity of the literature that came was described by Dr. David Dabydeen as a ‘body of texts of staggering physical bulk and philosophical dimensions…The Ramayana rolls on to a hundred thousand lines, much longer then Virgil’s Aeneid or Homer’s Iliad. The Mahabharata quadruples that sum; the Vedas when collected form eleven huge Octavo volumes, whilst the Puranas extend to two million lines’. Furthermore, the literature of the Quran and the significance of Haffizs who could recite the Holy Quran from memory must be added to the above.Dabydeen further elucidated, in his preface to this compilation, that he brought quantity into the equation so as ‘to highlight that the act of ignoring these texts is an act of monumental bias’. Other scholars have denounced this bias in Caribbean literature and the shunning of such from the mainstream of Caribbean literature. Long before Dabydeen’s pronouncement and condemnation, Emeritus Professor Kenneth Ramchand declared in his groundbreaking book, ‘The West Indian Novel and its Background’ that ‘writers are not writing about Indians for the sake of emphasizing Indianness but more to create understanding and deepen meaning of the many cultures which co-exist’. Neglecting to appreciate such a contribution for so long has robbed the region of a resource that could have done more for the region than the efforts of Caricom and the portrayal of Carifesta, all put together.One of the reasons for Gafoor’s most recent publication is ‘a significant effort to set the record straight with respect to Indian Guyanese literacy, and literary scholarly production’ (Dabydeen).Other reasons, as if justification is necessary, cited by the author include the commemoration of two landmark events namely the centenary of the abolition of Indian Indentureship to Guyana and the 180th anniversary of the arrival of Indians from India to Guyana. Further, there is no known comprehensive compilation of the literary and artistic efforts of the East Indian and as such this book is the best form of commemoration.Gafoor spells out the objectives of this work saying that ‘this bibliography seeks to capture the imaginative and objective writings of East Indians in Guyana including statements by Guyanese artists as well as statements by art historians and critiques by art critics of the significant works of visual arts produced by Guyanese artists of East Indian extract…includes works of Anthology, Literary Criticism, Critiques on the Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Social History, Education, Governance, Politics, Journalisms, Accounting and Financial Management’.More importantly, this work is organized in chronological order to better trace the development of the body of writings’. This timeline serves many purposes including events that may have has ‘an impact on the consciousness of East Indians in Guyana and, in some instances, prompted the writings’ and facts that possibly ‘shaped the lives of East Indians as well as citizens in modern Guyana’.Ameena Gafoor is the founder of The Arts Forum and editor of The Arts Journal. This book is dedicated to and built on the legacies of the struggles and sacrifices of ‘our foreparents’. The cover image is designed from a painting ‘Journey into the Dark Circle: the Arrival’ by Philbert Gajadhar.‘The Evolution Of Writing In English By And About East Indians Of Guyana, 1838-2018’ by Ameena Gafoor was published by Hansib Publications.Responses to this author telephone (592) 226-0065 or email: oraltradition2002@yahoo.comlast_img read more