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Celebrating Guyana

Sunday, May 27, 2018

“Guyana has made major global contributions particularly in academia, the arts, both visual and literary, and in sport. It is also a leader in the preservation of the environment as part of its aim to become Green Guyana.” That’s a salute to Guyana from CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

There is little doubt about the contribution that Guyana has made to the Caribbean Community of nations. As the headquarters of the regional bloc, the brightest and best serve as our regional civil servants in translating the political leadership mission of common strategies for our development. Guyana’s development prospects are considerably enhanced with the news that they will soon be able to deliver as much as 500,000 barrels of crude oil a day, a figure that far outpaces T&T’s output.

We hope that Guyana will learn well the lessons of history as it moves to reap the benefits of the oil sector.

We also hope that there will be a quick resolution of the territorial challenge from its neighbour Venezuela. T&T and Venezuela have reached agreement on sharing the valuable oil and gas reserves that straddle their territorial boundaries. There is no reason why that should not be the same for Guyana and Venezuela.

Great parties never die

What the resounding defeat of the Democratic Labour Party in Barbados shows is that the electorate ultimately decides the fortunes of a country. The thousands of supporters of the DLP must be hurting deeply in the face of the overwhelming victory by the Barbados Labour Party.

New Prime Minister Mia Mottley sought immediately to address this by calling for an end to the campaign and instead for healing to start. She now has the responsibility of looking after the interests of all Barbadians and those who have chosen to make the island nation their home.

But it is the DLP that has the significant task of renewal. It is not the first Caribbean political party to be so soundly beaten at the polls. We only have to look at Grenada where a major party has been shut out of Parliament on two occasions. In other Caribbean countries, major majority wins have sent then governing parties into the wilderness, but they have all found a way back to victory. The renewal of the Democratic Labour Party will require introspection and a new leader and candidates who can convince the Barbadian electorate that they are ready to lead the country again.

Leon Reyes, a king twice

The young man from Maloney who searched for the owner of a wallet he found is a worthy example for all of us to follow. In French, the meaning of the name Leon is Lion. The lion is a figure in art and religious symbolism of many cultures; symbolising kingliness, grandeur, and courage. The Reyes surname is derived from the Latin “regis,” meaning “royal.” On two counts Leon is a king, long may he reign.


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