‘Tis the season of Shakespeare once again. Today is his birthday – April 23. All of last year belonged to him as the world celebrated the 450th year after his time on earth, and even this year he is well remembered as his work is locally exhibited now more than at any other time.
In last Sunday’s column “How Come” I wrote about a young man in my family who was travelling as a passenger in a car recently that was hit by a speeding vehicle, driven by someone under the influence, in the kind of lunatic driving that is routine in Guyana.
Leave aside the interminable bungling and set-in-stone ill-will which to one’s endless dismay characterise Guyana’s public space – and concentrate instead for your soul’s content on the many wonders which cross the mind on a daily basis.
Recall from last week’s article, that the benefits received by taxpayers are not all the same and are usually determined by the policy goals of the government which are determined by the level of development of the country, the economic and social condition of the people and the quality of its institutions.
Today’s column continues the effort to provide for readers’ guidance a response to the burning question: What are the lessons to be learned from oil and gas producing countries that have implemented policies/regimes for local content requirements (LCRs)?
It is quiet on the chess home front, except in a few selected corners of Georgetown. The mall alongside Bourda Market, a closeted space on South Road which attorney James Bond is credited with making popular, a few homes in South Ruimveldt Park, and, at various times, on the avenue in Main Street, represent the destinations where the princely pastime is ongoing.
It is no secret that governments around the world regularly practice their response to security threats. The objective is to prepare for eventualities that those concerned hope will never occur, and to demonstrate publicly a readiness and capacity to respond effectively with others.
Annuals are flowering plants that are grown from seeds and would last for approximately six months. This is the season for annuals – from April to September and new seeds from the USA and England are on the market for sale.
A meeting was planned to accommodate consultations on the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) on private education. I thought, perhaps finally, the government would acknowledge what a misstep VAT on private education is.
Remember when Hollywood was obsessed with the Holy Bible? Probably not. If there’s one myth that has persisted over the last few decades of popular cinema, it is the claim that Hollywood hates religious films.