Editorial

Usain Bolt: Greatest of all Time

The world is fast running out of superlatives to describe the exploits of its fastest runner, Usain Bolt. But following his victories in the 100 metres and 200metres, at the IAAF World Champion-ships in Beijing on Sunday and yesterday respectively, one accolade should suffice: Greatest of all Time.

Addressing rape

At the end of July this year, the Guyana Police Force had recorded 243 reports of rape. January to July accounts for 212 days, so from a statistical point of view that’s more than one reported rape a day.

The GRA’s Camp Street complex

The disclosure that the complex on Camp Street housing the offices of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) seemingly poses a threat to the safety and health of the authority’s employees should not come as a complete shock to the public.

Parliament and compromise

At least the government is still listening to criticism, and that is a major point in its favour. On Thursday it had passed a motion in Parliament to restrict the time allocated for debate on the Budget Estimates from a maximum of seven days to three days.

Food security

If a quarter of the food wasted each day could be given to people who need it, there would be more than enough to feed every malnourished person on earth, according to the UN.

Guyana’s golden jubilee

Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine has been named to chair the National Commemoration Commission (NCC), comprising representatives from government agencies, civil society and the diaspora, to oversee planning for Guyana’s golden jubilee next year.

Wasting what we want

Along with the ugly concrete high rises that have gone up around the city in the past few years, the ones that have been touted as signs of development by the new opposition, then in government, there has been a noticeable rise in the number of city beggars.

Jobs

Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s budget has won plaudits from the private sector and other sections of society for the practical prescriptions and measures announced.

Dissatisfaction

Last Monday Stabroek News reported that Dr Veerasammy Ramayya had left the AFC. He told this newspaper he had been offered an assistant position in either the Ministry of Agriculture or the Office of the Prime Minister at a salary of $180,000 a month and would be given one member of staff.

Management and leadership

Dr Rudi Webster, the renowned sports psychologist and former West Indies cricket team manager, has, in a recent article, ‘The WICB: over-managed and under-led’, provided some telling comments on the afflictions of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) amidst some illuminating insights into the difference between management and leadership.


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