The raid on the Ramada Princess in the early hours of Friday marked a new stage in our never-ending crime saga.
In the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, a short walk from Taksim Square, a tourist may pause to admire the graffiti. On İstiklal Avenue, a pedestrian thoroughfare that six million people stroll down on a typical weekend, a striking installation depicts an oversized smiley-face holding up his comrades with a gun.
The ongoing political and economic crisis in Venezuela has deteriorated dramatically.
On Monday, electricity rationing for 40 days took effect, with rolling blackouts across Venezuela, except for the heavily populated Greater Caracas area.
This newspaper has published innumerable reports on safety, or rather the lack of it, at local worksites, more particularly in the construction sector.
The conclusion of the Seventh Congress of the Cuban Communist party last week gave an indication of the tendencies towards both change, and resistance to it, at the highest level of decision-making on the country’s future course.
Probably the most quizzical piece of reportage on last Friday’s event to mark the first public consultation for the Commission of Inquiry into the education system in Guyana had to do with the disclosure regarding the paucity of attendance at the event.
In the last edition of the ‘Public Interest’ television programme, President Granger continued his efforts to tamp down the public consternation over the conduct of Minister of State, Joseph Harmon in relation to his interference with the Guyana Revenue Authority and his subsequent furtive and still-to-be fully explained trip to China.
State-owned media in a country such as this will always be problematic. Given the peculiarities of our political situation, achieving something akin to the BBC will inevitably present a major challenge, and it is no surprise, therefore, that neither NCN nor the Guyana Chronicle (allowing for the fact that the BBC is only a broadcaster) has ever come anywhere near the penumbra of the ideal.
A recent, eye-opening New York Times Op-Ed considers the enormous costs of mass incarceration in America. The economists who co-author the opinion question the value of spending US$80 billion – a quarter of the Department of Justice budget – on the 2.2 million inmates languishing in America’s jails and prisons.
The death, aged 97, of Patricio Aylwin, the first Chilean president to be democratically elected after almost 17 years of dictatorship under General Augusto Pinochet, may resonate with some Guyanese because of a few traits Mr Aylwin shared with the late Dr Cheddi Jagan.
On Tuesday, a jury found Mr Kevin Rankin not guilty of sodomising and murdering his two-year-old niece nearly three years ago at Haslington, East Coast Demerara.
Undoubtedly, citizens of countries all over the world with access to television must be increasingly fascinated by the ongoing process of selecting candidates from within the Democratic and Republican parties now seeking to be chosen as representatives of those parties for the presidency of the country in the election in November this year.
It appears that after several years there has been some meaningful movement in the matter of the much wished-for negotiations in the matter of wages and salaries increases for Public Servants.
It is hard to imagine that one official of an 11-month-old government could have gotten himself into so much trouble on so many fronts.
As more emerges about Minister of State Joseph Harmon, his trip to China and his appointment of Mr Brian Tiwarie as an “Honorary Ministerial Advisor” the murkier everything becomes.