In last Monday’s editorial we reflected on the negative view of the PPP’s General Secretary Mr Clement Rohee on the readiness of the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) for the holding of elections and the latter’s own official silence on whether it could meet the August 1, 2014 deadline for the polls which have not been held since 1994 .
The government received justified commendation for announcing last year that a commission of inquiry would be held into the death of Dr Walter Rodney in 1980 .
Last week, in a statement that quickly went viral, a Washington-based anchor for the Russia Today television network resigned on air .
Contrary to what we posited in our editorial last Friday, that authoritarian regimes generally view making concessions, including being brought to the dialogue table, as a sign of weakness, the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, affirmed that same day that the Peace Conference launched by President Nicolás Maduro was not “a sign of weakness .
As Mashramani recedes and carnival season unfurls in the Caribbean, few who see the floats can fail to admire our capacity for creativity and ingenuity .
We do not feel the need to explain what might appear as an editorial preoccupation with events in Ukraine .
During the course of last week the Ministry of Education issued a public statement to the effect that it would shortly be hosting consultations on “professional standards for teachers .
At a press conference on February 17, 2014, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee said that the government-nominated members of the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) were doubtful about the commission’s readiness to hold local government elections .
On Republic night around 9 pm the Minister of Finance was involved in an accident .
In mid-June 2013, a search engine that guarantees its users privacy noticed a sudden influx of 500,000 new queries .
At the time of writing, another student demonstration was due to take place in Caracas yesterday, to demand, among other things, the freeing of the hundreds of protesters detained by the authorities and justice for the more than 500 wounded in the recent street clashes .
Water, or rather the provision of water which is of a consumable quality without producing deleterious effects, has become a million-dollar business in this country .
Hard on the heels of our editorial last week on Russia and the West has been the culmination of the incipient, uprising centred particularly in Kiev, against Ukraine President Yanukovitch, his swift departure from the capital as he sensed the rising power of his opponents, and then the establishment of a new temporary ruling regime in the country .
A few weeks ago the Kaieteur News published an article based on an interview with Ms .
Justice Sukul’s disbarment by the Bar of England and Wales earlier this month and his subsequent resignation have raised important questions here about the functioning of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) which the public has every right to pose .
The usual crowds, one imagines, will be lining the parade route today to watch the floats .
A fortnight ago, on the opening day of the Winter Olympics, Moscow police arrested several LGBT activists for waving rainbow flags while they sang the Russian national anthem in Red Square .
Following our Foreign Ministry’s statement, last Friday, on the situation in Venezuela, on which we have already commented (February 16), there have been several statements by other nations and organizations .
With just 50 days completed for this year so far, at least 13 people have died as a result of traffic accidents on the country’s roadways with a similar number injured .
Much anxiety seemed to pervade comment in the major countries of the Western world as Russia approached the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi .
Opposition to President Nicolás Maduro’s administration in Venezuela has escalated into sustained street violence and, in the past week or so, loss of life .
The World Justice Project which aims to strengthen the rule of law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity identifies four universal principles to be upheld .
On Friday evening the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement expressing concern over the political unrest in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and regret at the loss of life .
BBC footage of the flooded Thames valley shows hundreds of houses underwater, marooned by another bout of extreme weather .
On Monday, the Pacific Alliance, which is barely two years old and comprises Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, held a groundbreaking seventh summit, in Cartagena, Colombia .
The recent admission in Parliament that Guyana has just 3 working breathalyzer kits in the entire country, which would obviously negatively impact on the functioning of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) as regards road safety should be of serious concern to all of us .
At the end of July 1990 an attempted coup in Trinidad & Tobago against the government of ANR Robinson took place, that continues to the present to be the subject of a Commission of Inquiry in that country .
If the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is widely favoured to be returned to office after South Africa’s general elections scheduled for May this year, the political party once revered for its sustained struggle to bring an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa has plunged to considerable depths from the pedestal upon which it had been placed by the international community .
So, the undisguised takeover of world cricket by the Indian, English and Australian cricket boards has been approved .
The political contortions in relation to the failure to pass the Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill have left the public in a state of bewilderment .
During the last two weeks the United Nations has issued warnings that the Democratic Republic of Congo’s richest province, Katanga, stands at the brink of a “humanitarian catastrophe .
It is perhaps a happy coincidence that following the success – both real and symbolic – of hosting last week’s second summit of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC), when Cuba effectively secured the unambiguous and unanimous endorsement of the path it is pursuing by all 33 independent states of Latin America and the Caribbean, ambassadors of the European Union (EU) should have reached consensus, this week, in Brussels, on a recommendation to the EU’s Council of Foreign Ministers, to approve, next Monday, the terms of a mandate to negotiate an association agreement with Cuba .
Whoever thought that garbage was the main issue in Georgetown and that removing the piles of it that abound every which way and charging litterbugs would restore the city must have had a jolt when Alisha Thomas and her two-year-old daughter fell into a manhole near the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlet at Stabroek .
What Venezuelan President Maduro, at the Second Summit of ALBA and Petrocaribe, in December last year, described as a set of arrangements designed to “continue advancing the food security and sovereignty of our peoples,” has now been extended to all the smaller islands of the Caribbean .
The shooting to death of Leon McCurdy on Wednesday by the owner of a Paradise, East Coast Demerara home which McCurdy and two accomplices had invaded has evoked a range of public reactions .
Following a tense meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai last week, it may appear that opponents of the sneak attack by India, Australia and England to take over the game have made significant gains .
Nothing is straightforward in Guyana .