Parking meters deal

Anyone who listened to or read of the press conference held last Monday by the Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green on the visit of her team to Mexico in connection with the parking meters project would instantly come away with the view that the city is a hotbed for  machinations more associated with some medieval enclave rather than a municipality born of democratic elections and aspiring to transparent, open and accountable governance.

Britain’s referendum

Exactly how a people could vote in favour of inflicting damage on themselves must seem perplexing at first glance. In fact it is not so, given that those in Britain who voted to leave the European Union in Thursday’s referendum were hardly reticent about the reasons for their choice.

What’s the matter with Britain?

One way to make sense of Britain’s decision to quit Europe is to gaze across the Atlantic. Not long ago, during the years of the second Bush presidency, millions of America’s poorest citizens proved to be the Republican Party’s staunchest supporters.

Education management

The Brickdam Secondary School brouhaha is one of those irritating distractions inflicted upon us from time to time, but which invariably could be minimized through the application of good sense.

Fedders Lloyd and transparency

The announcement on Friday that Indian company Fedders Lloyd had been prohibited from participating in the proposed construction of the Specialty Hospital is a lesson about rectitude in public procurement, one that the APNU+AFC government failed to heed just months into its administration.

The Big Four and the secret contract

Last week the Big Four from the city council went to Mexico.  To look at parking meters. It would have cost the ratepayers of Georgetown their airfares (did they travel economy?); their hotel bills (did they seek lodgings at a four star hostelry or something more modest?); a per diem for each of them; and sundry expenses.

Youth employment

Historically, the world has always seen high rates of youth unemployment. However, the current persistent global jobs crisis, evidenced by mass retrenchment and the increasing scarcity of stable employment, caused the 2013 report of the Global Employment Trends for Youth to state bluntly: “it is not easy to be young in the labour market today.” A large number of Guyana’s vibrant youth population can relate to this stark reality.

Knee-jerk reaction

Last Friday, teachers of the Brickdam Secondary School staged a sit-out in protest over the deplorable condition of the building they were occupying, and on Tuesday, less than a week later, the Ministry of Education arbitrarily closed the school, scattering its teachers and students to other schools in the city.

Unlawful political authority

The findings of the recent audits of the various state agencies provide some disturbing insights into the manner in which aspects of the state’s resources were being managed under the previous political administration.

Flooding and the NDIA audit

Friday’s release of the disturbing findings of the forensic audit into the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) coincided with the deepening of floods in Mahaica-Berbice as a result of heavy rainfall in the Mahaicony watershed and on the coast.

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