It is almost natural that, for reasons of our historical and contemporary connections, Guyana and the other Caricom countries would have been closely following the latest stages, and now the recent agreement, on negotiations between the European Union authorities and Britain.
Mostly for the wrong reasons, the majority-owned Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc (BCGI) has been in the news fairly frequently in recent weeks.
Awaited for so long, the March 18 Local Government Elections (LGE) presents an epochal opportunity for citizens to take back control of the running of their communities and to have an ongoing role in developments.
It was Ram & McRae which pointed out in their 2015 ‘Focus on Guyana’s National Budget’ that the public service is broken and therefore the government would not be able to avoid hiring some people on contract while the problems in the system are being addressed.
Despite the UN’s stalemate with peace negotiations for Syria and continuing turmoil in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa, attitudes towards refugees are hardening throughout Europe.
Since last Friday’s editorial thanking Shivnarine Chanderpaul for his 21 years of exemplary service to West Indies cricket, we have learnt that former West Indies cricketer and ex-president of the West Indies Players’ Association Dinanath Ramnarine is planning a gala dinner in Trinidad to honour Mr Chanderpaul.
Georgetown is in clear and present danger of being choked by the sheer number of vehicles which jostle for space on its narrow and congested roads.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson, who led her People’s National Party (PNP) to victory in December 2011, has chosen to call for the general elections on February 25th, almost a year before they are statutorily due, and with public opinion polls showing her party holding a 4% lead over the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
It was always likely that one of the important areas of public interest in this year’s budget proposals would be whether or not there would be an announcement regarding salary increases for public servants.
Producing two budgets within six months is a feat that is deserving of the highest commendation and the Minister of Finance and all of those who participated in this process must be given their deserved credit.
There was a time when you could walk around Georgetown, and street after street would be lined with traditional houses – not necessarily always the grand, elegant, colonial variety, but also the small-scale, equally attractive cottages of the working people.
Months before she endorsed the candidacy of Donald Trump, in a speech that will be long remembered for inventing the delightful word “squirmish”, Sarah Palin was asked to speculate about her political future.
It was back in 2011 that we asked, “What more can one say about Shivnarine Chanderpaul that has not already been said?” Now, in the outpouring of tributes to the great Guyanese and West Indian cricketer, following his retirement from international cricket, aged 41, cricket writers, former players and fans around the world have been mining their memories, revisiting the archives and extending their linguistic skills to pay homage to one of the most dependable and durable batsmen the game has ever seen.
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not…
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.
As the American political arena rolls down to the presidential elections due in November of this year, observers from around the world are experiencing a spectacle of contention among what some Americans refer to as “presidential wannabees”.