Dear Editor, The news that one of the major political parties in Guyana saw it fit to purchase Buju Banton tickets for its supporters is an indication at the levels to which we have sunk as a country and region.
Dear Editor, When the PPP/C cabinet approved Guyana’s first-ever Interception of Communications Bill in mid-2008 and had me pilot it on October 17, 2008 through its various stages in the National Assembly as Bill No.19 of 2008, this was done with the clear understanding that the bill was aimed at criminalizing the use of telecommunications.
Dear Editor, In the Friday May 24, 2019 edition of the Stabroek News there appears an annoying screed authored by Mr.
Dear Editor, In 2016, a specialized unit to address the escalating scourge of violence, particularly against women and children in Guyana, was established within the Ministry of Social Protection.
Dear Editor, I note that on page 1 of Kaieteur News yesterday (Friday, May 24) there is a headline: “Wrong Poonai accused of fraud, Kaieteur News apologises unreservedly.” This is followed by a news story on its page 20 where the newspaper explains what happened, and again apologises.
Dear Editor, Yesterday, Acting Commissioner Nigel Hoppie DSM and team met with the Hon.
Francis Fukuyama’s 1989 essay on “The End of History” argued that America’s Cold War victory had left “no serious ideological competitors” to liberal democracy and the “universalization of Western liberal democracy [was] the final form of human government.” As the world settled into democratic norms, peace and commerce would displace traditional tribal and national interests.
Dear Editor, The Stabroek News Editorial of Tuesday May 21 has certainly stirred conversation.
Dear Editor, It must now be excruciatingly clear that the Government-nominated members of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the Chairman, harbour no qualms about exposing their political partisanship and are decidedly determined to execute political directions, even if it results in unconstitutional and irrational actions.
Dear Editor, I am heartened that my letters recently published in the media on the matter of the failure of very senior public persons to report their assets to the Integrity Commission, have resulted in widespread public exposure of the issue.
Dear Editor, The Government of Guyana, represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karen Cummings, must be congratulated for not only doing the right thing, but also doing the bright thing, by voting in the affirmative at the United Nations General Assembly, regarding the call for Britain to relinquish control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean.
Dear Editor, I read with interest your article in yesterday’s SN `Guyana among 116 countries at UN calling for Britain to give up control over Chagos Islands’ in relation to the recent UN vote calling on the UK to cede sovereignty of these islands, which have been British for over two hundred years, to Mauritius; which is actually some 1,150 nautical miles away from Diego Garcia.
Dear Editor, How could you, Mr. President? Say it ain’t so, Excellency…. Except that it is.
Dear Editor, It is with great consternation I write to relate to you a very sad precedent that has developed in the Hague/Blankenburg Water Users’ Association.
On Wednesday Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack, Stephen Fraser, Carole James-Boston, Robert Ramcharran and Rajendra Nath Poonai were presented with their instruments of appointment as Senior Counsel by President David Granger.
Dear Editor, I am shocked, maybe I should say appalled, and my ‘jaw dropped’ when I read the Ministry of the Presidency’s release, dated May 22, 2019, that President David Granger is not compliant with the Integrity Com-mission Act and has not fulfilled his obligations in filing his declarations.
Dear Editor, The Stabroek News Editorial of Tuesday May 21 invites the question of whether Guyana’s tourism is a glass half full or half empty.
Dear Editor, The first reaction, however misleading, is the absence of any specific reference to Heads et al of Queen’s College, Bishops’ High School in the same context of the Cyril Potter College of Education – regarding the duty-free concessions to educators, as reported in SN of May 17.
Dear Editor, Basically, the way I see it, a teacher teaches for five hours, three in the morning and two in the afternoon, Monday to Friday.
Dear Editor, I respond to the statement from GPL on the power outages affecting the Coastland and resulting power disruption.
Dear Editor, The CCJ will rule soon, although not soon enough, on the validity of the no confidence motion as well as the unilateral appointment of a Gecom Chair.
The results of India’s elections, held between April 11 and May 19 this year, are likely to be announced today.
Dear Editor: Has Guyana become such a heartless society? I ask this question because on Sunday evening on the bridge linking Church Street to North Road which leads into Orange Walk I noticed a walker (equipment used to support someone who can’t walk on their own ) partially in the pathway of vehicular traffic.
Dear Editor, When the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GPL took over I sent a reaffirming letter complimenting and recognizing his efforts.
Dear Editor, There exist grievances between the University of Guyana (UG) and the trade unions (UGSSA and UGWU) who represent workers at this institution.
Dear Editor, I was amazed to see in a recent TV programme the use of the word “conflictologist” to describe a professional attached to the University of Nairobi.
Dear Editor, Although I support calls for relevant public officials to submit declaration of assets to the Integrity Commission by June 30, every year, in accordance with the 1997 Integrity Commission Act and the 2017 Code of Conduct Amendment, I think the matter appears to be devolving into a political, perhaps personal, tug-o-war among certain individuals in the public arena.
Dear Editor, In March I wrote to point out that the traffic lights controlling the junction of the Rupert Craig Highway and Sheriff Street were not working.
Dear Editor, One cannot help feeling that we are getting a raw deal with part of the Government and the GTT and GPL companies, it is not that these people are unaware of the sufferings of the populace.
Dear Editor, The construction of the General Post Office was, in the colonial days, a very visionary project – with the same space as of today, to cater, however, with considerably less human traffic than in these days.
Last Friday Seymour MacDonald Nurse made his final appearance at the famous Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Dear Editor, It is admirable that Minister of Communities, Mr. Ronald Bulkan, has chosen to publicly explain (Sunday Stabroek, 19th May, 2019) the reasons for him not having submitted his declaration of assets to the Integrity Commission in response to my letter of 17th May, 2019.
Dear Editor, Credit Bureaus are critical elements of a country’s financial infrastructure. They increase access to credit; they support responsible lending and reduce credit losses; and they strengthen banking supervision in monitoring systemic risk.
Dear Editor, It is interesting to note the occurrence of the 8th International Road Federation Caribbean Regional Conference held last week in Guyana.
Dear Editor, I caused a letter to appear in the Stabroek News and Kaieteur News on Wednesday 15th May, 2019 under the caption `This increase should have been applicable to all National Insurance Scheme pensioners’.
Dear Editor, It is a departure from the norms and tenets of transparency, accountability and good governance for any public officer, including government ministers, to accept monies from private individuals by way of direct transfers to their bank accounts for goods or services rendered.
Dear Editor, From my standpoint, the major issues raised by Professor Kean Gibson (KG) in her letter `What can constrain President from cracking down on corruption or incompetence in his Cabinet?” (SN, 13 May 2019) are: (i) “several of its [PPP] leaders control important Hindu organizations and institutions;” (ii) she has studied the Hindu religion and from her “analysis” determined that Hinduism impacted the PPP; (iii) Hinduism is linked to violence in Guyana; and (iv) black is a pejorative term in “Hindu scriptures.” On the first claim, I challenge KG to name the “several” PPP leaders who “control important Hindu organizations and institutions.” She did not define these two entities and therefore owes the Guyanese public an explanation.
If you have been carefully following the rollout over the years of the repetitive official undertakings to better position the country’s “tourism product” to contribute more meaningfully to the country’s economy and as well the promises to deploy the beauty of the country, our hinterland particularly, to attract favourable international attention, you are probably likely to agree that those promises have more or less fallen flat on their faces.
Dear Editor, It is now fifty years since I qualified as a chartered secretary and never during that time have I ever heard of a round-robin meeting whether by a divided or unanimous vote overruling an in-person meeting of the same body.
Dear Editor, I read that things have escalated jarringly. I sense the ground being prepared for electronic conflict.
Dear Editor, I cannot believe Minister Bulkan’s letter published yesterday in your newspaper, in which, if I understand Mr.
Dear Editor, Over the years I’ve repeatedly penned my concerns regarding farmers lacing their produce, mainly fruits and vegetables, with chemicals and putting it on the market without giving the produce time for the chemicals to work themselves out.
On Friday, via his Facebook page, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson confirmed that US$9,000 had been transferred in 2017 to his personal account in respect of a trip to China’s Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Macao for a June 2016 construction forum.
Dear Editor, Over the years I have read about the deterioration in the quality of education in Guyana yet I could not believe my eyes upon reading a letter and subsequently an article in recent editions of the Stabroek News.