On Monday, April 22, the world ‘celebrated’ Earth Day for the 49th time.
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” is one of the most recognisable lines often recited from the famous William Shakespeare tragedy, Hamlet.
We learnt last week that the Ministry of Education (MOE) has commenced a series of meetings with parents across Guyana and teachers and that the objectives of these so-called Town Hall meetings are to attach greater importance to the teacher/parent collaboration in the delivery of education.
The questions about conflict of interest swirling around two ministers of government, the Minis-ter of Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes, and the Minister in the Ministry of Communities Valerie Adams-Yearwood, have gone completely unanswered by government.
As was the case in the last two national polls, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo appears to have taken charge of the PPP’s drive for re-election and is his party’s highest profile campaigner even though not its presidential candidate.
On Monday evening the 850-year-old Parisian cathedral which Victor Hugo described as a “symphony in stone” went on fire.
The Augusta National Golf Club, a private club in the southern state of Georgia, is the permanent stage of the first of golf’s four annual major tournaments, the Masters Tournament, or as it is readily referred to, The Masters.
We have to be doing something wrong. There can be no other explanation for the dangerous lives our women and girls continue to live each day despite the attempts being made at empowerment and education.
Last October, in the course of his first press conference as Commissioner of Police, Mr.
A month short of four years in office, the APNU+AFC government is at serious risk of being unable to deliver on its economic and financial policies, legislative agenda and oil and gas commitments this year.
The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) was established under the administration of Mr Donald Ramotar as part of Anti-Money Launder-ing Law requirements.
Kirstjen Nielsen, US Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security resigned last week, reportedly because President Trump wanted to implement even harsher policies at the US-Mexico border.
There are, it would appear, nearly 6,000 registered Venezuelans here, and according to Minister Winston Felix, an unknown number of unregistered ones.
News earlier this week that a subterranean park is to be built in New York in the city’s old trolley tunnels created quite a buzz, but there seemed to be very little surprise that it has actually been conceptualised and is going to come to fruition.
Two Sundays ago the music and entertainment world was greeted with the horrific news that the 2019 Grammy nominee for Best Rap Album Nipsey Hussle had been gunned down in broad daylight in front of his clothing story in Los Angeles.
Each time that City Hall appears to have plumbed the depths of ineptitude in the course of the discharge (or lack thereof) of its responsibilities to the capital many of us are probably inclined to think that the municipality finally has reached the base of its ineptness or perhaps that it may even be in the process of a long-awaited ascent towards enhanced competence, where, at least, the surprise and shock afforded by its underperformance are both less persistent and less severe and that things can only get better.
It has come to public notice that a clear conflict of interest arose sometime in 2017 at the ministry with responsibility for the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) after Minister Valerie Adams-Yearwood’s husband, Godfrey Yearwood, secured a contract to build houses for the same CH&PA.
Last week, with his customary flair for the melodramatic, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo held a press conference to announce that his party had found evidence of a “people smuggling racket” in the Department of Citizenship aimed at inserting the names of foreigners into the voting list.
In 1841 the Scottish writer Charles Mackay published a prescient survey of the dangers of what we now describe as a herd mentality.
As with Cedric Richardson, his counterpart in the third term case, farmer, Compton Reid took on the task as a citizen of challenging the validity of the vote of former APNU+AFC MP Charrandass Persaud as a means of nullifying the December 21, 2018 motion of no-confidence which had initially ended the term of the government.
On Sunday last, scores of local producers came together in a single space for yet another vigorous effort by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) to propel small businesses forward.
After being elected as Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, two Sundays ago, Ricky Skerritt declared that the immediate focus of the new administration would be rejuvenating the high performance centre, governance reform and finding a permanent West Indies Head Coach.
The announcement just over a week ago that the first phase of President David Granger’s medical treatment in Cuba for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma has been successfully completed and that his doctors are satisfied with his response to the chemotherapy which he has had to undergo and with his overall physical well-being, is a development that should be welcomed and celebrated by Guyana.
On February 6th, 2019, a subcommittee of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) completed a report into a complaint that had been lodged with it by the three Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) opposition-nominated commissioners that employment practices have been biased and also that Deputy Chief Election Officer (DCEO) Roxanne Myers had been unfairly selected over the former holder of that position Vishnu Persaud by virtue of the vote of the Chairman, Justice (Rtd) James Patterson.
Karl Popper’s much quoted aphorism that institutions are like fortresses: they have to be strongly built and well manned, is as applicable in Guyana as it is elsewhere.
The first hint of the media narrative that would turn into “Russiagate” surfaced on October 7, 2016 when the US intelligence community announced that foreign hackers had targeted email servers at the Democratic National Committee.
Recently, Georgetown Mayor, Ubraj Narine posited that the fine for littering should be increased from $10,000 to $40,000 to curb the distasteful habit that seems to be possessed by too many city dwellers.
For the past week at least, the name Jacinda Ardern has been in every international newspaper, her image plastered all over and the commentary on her latest actions is still ongoing, though not all of it is complimentary.
The Caribbean hurricane season runs from 1st June to 30th November, but last Sunday, the first heavy gales for the year struck the region.
Historically, women (and children) have been the softest targets for various forms of exploitation arising out of forced migration from conflict-ridden and poverty-stricken countries into neighbouring ones where conditions may be more bearable.
Now that the Guyana Court of Appeal has spoken, the no-confidence motion (NCM) case and its variegated repercussions will wend their way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) for final resolution.
No one has ever seen anything like it before in the UK. In fact, there are no precedents for it in the parliamentary record.
Twenty five years ago, the economist Jeffrey Sachs found that economies which rely on the extraction of natural resources tend to develop slower than those that don’t.
The cases of child abuse reported to the Child Protection Agency for 2018 numbered a stunning 4,917, according to a statement emanating from agency Director, Ms Ann Greene.
There are several things happening now in the world that can and will change the nature of education in the very near future.
The SNC–Lavalian saga continues to haunt Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government like a never ending nightmare.
Last September, the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) made what, at the time was held in some quarters to be a somewhat surprising disclosure that the ‘recreational’ drug ecstasy (surely a misapplied terminology) was being distributed in five local schools.
As the no-confidence motion clock runs down towards the end of the three-month period for the staging of general elections, there has been a flurry of accusations back and forth between President Granger and Opposition Leader Jagdeo about who is responsible for the present deadlock.
In any other circumstances, we would be paying more attention to the matter of the Venezuelan border.
Yesterday’s massacre at two mosques in New Zealand is another instance of extremist violence facilitated by digital platforms which freely share supremacist ideologies and other forms of hatred.
One of the moral principles that govern most of the civilised world is the principle of the “right to life.” The United States of America’s “Declaration of Independence” captures this concept in beautiful prose which reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Here in Guyana, Article 138 (1) of our Constitution speaks to the protection of this “right to life” in the following manner, “No person shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of an offense under the law of Guyana of which he has been convicted.” All this sums up quite neatly the fact that life is something to be respected and highly regarded, whether it is one’s own life, or that of another.
On Tuesday, as the Commission on the Status of Women began their 63rd session at the UN in New York, news broke that the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission had launched an investigation into the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) over whether it has been paying women less than men for doing the same work.
On Sunday diehard West Indian cricket fans were left with a bittersweet taste in their mouths following their team’s useless total of 71 in 13 overs in the final T20 match as England completed a 3 – 0 sweep of the shortest format of the game.
One of the difficulties with the term ‘the Public Service of Guyana’ reposes in the fact that its popular interpretation is misleading in its narrowness insofar as it largely limits the institution to the traditional Ministries of Government administered at the top by functionaries titled Permanent Secretaries and (for no clearly defined reason arbitrarily excludes other state-run institutions which, in much the same manner as the aforementioned Ministries of Government, administer the affairs of the state and provide services to the people of Guyana as an agent of the state.
Following an investigation, the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) has confirmed that three young cancer patients succumbed after the improper administration of chemotherapy drugs.
The President has virtuoso skills when it comes to issuing soothing, anodyne statements which, on their face, appear to be well advised and equitable, but which in reality mask undeclared intentions.
The US Congress recently passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry and intolerance.
In the United States of America (USA), the term “vehicular homicide” is used to describe the criminally negligent or murderous operation of a motor vehicle which results in the death of someone other than the driver of the said vehicle.
Tomorrow, Guyana joins the rest of the world in observing International Women’s Day under the theme promulgated by UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has been rocked to the core over the last week by the SNC-Lavalin affair.