Editorial

Two-horse race

Caught in a time-warp our two antediluvian parties revealed their true identities last Thursday.

Urban opportunity

Earlier this month, February 8 to 13 to be precise, some 20,000 delegates from over 150 countries met in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the 10th session of the World Urban Forum, convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.

The pressure to win

As increasingly vast amounts of television and sponsorship money continue to flood the world of sports, and the lines between sports and entertainment becomes even more blurred, the pressure on teams to win titles and championships continues to rise.

Socio-economic transformation, crime challenges and security reform

The recent GTT Giftland Complex robbery and the swift apprehending of one of the two men alleged to have perpetrated the crime attracted media and public attention for at least a few days, a noteworthy development given the fact that, these days, individual incidents of crime occupy so much space in the realm of public discourse.

Manifestos

It is the season of manifestos in which prospective voters are regaled with promises of all types.

Dates

Next Sunday we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Guyana becoming a republic.

Censorship and the Coronavirus

At the end of December 2019, when the coronavirus outbreak was still in its early stages, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital used WeChat to alert colleagues to the true scale of the threat.

Malta v Guyana

Yesterday we carried a Reuters report about more than half of Malta’s traffic police being arrested on Tuesday for suspected fraud.

Not a numbers game

On Sunday last, the American Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, better known as the Academy Awards or the Oscars, held its 92nd ceremony to recognise excellence in those fields.

No more prima donnas

Last week Monday, Cricket West Indies’ selection panel released the names of the 15-member squad for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) Series in Sri Lanka.

Voters’ addresses

Three weeks from today, March 2nd, voters  will head to polling stations countrywide to cast ballots in what will easily be the most hotly contested General and Regional Elections in decades.

Corruption

Our fractured political system has militated against governments taking a robust stance against corruption.

The aftermath of impeachment

On July 14th, 1789, the first day of the French Revolution, Louis XVI’s diary entry was the single word: “rien” because he had shot nothing in his daily hunt.

Chateau Margot chimney

In early December last year we published a letter from artist Ms Bernadette Persaud who said that a few weeks previously the site of the Chateau Margot chimney had been closed off to the public and that the gates now carried two notices.

Shelter and stability 

Up to late last week, the families affected by the collapse of a section of range houses in East La Penitence were still marking time.

Choices

As we go about our daily lives we are required to make a series of choices, many of which are trivial in nature with little long-term consequences, while the more difficult ones, such as career pursuits, family decisions and retirement planning, to name a few, require serious thought.

The President and Police Reform

On Thursday last, at the Annual Police Officers’ Conference, President David Granger returned to the now patently familiar theme of police reform, outlining elements of his vision for the Guyana Police Force, going forward.

US$55b

A January 29th 2020 letter from anti-corruption watchdog, Global Witness to ExxonMobil’s Country Manager has quantified the likely loss to Guyana from the disastrous 2016 Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) at a whopping US$55b.

Delayed justice

It is perhaps surprising why it hasn’t happened before. Former murder accused Cloyd Harris recently filed a $100 million lawsuit against the state for loss of liberty after spending six years on remand without trial.

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