Editorial

Traffic management: On a hiding to nowhere

Traffic Chief, Senior Superintendent Linden Alves’ revelation that up to this time in 2019 the number of deaths on our roads have been fewer than for the corresponding period last year (94 deaths so far this year as against 100 in 2018) fits into the Police Traffic Department’s well-worn habit of pressing numbers into service to disguise the truth about the overall state of affairs on our roads.

Pay hike to public servants

Public servants will undoubtedly welcome the retroactive pay increase announced by President Granger on Wednesday and particularly the lump sum that will be provided just in time for the Christmas season.

State land allocation

The allocation of state-owned land has long been a contentious issue in this country, so it is hardly surprising that differences have emerged now over how former sugar estates are being leased.

Democracy in retreat

A respected survey of political freedoms recently concluded that global democracy has been losing ground for at least a dozen years.

Primary school assault

Last week we reported on a case of a primary-school child being admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital after being beaten by five of his classmates. 

Hazardous waste

At the recent final Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) disclosure meeting for ExxonMobil’s Payara operation, conservationist Annette Arjoon-Martins questioned officials about the treatment and disposal of hazardous waste, highlighting that there could be serious problems if seepage, for instance, were to occur.

GFF Extraordinary Congress

Last Saturday, at the Guyana Pegasus Hotel, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), for the second time in three months, hosted an Extraordi-nary Congress.

Stronger defences needed against substandard food, drug imports

Last week the Government Analyst-Food and Drugs Department (GAFDD) announced that yet another consignment of expired foods had found its way into Guyana and that some of it had breached the official monitoring systems that ought to be afforded by the Customs and Trade Administration and by now, have almost certainly found their way onto the local market.

Antillean tragedy

Martinique and Guadeloupe, the two French Caribbean islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago, are havens for tourists.

No coalitions

The Liberty and Justice Party has now brought itself into alignment with three other small parties by eschewing an alliance with either the governing Coalition or the PPP/C for the purposes of the 2020 election.

First oil

So, the first oil to be extracted from Guyana’s bountiful wells in the Stabroek Block will be divvied up between ExxonMobil and its two partners Hess and CNOOC.

The President and ‘fairness’ in the press

A fearsome-looking Doberman graces the front cover of the March 1996 edition of Guyana Review under the caption, ‘The media’s watchdog role.’ The leaders for that month deal with the media, the major one of which discusses the issues between a free press and the state in the context of David de Caires’s role in trying to broker a resolution in the impasse between the Trinidad Guardian and then Trinidadian Prime Minister Basdeo Panday.

Eenie, Meenie,  Miney, Mo

Global organisations, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, have declared, based on data they have gathered and compiled, that maternal mortality has declined by 38% between 2000 and 2017, though they agree that the incidence is still unacceptably high.

Voter suppression

On October 29, nearly a week ago, it was reported to the media by several commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) following their weekly meeting that a decision had been taken by the Chair, Justice (Rtd) Claudette Singh that the names of over 25,000 could be excluded from the Official List of Electors (OLE) for the March 2020 General and Regional Elections if those persons made no effort to uplift National Identification Cards which have not been collected going all the way back to 2008.

QC

This year, Queen’s College celebrates its 175th anniversary. It is one of the few functioning institutions to have survived here for this length of time, and the weight of that tradition is still apparent notwithstanding the vicissitudes to which the school has been subject in the more recent past.

Taking to the streets

Recent street protests in Algeria, Chile, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Russia indicate a groundswell of political discontent that stretches across the globe.

Getting out the message

At a Press Association dinner last Saturday Foreign Secretary Carl Greenidge expressed his concern about the fact that the narrative of the controversy pertaining to Guyana’s border with Venezuela was being relayed to the world in a way which was “distorted and untrue.” He went on to explain that, “Venezuela or its agents have been placing pieces in our press.

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