Unfulfilled prescriptions

It is a fairly safe bet to say that in the last twenty years consultants have produced enough documents to paper the walls of the ministries that commissioned them.

Standards in the construction industry

On August 8, 2017, we reported the story of Althea Thegg, who, nearing the completion of the construction of a new house – her dream home – had the nightmarish experience of watching a large section of the house crumble and fall away from the main building.

Parking meters and secrecy

The discussions which will be held today when the Report of the Metered Parking Negotiation Committee is formally presented to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) are bound to be interesting, to put it mildly.

Total solar eclipse

Next Monday, August 21, a rare solar eclipse will occur. According to Space.com the path of most eclipses either fall across the path of water or unpopulated areas of the earth, however this rarity’s path of totality will stay completely within only the United States of America, the first of its kind since 1776.

Mysterious aircraft, concealed airstrips and hinterland security

Viewed against the backdrop of earlier similar discoveries, last week’s disclosure that a Guyana Defence Force reconnaissance detail had found an illegal airstrip (and various other suspicious accoutrements) at Santa Fe in the North Rupununi is decidedly disconcerting.

Two different existences

With the midpoint of the APNU+AFC term in office approaching, citizens might be excused for thinking that they flit back and forth between two very different existences.

FITUG and President Trump

Last week international relations acquired a certain lunatic tinge, not least because of the irrational exchanges between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea.

Trump’s sound and fury

President Trump’s extemporized comments on North Korea, and his refusal to temper those remarks with more diplomatic language, have spread fear throughout Asia.

The role of youth

“The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them, is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely, until they – at some distant point in the future – will take over the reins.

Garbage out, garbage in

For at least a decade, if not longer, waste disposal in the city has been operating on a teetering pile of debt, which the average citizen knows is not a good thing.

Farewell to the Human Rocket

Last Saturday, 5th August, at 21:45 GMT, eight men stepped to the line for the 100 metres final at the IAAF World Championships being held in London, England.

City Hall’s bizarre behaviour

This is the second time in less than a month that we have had reason to editorialise on the protracted impasse between City Hall and two private contractors, Cevons and Puran Brothers over the municipality’s $300 million-odd debt to the two companies and the consequences that continue to derive therefrom.

Security sector reform

As part of his development of a security reform action plan, UK expert Russell Combe was expected to submit an interim report by the end of last June to the government.

Broadcasting Bill

On Thursday a Bill was introduced in Parliament intended to amend the Broadcasting Act of 2011.

The Trump transcripts

“The secret counsels of princes,” said Montaigne, “are a troublesome burden to such as have only to execute them.” In the last few days, many a pundit must have pondered this insight while reading through the leaked transcripts of President Trump’s phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.

Interest of the people

Since attaining independence from the British, Guyana has been governed to all intents and purposes by two political parties, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the People’s National Congress (PNC) – with the qualification that the current core PNC government is part of a coalition.

Ending public smoking

Tobacco smoke clings to hair, clothing, carpets, curtains, even furniture; it lingers in a room like an unwanted guest long after its host, the smoker, extinguishes the offending cigarette or cigar and stays after the host leaves.

The curtains fall

Astor Cinema opened in the 1940s with the screening of Golden Boy with William Holden and Barbara Stanwyck in the lead roles, and drew the curtains on June 30, 2013, with the showing of a double, Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds and Sparkle. It was the last of the city cinemas to survive the passage of time, battling through the tough decades of the 70s’ and 80s’ shortage of foreign exchange required to pay distributors for movie rights, unreliable electricity supply, declining audiences...

The prison crisis and public unease

The main reason why the recent Georgetown Prison fire and its attendant consequences will remain etched in public consciousness for some time yet, has to do with the implications of the occurrence, or rather, the succession of occurrences, for citizens’ perceptions of the status of public safety.

Prisons and the PSIP

On July 24th, just around the same time as the full extent of the prison escape from Lusignan was being determined, Finance Minister, Mr Winston Jordan was lamenting the poor execution of the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP).

Responsibility

As is very well known, it was US President Harry Truman who first introduced the world to the novelty of having a plaque on the desk which read, “The buck stops here”.

Unravelling democracy

Democratic governance rarely rises to the cinematic denouement of the fight over the American Health Care Act that ended yesterday morning in the US Senate.

Deficiencies

Since the beginning of the year the APNU+AFC coalition government has been faced with one controversy after another, calling into question its style of governance and its resulting efficacy.

A question of compassion

There is a United States-based television show called ‘Caught in Providence’, which is filmed in the courtroom of Justice Frank Caprio in Providence, Rhode Island.

Conduct unbecoming

In August, 1907, an English army officer Robert Baden-Powell organised an experimental camp on Brownsea Island on the south coast of England, off Dorset County.