Criminal challenge to territorial integrity?

On those occasions when the issue of national security comes under serious official contemplation, the sanctity of our borders invariably becomes part of the discourse.

Mother’s Day at the NA Prison

In off the cuff remarks on Wednesday at State House about the third anniversary of his government in office, President Granger said  “Sometimes commentators tend to underestimate the difficulties we face in terms of our finance… international relations… crime and security but I think [a] sober analysis will see that we have made tremendous progress”.

Esso’s US$460m pre-contract claim

Given the structure of the 1999 and 2016  Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) between the government and ExxonMobil’s subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), the extent of benefits to Guyana is significantly hinged on the allowable expenses.

Trumpworld vs Twitter

Donald Trump’s unfettered access to Twitter – a digital platform he has exploited with remarkable success  –  has long been a hallmark of his unusual presidency.

Fiddling while City Hall crumbles

The Georgetown City Hall has long been recognised as one of the more picturesque representations of Gothic Revival architecture in the city, and in Guyana as a whole.

The richest country in the world

Is any one country the richest in the world? The title is subjective, and it really depends on what one counts as riches.

Cricket Ombudsman

Followers of local cricket are shaking their heads in disbelief once again, as the local ruling body, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), has conjured yet another Machiavellian manoeuvre. 

The case of Deputy Superintendent Motie Dookie

The last thing that this editorial wants to be seen to be doing is making a judgement call on a sensitive administrative decision made by the Guyana Police Force in circumstances where we may not have in our possession all of the requisite rationale (beyond that which has been publicly stated by the Acting Commissioner of Police) for the action though, taking account of the context and what we know, we have opted to make use of our right to comment on the particular issue.

The Sussex St bond revisited

In its column in yesterday’s Sunday Stabroek, Transparency Institute Guyana Inc (TIGI) addressed the country’s ranking in the most recent report of Transparency International on corruption perceptions and considered the various factors which could have given rise to the improved score. 

COFCOR and Guyana’s move to the ICJ

Speaking on Monday at the opening of the 21st Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) in The Bahamas, CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque implored the ministers gathered to speak with one voice to maximize benefits for the region.

Abandoning diplomacy

President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is a characteristic act of petulance and one that is inexplicable except as a rebuke to his predecessor.

Defective detention facilities

When Paul Arjune, a father of eight, appeared before a city magistrate charged with escaping from police custody his explanation was as simple as it was profound: “I escape out of frustration,” was his telling retort.

Too sweet

In April last year, South African scientist Professor Tim Noakes was found not guilty of misconduct, by the Health Professions Council of South Africa, following a hearing after a report made against him in 2014 by then president of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, Claire Julsing-Strydom for advising a mother on Twitter to wean her child onto low-carb, high-fat foods.

Worrisome development

In the sports section of last Sunday’s edition, this newspaper broke a story that the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) was asking Under-15 and Under-17 players to sign contracts with long term implications for their future earnings from the game of cricket.

Teachers

Few things can be more inspiring for our struggling education system than teachers, mostly females, (these days it appears that males run a proverbial mile to avoid teaching) fending off their less than appealing conditions of service, and presenting themselves, day after day, fully prepared to draw a line under the frustrations of the previous day and to simply soldier on. 

APNU and AFC meeting

Governing coalition partners, APNU and the AFC are scheduled to meet today to discuss a revision of their ground-breaking Cummingsburg Accord that seeded their win at the 2015 general elections.

Mayhem at sea

On April 27th, 2018 off the coast of Suriname, there was an attack by pirates on four fishing boats manned  by Guyanese most of whom were living in Suriname.

Trump vs Democracy?

In a memorable passage, Emerson observes that:  “An institution is the lengthened shadow of a man … and all history resolves itself very easily into the biography of a few stout and earnest persons.” That insight is a good starting point for a raft of books about the Trump era, most of which interpret the president’s  disruption of the status quo, and his proud ignorance of much of it, as a death knell for American democracy.

Waiting in lines

It would be a very useful study indeed to research the amount of time the average person in Guyana spends standing in line to access goods and services.

No clear division

On Monday last, residents of some villages along the lower East Coast Demerara were exhorted to reclaim their communities through the use of the ballot box at this year’s Local Government Elections.

Physical challenges

It is a long wait for fans of America’s National Football League (NFL) between the end of one season, the Super Bowl in early February, and the start of the next season at the beginning of September.

Sedition and cybercrime

Considering the bewildering array of criminal behaviour in cyberspace – in particular the purveying of child pornography and human trafficking –the advancing of a draft law on these matters and the compromising of computer systems is welcome.

Road culture

In November 2015, a few months after the present government took office, Road Safety Month was launched at which none other than the President of the Co-operative Republic gave the inaugural address.

Learning from Toronto

Six days after Alek Minassian used a rented van to kill 10 people seriously injuring 15 others, Toronto is returning to normal.