Waste and need

It’s best said in French: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – the more things change, the more they stay the same – but no language can quite convey or dispel the disappointment that comes with the knowledge that this is indeed the case in the public health sector.

Bradenton developments

The relatively small city of Bradenton, (population 55,000), on the West Coast of Florida was recently the scene of significant developments in Guyana’s football.

As first oil beckons: Lesson from Angola

Shortly after replacing the long-serving Jose Eduardo Dos Santos as President of Angola, the country’s new leader, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço moved to reverse two of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor’s near four-decade rule.

Oil and the future

While she acknowledged that Trinidad and Tobago was not an exemplar in oil and gas management,  Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar was nevertheless able to pitch her Thursday address to the manufacturers association  towards pivotal issues this country has to address.

Local elections

Tomorrow the nation’s citizens go to the polls to vote for their local authorities.

America’s midterm elections

Tuesday’s midterm elections in the United States may not have delivered the long-awaited “blue wave” against President Trump, but they did reveal America’s demographic and cultural fault lines with unusual clarity.

Clueless management of prisons

There is a single word that comes to mind when one considers the administration of our prison system – a system which benefits from the services of a Minister of Public Security, a Board of Management, and a Director of Prisons.

Empty promises

In less than a week, Guyanese will make their way to the polls to vote for the parties, men and women who will run their local authorities for the next term.

A maestro departs

On the 23rd of October, the Caribbean lost one of its great musical icons, the calypsonian, The Mighty Shadow.

Our schools: Who runs the show?

More than a week after the distressing occurrences that attended the St. Joseph High School PTA Fair, neither the Ministry of Education nor the Guyana Police Force has, as far as we are aware, had anything substantive to say on the matter even after the PTA had gone to the trouble to make its own statement, during which, incidentally, it claimed that the Force failed to honour an agreement between the two with regard to security for the Fair.

Cost of a barrel of oil

Following a question by Stabroek News, ExxonMobil has said it will not disclose its estimated cost of production for oil to be extracted from the Liza-1 well in 2020.

David de Caires

It is not often that a small society produces someone who leaves an institutional legacy of significance.

Ending impunity

The International Day to End Impunity, which UNESCO commemorated yesterday, is a moment when human rights groups take stock of the violence and intimidation used to silence journalists around the world.

Errant contractors

The Public Procurement Commission recently began a round of engagements with stakeholders in the construction industry outlining draft regulations that, if implemented, would see contractors in the industry being suspended or debarred if found guilty of doing shoddy work on Government contracts.

Balderdash

One of the reasons why life in Guyana remains perilous for women and girls has to do with the ignorance that still surrounds law enforcement and sadly officialdom as well.

Review of Cricket Australia

-three men arrested

Following the ball tampering incident involving the Australia team during a Test match in South Africa in March of this year, Cricket Australia (CA), the organization responsible for overseeing cricket in Australia, commissioned a cultural review of Australian cricket.  

St. Joseph High School PTA Fair

Long before last Saturday’s St. Joseph High School ‘Fair of the Year’ came to an inglorious end  on Sunday morning the available evidence had been pointing unerringly to the likelihood that it could descend into something ugly.  

Mr Jagdeo and copyright protection

On Thursday, former President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo disconcertingly stated his disaffection with the planned upgrading of copyright laws which was alluded to by President Granger in his recent address to Parliament.

Constitutional reform

Last week, Sunday columnist Ralph Ramkarran under the caption ‘Still time for constitutional reform’ put forward the view that the AFC was in a position to ensure that the coalition’s manifesto promise on constitutional reform was realized.

Agriculture on the backburner

It has become distressingly obvious, as the 2020 oil production deadline draws inexorably closer, that the current administration has placed agriculture squarely on the back burner.

Downright unhealthy

It is disgusting, unhealthy and beyond disappointing that the Public Health Ministry could in this day and age be storing anything in spaces that are unsuitable and less than scrupulously well maintained.

The latest lefthander

The dispatches from the Asian sub-continent of the current West Indies tour have not been good, in fact they have very depressing to say the least.

State contracts to small business must not become poisoned chalice

The announcement late last week that Cabinet had given the green light for the implementation of the clause in the Small Business Act that sets aside up to 20 per cent of state contracts for the provision of goods and services for small businesses, with effect from January next year, is good news, as much for ambitious small businesses seeking growth through the acquisition of bigger contracts as for job-creation since bigger contracts will, in some instances, give rise to the need for an expanded work force.

Berbice Bridge tolls

When Berbicians, in particular, would have heard Tuesday’s announcement by the Berbice Bridge Company Inc.

Filariasis questions

In a letter published in this newspaper on Thursday captioned ‘It makes more sense trying to sort out the mosquito problems to eradicate filaria’, Dr Mark Devonish took the WHO to task over the method used in its campaign to eliminate filariasis from the country.

Fighting complacency towards climate change

A report just published by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns, with unusual candour, that unless global warming is drastically reduced by 2030, our climate will undergo a wide array of catastrophic disruptions.

Mining deaths and GGMC’s responsibility

Accidental deaths in the gold mining industry in Guyana have been a steady occurrence over the years due to very questionable and highly risky operational methods, and a non-observance of proper Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) practices.

Ending poverty

It has been 26 years since a declaration by the United Nations General Assembly designated October 17 as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The ultimate sacrifice

It is considered to be one of the most iconic moments in the history of the Olympic Games, and for that matter, of all sporting events ; the medal ceremony, following the running of the Men’s 200 Metres Final at the 1968 Olympic Games, in Mexico City.

A hobbled City Hall administration

If one is even remotely aware of the sheer scale of the crisis that has been afflicting the administration of the capital for many years, then it becomes the easiest thing in the world to be persuaded that City Hall is incurably afflicted with a condition of sheer idiocy.  

Party politics and local government

President David Granger’s visit on Friday to Rose Hall in the East Berbice has raised at least two serious concerns about the political culture in the country.

Noise 

This is a country of big meetings. Perhaps all developing countries are.  But there it is: in come some heavyweight international worthies to sensitise, persuade or instruct us in relation to a particular topic which is often, but not always, of greater interest to them than to us.

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi

One way to grasp the enormity of what has just taken place in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, is to compare the murder used to silence Jamal Khashoggi with the mistreatment deployed against two prominent dissidents in Russia and Iran.

Heading to Year Zero

2026 has been designated Year Zero. It is the year, environmentalists say, that wild animals could disappear from their natural habitats around the world, if humans continue on the same path of causing damage to the earth and at the same rate.

Alarm bells continue to ring

It has not been a good week for that critically endangered species, the West Indian cricket fan.

Police Commissioner James and team and the burden of expectation

On August 30th, in a single fell swoop, President Granger, in one of the more significant decisions of his presidency up until now, shook up the leadership of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), bringing an end to a protracted period of public speculation regarding the future of law enforcement management in the Republic at a time when crime continues to be a matter of the greatest national concern.

Ethical issue

Best practices in modern governance require careful scrutiny of the private interests of elected officials – particularly ministers – to ensure that there is no actual conflict, or even an appearance of one, if, indeed, the government in question intends to maintain the highest standards of probity.

Cohesion

Perhaps what strikes people most about the current government is its apparent lack of capacity for planning.

America’s broken democracy

Last week, a small group of women confronted Republican Senator Jeff Flake as he boarded an elevator.

Local content policy

The concept of “Local Content” is not a new one, and contrary to popular opinion or use, is not limited in application to the oil and gas sector alone.

A very different world

Although the world has experienced much worse, recent events involving inclement weather conditions have caused much consternation, particularly last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in eastern Indonesia.

Thirty years later

Last Friday, just eight days after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) voted to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the Canadian newspaper, The Toronto Star, broke a story that the most famous doping incident in Olympic history, the Ben Johnson scandal, appears to have been constructed around a series of questionable laboratory procedures.

Time to roll out the Small Business Procurement Programme

Last Friday, the Guyana Chronicle reported that Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin had indicated that his Ministry was “in the advance(d) stages” of preparation for the introduction of the Small Business Procurement Programme, the provision under the 2004 Small Business Act for small businesses to access 20 per cent of state contracts.

GuySuCo chaos

The chaos in the sugar sector under the APNU+AFC government might have been easily dismissed were it not for the fact that it has upturned the lives of thousands of former GuySuCo employees and the future of many more hangs in the balance.

Arbitral chairperson

There has never been a Minister of Labour, senior or junior, in this country quite as ill informed, blundering or precipitate as Mr Keith Scott, the present incumbent.

Scenes from a culture war

This week, two impassioned statements captured the tone of the American culture wars rekindled  by the #MeToo movement.

Inaction over alcohol abuse

The issue of responsible drinking (or combating excessive alcohol consumption) has been a much discussed, but unresolved matter being grappled with by the authorities.

Handwashing facilities

Just about a month after the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) published their joint ‘Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: 2018 Global Baseline Report,’ came the news that a non-secular, non-government organisation made up of young people affiliated with the First Assembly of God Church at D’Urban Street, Wortmanville had constructed handwashing facilities for the Charlestown Secondary School.