The powers at year’s end

It would hardly have been expected with negative relations between the United States and Russia (the former USSR) having subsided in accordance with the apparent end of the Cold War, that as President Obama prepares to leave the White House, relations between the two powers would have soured to their present state.

Norconsult Report

In November 2015, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan told a Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association annual dinner and awards that Guyana and Norway had agreed to do a final review of the contentious Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP).

Fundamental issues

We now stand on the first rung of the 2017 ladder.  What we know the year won’t bring is the ‘good life’ – whatever that was supposed to mean.

Interesting times

As the new year approaches, the buyer’s remorse of the post-Brexit UK and the widespread anxieties of the pre-Trump US suggest that the clash between disruptive populism and established political elites is far from over.

Planning v parking meters

The capital city of Georgetown is 235 years old with a rich and varied history which can be seen in the architectural structures still standing, some of which have been designated as heritage sites.

Goodbye 2016

In two days we will be singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and bidding farewell to 2016, a most remarkable year any way you look at it, and yet a year no one will be sorry to see end.

A new American President

As a new year dawns, leaders and populations of most countries will be turning their eyes even more sharply towards the United States as a new president assumes office.

GT flooding

As if the year hadn’t already doled out enough man-made woes to visit on the Guyanese citizenry, the heavens decided to open up on Friday and add an element of pluvial misery to the mix.

Democracy v terrorism

The manhunt for Anis Amri, which ended in a shootout in Milan, closes another chapter in Europe’s struggle against terrorism, but it also highlights the difficulties of protecting large democracies against resolute combatants like IS.

Cash-based society

Guyana has long been a cash-based society, stubbornly resistant to the many advances in the international financial system over the years, and not in the forefront of the countries in the Caribbean in the implementation of ATM machines, debit cards, credit cards, and online payments.

Giving and receiving

Christmas is mere days away. This week, the city is abuzz with throngs of people, particularly in the main shopping areas, fetching the ubiquitous black shopping bag, rolled-up rugs and vinyl for floors, Christmas trees, et al.

Trump: more activism in US foreign policy?

Right after expressions of concern, reflected in one of our editorials last week, about the stances that president-elect Donald Trump will take vis-à-vis the two great non-Western powers, Russia and China, an incident in the South China Sea has pointed further directions in which relations between the US and those powers might well evolve.

Sugar and realism

This newspaper’s interview last Tuesday with Mr Errol Hanoman, who is serving his second stint as CEO of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), dealt with, among other things, the many seemingly intractable problems confronting the local sugar industry and the challenge of extricating ourselves from those problems.

Scholarships for gov’t ministers

In the more than 18 months since the APNU+AFC government took office it has stumbled from one faux pas to the next, each time baring a little more of its true, inner workings and quite often to the dismay of many in the public.

Party script

Thursday was a bad day for democracy in Georgetown. Never mind all the earlier hype about ordinary citizens being represented by individuals as well as political parties, who were to create a new template for democratic expression in their various councils.

Hacking democracy

One reason why Donald Trump kept the US media spellbound throughout his campaign was his fondness for impromptu remarks.

Guyana and ICT

In 2005, during an Independence Day address to the nation, then President Bharrat Jagdeo touted the modernisation of Guyana as being dependent on “the development of reliable, inexpensive telecommunication services with a sufficient band-width to allow for Information Technology related services to be developed and exported.

What zero tolerance?

The recent case of Selina Ramotar, who almost died as a result of stab wounds she sustained at the hands of the father of her child, with whom she had reportedly severed a relationship, is one that should cause the authorities to question their proclamations of zero tolerance for domestic and gender-based violence.

Barbados at mid-term

Having won the general elections of 2008, called eight months ahead of time by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) then led by Owen Arthur, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), led then by David Thompson (now deceased) and subsequently, by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, managed to obtain a mere 16 seats to the BLP’s 14 in the subsequent elections of 2013.

Paying lip service to sport

In the same week that Jamaica, was premiering the film ‘I Am Bolt,’ one of what, no doubt, will be, many projects celebrating the magnificent accomplishments of a native son who rose from modest circumstances to become history’s most accomplished track athlete, the National Assembly in Guyana was debating the country’s budgetary allocation for sport in 2017.

Drug bond redux

If Dr George Norton and the government were hoping that the drug bond scandal would quietly dissipate in the ether, then on Thursday they were rudely disabused of that notion. 

Peering into the abyss

South Sudan is heading towards a catastrophe. Its worsening civil unrest, which has been rapidly deteriorating since a coup attempt last December, has effectively ended the 2015 peace deal that stopped a two-year civil war between rival government factions.

Parliamentary antics

As the budget presentations and debates gather steam, the eyes of the public are once more focused inexorably on the antics and elucidations of those who seek to represent us in that most august of houses ‒ the National Assembly.

Standing up

Given his humanitarian and philanthropic work, one doubts that when Mark Zuckerberg sat down with his college mates and developed the social networking site Facebook that he, or any of them for that matter, would have foreseen that it would be used for base and ad hominem attacks, bullying and the perpetuation of stigma and discrimination against certain groups.