Third term

In 2009, a mysterious campaign got underway to elect then President Bharrat Jagdeo to a third term.

Valuing Snapchat

Two days ago the parent company of the popular messaging application Snapchat, ended its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange 44 per cent above its initial offering price.

Vigilantism

Last month the issue of vigilantism and justice was once again brought sharply into focus when police charged no less a personage than a regional councillor and two other persons for allegedly murdering a young fisherman, who attempted to snatch a shoulder bag from a young lady.

Sea of fabrication

Years ago, when anyone wanted to get at (or get back at) someone for a perceived wrong or as a result of envy, the trick was to find whoever the worst gossip in the community was and start a rumour.

Kim’s nuclear toys

The American President, Donald Trump’s war with the media over ‘fake news’ may be attracting the attention of the world on a daily basis, but on the other side of the globe the Kim dynasty  and their stranglehold on power in North Korea  continues to grow as it approaches its seventh decade.

Public Service CoI recommendations’ delay

Immediately on his assumption to office in May 2015 President David Granger signalled his concern that the quality of the service delivered by the Guyana Public Service be enhanced to better match the national need by setting up a Com-mission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Public Service of Guyana.

Cabinet’s no-objection

After great expectations that the long-awaited Public Procurement Commission (PPC) would immediately relieve government of the responsibility of giving the green light to contracts over $15m, the public has now been told differently.

History

Tomorrow will mark the 254th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1763 uprising. 

The long view

Two days ago, during a trip to Lebanon that was intended to strengthen her foreign policy credentials, the leader of  France’s National Front party paid a visit to the Grand Mufti of Beirut, the country’s leading religious authority.

Lead from the front

Just before the 2015 general election, then Opposition Leader David Granger made a speech about changing the political culture in the country noting that the coalition had come together because the nation was at breaking point.

Be like Golden Fleece

This week in our regular Sunday feature the World Beyond Georgetown, we carried a story on Golden Fleece, a village on the Essequibo Coast, which is one with a difference.

Pan-O-Rama

On Sunday the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall was the scene of a ferocious competition. 

A bad time for grandstanding

Between them, it took the coalition administration and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) a little over a day to confirm what had long been apparent, that is, that the relationship between the private sector and the government, post the 2015 general elections, has never really come to be characterized by any real warmth. 

Mr Goolsarran’s application

At various junctures of the life of this 21-month-old government it has been emphasised in the editorial columns of this newspaper that the government must fastidiously ensure fairness in the hiring of persons for all positions given the concerns over the jobs-for-the-boys syndrome and the favouring of persons on grounds other than merit.

Adjusting to reality

It seems that Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and her APNU councillors still have not really grasped the true nature of what has happened in relation to their pet project, viz, the parking meters.

In praise of apolitical dissent

In 2008, the government of South Korea decided to lift a ban on the import of US beef – a health measure imposed five years earlier in the aftermath of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) outbreak.

Minister Jordan’s response

Recently, the issue of VAT being charged on education services became a hot button topic concerning which the parents of school age children made a public outcry.

Fixing Baramita

It was by way of a report titled ‘Impact of Mining: Survival Strategies for Interior Communities in Guyana,’ released by the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) that the troubling dysfunction in Baramita, Region One, was made public.

Leadership challenge

As the potential firestorm continues to brew over the city of Georgetown on the parking meters, the debate rages on, tempers flare, meetings are held, discussions take place, and eventually the dust will settle and the matter will be resolved one way or another.

People protest

It is probably not surprising that quite a few commentators on the unfolding parking meter saga have alluded to the role which public protest has played in the evolution of the issue.

Constitutional reform 

On February 8th, the Office of the Prime Minister announced the arrival of a team of constitutional experts from the United Nations System for what was described as a constitutional reform needs assessment mission.

Trump’s wall

Earlier this week President Trump told law enforcement officials that his proposed wall on the US-Mexican border “is getting designed right now.” Shortly afterwards Reuters reported that an internal US Department of Homeland Security document estimated the cost of constructing the wall at US$21.6 billion.

Age and office

Last month the press reported that the British government had issued a call encouraging persons over 50 years old to take up apprenticeships, and offered incentives to businesses which got onboard with the initiative.

Failing mental health

On Monday, a 52-year-old Corentyne man succumbed to poisoning at the New Amsterdam Hospital in Berbice.