Editorial

ExxonMobil developments

On Wednesday the Ministry of Natural Resources invited the media to an event at the Marriott Hotel where US oil company ExxonMobil was to brief Government of Guyana officials on the latest developments in the commercialising of the country’s offshore oil riches.

Wash bays

The day before yesterday, Town Clerk Royston King held a meeting in City Hall’s chambers with wash-bay operators, during which he announced that those located in Queenstown would no longer be permitted to operate and that they had two weeks in which to cease work.

Penny wise

As usual, during the rainy season many of our streets become difficult to traverse. Not just because, like several in Festival City and North Ruimveldt, they remain filled with stagnant, muddy water for weeks on end, but also because of the potholes and craters that emerge during this season.

The SARA Bill

The government recently announced the imminent passage of the SARA (State Asset Recovery Agency) Bill through Parliament. The Bill was developed in consonance with the United Nations  Convention against Corruption, and was drafted with the assistance of the World Bank and British expert, Brian Horne.

Food safety

The signing into law by President Barack Obama of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2010 was intended to do more than send a message to Americans that the country was raising its game as far as its food safety standards were concerned.

The AFC election

Saturday’s election of Raphael Trotman as Leader of the AFC – one of the two main components of the governing coalition – will be seen as a major upset and a blow to the incumbent – Khemraj Ramjattan who had been going for a third term.

Judicial independence

It was Mr Ralph Ramkarran who in an uncompromising column published in this newspaper last week, drew the public’s attention to what he called the Guyana Chronicle’s “obscene calumny” against Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) Carl Singh.

Revisiting torture

This week as the Trump administration began to deliver on its promises to overturn settled practices in Washington, it was hard to decide which of its proposed changes was the most disruptive.

Domestic violence

Despite being on the front burner in terms of advocacy by social activists and the relevant government agencies, there seems to be no positive change in terms of the incidence of domestic violence across Guyana.

Justice delayed

In any ordered state governed by laws, the procurement of justice is the role of the public prosecutor’s office. It is the head of this office and his/her employees who provide legal advice to the police as regards the prosecution of criminal matters.

A disturbing trend

The local sports news over the last few weeks has been dominated by reviews of the various disciplines of sport for the year of 2016, and the announcements of dates for the holding of AGMs of the controlling bodies of the respective sports. 

The sweeper/ cleaners

Aggrieved workers in Guyana faced with industrial relations disputes over conditions of service are rarely afforded the opportunity to secure the focused and structured attention of the media.

AFC National Conference

Political coalitions which succeed in unseating incumbents develop for any number of reasons and their acceding to office is particularly dependent on the mood of the populace at that point and the circumstances in the country as a whole.

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