No one who is familiar with the faltering academic standards and squalid physical conditions at the University of Guyana’s central Turkeyen campus should have been surprised at the desperate tone of Vice-Chancellor Dr James Rose’s address to the 40th convocation congregation.
Does the President need a national security adviser to analyse the abundant amount of raw information that passes through his office and to coordinate the myriad security agencies and programmes in the country?
The moral protest by local religious organizations over the official introduction of casino gambling in Guyana has obscured a disturbing feature of this development.
Two revealing meetings were held over the last two weeks in relation to local government at which the subject minister Mr Kellawan Lall presided.
The unanimity of the various faiths on the subject of casino gambling has clearly taken the government off guard.
Racial slurs targeted at famous Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on the popular Channel 4 television show in Britain, Celebrity Big Brother, have been around the world and back and the issue has since taken on international proportions.
A 2004 report, which criticised aspects of the Louis Berger feasibility study done on the Berbice bridge, has been ignored and government is moving to build the bridge using the Berger recommendations.
The recent controversy concerning the President’s appointment of ministers of the new Cabinet before they were declared elected as members of parliament has given rise to considerable speculation.
The world grew a little colder, and larger, last July when the BBC revealed that “‘six degrees of separation’ may be the academic equivalent of an urban myth.” The phrase had come from a famous 1967 experiment in which the sociologist Stanley Milgram asked a random sample of people in Kansas and Nebraska to deliver a letter to a ‘target’ in Boston, using only people they knew on a first-name basis.
More of a quaint, 19th century, Victorian heritage site than a national maximum security penitentiary, the Mazaruni Prison has once again become the scene of an escape of some of its desperate inmates.
Friday afternoon’s escape of nine inmates from the Mazaruni penal facility and the shooting of four members of the joint services is just another manifestation of the precarious state of the nation’s security.
Partly owing to the contretemps over the Gambling Prevention (Amendment) Bill which seeks to legalize casinos, the Health Facilities Licensing Bill perhaps did not receive quite the same degree of publicity last week which it otherwise might have done.
Last year, the Amerindian People’s Association attempted to have the National Assembly alter the title of the Amerindian Act by using the term ‘Indigenous’ rather than ‘Amerindian.’ The African Cultural and Development Association similarly passed a resolution calling upon the authorities to use the term ‘African’ rather than ‘negro’ or ‘black.’
To some, these demands might seem frivolous but language is powerful and ought not to be used to cause offence, particularly to ethnic and cultural communities, to denigrate and disparage disadvantaged groups or to undermine the dignity of persons.
Nobody yet knows how fast information will travel in the twenty-first century. Three months ago the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation established a new standard for data transfer by sending a message at a rate of 14 trillion bits per second.
Last Sunday, we commented on President Hugo Ch
Will Corentyne’s coastal and riverine fishermen ever be safe from the scourge of piracy or should they accept it as a permanent occupational hazard?
The current issue of Time magazine flatters its readers with the conceit that 2006 was the year of the Ordinary Person.
Having crossed into the new year and VAT land no one was expecting that the experience was going to be smooth.
News that a newborn baby girl had been allegedly abducted from her mother was a talking point over the past week.
Responding to the surge in violent crime over the last six years, the Administration adopted a multi-dimensional approach that relies not solely on the Guyana Police Force but also on creating parallel schemes based on the greater involvement of citizens and their communities.
Between 18th December 2005 and 3rd December 2006, there were eleven presidential elections in Latin America.
The execution of Saddam Hussein and the death of General Pinochet invite comparison.