Burnham and education

There is clearly some move to balance the negative image of the late President Forbes Burnham by recalling his positive achievements.

Verbal sexual abuse

A dialogue in this newspaper’s ‘Letters to the Editor’ column recently, focused on the dynamic in male-female relations.

Zimbabwe

With the Commonwealth having come to Guyana this week, it is perhaps a good time to reflect on the situation in Zimbabwe, which withdrew from the Commonwealth in December 2003.

Another own goal

As if his statements about the unlawful killing of Ms Donna Herod in Buxton last September were not damaging enough, Minister of Home Affairs Mr Clement Rohee seized the opportunity of the loss of human life within his portfolio to score another own goal.

Absent-minded security

Much of this country’s vast hinterland is veritable terra incognita to the administration.

Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize

Last Friday morning, when nobody from the Nobel committee rang to congratulate him, Al Gore realised that he hadn’t won the peace prize so many had thought was his due.

Ten deaths

The news that heart bypass surgery was successfully performed here for the first time on Saturday is a shining indicator of the progress that has been made on several fronts by the Ministry of Health and the public/private sector partnerships which will also see important developments in kidney health care and other areas.

GuyExpo

Last Sunday two letters were published in this newspaper about GuyExpo, one of which was from Dr Joyce Jonas.

America’s ever changing face

The history of the United States of America, as is the case with most of the countries around the world, is replete with stories of migration.

Doing a Putin

Amidst all the rumours, speculation, fears, hopes, fudging and hedging about whether President Bharrat Jagdeo is interested in a third term of office, people seem to be forgetting one key point: Mr Jagdeo has only just completed one year of his five-year term and is no lame duck.

Urban safety and security

The recently released UN-HABITAT publication – Enhancing Urban Safety and Security: Global Report on Human Settlements 2007 – should remind governments around the world of some inconvenient truths which they already know but would like to ignore.

The Morisetti initiative

It took British High Commissioner Mr Fraser Wheeler only a year after arriving here to discover that “Guyana has a lot of strategies” for dealing with its intractable security situation.

Lies in the fast lane

Pity Marion Jones. Now that she can no longer deny using steroids at the 2000 Olympics, the sprinter formerly known as the most successful female athlete in history has admitted cheating and announced her retirement from track and field-probably as part of a plea bargain in the ever-widening BALCO scandal.

NIS perils

On June 15 this year in a column in Stabroek Business, commentator Mr Christopher Ram reflected on the perils facing the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and emphasized the need for swift action.

Rumours

Guyana is full of rumours, some of which have greater resilience than others.

Sex offences law reform

Finally! The archaic laws governing sexual offences are set to be reformed with drastic changes proposed throughout the entire Criminal Law (Offences) Act Cap 8:01 and with some new offences and harsher penalties recommended.

Looking West

Let us pick up where our editorials of last Friday and Sunday left off in their discussion of the warm glow caused by the maritime award and the way forward with respect to our foreign policy in general and more specifically, the management of the border controversy with our western neighbour.

Youth clubs

According to the BBC the government in the UK recently unveiled a new 10-year youth strategy in order to tackle teenage delinquency.

The sofa warriors

The seemingly unsolvable security situation on the East Coast of Demerara needs more than arrests, detentions, interrogations, searches and joint police-military operations.

The military contract

Colonels in the Guyana Defence Force have had a hard year. The Director of Protocol in the Office of the President and former aide-de-camp to three presidents was the first to fall.

Perceptions

In his opening address at GuyExpo 2007 where he spoke feelingly about his vision for Guyana, President Jagdeo adverted to three areas in which he desired a partnership with business.

The callaloo connection

Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee recently told this newspaper that he had identified a connection between the escape of inmates from the Mazaruni Prison and a similar escape from the Lusignan Prison in 1999.

Rape is a four-letter word

Religious and political protestors last week must have been so consumed by the controversy over the coming of casino gambling and by complaints about the confusing introduction of the value added tax that few found of them time to contemplate the worsening plight of this country’s girl children.