There was never any question of the media expecting that they would secure access to the ‘closed’ sessions of the proceedings that formed part of the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Annual Officers Conference on Thursday and Friday at Base Camp Ayanganna.
When questioned about whether the much-criticised 2016 Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with ExxonMobil’s subsidiary, EEPGL, would be renegotiated, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman on Thursday replied in the negative but left sufficient wiggle room.
Once in a while President Granger takes the populace off guard. He did so on Thursday, albeit not through the agency of the media, who were not the beneficiaries of the normal civilities traditionally accorded them by the Guyana Defence Force and who had walked out in remonstrance, but through a bland Ministry of the Presidency press release.
Two days ago, much of the world’s financial and economic elite sat through a jeremiad from the billionaire George Soros.
Just this January, the National Cadet Corps Programme (NCCP) was launched at Hope Secondary School, the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Social Cohesion, through the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Education and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).
This week, some city councillors complained that Town Clerk Royston King was acting unilaterally and exposing the entire Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to unnecessary criticism and ridicule.
When the 2017/2018 Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament concluded on the weekend, the Guyana Jaguars had retained its title, topping the table with 166.8 points, 52.4 ahead of the runners-up, the Barbados Pride.
President David Granger’s official visit to Brazil in December, his second visit there since assuming office in May 2015, points the way, hopefully, to kick-starting a more meaningful relationship between Guyana and a country that is an undisputed hemispheric economic partner and a key strategic ally in Guyana’s quest to stave off Venezuela’s absurd territorial claim.
Friday’s meeting on the future of the sugar industry between the government and the two unions, GAWU and NAACIE is a heartening development and must lead to substantive options for the thousands of dislocated workers and a viable plan for the remaining estates.
The pesky parking meters are back in the news again, although they are really symptomatic of a more profound problem where the city council is concerned.
Henry David Thoreau famously lamented that the majority of us “lead lives of quiet desperation” and harbour unconscious despair “under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.” Earlier this week a British Commission on Loneliness reported that loneliness annually costs the UK millions of lost working days, is more harmful than smoking or obesity and significantly increases the likelihood of an early death.
Issues surrounding the management of the City of Georgetown continue to grab the attention of the populace and make headlines in the media.
Children learn in Social Studies class that Guyana is an Amerindian word which means ‘Land of Many Waters’.
As the digital world continues to evolve at exponential rate, the joys, demands and difficulties of modern day parents are also expanding rapidly, as they struggle to keep pace with the times and the rapid intellectual development of their offspring.
If it seems as though public comment on the protracted failure of the Georgetown Municipality to competently manage the affairs of the capital bears the resemblance of a witch hunt, that is only because successive municipal administrations have, in myriad ways, proven themselves not nearly up to the task of capably managing the affairs of the capital.
Aside from the injustice of payment in two stages, the controversy surrounding severance for thousands of sugar workers has crystallised yet again the incoherence in the APNU+AFC government on pivotal issues and the lack of decisive leadership.
If President Donald Trump trumped himself last week, Guyana had its own lapse to deal with, albeit not of the same scale or character as that of the ‘Genius of Stability.’ It was the Director of Information Imran Khan who stepped outside his crease on Wednesday and posted on his personal Facebook page the question as to whether the Indian High Commission here was not interfering in this country’s internal affairs, and was not attempting to engage in the destabilization of the coalition government.
In 1997 the ‘stress consultant’ Richard Carlson made the phrase ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ into a popular self-help mantra – his bestselling book of that name was cleverly subtitled ‘and it’s all small stuff’.
On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Justice Navindra Singh handed down a sentence of 16 years imprisonment to Sylvester Bristol, called ‘Rambo,’ for the killing of female taxi driver Savitri Gangadeen Parma, after Bristol pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter even though originally charged with the capital offence of murder.
Around October last year, marine and underwater photographer Caroline Power, who is based in Honduras, published a series of photographs and videos on her Facebook page, of large swathes of garbage, mostly plastics, floating on the Caribbean Sea near Roatán, one of Honduras’s Caribbean Bay Islands.
As of January 1, 2018, the minimum wage in the province of Ontario, Canada was raised from $11.60 per hour to $14.00, by the current provincial government.
More than three decades after southern Africa put the travails of white minority rule behind it the liberation movements in the region continue to dominate the region’s politics, having transformed themselves into structured political parties and captured what they considered to be the ultimate reward for their military and political struggles ‒ the state.
Towards the ending of December and in keeping with the constitutional requirement, President David Granger wrote to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo proposing Chief Justice of Belize, Kenneth Benjamin as the next Chancellor of the Judiciary.
When the city saw the inimitable Ms Carol Sooba off the scene following a change at the central government level, and local government elections brought in their wake the installation of a new council and Mayor, the citizens of Georgetown heaved a collective sigh of relief.
Michael Wolff’s account of the Trump administration’s chaotic misrule will surprise no one who has read a newspaper during the last year, detailing as it does, the President’s profound unreadiness for his new role, his childish ignorance of world affairs, his obsequious and feuding advisers – who privately voice contempt for him – his fleeting attention span and tendency to repeat anecdotes every ten minutes.