Our municipal civil service

Up to the time of local government elections last year, for the first time in more than two decades, there appeared to have existed the notion (at least in some quarters) that a change in the political administration at City Hall would necessarily bring about a corresponding transformation in the performance of the municipal civil service.

Not bribable?

At an Alliance For Change (AFC) press conference on August 17,  the matter of the APNU+AFC government’s dealings with ExxonMobil came up.

Coastal politics and the National Toshaos Council

It is no news to anyone that politics and ethnicity are almost coterminous in this country, although when speaking in these terms, commentators have only two ethnic groups in mind – Indians and Africans.

The crisis in Yemen

In September 2001 the English novelist Martin Amis wrote about the week of “incredulous misery” that followed the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Agriculture policy needed

The discovery of offshore oil in Guyana has the potential to radically change the economic landscape – for better or for worse.

Greening waste disposal

It was announced this week that contracts have been signed for landfill designs and related resources for Bartica, Linden and Mahdia.

Another view

The dust has settled on the Edgbaston pitch on which the historic first day/night Test in England was played.

An attack on constitutionalism

Article 226 (1) of the Constitution states, “save as otherwise provided in this Constitution, in the exercise of its functions under this Constitution, a Commission (service commissions) shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.” The language is spare and straightforward.

New visitors

The ‘badlands’  of Guyana have long been some of the mining areas, particularly those close to the frontier and far from government centres of control.

Unfulfilled prescriptions

It is a fairly safe bet to say that in the last twenty years consultants have produced enough documents to paper the walls of the ministries that commissioned them.

Standards in the construction industry

On August 8, 2017, we reported the story of Althea Thegg, who, nearing the completion of the construction of a new house – her dream home – had the nightmarish experience of watching a large section of the house crumble and fall away from the main building.

Parking meters and secrecy

The discussions which will be held today when the Report of the Metered Parking Negotiation Committee is formally presented to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) are bound to be interesting, to put it mildly.

Total solar eclipse

Next Monday, August 21, a rare solar eclipse will occur. According to Space.com the path of most eclipses either fall across the path of water or unpopulated areas of the earth, however this rarity’s path of totality will stay completely within only the United States of America, the first of its kind since 1776.

Mysterious aircraft, concealed airstrips and hinterland security

Viewed against the backdrop of earlier similar discoveries, last week’s disclosure that a Guyana Defence Force reconnaissance detail had found an illegal airstrip (and various other suspicious accoutrements) at Santa Fe in the North Rupununi is decidedly disconcerting.

Two different existences

With the midpoint of the APNU+AFC term in office approaching, citizens might be excused for thinking that they flit back and forth between two very different existences.

FITUG and President Trump

Last week international relations acquired a certain lunatic tinge, not least because of the irrational exchanges between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea.

Trump’s sound and fury

President Trump’s extemporized comments on North Korea, and his refusal to temper those remarks with more diplomatic language, have spread fear throughout Asia.

The role of youth

“The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them, is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely, until they – at some distant point in the future – will take over the reins.

Garbage out, garbage in

For at least a decade, if not longer, waste disposal in the city has been operating on a teetering pile of debt, which the average citizen knows is not a good thing.

Farewell to the Human Rocket

Last Saturday, 5th August, at 21:45 GMT, eight men stepped to the line for the 100 metres final at the IAAF World Championships being held in London, England.

City Hall’s bizarre behaviour

This is the second time in less than a month that we have had reason to editorialise on the protracted impasse between City Hall and two private contractors, Cevons and Puran Brothers over the municipality’s $300 million-odd debt to the two companies and the consequences that continue to derive therefrom.

Security sector reform

As part of his development of a security reform action plan, UK expert Russell Combe was expected to submit an interim report by the end of last June to the government.

Broadcasting Bill

On Thursday a Bill was introduced in Parliament intended to amend the Broadcasting Act of 2011.

The Trump transcripts

“The secret counsels of princes,” said Montaigne, “are a troublesome burden to such as have only to execute them.” In the last few days, many a pundit must have pondered this insight while reading through the leaked transcripts of President Trump’s phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.