Editorial

Indigenous land and the CoI

Exactly why the government bundled two essentially different exercises like Amerindian and African land issues together under the umbrella of one Commission of Inquiry is not altogether clear, more especially as it seems to have recognised that even within that framework they would have to be treated separately.

Mistaken simplifications

The designation of May 3 as Portuguese Arrival Day – to commemorate the 1835 docking, in Demerara, of the Louisa Baillie from Madeira – is a welcome gesture of inclusivity and an overdue acknowledgement of our diversity.

Hare-brained scheme

Late last week, City Hall, through Town Clerk Royston King, announced that this year’s Independence flag-raising ceremony was billed for the Stabroek Market Square and that preparing the venue for this august event would cost some $100 million and take two weeks.

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Older folks will probably remember that title from the blockbuster comedy from the 1960s. The film opens with a car being driven at high speed on a lonely freeway in the Southern California desert, when suddenly the driver, recently released after fifteen years in jail, loses control and careens off a cliff.

The education COI: A perspective

Even allowing for the fact that the Com-mission of Inquiry (COI) into the state of education in Guyana required a good deal of investigatory leg work (and a good deal of contemplation and analysis, as well) that would have taken the Commissioners into the various remote corners of the country, it took too long (a year or thereabouts) before we finally arrived at the juncture of a preliminary report on the findings of the undertaking.

Venezuela

Venezuela is at a dangerous political juncture. One possibility is that President Nicolás Maduro could finally retreat from what is an untenable position, and allow the return of genuine democracy.

Redemption Songs

Four days ago, inmates of the Frederick Street prison in Port of Spain held a poetry reading. Prefaced with a lively band and mellifluous old-style calypso, one woman and five men read from a stage in the centre of the prison courtyard.

National Library

A cloth banner, about eight feet wide and four feet high, attached to the wrought iron grillwork fence of the National Library at Church and Main streets reads: The National Library in collaboration with the University of Guyana and other special libraries celebrates Library Week 2017 April 23-28 “Facing the Future Information Literacy in a Changing Technological landscape” The last three words of the theme “changing technological landscape” suggests a change in the function of the library in the future.

Can the present UG administration deliver the institution from its political prison?

No astute witness to the cataclysmic decline of the University of Guyana over the years would seriously challenge the view that the prevailing conditions at the institution are, in large measure, a function of the debilitating diet of crass political intervention that it has had to endure and much of which has manifested itself in some of the most unenlightened and counterproductive feuding between the country’s two main political parties.

Nurse Marks and Ms Joseph

As stated in yesterday’s editorial, the complaint by nurse, Ms Sherlyn Marks against the former Region Five councillor Ms Carol Joseph raises issues as it relates to protection of whistleblowers and whether the transfer of the nurse was a blatant attempt to punish her for being forthright.

Whistleblowing and transfers

Last week we reported on the case of a Berbice nurse, Ms Sherlyn Marks, who was transferred from the Fort Wellington Hospital after her complaints relating to a Region Five Councillor, Ms Carol Joseph became public.

Tilting at Pyongyang

President Trump’s imaginary ”armada” – a description that suggests a certain historical illiteracy – has set the stage for a genuine military confrontation with North Korea.

KSM Investments factory

On April 15, 2017 a new multi-million dollar investment was unveiled in Guyana, uniquely labelled as both “state-of-the-art” in terms of the technology involved, and “first of its kind” indicating its singular presence in Guyana and the Caribbean.

Elected representatives and neglect

Late last month, this newspaper carried a report about flooding affecting an octogenarian in Delph Street, Campbellville. The flooding was not widespread in the area, but just the yard where she has resided for more than 30 years and was said to have been caused by poor maintenance of the alley at the back.

Day of the Sun

Last Saturday, 15th April was the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, founder leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (commonly referred to as North Korea), and observed as the Day of the Sun, the most important national holiday in that country.

Gold mining and the environmental tradeoff

Nothing has happened over the years to persuade informed observers that government is even remotely close to securing the upper hand in the fight against serious environmental transgression by mining operations in remote regions of Guyana to which, as a general rule, we pay less than merited attention.   

Crossroads

In a blunt statement in response to a column in the Guyana Chronicle by presidential advisor on the environment, Rear Admiral (ret’d) Gary Best, the Director of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, Per Pharo has set out in stark terms what decisions have to be made by the government here to access monies accrued under the 2009 forest protection partnership.

Lip service

Just how gullible the government thinks Guyanese are was revealed on Tuesday in the news that the Cabinet had decided that the Value-Added Tax (VAT) would remain applicable to private school tuition fees, but would be reviewed in the preparation for next year’s budget.

China and Tibet

As the spring thaw continued, it was an interesting week in the world of politics. Among other things, China’s President Xi Jinping was received by Trump at his private Mar-a-Largo resort in Florida last Thursday, and not at the White House, which was considered, in some circles, as an insult. 

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