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.

Interest of the people

Since attaining independence from the British, Guyana has been governed to all intents and purposes by two political parties, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the People’s National Congress (PNC) – with the qualification that the current core PNC government is part of a coalition.

Ending public smoking

Tobacco smoke clings to hair, clothing, carpets, curtains, even furniture; it lingers in a room like an unwanted guest long after its host, the smoker, extinguishes the offending cigarette or cigar and stays after the host leaves.

The curtains fall

Astor Cinema opened in the 1940s with the screening of Golden Boy with William Holden and Barbara Stanwyck in the lead roles, and drew the curtains on June 30, 2013, with the showing of a double, Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds and Sparkle. It was the last of the city cinemas to survive the passage of time, battling through the tough decades of the 70s’ and 80s’ shortage of foreign exchange required to pay distributors for movie rights, unreliable electricity supply, declining audiences...

The prison crisis and public unease

The main reason why the recent Georgetown Prison fire and its attendant consequences will remain etched in public consciousness for some time yet, has to do with the implications of the occurrence, or rather, the succession of occurrences, for citizens’ perceptions of the status of public safety.

Prisons and the PSIP

On July 24th, just around the same time as the full extent of the prison escape from Lusignan was being determined, Finance Minister, Mr Winston Jordan was lamenting the poor execution of the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP).

Responsibility

As is very well known, it was US President Harry Truman who first introduced the world to the novelty of having a plaque on the desk which read, “The buck stops here”.

Unravelling democracy

Democratic governance rarely rises to the cinematic denouement of the fight over the American Health Care Act that ended yesterday morning in the US Senate.

Deficiencies

Since the beginning of the year the APNU+AFC coalition government has been faced with one controversy after another, calling into question its style of governance and its resulting efficacy.

A question of compassion

There is a United States-based television show called ‘Caught in Providence’, which is filmed in the courtroom of Justice Frank Caprio in Providence, Rhode Island.

Conduct unbecoming

In August, 1907, an English army officer Robert Baden-Powell organised an experimental camp on Brownsea Island on the south coast of England, off Dorset County.

Robotics success and the national curriculum

At the beginning of last week, amidst a surfeit of depressing developments at home, not least the  attempted bank robbery and the spectacular Georgetown Prison fire and ensuing jailbreak, came news that that the Guyana team competing in an international robotics Olympiad in Washington had placed 10th overall, out of 165 participating teams.

Dialogue and the Trini example

On July 18th, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley and the Opposition Leader and immediate past Prime Minister, Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar met at Parliament Building in Port-of-Spain for three hours.

Civility

One of the things which makes Guyana such a challenge for any newcomer is the absence of civility.

Building national pride

Guyana is a country that has been so blessed geographically and culturally that it is usual to refer to it as having rich potential in terms of its mineral wealth, its flora and fauna, and its people, who have been known to excel in all fields of endeavour in countries where they have taken up residence.

Uniforms: Identity, pride and discipline

Police officers, soldiers, firemen, nurses, security guards, scouts and guides, as well as prison officers wear uniforms which make them easily recognizable in a professional setting.

Blueprint for local sports organisations

On the 29th April this year the Department of Tourism within the Ministry of Business held a Sports Tourism/Workshop which brought together sports associations, business and tourism entities, and the diplomatic corps with the aim of identifying the lines of action needed for the development of a successful sports tourism industry.

An opportunity for local athletics

It may well come as a surprise to many Guyanese to know that Sports Tourism – international travel to participate in or view sport-related activities is reportedly worth an amount in excess of US$600 million a year, and has been growing at the rate of around 6 per cent annually over the past decade or so.

Responsibility for July 9th

Whenever your main penitentiary is obliterated by arsonists within and the main plotters make a clean escape and haven’t been recaptured a week later, the country faces a major problem.

July 9

After a week has passed, citizens still do not know exactly what happened at the Camp Street Prison last Sunday, or the timeline of events.

Liu Xiaobo’s courage

In the final weeks of his life, Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo was granted a brief respite from the usual rigours of his 11-year prison sentence for “incitement to subvert state power.”  His relocation to a prison ward in Shenyang brought him the company of his beloved wife Liu Xia, but left time for little else.

Electronic prison records

On a mundane Sunday afternoon on July 9 last, a remarkable thing occurred: the deeply ingrained inertia and reactionary mindset that characterises the current administration was suddenly and dramatically exposed.

Maximum security

Guyana’s season of fear has had an unnecessary, though not totally unexpected extension wrought by Sunday’s well-planned, well-executed prison breakout where fire was used as a diversionary measure.