The Chenapau arrests

The arrests of 20 persons two weekends ago in the Region Eight village of  Chenapau and the subsequent decision not to have charges pursued against them exposes the clumsiness and disorder in the government, not dissimilar to what preceded it.

Second list rejection

On Friday President David Granger rejected the Leader of the Opposition’s nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom).

The Misjudgement of Paris

In the book Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth the environmentalist Mark Hertsgaard states that: “humanity has two options for containing temperature rise.

Special court

It would be safe to say, given the low population of Guyana, that domestic violence has become a major scourge of this nation, contributing, along with suicide and wanton criminality to a loss of ethos.

Waste not, want not

In April, the Stabroek News Business section had reported on a glut in greens and vegetables on the local market.

Nadir or rebirth

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 1, the eighth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy begins in London, England with Bangladesh taking on the hosts at the Oval.

Ministerial travel

A recurring theme in the broader political criticism of the Burnham and Hoyte administrations by the then opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had to do with what the PPP felt was the high cost to the nation of financing the diplomatic service as it related to frequent travel, salaries and allowances in addition to the residential costs of keeping a number of diplomats at post in foreign counties.

Procurement blunders

Some of the procurement bloopers presided over by the current administration just couldn’t be made up.

Referendum and discrimination

This government has done some strange things since coming into office, but there can be few more bizarre than its most recent proposal to put to referendum whether or not a minority group should continue to be discriminated against in law.

Reality show politics

This week in Israel, President Trump told  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a roomful of Israelis that, “As you know, Rex, the Secretary of State, has done an incredible job, we just got back from the Middle East …” Most of the room was too tactful to express their surprise at the statement, but in a moment of exasperation, Israel’s ambassador to the United States covered his face with his right hand.

‘Commercial hubs’

At the inaugural Municipal Conference 2017, held recently, President David Granger challenged Mayors of the nine local municipalities to transform their municipalities into “commercial hubs”,  putting into sharp focus the lack of sustainable development planning that has plagued literally all municipalities in Guyana over the years.

Less than sweet

Among the wars raging in the world the latest is the war on sugar.

Mining syndicates muddle?

The gold mining sector is fraught with challenges, complexities and complications. Some of the critical ones have to do with the significant investments and major business risks that investors in the sector take; there is, too, the disparity between the returns that accrue to successful miners and those who must work long and hard for lesser reward.

Kato Secondary School

From the photographs which have been published in the press, the Kato Secondary School in Region 8 appears an unprepossessing enough edifice.

Mapping territory

In 1978 the writer John McPhee began a series of journeys across the United States to inspect rock formations along the 40th parallel, and to meet the geologists who examined and interpreted them.

Consumer protection

Mention the phrase “consumer protection” in Guyana, and the name ‘Eileen Cox’ must immediately come to mind as her name had, over the years, become almost synonymous with the concept.

Near normal

Back in the 1990s, scientists who were working on antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV—as it had been established that treating the virus would prevent the patient from developing AIDS—had predicted that in time and with better drugs, HIV would become like incurable communicable diseases in the sense that as long as those infected took their medications and followed doctors’ instructions as regards lifestyle adjustments they would live long, fairly healthy lives.

Being There

Peter Sellers, the English comedy actor is best remembered for his acting roles as Inspector Clouseau, an inept inspector in the French Sûreté, in the Pink Panther film series and as Hrundi V Bakshi, a bungling Indian actor who is accidentally invited to a lavish dinner party, in the film, The Party.

‘Ghost’ teachers

A cursory glance at what is just the preliminary report of the Commission of Inquiry into the state of education in Guyana tells us – as if we needed to be told, anyway ‒ that the system is underperforming woefully and that the need for a comprehensive overhaul has reached the point of a national emergency.

The AG and the Judiciary

Justice Franklyn Holder’s decision to recuse himself from the case at whose March 23rd hearing he later reported that the Attorney General Basil Williams engaged in “despicable” conduct leaves unsettled quandaries for both the judiciary and the presidency. 

Common sense planning

It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the simple planning capacity of the public service has become seriously degraded.

Petroleum economies and their discontents

As we contemplate the shift towards an oil economy in Guyana, we would do well to take note of petroleum’s impact on other countries and, perhaps, learn from their mistakes.

The new entrepreneurs

At the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Johannesburg in March this year, 170 delegates held discussions on how to foster entrepreneurship and scale up new businesses while acknowledging that too many people sit on the periphery of the formal economy in many countries.