To catch a paedophile

Leonard Archibald did not have to die. He was just 13 years old and attending high school.

Under the radar

Last weekend, for the first time, Guyana hosted the Commonwealth Games Federation (GCF) Annual Americas Regional Conference.

Travails of teachers

Once you decide to pursue a career in teaching in Guyana, moreso in the state school system, you automatically forfeit any chance of material fulfilment at the end of that career, except you simultaneously pursue some other more lucrative moonlighting option.

Hurricane relief

A debt of gratitude is owed to all those here and abroad who have risen up to provide relief to the hurricane-stricken islands of the Caribbean, whether it be the first responders, householders gathering clothing and batteries, the business community mobilising food and building materials, institutions providing cash or friendly governments availing inter-island transport.

Contradiction

This is a contradictory government.  President David Granger goes to the United Nations and delivers an impressive address, once again putting the case to the world body as to why the commitment given by former Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and subsequently the present incumbent of that office, António Guterres, should be adhered to.

Kaepernick’s dissent

When six members of the New England Patriots declined to celebrate their historic Super Bowl win at the White House in February, the US media quickly rehashed familiar talking points about the separation of politics and sport.

Valuing Guyanese

Guyana has a history based on European intrusion into the land of the indigenous peoples, their enslavement of African peoples brought forcefully to these parts, and finally, the luring of indentured labour from India, China and Madeira to work under very poor conditions and for minimal pay.

Addressing child neglect

It is noteworthy that the government and non-governmental organisations in Guyana have come together and done a study on child neglect.

Time to look in the mirror

Last Friday, the Minister of Security Khemraj Ramjattan broached the topic of raising the age limit from eighteen years to twenty-one years for purchasers of alcohol.

Government-private sector relations

Up until now, relations between the incumbent political administration and the private sector have not exactly been characterized by an abundance of warmth and eagerness to work together.

Disrespecting of Mocha Arcadia NDC

Since the historic March 2016 Local Government Elections, one of the principles underlying Stabroek News’s coverage of any story is to determine whether it pertained in the slightest to any local government authority and if it did, then a valiant effort must be made to engage with that authority and to canvas its views on the matter being reported.

Freemasons Hall

The Freemasons Hall in Company Path, Georgetown, the largest and oldest of the buildings owned by Freemasons in general in the city and possibly the country, is in a disreputable state.

The plight of the Rohingya

Ethnic violence in Myanmar has now displaced more than 400,000 members of the Rohingya minority and the ongoing military crackdown on the group has been described by UN High Commissioner Zeid Raʼad al-Hussein as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” In the face of mounting criticism Aung San Suu Kyi has downplayed international concerns about the crisis, saying they are fuelled by “huge iceberg of misinformation” that serves the interests of terrorists.

Is the Guyana Civil Defence Commission asleep?

The Hurricane season in 2017 has seen the rise of three hurricanes of epic proportions – Harvey, Irma, and Jose – and while Hurricane Harvey mainly caused widespread flooding in Texas, it was Hurricane Irma that hit the islands of the Caribbean Sea the hardest.

Talking about suicide

On Sunday last, the world observed Suicide Prevention Day; the global theme was ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life,’ in a push to reduce the annual worldwide death rate, estimated at some 800,000 by the World Health Organisation, based on statistics gathered from around the world.

It’s just not cricket

“In time to come,” to borrow the title from Crazy’s masterpiece calypso, West Indian cricket fans will look back at the events that took place last week – 3rd-9th September, 2017 ‒ at the MCC at Lord’s and their feelings will run the gamut from hope to utter disgust.

Kenya’s 2017 general elections and the Supreme Court ruling

Guyana is by no means the only country that espouses political democracy but where, nonetheless, general elections are usually marred by controversy over the electoral process, charges of ballot rigging and attendant protestations that have sometimes been violent and which are driven by political and ethnic differences.

APNU+AFC’s reneging on  Local Gov’t Commission

In the April 30th, 2014 edition of Stabroek News there was a Page One comment lamenting the absence of local government elections over the preceding 20 years and criticising the PPP/C government for not holding them.

Parking meters, round two

The marathon meeting of the Georgetown City Council on Thursday ran the gamut from the rational to the risible. 

Harvey and Irma

The World Meteorological Organization has a master list of names for storms that originate in the Atlantic.

Minister Scott’s announcement

In a statement issued from his office recently, Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Keith Scott, announced his bold intention to “minimise in the first instance and eventually eliminate night work for single mothers within the Private Security Industry.” This announcement, not surprisingly, sent shockwaves across the industry and raised more questions than were answered in the Minister’s statement.

Quality education

September marks the beginning of the new school year and it is also the time when Education Month is observed.

Last of the voices

Tomorrow morning cricket fans from around the world will tune their radios, whether it be via analogue, digital or over the internet (where broadcast rights will permit, perhaps) to the world renowned British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Test Match Special (TMS).

Repetitive inefficiencies

Every year, without fail, a matter of days before the new academic year begins, teams of builders can be seen frantically trying to remedy and repair school houses defective in one way or another, for the start of classes.