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.

Doctors and drug abuse

Dr Noel Blackman, a former Guyana minister of health, is soon to be sentenced in the United States for his role in providing a large number of people in that country with prescriptions for oxycodone, a drug known as an opioid, which while useful in providing pain relief, leads to addiction.

Rewriting history

The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations), the world governing body for athletics kicked off its 2017 international season with the first meet in the Diamond League in Doha, Qatar last Friday, but the main topic of conversation was not this season’s centre piece, the 16th edition of the IAAF World Champion-ships scheduled for London, England in August.

What the CDB President had to say

The least that regional governments can do is to engage in serious introspection – and perhaps even vigorous discourse at the level of CARICOM –  following the very pointed and profound public comments made in February by the President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Dr.

Visit to the GPHC bond

Article 119B of the Constitution provides for the establishment of Parliamentary sectoral committees on foreign relations, natural resources, social services and economic services.

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.

Mayhem on the roads continuing

In September of 2016, the Guyana Police Force launched “Operation Safeway” – a road safety initiative that was intended to positively impact the road safety environment in Guyana.

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.

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.

GPL’s blackouts and losses

For the year 2016, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) again failed to meet pivotal benchmarks including those pertaining to overall systems losses and the number of blackouts and their duration.

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.

Political will needed to improve circumstances of elderly

As was noted in yesterday’s editorial, a collaborative workshop by the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Social Protection and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) announced the impending development of a Strategic Plan for the care of the elderly in Guyana.

Looking out for the elderly

A report last week that Guyana was moving to draft a strategic plan for elderly care was welcome news, especially the knowledge that said plan would ensure that seniors’ rights are respected and upheld.

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.

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.