The failed bank robbery

The name of the third deadly sin rolled off many a commentator’s tongue following the abortive robbery on Republic Bank last Tuesday.

America’s distracted media

Last week, with his habitual lack of concern, President Trump tweeted a link to an Internet meme which remixed footage of him at a WrestleMania event so that he appeared to body-slam someone with a CNN logo superimposed on their head.

Business and taxation

At the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) dinner held last month, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan, in his delivery to those assembled, more than hinted at an inertia gripping the private sector in terms of innovation when he charged them with, “Don’t wait for the government to lead the way; you, the private sector, are the proverbial engine of growth.

The next big thing

In our Tuesday edition, we ran a column by Miami-based Argentinian writer Andres Oppenheimer in which he bemoaned the lack of innovation emanating from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Aubrey Williams’ Timehri murals

In February, 1970, some members of the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM), a group based in London, England travelled to Guyana for ‘A Caribbean Writers and Artists Convention’, organized by the government as part of the country’s celebrations on becoming a republic.

Minister Broomes’s house rental 

Embedded in the house rental for Minister Simona Broomes are two important questions for the government: the basis on which decisions are made on emoluments for its senior officials and having made these decisions, whether it is prepared to be fully transparent about them.

Grade Six Assessment

The Grade Six Assessment results were announced on Friday, and as in previous years the high-flyers recorded a truly impressive performance.

The Muse of History

Today Canada marks 150 years of Confederation with lavish firework displays, celebrations and concerts.

Standing still

There are several disturbing things that the current rainy season has forced into the spotlight.

The Bravo Impasse

Last Thursday, cricket fans around the world welcomed Ireland and Afghanistan as the eleventh and twelfth members of Test cricket’s exclusive fraternity.

Minister Henry’s education challenge

What we are told is the President’s confidence in her notwithstanding, a healthy measure of public scepticism has attended the appointment of Ms Nicolette Henry to the education portfolio.

Another flood 

Flooding and the risk of flooding have become ingrained in the collective psyche of Guyanese in the aftermath of the 2005 Great Flood and subsequent inundations of varied magnitude and length.

Education CoI

Last Wednesday Stabroek News reported on the Preliminary Report into the Education Sector of Guyana, which was handed over to the Ministry of the Presidency by the Ministry of Education earlier this month.

Institutional failures

Institutional failures have become the scapegoats of our age. We blame juries for failing to convict policemen who shoot men during traffic stops; we blame management agencies for not protecting tower blocks from fire, we blame governments for fighting terrorism ineptly.

Mental health

In his 2017 budget speech Finance Minister Winston Jordan assured the nation that government would be prioritising mental health and also training more professionals in this area.

The rise of the ‘sleeping policemen’

As this newspaper reported on Tuesday, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, following consultation with the Guyana Police Force Traffic Department, recently installed 33 more speed humps on several minor streets around the city as a means of curbing speeding and reducing the high incidence of vehicular crashes, which often result in serious injury or death.

KLM’s approach

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (Royal Aviation Society), better known to the world as the Royal Dutch Airlines, or simply KLM, is the official flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. 

Lack of clarity

Long before last week’s announcement that Dr Rupert Roopnaraine was being removed from his portfolio, it had already been clear that our education system was underperforming seriously and that it would not have been possible, whoever had been chosen to replace him, to significantly improve the situation in the short or even the medium term.

Wales promises 

When the government made the earth-shattering announcement on January 18, 2016, that cane operations at the Wales estate would end on December 31, 2016 it sugar-coated the announcement with a number of promises to  find gainful employment for the hundreds who would have to be retrenched and to extend a lifeline to the community which faced grave jeopardy.

Education move

On Monday, June 13, the WPA learned of President David Granger’s intention to terminate Dr Rupert Roopnaraine’s tenure as Minister of Education, and to move him to the Department of Public Service within the Ministry of the Presidency.

Targeting terrorism

Reports that Russia may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have raised hopes that the Islamic State is finally unravelling.

Nurse Marks

When Nurse Sherlyn Marks dropped a bombshell exposé to the media revealing that Region 5 Councillor Carol Joseph was involved in using the leverage of her office to gain access to prescription drugs, this led to the uncharacteristically (for Guyana) sudden resignation of Councillor Joseph not only from the Regional Administration but from the People’s National Congress Reform as well.

Regulations, transfers and plain old taradiddle

At a sitting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday last, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education Vibert Welch put a spoke in the wheel of Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Five Ovid Morrison, when he told the Members of Parliament who make up the committee that the Education Ministry does not have a policy to withhold salaries from teachers who travel overseas.