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.

‘Not corrupt, not a thief’

In October 2015, with Guatemala wracked by decades of poor governance, the aftermath of death squads and corruption, comedian and political neophyte Jimmy Morales won an astounding 70% of the vote in the final round of the presidential election.

Southern railway

Three weeks ago David Jessop in his Sunday column wrote about the resuscitation of railways in some parts of the Caribbean.

News in a disconnected world

Two days ago, a building in South Mumbai collapsed, killing 23 people and trapping at least 37 others in rubble.

Vehicular heatstroke

In the United States, since 1998, there have been 735 recorded deaths of children by vehicular heatstroke – a term used to describe the tragic death caused by a child being left trapped in a hot car.

Growing onions

Trials done by farmers on a small scale, mostly in coastal Guyana have determined that growing onions on a large scale is feasible.

Roundabouts

Last week, the Ministry of Public Infrastruc-ture revealed the plan for the roundabout to be constructed at the circular junction where the Seawall Road (Atlantic Avenue), Rupert Craig Highway, Public Road Kitty, Vlissengen Road, J B Singh Road and Carifesta Avenue intersect.

Our municipal civil service

Up to the time of local government elections last year, for the first time in more than two decades, there appeared to have existed the notion (at least in some quarters) that a change in the political administration at City Hall would necessarily bring about a corresponding transformation in the performance of the municipal civil service.

Not bribable?

At an Alliance For Change (AFC) press conference on August 17,  the matter of the APNU+AFC government’s dealings with ExxonMobil came up.

Coastal politics and the National Toshaos Council

It is no news to anyone that politics and ethnicity are almost coterminous in this country, although when speaking in these terms, commentators have only two ethnic groups in mind – Indians and Africans.

The crisis in Yemen

In September 2001 the English novelist Martin Amis wrote about the week of “incredulous misery” that followed the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Agriculture policy needed

The discovery of offshore oil in Guyana has the potential to radically change the economic landscape – for better or for worse.

Greening waste disposal

It was announced this week that contracts have been signed for landfill designs and related resources for Bartica, Linden and Mahdia.

Another view

The dust has settled on the Edgbaston pitch on which the historic first day/night Test in England was played.

An attack on constitutionalism

Article 226 (1) of the Constitution states, “save as otherwise provided in this Constitution, in the exercise of its functions under this Constitution, a Commission (service commissions) shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.” The language is spare and straightforward.

New visitors

The ‘badlands’  of Guyana have long been some of the mining areas, particularly those close to the frontier and far from government centres of control.