Go high, Mr. President

The President’s address to the National Assembly was disappointing. The expectation was that he would use the occasion to announce the Government’s legislative agenda wrapped around policy initiatives for the next parliamentary year.

October 5

October 5, 1992, was an historic day for Guyana – the day when democracy returned in free and fair elections for the first time in twenty-four years. 

China

As China celebrates its National Day, it is dealing with complicated challenges on multiple fronts.

The frightening reality

The frightening reality is that the race for the presidency in the US is so close, and getting so much closer, that Donald Trump may well win the presidency.

Road rage

For over 50 years state authorities have continually lamented that Guyana has one of the highest percentages of road deaths in the world.

Echoes of the ever-present past

In 1838, as former slaves were celebrating the abolition of slavery the British colonial empire, Jesuit priests of Georgetown University in Washington DC, in the US, were selling 272 slaves to Southern estates to raise funds for the university.

Towards a national fire plan

The government has deemed as suitable the bond owned by Linden Holdings in Sussex Street, Georgetown, which it contracted to store pharmaceuticals at $1,200 a square foot, when a bond for $228 a square is available.

Politics and the ethnic census

The National Population and Housing Census was conducted in 2012. Published in 2014, it showed a decrease in the population from 751,223 in 2002 to 746,955 in 2012.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn is probably the first person to have won the leadership of the British Labour Party on a campaign that advanced a left agenda.

Constitutional reform: the process

The report of the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reform (SCCR), appointed by the government and headed by attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes, was handed over to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in April.

The PPP, WPA and Clive Thomas

A recent exchange of six letters took place between Tacuma Ogunsaye and Clairmonte Lye, contributed to by Manzoor Nadir, in SN between the June 22 and July 2 triggered by Mr Ogunseye’s claim that Dr Roger Luncheon allegedly withdrew an offer made by Dr Cheddi Jagan to Professor Clive Thomas to be the Minister of Finance.

Brexit: Lessons for Caricom

The results of the referendum held in Britain to determine whether or not it should remain in or leave the European Union (EU), has been won by voters who supported the leave option.

Bryan Hunt

Bryan Hunt has proven that you don’t have to dress like a diplomat to excel at being one.

Parking meters

It appears as if the Georgetown City Council has already decided in principle to install parking meters in Georgetown for the purpose of creating an additional source of revenue.

Pharaoh

The word ‘Pharaoh’ and other abuse reverberated around downtown Georgetown a week and a half ago, directed to an embarrassed Mr Bharrat Jagdeo.

Cheddi Jagan’s contribution to Guyana’s Independence

Inspired by events that were occurring in the wider world and influenced by progressive views while he was a student in the United States, Dr Cheddi Jagan returned to Guyana in 1943, then British Guiana, intent on becoming politically involved on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged.

Unprecedented!

Last Monday General Secretary of the PPP, Mr Clement Rohee, reacting at his press conference to questions about that morning’s SN’s headline ‘PPP executives jockeying for top position – Jagdeo, others seeking to consolidate support before crucial congress,’ deemed the media as “stray dogs, going by the smell of things and rummaging the PPP neighbourhood for new and old juicy inaccuracies and speculations.” The article in SN and the questions from the media obviously touched a raw nerve.

A paean to censorship

It takes a certain mindset for a person to believe that he or she has the right to determine what information, otherwise lawful, that the citizens of Guyana should receive.

The culture of dominance in Guyana’s politics

The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, told the press that he and Minister of Social Cohesion, Minister Amna Ally, with the objective of resolving the political impasse that occurred as a result of the PPP and APNU obtaining an equal number of seats in five NDCs and one township elections, had agreed that the mayor and chairs of the NDCs should rotate annually.

The Brian Tiwari affair

President David Granger’s swift and decisive action, tersely announced, to terminate the appointment of Mr Brian Tiwari as a government adviser on business, dramatized an event that has titillated the political classes and has energized the media.

SOCU

The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) was established in 2014 on the recommendation of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).

Green and yellow

In the National Assembly last week, an opposition PPP MP, Alister Charlie, criticized the use by the government of green and yellow as the colours to paint various public objects, such as car tyres around plants and trees.

Moray House headlines Wales estate closure

The announcement by the government that the Wales Sugar Estate would be closed at the end of 2016 was the subject of a symposium at Moray House at Camp and Quamina Streets, the former home of the late David de Caires, the founding editor of Stabroek News.

The closure of Wales estate

It is only after the magnitude of the potential disaster became apparent to the public that the government began to scramble for a plan to protect workers of Wales Estate and farmers who supply cane.

Start at the top

‘Arrogance and complacency cost the PPP last year’s elections,’ screamed the headline in Stabroek News of January 1, reporting on the year-end press conference of former President Bharrat Jagdeo, now Leader of the Opposition.

Consultation

The implementation of the process of consultation required of the President under Guyana’s Constitution has been one of the most controversial constitutional issues since Independence.

After fifty years, time to remove the obstacle

A large number of observers of varying views believe that the single most important obstacle to progress in Guyana over the past fifty years and before has been the expression of ethnic division in organized political form and the failure to find a resolution to this dilemma by way of a constitutional or any other form of modus vivendi.

Prospects for the New Year

The major concern for most Guyanese for the New Year is likely to be their economic wellbeing and the progress being made towards improvement of conditions for them and their families.

The season of goodwill

The Christmas season, referred to as the season of goodwill, will see Guyanese of all religious persuasions seizing the opportunity of participating in all that the season has to offer.

Touting and the legal profession

It was disclosed during last week (‘Bar Association writes Registrar of Court, Commissioner of Police on touting’ SN, December 2) that the Guyana Bar Association had written to the Registrar of the Supreme Court and the Commissioner of Police seeking action against the use of touts to procure legal business for lawyers.

Clutching at straws

The announcement by government that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Fedders Lloyd, a reputable Indian company, relating to the Specialty Hospital project, has attracted several negative comments.

GAWU’S new, militant, mode

The recent three-day general strike in the sugar industry, called by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), protesting the delay by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) in initiating wage talks, signals a return to militancy of Guyana’s largest and most influential trade union.