Daily Archives: 10/08/2012

Guyana: Police crisis – commentary

Guyana: Police crisis – commentary

 Stabroek News  – October 8, 2012 – Editorial | Comments

Just when one thought it impossible that the police could slip further into the reckless use of firearms and unprofessionalism, law enforcers have been caught up in a shooting outside of a popular city establishment which has left bystander Mr Dameon Belgrave of Pouderoyen dead.

There are several features of this police operation that underline emphatically the dire shortcomings of the force and the need for emergency action. By their own account, the police force detected a motor vehicle operating in a suspicious manner in `B’ Field, Sophia. The occupants of the vehicle were challenged but they managed to get away. One wonder whether force members are equipped with the necessary training to quickly intercept and cut off vehicles in these circumstances.          Continue reading

Venezuela’s Chavez wins re-election with 54 pct of vote

Venezuela’s Chavez wins re-election with 54 pct of vote

Stabroek editor On October 7, 2012 – CARACAS,  (Reuters) –

Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez won re-election on Sunday, quashing the opposition’s best chance at unseating him in 14 years and cementing himself as a dominant figure in modern Latin American history.

The 58-year-old Chavez took 54.42 percent of the vote, with 90 percent of the ballots counted, to 44.97 percent for the young opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, official results showed.    Continue reading

It takes longer in Guyana – commentary

It takes longer in Guyana

September 1, 2012 | By | Editorial

One of the things that never cease to amaze the professionals in the society is the length of time it takes to complete even the simplest task. To acquire a birth certificate is a gargantuan task. People travel miles to the office of the Registrar General and would have to leave without the document.

This is not to say that the clerks are sluggish. Rather, it is the fact that they need to check the records, given the extent of forgery in the society.

It is the same with the passport. Each day, despite the various measures that the authorities have put in place, the Passport Office is full of people. One is left to wonder why is it that a country with less than a million people appears to be incapable of producing enough of the travel document.                     Continue reading

Venezuelan election – commentary – October 7, 2012

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Venezuelan election

 Stabroek News On October 7, 2012 – Editorial |

By the time today’s edition of Sunday Stabroek lands on the breakfast table, thousands of Venezuelans will be queueing up to cast their votes in what is by far the most important poll in this hemisphere, bar the US election next month.  In fact, news agencies and media houses around the world will be monitoring it closely, since there is no South American leader – not even in behemoth Brazil – who triggers such strong emotions in politicians and ordinary citizens alike as the garrulous and mercurial Mr Hugo Chávez.

In this region particularly, a great deal hangs on the outcome of this poll, and it would send seismic shock waves throughout almost all the Caricom countries if he loses. For Cuba, of course, it would be less a seismic shock wave than a full-blown economic earthquake, but they are not the only ones who would feel the financial tremors. Leaders of other nations too have been the beneficiaries of President Chávez’s liberality, such as President Kirchner of Argentina, President Ortega of Nicaragua, and even the odious Bashar al Assad, to whom the Venezuelan head of state has been sending diesel fuel to keep his killing machines rolling through the towns and cities of Syria.   Continue reading

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