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Monthly Archives: February 2015

‘Light bill’ reduction not permanent- GPL

Guyana Power and Light Inc. on Tuesday did not rule out electricity rates being increased as the year progresses if international oil prices rise above US$70 per barrel. Chairman of GPL’s Board, Winston Brassington said that as it stands, the power company would be passing on GUY$3 billion in savings to consumers due to the 10 percent overall reduction in ...

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Sugar workers sacked; strike sparked off

Approximately 380 workers on the East Demerara Estate downed tools Tuesday morning protesting the dismissal of 15 cane harvesters, the Guyana Sugar Corporation said in a statement. The sugar corporation said the workers were summarily dismissed over the weekend and Mondayfor inadequate application of fertilizer, intended for 10 weeks-old cane plants, at Felicity Fields 49, 49A, 52 and 53, a ...

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West Demerara generating own electricity

Major blackouts on the West Demerara are expected to be a thing of the past with the switching on of a new power station at Vreed-en-Hoop. The official commissioning of the US$26 million power plant, regarded as Guyana’s largest, was held on Monday. Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) company,  Bharrat Dindyal said the entire West ...

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Parliament to be dissolved after Feb 12

Attorney General, Anil Nandlall Monday night said the Parliament would be dissolved any time after February 12, but within the specified period to ensure that elections are held on May 11, 2015. Nandlall explained that the Parliament could not be dissolved before February 12, and he added that the Constitution allows for it to be done within three months of ...

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APNU-AFC talks can consider rotating presidency

Even as negotiators for A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) were Monday holding another round of talks on jointly contesting the upcoming general elections, they said that all options would be explored. While the AFC denies that the possibility of a rotating presidency has been discussed to date, that party remains open to discussing ...

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Private Sector Commission welcomes lower electricity rates; expects drop in some prices

Guyana’s umbrella business organisation, Private Sector Commission (PSC), on Monday welcomed government’s announcement of a 10 percent reduction in electricity rates and hoped that consumers would benefit. “Since the reduction in electricity costs will contribute to a reduction in production costs of both manufacturers and service providers, the Commission would also like to see the cost of other energy-dependent goods ...

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UG pay talks already collapsed- union official

University of Guyana academic and non-academic staff on Monday kept their promise to embark on a “full blown” strike to force the institution’s administration to return to the negotiation table. The resort to strike action followed Thursday night’s notification to the Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and Workers Union (UGWU) by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Jacob Opadeyi that a pay offer ...

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Less than 50 percent satisfied with bus service

A 2014 Public Bus Commuter Satisfaction survey revealed that only 41 percent of the public is satisfied with the service provided, the Public Works Ministry said in a statement. The survey, conducted by the Ministry of Public Works (MPW), measured accessibility, timeliness, comfort, information and safety of eight major bus routes, 31, 32, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45 ...

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