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Daily Archives: July 8, 2015

Numerous ‘no good’ OLPF laptops; project to be reviewed- Harmon

Government believes that the notebooks provided for nationwide distribution under the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project were of poor quality and there appears to be no linkage between the mini-computers and Internet access. That conclusion was made by Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon following a visit to the OLPF’s operations at Forshaw Street, ...

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Government finds little documentation for RDF G$100M spending, former Tourism minister tells government look again

by Zena Henry Former Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Irfaan Ali has denied statements by government that little documentation exist to support the spending of some $100m in that ministry’s  Rural Development Fund (RDF) project. Minister of State Joseph Harmon made the claim at Cabinet’s press briefing Wednesday July 8, but Ali says that the government needs to look ...

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Government denies international infiltration of Venezuela through Guyana, President to answer Maduro’s decree in Parliament

by Zena Henry The government has denied claims by Venezuela’s former Foreign Minister, Jose Vicente Rangel that Guyana is facilitating the infiltration of of Venezuela by international agencies. The two nations are currently embroiled in an age-old border controversy, and reports out of the Spanish-speaking nation insinuate that Guyana is being used by Venezuela’s foreign ‘unfriendlies’ who want to penetrate ...

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Harmon welcomes Jagdeo to Parliament; says he still has questions to answer

by Zena Henry General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Joseph Harmon, now Minister of State, has welcomed reports that former President Bharrat Jagdeo will be Guyana’s Opposition Leader saying that there are still unanswered questions to be asked of the former head of state. Jagdeo, as Opposition Leader , will have direct lead of his party’s parliamentarians ...

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The Constitutional (Amendment) Bill No. 1 of 2015 cannot be lawfully passed by a simple majority- Anil Nandlall

This Bill seeks to amend the Third Schedule of Article 222A of the Constitution by adding certain entities to the said Schedule. There are many complex implications which arise from this, ex facie, innocuous amendment. However, in this missive, I will only address the unconstitutionality of its impending passage in the National Assembly scheduled for the 9th July, 2015. It ...

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PetroCaribe funds used to pay rice farmers- Ramotar

Former President Donald Ramotar on Wednesday rejected claims by the new government that all the monies in the PetroCaribe fund had been squandered and none was available to pay cash-strapped rice farmers. “The money went to the rice farmers. You don’t expect if you are going to give the money to the rice farmers and paying the millers for the ...

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American woman jailed for procuring drug trafficker

An American woman was Tuesday found guilty for procuring persons to traffick in cocaine and she was sentenced to five years imprisonment. She is 56-year old Dawn Saul-Khan of 2098 Festival City, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown. Magistrate Leron Daley found the accused guilty of procuring Chaliqua Johnson to traffic 365 grammes of cocaine to the United States of America on October ...

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PPP, govt quarrel over sacking of nearly 2,000 Amerindians; ‘costly’ programme being reviewed

by Zena HenryThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has accused government sacking almost 2,000 Community Support Officers (CSO), but the administration on Tuesday countered by claiming that millions of dollars were paid to many of those persons for doing little or nothing. Junior Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe denied that the CSO programme was being dumped, saying that it was ...

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