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Daily Archives: August 17, 2015

GAWU head confirms sabotage attempt at Enmore sugar factory

by Zena Henry Upon making checks, head of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) Komal Chand has confirmed that there had been attempts to sabotage sugar operations at the Enmore Sugar Estate, an entity of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCO). The attempt to damage the factory’s equipment has come at a time when government is trying desperately to ...

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Govt fast-tracking subsidy agreement with Berbice Bridge

With 14 days remaning before the tolls of the Berbice Bridge are reduced, government is hurrying to conclude a formal, written agreement with the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) for its provision of a subsidy toward the reduction of the tolls. This agreement, which government is looking to conclude before the end of the 2015 Budget debates, is to include ...

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Guyana to cutback on work permits for jobs that locals can fill

Guyana is moving to clamp down on the number of foreigners who are receiving work permits for jobs that Guyanese are available and can fill, according to Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Winston Felix. “Contrary to our friends (opposition parliamentarians), we are not averse to visitors or to having investors what we are saying is that Guyanese must have an ...

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Opposition Leader vows not to unnecessarily cut budget allocations

by Zena Henry Vowing not to repeat what he insinuated was the unnecessary cutting of budgetary allocations for national projects during the controversial 10th Parliament, newly appointed Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has promised that his party will not be removing benefits for citizens. In reality, the PPP is the only opposition party in the House and cannot use its 32 ...

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Budget lacks youth focus- Charles Ramson Jr.

Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) Member of Parliament (MP), Charles Ramson Jr. on Monday hinted that the opposition party may vote against Budget 2015 in total or in part at the very least, even as he assailed the fiscal package for what he termed as lacking a youth-centered approach. This indication came during his contribution to the debate of Budget ...

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PPP will hold govt accountable to election promises- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday said the focus of his People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) would be holding government accountable to its election promises. “We’ll be here to expose any attempt to move away from what they have promised the electorate,” he said. The former Guyanese leader said the PPP would be placing emphasis on government’s policies that would ...

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Former Housing Minister talks to “fluff” 2015 budget, slams government for bankrupted economy claims

by Zena Henry Former Housing Minister and Opposition member Irfaan Ali kicked off the Budget debates 2015 with a hard slap to the estimates put forward last week by Finance Minister Winston Jordan calling it a “fluff” document with no policy direction. Attacking the various projects and initiatives from the 2015 Budget, Ali pointed to what he claimed were several ...

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‘Teeth’, ‘tief’ and rice cereal at Budget Debate

As heckling filled the halls of the National Assembly for the first time during the 11th Parliament, National Assembly Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland, was forced the caution Members of Parliament (MPs) against the use of “unparliamentary language.” Much heckling was directed by government MPs toward Opposition MP, Irfaan Ali, as he made the first presentation during beginning of the 2015 ...

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PPP opposition members sworn in at 7th Parliamentary seating, no nominations for Deputy Speaker

by Zena Henry The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has taken up its opposition seats in the National Assembly Monday August 17 when the House was convened for its seventh sitting. The 32-member opposition team answered to their names following roll call, and took their oath as Members of Parliament (MPs). The first to take the oath was Opposition Leader Bharrat ...

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PPPC demands govt pays rice farmers GUY$9,000 per bag of paddy

The People’s Progressive Party Civic’s (PPPC) Shadow Finance Minister, Irfaan Alli on Monday demanded that government pay up a promised GUY$9,000 per bag of paddy to rice farmers or dole out GUY$23 billion from the Consolidated Fund. “I call on this government to deliver immediately nine thousand dollars per bag,” he told the National Assembly in kicking off debate on ...

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