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Daily Archives: December 16, 2015

Private Sector piles criticism on govt over failure to consult on financial crimes, anti-terrorism laws

Pressure is intensifying on the Guyana government over its failure to consult with the stakeholders on key pieces of financial crimes and anti-terrorism legislation. “There is growing concern regarding consultation and we would hope that this latest example will be the last piece of legislation done in this manner.  Vital pieces of legislation should and must be brought to the ...

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Govt denies flouting collective bargaining for bonus

The Guyana government on Wednesday denied accusations by the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) that it violated laws by handing out a GYD$50,000 bonus to public servants without negotiations. While the GTUC charged that the David Granger-led administration has breached Article 147 of the Guyana Constitution and the Trade Union Recognition Law Section 23 (1), Minister of Governance Raphael Trotman ...

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Chairman of Walter Rodney Commission may get more time to submit Inquiry report

Attorney General, Basil Williams on Wednesday did not rule out the Chairman of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, Sir Richard Cheltenham being given more time to complete his report. “I believe that if he is genuinely asking for January month-end it could possibly be considered,” he told reporters. He noted that the decision ultimately rests with President Granger. The ...

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Attorney General favours softer marijuana penalty; coalition parliamentarian cannot unilaterally propose amendment to narcotics act

Attorney General, Basil Williams Wednesday said he was not opposed to non-custodial sentences for very small amounts of marijuana, but a government parliamentarian on his own could not table legislation to change the law. “I think I have been an advocate for that, that certainly possession of certain amounts  should not attract custodial sentences…I thought in marginal cases considerations could ...

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Granger denies PPPC’s accusations of violating parliamentary democracy

President David Granger has defended government’s decision to ram several Bills through the National Assembly in one sitting on Thursday, in the wake of concerns by the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC). “That’s not railroading. We are anxious to fulfill our mandate and our responsibility and, as you know there has been a lapse in calling of Parliament for all ...

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No place for teachers engaged in sexual misconduct; committed ones must be trained, retrained- Granger

President David Granger Tuesday night said teachers involved in sexual activity with their students have no place in the profession and committed teachers must be trained and re-trained as part of a strategy to improve the quality of education. Addressing a Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) awards ceremony held at the Georgetown Club, he said teachers who misbehave, walk off the ...

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