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Daily Archives: February 15, 2016

No specific amount allocated for resuscitated Guyana People’s Milita

Although the Guyana People’s Militia has been revived,  government Monday said no specific amount of money was allocated for equipment, training and kit for that paramilitary wing that has been resuscitated by the nine-month old coalition administration. Despite repeated requests by People’s Progressive Party Civic’s Gail Teixeira, Clement Rohee and Juan Edghill; Minister of State Joseph Harmon stood his ground. “The ...

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PPP raises concerns over architectural changes to State House

Chief Whip of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Gail Teixeira has raised some concerns over the proposed infrastructural changes to State House, urging government to protect the architectural integrity of the building. This is after State Minister Joseph Harmon revealed that as part of Government’s capital projects for 2016, some sweeping changes are planned for State House and the ...

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High-tech Guyana birth certificates ordered

Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Winston Felix  Monday announced that more than 300,000 Guyana birth certificates with security features have been ordered, saying that such a large number of the document was required to cope with increased demand. People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) front-bencher, Dr. Frank Anthony  queried why the need for so many birth certificates because there an estimated ...

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Govt promises to scrap contract employment but refuses to say when “You can’t force it out of us”- Felix

The Guyana government Monday promised to scrap the employment of workers on contract, but refused to tell the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) when that would be done. “This policy is coming to zero. We will decide that. You can’t force it out of us,” said Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Winston Felix during consideration of the estimates of expenditure ...

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Canada to plug $20M into training for public service managers

Canada will provide GYD$20 million in assistance to help train Guyana’s ermanent Secretaries and senior managers of Government ministries and agencies trained in the areas of service delivery, leadership, administration transitions and team building. The Ministry of the Presidency said Canada’s help would be provided through the Caribbean Leadership Project. Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry ...

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Appearance of SOCU under MOTP triggers uproar

 As the considerations of the estimates for Budget 2016 continued on Monday afternoon, there was a brief uproar in the House as the Opposition questioned the appearance of the Special and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) under the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP). SOCU, is a branch of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) which should appear under the Ministry of Public ...

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House clashes over increase of contracted workers

The considerations for Budget 2016 commenced on Monday with a clash between the Government and Opposition side of the House over an increase in contractual workers under the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP). State Minister Joseph Harmon, in the Committee of Supply was questioned on the names and designations of the four highest and lowest paid persons employed under MOTP. ...

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US woman tests positive for Zika after travelling from Guyana

[Columbus Dispatch] – Two more cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Ohio, one involving a Licking County man who was in Haiti while another involves a woman that travelled from Guyana. That brings to four the number of cases reported by the Ohio Department of Health in the past week. None was contracted in Ohio. The newest ...

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Rohee wants official declaration on GINA coverage

The Leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee says he wants an official statement from the Government Information Agency (GINA) relative to the coverage of the PPP in Parliament. This is after President David Granger, in an announcement that shocked many, stated that GINA should also give coverage to the Opposition PPP in the National Assembly and not ...

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16-year old Eccles lad is Guyana’s second Zika victim

A 16-year-old lad from Eccles on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) has been confirmed as Guyana's second case of the Zika virus. This was confirmed by Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton who said he lad was one of 88 persons tested for the virus recently. He said "the last batch was received on Friday and unfortunately one ...

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