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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Jamaica allows Guyana, Suriname rice into market

FEARS that there could be a shortage of rice in the country were Tuesday quelled by Minister of Industry and Commerce Karl Samuda who announced that imports from Guyana and Suriname will be allowed into the market, the Jamaica Observer reported. The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) on Monday temporarily ceased the clearance of rice at all ports of entry, pending test ...

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Not everyone will be part of oil and gas sector, Minister Trotman warns

As Guyana and Guyanese await the benefits floated around by prospects of the upcoming oil and gas sector, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has warned that contrary to popular belief, not everyone in oil-producing countries are part of those massive wealth-earning sectors. Trotman was at the time responding to questions in the Supply Committee of the National Assembly posed by ...

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Guyana “deeply mourns” passing of E.R. Braithwaite

President, David Granger  said that Guyana deeply mourns the passing of the late educator, author and diplomat, Mr. Edward Ricardo Braithwaite (E.R. Braithwaite), CCH, who passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016 at a hospital in Maryland, United States of America. The Ministry of the Presidency quoted President Granger as saying that Mr. Braithwaite was an eminent Guyanese and distinguished ...

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Guyanese author, educator and diplomat- E.R. Braithwaite dies

E.R. Braithwaite, the Guyanese author, educator and diplomat whose years teaching in the slums of London’s East End inspired the international best-seller “To Sir, With Love” and the popular Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, has died at age 104, the Associated Press  (AP)  reported. Braithwaite’s companion, Ginette Ast, told The Associated Press that he became ill Monday and ...

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Commissioner of Information has no staff, office but asked to report on his work

Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo says the Commissioner of Information, Retired Justice Charles Ramson Snr. has not reported on his work in recent years, and at the same time he noted that Ramson has no office or staff. In considering the 2017 current and capital expenditures for several agencies under the Prime Minister’s Office, Nagamootoo remarked that he had written Ramson ...

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PM Nagamootoo grilled on unspecified $80M budget 2017 allocation for his office

An $80M figure allocated for the Office of the Prime Minister with an unnamed budgetary specification was identified by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo as monies reserved for the Office of the Commissioner of Information, the Department of Governance, as well as the constitutional reform process. Of the monies budgeted, PM Nagamootoo told the Committee of Supply as budget 2017 questions ...

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Birth certificates now have security features; computerization of some records completed

Birth certificates being produced  by the Guyana Registrar’s Office  now have secure features, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Winston Felix announced Tuesday. In responding to questions from opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarians during consideration of the 2017 Estimates of Expenditure, Felix said a high quality of paper is being used to print birth certificates and “cannot easily be ...

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Citizenship Ministry completes computerisation of 1987-1997 birth certificates; $191M budgeted for 1886 to 1986 certificates

The Citizenship Ministry, according to subject minister Winston Felix, is currently engaged in a computerisation of national birth certificates. Minister Felix told the Committee of Supply of the National Assembly today that out of $194M budgeted for the computerisation project, some $3M has been spent on computerising years 1987-1997. Meanwhile, the remaining $191M will be used for the computerisation of ...

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MP Edghill ‘red flags’ $100M increase for 11 new contract employees at Presidency Ministry

An increase of $100M in monies allocated for contracted employees under policy and administration at the Ministry of the Presidency in budget 2017 was put under the microscope today in the Committee of Supply by the Opposition MP Juan Edghill. “There was a budgetary shortfall which is now being properly addressed,” Minister Harmon responded to Edghill’s question in the Committee ...

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No more convicts pardoned- Pres. Granger

President David Granger says no one has been pardoned this year to coincide with Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary because they did not meet the benchmark and he will not free convicted drug traffickers and murderers. “I didn’t pardon anyone at Independence because many  of the persons who would normally be eligible for pardon were in fact convicted for trafficking in ...

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