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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Labour Minister apologises to GTUC, FITUG for “impotence” remark

Minister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott has expressed regret for his statement made about the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), and the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) during the debate on the estimates for the 2017 National Budget on December 20 in the National Assembly. Minister Scott said, “I made the mistake, that statement is regrettable, ...

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Fire fighters fend off bandits at Diamond Station

One of three men, who attempted to commit a robbery at the Diamond Fire Station, East Bank Demerara was Thursday caught and handed over to the police, renewing concerns about fire fighters’ safety at that location. Assistant Police Commissioner, Clifton Hicken told Demerara Waves Online News that the man, who was caught, was the driver of a car in which ...

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No one-month tax free salary leaves soldiers disappointed

Several soldiers on Wednesday vocalized their disappointment because their Commander-in-Chief, President David Granger did not announce a tax-free one month bonus at the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) headquarters where he feted soldiers on the final leg of “Soldiers Day”. Multiple sources confirmed that a number of soldiers let their feelings known while the President was arriving and after his address. The soldiers appeared less ...

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‘Guyana is prepared to prove its case in Court’ -President Granger on decision by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on border controversy

President David Granger on Friday said that Guyana welcomes the decision by United Nations’ (UN) Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon to identify a definitive deadline to the Good Offices process for the resolution of the Guyana/ Venezuela border controversy. Declaring that Guyana has worked hard to bring an end to the claim on its sovereign territory, the President said that the country ...

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Jagdeo eyes replacing Rohee as PPP General Secretary

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo opted to remain mum on whether he wants to take away the General Secretary post of his People’s Progressive Party (PPP) from incumbent, Clement Rohee. However, key figures in the PPP have confirmed separately to Demerara Waves Online News that Jagdeo wants to become the next General Secretary which will make him the de facto leader. ...

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11 laws to be changed before tax measures in Budget 2017 take effect

11 laws will be amended to support tax provisions made in budget 2017, and those proposed amendments were tabled by Finance Minister Winston Jordan in the National Assembly on tuesday. Provisions to be amended included those within the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act; Customs Act; VAT Act; Capital Gains Tax Act; Corporation Tax Act; Income Tax (In Aid of ...

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FIRST FRUITS: The Afro-Guyanese community readies for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is an African cultural holiday. Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahil | This year, as usual, ACDA’s our community feast or gathering will take place ...

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Guyana scores 64% on compliance for international aviation rating

Guyana’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has scored 64% from an audit assessment facilitated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), according to the local aviation body’s head, Egbert Field. This marks an increase considering Guyana’s previous score of 44%. Field told Demerara Waves Online the CAA “fell down a little in the audit because we did not have enough expertise.” ...

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Opposition Leader releases names of nominees for new GECOM Chairman

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday released the names of the six nominees for new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). He said the names were submitted to President David Granger earlier Wednesday after extensive consultations with civil society organisations. They are Governance and Conflict Resolution Consultant Lawrence Lachmansingh, Business Executive Ramesh Dookhoo;  former Chief of Staff of the ...

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Full surveillance of Guyana’s airspace expected in 2017, says head of Air Navigation Services

Guyana will soon be able to fully monitor its airspace, according to the Civil Aviation Authority’s Air Navigational Services Director, Rickford Samaroo, who said the 2017 allocation of $350M will aid in the installation of four other navigational stations. Those stations, according to Samaroo, are to be located at Port Kaituma, Kamarang, Kaieteur, and Annai. Already, the Timehri surveillance system, ...

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