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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Salary negotiations for GTT workers deadlocked; union still awaiting arbitration

The Guyana Postal and Telecommunications Workers Union (GP&TWU) on Sunday said it wants the Ministry of Social Protection’s Department of Labour to invoke arbitration in a deadlocked pay dispute with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT). Union President, Harold Shepherd told the opening of the GP&TWU’s Triennial Delegates Conference that conciliation failed after the telecoms company insisted on its ...

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Teenage girl drowns on her birthday at Rock Stone Fish festival

Tragedy marred the Rockstone Fish Festival on Sunday when a 13 year old girl drowned and an unidentified man who attempted to rescue her is feared dead, relatives said. Dead is Kimeanda Prince of Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara and a second form student of Houston Secondary School. She was celebrating her 13th birthday Sunday when tragedy struck. Relatives said the girl ...

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WPA prepared to withdraw from coalition if electoral irregularities surface; defends GECOM Chairman

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Sunday  endorsed President David Granger’s appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, but made it clear it would break away from the coalition if there are electoral irregularities. “WPA publicly commits to the position that, if elections are not proceeding as ‘’free and fair’’, we would publicly withdraw ...

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Guyana, Venezuela in crucial United Nations-arranged border talks

The Foreign Ministers of Guyana and Venezuela are in New York to hold two days of talks that have been organised by the United Nations to discuss the decades-old controversy over the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award that settled the boundary between the two neigbouring South American countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the talks would be held on Saturday ...

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Private sector must stop lamenting about political instability and stay out of politics- Business Minister

Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin has called on Guyana’s private sector to stop expressing disappointment about political instability and instead portray themselves as a neutral organisation, almost immediately after the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) Friday night called for political will in improving the agriculture sector. Addressing the opening of the GMSA-organised agro-business expo, Uncapped, being held at the ...

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Guyana’s manufacturing assoc. touts big agro-processing facility

The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) intends to ask government to help finance the construction of a massive plant to process agricultural produce for local and foreign markets, that organisation’s First Vice President, Ramsey Ali said. He told Demerara Waves Online News that the idea would be presented to Finance Minister, Winston Jordan and other ministers when GMSA representatives ...

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PPP, Afro-Guyanese groups slam each other over “Indian” vs “Afro” GECOM Chairman

Several African Guyanese organisations on Friday lashed out at the East Indian-dominated People’s Progressive Party for submitting 18 mostly East Indian nominees for the post of Guyana Elections Commission in a bid to force President David Granger to select one of them. “The recent Constitutional appointment by His Excellency David Arthur Granger has publicly revealed what Africans in Guyana and ...

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Trinidadian engineer rescued after allegedly kidnapped on arrival in Guyana

A Trinidadian chemical engineer, who arrived in Guyana Friday morning for a job interview but was allegedly kidnapped, was hours later rescued and two persons arrested, Guyanese police said. Investigators identified him as Mr. Sawak Maraj, 33, of lot 131 Sandyways Fairways Marabal ,Trinidad. “Diligent investigations, buttress by an efficient intelligence apparatus led investigators to the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, where after several ...

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US calls for swift court action to settle controversy over GECOM Chairman’s appointment

The United States (US) is the latest Western Nation to have issued a call for Guyana’s High Court to swiftly settle the ongoing controversy over the appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). “While we urge everyone to engage in democratic dialog to discuss differences of opinion, we stress that the Courts ...

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Submit outstanding grades or no salary increase, says UG Vice Chancellor; union boss says that will be “dishonesty”

University of Guyana (UG) Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith said lecturers would first have to submit all outstanding grades as part of a new performance-driven criteria before they could receive salary increases for 2017, but President of the Workers Union (UGWU), Bruce Haynes said his union would have none of it. “That is performance criteria but it cannot be tied ...

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