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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Civil Defence rushes relief supplies to flood-hit Lethem; more residents evacuate to shelter

As more residents of Lethem evacuated to emergency shelters due to severe flood caused by heavy rainfall, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) rushed supplies to the affected Rupununi area. Director-General of the CDC, Col. Kester Craig said 59 persons were now housed in three shelters, up from 25 on Thursday. Water purification tablets, blackets, sanitation supplies, pillows, collapsible water bottles, ...

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Proposed increases in teachers’ salaries, allowances trigger govt headache

Hefty salary increases and other benefits that have been recommended by a High-Level Task Force that examined demands by the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) have triggered renewed warnings against unrealistic expectations from an oil economy, Finance Ministry sources said. The draft report, which has been already dispatched to President David Granger and is expected to be considered by the Cabinet, ...

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Conservation International says “absolute independence” guaranteed in US$10 M deal with ExxonMobil

The United States-headquartered environmental organisation, Conservation International (CI), on Friday assured that although it took a US$10 million grant from ExxonMobil Foundation for capacity building in oil-rich Guyana, its independence was still intact. “As a science-based organization in a unique position to help Guyana achieve its green development goals, Conservation International determined that this effort will achieve its goals while ...

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Conflict of interest concerns about Conservation International- ExxonMobil US$10 million deal

Guyana’s parliamentary committee on natural resources committee on Friday heard accusations conflict of interest being levelled against Conservation International because it  has taken funds from ExxonMobil, a charge that was flatly rejected by the oil company. Committee Chairman, Odinga Lumumba said he was very disturbed that the United States (US)-based environmental watchdog was engaged in a conflict of interest deal ...

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ExxonMobil yet to decide on constructing gas pipeline

ExxonMobil is yet to decide on whether it would construct and manage a gas pipeline to bring natural gas ashore for Guyana Power and Light to generate electricity at a lower cost, even as the company reiterated that it is better to re-inject all of the gas to extract more oil. Country Manager for ExxonMobil, Rod Henson said there were ...

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Special Purpose Unit scolds Jagdeo on GY$30 billion bond for Guysuco; investors to inspect estates next month

The Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on Thursday lashed out at Bharrat Jagdeo, saying that as a former President and former Finance Minister he should know that the GY$30 billion bond for the sugar industry at 4.75 percent interest rate was a good deal. The SPU further dismissed Jagdeo’s criticisms that the ...

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Jadgeo denies secretly asking Ramson Jr. to float his name for PPP’s presidential candidacy

General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday denied secretly asking Charles Ramson Jr. to publicly express his availability for the presidential candidacy of their party. “No, I did not, I did not,” he said, while at the same time stating that he did not mind anyone publicly expressing his or her availability for the candidacy. ...

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Norway’s payments to fund solar farms in Guyana ; Jagdeo raises questions

Norway’s outstanding US$80 million payments to Guyana for the preservation of standing forests will be used to fund the purchase of solar farms to supply 100 megawatts to the national grid, State Minister Joseph Harmon said Thursday. He said the decision was reached in talks himself, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, Minister of  aural Resources Raphael Trotman and Laura ...

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Minimum State pension hiked

Guyana’s minimum State pension has been increased, Minister of State Joseph Harmon announced Thursday. He said the new figure is now GY$360,000 annually, up from GY$200,000. That means the new monthly State pension would be GY$30,000 instead of GY$10,000. The State Minister further announced that well-known Guyanese historian, Professor Noel Menezes will now be paid a State pension He described ...

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CIOG honours top 15 performing NGSA students

The Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) has awarded GY$500,000 to the nation’s top 20 performers at the 2018 National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA). Delivering the feature address, at Woolford Avenue, Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry told the students that access to quality education has resulted in significant improvements in the performance of students, including those in outlying schools. “This year’s ...

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