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Monthly Archives: August 2018

APNU forces AFC to prove electoral strength ahead of general elections- David Hinds

Political Science Professor, David Hinds on Tuesday said A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) appeared to have forced the Alliance For Change (AFC) to prove its electoral strength on the ground after reportedly demanding a 40-percent allocation of candidates for the Local Government Elections. “In effect, the APNU got what it wanted—it forced the AFC to go out and prove ...

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Cash transfers of some oil earnings to the poor a good idea but must be linked to job creation, improved access to social goods, tax compliance- experts

A recommendation by Distinguished Economics Professor, Clive Thomas that cash from oil earnings should be transferred directly to poor Guyanese on certain conditions was Tuesday welcomed by two United States-based Guyanese experts.. Economics Professor, Tarron Khemraj  supported the idea of cash transfers but highlighted the need to make those funds work for people in the long-run. “While cash payment is ...

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US State Dept issues alert on Pegasus Hotel; says American govt employees moved out after fire

The United States (US) State Department Monday evening said a number of American government workers have moved out of the Pegasus Hotel following Sunday night’s fire in the kitchen. “Guyana Security Alert: There was a fire at the Pegasus Hotel in #Georgetown on August 5. Reports indicate some fire alarms did not sound and some fire doors were locked. As ...

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Russian alleged assault of Guyanese mine ranger heads to Cabinet; probe launched

The Guyana government is said to be gravely concerned about the alleged assault of a Guyanese gold concession ranger by a Russian and the matter could very well reach Cabinet, according to well-placed sources. Interior Divisional Police Commander, Superintendent Kevin Adonis confirmed receiving a report from Ranger, Ken Edwards alleging that he was performing duties last Friday at about 10 ...

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OPINION: Dr. Mark Bynoe_not a spectacular choice, but a safe one

by GHK Lall Any selection to head the local Department of Energy would, as sure as the seawall keeps out the Atlantic, raise questions, stir controversy, and inevitably fall short.  In terms of falling short, that would be the settled perspective of all and sundry, including me, as to how Dr. Mark Bynoe measures up. Personally, I had high hopes ...

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Teachers Union to know govt’s position on increased salaries, other benefits this week; union willing to consider reduced offer

Negotiations for higher salaries and other benefits for government-employed teachers are back in the hands of the Ministry of Education, even as the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) signaled that it was willing to accept less than the 40 percent being demanded. GTU General Secretary, Coretta Mc Donald confirmed that a meeting is slated to be held with Minister of Education, ...

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AFC, APNU talks on local govt elections collapsed over key demands; PPP says AFC’s decision is a “clumsy” ploy

Talks on jointly contesting the upcoming local government elections collapsed over the percentage allocation of seats and the time-frame for submitting nominees, a top Alliance For Change ((AFC) official says. President David Granger, for his part, also confirmed there was a disagreement on undisclosed principles. “We did exchange certain memoranda and the APNU had drafted its own core principles and ...

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Update: Fire at Pegasus Hotel Guyana raises concerns about no alarm, locked exits- fire officer, guests

In the wake of Sunday night’s fire at the Guyana Pegasus Hotel, guests have raised concerns that no alarm was sounded to alert guests and patrons to evacuate the building. Chief Fire Prevention Officer of the Guyana Fire Service, Andrew Holder confirmed claims by several guests that the fire exits were locked at the time of the fire. Holder said ...

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Some oil money should be given directly to poor Guyanese- Economics Professor; oil and gas advocate cautions against political manipulation

Internationally renowned Guyanese Economics Professor, Clive Thomas on Sunday recommended that poor Guyanese households receive conditional yearly cash transfers from oil revenues, but an executive member of the Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA) is cautioning that such a formula can be used as a political football. Addressing a forum organised by The Buxton First of August Movement on the ...

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BREAKING: AFC to contest local govt elections alone after “inconclusive negotiations” with APNU

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Sunday announced that it will contest the upcoming Local Government Elections on November 12 alone. “This decision was reached following the inconclusive negotiations with APNU,” the AFC said. The AFC also says it will not contest in all local government areas in villages and towns. “The party is currently determining which municipalities and constituencies ...

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