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NFMU used earnings illegally to fund One Laptop, E-Government projects

More than GYD$1 billion in licence fees paid to the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) have been illegally used to help finance the People’s Progressive Party Civic-led administration’s two flagship projects- One Laptop Per Family and E-Government, a special probe has found. “Apparently, failing to appreciate the precedence of statute over “Government policy”, the management of the NFMU misguidedly continues ...

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UG Bursar’s salary not GYD$1 million

The Bursar of the University of Guyana (UG), Holda Poonai’s salary is much lower than GYD$1 million, in contrast to claims by the unions representing workers at that tertiary institution. Demerara Waves Online News was told that instead her gross salary and allowances are just about GYD$600,000 monthly compared to her predecessor’s basic salary of GYD$937,000 plus allowances. The originally ...

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Guyana lays groundwork to demand slavery compensation from Europe

Several books on the impact of slavery on Africans in Guyana will be presented to Attorney General Basil Williams to help him craft a resolution for tabling in the National Assembly to support the Caribbean’s case for compensation by Europe. Chairman of the Guyana Reparations Committee, Eric Phillips told Demerara Waves Online News that five of the 25 books, which will ...

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Trotman to GGDMA: “Free for all” mining has ended

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman on Saturday questioned the motive behind the  Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA)’s castigation of government’s efforts to improve the mining sector, and vowed that the “free-for-all” days are over. “Unfortunately, this recent attack, having taken the Ministry by surprise, suggests that the GGDMA prefers to see itself as a pressure group rather ...

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CCJ dismisses a Guyana land appeal on the basis of fraud

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) said that it Friday afternoon dismissed a Guyana land appeal in the matter of Chee Yiu Kwang and Another v Tsui Yokkei on the basis of a fraudulent sale and transfer of a Bartica property. In dismissing the appeal, the CCJ agreed with and upheld the decision of the High Court and Court of ...

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New arbitration system likely for public service salary disputes

A new system of arbitration answerable to the National Assembly has been recommended by the Public Service Commission of Inquiry to settle pay disputes in the public service. The Public Service Commission of Inquiry recommends that Guyana’s Labour Act be amended after consultation with the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) to allow for the Minister to establish a Wages and  ...

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Mechanism needed to determine President, other elected officials’ salaries

The Public Service Commission of Inquiry has recommended that a mechanism be established to determine the salaries of the President, Opposition Leader and other top elected and non-elected officials. This recommendation comes seven months after the APNU+AFC coalition-led government increased the salaries of the President, his ministers and the Opposition Leader by at least 50 percent- a move that had ...

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NY-bound construction worker held with cocaine in milk

A construction worker, who was destined for the United States (US) for the first time, was held with cocaine in milk at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh said the cocaine in powdered milk weighed more than 10 pounds. The 30-year old man, who lives in Sophia, was booked to travel on ...

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Private Sector calls on govt to “inspire” investor confidence

The Private Sector Commission on Thursday called on government to take several steps to pull Guyana out of economic doldrums. Addressing the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Marriott Hotel, Battery Road, Kingston, the Chairman of the PSC’s Finance and Economic sub-committee, Ramesh Persaud called on government to send clear signals to investors. “We want the government to share their ...

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Broomes applied for mining-related permission while Natural Resources Minister

Even as Junior Natural Resources Minister, Simona Broomes fended off concerns about conflict of interest in the mining sector, information has surfaced showing that she applied for permission to conduct mining activity on someone else’s property while being a minister of that sector. Demerara Waves Online News was able to independently confirm that veteran miner, Edward Hopkinson granted Broomes permission ...

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