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MAPM likely to resume protest against parking meters

The Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) has not ruled out reviving weekly picketing demonstrations following Georgetown’s Mayor and City Councillors voting to amend rather than scrap the contract with Smart City Solutions (SCS). “I am saying that at some point if this is forced upon us, yes, we will resume protest,” MAPM executive member, Don Singh told Demerara Waves Online News. ...

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City Council accepts new parking meter rates; sticks with 20 percent gross revenue share; PPP, AFC reiterate call to scrap contract

Georgetown’s Mayor and Councillors voted by majority 15-4 for the metered parking contract with Smart City Solutions to be amended to pave the way for a reduction in parking fees to GY$150 per hour including or GY$800 for eight hours. Town Clerk, Royston King, however, told Demerara Waves that the new fees would not take effect until another few months ...

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Paperwork begins for possibly introducing HIV prevention pill to male homosexuals- SASOD

Male homosexuals in Guyana might soon be able to drink a daily pill to reduce the chances of contracting the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) by more than 90 percent if preparations go well, the country’s leading gay rights organisation said Wednesday. Head of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Joel Simpson told ...

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Trump’s offshore oil plan will struggle to lure rigs from Guyana

Reproduced from Bloomberg  story by Jennifer A. Dlouhy The world’s hottest offshore prospect for oil companies is off the coast of Guyana where a string of major discoveries has drawn hundreds of millions of dollars in a quest for crude. The Trump administration is hoping to lure some of that investment to the U.S. with a proposal to sell leases ...

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ExxonMobil investing in Guyana despite several risks-Trotman

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman on Monday defended the 2016 agreement between United States (US) oil giant, ExxonMobil, and Guyana, saying that there were several risks including Venezuela’s unresolved border claim. “They were the only company willing to operate in certain areas and that is areas tending towards the north-west- the Venezuelan border-there were no other takers and so ...

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Guysuco severance pay: Prison unrest helped drain coffers of monies

Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman on Monday said government was aware that GY$500 million would be insufficient to pay severance to the 4,000 laid off sugar industry, but the reality is that it could only have budgeted in 2018 what it could afford due to, among other reasons, prisons security. “It was not that we (cabinet) ...

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UK-headquartered firm begins eight-month valuation of Guysuco’s assets

The Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial & Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on Monday announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) commenced the process of the valuation of GuySuCo assets today. SPU-NICIL said PwC’s work on the GuySuCo project is expected to last eight months- that is around mid September. PwC was selected from a field of the top four international financial ...

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Govt invites “workable” Guysuco rescue plan from PPP, sugar unions, others- Harmon

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Friday slammed the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) for failing to propose a rescue plan for the ailing Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco), even as he said government was willing to accept a “workable” plan from other stakeholders at a time when there is exciting interest from prospective investors. “What is important to note ...

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Half-and-half severance pay illegal- GAWU

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is challenging the legality of government paying half of the severance pay to 4,000 former workers of the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) by month-end. “It seems that while the grass is growing the horse is starving and it is apt to note that the workers’ redundancy payments are a legal requirement. ...

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Govt to refund over 600 Dynamic Airways passengers -process initiated to access bond

  The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MOPI) on Thursday said it has begun efforts to access a US$200,000 bond to refund passengers who were left stranded by Dynamic International Airways, LLC. Government says the passengers will be pad back in collaboration with Dynamic’s local handling agent, Roraima Airways Inc. “The funds will be used to refund passengers in Guyana who purchased ...

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