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Caricom free movement for agricultural workers, beauticians, barbers, security guards

Guyana and other Caribbean Community (Caricom) member countries have agreed to add agricultural workers,  security guards, barbers and beauticians to the list of persons eligible to move and work freely across the single market bloc. Regional leaders, including Guyana’s Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge, struck the agreement at a December 3 to 4, 2018 meeting held ...

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Politically impartial new public service needed- Harmon

A day after news broke that People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Chairman, Volda Lawrence indicated that party supporters should not be deprived of jobs and contracts and that she would be employing her friends who are all party supporters, the Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the public service must be politically neutral. “The new public service, therefore, has to ...

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British university to pay reparations for £200 million extracted from Caribbean

Reproduced from Jamaica Gleaner Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles has reported that The University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom (UK) has agreed to pay reparations for £200 million (approximately GYD$53 billion) taken from the Caribbean. According to Beckles, who recently returned from the UK, “The University of Glasgow has recognised that ...

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Guyanese Professor appointed to top post at University of the South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has appointed Professor Prem Misir as Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Professor and Head of School of Public Health for the new Solomon Islands Campus effective from 15 October 2018, that institution has announced. USP is instituting a programme in Public Health to be based in the new Solomon Island (SI) Campus and Professor will prepare for the delivery ...

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Youths trained in democracy, mobilisation, other areas

Sixty youths on Sunday graduated from a Ministry of the Presidency-sponsored Leadership Course  that included subjects such as democracy, mobilisation and the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), government’s flagship development plan. Senior Education and Training Officer, Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion, Culture Youth and Sport, Ronald Austin Jr. said persons, who are 14 to 25 years old, are ...

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UG announces unilateral pay hike but insists on ‘no grades, no increases’ policy

The University of Guyana (UG) has announced an increase in salaries for academic and non-academic staff for this year, saying the administration and unions failed to actually negotiate the package. Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith maintained that only lecturers who have submitted grades would be receiving the increase. “The Administration maintains the principled position that performance will be a factor ...

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CH&PA ups service with GIS, drone imagery

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) says it has been improving the delivery of its services with the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The entity’s GIS analyst, Malini Jaikarran said the use of this service, will help to improve the development, manage operations and update policies and decision-making processes. Jaikarran was delivering a presentation on Wednesday at a ...

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Aspiring attorney loses Law Schools’ challenge at Caribbean Court of Justice

Port of Spain, Trinidad. The legal challenge alleging that the Law Schools’ admissions process discriminates against holders of non-University of the West Indies (UWI) law degrees was dismissed Friday afternoon in a judgment delivered at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). In July 2018, Mr. Jason Jones filed an application for special leave against the Council of Legal Education (CLE), ...

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19th Century historical records of Georgetown poorly stored in a room at dilapidated Constabulary Training School

Historical records of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, dating back to the 1800s, are being poorly stored and vulnerable to termites and water damage. A visit to the abandoned and dilapidated Municipal Constabulary Training School, Water Street by Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the City administration, Retired  Justice Cecil Kennard and Legal Officer, Sherwin Benjamin revealed that ...

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Teachers to get 8 and 12 percent salary hike for 2016, 8 percent across-the-board for 2018; allowances unchanged

Government-employed teachers would get between 8 and 12 percent salary increases and an 8 percent across-the-board increase for 2018, but there would be no increase in allowances. Those are based on agreement signed on Wednesday between the Guyana Teachers’ Union and the Ministry of Education. The agreement states that teachers earning below GY$100,000 would get 12 percent increase on their ...

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