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GTU de-recognised invitation to meeting with Pres Ali, teachers

An executive member of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) has said that that bargaining agent did not recognise a Ministry of Education invitation attend President Irfaan Ali’s meeting with teachers. “Please don’t disrespect us teachers by never formally even inviting GTU to your consultation that seeks to bypass an elected and constituted body,” GTU General Council representative for Bartica, Sergio ...

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Teachers prefer allowances instead of salary increases; Ali shuns call for negotiations with GTU

A number of teachers on Monday told President Irfaan Ali that they prefer increased allowances rather than a salary hike, sparking off a criticism by a senior trade unionist. Headmistress for Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School, Joan Bhagwandass echoed the views of several other teachers in justifying the need for allowances rather than increased salaries which are taxed. “Whenever I hear a ...

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City Council plans to present GY$77 million deficit late budget; hazy accountability for spending during 9 months

Ten months into the year, City Hall is this Thursday slated to present its GY$2.6 billion budget for 2023 budget with a deficit of GY$77.2 million, but there is no clear plan for how the Council would account for monies already spent for the year. The total bill for salaries, wages and allowances totals GY$1,340,648,272. According to figures seen by ...

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Bush fire rages at Yarrowkabra; fire fighters unable to reach blaze

A bush fire, possibly caused by the extremely dry and hot weather, was up to Sunday night raging at Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke-Linden Highway, but at least one resident said fire tenders could not reach the blaze because of the poor condition of the sand road. “They called the fire service who told them they can’t do anything because their vehicles would ...

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Opposition demands say in National Procurement and Tender Administration

A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU) parliamentarian, Ganesh Mahipaul on Sunday demanded that the opposition have a say in the processing and award of multimillion dollar contracts by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). “We need to amend the Procurement Act of 2003 and revisit the composition of the evaluation committee and tender board. The body ...

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Guide to Guyana’s Local Content Act is first in series of business sector publications

The first of several books on navigating the rules of business in Guyana is now on the market and seeks to simplify how the local content process works for both suppliers and procurers, according to author and Attorney-at-Law Brenden Glasford. Titled “Guide to Guyana’s Local Act”, the book is part of the “Guide to Guyana” series and is published by ...

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Boat load of Venezuelan migrants lands on East Bank Essequibo seashore

At least 45 Venezuelans arrived by boat at the Vergenoegen seashore, East Bank Essequibo and were processed by immigration before they were released to their already settled family members here, police said. Police said Guyanese immigration authorities accepted the migrants’ Venezuelan identification cards, not passports, processed and released the men, women and children. According to police, they have teamed up ...

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Big electricity consumers to be taxed off GPL’s grid as hot weather spikes electricity consumption

Vice President Bharat Jagdeo on Friday announced that large electricity consumers would be taxed to force them off the Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL) grid, even as the power company blamed the intensely hot weather in recent weeks for unprecedented increased electricity consumption in the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS). “We just agreed on a policy that we’d put for the ...

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Former GDF Chief-of-Staff warns against large settlement of Venezuelans in Essequibo

The Guyana government should manage the migration of Venezuelans to Essequibo to stave off the possibility of future generations of Spanish-speaking Guyanese calling for a referendum for that county to break away, former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Retired Rear Admiral Gary Best warned on Friday. “Successive Guyana governments must be nationalistic, meaning protecting Guyana’s sovereignty now, and ...

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October 2023