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Political tone at parking meter protest; private sector, Mayor disagree on impact of metered parking

Hundreds of Guyanese Friday morning protested against metered parking in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, even as a much smaller pro-government group struggled to show any signs of real resistance. “This is not about politics. Go and record that thrash over there; that nonsense over there. How can he get on a bullhorn and say that about these people. This is business ...

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Royston King challenges protesters, says parking meters help move city from ‘backdam’ to ‘modern’

“We have to decide if we want a globalised city where Georgetown is part of the global village, or we want to live in the backdam: in squalor, in mar, in dirt, in indiscipline, and in lawlessness,” Georgetown Town Clerk Royston King told the press corps this afternoon as hundreds gathered outside the City Hall to protest the parking meters’ ...

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Georgetown Council presents $3.6B ‘Make Georgetown Green’ deficit budget

After months of deliberation among city officials, Council’s Finance Committee chair, Oscar Clarke, read out what was a deficit budget as the year’s $3.6Billion expenditure exceeds an expected revenue collection of $2.8Billion. This is not the first such deficit budget since sharp deficits were recorded for 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2015. This year’s budget will see a few measures implemented ...

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SOCU investigators search GRDB for evidence of financial crimes

Agents of the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) on Friday searched the Guyana Rice Development Board’s offices for evidence in relation to the findings of a forensic audit. “It’s important to take action quickly to gather the documentation that is needed for evidence in cases of money laundering, tax evasion, theft so that’s exactly what we are ...

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Bartica Massacre: two sentenced to death by hanging, one acquitted but remains remanded

Mark Royden Williams called ‘Durant’ and ‘Smallie’, one of the accused in the Bartica Massacre, was tonight sentenced to death by hanging before Justice Roxanne George after a 12-member jury returned seven guilty verdicts for murder, and five guilty verdicts for manslaughter. Dennis Williams, called ‘Anaconda’, was also sentenced to death by hanging after seven guilty verdicts for murder were ...

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Jagdeo criticises President Granger for not holding Press Conference in almost one year

It has been almost 321 days since President David Granger’s last press conference in early March 19, 2016, and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo believes the Head of State is hiding from criticism against his government. “I have a major issue about the president and his accountability to the nation,” Jagdeo, a former President, told the press corps at the Opposition Leader’s ...

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AFC hopes oil revenue will help improve relations with APNU

The Alliance For Change (AFC) hopes that the generation of oil revenues and improved economic performance will help  ease tensions with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) over demands for increased jobs and improved standard of living. AFC Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan said the “very sound” relationship between his party and APNU has been unjustifiably criticized, but acknowledged that the need ...

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APNU, AFC leaders settled disagreements directly; no need for “cumbersome” dispute settlement body

The Alliance For Change (AFC) says the dispute-settlement mechanism in the political accord with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) was never activated and may never be revived, leaving high-level political leaders to resolve most disagreements. AFC Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan said disputes with APNU have been resolved between himself, while party leader, and President David Granger as APNU leader, or ...

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AFC Leader says won’t compromise party although Granger handpicked him as minister

Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman on Thursday dismissed suggestions that he would be compromised because he was handpicked by President David Granger to be appointed a government minister. He explained that he Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder; Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin and Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder were all appointed by the President outside the political ...

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