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City Hall’s awarding of contracts, handling of no-confidence motion against Town Clerk on agenda for City Hall Commission of Inquiry

The award of contracts  by the City administration and how Town Clerk Royston King escaped a no-confidence motion are among items topping the agenda for a Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the municipality, the Local Government Commission (LGC) indicated Monday afternoon. “Several of the complaints that have occasioned this step include a reported failure of the City Council ...

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Jagdeo refuses to answer SOCU’s questions on PradoVille 2 lands; denies security of president, ministers was reason for scheme

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday invoked presidential immunity and refused to respond to any questions concerning the allocation of housing lands at Goedeverwagting-Plaisance (PradoVille 2) to himself, his then ministers and other top government officials eight years ago. Head of the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Assistant Commissioner Sydney James said after the probe is completed ...

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Ecstasy ‘date rape’ drug being sold in schools ; “very worrying” videos of girls found – CANU

Ecstasy, a date rape drug, has surfaced in several schools in Guyana, triggering a call by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan for parents to pay greater attention to the welfare of their children. “We are conscious of the increasing demand for ecstasy among our youth population including children at schools. This drug now seems to be the common narcotic that ...

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Kuru Kuru residents protest deplorable road

Residents of Kuru Kuru on Monday morning blocked the  Cooperative College Road, saying they are fed up with the deplorable state of the thoroughfare. Alliance For Change parliamentarian, Michael Carrington said the residents were upset because President David Granger failed to keep his promise to fix the roads in the area. The residents also claimed that monies were allocated to ...

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Natural Resources Ministry denies “sinister motive or corruption”in ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase 1 plan

The Ministry of Natural Resources on Friday said there was no “sinister motive or corruption” in decisions for the ExxonMobil’s Development Plan for Liza Phase 1 and the state’s regulatory Guyana Geology Mines Commission (GGMC) and contracted advisors were involved in the process. “Though it may be difficult for some to see presently, the nation will, in the near future, ...

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Talks breakdown over nominees for arbitration chairman for teachers pay dispute

Talks for the selection of a Chairman of the Arbitration panel to settle a teachers’ pay dispute broke down on Friday after the Ministry of Education and the Guyana Teachers Union rejected each other’s nominees, union General Secretary Coretta Mc Donald said. Mc Donald told Demerara Waves Online News that the union’s nominees- former Minister of Education, Jeffrey Thomas; former ...

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Involve ordinary Guyanese in crafting development plan to spend oil money; at least 43 parliamentarians must approve National Budgets- GTUC General Secretary

The General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis on Thursday called on decision-makers to go to ordinary Guyanese in their communities to discuss how the emerging oil sector can lift them out of poverty, and and he cited the need for at least 43 of the 65 parliamentarians to pass pro-development budgets. Lewis insisted that the Parliament ...

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Private sector proposes “non-political” Sovereign Wealth Fund; Budget Director allays fears of politicized mechanism

A Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA)- organised forum on the proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) on Thursday heard strong recommendations for the creation of a “non-political” legal entity to manage oil and other revenues, but Ministry of Finance Budget Director, Sonya Roopnauth says government’s model guarantees the involvement of highly qualified experts. “It is very difficult to take away ...

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