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Updated: Environmental tax reintroduced; VAT to be paid on water, electricity; Old Age Pension increaesed

by Derwayne Wills  Guyanese will now have to pay Value Added Tax (VAT) on water and electricity consumption above a certain level, while the overall of Value Added Tax on businesses has been reduced to 14 percent on companies, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced in the 2017 National Budget. In a move that has left many puzzled, Finance Minister Winston ...

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Guyana unveils solar energy plan; Mabaruma to get first solar farm

Guyana will next year construct the first solar farm as part of a larger plan to reduce the country’s fossil fuel bill and  prevent carbon emissions. “To complement public sector investment, the Government will be granting a one-off tax holiday of two years for corporation tax to importers of items for wind and solar energy investments, and for investors in ...

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Guyana records economic decline

Guyana’s economy  will record a 2.6 percent growth  in 2016 due to a decline in some prices and lower growth in several sectors, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced on Monday. Delivering the 2017 National Budget, he told the House that the economy contracted from a projected 4.4 percent to a mid-year 2 percent and a further overall decline to 2.6 ...

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Isolated New York-based Guyanese distance themselves from APNU+AFC coalition

Despite President David Granger’s assurances that he has not distanced himself from the grassroots in favour of the elite, a number of New York-based Guyanese has slammed him for ignoring their pleas to be recognised and involved in the decision-making process. Convenor of the groups, Professor Asquith Rose on Sunday (November, 27, 2016) released a letter to President David Granger ...

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AFC Councillor won’t be allowed to become next Georgetown Mayor – Political Scientists

Political Scientists on Sunday do not expect that the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-dominated A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) would cede the mayoral post to the Alliance For Change’s (AFC) Sherod Duncan at internal elections due next month. Former University of Guyana Political Science lecturer, Freddie Kissoon does not expect the APNU to move incumbent Mayor, Patricia Chase- Green ...

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‘John Corbie’ shot at Wings and Things

An East Ruimveldt resident is presently in a serious condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, after being shot thrice about his body during an exchange of gunfire. Police said the man was shot by a licensed firearm holder about 02:00 hrs Sunday morning at the Wings and Things Bar, located at Mandela Avenue. Investigations revealed that the victim Martin ...

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President unveils bust of the late Claude Alphonso Merriman

President David Granger Saturday afternoon joined with the family of the late Claude Alphonso Merriman C.C.H. J.P to unveil a bust at the Merriman’s Mall, Vlissengen Road. Mr. Merriman was born on November 29, 1912 at Werk-en-Rust Georgetown and died in 1995. The bust was sculpted by Mr. Ivor Thom.  The President commended the family for the initiative and spoke of the ...

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Pres Granger rubbishes NY-based Guyanese claims that he’s “elitist”

President David Granger on Saturday rejected claims by a group of United States-based Guyanese that he is elitist and has repeatedly avoided meeting with ordinary Guyanese in New York. “My reaction is that those descriptions are erroneous,” he said when asked by Demerara Waves to respond to claims by several overseas-based Guyanese. Several “concerned Guyanese” including members of the North American ...

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Guyanese soldiers off to Barbados for its 50th independence anniversary celebrations

Several Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldiers have flown to Barbados to help that sister Caribbean Community (Caricom) member state celebrate its 50th Independence Anniversary, Chief-of-Staff Brigadier George Lewis confirmed Saturday. Lewis said 21 soldiers are there for paratroop and fireworks display, and five more are expected to join their colleagues. “We were asked by Barbados to support their anniversary activities. ...

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