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PPP likely to support GECOM compromise on listing registrants who haven’t uplifted ID cards

General Secretary of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday hinted that his party is likely to support the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) creation of a supplementary voters’ list of more than 20-thousand persons who have not collected their national identification cards. “I gather that there is a compromise that will ensure enhanced verification but not remove ...

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Guyana ramps up plans for selling crude oil

Guyana’s preparations for the start of commercial oil production and lifting is moving apace and these include having a third party aboard the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel overseeing the movement of oil, Head of the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe said Wednesday. “It is the government’s desire to be pursuing a third-party ...

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OPINION Wanted: a leader of a different caliber

by GHK Lall I look around and am forced to admit: it is the most boring of times. The normalcy of the most careful, sobering, and methodical kind of election imaginable that graces what is now the hands-down national pastime. Dilapidated, it is. Somebody has got to ‘bring back that lovin’ feelin’. Since there are no Guyanese Righteous Brothers in ...

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Parliament will remain open to approve spending

President David Granger says he has no immediate plan to dissolve Parliament because the House will have to approve additional spending in the absence of a 2020 National Budget. “I cannot say now when Parliament will be dissolved. I will stay away from dissolution as long as there is a likelihood that we will need the vote of the whole ...

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Gov’t cannot promise year-end bonuses to public servants

President David Granger on Wednesday hinted that public servants might not receive bonuses this year due to the political stalemate following last year’s validly-passed no-confidence motion. “I cannot, at this point in time say whether funds will be available for payments of [sic] public servants. So, I am not saying no but after the next Cabinet meeting, the Minister of ...

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Harbour bridge workers trying to remove fallen utility poles

Workers at the Demerara Harbour Bridge were Tuesday night working feverishly to remove several utility poles that fell from a truck, restricting two-way traffic to a single lane, General Manager of the bridge, Rolston Adams said. He said efforts were underway to move equipment to the location where the poles fell so that they could be removed. Adams said traffic ...

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Equal pay for drillship workers but unions must understand industry -new oil company

The recently established Unicon Guyana Inc. (UGI), which includes a well-established Ghanaian company, has promised that the workers it will hire, train and place aboard oil rigs will receive equal pay with their foreign counterparts, but trade unions must come to grips with the reality of working conditions aboard drillships. “Specifically, I want to say that once I’m Chairman, UGI ...

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700 acres of closed Wales Estate leased for coconut production

Amazonia Expert Services Limited (AES), a newly-formed company, has secured a lease of 700 acres of land at the closed Wales Sugar Estate, West Bank Demerara, to get into the coconut industry The major shareholders of AES, which is made up of entrepreneurs, academics and professionals, are former Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), Dr. ...

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