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GTT fires workers after “suspicious activities”

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) fired 12 persons following the discovery of “suspicious activities”. “During a routine internal review of financial procedures, GTT documented suspicious activities which warranted further investigation. GTT’ spokeswoman, Jasmine Harris said police were called in and those given marching orders included managers and junior staff. Consequently, reorganization of staff resources was required to ensure ...

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Striking teachers abandoned classrooms countrywide while others remained on the job

Numerous teachers across Guyana stayed away from classrooms at government-run schools, even as the Ministry of Education deployed scabs comprising retired and trainee teachers to cushion the impact of a strike that has entered the second week to press demands for increased salaries. In other schools, some or all of the teachers ignored the call for industrial action by the ...

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State to appeal dismissal of GY$600 million larceny charge against Jennifer Westford, Margaret Cummings

The State has signaled its intention to appeal the dismissal of a GY$600 million larceny charge against  former Public Service Minister, Dr. Jennifer Westford and her Administrative Assistant, Margaret Cummings. “The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) wishes to advise that a Notice of Appeal was filed in the Guyana Court of Appeal on August 30, 2018,” the ...

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Policeman, who failed alcohol test, arrested for killing motorcyclist with force’s vehicle

A Police Constable,  failed a breathalyzer test following a fatal accident Saturday night, is under close arrest, the Guyana Police Force said. Sources have identified the policeman as Ryan Persaud. Dead is 23-year old Akemo Anthony of 338 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, At the time of the accident at 11:40 Saturday night on Nelson Mandela Public Road in the vicinity of ...

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Decision to scrap jail terms for marijuana possession for personal use welcomed; tough laws needed to punish prison staff for drug trafficking- Prisons Director

Even as more prison guards and civilians are being busted for smuggling marijuana into the jails, Director of the Guyana Prison Service, Gladwin Samuels has welcomed government’s decision to scrap jail terms for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. At the same time, Samuels is recommending that tough legislation be put in place to specifically punish ...

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Granger hints he’s available for 2020 general elections

President David Granger on Friday hinted that he would run again in 2020 for the nation’s top elected post if he is chosen. “I cannot answer the question at the present time. It is speculative. I’m a servant of my party  I’m a servant of the partnership, I’m a servant of the coalition and my duty is to serve and ...

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Granger prefers National Assembly to appoint GECOM; campaign financing, “ideas-sharing” could be added to agenda for talks with Jagdeo

President David Granger on Thursday signaled that he was open to adding reform of the Guyana Elections Commission and campaign financing to an agenda of proposed talks with Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, but already the Guyanese leader wants GECOM Commissioners to be appointed by the National Assembly. The President noted that ultimately there would be a role for the two ...

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Govt searching for more cash to pay teachers- Granger

President David Granger on Friday announced that a search has begun for more cash to make a higher pay offer and stave off an intensified strike by government-employed teachers. “The government is actively searching for fresh sources of funding to satisfy the teachers’ needs,” he said. So far, government’s offer of GY$700 million for salary increases for 2017 and GY$200 ...

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