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Fire destroys West Demerara house where unsupervised children played with lighter

Fire late Wednesday night ripped through a one-flat house at Sister’s Village, West Bank Demerara. Sources said three children- ages seven, six and four years- who were left at home without supervision, were playing with a lighter and subsequently a fight ensued over the lighter. Investigations revealed that during the fight the eldest child accidentally set fire to the bed ...

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Stiff local content regime should redefine what’s a Guyanese company; consult with private sector before MoU with Trinidad- Georgetown Chamber

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), fearful that Trinidad and Tobago companies were about to take over Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector, has dispatched draft local content legislation that, among other things, seek to redefine what is a Guyanese company. GCCI President, Deodat Indar said if the draft local content legislation-which has been dispatched to government and the ...

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Teachers union ready to reopen pay negotiations with President

As thousands of teachers intensified a strike into the third day of the new school year, the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) on Wednesday said it was ready to reopen negotiations if President David Granger called them to the table. “We will be willing to meet with the President or a delegates body to have thus thing fast-tracked because I realise ...

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Finance Ministry should be formally involved in all salary negotiations for teachers- Former GTU President

As a strike by government-employed teachers dragged into its second week, former President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU), Colwyn King believes the time has come for formal provision to be made for the involvement of the Finance Ministry in negotiations for increased salaries and allowances. “That old, antiquated sort of agreement should go out the door and you should ...

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Junior Labour Minister apologises for calling striking teachers “selfish and uncaring”

As the Ministry of Education hopes to get the Guyana Teachers Union back to the mediation table and break an almost two-week old strike, Junior Labour Minister Keith Scott on Tuesday apologised for calling the educators “selfish and uncaring”. In fact, Scott even went further by calling the now seven-day old industrial unrest “legitimate”. “I would like to offer my sincerest ...

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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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