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US flouting Guyana’s State authority over democracy and governance project- Luncheon

Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon has sharply criticised the decision by the United States (US) Ambassador Dr Brent Hardt to implement a governance project or aspects of it, under the auspices of USAID, despite strong objections by the Cabinet. The American envoy has maintained that that the US and USAID have consulted adequately with ...

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PSC offers compromise on Procurement Commission stalemate

A crack appears to have emerged in the government over agreeing on a compromise position that can finally pave the way for the establishment of a Public Procurement Commission (PPC) and passage tighter financial crimes legislation. Well-placed sources say that President Donald Ramotar had repeatedly endorsed a formula in talks with the Private Sector Commission (PSC) that can see Cabinet ...

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Open parliamentary hearings on financial crimes bill to public- PSC, opposition

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) and the two parliamentary opposition parties have agreed that parliamentary hearings to amend the financial crimes bill should be held in public. PSC Chairman, Ronald Webster told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) that taking Special Select Committee hearings on amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering of Financing Terrorism (AML/CFT) to the public would ...

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GPSU criticises one-month bonus to Joint Services

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and other security agencies will get one month’s bonus plus the five percent back-pay, a move the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) says is aimed at splitting loyalties. President Donald Ramotar on Friday announced the extra-cash package at the annual Christmas luncheon held at the GDF’s headquarters, Camp Ayanganna. The state-run Government Information Agency (GINA) ...

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Two charged for gun, ammo at Ogle Airport

Two men were Friday arraigned on a charge of allegedly being in illegal possession of a gun and ammunition at the Ogle International Airport. They aare Jameen Fareen and Phillip Mc Pherson. Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine-Beharry remanded them to prison until December 23 when they will appear in the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Court. Police said the men were caught on December ...

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Luncheon, Retired GDF Chief differ on mining in New River Triangle

Retired Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Major General Joseph Singh and Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon are at odds over government previous policy on mining activities in the New River Triangle. Luncheon earlier this week recalled that then President Bharrat Jagdeo had begun pushing for the opening up of the area for mining. ...

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GPSU protest march attracts low turnout

About 100 public servants on Friday began marching through the streets of Georgetown as part of their ongoing efforts to pressure government into paying more than a five percent increase for this year. They chanted “What we demand? A living wage, “Five percent shut down.” GPSU President Patrick Yarde attributed poor turnout to the police force’s late approval of application ...

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Man shot, $18M stolen in two robberies

Bandits have grabbed some $18M dollars in two armed robberies within a 12-hour period, according to police reports. The force reported that around 8.30AM Friday Rajiv Singh, 21, a clerk attached to a city store, was robbed of a carton box containing some $17.2M dollars as he was about to enter a commercial bank on Avenue of the Republic. He ...

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Overseas-based woman dies in two-vehicle smash-up

An overseas-based Guyanese is the country’s latest road fatality after she was killed in an accident on Friday morning. Osnah Dillon- Jardine, 39, was involved in a two vehicular smash up at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara around 12:30 AM.   Five others, Kestor Douglas, Carl James, Quacy Mc Calmont  and two others-names only given as Enzo and Gregory-  were also ...

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US denies virtually imposing democracy and governance project

The United States (US) embassy on Thursday denied that it did not consult adequately with the Guyana government on a “technical assistance” project that was expected to benefit political parties to improve governance and democracy here. The embassy said it held an “extensive series of consultations and correspondence” with the Guyana government and other stakeholders on developing the Leadership and ...

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