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PPP promises no new taxes to Georgetown; govt yet to decide on paid parking, but increased property rates likely

As the Guyana government prepares to lay the groundwork for increasing property rates and taxes in towns and villages, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is opposed to additional taxes on the citizens of Georgetown. “We know more revenues can come in there other than putting additional burdens. Don’t forget when this government came in has put over 200 new taxes ...

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AFC downplays small showing on nomination day… “We don’t believe in theatrics”

The Alliance For Change (AFC), which broke away from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to contest the Local Government Elections on its own, on Friday turned up turned up with eight persons to submit nominations to contest for the Georgetown City Council. However, AFC Executive member Michael Leonard downplayed the few persons who rallied under his party’s banner as ...

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T&T backs Guyana on border controversy with Venezuela

Trinidad and Tobago- which historically enjoys close economic and political relations with Venezuela- will support Guyana in its border controversy with their Spanish-speaking neighbour, Prime Minister Keith Rowley said Wednesday. Asked whether Trinidad and Tobago would be willing to amend the 1990 Maritime Boundary Delimitation Agreement with Venezuela  that has resulted in an overlap of maritime boundaries with Guyana, he ...

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Oil and gas contracts can be renegotiated- Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Keith Rowley on Wednesday said his country has successfully renegotiated contracts with international oil and gas companies, even as he cautioned that  deals are developed based on the conditions at a particular time. “We respect the sanctity of contracts, while not accepting that contracts are written in stone. Contracts are engagements made at least between ...

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No political motive behind Commission of Inquiry into Mayor and City Council

The Local Government Commission (LGC) on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that the Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the Georgetown Municipality could be seen as timed to coincide with upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE). With the LGE slated for November 12, 2018 and the announcement of Commission of Inquiry made less than one week ago, questions were raised about whether ...

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APNU had considered parties contesting Local Govt Elections separately- sources; Granger stresses importance of strong political organisations

A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) had toyed with the idea of each of the five parties under its umbrella contesting the 2018 Local Government Elections separately to test their strength on the ground, but APNU Chairman, David Granger has brushed aside the question. “I’m not aware of the veracity of that second statement. As far as I am concerned, ...

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Public Infrastructure Minister submits statement to police about Demerara River Bridge feasibility contract

The Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) has launched an investigation into the award of a GY$148 million contract to a Dutch company for the development of a feasibility study and design of a new Demerara River bridge,  a senior police officer said. “The matter was referred and we (police force) are investigating the matter,” the official told ...

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City Hall’s awarding of contracts, handling of no-confidence motion against Town Clerk on agenda for City Hall Commission of Inquiry

The award of contracts  by the City administration and how Town Clerk Royston King escaped a no-confidence motion are among items topping the agenda for a Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the municipality, the Local Government Commission (LGC) indicated Monday afternoon. “Several of the complaints that have occasioned this step include a reported failure of the City Council ...

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Jagdeo refuses to answer SOCU’s questions on PradoVille 2 lands; denies security of president, ministers was reason for scheme

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday invoked presidential immunity and refused to respond to any questions concerning the allocation of housing lands at Goedeverwagting-Plaisance (PradoVille 2) to himself, his then ministers and other top government officials eight years ago. Head of the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Assistant Commissioner Sydney James said after the probe is completed ...

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