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PNCR Chairman, Basil Williams delivers stinging campaign speech

Incumbent People’s National Congress Reform Chairman, Basil Williams Friday afternoon used his welcome and opening remarks to openly campaign to retain the second highest elected post of the party. Without naming Joseph Harmon and Volda Lawrence, who were among the hundreds attending the opening of the Congress, Williams warned against outsiders influencing the process. “Comrades we must be vigilant and ...

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“Some intelligent discussions” on oil wealth needed- Cathy Hughes

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes wants more public conversations about how the potential benefits of the expected massive oil earnings can be used to benefit ordinary Guyanese and says she has already raised the matter at Cabinet. In reiterating her support for poor Guyanese to receive conditional direct cash transfers from the oil revenues that are expected to begin ...

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No govt funds used to campaign for PNCR Chairmanship- Harmon

As the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) on Friday prepares to begin its three-day congress, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said he has not used government funds to campaign for the chairmanship of his party. “That’s not true…That’s not an accurate statement,” he said. Asked whether it was PNCR or personal resources that were being used to finance the campaigns, ...

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Minister Felix distributes additional supplies to Venezuelan migrants

Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix visited the Indigenous community of Khan’s Hill in the Barima-Waini Region to distribute additional supplies to the Venezuelan migrants, on Friday last. This is the minister’s second visit to the area to distribute food and sanitation supplies to migrants crossing the border from the neighbouring country, government’s Department of Public Information reported on Thursday. Two ...

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Team of US Congressmen expected to visit Guyana

Seven or eight United States Congressmen are due to visit Guyana in the coming weeks, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said. The date of the visit is to be announced later Thursday. He said the unnamed congressmen are due to be accompanied by several United States military officers. Harmon said the team of Congressmen would be on a “familiarisation” visit. ...

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Teachers’ union never agreed to specialist to calculate pay hike; Education Minister to be officially notified of strike call

President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union, Mark Lyte said the long-running pay dispute with government might be headed for arbitration, even as he Friday prepared to officially inform the Ministry of Education  that teachers would embark on strike action later this month. Denying that the GTU had agreed that the Ministry of Education should hire a specialist to calculate how ...

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Attorney General must activate Judicial Review Act pending appeal, not engage in “frustration and obstruction” of parliament

The Guyana Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed Attorney General, Basil Williams’  request for a stay of execution of a High Court order that compels him to activate the Judicial Review Act (JRA) saying that he appeared bent on frustrating and obstructing people from accessing a wider array of legal remedies for the first time. “I hold that the Applicant ...

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No trafficking of Haitians through Guyana; Venezuelans being watched

There is no evidence that  Haitians are being trafficked through Guyana to French Guiana, but authorities here are focussing on possible trafficking of Venezuelans, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Winston Felix said. “First of all, you are assuming that given the numbers of Haitians there is trafficking. We have not suspected any trafficking of Haitians in Guyana, through Guyana or ...

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WPA will mobilise public pressure on govt to accept direct cash transfers of oil money to poor

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Thursday said if A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) refuses to meet to discuss and work out arrangements for direct transfers of oil wealth to the poor Guyanese, it will whip up support among ordinary people to put pressure on government to accept and implement the idea. “We expect logically- and I think that’s ...

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Finance Minister, AFC welcome debate on direct cash transfers of oil earnings to poor

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan prefers to cautiously approach the idea of conditional cash transfers from Guyana’s oil earnings to poor ordinary Guyanese, even as the Alliance For Change (AFC) backed the idea and promised to lobby its coalition partner to refine and take it on board. Welcoming the debate triggered by Distinguished Economics Professor, Clive Thomas’ call for the transfers, ...

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