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Deputy Mayor Duncan wants mayoral debates for December 15 election

Elections for Georgetown’s new Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been announced but Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan is calling for a debate among the candidates before the December 15 election. “I call on any Councillor(s) contending for the position of Mayor, as I am, to let’s have a public discourse/debate on the management and future of Georgetown,” Duncan said on his facebook ...

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PPP used ‘scare tactics’ to ‘mobilise choir’ against budget- Minister Harmon

Minister of State Joseph Harmon is convinced that the ‘doom and gloom’ positions take on Budget 2017 is a result of scare tactics used by the Opposition PPP, that is reflective on similar tactics used on the Anti-Money Laundering legislation in the last Parliament. “Complaints by the Opposition that the budget is murderous, would lead to suicide and other forms ...

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Gov’t MPs should take lie-detector test on ‘national disaster’ budget, says PPP MP Dharamlall

Opposition parliamentarian Nigel Dharamlall is convinced government parliamentarians are not as honest about their feelings toward budget 2017 as they are letting out. The MP believes a lie-detector test would help to set the record straight. Dharamlall proposed lie-detector test for the government parliamentarians were among a list of recommendations he made for correcting the budget he called a “national ...

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New counselling rooms for 10 secondary schools; new medical school for UG- Education Minister

With 17% of $250B in budget 2017 allocated to the education sector, Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine announced in the national assembly a new medical school for the University of Guyana as well as ten new counselling rooms in secondary schools. The schools identified include Cummings Lodge, Richard Ishmael, St. Mary’s, Lodge Community, South Ruimveldt, Tutorial High, Dolphin Secondary, East ...

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Education budget reduced by $1B because of 14% VAT; cost of living will increase- MP Manickchand warns

“Shocking”, “unconscionable”, were the words used by Opposition MP Priya Manickchand to describe Budget 2017. “Brace yourself Guyana, these are the things that are going to come,” Manickchand said in her description of the 2017 budget. The MP Opposition told the National Assembly during her address on the budget that the budget has caused “distress and worry and fear in ...

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‘Poisonous’ budget will cause ‘sufferation’, ‘murderation’ to Guyanese- Opposition MP

The heated exchanges in budget 2017 debates have already started with Opposition MP Joseph Hamilton taking to the floor to denounce what he called a “poisonous” budget presented by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, which would cause “sufferation and murderation to Guyanese people.” “It is the first death announcement budget read on national television,” Hamilton said in his presentation noting that ...

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PPP supporters protest tax-heavy budget; Jagdeo warns of government “arrogance” to pass budget

The  2017 budget debates begin Monday in the National Assembly, and arriving parliamentarians were greeted by a long line of PPP protesters led by several MPs including Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. “It’s bad economics that many of the measures in the budget are not in keeping with even what the government says its goals are. These measures run contrary to ...

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Stop complaining about taxes and “get busy”- Natural Resources Minister

As Guyana’s government and opposition parliamentarians prepare to begin a week-long debate on Monday, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman has urged Guyanese to stop complaining about the budget and “get busy”. “So what are we to do, complain about the VAT on water and electricity and do nothing else, or complain and get busy preparing? The Government of Guyana ...

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Guyana rewarded Barbados PM for stance against Venezuela

President David Granger said he bestowed Guyana’s highest national award on Barbados’ Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart earlier this year as a reward for that Caribbean leader’s support on the  border controversy with Venezuela. “Prime Minister Stuart was forthright in telling the Venezuelan Vice President (Jorge Arreaza) that the decree had to be withdrawn so the award was a reward for ...

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Education Minister collapses at reception for Prince Harry

Minster of Education Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine Friday night collapsed at a reception in honour of visiting Prince Harry. “During the outdoor event Dr. Roopnaraine experienced a brief episode of syncope (commonly referred to as  a ‘fainting spell’). The conditions were hot and, Dr. Roopnaraine was at the time also dehydrated,” government said in a statement. “Medical attention was rendered to ...

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