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Broomes applied for mining-related permission while Natural Resources Minister

Even as Junior Natural Resources Minister, Simona Broomes fended off concerns about conflict of interest in the mining sector, information has surfaced showing that she applied for permission to conduct mining activity on someone else’s property while being a minister of that sector. Demerara Waves Online News was able to independently confirm that veteran miner, Edward Hopkinson granted Broomes permission ...

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Jagdeo blisters APNU+AFC’s first year in office

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday flayed the one-year old coalition-led administration for taking credit for several projects initiated by then People’s Progressive Party Civic government, while at the same time burdening Guyanese with higher taxes, joblessness and reduced confidence in the economy. “The people do not have confidence in this government and every single day they do things to ...

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PPP to participate in Independence Anniversary Flag Raising

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which played a significantly leading role in fighting for Guyana’s independence from Britain, will be participating in the 50th Independence Anniversary Flag Raising Ceremony. “We will be attending the Flag Raising ceremony because we believe that will be a very important event,” Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo announced at a news conference at his party’s headquarters, ...

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Canada – Guyana partnerships support gains in Local Government

Farmers from the Mara Farmers Association (MFA) in Region 6 met with representatives from Canada and the Caribbean on Monday, May 16, 2016 to talk about gains in farming and community development under the Mara Agricultural Enhancement Project (MAEP) over the last two years. The MAEP, viewed as a potential model for replication of good practices towards local economic development, is one of several initiatives to strengthenlocal governance supported by the ...

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Bai Shan Lin wants GRA to release seized vehicles; UN Chief written over dispute

The principals of controversial Chinese conglomerate Bai Shan Lin have written the Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) requesting that immediate steps be taken towards the release of two vehicles that were seized in April. In the letter prepared by the Company’s Firm C V Satram and Associates, it explicitly states that the treaty agreement between the Government ...

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“I have done nothing wrong” – Broomes defends transfer of dredge to children

  Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Bromes is defending her decision to transfer mining assets to her two children after concerns were raised about a possible conflict of interest at the weekend. Broomes at a Monday morning press conference, made it clear that the process was devoid of corruption as she detailed having written the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) ...

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PPP shuns GuyExpo for “political work”

Despite members of the political opposition – People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) being invited to GuyExpo 2016, its members were a no-show at the opening last Thursday. There are also no reports to indicate Party officials attended the trade fair in their official capacities at the weekend. When questioned on Monday, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee brushed off suggestions of a ...

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Surinamese protest IMF-influenced increased electricity tariff

by Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO, Suriname_ Over five thousand disgruntled citizens took to the street here Friday to protest against a steep price hike for electricity. The move to increase the price came just days after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) advised the Desi Bouterse-administration to cut back on subsidizing the electricity bills. The government subsidized the national power company annually ...

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Lack of national unity has impaired development – Pres Granger

Guyana’s 50th year of Independence should be seen as a tool to perpetuate national unity and Guyana’s political sphere has an important role to play in promoting such an advent. This is according to President David Granger who made the statement as he addressed Guyana’s Parliament on Thursday May 12. The President indicated that over the last 50 years the ...

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Rodney COI report handed over to Speaker

Attorney General Basil Williams accompanied by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday morning presented the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland with a copy of the Report of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry which would be laid in the House for debate. This is after the report was presented to the Government in February after close ...

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