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Local Government Commission by end of 2017 says Communities Minister Bulkan

Although $30M has been allocated for the Local Government Commission in 2017, the constitutional body is yet to be established pending nominees from President David Granger, as well as Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan. Minister Bulkan told the Supply Committee of the National Assembly earlier this week that the Commission would be operationalised by the end of 2017. A 2016 budgetary ...

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BORDER CONTROVERSY: Guyana, Venezuela welcome UN Secretary General’s decision

Guyana and Venezuela Friday night welcomed the decision by outgoing United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon to give the two neighbouring South American countries one more year to resolve their border controversy through mediation. However, Guyana and Venezuela continue to differ over whether the matter should be taken to the  International Court of Justice (ICJ) also known as ...

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Tax Chief denies PPP members being targeted; says public officers, MPs must be held to “higher standard”

Commissioner- General of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Godfrey Statia on Friday refuted claims by Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo that several parliamentarians have been politically targeted by being issued property tax demand notices. “I would like to assure the Opposition Leader that if there was any political intervention, any targeting, it would not have been for those five persons because I ...

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Surinamese, Guyanese Presidents agree to appoint special envoy to help fast-track decision implementation

Suriname’s President, Desi Bouterse and the President of Guyana, David Granger on Friday agreed to appoint a high-level representative who will conduct shuttle diplomacy to resolve several areas of concern. “We have agreed to a mechanism in which the different issues that will be brought up or have been brought up per sector can be discussed and that these will ...

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Suriname’s President to visit Guyana on Dec 16

Suriname’s President, Desire Delano Bouterse is Friday expected to pay an official visit to Guyana to continue talks that first held with President David Granger six months ago. The Ministry of the Presidency said Bouterse’s  visit is a follow-up to one paid by Granger to Nieuw Nickerie, Suriname on July 1, 2016 and the two South American leaders would “discuss areas of ...

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“I believe in transparency, I believe in honesty” – Georgetown’s Deputy Mayor-elect, Jaikarran

–Outgoing Deputy Mayor did not fully understand Council’s rules- Mayor Chase-Green Georgetown’s Deputy Mayor-elect, Lionel Jaikarran on Thursday vowed moments after he was elected to stick to his stance on a number of issues that are before the Council, even as his predecessor Sherod Duncan forecasts a rough road ahead. “My positions that I held before are not going to ...

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Deputy Mayor’s withdrawal sees Chase-Green re-elected Mayor amidst protest outside City Hall

Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green will once again serve as Mayor for one year from March 2017 after winning by default in an election which saw Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan withdrawing his candidacy for mayorship. Duncan had come out to be critical of the Mayor’s actions in office, even calling for a public debate between himself and Mayor Chase-Green before the ...

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GRA serves PPP MPs with property tax letters, Jagdeo claims victimisation

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is claiming victimisation by the state’s revenue collecting agency after property tax letters were recently served to five PPP parliamentarians during the 2017 budget debate season. Jagdeo said the MPs served letters included Joseph Hamilton, Indra Chanderpal, Dr Frank Anthony, and Bishop Juan Edghill. The Opposition Leader was convinced the government was using the agency to ...

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Sherod Duncan withdraws from Mayoral, Deputy Mayoral race

Incumbent Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan on Thursday withdrew from the Mayoral and Depyty Mayoral race  one hour before Georgetown City Councillors are due to hold internal elections. Already, veteran PNCR/APNU politician Amna Ally has said she does not expect anything to change because “we have the numbers.” Following is Mr. Duncan’s statement. When the tenure of President David Granger administration ...

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Ministers cautiously defend their govt-paid tuition fees ; opposition calls coalition “absolutely indecent”

Evidently fazed that it’s now in the open that government is paying their university tuition fees to the tune of millions of dollars from the National Treasury, two government ministers reacted cautiously while the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) began slamming the government. Junior Minister, Annette Ferguson said she became eligible for a GYD$3.3 million per year scholarship to ...

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