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Court of Appeal fixes early date for hearing appeal against appointment of GECOM Commission Chairman

The Court of Appeal on Friday fixed an earliest possible date for the hearing of an appeal of a High Court decision that upheld the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice James Patterson. The appeal would be heard on October 4, 2018, just under one month of Local Government Elections set for November 12. ...

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No charges for Minister Broomes, others in parking lot fracas

Junior Minister of Natural Resources Simona Broomes, her driver and two security guards, who were involved in the parking lot fracas, will not be charged. “The file was completed and sent for legal advice, which was obtained to the effect that based on all the Statements and video footage, no charges are advised,” the Guyana Police Force said. Earlier this ...

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PNCR is “not a pensioners’ club”- veteran member. Youths not sidelined from seeking high office- General Secretary

General Secretary of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Amna Ally does not believe that youths are being excluded from being elected to top positions in her party, but current and former senior leaders think that the PNCR has become an organisation that is top-heavy with  old persons. Ally made known her position ahead of the PNCR’s Biennial Delegates Congress ...

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Afro-Guyanese promised easier access to loans, grants; govt to be asked for more money

The Ministry of Business’ Small Business Bureau on Wednesday announced that it was offering up to 70 percent guarantee of loans with the expectation that supporting commercial banks would take the risk on the remaining 30 percent. SSB Chief Executive Officer, Lowell Porter explained that at first the guarantee was 40 percent if borrowers fail to repay the banks, but ...

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Williams, Nandlall battle over urgent appeal hearing on GECOM Chairman’s appointment

Attorney General, Basil Williams on Wednesday contended that a request for the Court of Appeal to urgently hear an appeal concerning the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) would amount to a challenge to the validity of the Local Government Elections scheduled for November 12. Williams’ contention was in reaction to oral submissions by Attorney-at-Law, Anil ...

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Frank Anthony criticises government for chalking up huge public debt; Jordan says treasury bills will be issued

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is increasingly hammering government over spending billions of tapping into more GY$50 billion from the Bank of Guyana for public spending, the latest critic being parliamentary front-bencher Dr. Frank Anthony. “As a Member of Parliament, it is my responsibility to continue to use my office to bring light to these significant bread and butter ...

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Harmon, Trotman, Clive Thomas to participate in Buxton Emancipation Observances

The Buxton First of August Movement has organized its annual activities to observe the 180th anniversary of the end of plantation slavery in Guyana and the Anglophone Caribbean under the theme, “Emancipate Yourself from Mental and Economic Slavery”, the organisation said Tuesday. “This year’s theme draws attention to the ongoing need for African Guyanese to redouble their efforts to make ...

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ICJ decision on Venezuela border controversy key to Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados discussing overlapping maritime boundaries

Barbados’ newly-elected Prime Minister, Mia Mottley has signaled her government’s willingness to reopen maritime boundary talks with Guyana, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge said Monday. “There have been no technical or political discussions between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago or Guyana and Barbados on the maritime boundaries in the longest while. The Prime Minister of Barbados did say to us ...

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Guyana moves one step closer towards establishing Sovereign Wealth Fund

The policy framework for Guyana’s proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) is to be laid in the National Assembly in the coming days, to make way for eventual tabling of legislation that will provide for the involvement of the opposition in managing the expected huge windfall of oil revenues, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said. “It will have multiple layers of oversight…The ...

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