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Georgetown public hospital gets new Board of Directors

Cabinet has given approval for the appointment of a new Board at the Georgetown Public Hospital, according to Public Health minister Volda Lawrence, during her first press conference today as the top public health official. The board’s chairperson is Kesaundra Alves, the holder of a Law undergraduate degree and a Legal Education Certificate. She also holds a Masters of Law ...

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Exam date set for ‘distressed’ nursing students, exam leak still under police investigation

The Public Health ministry, under new minister Volda Lawrence, has called on the Education Ministry for assistance in resolving an exam dilemma which emerged last year when students were told they might have to re-sit their examinations. The Education Ministry will now assist the Public Health Ministry and the Nursing Council in crafting the multiple choice questions for the aggrieved ...

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Political tone at parking meter protest; private sector, Mayor disagree on impact of metered parking

Hundreds of Guyanese Friday morning protested against metered parking in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, even as a much smaller pro-government group struggled to show any signs of real resistance. “This is not about politics. Go and record that thrash over there; that nonsense over there. How can he get on a bullhorn and say that about these people. This is business ...

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Georgetown Council presents $3.6B ‘Make Georgetown Green’ deficit budget

After months of deliberation among city officials, Council’s Finance Committee chair, Oscar Clarke, read out what was a deficit budget as the year’s $3.6Billion expenditure exceeds an expected revenue collection of $2.8Billion. This is not the first such deficit budget since sharp deficits were recorded for 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2015. This year’s budget will see a few measures implemented ...

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Jagdeo criticises President Granger for not holding Press Conference in almost one year

It has been almost 321 days since President David Granger’s last press conference in early March 19, 2016, and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo believes the Head of State is hiding from criticism against his government. “I have a major issue about the president and his accountability to the nation,” Jagdeo, a former President, told the press corps at the Opposition Leader’s ...

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AFC hopes oil revenue will help improve relations with APNU

The Alliance For Change (AFC) hopes that the generation of oil revenues and improved economic performance will help  ease tensions with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) over demands for increased jobs and improved standard of living. AFC Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan said the “very sound” relationship between his party and APNU has been unjustifiably criticized, but acknowledged that the need ...

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APNU, AFC leaders settled disagreements directly; no need for “cumbersome” dispute settlement body

The Alliance For Change (AFC) says the dispute-settlement mechanism in the political accord with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) was never activated and may never be revived, leaving high-level political leaders to resolve most disagreements. AFC Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan said disputes with APNU have been resolved between himself, while party leader, and President David Granger as APNU leader, or ...

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AFC Leader says won’t compromise party although Granger handpicked him as minister

Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman on Thursday dismissed suggestions that he would be compromised because he was handpicked by President David Granger to be appointed a government minister. He explained that he Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder; Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin and Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder were all appointed by the President outside the political ...

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State Assets Recovery Bill to give Asset Recovery officials same power as Police, Immigration, Customs officers

Government is prepared to institutionalise its state asset recovery machinery with the introduction of the State Assets Recovery Bill tabled today by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams SC in the National Assembly. The bill’s introduction gives an intention to “establish a State Assets Recovery Agency in consonance with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption 2003.” The agency, ...

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Govt, Opposition wage parliamentary battle about VAT on “poor people food”

“Is VAT and VAT and VAT everywhere” decried Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira today in the National Assembly as she read a parliamentary motion in her name, which challenges government’s removal of a number of items from the Value Added Tax (VAT) zero-rated list, but government is questioning the validity of the motion. The parliamentary motion laid today “calls on Government ...

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