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911 Emergency phones operational by early 2017, says Public Security Minister Ramjattan

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan expects the 911 Emergency numbers will be functioning effectively by early 2017, with some 12 officers to be trained for work on a shift system. Some $250M was allocated in budget 2017 for equipment for the Guyana Police Force, an allocation which prompted Opposition MP Juan Edghill to question whether the 911 service will benefit, ...

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Minister Scott hints at FITUG, GTUC ‘impotence’ while grilled on $24M for Guyana National Co-op Union Ltd

Government has allocated $24M to the Guyana National Cooperative Union Limited (GNCU) under the Labour division of the Social Protection Ministry sparking many questions on the body supposedly located at Waterloo Street between Middle and Quamina Streets. Opposition MP Juan Edghill questioned Labour Minister Keith Scott in the Supply Committee of the National Assembly on what criteria was used to ...

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$500M increase in budget 2017 for Guyana contributions to int’l organisations

Guyana’s contribution to international organisations has increased by some $500M in the 2017 budgeted estimates for the Foreign Ministry. The increase raised some questions from Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira today in the Supply Committee of the National Assembly. Teixeira noted the increases were for this country’s payments to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, CARICOM Competition Commission, CARICOM Implementing ...

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Opposition Chief Whip urges Foreign Minister to justify $200M hike in foreign contract employees

Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira has asked Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge to justify a $200M increase in the amount allocated for contract employees under the Foreign Policy Promotions for the Foreign Ministry’s 2017 budget. The increases, according to Minister Greenidge in the Supply Committee of the National Assembly, “reflects almost all the new postings in terms of Principal Foreign Officers ...

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Minister Greenidge confident in UN chief’s recommendation for Venezuela border controversy

While the Guyana Government hoped for a resolution to the border controversy with Venezuela before UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon demitted office at the end of this year, Guyanese officials will settle for a 12-month application of the Good Offices process before the controversy is referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). “It has been a year which ...

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Finance Minister says low oil price$$ benefited ‘troublemaker’ GPL; Jagdeo says customers never felt it

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) continues to be, in the words of Prime Minister Nagamootoo “a black hole,” according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan who was asked today to account for the performance of state agencies during his 2016 review. Turning his attention to the Guyana Power & Light Inc (GPL), which continues to be a thorn in the side ...

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Indigenous communities call for independent land commission amidst alleged ‘threats, harassment’ from gov’t officials

Stemming from a three-year research from 2012 into land claims and conflicts of 42 indigenous settlements in Guyana’s regions 1 and 2, communities involved are calling for an independent tribunal for land claims and grievances owing to a number of challenges including interference from former government officials. “Government officials have sometimes pressured community leaders to give up their request for land ...

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Stranded Dynamic Airways Guyanese passengers at JFK on their way home- Captain Gouveia

Relief has come for 280 Dynamic Airways passengers stranded at JFK International Airport in New York over the weekend, according to the company’s local representative Captain Gerry Gouveia, who confirmed today that the flight is expected to reach Georgetown this afternoon. Some 400 passengers were stranded in Georgetown and New York over the weekend when two planes operating under the ...

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$298M still owed on D’Urban Park, contractors can sue building company- Minister Jordan

The $500M allocated for Homestretch Development Inc in budget 2017 to pay off its $798M debt to contractors for the D’Urban Park Development Project is all government will be providing, said Finance Minister Winston Jordan. “I think the money that is owed (by HDI- the company which built the D’Urban Park) is roughly $798M,” Jordan confirmed to a news conference ...

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PPP seeks image makeover ; rules out bringing back “hypocrites”

Still reeling from accusations of corruption and discrimination in some quarters during its 23-years in government, the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Saturday set the tone for a makeover of its bruised image in some quarters. At the same time, the PPP took a hard line against patching up relations with members who have left and have been harshly ...

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