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Public Health Minister did not deliver apology to House Speaker; appeals for support from PNCR congress delegates

Embattled Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton admitted that he did not actually deliver an apology to House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland for misleading the National Assembly about the rental of a building to house a pharmaceutical bond. He later told Demerara Waves Online News that he delivered the apology. Following is a transcript of that segment of the news ...

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Jagdeo claims Noel Blackman donated dirty money to PNCR; Oscar Clarke denies

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has claimed that the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has received campaign financing from former Health Minister, Dr. Noel Blackman’s illegal distribution of painkillers in the United States (US), but a top party official has bluntly denied the accusation. “How much of the drug money that Mr. Blackman was involved in…went into the APNU (A Partnership for ...

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AFC bent on removing jail terms for small amounts of marijuana possession

The Alliance For Change (AFC) is insisting that Guyana’s narcotics law be amended to  scrap jail terms for  the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, and  the opposition People’s Progressive Party-Civic’s (PPPC) parliamentarians are expected to vote with their conscience instead of along strictly party line. AFC Leader and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan told reporters ...

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Mixed reaction to Granger’s proposed National Indigenous People’s Authority

Guyana’s President David Granger on Monday recommended the formation of an authority oversee and fast-track the implementation of decisions by the National Toshaos Council (NTC) and other decision-making bodies;  an announcement that has drawn sharp criticism from shadow Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister, Pauline Sukhai but welcomed by the NTC Chairman. Granger envisaged that a five person National Indigenous People’s Authority ...

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US urged to swiftly help improve Guyana’s democracy, human rights and governance before political, economic conditions change

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been told that it needs to urgently support the improvement of Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) in Guyana before the coalition administration’s priorities change and are overtaken by the next local and general elections and possible economic decline. “Time is of the essence as this window may not be open ...

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Human Rights Assoc recommends sweeping changes to State Asset Recovery mechanism or it “risks prolonging ethnically polarized politics”

The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) is calling for a range of measures to be implemented to ensure that the proposed State Asset Recovery legislation and the agency win broad-based political support. The association cautioned the APNU+AFC government against using its one-seat majority in the House to pass the State Asset Recovery Bill and establish the State Asset Recovery Agency ...

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Key AFC Berbice member resigns from Region Six chairmanship; search begins for someone with “administrative skill”

Dr. Veerasammy Rammaya, who had once distanced himself from the Alliance For Change (AFC) because he had been dissatisfied with a government job offer after the coalition won last year’s general elections, has now resigned from the post of Regional Executive Officer of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). The Ministry of Communities said Tuesday that a search was underway for someone ...

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Linden Town Clerk to be summoned to hearing on motion for her removal

Linden Mayor, Carwyn Holland hopes that Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan will give the Town Clerk marching orders now that a second no-confidence motion has been passed against her because she appears to have a political agenda against the elected body. “We need the changes and we need the Town Clerk removed”… “I believe that this Town Clerk needs  to ...

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