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Politically impartial new public service needed- Harmon

A day after news broke that People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Chairman, Volda Lawrence indicated that party supporters should not be deprived of jobs and contracts and that she would be employing her friends who are all party supporters, the Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the public service must be politically neutral. “The new public service, therefore, has to ...

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Jagdeo weighs in on Volda Lawrence’s remarks on employment preference

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday frowned on People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) General Secretary, Volda Lawrence’s remarks that there should be no fear in giving contracts and jobs to her party members. Speaking at a news conference, he suggested there might be scope for Lawrence to be prosecuted on the grounds of discrimination on the basis of nepotism and ...

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Volda Lawrence sticks to position on jobs but avoids controversial remarks on preference for supporters; upset about little political work in PPP strongholds

Chairwoman of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR),Volda Lawrence on Thursday stood by her position on the need to create jobs, but stayed clear of reiterating that preference would be given to supporters of her party. “Cde. Volda Lawrence Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform stands by her views on the issue of jobs and unemployment that measures are ...

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Irfan Ali released on self bail for GYD$174 million fraud charges

Former Minister of Housing, Irfan Ali was Wednesday released on self-bail (no cash) on 18 charges of conspiring to defraud government of a total of GYD$174 million by selling land below their valued prices. He has to return to court on January 7, 2019. Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan released Ali in his own recognizance after Prosecutor, Attorney-at-Law Patrice Henry ...

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Irfan Ali arrested and charged; to appear in court

Former Minister of Housing, Water and Tourism in the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-led administration, Irfan Ali was early Wednesday morning arrested by agents of the police force’s Special Organised Crime Unit, multiple sources confirmed. The sources said he has been charged and he is expected to be arraigned before a City magistrate some time Wednesday. SOCU agents arrived at ...

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PNCR eyes by-elections to take back Georgetown, Demerara constituencies from PPP

Ahead of the first meeting of the recently elected councillors, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-controlled A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has hatched a plan to remove the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) councillors in Georgetown, East Coast and East Bank Demerara. For the first time, the PPP has been able to clinch so many seats – seven – in ...

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“Visionless” 2019 budget big on taxes, low on investment and welfare- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday assailed government’s 2019 National Budget moments after Finance Minister, Winston Jordan delivered a GYD$300 billion package of revenues and expenditures. ‘We can’t support this budget, not in its current form,” Jagdeo said, adding that the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had expected government to take into consideration its concerns and the pending no-confidence motion. ...

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British university to pay reparations for £200 million extracted from Caribbean

Reproduced from Jamaica Gleaner Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles has reported that The University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom (UK) has agreed to pay reparations for £200 million (approximately GYD$53 billion) taken from the Caribbean. According to Beckles, who recently returned from the UK, “The University of Glasgow has recognised that ...

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Cuban doctors advise President Granger to reduce public engagements; still working

President David Granger has heeded advice by his Cuban medical specialists to scale back public engagements, the Ministry of the Presidency said Sunday night. The decision to stay away from the glare of the public, government said, was part of “precautionary measures in light of his recent diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma”, a type of cancer. “As such, due to his ...

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