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Bulkan justifies “guidance” to City Mayor Chase-Green; seeks to stop public “ridicule”, “protect the image” of govt

Local Government Minister, Ronald Bulkan on Monday rejected accusations by Georgetown Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green that he was meddling in Council’s affairs and instructing Council, through her, to adopt a new decision-making procedure in violation of the municipal laws. “We can’t be fossilised with any legislation. We are in a new era now. We are in a new democratic environment and ...

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City Mayor accuses Local Govt Minister of interfering in Council’s work

Georgetown Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green on Sunday lashed out at Local Government Minister, Ronald Bulkan, accusing him of interfering in the Council’s work without understanding the law. “The Minister cannot sit in Kingston and direct what happens. He is taking over where the old administration left off,” she told reporters after a meeting in Alexander Village, Georgetown. The Mayor said the ...

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Commission of Inquiry into 1,000-odd extra-judicial killings to be named this week

A Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the extra-judicial killing of more than 1,000 persons during a six-year period will be named this week, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said just days after top opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) officials said they were ready for the wide-ranging probe. Harmon told Demerara Waves Online News that the Commission would be named “before ...

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Jagdeo slams GAWU President’s position on sugar talks with govt

General Secretary of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday publicly rejected positive statements by the President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand about talks with President David Granger. While Jagdeo insisted that the PPP “has no rift” with GAWU, he appeared to send a strong signal that he would not mind ...

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GDF to undergo major restructuring

President David Granger on Thursday announced that the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will undergo a significant restructuring programme in the coming days to allow for a greater level of efficiency in the execution of its mandate and to ensure maximum development within the Force. Granger, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, made the announcement  at the opening ceremony ...

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Bulkan botches City Mayor’s green spaces plan

Central government has blocked the Georgetown City Council from using open spaces in the City for business or housing purposes, in the wake of a High Court ruling that outlaws such activities. Minister responsible for Local Government, Ronald Bulkan said the David Granger-led administration expects that local government councils should instead “maintain and improve such areas for the benefit of all ...

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Broader Petroleum Commission, reduced ministerial powers in Commission likely

More representatives of the political opposition and civil society are likely to be included in the Petroleum Commission’s Board and ministerial powers reduced, based on local and international advice, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman said Thursday. Following inputs from the Commonwealth, International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Trotman said the recommendations for the amendment of the ...

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Sugar workers sacking politically, racially motivated- Jagdeo; President’s Office: race-baiting is PPP’s “essential plank”

Urging sacked sugar workers to get registered in the right districts to vote for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) at the 2020 general election, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo accused the David Granger-led administration of sending them home because of racial and political reasons. In a swift response on Wednesday, the Ministry of the Presidency slammed Jagdeo, saying that his  remarks ...

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Top PPP elected regional officials “breaking ranks”- Bulkan; Regions 8,9 Chairmen justify participation in Local Govt conference

Central government would go ahead and implement projects and programmes in People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-controlled regional and town councils if their top elected officials continue to boycott the annual local government conferences, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan said. The PPP-aligned Regional Chairmen of Regions Eight and Nine defended their participation in the conference, but Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said ...

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1,600 sugar workers eligible for full severance pay this month-end

Government on Friday announced that sacked sugar workers, who are eligible to GY$500,000 or less in severance pay, would be paid  in full this month-end and the others who would be paid 50 percent of the amounts due to them. Government’s Department of Public Information later saud that 1,600 former Guysuco workers will be paid full severance pay if it ...

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