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City Hall’s actions on playground bad for local, general elections- Councillor warns

As several grave questions remain unanswered about the City administration’s plans to use a playground in the upscale Bel Air Park to build town houses for top city officials,  a vocal A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Councillor, Alfred Mentore is warning about the political implications ahead of local government and general elections. He noted that the playground is owned ...

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City workers to strike over non-payment of NIS, income tax, union dues

Hundreds of  municipal workers are Tuesday expected to take strike action to pressure City Hall to pay almost GY$300 million in deductions from their salaries to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Guyana Labour Union and a credit union. Chairman of City Council’s Finance Committee, Oscar Clarke acceded to Councillor, Akeem Peter’s request that a report on ...

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Nagamootoo undergoes heart surgery Tuesday

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is Tuesday due to undergo heart bypass surgery on Tuesday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon announced. The veteran Guyanese politician is 70 years old. Harmon said Nagamootoo recently underwent a routine medical examination in Guyana which revealed that he has some cardiac issues. “Prime Minister Nagamootoo was advised to seek further medical intervention and brought forward a ...

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Guyana, Brazil to review 2012 joint communiqué to intensify defence cooperation

Guyana and Brazil on Friday agreed to review a 2012 joint communiqué to intensify defence cooperation between the two South American nations. The Ministry of the Presidency said the decision was taken when President David Granger, joined by some ministers of Government and members of the Defence Board on Friday, hosted Brazil’s Minister of Defence, Mr. Raul Jungmann Pinto, along ...

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No place for political managers of Guyana’s oil and gas sector- President’s Petroleum Advisor

Guyana needs to ensure that there are very few or no politically-appointed decision-makers in the oil and gas sector to prevent the industry from deepening racial and political differences and creating uncertainty in decision-making, Petroleum Advisor to the President, Jan Mangal has said. Director of the Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA), Attorney-at-Law, Nigel Hughes also expressed similar views during ...

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Granger to appoint his nominees for Chancellor, Chief Justice, despite Jagdeo’s rejection

President David Granger will be going ahead with the appointment of his nominees for the posts of Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice, although Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has constitutionally rejected them, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said Thursday. Harmon said Guyana’s constitution provides for “meaningful consultation” between the President and the Opposition Leader to pave the way for ...

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Ministry of the Presidency distances govt from Petroleum Advisor’s criticisms of ExxonMobil contract

About five hours after Dr. Jan Mangal, Petroleum Advisor to President David Granger delivered a number of hard-hitting criticisms of the controversial ExxonMobil contract, government sought to dissociate itself from his positions. “The Ministry of the Presidency puts on record that Dr. Jan Mangal, Presidential Advisor on Petroleum, is not authorised to speak on behalf of His Excellency, President David ...

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Jagdeo blocks Granger’s nominees for Chancellor, Chief Justice

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has blocked the appointment of President David Granger’s nominees for the posts of Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice. Jagdeo on Wednesday informed Granger by letter that he could not support the appointment of Justice Kenneth Benjamin as Chancellor of the Judiciary and Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards as Chief Justice. “As promised, I have done the ...

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ICJ’s decision on Guyana-Venezuela border controversy will be “binding”- Sir Shridath Ramphal

Guyana’s top legal adviser in the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, Sir Shridath Ramphal, on Wednesday said  when a decision is taken by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), it would be binding. “The decision of the court will be binding,” he said. Speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit and Exhibition (GIPEX) at the Marriott ...

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Venezuela obliged to respect World Court ruling on border controversy- Greenidge

Even as Guyana’s top advisors and legal team on Sunday already “mapped out the broad options” to take the border controversy with Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ),  Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge insisted that that Spanish-speaking nation would have to respect the decision by that United Nations (UN) judicial body. Although Venezuela is an original signatory to ...

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