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Guysuco severance pay: Prison unrest helped drain coffers of monies

Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman on Monday said government was aware that GY$500 million would be insufficient to pay severance to the 4,000 laid off sugar industry, but the reality is that it could only have budgeted in 2018 what it could afford due to, among other reasons, prisons security. “It was not that we (cabinet) ...

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AFC may contest local govt elections alone

The Alliance For Change (AFC) might contest local government elections later this year, but a final decision rests with further deliberations within the party, party leader, Raphael Trotman said Monday. “There is a strong body of opinion that we should go it alone,” he told a news conference. He said the party would further discuss the matter internally in Guyana ...

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Caricom condemns US President over “shithole” comments about Haiti

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Saturday said it was deeply disturbed by reports about the use of derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States, Donald Trump about  Haiti, and other developing countries. “CARICOM condemns in the strongest terms, the unenlightened views reportedly expressed,” the Guyana-based regional headquarters said. “The Caribbean Community expresses its full support for ...

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Harmon distances govt from Information Chief’s criticism of Indian govt

The Director of the Guyana government’s Department of Public Information, Imran Khan’s claim that India deliberately excluded Guyana government Indo-Guyanese parliamentarians from participating in a conference of persons of Indian origin was Friday rejected by the government. “I have seen the article in the newspaper and what I would say is that it does not represent the position of the ...

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Govt invites “workable” Guysuco rescue plan from PPP, sugar unions, others- Harmon

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Friday slammed the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) for failing to propose a rescue plan for the ailing Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco), even as he said government was willing to accept a “workable” plan from other stakeholders at a time when there is exciting interest from prospective investors. “What is important to note ...

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Half-and-half severance pay illegal- GAWU

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is challenging the legality of government paying half of the severance pay to 4,000 former workers of the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) by month-end. “It seems that while the grass is growing the horse is starving and it is apt to note that the workers’ redundancy payments are a legal requirement. ...

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Ministerial budgets would be slashed to pay sugar workers severance

Guyana’s President, David Granger on Wednesday announced that ministerial budgets would be slashed to ensure that thousands of sugar workers receive part of their severance pay this month-end and the remainder in mid-2018. “The Government is committed to the welfare of sugar workers and their families. It has…embarked on an extensive review of expenditure in every sector to the extent ...

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UK not bothered that SOCU’s advisor can be politicized

United Kingdom (UK) High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn and advisor to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Sam Sittlington on Tuesday brushed off concerns that the unit’s work might be seen as politically motivated. Asked what he thought could be done to avoid his work being discredited and politicised by the opposition, the former UK law enforcement agent said, “I ...

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Attorney General justifies hiring Caribbean lawyers for GECOM Chairmanship case; mum on payment

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams on Monday justified government’s decision to hire two top Caribbean lawyers to fight a case challenging the constitutionality of President David Granger’s appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Williams said it was partly a politically motivated decision because the locally available Senior Counsel were not in the ...

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PNCR-aligned company, Sharma among several granted radio licences after decades

A company closely aligned to the governing coalition was among several granted radio licences on Friday, even as the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) signaled that operators might soon be asked to pay licence fees every three years. Hoyte-Blackman Television (HBTV),  was one of six entities that were licensed to operate FM stations in the primary zone which stretches from ...

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