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Education budget reduced by $1B because of 14% VAT; cost of living will increase- MP Manickchand warns

“Shocking”, “unconscionable”, were the words used by Opposition MP Priya Manickchand to describe Budget 2017. “Brace yourself Guyana, these are the things that are going to come,” Manickchand said in her description of the 2017 budget. The MP Opposition told the National Assembly during her address on the budget that the budget has caused “distress and worry and fear in ...

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‘Poisonous’ budget will cause ‘sufferation’, ‘murderation’ to Guyanese- Opposition MP

The heated exchanges in budget 2017 debates have already started with Opposition MP Joseph Hamilton taking to the floor to denounce what he called a “poisonous” budget presented by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, which would cause “sufferation and murderation to Guyanese people.” “It is the first death announcement budget read on national television,” Hamilton said in his presentation noting that ...

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PPP supporters protest tax-heavy budget; Jagdeo warns of government “arrogance” to pass budget

The  2017 budget debates begin Monday in the National Assembly, and arriving parliamentarians were greeted by a long line of PPP protesters led by several MPs including Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. “It’s bad economics that many of the measures in the budget are not in keeping with even what the government says its goals are. These measures run contrary to ...

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Stop complaining about taxes and “get busy”- Natural Resources Minister

As Guyana’s government and opposition parliamentarians prepare to begin a week-long debate on Monday, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman has urged Guyanese to stop complaining about the budget and “get busy”. “So what are we to do, complain about the VAT on water and electricity and do nothing else, or complain and get busy preparing? The Government of Guyana ...

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Guyana rewarded Barbados PM for stance against Venezuela

President David Granger said he bestowed Guyana’s highest national award on Barbados’ Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart earlier this year as a reward for that Caribbean leader’s support on the  border controversy with Venezuela. “Prime Minister Stuart was forthright in telling the Venezuelan Vice President (Jorge Arreaza) that the decree had to be withdrawn so the award was a reward for ...

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Education Minister collapses at reception for Prince Harry

Minster of Education Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine Friday night collapsed at a reception in honour of visiting Prince Harry. “During the outdoor event Dr. Roopnaraine experienced a brief episode of syncope (commonly referred to as  a ‘fainting spell’). The conditions were hot and, Dr. Roopnaraine was at the time also dehydrated,” government said in a statement. “Medical attention was rendered to ...

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Britain’s Prince Harry arrives in Guyana; group calls for apology for colonialism

Britain’s Prince Harry arrived in Guyana Friday afternoon to a red carpet welcome and immediately embarked on several official activities, only slightly smudged by a small group of protesters who called for an apology for British colonialism and slavery. Greeted by Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge and Britain’s High Commissioner, Greg Quinn; the fifth in line to the British throne ...

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Withdraw “offensive” budget, collaborate with PPP to craft better package- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday shifted blame from Finance Minister, Winston Jordan to President David Granger for an “offensive” budget and offered to meet with government to remove the bulk of taxes on the backs of Guyanese. “We are prepared, if such a process is initiated, we are willing to collaborate with the government to share our ideas to grow ...

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Sherod Duncan to contest Mayoral elections

Deputy Mayor  Sherod Duncan on Thursday announced that he intends to contest for the post of Mayor of Georgetown whenever internal elections are held. Duncan says he has secured the backing of his Alliance For Change political party and his constituency ” I’m in – I feel beyond humbled that I have the full support of my Party and Constituency ...

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Court challenge needed against GRA powers to pull from citizens’ bank accounts, block travel- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday floated the likelihood of legal action if the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is empowered to garnish persons’ bank accounts or block them from travelling if they owe taxes. “The two that are so fundamental that they warrant public challenges to them maybe in the courts,” Jagdeo told Demerara Waves Online today, are “the ability ...

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