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Govt supports mandatory death penalty, rendition to fight terrorism

Government Wednesday night justified the mandatory death penalty and rendition of terrorists and passed the Anti-terrorism and Terrorist-Related Activities Bill, despite concerns by the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC). PPPC Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall appealed to government to send the “unvarnished” bill to a parliamentary select committee to facilitate proper consultations and arrive at a law ...

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GAWU named as major contributor to downfall of GuySuCo

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has been named as one of the major contributors to the downfall of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). A recently completed Commission of Inquiry into the sugar industry said that the Union drove a hard bargain with regards to pay increases and bonuses which contributed in no small part to GuySuCo’s current ...

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PPP wants wide-ranging consultations on Coroners Act

The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) wants wide-ranging consultations on amendments to the Coroners Act, beyond merely allowing for more persons other than magistrates to conduct inquests. In a letter to Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, the PPPC’s Anil Nandlall urged that there be  “holistic review” of the principal act in keeping with a recommendation by ...

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Cabinet changes coming-Granger

President David Granger has announced for 2016 two government Ministries will be renamed in an effort to place more attention on certain sectors. President Granger during the swearing in of two new commissioners on the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) stated that the Communication sector would see a Ministry being renamed in its favor. The other sector would be the natural ...

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Govt helping to fund rehabilitation of GPSU Sports Complex

Government has so far doled out GYD$7 million to help rehabilitate the Sports Complex of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) that has fallen into a state of disrepair for more than 10 years now, but union boss Patrick Yarde has suggested that there are no strings attached. Questioned by Demerara Waves Online News at a recent news conference, Yarde ...

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Local govt commission being readied

Two years after laws were passed providing for the establishment of a Local Government Commission, the body is now expected to be operationalised in early 2016, the Ministry of Communities announced Tuesday. Government says this will be done in time to provide oversight to the new local government organs (LGOs) that will take effect, following the March 18, 2016, Local ...

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GAWU dumps idea of merging Wales, Uitvlugt factory operations

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) on Tuesday rejected suggestions by government that the Wales and Uitvlugt sugar factories be merged. “We are opposed to the closure of any factory,” GAWU President, Komal Chand told Demerara Waves Online News. Chand said such a move result in closure of the Wales Estate and increased operational costs by private cane farmers ...

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Hope Estate Chairman, Agri Minister in tug-o-war over Admin Manager

A dispute has broken out over the appointment of an Administrative Manager for Hope Coconut Industries Limited, with the Chairman of the Board Iamei Aowmathi over-ruling a decision by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder. Moments after the appointee, Aseef Balmacoon, was told again by Aowmathi to leave his office, he made an impassioned plea for President David Granger to intervene in ...

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Crime Chief explains delay in Westford alleged fraud matter

The Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Wendell Blanhum on Monday explained the reason behind the prolonged delay in deciding whether former Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford would be charged with allegedly defrauding government of millions of dollars. Westford’s then Principal Personnel Officer, Margaret Cummings, is also the subject of the probe that began earlier this year. Blanhum told ...

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