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AFC says severance pay for sugar workers not sufficient

As details emerge in the National Assembly about plans to pay severance to sacked sugar workers and lease them land, the Alliance For Change (AFC) Thursday night called for much more than that. “The AFC looks forward to an amicable resolution to this issue, but insists that as the Yuletide season is upon us, workers must not be adversely affected ...

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Layoffs, appointments show racial discrimination, not social cohesion- Gail Teixeira

Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarian, Gail Teixeira lampooned the David Granger-led coalition administration for alleged racial discrimination by replacing many Indo-Guyanese with Afro-Guyanese. “Only conclusion can be a State-instituted ethnic political discrimination exclusion,” she told the House on Day 3 of Guyana’s  2018 National Budget Debate. Teixeira said  that her analysis shows that the lack of inclusion and ...

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Govt ministers differ on laying off of sugar workers now

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder were Tuesday at odds over whether sugar workers should have been told now that they would be laid off at month-end. Harmon said the decision by the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) to send home thousands of workers was not communicated to Cabinet and he was taken by surprise by ...

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Govt rakes up PPPC’s old age pension track record

The Guyana government on Tuesday lashed back at criticisms of its GY$500 monthly old age pension increase by the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic, saying that the books show that it had provided less than GY$100 per month for several years. Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes told the House during debate on the 2018 National Budget that the records lay ...

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“Good life” promise is a “good lie” -PPPC’s Irfan Ali shows statistics

The opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic’s (PPPC) Shadow Finance Minister, Irfan Ali on Monday charged that the David Granger-led coalition’s promise of a “good life” amounts to a “good lie” based on his mid-term review of Guyana’e economic performance. “It’s not OK. It cannot be OK for us when the people of this country are suffering. It cannot be OK ...

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PPP says ease of doing business now harder; govt announces IDB-funded fix

The opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) on Monday said evidence shows that Guyana has slipped on the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking, a situation government hopes to remedy with a multi-million dollar project to be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). PPP Shadow Finance Minister, Irfan Ali, in kicking off debate on the 2018 National Debate, ...

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Suspect in Bouterse murder trial commits suicide

By Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO – Ruben Rozendaal, a co-defendant in the mass murder trial against Suriname president Desi Bouterse, allegedly committed suicide late Friday night in his apartment in Paramaribo. According to several reliable sources the body of the 61-year old, was found around 10 o’clock local time and subsequently police were called to investigate. Rozendaal’s left arm was cut ...

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ExxonMobil helping Guyana pay legal fees in World Court Guyana-Venezuela border case- sources, but Harmon says ‘no’

The United States (US) oil giant has agreed to help pay Guyana’s legal fees, amounting to just over US$15 million, for taking of the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy to the World Court, despite a government denial earlier Thursday. Other high-level government sources said  that the so-called US$20M signing bonus from Exxon “is to assist with the border process as the UN ...

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2018 National Budget “disastrous”; tax amnesty smacks of a deal- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo Monday slammed Finance Minister, Winston Jordan’s budget as “disastrous”, saying it failed miserably to keep several of the David Granger-led coalition government’s promises. Jagdeo questioned the sincerity of government to grant amnesty to companies and individuals that have not submitted tax returns which would result in a waiver of the interest rates. “Why now? Why this ...

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Top cop Seelall Persaud ordered to stay off job “in the public interest” as retirement nears

Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud was Friday sent on leave “in the public interest”, ahead of his retirement at 55 years old five months from now. The substantive top cop was due to resume duty on Friday at the end of four months of accumulated annualised leave. Instead, he was sent a carefully worded letter by Minister of Public Security, Khemraj ...

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