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“I had to practically bully Granger to meet with the teachers”- Jagdeo; GTU General Secretary says “quite disappointed” with pay deal

Even as an internal controversy among teachers brews over the pending salary increases, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday claimed credit for pushing President David Granger to meet with the Guyana Teachers’ Union  (GTU) to stave off another strike. “I had to practically bully Granger to meet with the teachers; finally he did. I had to practically bully him,” Jagdeo ...

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Guyana sees export growth in rice, other commodities to Cuba

Guyana is moving to increase trade with Cuba to which millions of dollars in goods have been exported, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday. Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, disclosed that the amount of rice exported in 2018, for instance, has more than quadrupled when compared to last year. “In 2017, we sold 15,500 tonnes of rice to ...

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Court of Appeal pushes back decision on constitutionality of GECOM Chairman’s appointment

The Guyana Court of Appeal on Friday pushed back delivering its decision on the constitutionality of  President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The Justices of Appeal are Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Rishi Persaud and Dawn Gregory. After a more than 10-minute in-chambers discussion with Attorney General, Basil Williams,  Solicitor General, ...

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GECOM Chairman not ruling out resigning; maintains “quality trumps race” in hiring workers

Seemingly frustrated with racially motivated political bickering at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the Chairman of the country’s elections management authority, Retired Justice James Patterson on Friday did not rule out resigning from the post if those state of affairs continue. “It is even more sad to see that the default position of our politicians seems to be to play ...

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Jagdeo rejects Granger’s call for end to criticisms

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday rejected calls by President David Granger that he should cease his criticisms and give him an opportunity to govern the country. “It is what he has done about those issues that are affecting the nation and if he has done nothing aboit them although they are affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of ...

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Three entities claim ownership of City wharf leased to Paul Sandy’s shipping company

Amid claims that Town Clerk, Royston King allegedly leased a Lombard Street wharf that supposedly does not belong to the City Council, new information surfaced on Monday that two other entities are laying claim to the property. Paul Sandy, the lone Director and Secretary of Quick Shipping Inc; testified before a Local Government Commission-organised Commission of Inquiry that he paid ...

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Foreign Minister cautious about direct transfers of ‘oil money’ to very poor

Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge seemed less than enthusiastic about the idea of conditional direct cash transfers of oil revenues to very poor Guyanese. Speaking with Guyanese in New York at the weekend, he said already many people, who get financial support from their overseas-based relatives and friends, are not inclined to seek employment and engage in annoying activities that ...

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Guyana opposes military intervention in Venezuela

Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge on Saturday said his country would not support the invasion of Venezuela from where people are continuing to flee worsening political, economic and social conditions. “We have no interest, as a government and I think that is true of the opposition also in orchestrating or encouraging anybody to invade Venezuela,” he told a meeting with ...

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GECOM still haggling over backers’ requests for removal

Even as two Guyana Elections Commissioners prepare to leave for Canada on Saturday to observe the printing of ballot papers and other election materials, the seven-member body was up to late Friday haggling over how to deal with a number of requests by backers of candidates. “The issue is still one that is contentious and not fully determined,” a well-placed ...

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