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Guyana’s govt, opposition united in call for dialogue on Venezuela’s crisis

The Guyana government and the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) appear to be at one on the future of Venezuela in the Organisation of American States (OAS). PPP General Secretary, Clement Rohee and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge agree that the status of Venezuela should be the subject of ongoing discussions rather than its suspension from the hemispheric ...

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City Councillors told to find new location for ‘Parliament View’ vendors ; Granger wants better accommodation for street vendors

Moments after President David Granger said he wanted to see Georgetown vendors being properly housed, Town Clerk Royston King called on City Councillors to craft a policy on street vending and find a new location before November- the new deadline for the vendors to remove from a plot of land to which they have been relocated. “The Council will have ...

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GRANGER: Parking fees “burdensome; weighs in on transparency at City Hall

President David Granger on Thursday expressed disappointment at the apparent lack of consultation about the Georgetown Municipal parking meter project and described  the metered parking rate of GYD$80,000 per month for as  “burdensome” ‎.  ‎ ‎‎’It is a burdensome amount for any person, rich or poor. That is why the Minister of Communities has been asked to examine the contract ...

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“Take drastic actions” –says Dr. Hinds on audit findings

Revelations in the audits reports being released by the Ministry of Finance have suggested that corrupt practices were a feature of the former administration and drastic action needs to be taken against those responsible for it. This was the contention of political activist and executive member of the Working Peoples’ Alliance (WPA) Dr. David Hinds who called on the APNU+AFC ...

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Can the Cabinet Secretary be a Minister?… Harmon dodges constitutionality

Guyana’s Constitution provides for a public officer to serve as Cabinet Secretary, but the current office holder, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, appears to think that a minister can be a public servant. Article 117 states that there shall be a Secretary to the Cabinet “whose office shall be a public office.” Asked whether it was unconstitutional for the Secretary ...

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Parking meters on hold; govt asks for contract after councillors insist on best deal for City

Guyana’s Minister responsible for Local Government, Ronald Bulkan on Sunday said the Georgetown City Council would be asked to halt the parking meter project while central government ensures that there is transparency and that the municipality rather than the investor earns the bulk of revenues “There is significant moral and financial consideration to request of the council to stay their hand until ...

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Charge state resource thieves; tighten anti-corruption loopholes- top US diplomat

A senior American diplomat Friday night called for those stealing state resources and engaging in violence against women and children to be charged. “Anyone who has stolen, is stealing or in the future attempts to steal State resources must be criminally charged and held accountable before  a court of law,” Outgoing Deputy Chief of the American Embassy in Guyana, Bryan ...

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Time for constitutional reform, end to race-based division – Senior American diplomat

Outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy, Bryan Hunt Friday night called for an end to winner-take-all and race-based politics in Guyana. Addressing a farewell reception hosted by American Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, the Charge D’Affaires urged Guyanese to push ahead with constitutional reform. “Significant constitutional reform is essential. Power must be decentralised. The winner-take-all system ...

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Coby Frimpong paid for useless strategic plan

Government has paid off a long-time close associate of former President, Bharrat Jagdeo for a strategic plan that Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Friday said was useless by the current Minister of Social Protection. Harmon said US$40,000 (approximately GYD$8 million) was paid to  Dr. Cobina “Coby” Frimpong as part payment on a contract that the consultant had inked with ...

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