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Ramotar defends Ashni, Brassy against govt “witch-hunt”

In the face of threats by government to go after former Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh for the spending of GYD$4.5 billion from the Treasury without parliamentary approval, former President Donald Ramotar is sticking by Singh. “The fact of the matter is that Ashni Singh did nothing wrong and acted legally,” he said in a statement. Government had spent the ...

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Ministry re-established, new ministry named in minor cabinet shuffle

The Ministry of the Presidency Thursday announced the re-establishment of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the establishment of a new one called the Ministry of Telecommunications. Making the official announcement that Minister of Tourism, Catherine Hughes will now be named Minister for Public Telecommunications, while maintaining Ministerial responsibility for Tourism, President Granger said, “The reason is that after seven months, ...

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PPP shuts down recommendation to ‘break-up’ GuySuCo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will “vigorously oppose” any plans or recommendations dismantle the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). According to Jagdeo, the PPP will “vigorously oppose any plan to dismantle GuySuCo, adding that “the country will not suffer because of political decisions in the economic sphere.” The former President was at the time speaking ...

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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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