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Budget flayed over lack of initiatives for women

People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament Dr Vindhya Persaud says she will be forced to withhold her support for Budget 2016 since it lacks tangible projects for the empowerment of women. Persaud made the statement as she delivered her take on the 2016 Budget during the debates on Wednesday. The third speaker for the day, the MP indicated that ...

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Cathy Hughes, Gail Teixeira square off over “willy-nilly” dismissal of public servants

For a second consecutive year the dismissal of hundreds of Amerindians under the Community Support Officers (CSO) programme took center stage during the Budget debates as Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira accused the government of the “willy nilly” dismissal of contract workers. Teixeira, who opened the debates on Wednesday, was quick to criticize the government’s hiring of more contractual workers ...

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Embattled Westford warns ‘don’t throw away the baby with the bath water’

Controversial People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) Member of Parliament Dr Jennifer Westford delivered her maiden speech in the 11th Parliament on Tuesday, using the opportunity to urge the Guyana government to do right for the people. Westford who is currently before the courts on two dozen charges of fraud amounting to GYD$694M delivered her address to the House without any heckles ...

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Head-to-head: Guyana’s health politicos offer Zika battle plans

Shadow Public Health Minister, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran Tuesday criticized government for failing to put sufficient measures in place to tackle the mosquito-borne Zika Virus that scientists believe is responsible for brain deformity in babies in neighbouring Brazil. “Nothing for vector control, that is a sick situation,” quipped Ramsaran, a former Health Minister, during his contribution to the 2016 Budget Debate. ...

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Speaker upbraids Neendkumar, Cornel Damon

After disregarding cautions issued by the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland during the debates on Monday, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) Cornel Damon was upbraided on Tuesday afternoon. On Monday as Damon rose to give his contributions to the Budget, he began to invoke the name of the President in his remark. The Speaker ...

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‘No ink’ delays Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry Report

The presentation of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry Report to President David Granger on Monday hit a snag because the ink being used to print the document has finished. “Commissioner of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry,Sir Richard Cheltenham did not submit the COI Report to President David Granger, as was scheduled to happen today. Sir Cheltenham reported that ...

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Granger, Rohee differ on impact of Wales closure on LGE showing

President David Granger and General Secretary of the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) differ on whether the planned closure of the Wales Sugar Estate would impact on the number of votes their parties would receive at the upcoming Local Government Elections. Granger is confident that the decision by the APNU+AFC administration to cease operations at the Wales Sugar Estate ...

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GECOM ready for 523,831 persons to vote in Local Govt Elections

The Guyana Elections Commission Friday said all systems are go for 523,831 eligible registered voters to cast their ballots in Local Government Elections slated for March 18, 2016. The total number of valid votes cast at the May 11, 2015 general elections are 412,012 or 72 percent of the 570,708 then eligible voters for the entire country. With less than 40 days remaining ...

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Solar power Agreement with Lloyd Singh inked under PPP/C administration – Ramjattan

Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan has stated that an agreement for the supply of power was signed with the Former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration and Hope Farm Wind Mills for the supply of renewable energy. This comes after a controversy brewed regarding the APNU+AFC administration’s engagement with the proprietor of the company Lloyd Singh, since the businessman is a known ...

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