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Govt will pay 1% to 10% pay hike even if union rejects it…“It is perhaps what is affordable at present”- Granger

President David Granger on Thursday signaled that government would pay a maximum 10 percent wage and salary hike to the lowest paid government employees and one percent to the highest paid because that is all that government can afford. “It is perhaps what is affordable at present,” he said on this week’s edition of his television programme, Public Interest. Granger ...

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Jagdeo dismisses govt’s plans to remove SOCU from police force

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo and Attorney General, Basil Williams have agreed that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) should be allowed to fight financial crimes only, but Jagdeo prefers to see that unit remain a part of the Guyana Police Force or it may be used to harass political opponents. “You don’t know how they will act and they will ...

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City Councillors divided over parking meters; City Hall hopes to further revise agreement with investor

Although Smart City Solutions (SCS) has agreed to reduce the parking meter fees and the life of the contract from 49 to 20 years, a divided Georgetown’s City Council ended a meeting Wednesday with a decision to hold further negotiations with the company based on the deliberations. The proposed amendments would see the parking rate being reduced from GYD$125 per ...

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PNCR didn’t decide on greater engagement with PPP; members urged to stay away from rancor

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), the major player in the coalition-led government, has not decided on greater engagement with the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), but the administration says it remains open to talks. PNCR Leader, David Granger said the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) is not interested in inter-party dialogue.  He said the just concluded 19th Biennial ...

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There must be no secret vote on parking meters- AFC’s Ramjattan

As Georgetown’s Mayor and City Council prepares to this week discuss the controversial parking meter contract that Central Government has ordered be revoked, the Alliance For Change (AFC) said if the matter comes down to a vote,  there must be no secret balloting. AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan insisted that there must be open voting when the parking meter contract comes ...

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Harmon won’t contest PNCR Chairmanship ; says ministerial duties require “my full time and attention”

At least two nominees for two top People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) leadership positions say they are not interested in the Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanship. Joseph Harmon said, as Minister of State, he prefers to concentrate his energy and time on governmental functions rather than having to straddle them with party duties as Vice Chairman. “I believe , at this ...

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PNCR inches closer to openly endorsing socialism

President David Granger on Friday appeared to have shifted closer to declaring that the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) is again openly endorsing socialism. “We are an ideological party and our ideology is inspired largely by the ideas of Forbes Burnham, our Founder-Leader,” the PNCR Leader told the opening of his party’s 19th Biennial Delegates Conference at Congress Place. After ...

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Public Health Minister did not deliver apology to House Speaker; appeals for support from PNCR congress delegates

Embattled Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton admitted that he did not actually deliver an apology to House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland for misleading the National Assembly about the rental of a building to house a pharmaceutical bond. He later told Demerara Waves Online News that he delivered the apology. Following is a transcript of that segment of the news ...

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Jagdeo claims Noel Blackman donated dirty money to PNCR; Oscar Clarke denies

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has claimed that the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has received campaign financing from former Health Minister, Dr. Noel Blackman’s illegal distribution of painkillers in the United States (US), but a top party official has bluntly denied the accusation. “How much of the drug money that Mr. Blackman was involved in…went into the APNU (A Partnership for ...

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