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Britain’s Prince Harry arrives in Guyana; group calls for apology for colonialism

Britain’s Prince Harry arrived in Guyana Friday afternoon to a red carpet welcome and immediately embarked on several official activities, only slightly smudged by a small group of protesters who called for an apology for British colonialism and slavery. Greeted by Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge and Britain’s High Commissioner, Greg Quinn; the fifth in line to the British throne ...

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Withdraw “offensive” budget, collaborate with PPP to craft better package- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday shifted blame from Finance Minister, Winston Jordan to President David Granger for an “offensive” budget and offered to meet with government to remove the bulk of taxes on the backs of Guyanese. “We are prepared, if such a process is initiated, we are willing to collaborate with the government to share our ideas to grow ...

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Sherod Duncan to contest Mayoral elections

Deputy Mayor  Sherod Duncan on Thursday announced that he intends to contest for the post of Mayor of Georgetown whenever internal elections are held. Duncan says he has secured the backing of his Alliance For Change political party and his constituency ” I’m in – I feel beyond humbled that I have the full support of my Party and Constituency ...

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Court challenge needed against GRA powers to pull from citizens’ bank accounts, block travel- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday floated the likelihood of legal action if the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is empowered to garnish persons’ bank accounts or block them from travelling if they owe taxes. “The two that are so fundamental that they warrant public challenges to them maybe in the courts,” Jagdeo told Demerara Waves Online today, are “the ability ...

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Minister Patterson says ‘Bring it on!’ to PPP’s privileges committee threat on D’Urban Park fiasco

Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson expects the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to come good with its case to send him before Parliament’s privileges committee for statements made in the National Assembly on the D’Urban Park project and the company involved, but first the opposition must build evidence to support state-ownership of that company. “We are trying to establish whether this ...

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Updated: Environmental tax reintroduced; VAT to be paid on water, electricity; Old Age Pension increaesed

by Derwayne Wills  Guyanese will now have to pay Value Added Tax (VAT) on water and electricity consumption above a certain level, while the overall of Value Added Tax on businesses has been reduced to 14 percent on companies, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced in the 2017 National Budget. In a move that has left many puzzled, Finance Minister Winston ...

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Isolated New York-based Guyanese distance themselves from APNU+AFC coalition

Despite President David Granger’s assurances that he has not distanced himself from the grassroots in favour of the elite, a number of New York-based Guyanese has slammed him for ignoring their pleas to be recognised and involved in the decision-making process. Convenor of the groups, Professor Asquith Rose on Sunday (November, 27, 2016) released a letter to President David Granger ...

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AFC Councillor won’t be allowed to become next Georgetown Mayor – Political Scientists

Political Scientists on Sunday do not expect that the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-dominated A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) would cede the mayoral post to the Alliance For Change’s (AFC) Sherod Duncan at internal elections due next month. Former University of Guyana Political Science lecturer, Freddie Kissoon does not expect the APNU to move incumbent Mayor, Patricia Chase- Green ...

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Pres Granger rubbishes NY-based Guyanese claims that he’s “elitist”

President David Granger on Saturday rejected claims by a group of United States-based Guyanese that he is elitist and has repeatedly avoided meeting with ordinary Guyanese in New York. “My reaction is that those descriptions are erroneous,” he said when asked by Demerara Waves to respond to claims by several overseas-based Guyanese. Several “concerned Guyanese” including members of the North American ...

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Guyana’s High Commissioner to India recently summoned home– Foreign Minister

Guyana’s High Commissioner to India, David Pollard was recently recalled to Georgetown for consultations and he has since returned to Delhi, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge said Saturday. “It is not unusual to ask Ambassadors to come and consult…If you call an Ambassador to come and speak to you, normally there will be something specific. Sometimes, it’s a crisis; it ...

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