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Abuse of human rights likely in “vague” anti-terrorism law, GHRA warns

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2015, 2:21 by GxMedia The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) Wednesday night slammed government for seeking to rush anti-terrorism legislation through the National Assembly that it warned could open up ordinary citizens to abuse by authorities if they are perceived a terrorist threat. “In its present state this Bill would allow the State to ...

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Private Sector piles criticism on govt over failure to consult on financial crimes, anti-terrorism laws

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:30 by GxMedia Pressure is intensifying on the Guyana government over its failure to consult with the stakeholders on key pieces of financial crimes and anti-terrorism legislation. “There is growing concern regarding consultation and we would hope that this latest example will be the last piece of legislation done in this manner.  Vital ...

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Govt denies flouting collective bargaining for bonus

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 21:11 by GxMedia The Guyana government on Wednesday denied accusations by the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) that it violated laws by handing out a GYD$50,000 bonus to public servants without negotiations. While the GTUC charged that the David Granger-led administration has breached Article 147 of the Guyana Constitution and the Trade Union ...

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Chairman of Walter Rodney Commission may get more time to submit Inquiry report

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 20:28 by GxMedia Attorney General, Basil Williams on Wednesday did not rule out the Chairman of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, Sir Richard Cheltenham being given more time to complete his report. “I believe that if he is genuinely asking for January month-end it could possibly be considered,” he told reporters. He ...

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Attorney General favours softer marijuana penalty; coalition parliamentarian cannot unilaterally propose amendment to narcotics act

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 19:23 by GxMedia Attorney General, Basil Williams Wednesday said he was not opposed to non-custodial sentences for very small amounts of marijuana, but a government parliamentarian on his own could not table legislation to change the law. “I think I have been an advocate for that, that certainly possession of certain amounts  should ...

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Granger denies PPPC’s accusations of violating parliamentary democracy

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 11:35 by GxMedia President David Granger has defended government’s decision to ram several Bills through the National Assembly in one sitting on Thursday, in the wake of concerns by the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC). “That’s not railroading. We are anxious to fulfill our mandate and our responsibility and, as you know there ...

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No place for teachers engaged in sexual misconduct; committed ones must be trained, retrained- Granger

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 3:04 by GxMedia President David Granger Tuesday night said teachers involved in sexual activity with their students have no place in the profession and committed teachers must be trained and re-trained as part of a strategy to improve the quality of education. Addressing a Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) awards ceremony held at the ...

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Guyana-bound geophysical survey ship helps rescue Haitians

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 22:38 by GxMedia A geophysical survey vessel  heading to Guyana to map a section of the seafloor where a huge oil deposit has been discovered helped rescue 54 Haitians who were aboard a malfunctioning boat, “We found a boat that was adrift with 54 Haitians on it so we helped rescue those guys ...

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Exxon-Mobil mapping seafloor in preparation to evaluate significant oil deposit

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 22:01 by GxMedia United States oil-giant, Exxon-Mobil, is about to study the condition of the seafloor before constructing the required infrastructure to evaluate a significant oil deposit that has been discovered offshore Guyana , the company’s Venture Operations Manager, Dave Puls said Tuesday. “You all know that we made a discovery at Liza last ...

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Female detective sniffs out 5 kilos of ganja; wrestles with escaping suspect

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 21:11 by GxMedia A female detective constable has been credited with the seizure of more than five kilogrammes of marijuana and the arrest of man who attempted to escape. Police said during Friday December 11, 2015, a female Detective Constable was in a mini-bus on the Corentyne, Berbice, during which she got the ...

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December 2015