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Daily Archives: Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 23:52

Ministers cautiously defend their govt-paid tuition fees ; opposition calls coalition “absolutely indecent”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 23:52 by Denis Chabrol Evidently fazed that it’s now in the open that government is paying their university tuition fees to the tune of millions of dollars from the National Treasury, two government ministers reacted cautiously while the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) began slamming the government. Junior Minister, Annette Ferguson said ...

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Million$$$ spent on fully-funded scholarships for Gov’t Ministers, others close to APNU+AFC

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2016, 12:30 by Derwayne Wills A question raised in the Supply Committee of the National Assembly by the political opposition for Minister of State Joseph Harmon to provide a list of all current government scholarship awardees has revealed a padded list of persons close to the David Granger administration granted scholarships to the tune ...

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Demerara Harbour Bridge tolls to be increased from Jan 1; PPPC demands withdrawal

Motorists crossing the Demerara Harbour Bridge will now have to pay between 100 and 300 percent increase in tolls from January 1, 2017, immediately sparking off a call by the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) for the new fees to be withdrawn. “The Office of the Leader of the Opposition views the astronomical increases in the tolls to cross the ...

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D’Urban Park’s building company raised $60M in 2015 donations, $500M budgeted in 2017 to settle debts

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 18:46 by Derwayne Wills New revelations surrounding the D’Urban Park Development Project and its building-company, Homestretch Development Inc, were finally revealed in the National Assembly last evening when Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson explained to the Supply Committee the $500M budgeted in 2017 to pay-off the company’s debts. The debate on the D’Urban Park ...

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Robbers caught after grabbing cash from Tower hotel’s accountant; shooting security guard

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 17:43 by Denis Chabrol Two men were Wednesday afternoon arrested shortly after they grabbed a bag containing GYD$2 million from a Tower Hotel accountant shorty after he returned from a city bank. A security guard, who was in the vehicle that transported the accountant with the cash, sustained a gunshot wound to his ...

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GPSU calls $25K bonus “Christmas freck”; ratchets up demand for resumption of wage talks

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 16:22 by Denis Chabrol The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) on Wednesday said its countrywide leadership would next week decide on the way forward because government has failed to keep its promise to continue wage and salary negotiations. “If we can’t agree here, let’s follow the process. We have conciliation, we have arbitration ...

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$20M budgeted in 2017 to purchase ‘proper vehicle’ for Attorney-General Williams

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 14:29 by Derwayne Wills After some amount of dodging, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams told the Supply Committee of the National Assembly that a 2017 budgeted sum of $19.7M is for the purchase of a vehicle to be used by himself. The Attorney General was, at the time, responding to ...

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“Neglected” villages get US$12.4 million to kick start agriculture, combat unemployment

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 10:56 by Denis Chabrol Several villages across Guyana that Finance Minister, Winston Jordan says have been neglected during the past 20 years, will benefit from a US$12.43 million programme to help revive their agricultural production to supply local and Caribbean markets. The Caricom Development Fund says it is providing US$10.4 million and the ...

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Jamaica allows Guyana, Suriname rice into market

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 7:43 by Denis Chabrol FEARS that there could be a shortage of rice in the country were Tuesday quelled by Minister of Industry and Commerce Karl Samuda who announced that imports from Guyana and Suriname will be allowed into the market, the Jamaica Observer reported. The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) on Monday temporarily ceased ...

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