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Monthly Archives: October 2017

No hike in ministers’ salaries in 2018 but teachers must be patient- PM Nagamootoo

Last Updated on Friday, 27 October 2017, 17:01 by Denis Chabrol Prime Minister Moses Nagamootooo announced that ministers’ salaries would not be increased next year and he again hinted that the 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on education would be scrapped in the 2018 National Budget. “They didn’t receive a single cent for 2016 or 2017 and I would ...

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Pay offer to teachers “interim” ; Granger, GTU to meet

Last Updated on Friday, 27 October 2017, 14:18 by Denis Chabrol In the wake of a decision by the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) to call a strike after salary negotiations collapsed, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the offer so far is “interim” and President David Granger wants to meet with union representatives next Monday. “The Honorable Minister of State ...

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GPSU promises “stepped up militancy” but sets no date

Last Updated on Friday, 27 October 2017, 12:26 by Denis Chabrol The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) on Friday vowed to embark on “stepped up militancy”,  in the wake of government’s unilateral wage and salary increases ranging from eight percent at the lowest salary to half percent up to GYD$1 million. Union President, Patrick Yarde accused Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan ...

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BREAKING: Teachers to strike after salary talks break down

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 October 2017, 17:30 by Denis Chabrol The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Thursday said teachers would from next week take strike action after salary negotiations collapsed when Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry said government could not afford to pay teachers more than they are paying public servants. General Secretary of the GTU, Coretta Mc Donald ...

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Jagdeo’s non-cooperation call won’t hurt Regions 5 and 6

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 October 2017, 18:16 by Denis Chabrol Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s announcement of a campaign of non-cooperation with government, following President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of  Retired James Patterson as the new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is not expected to hurt at least two of the administrative regions that the People’s Progressive Party Civic ...

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Small agro-businesses prepare for big weekend exhibition, fun, food and music

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 October 2017, 18:20 by Denis Chabrol Small and medium-scale local agri-based products are to be showcased from Friday to help stimulate greater demand countrywide, according to a top official of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA). Firs Vice President of the organisation, Ramsey Ali said the trade fair titled ‘Un-capped’ begins  Friday afternoon at ...

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Four arrested for robbery of supermarket owner

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 October 2017, 15:32 by Denis Chabrol A 26-year-old businessman of East Canje, Berbice was relieved of a quantity of phone cards and local currency by two masked bandits who stormed his home on Wednesday evening. Deputy Commander of the Berbice Division Mr. Edmond Cooper said four persons have since been arrested to assist with investigations. ...

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SOCU agents descend on Guyana Energy Agency

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 October 2017, 11:35 by Denis Chabrol Agents of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force swooped down on the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) as part of an ongoing probe into two alleged financial crimes. Led by Head of SOCU, Assistant Commissioner Sydney James, they entered the premises at 10:19 AM. Moments ...

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Structure Petroleum Commission properly or risk oil sector becoming “political football”- Ramkarran

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 21:09 by Denis Chabrol Political analyst and prominent Attorney-at-Law, Ralph Ramkarran on Wednesday recommended more broad-based representation on the proposed Guyana Petroleum Commission and less ministerial involvement to remove deep-seated suspicions about narrow political involvement in the oil sector. “Once you have a commission that is not respected by a section of the ...

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Prison officer arrested allegedly with marijuana, cell phones at Mazaruni Prison

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 20:56 by Denis Chabrol A Prison Officer has been arrested and handed over to police after he was allegedly found in possession of a large quantity of marijuana and several cellular phones at the maximum security prison at Mazaruni. The Guyana Police Force said the 27-year old man was arrested Wednesday morning at ...

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