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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Junior Labour Minister apologises for calling striking teachers “selfish and uncaring”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 12:33 by Denis Chabrol As the Ministry of Education hopes to get the Guyana Teachers Union back to the mediation table and break an almost two-week old strike, Junior Labour Minister Keith Scott on Tuesday apologised for calling the educators “selfish and uncaring”. In fact, Scott even went further by calling the now ...

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GTT fires workers after “suspicious activities”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 10:51 by Denis Chabrol The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) fired 12 persons following the discovery of “suspicious activities”. “During a routine internal review of financial procedures, GTT documented suspicious activities which warranted further investigation. GTT’ spokeswoman, Jasmine Harris said police were called in and those given marching orders included managers and ...

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About 10 percent of teachers on strike; Education Ministry deploys 500 substitutes

Last Updated on Monday, 3 September 2018, 22:25 by Denis Chabrol The Ministry of Education on Monday night reported that about 10 percent of public school teachers across the country went on strike to pressure government to take a pay dispute to arbitration. Authorities also signaled that steps were being taken to tap into a database of 2,500 persons to ...

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Striking teachers abandoned classrooms countrywide while others remained on the job

Last Updated on Monday, 3 September 2018, 17:55 by Denis Chabrol Numerous teachers across Guyana stayed away from classrooms at government-run schools, even as the Ministry of Education deployed scabs comprising retired and trainee teachers to cushion the impact of a strike that has entered the second week to press demands for increased salaries. In other schools, some or all ...

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State to appeal dismissal of GY$600 million larceny charge against Jennifer Westford, Margaret Cummings

Last Updated on Monday, 3 September 2018, 16:51 by Denis Chabrol The State has signaled its intention to appeal the dismissal of a GY$600 million larceny charge against  former Public Service Minister, Dr. Jennifer Westford and her Administrative Assistant, Margaret Cummings. “The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) wishes to advise that a Notice of Appeal was filed ...

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Policeman, who failed alcohol test, arrested for killing motorcyclist with force’s vehicle

Last Updated on Sunday, 2 September 2018, 9:12 by Denis Chabrol A Police Constable,  failed a breathalyzer test following a fatal accident Saturday night, is under close arrest, the Guyana Police Force said. Sources have identified the policeman as Ryan Persaud. Dead is 23-year old Akemo Anthony of 338 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, At the time of the accident at ...

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Decision to scrap jail terms for marijuana possession for personal use welcomed; tough laws needed to punish prison staff for drug trafficking- Prisons Director

Last Updated on Saturday, 1 September 2018, 20:46 by Denis Chabrol Even as more prison guards and civilians are being busted for smuggling marijuana into the jails, Director of the Guyana Prison Service, Gladwin Samuels has welcomed government’s decision to scrap jail terms for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. At the same time, Samuels is ...

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OPINION: The return of David Granger-let it be done

Last Updated on Saturday, 1 September 2018, 11:08 by Denis Chabrol by GHK Lall I refer to the online article in Demerara Waves captioned, “Granger hints he is available for 2020 general elections” (DW August 31).  Here is where I stand on this possible return of David Granger: so let it be. I begin by respectfully recommending that the president ...

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