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Gov’t announces $50M innovation fund for youth

Although the criteria has not yet been finalised, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced during his 2017 budget speech that $50M will be placed into a Youth Innovation fund (YIF). “This fund will provide a financing platform to launch exceptionally innovative ideas,” Jordan said in the House, “harnessing the energetic and creative minds of our young people.” Jordan hopes the criteria ...

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$369M Mazaruni Prison expansion to reduce Georgetown Prison overcrowding

Following the death of 17 inmates in a fatal fire at the Georgetown Prison earlier this year and and an inquiry which revealed serious overcrowding, Government is hoping to plug some $2.2B into expansion the Mazaruni Prison to ease pressures on the Georgetown prison. $369M will be released in 2017 as the first tranche of that money which  will see ...

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GTT’s Mabaruma phone service restored

After weeks of disconnected land-line and shaky cellular connection in Mabaruma from Guyana’s only land-line provider, residents of Mabaruma, North West District are breathing a sigh of relief after the community of 300 subscribers was finally reconnected last Sunday. Reports reaching Demerara Waves Online News suggest that residents were left out of the loop for quite some time about what ...

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Judicial reform needed to end violence against women, children– experts

As the world observes 16 days of activism to end violence against women and children, the European Union’s (EU) mission here in Georgetown has lit up its building orange in solidarity with the movement. While EU Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej Videtic believes judicial reform is necessary to end violence against women and children, local voices feel such reform must be complemented ...

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Babita Sarjou sculpture unveiled to highlight domestic violence in Guyana; survivors lament

The Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awarness (CADVA) organisation has unveiled a miniature sculpture of domestic violence victim, Babita Sarjou, whose skeletal remains were found earlier this year in a shallow grave in her husband’s backyard. Sarjou’s remains were found by police near a fence and alleyway drain at Seaforth Street Campbelville. Her reputed husband, Anand Narine, and an alleged co-accused ...

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Govt must go after money launderers to pass next FATF test – Jagdeo

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is not buying the position of Attorney General Basil Williams that Guyana is in the green zone for compliance with the global push for anti-money laundering regimes. “If we lull ourselves into a sense of false security, then we are going to repeat a lot of the mistakes made by the Attorney General, and we are ...

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Opposition making case for Patterson to face parliamentary disciplinary committee

Now that Public Health Minister Dr George Norton is expected to come before the National Assembly’s Privilege’s Committee for misguiding the House on the $12.5M monthly drug bond, if the political opposition has its way, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson might suffer a similar fate for the D’Urban Park fiasco. There are still unanswered questions about the D’Urban Jubilee Park initially ...

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Opposition Leader’s office gearing up to protest contracts at Public Procurement Commission

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday announced that his office would help protest the award of multi-million dollar contracts by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). Now that the public procurement commission (PPC) has been established, Jagdeo has instructed members of his camp to investigate cases which warrant protests so that his office can follow through with those protests at the ...

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Govt vetting Local Govt Commission nominees

Government is currently considering a list of nominees put forward by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan for the Local Government Commission, according to State Minister Joseph Harmon. “The persons must be of high integrity. That of course is a challenge in itself,” Harmon told the press corps today at a post-cabinet press briefing where he pointed out that the law requires ...

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