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Govt adviser backs Deputy Mayor in opposing virtual shell parking meter companies

Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan’s strong objection to the companies approved to provide parking meter services in Georgetown on Sunday attracted unqualified support from a government adviser. Ruel Johnson, who is the Cultural Policy Adviser to the Minister of Education, Culture, endorsed Duncan’s position that the companies barely exist and have no track record to provide parking meter services in any ...

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Hope Canal cost more than publicly stated

The Hope Canal Project, which was piloted by the PPP government, is estimated to have cost $4.1 billion – over GYD$700 million more than the then Government had announced. This was revealed in the audit report of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA). The authority had also contributed over GYD$257 million towards the project which was substantively funded from ...

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“These giants do not belong in pepper pot and souse”- President Granger

Guyanese are being encouraged to protect rather than consume the country’s wildlife. Addressing a State Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan Saturday night, President David Granger listed a number of “giant” wild animals that are unique to Guyana. “These giants do not belong in pepper pot and souse,” he said to loud applause. “You hear me? These giants are ...

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UG to establish School of Energy and Mines

Coverage courtesy Fly Jamaica The University of Guyana (UG) plans to establish a School of Energy and Mines, a move that has been welcomed by investors in those extractive industries. UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith said a feasibility study would be conducted to determine how best that tertiary institution could match the demands of mining and expected oil production. ...

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Gaskin, Hughes weigh in on transfer of tourism portfolio

Outgoing Tourism Minister, Cathy Hughes agrees that that sector needs its own separate ministry but she personally believes that there was caution because of concerns about the large number of ministries. Emphasising that those were her personal views, she said discussions focused more on the number of ministries instead of the key sectors. “There was such a major focus on who ...

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Guyana Power and Light to phase out fossil fuel generators

Coverage courtesy Fly Jamaica Guyana’s state-owned power company is pushing ahead with plans to phase out fossil fuel electricity generators and replace them with solar farms and other renewable energy sources, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson announced Friday in New York. ‘As our existing thermal generators become redundant we will be replacing them with renewables,” he said. He was one ...

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University of Guyana mulling Business and Entrepreneurship school

Coverage courtesy Fly Jamaica The University of Guyana (UG) is laying the groundwork for the institution to play a leading role in the development of business education in partnership with the private sector. Newly-appointed Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith announced that a feasibility study would be conducted on the establishment of a Business and Entrepreneurship School. Addressing the ‘Guyana Means ...

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Tourism association calls for “standalone” minister

The Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) wants a minister exclusively for the tourism sector, a demand that was first made to the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration four years ago. “THAG reaffirms that it is critical to the industry’s development to have a Minister who has the time to focus on the sector’s development, understands the needs ...

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NCN’s former CEO did not engage in financial misdeeds

The National Communications Network (NCN) has sought to clear the name of its former Chief Executive Officer, Molly Hassan, saying that she was not implicated in any financial irregularities. “NCN is satisfied that Ms. Hassan always executed her duties with financial rectitude,” the state-owned radio and television broadcaster said in a statement. Sections of the NCN audit report have raised ...

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NCN frowns on conflict of interest claims with Board Director over debt-settlement

The National Communications Network (NCN) on Tuesday dismissed claims of a conflict of interest in writing off  a  GYD$2 million debt owed by  Merundoi whose principal is Board Director, Margaret Lawrence. The company said Merundoi’s proposal on April 4, 2016 had entailed the payment of GYD$250,000, plus allowing NCN access to two previous seasons of programme content of “Merundoi”  Radio Serial ...

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