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Local Government

Flood waters recede, drainage system being cleared; politicians trade blame for disaster

Even as flood waters were receding from the south-eastern town of Linden and surrounding Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) areas, the opposition-controlled regional council and government on Wednesday traded blame for the severity and response to the flood. The Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Guyana’s disaster response agency, reported that water has receded in Noitgedacht where the Community Development Council (CDC) ...

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Some City Hall workers could be laid off next year

A number of Georgetown City Council workers could be laid off next year and others would be required to perform multiple functions as part of a staff restructuring exercise, City Mayor Alfred Mentore told a council meeting on Wednesday. “Those matters in itself we will look at and we will look at seeing how we’ll be able to treat with ...

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PPPC Councillor raps Mayor for prematurely threatening legal action

People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) Councillor, Jainarine ‘Don’ Singh on Sunday scolded City Mayor Alfred Mentore for prematurely calling for an emergency council meeting and threatening legal action against Local Government Minister Anand Persaud for blocking an amnesty for rates and taxes until the council proves that it can do so legally. Mr Singh said Mr Mentore’s call for an ...

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OPINION: National ‘sweep-up’ in Georgetown ignores the drainage problem

The much-vaunted national clean-up turned out to be a disgraceful damp squib for many parts of Georgetown where the citizenry, businessowners and visitors alike cry out for that elusive long-lasting solution to the sanitation and drainage problems. The exercise on September 2, 2023 demonstrated either a cosmetic sweep-up, a failed experiment, dismally poor implementation or yet another photo opportunity. The ...

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Local gov’t elections are also about national issues- APNU

The opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Saturday encouraged Guyanese to vote solidly against the People’s Progressive Party in Monday’s Local Government Elections (LGE) to signal their disgust with a range of national issues. “Let us use our votes to send a message to the PPP (People’s Progressive Party) that life is hard in Guyana. Use our votes ...

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Severe flood at Grove, East Bank Demerara

Homes, businesses and yards in a section of Grove, East Bank Demerara, were Wednesday night inundated by flood waters from the nearby Demerara River as a result of a damaged koker (sluice), authorities said. The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) said the Diamond Secondary School has been identified as a temporary shelter for residents affected by the breached koker in the ...

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Swifter COVID-19 testing, distance education delivery, loan repayment relief -President Ali

President Irfaan Ali on Wednesday night unveiled a package of measures to ease the cash strain on thousands of Guyanese due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, even as he announced plans to increase testing countrywide and acquire results in a short time and clear a backlog of 700 tests. The President said his administration wants to ...

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AFC sets Nov 10 to conclude negotiations with APNU

The Alliance For Change (AFC) has set a November 10 deadline to conclude negotiations with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) for a revised political agreement that is likely to include more government jobs, AFC Chief Negotiator David Patterson said Saturday. “There are three items of which two may have to go to the high-level committee but there are two ...

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Police operations being regionalised

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has begun realigning its operations in accordance with the country’s 10 administrative regions. Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan on Monday disclosed that the regionalisation of the police force is being gradually rolled out and will eventually be formally launched. He says divisional headquarters and living quarters are now being built in a number of interior ...

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GECOM appears nearer to fresh polling timeframe

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is Wednesday expected to decide on a new timeframe within which general and regional council elections could be held, paving the way for President David Granger to dissolve Parliament and name an election date. Election Commissioners from the opposition People’s Progressive Party and the governing coalition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) said ...

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