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Norton slams gov’t over demolition of houses at Plastic City; Jagdeo says “tough” decisions for development

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton on Thursday condemned the Guyana government for turning a blind eye to the plight of residents of Vreed-en-Hoop Jetty/Plastic City whose houses were being demolished to make way for a nearby shore-base that is being constructed, but Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo said generally at times hard decisions have to made. “It was pointed out that long-standing ...

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Trinidadian businesses buying imports with Guyana’s foreign exchange

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said Trinidad and Tobago businesses have found a solution to the prolonged foreign exchange shortage in their homeland by buying their imports through Guyana and shipping them to Port-of-Spain. “We notice a trend here is that some Trinidadian companies are procuring large quantities of goods for their businesses in Guyana and in Trinidad and ...

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No decision on restart of mining at Chinese Landing but govt backs majority of residents

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday stressed that gold mining has been halted in Chinese Landing in the interest of the majority of residents there, but he could not say definitively whether the greenlight would be given for that activity to resume. However, the Vice President could not immediately say whether government would approve the resumption of mining in that ...

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P.S. Mae Toussaint Jr. Thomas-Meerabux moved from Home Affairs to Labour

Permanent Secretary Mae Toussaint Jr. Thomas-Meerabux has been moved from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Ministry of Labour, according to a statement by the Office of the President. She is among six Permanent Secretaries who have been reassigned. Notably, Mr Dereck Cummings has not been mentioned, but the Office of the President said Mr Alfred Roland King is now ...

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Call for supermajority parliamentary decision-making is attempted “nasty, shameless” power grab- Nandlall

A recommendation that Guyana’s National Assembly make decisions by a supermajority to force national consensus is an effort to grab power from the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) conveniently whenever it is in government, according to Attorney General Anil Nandlall. “It’s a veneer only so that it sounds intelligent, and it sounds profound. It’s a nasty, shameless grab for power ...

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Caribbean media underperforming; “social justice” gap must be filled – CDB President

The President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon says media in the region are not performing effectively, for instance, in the areas of helping people to cope with natural disasters and address crime. “In small, vulnerable states, Caribbean media are particularly important to support relief and recovery efforts as well as disaster mitigation. But I fear the ...

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Constitution must be used to ensure African Guyanese benefit from wealth- Nigel Hughes

Guyanese have a constitutional right to be protected from competition and that supreme law should be amended to provide a breakdown of the award of contracts and licences as part of efforts to meaningfully address historical economic disadvantages that African Guyanese are facing, according to political and social activist Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes. In his feature presentation at Cuffy250’s 2023 State ...

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New water well for Wauna, Region One

More than 900 residents of Wauna, Region One (Barima-Waini) and surrounding areas are expected to receive reliable potable water from September when the drilling of a new well is expected to be completed, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) said. Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal, who visited the site to inspect the works this week, said the well is ...

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Compensation not on Mahdia Secondary School dorm fire ToR

The Terms of Reference for the Commission of Inquiry into the Mahdia Secondary School dormitory fire is silent on the issue of compensation for the surviving relatives of the 20 children who were burnt to death and several others who were injured. Under the chairmanship of Retired Major General Joseph Singh, the three-member commission has been tasked with probing the ...

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Fly Allways plane returns to Cheddi Jagan Airport after engine failure

A Fly Allways flight from Guyana to neighbouring Suriname was forced to return to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Monday morning after one of the plane’s engines failed, the Guyana Fire Service said. Director-General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Retired Lt. Col. Egbert Field said an aviation engineer aboard the aircraft checked the plane and, along with ...

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December 2023