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Teachers’ union never agreed to specialist to calculate pay hike; Education Minister to be officially notified of strike call

President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union, Mark Lyte said the long-running pay dispute with government might be headed for arbitration, even as he Friday prepared to officially inform the Ministry of Education  that teachers would embark on strike action later this month. Denying that the GTU had agreed that the Ministry of Education should hire a specialist to calculate how ...

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Attorney General must activate Judicial Review Act pending appeal, not engage in “frustration and obstruction” of parliament

The Guyana Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed Attorney General, Basil Williams’  request for a stay of execution of a High Court order that compels him to activate the Judicial Review Act (JRA) saying that he appeared bent on frustrating and obstructing people from accessing a wider array of legal remedies for the first time. “I hold that the Applicant ...

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No trafficking of Haitians through Guyana; Venezuelans being watched

There is no evidence that  Haitians are being trafficked through Guyana to French Guiana, but authorities here are focussing on possible trafficking of Venezuelans, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Winston Felix said. “First of all, you are assuming that given the numbers of Haitians there is trafficking. We have not suspected any trafficking of Haitians in Guyana, through Guyana or ...

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WPA will mobilise public pressure on govt to accept direct cash transfers of oil money to poor

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Thursday said if A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) refuses to meet to discuss and work out arrangements for direct transfers of oil wealth to the poor Guyanese, it will whip up support among ordinary people to put pressure on government to accept and implement the idea. “We expect logically- and I think that’s ...

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Finance Minister, AFC welcome debate on direct cash transfers of oil earnings to poor

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan prefers to cautiously approach the idea of conditional cash transfers from Guyana’s oil earnings to poor ordinary Guyanese, even as the Alliance For Change (AFC) backed the idea and promised to lobby its coalition partner to refine and take it on board. Welcoming the debate triggered by Distinguished Economics Professor, Clive Thomas’ call for the transfers, ...

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Contesting Local Govt Elections alone allows AFC to prove itself ahead of 2020 general polls- Raphael Trotman

Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman on Wednesday said his party would have to prove its value to A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) by contesting the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) alone. “I believe the AFC needs to prove itself to itself. I believe that it should prove itself to its partner; it’s only fair. We ...

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Charles Ramson slams Anil Nandlall over direct cash transfers of oil earnings to poor producing “parasites”

Another People’s Progressive Party (PPP) presidential candidate hopeful, Charles Ramson Jr. Wednesday morning openly disagreed with his party’s frontbencher, Anil Nandlall’s belief that cash transfers of oil revenues to the poor will culture parasites. “Regrettably, I therefore have to say I disagree entirely with the statement by Anil Nandlall about cash transfers creating parasites and his statement is his personal ...

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Direct cash transfers to very poor will create parasites- Nandlall, economists

Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) presidential candidate hopeful, Anil Nandlall and two Economists are opposed to direct cash transfers of some of Guyana’s oil revenues to very poor households. “What the data shows is that policies of this nature develop a degree of dependency that destroys the human initiative. It destroys families, it destroys communities. It creates not only a ...

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President Granger “will inevitably and ultimately pay the price” by failing to hold press conferences – former PNC govt information czar

A former Minister of Information under the People’s National Congress administration has warned President David Granger that his failure to hold formal scheduled press conferences could see him being isolated from the wider Guyanese society. Nascimento, a former Cabinet member and Information Minister in the Forbes Burnham-led administration, in more direct words to President Granger warned him that it was ...

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APNU forces AFC to prove electoral strength ahead of general elections- David Hinds

Political Science Professor, David Hinds on Tuesday said A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) appeared to have forced the Alliance For Change (AFC) to prove its electoral strength on the ground after reportedly demanding a 40-percent allocation of candidates for the Local Government Elections. “In effect, the APNU got what it wanted—it forced the AFC to go out and prove ...

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