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Guyana, Suriname to meet in two weeks on fishing licence issues

President Irfaan Ali on Wednesday said representatives of Guyana and Suriname are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks to iron out that Dutch-speaking neighbour’s failure so far to keep its reported promise to grant 150 coastal fishing licences to Guyanese fishermen. But already, the Guyanese leader has admitted that the major sticking point has to do with the illegal ...

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Central govt poised to provide direct aid to storm-battered East Coast Demerara communities

Central government is preparing to rush emergency aid to residents of Dazzell and Bareroot, East Coast Demerara whose houses were severely damaged by a freak storm on Monday,  Housing Minister Susan Rodrigues said Tuesday. She explained that as soon as the Civil Defence Commission compiles and dispatches a report of its assessment of the impact of the storm, government will ...

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PNCR General Secretary on leave

General Secretary of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Geeta Chandan-Edmond is on leave but she on Tuesday down-played experiencing personal difficulties as the major reason for deciding to proceed on vacation. There is no indication of when she will resume office, as she has since requested an extension without stating the date. Ms Hazel Pyle-Lewis is said to be ...

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Updated: Guyana condemns Suriname’s harassment of Guyanese fisherfolk; Suriname already says licensing Guyanese vessels will be illegal

Although Suriname has already said that the granting of fishing licences to Guyanese would be illegal, the Guyana government on Monday condemned Suriname’s harassment of Guyanese fisherfolk in the waters of that neighbouring country and lamented the apparent slothfulness in  sticking to an agreement to grant fishing boat licences to Guyanese. “The Government of Guyana condemns, in its strongest possible ...

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Office of the President refutes opposition figures on spending

The Office of the President Monday afternoon rejected the claims by the opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) that millions of dollars have been spent by several agencies under that office. Permanent Secretary of the Office of the President, Abena Moore says none of the monies allocated so far to the President’s Youth Advisory Council has been ...

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Opposition demands proof that GY$273 million benefitted ordinary Guyanese

The opposition coalition of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) has retaliated at government’s move to ask for details about how the government-funded International Decade for People of African Descent- Guyana (IDPADA-G) has spent an estimated GY$500 million over the past four years. Randolph Critchlow, who co-chaired a public meeting at Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara, questioned how ...

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BREAKING: Demerara Harbour Bridge reopens to light traffic

The Demerara Harbour Bridge  reopened to light traffic at  5:16 PM on Sunday, officials said. Light traffic is usually classified as bikes, cars and minibuses. Officials said there would be 30 minutes free tolling. The decision to reopen the bridge to a few categories of vehicles comes as engineers and other workers continue to repair damage caused after a tug, ...

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City businessman decries opposition claims of “apartheid”; predicts PPPC return to office

A prominent city businessman and major Guyanese investor in the oil and gas sector on Sunday publicly denounced the opposition for claiming that there is apartheid and he instead lauded President Irfaan Ali’s One Guyana agenda. In clear reference to A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) claims of racial segregation and discrimination against Afro-Guyanese, Nicholas Deygoo-Boyer criticised the ...

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Indo-Guyanese not being targeted- APNU+AFC

The opposition A Partnership or National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) and the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Saturday night , in the wake of condemnations by the People’s Progressive Party Civic-led administration that it is engaging in widespread discrimination against Afro-Guyanese, denied that it was targeting Indo-Guyanese.  “Let me say to my Indian brothers and sisters…I am saying to you: when ...

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Sir Shridath credits Rashleigh Jackson with steering diplomacy against Venezuela

Former Commonwealth Secretary General Sir Shridath Ramphal hailed the significant role that former Foreign Affairs Minister Rashleigh Jackson, who passed away Thursday night, played in mobilising international diplomatic solidarity in dealing with Venezuela’s aggressive claim to Guyana’s mineral and forest-rich Essequibo Region. “Rashleigh’s service to Guyana in another sphere needs also to be recalled as he leaves us. It is ...

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