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UG Vice Chancellor no longer seeking contract renewal

University of Guyana (UG) Vice Chancellor, Ivelaw Griffith will no longer be seeking a renewal of his contract, even as the workers’ unions intensified pressure on the administration for him not to return. Multiple sources confirmed that Professor Griffith informed them that he had opted to abandon plans to return to the publicly-funded tertiary institution because of family and other ...

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GuySuCo denies withholding information from NICIL on spending GYD$30 billion

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Tuesday denied accusations that it has not been accounting for more than GYD$7 billion disbursed from a GYD$30 billion bond, and insisted that it does not have to report to government’s holding company for state assets. GuySuCo’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Harold Davis Jr., in an initial reaction pending a comprehensive response to claims ...

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GuySuCo not showing how GYD$30 billion bond being spent; bondholders “unhappy”- NCIL

The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on Monday said holders of a GYD$30 billion bond to help revive the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) have begun asking questions about how the State-owned corporation has spent GYD$7.4 billion dollars disbursed so far. “The bondholders and the trustees are not happy with the information coming from NICIL,” Head of NICIL, Colvin ...

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UG Vice Chancellor sent on leave; to be paid GYD$1.1m for 12 days on the job

The University of Guyana’s (UG) governing body, the UG Council has ordered Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith to proceed on his end-of-contract leave, against his wishes as he had preferred to remain on the job, sources disclosed. Griffith should have gone on leave from May 13, but had requested to continue his duties because of “extenuating circumstances”. While that request ...

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Amna Ally denies Jagdeo claims gov’t money purchased Buju Banton tickets to win youth votes

General Secretary of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Amna Ally on Thursday denied claims by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo that government money has been used to buy tickets for the Buju Banton concert. “Not government’s money. It’s the PNC’s money,” she said, but could not remember how many tickets were purchased. Asked what was the reason for the PNC ...

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OPINION: Say it ain’t so, Mr. President

By GHK Lall How could you, Mr. President? Say it ain’t so, Excellency… Except that it is. I am the short end of the stick here; it is a dirty, undesired one. Spiked too. For there I was repeatedly trashing those tardy public servants, who lapsed through negligence, or contempt, or impatience, or disinterest (or some combination of all those) ...

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President preparing declarations for Integrity Commission; PPPC’s Edghill calls for public disclosure

President David Granger Wednesday morning said he has started the process to ensure that all of his documents are submitted to the Integrity Commission even as he assured that the Guyana government takes seriously the role of that Commission. “I am in touch with the Integrity Commission. I have written to them. I have not submitted all of my declarations… ...

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Afro-Guyanese pushing for return to village councils because NDCs have taken control

Afro-Guyanese on Sunday signaled they would be accelerating lobbying for a return to village councils because the existing local governance system has removed their ownership and direct responsibility for their villages, but the Guyana Reparations Committee said a special law is needed for land rights and local governance. Chairman of the International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly-Guyana (IDPADA-G), ...

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Remaining off the blacklist key to oil sector – former Caribbean anti-financial crimes boss

Former Executive Director of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), Calvin Wilson on Saturday cautioned that if Guyana does not maintain a clean bill of financial health, oil companies and staff would encounter bottlenecks in sending their profits and earnings overseas. He told a media workshop organised by the Guyana Press Association (GPA) that if Guyana does not satisfy ...

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OP-ED: Unwarranted attacks on the integrity of civil engineers must stop

by James McAllister The article, “Questionable Engineers Estimates costing Guyana billion$”, in the April 19th edition of the Kaieteur News, is another attempt by the media to distort and peddle misinformation. Accusations of corruption and incompetence were leveled against engineers. This is not the first time such accusations have been leveled against engineers by people who know little of what ...

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