Daily Archives: August 11, 2012

Guyana opposition again votes down funds for government agencies

Guyana opposition again votes down funds for government agencies

Published on August 11, 2012    – Caribbean News Now

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Guyana’s National Assembly on Thursday considered two financial papers totalling more than $1.5 billion (US$7.5 million) and $12.1 billion (US$61 million) respectively, which presented the House with another opportunity to restore the funds that were cut from the 2012 national estimates.

However, the Alliance for Change (AFC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) again voted against provisions for agencies that fall under the Office of the President such as the Government Information Agency (GINA) and the National Communications Network (NCN), both of which were allocated one dollar from the 2012 budget.

AFC MP, Khemraj Ramjattan questioned whether government was going to make available the Harry Parmessar report that came out of the inquiry into alleged financial irregularities at NCN. This report has been submitted to the Auditor General.   Continue reading

Gov’t calls off meeting with Region 10 reps; security forces taking control of roadways

Gov’t calls off meeting with Region 10 reps; security forces taking control of roadways

As the security forces began gradually taking control of key road thoroughfares in Linden, the Guyana government called off talks that were planned with representatives of the Region 10 administration.

Regional Chairman, Sharma Solomon expressed disappointment with the central government’s decision to shelve the talks until a later date because of “other matters.”

“I am disappointed. I think the nation is disappointed. The nation was expecting a resolution to this matter and we did our part by allowing people to be hopeful and giving the impression that the talks were very progressive,” he told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com).

The two sides have already agreed to the terms of reference for a bipartisan technical committee to study the electricity sector and decide whether the now suspended increase in tariffs from July 1 are feasible.  [more]

Region 10 reps accuse gov’t of trying to derail talks

 Region 10 reps accuse gov’t of trying to derail talks

Friday August 10, 2012

Region 10 officials have dubbed the security forces’ Friday morning action in Linden as highly provocative and say they believe it was a government move to derail the ongoing talks aimed at finding a solution to more than three weeks of protest in the mining community.

Joint Services ranks moved in on protesters in the wee hours of Friday, clearing roadblocks and camps the protesters had set up in addition to firing tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Region 10 negotiator Aubrey Norton told reporters that at the last meeting with the government they had sought assurances from Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon that the military would not be engaged in any action at Linden since they felt they were nearing a solution to the crisis there.           Continue reading

Tear gas fired as Joint Services attempt to clear Wismar roadblock, buildings ablaze

Tear gas fired as Joint Services attempt to clear Wismar roadblock, buildings ablaze

By Stabroek editor – August 10, 2012 @ 6:18 am | Comments

The Joint Services at around 4 am swooped on the main road block at Wismar and attempted to clear it but hundreds of residents engaged in more than three weeks of protests over electricity rates resisted and several buildings were later set on fire.

SN was told that several cans of tear gas landed in the yards of residents of Silvertown; a nearby community along Burnham Drive, forcing residents out of their homes.

This was the second major operation by the Joint Services to clear protesters who have sealed off the mining town with the aim of forcing the government to cancel the tariff hike. The previous operation failed to dislodge the protesters and as a result President Donald Ramotar was unable to visit the town as planned.   [more]  Tear gas fired in Linden

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