GUYANA – Latest News – 01 October 2015

GUYANA – Latest News – 01 October 2015  – Kaieteur News

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Government reverts to GTT internet for eGovernance

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | – pulls Guyana from ‘dark ages’ …… The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT), five years ago offered the Bharrat Jagdeo Government its internet service to support the eGovernance project, at a nominal fee. The administration declined the offer. The Jagdeo administration instead chose to invest billions of tax dollars to land a separate fiber optic […]

GPSU wants an end to poverty stricken public servants – Yarde

OCTOBER 1, 2015 |   Even as the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) works to address some of its on-going issues, the body reportedly suffered tremendously under the previous government, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) administration. But even with change in the form of a new government, the GPSU will be keeping watch to ensure that previous indiscretions are […]   

Gov’t. extends gun amnesty

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | Those who still have illegal firearms and ammunition in their possession and want to surrender them without facing the full force of the law, have been given another two weeks to do so. Yesterday, the Ministry of Public Security, apparently buoyed by the relative success of the just concluded one-month amnesty for firearms, announced that […]

Auditor General presents 2014 report to House Speaker

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | Set to improve public accountability   In the nick of time, Auditor General (AG), Deodat Sharma, yesterday handed over the 2014 AG Report to Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland. It is hoped that with the new report will come improved governance, transparency and public accountability. The report was presented in Parliament Building […]

Umana Yana to be reconstructed within six months

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | One year after flames ripped through one of the structures regarded as a symbol of Guyana’s heritage, moves are apace to reconstruct the people’s meeting place, or the Umana Yana as it is more popularly known. At a simple sod-turning ceremony held yesterday, Government Ministers said that the Umana Yana, the conical palm thatched hut

GRPA launches campaign against cervical cancer

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | The Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) recently embarked on a partnership with the Rotary Club of Georgetown to launch a campaign against cervical cancer in Guyana. The campaign, which has garnered a significant financial contribution of $1.2 million from Scotia Bank, is set to begin today and continue to December 15. The project is aimed […]

Argentina to help Guyana combat piracy

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | Argentina’s ambassador to Guyana, Luis A Martino, has agreed to have his country assist Guyana in its fight against piracy through shared experience and expertise. The commitment was made during a meeting between Ambassador Martino and Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, at his Brickdam Office yesterday. The two men met to […]

Modernisation Act to affect export between Guyana and US

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | Food and Drug Department spearheads workshop to raise awareness Fear of bio-terrorism has forced the United States of America (USA) to sign into law a Food and Safety Modernisation Act. This Act was designed to change the way the US conducts trade with other countries, Guyana being no exception. The Act was assented to by […]

Teachers and nurses targeted in Government’s housing drive

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Keith Scott, yesterday held a successful meeting with the Managing Director of Republic Bank, Richard Sammy, and General Manager (Credit), Patricia Plummer. The discussion saw the two sides agreeing on areas of cooperation. Minister Scott, who has responsibility for housing, told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the team […]

G/Town Supreme Court suffers from high level of staff turnover- Registrar tells Public Service COI

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | By Rehanna Ramsay….  Registrar (Ag) for the Georgetown Supreme Court, Rashid Mohamed, has said that over the years the Georgetown Supreme Court has suffered as a result of a high staff turnover. Mohamed was on Monday, summoned to testify at the Commission of Inquiry, (COI) established to inquire into the affairs of the Guyana Public

Jagdeo not trusted to scrutinize PPP/C Govt. spending in Office

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | …as stakeholders call for civil society oversight …   Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, is set to take up a position as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) when the National Assembly is reconvened, but the idea of him scrutinizing the expenditure of the final years of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) is now a […]

OPR recommends criminal charge for senior Police Officer

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | …state may introduce attempted rape  ….  The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is expected to advise the police soon on whether to criminally charge an Assistant Superintendent of Police who allegedly attempted to rape a female junior rank under his command. Kaieteur News understands that the police Office of Professional Responsibility completed its investigations last week […]

PPP bemoans reduction in payment to private cane farmers for year’s crop

OCTOBER 1, 2015 |The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) yesterday threw its support behind the striking private cane farmers of the Upper Corentyne. The cane farmers are protesting the removal of a 30 percent reduction in payment for the year’s crop supplied to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). The Opposition noted that such a decision would lead to private […]

Bids opened to supply Hinterland Electrification Units

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | During Tuesday’s session at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), bids were opened for the supply of power transformers for Port Kaituma, Region One and Mahdia, Region Eight under the Hinterland Electrification Unit, Ministry of Public Infrastructure. Bidder Amount Cummings Electrical Co. Ltd $12.9M K&P Project Management Co. $7.3M Tels Engineering Services $9.7M […]

Suicide higher among workers in Agri Sector – Minister tells US meeting

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | Suicide is high in Guyana but seemingly higher among those working in the agricultural sector. This assertion was yesterday made by Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton. The Minister was at the time contributing to a Plan of Action on Workers’ Health during the ongoing 54th Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Council […]

Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs without general assets register- Permanent secretary

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Vibert Arthur Welch, has revealed that the department responsible for overseeing the affairs of Guyana’s first people is currently without an assets database. Welch was at the time providing information to the Commission of Inquiry, (COI) into the Public Service sector. The inquiry is expected […]

M&CC workers chided over commitment to clear drains

OCTOBER 1, 2015 |Town Clerk of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, (M&CC) Royston King, has chided workers over their level of commitment to restore the city’s drainage system. Speaking at a forum yesterday, the Town Clerk reiterated that the council has been working assiduously to restore the integrity of the drainage system in Georgetown. In view of […]

Barama gives back to school children

OCTOBER 1, 2015 | In keeping with its corporate responsibility, logging-giant Barama Company Limited (BCL) presented bursary awards to five of its employees’ children, recently. The awards were presented at the Company’s annual ceremony which was held at the Company’s Head Office at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara. According to a release by the company, the ceremony was […]



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