Fedders-Lloyd yet to undertake assessment of work done at Specialty Hospital site

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Indian company Fedders-Lloyd is still to undertake its assessment of works done so far at the site of the Speciality Hospital by the previous contractor. This is in spite of a controversial agreement it entered into with the APNU+AFC government in November, 2015.
This revelation was made when on Monday last the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was told that nothing has been done by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, Trevor Thomas.
When the question about the status of work undertaken so far was posed by PAC member, Nigel Dharamlall of the People’s Progressive Party Civic, Thomas said, “they might have started but they have not submitted a report as yet.”

Proposed Tax compliance amendment “an old Burnhamite approach” that will be used to control access to services and income growth of citizens

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During his presentation of the 2016 Budget on Friday, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced his government’s intention to amend the Tax Act to ensure that prior to the issuance of all licences for public use, the applicant must be compliant with obligations to file annual returns and paid, or has made arrangements to pay all taxes due and payable.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has however dubbed the measure “an old Burnhamite approach”, which he said will be used to control people and their access to services and growth in income. Continue reading Proposed Tax compliance amendment “an old Burnhamite approach” that will be used to control access to services and income growth of citizens

Speaker disallows PPP/C request for debate on state of rice industry – PPP calls for reversal, says Parliamentary democracy being undermined

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The People’s Progressive Party/Civic(PPP/C) is demanding that Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland reverse his decision to disallow a motion which called for a debate on the state of the rice industry and urged the government to take immediate measures to rescue it.
The party in a release issued on Saturday said a notice of its motion was submitted to the Speaker on January 21st , 2016 by Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali. Continue reading Speaker disallows PPP/C request for debate on state of rice industry – PPP calls for reversal, says Parliamentary democracy being undermined

$300M allocated for 50th Anniversary celebrations- Guyanese react with outrage

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The announcement that Government will be spending some $300 million on activities to mark the celebration of Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary did not go down well with some Guyanese who took to social media to express their displeasure.
During his presentation of the 2016 Budget on Friday Finance Minister Winston Jordon made the announcement. Continue reading $300M allocated for 50th Anniversary celebrations- Guyanese react with outrage

Budget pure rhetoric, lacks substance necessary for job creation & economic growth stimulation – Political Comentator

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“My general assessment is that in terms of job creation and stimulating the economy to produce jobs at the local level, the budget failed miserably. There is no stimulus for the villages to create jobs and be productive,” this was how Economist and Political commentator, Ramon Gaskin reacted to the 2016 Budget.
The Budget was on Friday read by Finance Minister Winston Jordan under the theme “Stimulating Growth, Restoring Confidence: The Good Life Beckons.” Continue reading Budget pure rhetoric, lacks substance necessary for job creation & economic growth stimulation – Political Comentator

2016 Budget ‘disappointing’ ‘anti-poor’, lacks measures to achieve desired result – PPP/C

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The People’s Progressive Party/ Civic(PPP/C) on Friday slammed the 2016 Budget presented by Finance Minister Winston Jordan as being ‘disappointing’, ‘anti-poor’ and said the lacks the requisite measures to achieve its theme “Stimulating Growth, Restoring Confidence: The Good Life Beckons”.
The 2016 Budget was presented Friday by Finance Minister Winston Jordan and speaking at a press conference convened shortly after, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, flanked by his fellow MPs, described it as “anti-development and anti-poor”. Continue reading 2016 Budget ‘disappointing’ ‘anti-poor’, lacks measures to achieve desired result – PPP/C

APNU+AFC supporter plans wind-farm investment – GPL to purchase electricity at higher cost that Amaila Falls

wind-farm-590x330A local media house is reporting on plans by a businessman and key financier of the APNU+AFC to invest in the production of energy through a wind-farm.
This plan has already received the blessing of the government the reports said.
Shockingly though is the revelation that the state power company, GPL is expected to buy power from the entity at 17 US cents per kilowatt, 7 cents more than it would’ve cost to buy power had the government continued with the Amaila Falls Hyro Project.

Region Three Administration unanimously passes motion challenging decision to shut Wales Estate

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The Regional Administration of Region Three on Wednesday unanimously passed a motion which challenges the APNU+AFC Government’s decision to close Wales Sugar Estate.
At its monthly statutory the Regional Democratic Council(RDC) resolved to “register its opposition to the decision to close the Wales Sugar Estate (and) calls upon the Government to reverse its decision to close Wales”. Continue reading Region Three Administration unanimously passes motion challenging decision to shut Wales Estate

OP ED: Bisram’s defence of Nagamootoo failed miserably

By Clement Rohee, General Secretary
People’s Progressive Party

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Vishnu Bisram’s attack on the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and his bigging-up of Nagamootoo in his letter of January 28, 2016, came at an interesting time. Just a few weeks ago, Nagamootoo, during his junket in New York City, was reported to have told his audience that he believes that the best way to prevent corruption from reoccurring is to periodically change the Head of State. He further noted that Presidents are likely to engage in dishonest activities should they be allowed to serve for more than one term;

“You should have a President for only one term or five years because the thieving always starts in the second term.” Continue reading OP ED: Bisram’s defence of Nagamootoo failed miserably