ExxonMobil complains to Greenidge about KN scrutiny
– Minister wants newspaper to back off By Abena Rockcliffe-Campbell “Wait until (ExxonMobil) does something, and then alert the country. But do not harass them before the production even starts.” That was the advice given to the media yesterday, particularly Kaieteur News, by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge. It was almost as if Greenidge […]
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, has admitted that he is the one who advised President David Granger not to alert the nation to the US$18 million the government collected from ExxonMobil last year. But Greenidge has contradicted his President’s announcement made on Wednesday. President Granger said that there were some members of Cabinet […]
Cops detain woman for 2016 suspicious death of GPL employee
Was it an accident or murder? That’s what detectives are trying to ascertain as they question a 38-year-old woman in connection with the August 23, 2016 death of her reputed husband. The alleged victim, 50-year-old Matthew Moore, of ‘B’ Field, Sophia, is said to have died after falling off his bed. He was reportedly […]
Public education system to benefit from 468 CPCE graduates
With 88 percent females and 12 percent males, the Cyril Potter College of Education [CPCE] yesterday graduated 468 teachers who will serve to considerably augment the teaching capacity of the public education sector. At a ceremony at the National Cultural Centre, attended by President David Granger and many senior education officials, the performances of […]
…First ‘solid draft’ legislation by April Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan has assured that the much anticipated establishment of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) will be in place before the first barrel of oil is drawn from commercial oil exploration in 2020. SWFs are quite common around the world for a variety of reasons. […]
Granger takes full responsibility for secret $18M Exxon fund
…Some Cabinet members were in the dark President David Granger claimed full responsibility for the secrecy surrounding the U.S. $18 million signing bonus from United States oil giant, ExxonMobil. Speaking with reporters for the first time since Government was forced to come clean on the bonus, the President noted that some members of Cabinet may […]
Auditors misled during probe of GECOM’s $100M radio set fraud
Security reasons cited for non-use of sets before they arrived Auditors probing the alleged procurement fraud at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were told that there were security concerns prior to the purchase of radio sets for use in the 2015 General and Regional Elections. GECOM spent $100 million to secure 50 radio sets from […]
Gunmen rob passengers, rush home and pretend to be sleeping
Minutes after a Route 42 minibus driver and three of his East Bank Demerara-bound passengers were robbed at Middle Street, McDoom, East Bank Demerara, by three males whom themselves were also passengers, ranks of a mobile patrol apprehended them in a house. The victims and suspects, along with other passengers, departed the Bus Park at […]
Several GRA ranks sent home over past year in corruption crackdown
Investigators are continuing to question a number of officials, including people from Berbice branch of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) over the seizure of a quantity of smuggled goods. The goods were seized over a period of time by Customs officials at the Springlands, Corentyne, Berbice location of GRA. However, on Monday a scheme to […]
– Crime chief urges Premio, Allion drivers to be on the alert Acting Crime Chief, Paul Williams is urging drivers of Toyota Allion and Premio motor vehicles to be on the alert as it seems that these are the most targeted cars. As of last July bandits made off with five Toyota Allion and 12 […]
A maiden unbeaten century from Guyana Jaguars’ wicket keeper batsman Anthony Bramble, placed the hosts in a position of comfort at stumps last evening, the first day of their seventh-round encounter...
CGX payment of legal fees should have been recorded in public accounts – Finance Minister
Finance Minister, Winston Jordan says the US$10M purportedly paid by Canadian oil company, CGX Energy, to lawyers for the state in the maritime boundary dispute between Guyana and Suriname, under the...
Plainclothes policemen occupy seats at Parliament press table
Two plainclothes policemen were at the press table at parliament yesterday apparently pretending to be reporters and one was ordered away by his superiors after several journalists complained to the...
Kaneville machine operator critical after shot in home invasion
A 30-year-old machine operator is currently battling for his life in a city hospital after he was shot minutes after midnight yesterday by armed bandits who invaded his Kaneville, East Bank Demerara...
Orders up to $700 (or $500 for El Salvador and Guyana) can be sent outside of the U.S. Orders up to $500 carry a $1.20 fee and those between $500.01 and $1,000 have a $1.60 fee. (Money orders issues by military facilities have a $0.40 fee.) But the cost of ...
The Peoples National Congress-led A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change Government still has no concrete plan for the future of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) even though it has embarked upon a process of dismissing thousands of ...
Hoboken's Wallace School Celebrates Cultural Diversity
Venezuela and Guyana. Event attendees were also treated to singing performances from the Wallace Glee Club and Hoboken High School, Bhangra and Bollywood Dance by NYC Bhangra, Hip Hop by Studio L, Irish Step Dance by Garden Street Music and the Salsa by ...
In September, a cohort of 50 students at Texila American University in Guyana started medical school via Tiber lectures. Lenihan says Tiber’s curriculum can enable the creation of a new medical school in months, not years, and for one-tenth of the cost ...
Every Man, Woman and Child in Guyana Must Become Oil-Minded – Part 27
On the day this column appeared last week, the press in Guyana, in an outstanding case of enterprising journalism, confirmed that Guyana had indeed received a signing bonus from ExxonMobil. The evidence was out – a letter from the Finance Secretary, a ...
The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry on Tuesday hosted their annual donation and 2018 calendar launch at their Corporate office in Kingston. Every year the bank gives back to 10 Non-Governmental Organisations. Each organisation receives a monetary donation.
Health Minister wants research between China and Guyana on folk medicine
Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence wants to push joint research activities in the use of alternative or folk medicine between Guyana and China. According to a press release form the Ministry of Public Health, Lawrence told Yuanzheng Huang, Vice Mayor of ...
$500,000 bail for driver charged with causing death of GDF Lance Corporal
The man who allegedly drove recklessly causing the death of Marvin Dodson, the 22-year-old Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Lance Corporal of Cross Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown, was on Thursday granted $500,000 bail when he appeared at the Leonora ...
The time is ripe for Caribbean to reshape the inter-regional trade and investment policies
Put more bluntly, is Jamaica’s vision or its interests any longer those of St. Vincent; or is the thinking of Guyana the same as that of the Bahamas in a world that has moved on? The Caribbean’s shortcomings are well known. What may now be required is ...
— Minister Greenidge says remainder of Exxon bonus for urgent technical training THE David Granger Administration has set aside US$15M, from the US$18M Singing Bonus, for legal fees in the event the Guyana/Venezuela Border Controversy is referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). This announcement was made by Vice President and Minister of Foreign
— President urges collaborative work to solve problems in education sector PRESIDENT David Granger on Thursday charged the 2017 graduating class of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) to focus their energies on serving and loving their country passionately. He said those who embrace the teaching profession are pivotal to realising the aspiration of quality
–foreign affairs minister on signing bonus being made public GUYANA’S Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge has noted the “very real risk” of the US$18M signing bonus being ventilated in the public to Venezuela’s advantage in the border controversy. This is even as the country anxiously awaits the United Nations Secretary General commitment to
— Jordan outlines three-pronged approach for spending of oil money CABINET has finally given the nod of approval to a three-pronged proposal on how best to utilise the proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF). This was disclosed on Thursday by Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, at the closing of a four-day Workshop for Review of Preliminary
New RDC building, river ambulances, bus for Region10
REGION 10 is earmarked to benefit from a 32-seater bus, river ambulances and a number of road repairs in 2018, in addition to a spanking new $267M Regional Democratic Council (RDC) building within two years. This is according to Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Valerie Patterson-Yearwood as she successfully defended the region’s $3.4B allocation
The body of one year old girl cladded in a napkin was discovered floating in a trench after her 23 year old mother reported her missing at the Mocha outpost and Providence Police Station on Wednesday night. Dead is Amiah Eastman, who was retrieved from a trench at Barnwell North Mocha, East Bank of Demerara,
— President Granger says non-disclosure no intention to deceive PRESIDENT David Granger on Wednesday made it clear that his administration acted legitimately by accepting the US$18M signing bonus from U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil and placing same into an escrow account at the Bank of Guyana. He told reporters that the money was received to address
–PPP behaviour in Parliament unacceptable, says President Granger WHILE describing the behaviour of the Parliamentary Opposition in the National Assembly over the past two months as “vulgarity”, President David Granger has called on Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to get a hold of his members so that such acts of disrespect never recur in the National
THE Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) is now scheduled to be completed by December 2018 after several delays. Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, during examinations of the 2018 budget estimates told the National Assembly that despite the delays, “there are no cost implications.” Whilst acknowledging that the project is behind schedule due to several
New bridges for Moruca, Puruni Rivers – Min. Patterson
THE controversial Moruca Bridge renowned for failing, subsequent to its 2014 construction, will be rebuilt in 2018. This was disclosed by Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson during examinations of the budgetary estimates for the public sector Tuesday. The minister also revealed that his Ministry will also be constructing a new bridge over the Puruni River.
Entire Cabinet knew about oil bonus – Greenidge reveals
Signing bonus saga continues to unravel As the oil bonus saga continues to unravel, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on Thursday revealed that not only did the entire Cabinet know of the signing bonus, but in fact approved the setting up of a special account to deposit the funds. He told reporters that the “full […]
Edghill plans to return to Parliament with more questions
– says Govt MPs “ain’t off the hook” By Samuel Sukhnandan A seemingly fired up Bishop Juan Edghill has told the media on Thursday that after his four-day suspension ends, he plans to return to the National Assembly with more questions for Government. The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) has said the […]
…at GCCI’s gala dinner and awards ceremony Telecommunications giant GTT on Wednesday evening copped this year’s large business award when the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) hosted its annual awards presentation and gala dinner at the Marriott Hotel. GTT also copped the corporate social responsibility prize while the small business prize went to […]
Parliament security breached again, this time by singing woman
The security of the National Assembly was breached again on Thursday when a woman, who mysteriously had managed to pass through the security in place, started to sing “God is watching us” after Speaker Dr Barton Scotland had ended the morning’s session of consideration of the budget estimates. The woman, who gave her name as […]
$100M allocated for bulletproof vehicles purchased on credit
– Govt roasted for alleged breach of Accountability Act For Ministry of Presidency Over $100 million dollars of taxpayers’ money have been allocated in the 2018 Budget to cover an alleged corrupt act, which saw the Government of Guyana, via the Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP), purchasing more bulletproof vehicles — worth millions of dollars […]
President admits diverting US$18M from Consolidated Fund
Signing bonus scandal …“there is no need to make it public” …claims it’s an escrow account President David Granger had admitted that he had instructed that the US$18 million signing bonus be placed in a Bank of Guyana account instead of the Consolidated Fund. The President made the comment on Wednesday as pressure mounts over […]
Parliament drama continues …sits at press table in chambers Another situation almost escalated in Parliament on Wednesday when two plain clothes Police Officers took turns pretending to be reporters while sitting at the press table in the National Assembly. When day three of the meeting of the Committee of Supply commenced on Wednesday, the journalists […]
A 30-year-old East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident has been hospitalised in critical condition after he was shot by armed bandits just after midnight on Tuesday. The injured man has been identified as Ishwar Ramanah, called “Jack”, a machine operator from Macaw Drive, Kaneville, EBD. The incident occurred at 00:10h at the victim’s home. According to […]
– but not before Opposition scrutiny A total sum of $4.7 billion was approved for Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) following an examination of the expenditure for the region in the Committee of Supply in the National Assembly on Wednesday. Current and capital expenditures were approved for regional administration and finance ($255.3 million); agriculture ($395.9 million); infrastructure […]
2018 estimates consideration …concerns raised over drainage in East Coast Demerara villages Following the closure of sugar estates, concerns were raised by the Opposition about the treatment of drainage and irrigation in several villages on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), as the Committee of Supply considered the 2018 estimates for Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). Some […]