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Date: 12 Aug 17 08:07am
By Zena Henry Following intense debates in the National Assembly and hints of slashing another budget,   President Donald Ramotar has asserted that any moves by the opposition parties to cut this year’s budget would be without grounds, thus highlighting vindictiveness on their part.Speaking briefly  to media operatives yesterday, Mr. Ramotar opined that, “As far as the debate is concerned, (Moses) Nagamootoo summed it up that the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) won the debate, but still they want to cut the budget.”“It seems to be so illogical. If you won the debate you expect that you have convinced them, but they’re still cutting the budget. So obviously they have no grounds and this is now down to vindictiveness.”President Donald RamotarOn the issue of cutting funds, the President asserted that more than the government, the country would be at a loss. It would mean less resources being spent on the country and slowing down the pace of development that we are anticipating.”When asked about the government’s next move in anticipation of the expected budget cuts, President Ramotar said that he is unsure, but the administration would be watching carefully at all the related developments.He expressed satisfaction with the performance of his ministers during the budget debates.“I am satisfied with the PPPC members, who spoke extremely well and who did a very fine job. The Opposition, many of them had not even spoken on the budget, but I think they hadn’t come to debate, they came with a fixed decision from before.”Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh recently unveiled a $208.8B budget, but the opposition parties, the Alliance for Change (AFC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), have indicated their willingness to cut monies from areas they feel funds are being wasted and in sectors where the issue of lack of transparency still exists.The AFC issued a clear warning that it will cut bad project allocations, waste and extravagance from the budget. Party frontbencher, Moses Nagamootoo, told the National Assembly last Tuesday that allocations hurting national interest, “like subsidies for the state-run propaganda machines that continue to lock-out the opposition and refuse to give us fair and reasonable access, should not get a cent!”APNU’s shadow Finance Minister, Carl Greenidge, when responding to questions related to the cuts this year said that, “We will not be a toothless opposition.”In light of last year’s High Court judgment on budget cuts which saw Chief Justice Ian Chang ruling that the joint parliamentary opposition could have either passed or voted down the Budget; but cutting was not an option, Greenidge said that all decisions handed down by a Chief Justice are subject to an appeal that may be taken as far as the Caribbean Court of Justice- and that may very well be a course for the opposition, if the government is to again run to the courts.Opposition parties had earlier in the year expressed dissatisfaction in relation to tripartite talks in preparation of this year’s budget. They are additionally adamant that the law provides for parliament to have the last say on Budget estimates.Referring to the C J’s ruling on last year’s budget, Greenidge had stated that, “No one judge in Guyana has the final say”, expanding on his point that the laws of Guyana are there to govern and that the opposition has a right to cut. He charged that persons may interpret or choose to intercept the law differently.Several agencies such as the National Communications Network (NCN), the Government Information Agency (GINA) and Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) had monies allocated to them slashed, Eddie Robinson Indians Jersey, when the opposition attempted to have their say in relation to funds necessary for the functioning of certain state entities.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 08:06am
Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL) new billing system will be fully implemented and operational on May 24, 2010. This is according to Mr. Bharrat Dindyal, GPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO).The company recently issued two bills within a six-week period. The bills represented consumption between February and March and asked that payment be made by April 9.Bills are expected to be issued within an average of seven days after meter-reading as opposed to the current billing arrangement where bills are issued approximately 32 days after.Bharrat Dindyal said that persons should not be worried about paying both bills at once since the power company would not conduct any disconnection  for outstanding balances on these bills during April.Originally, Nat Moore Dolphins Jersey, the bill reflecting consumption for January and February would have been issued in March while the February to March bill would have been issued in April and May respectively. The bills are being issued two weeks after the bill date. The situation will return to normalcy during May where one bill will be issued per month.In a recent statement GPL stated, it is implementing a modern Customer Information System (CIS) which is aimed at improving the quality of service to customers.The project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the investment component of the Loss Reduction Programme, is expected to be fully implemented during the second quarter of this year.GPL is encouraging customers to continue settling their accounts in a timely manner.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 08:06am
Some workers from the Guyana National Industrial Corporation Inc, are seeking the intervention of the Ministry of Labour over wages owed to them for hours of work which they have completed.Apart from the wages issue the workers are claiming that they are being paid monies far below the minimum wages stipulated by the Government.According to the letter, which was penned to the Chief Labour Officer earlier this week, junior security guards are being paid $27, 534 per month. In addition the workers are claiming that sometimes they are forced to work from seven to eleven days before being given a day off.The workers are also claiming that time off is officially granted by the company to employees of all other department during working hours except to the security department.This newspaper was told that these issues were raised with the Company’s Human Resources Manager, Patrick Chung Patriots Jersey, Alan Johnson, and Mr. Carvil Duncan, who is one of the company’s director and the also the General Secretary of the Guyana Labour Union which represents several workers of the company.When contacted, Mr. Carvil Duncan said that he is aware of the letter but the contents are far from the truth. Duncan said he has received a copy of the letter but there are neither names nor signatures on the letter. He added that the Ministry of Labour has indicated that there is nothing it can do since the letter has no signatures as well.Duncan added that the letter is the work of one man who is trying to create mischief since he had his services terminated from the company for absenteeism.“If the letter was genuine it would have had names, the workers who are being affected would have all come forward to have the issue rectified, ” Duncan lamented.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 08:06am
Region 10 has received a total of $169 million this year in their capital budget and according to Chairman of that Region, Danny Ainge Celtics Throwback Jersey, Mortimer Mingo, these monies will be used to address basic infrastructure in the region, such as roads and drains.Mingo added that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) also plans to extend two of the children’s hostels, one in Linden and the other in Kwakwani.Money will be spent on maintaining a number of roads in Linden, while the $25 million, which was allocated in the capital budget for the Agricultural Sector, will be used to construct two more drainage and irrigation canals in West Watooka, which is primarily the farming area in the region.Mingo explained that the Administration welcomes investments of all sorts and the RDC will attempt to address any issue within its powers so as to make the region as investment friendly as possible.Recently, Mingo had outlined various key areas where investments can be made in Linden.These include bauxite and the thriving timber industry in Linden, in which there are value added products, furniture plants, or dealing with wood that can de done in such a manner to create employment.He indicated that there is also potential for investment in Agriculture in the Region within the immediate savannahs and the surrounding area.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 08:06am
Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, says that he has been advised that it was the Bell 412 helicopter that was down and not the recently purchased Bell 206.He said that there might have been confusion with the blade tacking equipment to render the 412 serviceable and he was assured that were there to be specific concerns about Bell 206, information would be available. He noted that the parts for the Bell 412 have been acquired and are being cleared and that the chopper will be back in operation.It was reported in late April that the Bell 412 helicopter belonging to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) which went down in the Tacama savannahs, in Berbice some 20 months ago in May was repaired and was flown to the Army’s Air Corps base at Timehri.Army Chief-of-Staff, Dylan Larkin Team North America Jersey, Commodore Gary Best, had said the aircraft was repaired by skilled engineers on staff.Major Michael Charles who flew the chopper to Timehri had announced that it was fitted with a new engine which was flown in to Tacama and the repairs were effected.This newspaper had previously reported that one of the purchased Bell 206 B III Jet Ranger helicopters that were being used in the interior to hunt the remaining members of the gang flushed out at Christmas Falls was currently not in action.A senior army source at that time had confirmed that the helicopter was not currently flying but declined to say why.Unconfirmed reports had suggested that the helicopter developed mechanical faults as a result of the rigorous flying it had to endure while assisting in the hunt for the gang.Main opposition party leader Robert Corbin in light of the recent brazen attacks such as the one on the East La Penitence Police Station, the shooting to death of Arjune Narine on Middleton Street, as well as the attempted bombing of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport had told this newspaper, “Clearly the purchase of the two Bell 206 has not made an impact on the crime situation in Guyana.”The government came in for heavy criticism regarding the type of helicopter that was purchased and Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, had asked the public to wait and give the copters some time to prove their worth.One of the more prominent critics of the purchase was Captain Gerry Gouveia who heads Roraima Airways.The Head of State, Bharrat Jagdeo, hit back at Captain Gouveia’s comment that the choppers were not suitable for crime fighting because of their limited capacity to carry troops.The President told the operatives of Government Information Agency (GINA) that, “One should understand the reason for purchasing the helicopters.” This, he said, was mainly for surveillance.“I think the comment that the helicopters are not for crime fighting because they have limited capacity to carry people is a silly one. You have to understand crime fighting in different ways; it is not just transporting troops. It is also about surveillance. It is about ensuring you have visibility, you can track people.”Head of the Presidential Secretariat told media operatives that the helicopters which have been purchased at a cost of $1.5M would be capable of seating four persons also with the pilot and is efficient for search and rescue as well as surveillance.According to Luncheon, probably the most impressive capability of the helicopter will be the fact that it will be equipped with infra-red capability which can be used to detect the warmth of a human body in dense terrain such as Guyana’s jungle.
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