Cash-strapped M&CC accepts $7.5M rate payment from delinquent business

-after waiving $19M interest

In bid to pay municipal staff their October salaries, acting Mayor Lionel Jaikarran and acting Town Clerk Sharon Harry-Munroe of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) yesterday accepted a cheque for over $7 million from a delinquent ratepayer, after waiving $19 million in interest.

Before the conclusion of yesterday’s statutory council meeting, Jaikarran announced that he had received a cheque for $7,511,130, from the lawyer of an unidentified business.

According to Jaikarran he was able to “solicit the funds for the M&CC” after speaking to the acting town Clerk and receiving her approval to facilitate the waiver.

The announcement came after city workers protested for their October wages during a picket earlier in the day…..


Kidnap/murder of Balram “Balo” Maharaj…Seven Trinis seek new trial in US

(Trinidad Guardian) When everyone felt that the case was closed on the kidnap and murder of United States citizen Balram “Balo” Maharaj, comes news that new motions have been filed in the Federal Court in Washington DC, which could see a new trial for the seven convicted Trinidadians.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party expels Mugabe – war vets head

HARARE,  (Reuters) – President Robert Mugabe was dismissed as leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party today in a move to force a peaceful end to his 37 years in power following a de facto military coup.

Former AG says gov’t hiring of special prosecutors unconstitutional

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall says that the Attorney General’s Chambers’ retention of six attorneys to prosecute a number of high profile cases is unconstitutional and he is warning that the right to a fair trial will be compromised by a politically-tainted process.

Public debt up by $12.9B

Guyana’s total public debt increased from $317.7 billion to $330.6 billion in 2016 but the total debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined to 46.4% from 48.6% at the end of 2015 due to a nominal increase in the GDP.

Murdered teacher laid to rest

Family, friends and well-wishers turned out in their numbers to say their final goodbyes to murdered school teacher Kescia Branche, who was laid to rest yesterday afternoon.

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