Puran Bros, Cevons expected to resume garbage collection under new deal with city

Garbage contractors Puran Brothers Disposal Inc. and Cevons Waste Management Inc. are likely to resume their collection services for the city before the end of the year, Mayor and City Council (M&CC) Solid Waste Director Walter Narine said yesterday.

Narine told reporters that once the payment is made to the contractors by central government, they would be able to recommence garbage collection in the city, albeit on new terms.

The M&CC had approached the Central Government through the Ministry of Communities for a bail out of $475,635,245 to settle the city’s debt to both Puran Brothers and Cevons, and another company, Dartmouth Skips Rental.

Narine yesterday said that the two companies “will not come back with the luxury they had [before their withdrawal]. They both had five groups each. But going forward we are looking at splitting up the constituency’s clearance and in that, all of the contractors get a bite.”….

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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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