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Zeelugt woman dies after ambulance crashes

A Zeelugt woman being transferred from the Leonora Cottage Hospital to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) for blood pressure-related illnesses on Sunday afternoon died following an accident involving the ambulance transporting her and a minibus.

Granger back as PNCR Leader

-after Norton pulls out in accreditation row

-shot fired in voting hall during chaotic scenes David Granger was returned unopposed as PNCR Leader after his main challenger Aubrey Norton withdrew in an accreditation row amid chaotic scenes in the voting hall at Congress Place during which a gunshot was fired.

Massive receivables seen as real problem with UG student loan fund

The Student Loan Fund had enough cash to sustain the disbursement of loans to prospective University of Guyana (UG) students for the 2014/2015 academic year even though its annual allocation was caught in opposition budget cuts but its real problem is the whopping $7.3B in receivables As has been stated by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) financial spokesman Carl Greenidge, government has been adding around $450 million to the fund since it was created in 1994.

Digicel pressing for end to monopoly by July

-select committee has met 20 times, progress seen

Digicel Guyana CEO Gregory Dean is optimistic that the Telecommuni-cations Bill will be passed by July thereby ending the more than 20-year-old monopoly held by GT&T and allowing it to provide additional telecommunications services, as well as improve the services it currently offers.

Olympic pool now over $600M

- questions persist about decision-making

Originally intended to cost $425 million, Guyana’s Olympic standard pool was built at a cost of $581 million and questions have been raised about the price tag and the structural integrity of the main facility, which is now being retrofitted with a $38.7 million warm-up pool which critics say should have been built from the outset.

UG staff warns against cut of programmes, jobs

-to mitigate loss of $450M loan allocation

Lecturers and support staff at the University of Guyana (UG) are bracing for the possible discontinuation of some of the university’s programmes and non-renewal of some their contracts as the implications of the cutting of $450 million for student loans from the national budget begins to take form.

Budget passed

…$37.4B lighter

Avoiding a showdown that could have triggered general elections, the National Assembly last evening passed an appropriation bill for government’s 2014 budget, after APNU and the AFC chopped $22.4 billion from the Finance Ministry’s planned capital expenditure on the last day of consideration of the estimates.

Budget sub-committee fails to fly

-gov't, opposition trade blame, $9.3B cut from estimates

With some $9.3B of estimated expenditure already cut from government proposed $220B national budget, the Committee of Supply sub-committee mechanism suggested by House Speaker Raphael Trotman to facilitate negotiations on contentious estimates is not producing the intended results.

Law school back on agenda

Giving Guyana its own law school has climbed higher on Cabinet’s list of priorities in light of the  recent decision against Guyanese and other non-UWI law students gaining automatic admission to the Hugh Wooding Law School, says Presidential Advisor on Governance Gail Teixeira.

$220B budget unveiled

Government yesterday unveiled a $220 billion budget with a whopping $6.9 billion in power subsidies, $6 billion for the troubled sugar corporation, $500 million to clean up Georgetown, bumped up concessions for the elderly and parents but no new income tax relief.

Parties still at odds over FIU

Anti-money laundering bill

While the major parties agree on one amendment to the anti-money laundering bill, key differences remain over the structure of the authority to oversee the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU)  and the appointing of its two top officers.