Johann Earle

Second reading of procurement bill deferred

-after around six hours of debate

The National Assembly last night took the decision to defer the second reading of the Procurement (Amendment) Bill for up to six months so as to give time for the parties to reach agreement on a number of points including the setting up of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC).

NCN, GINA, airport money cut again

-specialty hospital sum approved

The National Assembly last night approved three financial papers covering various categories of spending during last year but not before the combined Opposition excised a number of allocations, including for NCN, GINA and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport expansion.

Waste recycling MOU hits further controversy

-Canada company claims ownership of name

President of Panther Recycling Corporation of Canada, Michael Mosgrove has rubbished a memorandum of understanding that Guyanese-born Canadian citizen Mohammed Osman signed with the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development saying that he, not Osman, is the owner of the name Natural Globe Inc.

Speedier action needed on global marine protection

-environmental conference hears

Nations are being urged to mobilise the political will necessary to implement and operationalise the Global Plan of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA) since coastal ecosystems contribute significantly to economies.

BVI-based company offering to buy Marriott building -Ramjattan

-gov’t still seeking $$, investors to finish project

With Government finding it difficult to attract the investors and syndicated loans to complete the controversial US$52 million Marriott Hotel project, a British Virgin Islands-incorporated investor has offered to purchase the superstructure with a view to finishing it, Stabroek News has learnt.

Goolsarran warns over specialty hospital $$

Former Auditor General of Guyana Anand Goolsarran says Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh should not  overstep his boundaries by making financing available for certain projects although they would have been cut from the budget during the consideration of the estimates in April.

OAS team for visit on corruption convention

A Commission from the OAS Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter- American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) will visit Guyana from October 8 to 10 and is likely to hear an earful from politicians and civil society groups.

Marathon Parliament session ends in approval for Amaila matters

Ramjattan: `We are still uncertain about a number of things, like rates coming down, losses coming down and so on’ Following emergency meetings among Government MPs and members of the Opposition on brokering an arrangement suitable to all sides, the House on Wednesday and early yesterday morning passed both the Hydro Electric Power Amendment Bill and a government motion aimed at raising the loan guarantee ceiling for public corporations.

PM hoping for Amaila deal in next week

-Ramjattan says AFC leaning in support of key measures

Following rounds of discussion among various stakeholders, including project developer Sithe Global and the Opposition, Prime Minister Sam Hinds is hopeful that the US$858.2 million Amaila Hydro Power project gets the necessary approval and goes ahead, locking in financing within the present price window which closes December 31.

Boodoo axed

-GECOM majority decides against renewal

After months of controversy over whether his contract should be renewed, the Guyana Elections Commis-sion (GECOM) yesterday took a majority vote not to renew the contract of embattled Chief Election Officer (CEO) Gocool Boodoo.

Decision soon on BK sand mine at Yarrowkabra

-following fiery public meeting

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Environ-mental Assessment Bureau (EAB) will in seven days say whether BK International will be getting the go ahead to open a sand mine in Yarrowkabra, on the Soesdyke/ Linden Highway following a fiery public hearing yesterday which saw residents of the area and workers of BK almost coming to fisticuffs.

President says no to opposition bills

President Donald Ramotar yesterday wrote Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman formally notifying him that he has withheld his assent to the Fiscal Management and Accounta-bility (Amend-ment) Bill 2012 and the Former Presidents (Benefits and Other Facilities) Bill 2012 passed via the opposition’s one-seat majority.

Budget estimates for scrutiny from Monday

-after opposition outvotes gov’t

Parliament’s Committee of Supply will begin consideration of the budget estimates on Monday instead of today after a sub-committee meeting yesterday saw the opposition outvoting the government side.