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House approves $1.93 billion for sugar severance

-over 1,600 workers to get full amount by end of month

-number of redundant workers at 4,763 The National Assembly yesterday approved nearly $2 billion to facilitate full severance by the end of January for a little more than 1,600 of the 4,763 sugar workers that have been made redundant.

Gov’t meets unions on sugar industry’s future

Following criticism over government’s handling of the restructuring of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), President David Granger and members of his Cabinet yesterday met with the leadership of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) to discuss the future of the sugar industry.

Court extends detention of suspects in Pomeroon murders

-as cops await legal advice

As they await legal advice on the investigation of the murders of Pomeroon farmers Ambrose Baharally and Martin Godette, the police were yesterday granted an extension by a court to keep the three suspects in custody until Monday.

Man sentenced to 70 years over Unity wedding house killing

Rajesh Guyadeen, the accused in the 2003 murder of Nandram Manohar, called ‘Nando,’ who was fatally stabbed after an altercation at a wedding house at Unity, East Coast Demerara, was yesterday afternoon sentenced to 70 years behind bars by Justice Navindra Singh.

Enmore/Foulis residents call for corruption probe at Enmore station

-accuse rogue police of shake downs

Accusing ranks stationed at the Enmore Police Station of corruption, including regular shakedowns for bribes, residents of Enmore/Foulis, East Coast Demerara, have signed a petition calling for acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine to launch an investigation.

 GRA announces terms of amnesty for delinquent taxpayers

Following the announcement of an amnesty for delinquent taxpayers as part of the 2018 budget measures, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is advising persons wishing to make use of the reprieve to contact its Debt Management Division and request a statement of the principal tax outstanding.

Eight not nine

Dear Editor, Our union was bemused after it read that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder is being quoted in the January 16, 2018 Kaieteur News as saying that “in 1992, GuySuCo had nine estates and 38,000 workers”.

Against loneliness

Henry David Thoreau famously lamented that the majority of us “lead lives of quiet desperation” and harbour unconscious despair “under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.”  Earlier this week a British Commission on Loneliness reported that loneliness annually costs the UK millions of lost working days, is more harmful than smoking or obesity and significantly increases the likelihood of an early death.

US$15M land management project launched

The preservation of land assets is essential to the creation of a green state and a good life for future generations, President David Granger said yesterday at the launch of a US$15M Sustainable Land Development and Management Project.