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Exxon takes climate-change probe fight to Massachusetts top court

BOSTON,  (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp urged Massachusetts’ top court yesterday to block the state’s attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels have on climate change.

Region 10’s Rutherford says budget ‘masterly crafted’

-Kumar says Berbice River communities in desperate need of attention

APNU+AFC Member of Parliament (MP) Audwin Rutherford on Monday described the proposed 2018 National Budget as a “masterly crafted projection” while Opposition MP Neil Kumar charged that it will bring more hardship.

Broadcasting authority launches website

The Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) has launched its new website. According to a GNBA press release, the new site, gnba.gov.gy, offers stakeholders the option to view and download the broadcasting guidelines for the management of broadcast content.

EU adopts tax haven blacklist with T&T, Barbados

BRUSSELS,  (Reuters) – European Union finance ministers adopted a blacklist of 17 jurisdictions deemed as tax havens today, in an unprecedented step to counter worldwide tax avoidance, although they did not agree on financial levies for the listed countries.

Blanhum removed as Crime Chief

After almost three months of accumulated leave, Senior Superintendent of Police Wendell Blanhum yesterday returned to duty but he has been reassigned from being Crime Chief to being second-in-charge of the Guyana Police Force’s ‘A’ Division.

Movement Against Parking Meters says remains opposed to ‘corrupt’ contract

-prepared to resume street protests

The Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) yesterday said it remains opposed to the “corrupt” contract which brought metered parking to the city this year and warned that it is prepared to resume street protests which were seen as a key factor in the suspension of the project by the Ministry of Communities.

Second mammography machine for GPHC -Cummings

In a bid to ensure early detection and treatment of breast cancer in women, a second mammography machine will be procured next year for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Junior Health Minister Dr Karen Cummings said yesterday.

Gov’t’s ‘good life’ is ‘good lie’

-Ali tells budget debate

Saying that the government’s proposed $267.1 billion budget is devoid of anything to rescue what he described as the country’s ailing economy, PPP/C parliamentarian Irfaan Ali yesterday accused the APNU+AFC administration of telling a “good lie” instead of delivering on its promised “good life.” Leading his party’s response to the 2018 budget in the National Assem-bly yesterday, Ali said the economy has lost its vibrancy and continues to “limp along towards the elusive good life concept,” evident from the suboptimal growth registered over the past three years.

REO continues to disrespect Anna Regina town council, mayor says

The Mayor of Anna Regina says that the decision by the Region Two Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson not to attend a meeting to resolve the ongoing concerns over the drain he blocked at Cotton Field shows his disregard and disrespect for the town council.

‘The people of this country do not want to live in half a home’

-gov’t housing report card rankles opposition MP

While Junior Minister of Communities Valerie Patterson-Yearwood yesterday presented a “glowing” progress report to the National Assembly on the government’s housing programme, PPP/C member Nigel Dharamlall maintained that shared housing is not what Guyanese want.

Cops hunting suspect in ex-fugitive’s murder

The police are currently pursuing a suspect in connection with last Friday morning’s execution-style killing of Roger Bumbury, who was gunned down in his Good Hope Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara home.

Journalists awarded for health coverage

Several journalists were on Sunday evening awarded for their health reporting at the annual Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Clare Forrester Media Awards.

Garrido-Lowe, Pearson clash over progress for indigenous people

-Minister cites sun-dried tomato factory

Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Valarie Garrido-Lowe yesterday said that the proposed 2018 budget is `fit and proper’ as it makes provision for the survival of Guyana’s first people but according to opposition MP Yvonne Pearson, this is far from the truth.