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Guyana to lose GUY$1 billion annually after Environmental Tax is repealed

Guyana to lose GUY$1 billion annually after Environmental Tax is repealed

Guyana stands to lose at least GUY$1 billion annually after the National Assembly repeals an environmental tax on beverage containers in keeping with a ruling by the Caribbean Court of...

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Several constitutional bodies now financially independent

Several constitutional bodies now financially independent

The National Assembly on Thursday passed the Fiscal Management and Accountability (Amendment) Bill, thus making the legislation an Act of Parliament and guaranteeing the financial independence of several constitutional bodies....

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NGO helps improve livelihood in Pomeroon community

30 July, 2015

NGO helps improve livelihood in Pomeroon community

The almost 1,000 residents of Akawini, Pomeroon River are benefitting from a GUY$42 million community development project that includes improved housing, better transportation and a boost to small business. The initiatives in the Region Two...

New Amsterdam Hospital nurse poisoned; police to grill her colleagues

30 July, 2015

New Amsterdam Hospital nurse poisoned; police to grill her c…

Investigators were Thursday continuing their probe into the alleged poisoning of a nurse while on duty at the New Amsterdam Hospital, according to police sources. Still hospitalized is Nurse Tameka Carter. Crime sleuths have already taken a...

Former Minister, subordinate will not face High Court trial on larceny, forgery charges

29 July, 2015

Former Minister, subordinate will not face High Court trial …

by Zena Henry The criminal trial against former Minister of Public Service, Jennifer Westford and Chief Personnel Officer of the said ministry, Margret Cummings, will be heard at the Georgetown Magistrate Court as the women have opted to b...

Asian wood companies told to start value added production or face contract termination

29 July, 2015

Asian wood companies told to start value added production or…

Bai Shan Lin Forest Development Inc. and Vaitarna Holdings Private Inc. will have their contracts, which allows them to harvest timber from Guyana's forests, terminated if they fail to commence value-added operations by year-end, says Gover...

Former Health Minister will be charged in “slap and strip” episode -Crime Chief

29 July, 2015

Former Health Minister will be charged in “slap and strip” e…

by Zena Henry Former Health Minister Bheri Ramsaran could be the next member of the former People's Progressive Party (PPP) government to face the court; this time on a charge of abuse.The information comes hours after the former Public Se...

Possible multi-million dollar scam at Public Service Ministry; no fingers pointing at Jenny Westford

29 July, 2015

Possible multi-million dollar scam at Public Service Ministr…

Governance Minister, Raphael Trotman, on Wednesday, confirmed reports of financial irregularity concerning “tens of millions of dollars” which occurred in the Ministry of Public Service which now falls under the Ministry of the Presidency. ...

Berbice bridge tolls to be reduced

29 July, 2015

Berbice bridge tolls to be reduced

Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman, today announced that the Berbice River Bridge toll will be reduced to an amount which has already been communicated to Finance Minister, Winston Jordon. Trotman, who made this revelation during Wedn...

Fmr govt minister Jennifer Westford, PSM Personnel Officer on total of GUY$2 million bail for vehicle scam

29 July, 2015

Fmr govt minister Jennifer Westford, PSM Personnel Officer o…

Former Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford and her Personnel Officer, Margaret Cummings on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the acquisition and transfer of several government vehicles and they were granted a to...

Govt using DPP, police to go after PPP members, says party

28 July, 2015

Govt using DPP, police to go after PPP members, says party

Just hours after police were advised to charge former Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford in connection with the alleged acquisition of government vehicles, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) accused government of using the law ...

CJIA expansion project still suspended

28 July, 2015

CJIA expansion project still suspended

by Zena Henry The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project remains suspended as it is expected that government and executive officials from the Chinese construction company China Habour Engineering Corporation (CHEC) are...

UN to form mission to deal with Venezuela, Guyana dispute: Maduro

28 July, 2015

UN to form mission to deal with Venezuela, Guyana dispute: M…

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) – A UN mission will travel to Venezuela and Guyana to promote dialogue between them over a border dispute, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday.Maduro made the remarks after meeting with UN S...

Bandit struck down, leaving gun and cash behind

28 July, 2015

Bandit struck down, leaving gun and cash behind

A bandit was Tuesday afternoon knocked down by a car, leaving behind a hand gun and GUY$200,000 that he had moments earlier grabbed from a woman who had stopped because the motor vehicle she was travelling in had sustained a puncture, polic...

Sean Hinds saga:  PPP hints government conspiracy to taint party members; AFC chair says no political agenda attached

28 July, 2015

Sean Hinds saga: PPP hints government conspiracy to taint p…

by Zena Henry General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee has hinted act a conspiracy by the government to taint members of the former government as criminal elements or affiliates.Rohee’s assertion about a plot...

Jennifer Westford to be charged in connection with acquiring State-owned vehicles

28 July, 2015

Jennifer Westford to be charged in connection with acquiring…

Former Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford is to be charged in connection with the alleged purchase and attempted transfer of several government vehicles, police confirmed. Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Sen...

Police get more time to detain suspect in killing of Hamson's owner

28 July, 2015

Police get more time to detain suspect in killing of Hamson'…

The High Court has given granted Guyanese police more time to permission to detain a prime suspect in the killing of the owner of Hamson General Store, Farouk Hamid, beyond the initial 72 hours. Head of the Criminal Investigations Departmen...

Self-confessed death squad member, Sean Hinds refusing to cooperate, says police

27 July, 2015

Self-confessed death squad member, Sean Hinds refusing to co…

Self-confessed death squad member Sean Hinds was Monday still in police custody, hours after he surrendered in the company of his lawyer, but he is refusing to cooperate. “So far he is not cooperating with the police as a number of question...

Guyana escapes US punishment for doing little to combat human trafficking

27 July, 2015

Guyana escapes US punishment for doing little to combat huma…

The United States (US) this year opted not to punish Guyana for continuing to do little to combat trafficking of Guyanese and foreign nationals but indicates that much now depends on implementing a plan against this form of modern day slave...

Commercial bank floats system to pay paddy farmers promptly

27 July, 2015

Commercial bank floats system to pay paddy farmers promptly

One of Guyana’s major lenders to the rice industry on Monday proposed a new system to pay paddy farmers on time rather than enforce the law that could see millers licenses being revoked if they do not settle their debts within a given time ...

PPP's budget talk dismays Finance Minister

27 July, 2015

PPP's budget talk dismays Finance Minister

by Zena Henry Finance Minister Winston Jordan is somewhat appalled by statements from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) following his invitation to the opposition for their input into the 2015 budget. PPP General Secretary Clement Rohe...

Granger-led govt must provide evidence or shut up- PPP

27 July, 2015

Granger-led govt must provide evidence or shut up- PPP

by Zena Henry The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) seems to be getting tired of government’s claims of public office irregularities and reiterated that the administration should either provide evidence and lock up wrongdoers or shut up. Ge...

Rice flour-wheaten flour mix being considered

27 July, 2015

Rice flour-wheaten flour mix being considered

Amid the impending collapse of the Venezuelan and Panamanian rice markets and low world market prices, the Guyana government is exploring the possibility of mixing rice flour with wheaten flour. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agricu...

Rohee denies PPP/Sean Hinds relationship, says confessed 'death squad' member never got PPP security contracts

27 July, 2015

Rohee denies PPP/Sean Hinds relationship, says confessed 'de…

by Zena Henry General Secretary of the People's Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee has made it absolutely clear that there was no relationship between self confessed 'death squad' member Sean Hinds and has disputed the former policeman'...

"Nothing in it" for Sean Hinds-Public Security Ministry

27 July, 2015

"Nothing in it" for Sean Hinds-Public Security Min…

‎The Guyana government on Monday ruled out striking a deal outside of a possible plea bargain for self-confessed death squad member Sean Hinds."There will be nothing in it for him. What's got to be there for him? He is helping so if he murd...

"CRG" number plates will help govt find stolen vehicles

26 July, 2015

"CRG" number plates will help govt find stolen veh…

Authorities hope that special license plates for State-owned vehicles will help them find those that might have been stolen by officials of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration before that party lost power two months a...

Committee to brainstorm possibility of local Law School

26 July, 2015

Committee to brainstorm possibility of local Law School

Guyana is preparing to actively explore the possibility of establishing a local Law School, amid the yearly uncertainty that faces University of Guyana law degree graduates in entering the Trinidad-based Hugh Wooding Law School. Attorney Ge...

Wanted man shoots Plaisance resident

26 July, 2015

Wanted man shoots Plaisance resident

A man was Sunday shot and seriously injured by a wanted man during an argument at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, police said. Injured is 34-year old Jomo Lewis of Plaisance Squatting Area.  Police said he was shot by Rawle Franklin, ...

Plea bargain with criminals; govt must consider perceived value of death squads- Ramkarran

26 July, 2015

Plea bargain with criminals; govt must consider perceived va…

Prominent Guyanese Senior Counsel, Ralph Ramkarran on Sunday recommended that government proceed cautiously on the issue of death squads and that the State and criminals agree to lighter sentences in exchange for vital information, in the w...

Slow business forces staff retrenchment

25 July, 2015

Slow business forces staff retrenchment

by Zena Henry The local business community is seeking ways to cushion the impact of economy’s sluggishness and workers are the first on the chopping block. Over the last couple of months, there has been a significant reduction in staffers...

Highly indebted gold miners beg for concessions amid falling world price

25 July, 2015

Highly indebted gold miners beg for concessions amid falling…

Grappling with a looming recession in the gold mining industry that has led to several small and medium-scale gold miners’ equipment and properties being repossessed by lenders, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) wants g...

Two wanted for shooting death of gay sex worker

25 July, 2015

Two wanted for shooting death of gay sex worker

Police on Saturday issued wanted bulletins for two persons they believe are linked to the gunning down of a gay sex worker after one of his clients was apparently dissatisfied with the services that were provided. Those wanted are Ron Forde...

Prime Minister says Sean Hinds was on recce of private residence

25 July, 2015

Prime Minister says Sean Hinds was on recce of private resid…

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Saturday said self-confessed death squad member, Sean Hinds, was seen outside his private residence apparently conducting surveillance probably for a possible hit. “We have information that some days ago t...

Patch-work for water damaged roads to continue throughout rainy period

24 July, 2015

Patch-work for water damaged roads to continue throughout ra…

Patch work for water damaged roads to continue throughout rainy period Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, says patch-works on flood-damaged roads across the low-coastal plain are to continue for the duration of the current per...

New GPC’s latest US$6m contract under legal review as Health Ministry addresses sole-sourcing

24 July, 2015

New GPC’s latest US$6m contract under legal review as Health…

by Zena Henry The latest contract signed between the Government of Guyana and the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (GPC) has been sent to Attorney General Basil Williams for legal review. That has occurred as the Health Ministry move...

Ministries’ manipulated public servant leave systems- Minister Harmon

24 July, 2015

Ministries’ manipulated public servant leave systems- Minist…

by Zena Henry Minister of State Joseph Harmon has warned senior public servants to take their leave when it is due or risk losing it. He made the announcement as it has become clear to the government that some persons had been manipulatin...

Guyana's existence, regional peace under threat, Granger says in the US

24 July, 2015

Guyana's existence, regional peace under threat, Granger say…

President David Granger on Friday warned that if the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy is not brought to a speedy resolution  ot could threaten the survival of his country, a former British colony on the north-east coast of South Ame...

Caribbean govts notified about rumbling undersea volcano off Grenada

23 July, 2015

Caribbean govts notified about rumbling undersea volcano off…

Caribbean governments have been informed of increased activity at the Kick em’ Jenny underwater volcano, but scientists say there is no immediate need to worry  that a potentially deadly sea wave called a tsunami may be triggered by an...

Guyanese cash-jet pilot now charged with drug trafficking

23 July, 2015

Guyanese cash-jet pilot now charged with drug trafficking

(DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE).- Guyanese pilot Khamraj Lall, who was caught with more than US$600,000 aboard his private jet while on a technical stop in Puerto Rico in November 2014 has now been charged with cocaine trafficking. Federal a...

Walter Rodney's associates want more time for key witnesses to testify

23 July, 2015

Walter Rodney's associates want more time for key witnesses …

Close associates of late Guyanese politician and renowned historian, Dr. Walter Rodney want at least three key witnesses to testify before the Commission of Inquiry before the probe team begins analysing evidence and compiling its report. ...

Former Attorney General distances self from former bodyguard implicated in Crum-Ewing's murder

23 July, 2015

Former Attorney General distances self from former bodyguard…

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Thursday distanced himself from a former bodyguard who is being questioned by police in connection with the gunning down of political activist, Courtney Crum-Ewing. Nandlall said Rajput Narine was hi...

Watch out for floods due to rainfall

23 July, 2015

Watch out for floods due to rainfall

Present rainfall is expected to continue, intensifying into the evening. Residents of low lying communities such as Albouystown, sections of Queenstown, South Cummingsburg in Georgetown and others across the coastland, are asked to take pre...

Self-confessed death squad member implicates Retired Asst. Police Commissioner in Waddell's assassination

22 July, 2015

Self-confessed death squad member implicates Retired Asst. P…

Retired Assistant Police Commissioner, Steve Merai has been implicated in the gunning down of political activist Ronald Waddell by self-confessed death squad member, Shawn Hinds. Merai rubbished the accusation and said he would be contactin...

Shawn Hinds wanted for "serious crime"- Police

22 July, 2015

Shawn Hinds wanted for "serious crime"- Police

Self-confessed death squad member, Shawn Hinds is wanted by police to assist them in their probe into a “serious offence.” Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Superintendent, Wendell Blanhum told Demerara Waves Online New...

Police hope footage can lead to arrest of gay sex worker's killer

22 July, 2015

Police hope footage can lead to arrest of gay sex worker's k…

Police were Wednesday afternoon examining footage of an altercation that led to the shooting death of gay sex worker in the city during the pre-dawn hours, police said. Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Superintendent W...

Dutch offers to help Guyana improve drainage

22 July, 2015

Dutch offers to help Guyana improve drainage

The Netherlands has offered to assist the Guyana in the formulation of a plan to improve drainage and irrigation country-wide.  This is according to Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, who told a post-Cabinet press con...

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