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Caribbean fishing industry ends meeting on upgrading food safety systems

Caribbean fishing industry ends meeting on upgrading food safety systems

Industry figures and government officials from across the Caribbean fishing industry Tuesday wrapped up two days of talks here acknowledging they were at the very early stages of introducing a...

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UWI plants first legal marijuana plant for medical research

UWI plants first legal marijuana plant for medical research

It was described as a history making moment when the University of the West Indies (UWI) planted its first legal marijuana plant on university property April 20 last. According to...

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GUY$42 billion worth of gold smuggled in four months; several visas revoked

26 August, 2015

GUY$42 billion worth of gold smuggled in four months; severa…

Guyanese and United States (US) authorities have uncovered a money laundering and gold smuggling racket that has so far fleeced the country of more than US$200 million (GUY$42 billion) worth of the precious metal over a four-month period. T...

Gun amnesty programme will be tried for one month - Public Security Minister

26 August, 2015

Gun amnesty programme will be tried for one month - Public S…

The Ministry of Public Security Gun Amnesty Programme, which provides for persons to hand over unlicensed firearms and ammunition to the authorities without facing prosecution, will take effect from September 1, the Government Information A...

Govt, opposition haggle over budgetary allocation for pension increase

26 August, 2015

Govt, opposition haggle over budgetary allocation for pensio…

Opposition member and former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill is adamant that the government’s 2015 budget has no allocation for the announced increase to pensioners. He raised that matter on the floor of the House Wednesday August 26,...

New ministries now legal entities

26 August, 2015

New ministries now legal entities

Government has  made good on its promise to gazette their new ministries in time to see the end of the three days proposed for scrutiny of the 2015 Budget estimates. That was one of the issues that caused a major stir in the House on ...

State media should favour government’s view- Nagamootoo

25 August, 2015

State media should favour government’s view- Nagamootoo

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo believes that articles carried in the Guyana Chronicle should favour the perspective of government, saying that he was “very, very concerned” about a headline in the state-owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper. Na...

No payment for tax review committee -Finance Minister

25 August, 2015

No payment for tax review committee -Finance Minister

The Ministry of Finance has not allocated specific funds to facilitate the work of the important Tax Review Committee which is to provide feedback on the country’s current tax state before any action could be taken to reform it. This is acc...

Prime Minister's concerns about Guyana Chronicle headline raises spectre of political interference

25 August, 2015

Prime Minister's concerns about Guyana Chronicle headline ra…

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo Tuesday evening acknowledged that he is “very, very concerned” about a headline in the state-owned Guyana Chronicle and strongly suggested that the paper must toe the government line. Nagamootoo, however, den...

MPs clash over name of REOs

25 August, 2015

MPs clash over name of REOs

Government and opposition members of the Committee of Supply of the National Assembly clashed on Tuesday as several opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) demanded that Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, reveal the names of the current...

Alleged killer of Montrose granny remanded

25 August, 2015

Alleged killer of Montrose granny remanded

The man, who bludgeoned a 77-year old woman to death with a spanner was Tuesday arraigned on a murder charge. Colin Alleyne was not required to plea to the indictable charge when he appeared in the Sparendaam Magistrates Court. He was rem...

Opposition row over “limited” budgetary questions, Speaker says his integrity not a question

25 August, 2015

Opposition row over “limited” budgetary questions, Speaker s…

Whether covertly or overtly, jabs have been taken regarding the direction of Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Barton Scotland as the opposition claims their questions on the 2015 budget are being limited. The opposition People's Progres...

Four charged for robbing mining camp

25 August, 2015

Four charged for robbing mining camp

Four men have been arrested ad charged with robbing a mining camp of raw gold, a gun and ammunition at Oku Backdam, Cuyuni last week. Police said the four men were arrestd on August 22, 2015 in connection with the incident on August 17, 20...

Two robbed at gunpoint while repairing vehicle

25 August, 2015

Two robbed at gunpoint while repairing vehicle

One of three men, who allegedly seized the opportunity of two men while they were repairing a vehicle, and robbed them at gun-point has been arrested. Police said that at about 1:30 AM, Tuesday August 25, 2015, three men on bicycles, one of...

No funding formula until local government elections

25 August, 2015

No funding formula until local government elections

Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) are demanding that government allocate the 2015 subventions to Guyana's 65 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and 6 Municipalities in accordance with the Fiscal Transfer Act which was passed and ...

Building identified for GGMC "condemned", likely to be "pulled down"

25 August, 2015

Building identified for GGMC "condemned", likely t…

An incomplete building that was earmarked to ease cramped  working conditions being experienced by staff of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has been condemned and would possibly be demolished. Minister of Governance, Rap...

Some NCN workers to be sent home

25 August, 2015

Some NCN workers to be sent home

Several employees of the National Communications Network (NCN) are to be sent home in the coming months from the loss-making State-owned radio and television broadcaster, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo announced Monday night. He said a num...

Local Govt elections to cost about GUY$2 billion

24 August, 2015

Local Govt elections to cost about GUY$2 billion

Guyana’s long overdue Local Government Elections (LGE), expected to be held later this year, and is expected to cost GUY$2 billion, according to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon. A breakdown shows that GUY$1.483 billion and GUY$371 billion...

Voting on Constitutional bodies, new government ministries deferred, errors cited- opposition

24 August, 2015

Voting on Constitutional bodies, new government ministries d…

The contentious issue of new government ministries not being Gazetted is expected to be fulfilled tomorrow, while there are to be significant adjustments to truly reflect the new power given to constitutional agencies. This is according to ...

Citizenship and immigration services to restore records dating back to 1920

24 August, 2015

Citizenship and immigration services to restore records dati…

The Department of Citizenship and Immigration services is set to restore the records of the General Registrar’s Office (GRO) dating all the way back to the 1920s.  This was disclosed by the head of department Winston Felix durinh consi...

Controversy brewing over PM sitting in Parliament while acting President

24 August, 2015

Controversy brewing over PM sitting in Parliament while acti…

The government and opposition sides of the House of Assembly, seem to be bumping heads over whether Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo should be in House as he is currently acting President. The matter was brought up by the opposition who has...

Scrutiny of national estimates delayed… opposition says Govt’ Budget flouts law

24 August, 2015

Scrutiny of national estimates delayed… opposition says Govt…

Consideration and scrutiny of the financial estimates of the government is belayed and the opposition says it's because "the current structure of the Budget estimates violates" two recently passed pieces of legislation- the Constitutional (...

Colin Welch and Renford Homer are GPL’s interim CEO and Deputy CEO

24 August, 2015

Colin Welch and Renford Homer are GPL’s interim CEO and Depu…

The Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) on Monday announced that Colin Welch Deputy Chief Executive Officer-Technical has been designated interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), while Renford Homer Senior Divisional Director - Commercial Servi...

GMSA appeals to govt to reexamine US$M payment to Surinamese beverage company

23 August, 2015

GMSA appeals to govt to reexamine US$M payment to Surinamese…

The Guyana Manufacturing & Services Association (GMSA) wishes to place in the public domain our strong recommendation for a re-examination of the decision by Government to accede to the demands by the Surinamese company, RUDISA Beverage...

UG appoints new Registrar; plans key reforms

23 August, 2015

UG appoints new Registrar; plans key reforms

The University of Guyana (UG) has appointed a new Registrar who has accumulated a wealth of experience in a similar post in Grenada and plans to spearhead a number of key reforms to better serve the students and make the institution more re...

Granny Carmen's killer caught, confesses to being a hitman

23 August, 2015

Granny Carmen's killer caught, confesses to being a hitman

The man, who bludgeoned a 77-year old woman, has been caught and he has since confessed that he was hired by one of her relatives for GUY$700,000 to kill her and search the house for property documents. Police sources said Colin Semple and ...

Guyana to get modern Intellectual Property legislation within one year

22 August, 2015

Guyana to get modern Intellectual Property legislation withi…

Days after another outcry by musicians that an outdated copyright law is preventing them from earning a decent living, government announced that it would pass modern Intellectual Property legislation within a year. Minister of Education, Cu...

Tax review begins

22 August, 2015

Tax review begins

Guyana has begun reviewing a raft of taxes, even as government opted to forgo almost GUY$1 billion in revenue as a result of the zero-rating of several basic consumer items from the Value Added Tax (VAT). Finance Minister, Winston Jordan an...

Eight arrested for cocaine, ganja busts

22 August, 2015

Eight arrested for cocaine, ganja busts

At about 2030h. last night Friday August 21, 2015, ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch arrested two female Guyanese passengers who were on an outgoing flight at the Ogle International Airport after 1 kilogram 372 grams and 976 grams of coc...

"In two or three years the economy will flat-line"- Jagdeo forecasts

22 August, 2015

"In two or three years the economy will flat-line"…

Immediately after pledging solemnly to work with the government to improve the lives of Guyanese, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and his colleague People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarians walked out of the House. During in...

Jagdeo touts sovereignty over Essequibo, active communication with Venezuela

21 August, 2015

Jagdeo touts sovereignty over Essequibo, active communicatio…

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Friday night appealed to the government to rethink its position to scrap plans to build the almost US$1 billion Amaila Falls Hydro-power station, saying it would have consolidated Guyana’s sovereignty over t...

Protest erupts at Corentyne village where female farmer was shot dead

21 August, 2015

Protest erupts at Corentyne village where female farmer was …

Less than one day after a Corentyne farmer was shot dead during an attempted robbery at her home, protest erupted at Number 45 Village, Corentyne and was later quelled by police. Residents there blocked the road with wood and burnt tires, d...

PPP, Opposition Leader get more time for 2015 Budget

21 August, 2015

PPP, Opposition Leader get more time for 2015 Budget

In the face of mounting criticisms that the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) was being muzzled, government Friday night agreed to increase the number of hours for the opposition to scrutinize the allocations in the 2015 National Budg...

Trotman crushes PPP's claims surrounding $10,000 cash grant, three day budget consideration, indiscriminate firing

21 August, 2015

Trotman crushes PPP's claims surrounding $10,000 cash grant,…

Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman came out swinging during his budget debate presentation Friday August 21 as he shot down several claims made against the government of denying the school $10,000 cash grant, of trying to muzzle the op...

Lands and Surveys, GGMC to hike payments

21 August, 2015

Lands and Surveys, GGMC to hike payments

The Guyana government is about to increase the measly environmental bond for gold miners and the processing fee for land being charged by the Lands and Surveys Commission, according to Governance Minister Raphael Trotman. He made the announ...

Private Sector Commission lambastes govt over apparent politically motivated dismissals

21 August, 2015

Private Sector Commission lambastes govt over apparent polit…

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Friday lashed out at government sacking several public sector employees, saying that it smacks of "political discrimination" and the organisation urged the administration not to violate Guyana's labour...

PPP engineered State payment for Cheddi Jagan Research Centre- Harmon

21 August, 2015

PPP engineered State payment for Cheddi Jagan Research Centr…

Minister of State Joseph Harmon caused uproar during his budget speech Friday August 21, when he revealed that the former administration took over former State building, Red House and transferred it to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) compa...

Make-up of State boards to reviewed

21 August, 2015

Make-up of State boards to reviewed

The government has promised to review the composition of some State boards given the concerns expressed, particularly by the opposition’s People’s Progressive Party (PPP) administration in relation to ethnic and gender balance. Minister of...

Dindyal remained GPL CEO after Board said he should go; performance evaluation rated 43.5 out of 50%

21 August, 2015

Dindyal remained GPL CEO after Board said he should go; perf…

Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL)  Bharrat Dindyal’s contract of employment was renewed after it expired on December 31, 2014 because the agency's Board of Directors, through its Chairman Winston ...

Hire car, bus drivers refuse to reduce fares despite Berbice Bridge toll reductions

21 August, 2015

Hire car, bus drivers refuse to reduce fares despite Berbice…

Hire-car and mini-bus drivers say “nah” to a reduction is fares across the Berbice Bridge despite the proposed reduction in toll.Persons looking to cross the Berbice Bridge via mini-bus and hire-car may not be seeing the reduction in transp...

Amaila Falls road to be completed although hydro-power station scrapped

21 August, 2015

Amaila Falls road to be completed although hydro-power stati…

Although construction of the Amaila Falls Hydropower Station has been scrapped, authorities hope that the road leading to the area will be a plus for gold mining, forestry and tourism. About GUY$126 million have been set aside in the 2015 N...

Gov’t to launch Commission of Inquiry into human trafficking cases in mining districts

20 August, 2015

Gov’t to launch Commission of Inquiry into human trafficking…

A Commission of Inquiry would be held into Trafficking In Persons (TIP) in mining districts, government informed the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) on Thursday. Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman convened a follow-up meeting ...

Public Infrastructure Minister clears air on  sacking of GPL CEO

20 August, 2015

Public Infrastructure Minister clears air on sacking of GPL…

With claims of ethnic cleansing being levelled against the government, particularly the Public Infrastructure Ministry for the firing of Guyana Power and Light (GPL) CEO Bharrat Dindyal, Infrastructure Minister David Patterson sought to set...

Govt justifies cutting time for scrutinizing 2015 budget estimates

20 August, 2015

Govt justifies cutting time for scrutinizing 2015 budget est…

Prime Minister Moses Nagamoootoo Thursday afternoon said three instead of seven days have been set aside to allow the opposition to scrutinize allocations in the 2015 National Budget because the fiscal package caters merely for the remainin...

Opposition tells government to set up fund for families hit by crime

20 August, 2015

Opposition tells government to set up fund for families hit …

Opposition member Vindya Persaud has advised the government to set up a fund to help the survivors of violent crimes committed against their families. Persaud, during her budget debate presentation Thursday August 20 told the government th...

Local govt system to implement Social Cohesion programmes

20 August, 2015

Local govt system to implement Social Cohesion programmes

Social Cohesion Minister, Amna Ally, says the holding of Local Government Elections (LGE) is instrumental toward fostering social cohesion and national unity in Guyana. She made this assertion during her contributory presentation to the 20...

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