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Unconstitutional to deny former presidents, Granger hefty benefits

Unconstitutional to deny former presidents, Granger hefty benefits

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday said a new law that seeks to cut the benefits and facilities of former presidents on grounds that it would be unconstitutional. Former...

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Two more puisne judges sworn in

Two more puisne judges sworn in

Former Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and former Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jo-Ann Barlow were Monday  June 29 sworn in as Puisne Judges by President David Granger.Witnessing the swearing-in at...

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Govt quells Timehri North relocation fears, says only 15 homes to be relocated

28 June, 2015

Govt quells Timehri North relocation fears, says only 15 hom…

by Zena Henry Residents of Timehri North can now breathe a sigh of relief as government assured them that they would not be uprooted from their homes to facilitate the controversial Cheddi Jagan International Airport runway (CJIA) expansio...

Storm leaves thousands in blackout; major repairs scheduled for Monday

28 June, 2015

Storm leaves thousands in blackout; major repairs scheduled …

Residents in several coastal areas across Guyana were Sunday night going to bed without electricity due to severe storm damage, even as the power company was busy mobilizing workers and spares to alleviate the situation early in the new wee...

High winds tear off roofs on West Coast, West Bank Demerara, South Ruimveldt

28 June, 2015

High winds tear off roofs on West Coast, West Bank Demerara,…

High winds blew off the roofs of several houses on the West Coast and West bank Demerara. Accompanied by heavy rain, the wind uprooted the zinc sheets of many houses at Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara and South Cornelia Ida, West Coas...

APNU, AFC pre-election accord in trouble, could determine coalition's electoral future

28 June, 2015

APNU, AFC pre-election accord in trouble, could determine co…

Political analyst Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran believes that A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is derailing the pre-election accord with the Alliance For Change (AFC) and that the latter party appears to be complicit in duping the e...

Elderly North West District man found dead on roadway

28 June, 2015

Elderly North West District man found dead on roadway

The body of an elderly man and a damaged motorcycle were found on the roadway at Moruca late Saturday night. Investigators are working on the theory that Ignatius Francis of Kumaka, North West District might have been struck down by a vehic...

East Bank Demerara man shot during home invasion

28 June, 2015

East Bank Demerara man shot during home invasion

An  East Bank Demerara man was shot during a home invasion, although the bandits did not find anything of value, police said. Injured is 46-year old Gowkarran Rampersaud of New Providence Scheme, East Bank Demerara. Police said that ab...

Guyana- Venezuela border controversy tops Commonwealth's agenda

27 June, 2015

Guyana- Venezuela border controversy tops Commonwealth's age…

The 53-nation Commonwealth Saturday reiterated that it was siding with Guyana in its maritime and land border controversy with Venezuela, even as the global organisation prepares to discuss the issue in New York in another three months. “Th...

Team to probe collapse of mining pits named

27 June, 2015

Team to probe collapse of mining pits named

Former Chairman of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), Grantley Waldron is heading a four-member committee to probe the spate of mining accidents that have claimed numerous lives in recent months. The Department of Natural Resou...

Man robbed, shot and dumped out of car

27 June, 2015

Man robbed, shot and dumped out of car

A man was robbed of his gun, abducted, shot about his body and dumped out of a car that was later ditched in Sophia. Police said a man and a woman have since been arrested in connection with the incident after one bullet was found in the...

PPP list rejected?

27 June, 2015

PPP list rejected?

The Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) Friday, June 26 attempted to submit to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) its list of candidates for Regional Councilors but was unable to do as the body’s employees were away on a fun-day. T...

Govt floats financing model to dredge Demerara River

27 June, 2015

Govt floats financing model to dredge Demerara River

The Guyana government has pledged to partner with the private sector in dredging the heavily silted Demerara River in the “shortest possible time” by taking advantage of the huge cash reserves in the banking system. Finance Minister Winston...

Coke-in-milk seized at CJI Airport

26 June, 2015

Coke-in-milk seized at CJI Airport

A New York-bound barber was Friday night hoping to cut a deal to get him out of hot water concerning the alleged discovery of 12 kilogrammes of cocaine in his bag at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics...

Anti-money laundering bill passed; no whimsical seizure of GUY$10 M or more assured

26 June, 2015

Anti-money laundering bill passed; no whimsical seizure of G…

Now that amendments to Guyana’s anti-money laundering law have been passed, government on Friday assured that GUY$10 million or more would not be seized in a willy-nilly manner and anyone caught doing so without sufficient evidence would be...

Man feared dead in Mazaruni River boat mishap

26 June, 2015

Man feared dead in Mazaruni River boat mishap

A cargo boat capsized while fetching fuel on the Mazaruni River, resulting in the disappearance of a man, police said. Police said  they feared that Adrian Simon drowned. No age or address was provided. Police said that about 6:30 AM...

Eleven-member commission named to probe Guysuco, craft a long-term plan

26 June, 2015

Eleven-member commission named to probe Guysuco, craft a lon…

Government has established an 11-member commission to investigate the workings of the ailing Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and formulate a 15-year plan aimed at again making the entity profitable. “The eleven-member Commission, during ...

Guyana’s current external debt reaches US$1.6B, debt strategy to address problems-Finance Minister

26 June, 2015

Guyana’s current external debt reaches US$1.6B, debt strateg…

by Zena Henry Guyana's Finance Minister, Winston Jordan on Friday June 26 announced that the country's foreign debt has soared to US$1.6 billion Addressing the National Assembly at the third sitting since the convening of the 11th Parliam...

Auditor General unable to track over $13B belonging to three GuySuCo funds

26 June, 2015

Auditor General unable to track over $13B belonging to three…

by Zena Henry At the end of 2013, the Auditor General (AG) was unable to verify the movement of over $13B which belonged to funds within the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). This is according to the AG’s 2013 report which was laid in Pa...

New York Feds find $12 million worth of cocaine inside shrimp from Guyana

26 June, 2015

New York Feds find $12 million worth of cocaine inside shrim…

BY JOHN MARZULLI NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Federal agents have discovered a new delicacy from Guyana — shrimp coketail.A drug-sniffing dog noticed something fishy about a shipping container that arrived at the Red Hook Terminal from Guyana last ...

Government on track to keep 100 day Linden television station promise-PM

25 June, 2015

Government on track to keep 100 day Linden television statio…

by Zena Henry Lindeners are set to have back their own television station by August, according to Prime Minister and Vice President Moses Nagamootoo. The administration reaffirmed its 100 day promise in his  speech in Parliament Wedne...

Reducing president's prorogation powers stares hurdle

25 June, 2015

Reducing president's prorogation powers stares hurdle

Government on Thursday announced its intention to modify Guyana’s constitution to limit the conditions under which Parliament can be suspended but the administration does not have a super majority to do so. Unless the administration, which ...

Ganga Persaud faces hot water over contracts

25 June, 2015

Ganga Persaud faces hot water over contracts

Former minister of Local Government, Ganga Persaud was allegedly issued multi-million dollar government contracts for consultations via system that the new government alleges cannot withstand tough scrutiny. Government further accused Pers...

Government tells Venezuela don't underestimate nation's desire to defend its territory, assets

25 June, 2015

Government tells Venezuela don't underestimate nation's desi…

by Zena Henry With a widening territorial threat from Venezuela, Minister of Governance Raphael Trotman made it very clear that the country's desire to defend its territory should not be estimated. He spoke strongly on the issue while add...

Failed financial updating saw millions overpaid in government contracts- Auditor General Report 2013

25 June, 2015

Failed financial updating saw millions overpaid in governmen…

by Zena Henry In 2013, overpayments accounting to more than $22M were made on measured works on various contracts administered by Ministries, Departments and Regions. This is according to the Auditor General's report for the fiscal year en...

Several fired from Ministry of the Presidency

25 June, 2015

Several fired from Ministry of the Presidency

More than five contracted employees of the Ministry of the Presidency were Monday given marching orders after government decided that their services were no longer required. One of the persons, who has worked there for several years on annu...

Search continues for farmer missing in collision with Coast Guard vessel

25 June, 2015

Search continues for farmer missing in collision with Coast …

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was Thursday continuing its search for a man who went missing following a collision between his boat and a Coast Guard vessel on the Pomeroon River. The army also said in a statement that a probe has been laun...

CJIA expansion project to go ahead

25 June, 2015

CJIA expansion project to go ahead

The Guyana government has signaled that it would be going ahead with the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), although much more funds are needed to complete the project to international standards. “It is a clear inte...

Guyana Jesuit pays educational visit to Brazil

25 June, 2015

Guyana Jesuit pays educational visit to Brazil

(JESUITS IN BRITAIN) Jesuit priest of the Guyana Region has recently returned from a fact-finding visit to Brazil, where he was able to explore educational opportunities for indigenous Guyanese. Fr Ronnie Fernandes SJ was accompanied ...

Rice Board boss goes; directors to be replaced

24 June, 2015

Rice Board boss goes; directors to be replaced

Government intends to accept the resignation of Jagnarine Singh, General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) and replace the entire board of the regulatory body, says Minister of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon. Harmon shared ...

PPP cites over 20 inconsistencies to deem 2015 Elections invalid

24 June, 2015

PPP cites over 20 inconsistencies to deem 2015 Elections inv…

by Zena Henry In a petition challenging the validity of the 2015 General and Regional Elections the People's Progressive Party (PPP) has cited over 20 reasons why the recently held polls should be deemed "flawed" and thus warrant the rehol...

The law will take its course”- PPP on Westford “illegal” state vehicle transfers

24 June, 2015

The law will take its course”- PPP on Westford “illegal” sta…

by Zena Henry The People's Progressive Party (PPP) says it is no stranger to letting the law take its course, and that is exactly what it expects to happen in the case of one of its party members at the centre of an alleged "illegal" state...

Previous govt officials abused GuyOil's fuel

24 June, 2015

Previous govt officials abused GuyOil's fuel

Minister of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, says government officials under the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) government have been drawing fuel from The Guyana Oil Company Limited (GUYOIL) at the expense of taxpayers and using their...

GAWU credit union to resume business with GuySuCo in July

24 June, 2015

GAWU credit union to resume business with GuySuCo in July

by Zena Henry Despite $154M in credit union owed by the Guyana Sugar Corporation, (GuySuCo), the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has decided to resume business with the sugar producing entity. This will recommence the ...

PPP closer to filing elections petition

24 June, 2015

PPP closer to filing elections petition

by Zena Henry The People's Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) is highly optimistic that the election petition,which affords them the chance to challenge the validity of the 2015 General and Regional election that party believes it was cheate...

Policeman, soldier trade bullets with gunmen leaving one dead

24 June, 2015

Policeman, soldier trade bullets with gunmen leaving one dea…

An unidentified man was shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with a policeman and soldier. A man, who was in the group with the policeman and soldier, was seriously injured. Police said that at about 2320h. last night Tuesday June 23, ...

US$24 million Giftland Mall to finally open its doors next month

23 June, 2015

US$24 million Giftland Mall to finally open its doors next m…

by Zena Henry After more than 12 years at their Water Street location in one of the most popular parts of  Guyana’s capital city, Giftland Officemax is spending its final week in Georgetown before heading over to its new location at t...

BREAKING NEWS: Westford helps hand back sold govt vehicles- police

23 June, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Westford helps hand back sold govt vehicles- …

At least eight vehicles belonging to the Public Service Ministry (PSM) that were purportedly sold to a former government minister and several others were recovered. Former Public  Service Minister  Dr. Jennifer Westford and her p...

Albouystown flooding caused by seepage in Sussex Street sluice

23 June, 2015

Albouystown flooding caused by seepage in Sussex Street slui…

Leakage in the Sussex Street sluice door is at the root of the flooding being experienced in Albouystown, Georgetown, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) said. According to a press release issued...

Crackdown on discourtesy by govt employees coming- Tourism Minister

23 June, 2015

Crackdown on discourtesy by govt employees coming- Tourism M…

Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes says employees in the public service will be targeted for specialised training to improve the quality of their interaction with the public. The initiative is part of the new administration’s push to enhance Gu...

PPP denies stalling political process

23 June, 2015

PPP denies stalling political process

by Zena Henry More than a month after Guyanese voted in a new government, the defeated People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says that it is not stalling its role in the political process. The party,which refuses to cooperate with the new Coal...

Former Presidents benefits and facilities to be trimmed

22 June, 2015

Former Presidents benefits and facilities to be trimmed

Former presidents of Guyana will cease to enjoy tax exemptions and concessions if government passes its proposed Former Presidents (Benefits and Facilities) Bill 2015. Importantly, Section 5 of the bill stipulates that former presidents wi...

President orders probe into deadly mining pit cave-ins

22 June, 2015

President orders probe into deadly mining pit cave-ins

President David Granger on Monday ordered a wide-ranging probe into the collapse of mining pits, following the recent spate of incidents that has left more than 12 persons dead in May and June 2015. Back in 2013, four Brazilians were killed...

PPP boycotts Parliament again; says it will be a "force to reckon with" when they do attend

22 June, 2015

PPP boycotts Parliament again; says it will be a "force…

by Zena Henry The People's Progressive Party (PPP) is unable to say whether they will be taking their opposition seats within the first 100 days of the new government being in power, but is adamant that they will be a "force to reckon with...

PPP slams govt on non-establishment of Procurement Commission; hiring forensic auditors

22 June, 2015

PPP slams govt on non-establishment of Procurement Commissio…

The Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) is chiding government's inability to set up the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) as soon as was promised, and for allegedly flaunting procurement procedures in securing the services of Christoph...

Attempted murder, arson and suicide rock East Bank Berbice

22 June, 2015

Attempted murder, arson and suicide rock East Bank Berbice

Police said they were probing an attempted murder and arson committed by a cane harvester who later committed suicide. Police said that at about 20:50h. last night Sunday June 21, 2015, cane harvester Nandlall Ragnauth, 48 years, of Krothe...

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