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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Amaila Falls hydropower licence expires

The hydropower station licence granted to the United States-based Sithe Global, expired Tuesday with little chance of it being renewed even as government searches for a new investor. Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon said that while government remained committed to the AFH project the licence was not renewed because no negotiations were held with the company. “The licence will expire. ...

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Fishing vessels must be fitted with monitoring devices in 2014

Fishing vessels will first have to be fitted with Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) before they are licensed in 2014 as part of efforts to monitor harvests in keeping with international rules, the Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday. “We are therefore calling on all fishing vessels to be outfitted with VMS units before they are licensed for next year. Such a ...

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Guyana donates cash to flood-stricken Caribbean islands

Guyana on Tuesday announced that it would be donating US$275,000 to three Eastern Caribbean islands that recently suffered deaths and damage due to bad weather. The Foreign Ministry said the cash would be used to “assist in their recovery efforts in the wake of the recent heavy rains which resulted in the loss of lives and critical damage to property ...

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Social, religious orgs to be ‘conscripted’ to fight domestic violence; opposition wants better deal for workers

Amid increasing incidents of domestic violence that has left several wounded or dead, President Donald Ramotar on New Years 2014 announced that social and religious organisations would be enlisted to fight the “scourge”. “In 2014, I propose to conscript social and religious organizations in the fight against domestic violence.   I believe that these organizations should play a leading role ...

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Muri Brasil’s airstrip refusal linked to New River mining policy- Benn

Transport Minister, Robeson Benn on Monday said refusal to grant permission for the construction of an airstrip in the New River Triangle was in keeping with a policy position about mineral activity in the area. The highly controversial grant of Permission for Geological and Geophysical Survey (PGGS) to a Guyanese company, Muri Brasil Ventures Inc, has put Natural Resources Minister, ...

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BM Soat’s “illegal” fence costing coffers $millions

Guyana’s treasury has so far lost GUY$40 million due to delays in widening the East Coast Demerara public road because of the erection of what government says are an illegal fence and other structures by BM Soat Auto dealership, government said Monday. Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn insisted that BM Soat has encroached on public property at Chateau Margot that ...

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German company farms into Guyana offshore exploration block

HAMBURG, Germany – The German company, RWE Dea, has a deal with Repsol Exploración Guyana to farm-in to the Kanuku license operated by Repsol in the Guyana-Suriname basin offshore Guyana. By entering the South American country, RWE Dea further expands its upstream position along the northeastern coast of South America. Under the farm-in agreement, RWE Dea will acquire a 30% ...

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President Ramotar laments drug wastage, shortage ; Health Strategy includes improved procurement

President Donald Ramotar on Monday expressed concern about the shortage of drugs and dumping of large quantities of expired drugs by public health care institutions. Addressing the Ministry of Health’s launch of “Health Vision 2020- A National Health Strategy for Guyana 2013-2020”, the Guyanese leader said “that is totally unacceptable.” “What is taking place these are things that we have ...

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Universal secondary education by 2016 – Manickchand

Guyana is looking to achieve universal secondary education by 2016 says Minister Priya Manickchand. She was briefing the media about the ministry’s 2014 plans on Monday at the Cara Lodge. “We intend to achieve universal secondary education before the first term of the Donald Ramotar administration ends. That means that students across the country that are of a secondary age ...

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