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Monthly Archives: March 2014

UG to benefit from EU-funded EDULINK programme on renewable energy

The University of Guyana has teamed up with the Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS) and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium to be part of €613,640 (US $840,686) programme geared at capacity building in applied renewable energy technologies. Seventy-five percent of the funding is made possible through a grant under the ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Education (EDULINK ...

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Elderly Corentyne businessman, employee shot, robbed

An elderly Corentyne businessman and one of his employees were injured when a bandit opened fire on them and grabbed a bag containing GUY$400,000. The injured are 72-years old Bannsingh Guyadin of Maida, Corentyne and 28-years old Kissoondat Madhoo of Bush Lot, Corentyne. Police said they were shot and injured to their feet during the robbery Sunday about 7 PM. ...

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Old Age Pensioners to get $625 top up

Old age pensioners are to receive a five percent bump in the monthly payouts from the government from May 1, finance minister Dr. Ashni Singh has announced. That works out to $625 more than the $12,500 they are currently receiving. Presenting the estimates for the 2014 national budget Dr. Singh said the increase would equate to an additional $212.5M outlay ...

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Opposition unimpressed by $220B national budget

Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh on Monday presented a GUY$220B budget which the opposition almost immediately dubbed as uninspired. Education was once again the largest recipient in the estimates with an allocation of $32.3B followed by health with $21.5B. Another $19.5B was earmarked for public safety and security and some $6.9B for the housing and water sectors. And according ...

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US$45M to study Mazaruni hydropower potential

A US$45M pre-feasibility study is being undertaken by the governments of Guyana and Brazil to determine the potential of a hydro development project in the Marazuni, Region 7. And the project, if successful, will see the Linden-Lethem road being upgraded as part of an agreement between the two South American neighbours. At a press briefing Monday, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, ...

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AFC walks out of budget presentation sitting

The Alliance For Change on Monday walked out of the National Assembly ahead of the reading of the 2014 budget by finance minister Dr. Ashni Singh. The party in a statement it issued to the media said that the walkout was in protest of the government’s failure to hold “meaningful consultation” with the opposition parties as provided for by the ...

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Books of condolence opened for Debbie Backer

The People’s National Congress Reform has opened a book of condolence in honour of former executive Deborah Backer at Congress Place, Sophia. It was launched Monday at the party headquarters following a news conference where the party leadership shared their recollections of the former parliamentarian and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly. “I treasured her advice at the professional level ...

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Soldier drowns at New River

A Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldier has drowned at the New River area, according to the force. A GDF release on Sunday stated that 21066 Private Dellon Nero died by drowning around 6.25 PM on Saturday at the army location in the area. His home address was 1056 Cummings Park, South Cummings Lodge. Demerara Waves was told that the 24-year ...

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Guyanese get cash to search for cancer-fighter in corilla

University of Guyana (UG) Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Dr. Emmanuel Cummings is spearheading a study to extract a chemical from corilla that he hopes can help fight a variety of cancers. “We have recently found that it has some anti-cancer properties and so I have decided to do this because is the third major cause of death ...

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Guyana’s TB incidence declining

Guyana hopes to continue further reducing the overall incidence of Tuberculosis (TB) including among those suffering from diabetes and are HIV positive, a senior official said. The announcement comes as the country prepares to join other countries around the globe in observing World TB Day on March 24 under the theme “Reach the three million, find treat and cure TB.” ...

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