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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Chief Elections Officer to push for consensus

Newly-appointed Chief Elections Officer and Commissioner of National Registration, Keith Lowenfield on Thursday pledged to strive for consensus in carrying out his mandate. Lowenfield, a trained specialist in Public Administration, was unanimously selected from among three candidates. The others were Jamaican Danville Davidson and United States-based Guyanese Savitrie Singh. “I am a strong supporter of the consensus procedure, which is ...

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Private Sector Commission wants Barbados-model money laundering law; President insists on govt amendments

The Private Sector Commission’s (PSC) proposal that Guyana should adopt the Barbados model for establishing an oversight board to monitor the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing architecture has been struck down by President Donald Ramotar. PSC Chairman, Ronald Webster told a government-organised National Consultation on the status of amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering Financing Terrorism Act that ...

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US embassy honours Guyanese Woman of Courage

Guyanese civil society activist, Zenita Nicholson was Wednesday awarded the United States (US) embassy’s first International Woman of Courage Award for her work against homophobia and fighting for women’s rights. “This award is about courage and leadership. Zenita Nicholson embodies these principles and exemplifies the traditions of personal freedom and equality that remain shared values between Guyana and the United ...

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Guyanese dies aboard cargo ship, one ill; St. Lucia quarantines eight others

A Guyanese has died aboard a St. Vincent and the Grenadines-registered cargo ship and the other eight Guyanese crew members have been quarantined as authorities try to determine the cause of death and illness, Guyana’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) said in a statement. Another sick crew member was taken to a St.Lucian hospital for treatment. No names were released. “The other ...

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Caricom warns about fall-out from non-passage of Anti Money Laundering amendments

Caricom leaders ,at their just concluded summit in St. Vincent, called on Guyana to pass amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act or run the risk of the country and the regional economy being badly affected. “We call on all relevant parties to enact the necessary legislation in the national and regional interest,” they ...

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Caricom to set up commission to examine legalizing marijuana trade, use

Leaders of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) have decided to establish a commission to examine the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, the regional bloc said Wednesday. In a communiqué released by Caricom’s Guyana-based headquarters, leaders said the Regional Commission would address issues and conduct careful in-depth research about the implications of decriminalizing some marijuana ...

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Suspected bogus gold declaration for duty free concession lands miner in court

A miner, who allegedly presented a forged document to the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment to obtain a duty free concession, was Wednesday granted his pre-trial liberty. Thirty-one year old Leroy Vanderhyden of Broad Street, Charlestown is accused of – with intent to defraud-forging one gold declaration statement in his name purporting to show that the document was ...

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Cane harvester commits suicide after chopping wife

A cane harvester chopped his wife at their Buxton residence before fleeing to a cane-field where he committed suicide, police sources said. The dead man has been identified as Dexter “Wissy” Yaw. Investigators said his lifeless body was found Wednesday afternoon in a cane field aback Buxton with a bottle of poison next to it. The man escaped after police ...

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