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Daily Archives: April 2, 2014

BUDGET DEBATE: Nurses’ training, suicide prevention efforts criticised

APNU shadow health minister Dr. George Norton says the training of nurses locally has been described as a “serious chronic disease.” Norton’s remarks were made during Wednesday’s budget debate in the National Assembly. $369M budgeted for human resources development including nurses. According to him, the results of the recent nursing exams at the three nursing schools show a serious deficiency ...

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US continues to shift youths away from deviant behaviour

The American government is continuing to churn out more youths with work, life and literacy skills. The embassy here said the US Agency for International Development (USAID) last week Friday  held a graduation ceremony at the Georgetown Club to honor 33 youth who completed 2work and life skills training and 24 youth who completed literacy training through the USAID Skills ...

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Man held for homicide

A man has beenb arrested in connection with the apparent killing of a drinking partner at a house at Philadelphia, East Bank Essequibo, police said. Investigators said the motionless body of 38-year old Mahendra Singh was foun about 5:30 Wednesday morning. He was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police have learnt that Singh ...

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Amerindian organisation gets European funding for forest management

The European Union (EU) Delegation and the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) have signed a grant agreement for a total of 150,000 Euros (41.8 million GYD). The mission here exoplained that this support forms part of the ongoing work programme being implemented by the EU and the Government of Guyana on the national Roadmap for the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance ...

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Afro-Guyanese must shape their social, economic destiny

A small cross-section of the Afro-Guyanese community on the West Bank of Demerara (WBD) were Sunday afternoon urged to  revitalise “social cohesion “ through community groups , a feature which dominated unity among rural areas across Guyana. This appeal as well as a call for prioritising in manner in which many spend their income were among several calls made by ...

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Shut down or privatise loss-making sugar estates- City Chamber boss

Despite throwing its support behind a “steady,attractive,and people friendly ” 2014 budget , the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has made several proposals of its own including the diversification of the troubled Guyana Sugar corporation (GuySuco). Speaking  on behalf of the commercial umbrella body at its Waterloo Street boardroom in the city  outgoing President f the GCCI, Clinton ...

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Education Minister banned from speaking during budget debate

Education Minister, Priya Manickchand’s refusal to apologise for heckling remarks she made during the 2014 National Budget means that she will not be allowed to speak in the House during the debate. She landed in hot water after Speaker, Raphael Trotman found her reference to A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) parliamentarian, Jaipaul Sharma to be distasteful. At the time ...

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APNU laments no salary increases for security forces

A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Tuesday expressed concern that there has been no salary hike in the 2014 National Budget for members of the security forces. Shadow Home Affairs Minister, Winston Felix said the paltry salaries could do little to satisfy basic needs for members of the security force who risk their lives in the line of duty. ...

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Marijuana accused allegedly escapes from police station

A man who was charged with being in possession of five grammes of marijuana but decided to escape from a police station was Tuesday granted bail on the drug charge but he would remain behind bars. That is because he has been refused bail on the charge of escape from lawful custody. Police said Ignatius Carvalho committed the offences on ...

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Youths in court for alleged robbery with violence

Four youths accused of robbery with violence were Tuesday granted bail totalling GUY$150,000. Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine-Beharry ordered them to return to court on April 30. They are accused of robbing Stephan Phillips of one Samsung Galaxy mobile phone and one gold chain with a total value of GUY$370,000.  The phone was found in possession of one of the men ...

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