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Monthly Archives: April 2014

“Integrity testing” before top police promotions- Pres. Ramotar

The Guyana government will require “integrity testing” of persons tipped for promotion to top positions in the police force, President Donald Ramotar announced on Thursday. Addressing the opening of the Guyana Police Force’s annual officers’ conference, the Guyanese leader said the move would be aimed at weeding out corrupt persons from the law enforcement agency. “In future, appointments to some ...

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Florida University to study archaeology in Berbice River area

The Ministry of Culture and the University of Florida have signed an agreement for that American tertiary institution to study archaeological sites in the Berbice River where it is believed that civilization dates back to 5,000 years BC. The signing of the agreement was done by the University’s representative Dr. Stephanie Aleman and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alfred King ...

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Rohee dismisses GT&T’s claims over 911

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee on Thursday stuck to his guns, saying that the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) was not telling the whole truth about the poor functioning of the 911 emergency system. “The police always comes in for a beating up. They (GT&T) don’t want to take responsibility. We are going to flush them out,” Rohee told ...

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Female bartender shot dead

A woman was shot dead late Wednesday night at the Country Club bar, Chateau Margot, East Coast Demerara following a brief argument with a man, sources said. She has been identified as 42-year old Saleana. She lived in a small dwelling at the back of the business and worked as a bar tender in the absence of the owner. She ...

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Caribbean private sector complains about EU trade barriers under EPA

Prospective exporters trying to take advantage of European Union (EU) markets through the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the Caribbean are facing prolonged bureaucratic stumbling blocks, officials of the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) said Wednesday. CAIC officials said they made their concerns known to Ambassador Irwin La Rocque- the Secretary General of the 15-nation Caribbean Forum (Cariforum) ...

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Early elections appear off the table in wake of budget reduction-

Government has so far ruled out calling early national elections due to a more than GUY$37 billion reduction in the 2012 National Budget by the combined opposition. “Elections are not at the top of the list where the solutions and the arrival of compromises an te action to be taken to rectify this situation,” said Head of the Presidential Secretariat, ...

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Jamaicans arraigned for alleged marijuana trafficking

Two Jamaicans- one a vendor, the other a hairdresser- were Wednesday arraigned for alleged marijuana trafficking into Guyana through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Appearing before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry were Benjamin Isaiah Carrington,27, a vendor of Kingston, Jamaica and Tamara Nicola Douglas,31, a hairdresser of Silverstone, Portland, Jamaica. They denied the charges and were remanded to prison until May ...

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Couple robbed in Berbice; Bartica teenager shot

Bandits left an improvised shotgun behind after robbing a couple of GUY$1.7 million at their home at Yakusari, North Black Bush Polder, police said. The incident occurred about 7 O’clock Tuesday night when two men entered an open door and held up the couple at gunpoint. A bag containing the cash was carted off by the bandits. Police found the ...

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Remigrant Berbice businessman charged with squatter’s murder

New Amsterdam businessman, Charles Henry Bristol was Tuesday arraigned for the alleged murder of a man who had been squatting on his land for some time now. Bristol, who lived in the United States (US) for several years, was charged with the murder of 51-year old Errol Lindo at High Dam, Caracas, West Canje on April 21, 2014. Bristol, also ...

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GT&T blames police for poor 911 response

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) has rebuffed claims that it is responsible for a poor 911 emergency response and has instead blamed the police for the unsatisfactory quality of service. The phone company expressed “grave concern and disappointment” that Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee has claimed that “the unresponsiveness of the 911 system is a technical error that ...

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