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Daily Archives: June 17, 2014

Miners Assoc; govt lock horns over gold hoarding accusations

The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miner’s Association (GGDMA ) is disappointed by recent statements and threats emanating for the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and by notices published by the Guyana Gold Board which seem intent on criminalizing the entire mining industry. Government has said that gold declaration has dropped by 20 percent based on calculations up to ...

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Heavy duty trucks, equipment banned from Charity Wharf roadway

Heavy duty trucks and equipment have been banned from using the roadway to the Charity Wharf because they are partly responsible for the deterioration of the Charity River Defence. “Engineers have determined that heavy duty equipment/trucks that traverse the area – to the port facility – contribute to the vulnerability of defence,” said the Public Works Ministry in a statement. ...

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Confessed bird smuggler freed

A man, who admitted to the attempted smuggling of 22 Twa-Twa birds to Canada, was Tuesday freed from because the law under which he was charged does not cater for those finches. Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry struck out the charge against Canada-based Nazir Khan. He was arrested on June 13, 2014 at the Cheddi Jagan International Development Airport (CJIA) with ...

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House Speaker wants List System scrapped

House Speaker, Raphael Trotman on Tuesday called for a return to the constituency first-pass-the-post electoral system to allow for direct election of parliamentarians rather than selection at the discretion of the leader.  “That is something we have to change and get rid of and it’s been here since 1964 and it has to go, the party list system,” Trotman told ...

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Op-Ed: No Man is an Island…or should be sent to one

by US Ambassador Brent Hardt. GEORGETOWN – As my tenure in Guyana draws to an end, I was saddened to hear the recent outburst from a prominent religious leader suggesting that his fellow citizens with different sexual orientations should be sent to live on an island. It was of course John Donne who famously observed that “No man is an ...

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Sewage interruption likely during change-over

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) on Tuesday said there could be an interruption in sewage disposal during the change-over from the old system to a new one that has been funded by government and the Inter American Development Bank (IDB). “This exercise may result in a temporary interruption of the system,” said the utility company in a statement. The decommissioning ...

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Two charged with taxi driver’s murder

Two men were Tuesday arraigned for the murder of a taxi driver whose body was found in a sugarcane field at Ruby Backdam, Parika days after he disappeared. Appearing before Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine-Beharry for the indictable charge were Asraf Ali, 17, and 18-year old Abdul Razack. They were not require to plea to the charge that stated between June ...

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City clean-up begins this week- Local Govt Minister

A Technical Committee comprising  representatives from different Ministries and agencies has been established to spearhead the city’s clean – up exercise. The announcement was made Monday by Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Norman Whittaker during a press conference at his Ministry located at Kingston, Georgetown. The sum of GUY$1Billion was approved during this year’s national budget for a ...

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Guysuco’s mechanization to continue

President Donald Ramotar on Monday announced that mechanization of the loss-making state-run Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) would continue because of disappointing labour turnout partly due to a more educated workforce. “We don’t think that the labour situation will become better. In fact, our successes in some ways, the fact now that almost all of our young people have access not ...

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