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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Former Guyanese soldier who killed colleague during Haitian peacekeeping mission commits suicide after rage

A former Guyanese soldier, who had shot dead his colleague while they were on a peace-keeping mission in Haiti 16 years ago, committed suicide on Sunday by shooting himself in his mouth after discharging several rounds at a house where a man who offended him lives. Forty-three year old Samuel La Fleur of Prospect, East Bank Demerara  killed himself by ...

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UNITED STATES: Guyana boy undergoes cleft palate repair

BY BY DEAN OLSEN The (Springfield) State Journal-Register SPRINGFIELD, ILL. — He takes long, hot showers, has developed a sweet tooth, calls his American hosts “Mom” and “Dad,” wrestles with the boy who sleeps below him in their bunk beds and plays on a trampoline with the other children who live in their spacious home on Springfield’s south side. Satchian Basdeo ...

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Guyana: Cocaine vessel to be sent to US for forensic tests

The self-propelled semi-submersible vessel, built in northwestern Guyana to move a large consignment of cocaine possibly to Africa, is to be sent overseas for forensic tests, according to an official of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). The vessel is at the John Fernandes Limited (JFL) wharf from where it will be placed on a Seaboard ship, possibly for Florida, United ...

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Back-pay for public servants, security forces, some teachers

The Guyana government announced salary increases of between five and eight percent for public servants and the security services but teachers earning more than GUY$50,000 (US$236) monthly would not be entitled to a retroactive pay increase, according to a statement from the Office of the President. President Donald Ramotar’s office said that more than 20,000 public servants and members of ...

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GUYANA: Caricom considering opposition’s request for intervention in political impasse

Secretary General of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom), Ambassador Irwin La Rocque Friday defended the regional grouping’s silence on the political impasse in Guyana and he said a request by Guyana’s opposition for the regional grouping to get involved is being considered. Although the Organisation of American States (OAS) and key Western Nations have have called for the now more ...

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Caribbean Public Health Agency aims to reduce child obesity by 2025

San Juan, (EFE).- The Caribbean Public Health Agency, or CARPHA, published a Plan of Action for Promoting Healthy Weights: 2014 – 2019, part of a push to reduce obesity among children and adolescents by 2025. CARPHA has an integrated strategy to address nutrition-related diseases in Caribbean countries, where the proportion of overweight or obese people is in the range of 28 percent to 35 ...

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Several protesting Venezuela prison inmates die of drug poisoning

CARACAS, Venezuela – At least 13 hunger striking inmates at an overcrowded prison in Venezuela have died after they allegedly drank a deadly cocktail of multiple drugs and grain alcohol, officials said Thursday. The prison ministry said in a statement that the inmates demanding better living conditions stormed a pharmacy in the prison where they ingested multiple drugs, including antibiotics, ...

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Brazil awards contracts totaling 5 GW in power-plant auction

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 28 (EFE).- Brazil’s government on Friday awarded contracts for 51 power plants that will have a combined generating capacity of 4.98 GW and begin supplying the domestic market in 2019.The average price of the contracted electricity at the auction, organized by the Electrical Energy Commercialization Chamber, or CCEE, was 196.11 reais (some $78) per megawatt-hour.The vast ...

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U.K. Premier seeks to limit social benefits to control immigration

London, Nov 28 (EFE).- British Prime Minister David Cameron proposed Friday giving European Union, E.U., citizens six months to find work if they want to settle in United Kingdom and limiting their access to social assistance programs so as to control immigration. Cameron outlined his plan to reduce the number of European immigrants that is to form a part of ...

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Ebola virus detected in semen three months after symptoms end

Geneva, Nov 28 (EFE).- The World Health Organization, WHO, warned on Friday that the semen of men recovering from Ebola can contain the deadly virus up to three months after the symptoms disappear. Four studies on the persistence of Ebola virus in the seminal fluid of 43 patients concluded that the virus was present in the semen of three men, ...

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