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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Solar-powered votes?

The incumbent People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration will welcome votes from Amerindian hinterland and coastal riverain communities in exchange for the thousands of low-powered solar home systems that have been installed during the past 15 years. “We have, indeed, been addressing power needs in hinterland communities for over a decade and if, indeed, it were to be associated with ...

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Police not linked to death of detainee

The involvement of the police or community police in the death of a detainee in hospital has been ruled out, a senior police officer said Wednesday. The officer said that as far he was aware no law enforcement personnel inflicted injuries on 28-year old Zaharadeen Razan of Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the ...

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Man allegedly rapes 8-year old niece

An eight year old girl was allegedly raped by her uncle and she was suffering from severe bleeding, authorities confirmed. The names of the child and the alleged perpetrator are being withheld to protect her identity in keeping with the Sexual Offences Act. Senior police sources said the man has not been arrested. “Checks were made for him but he ...

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Breakaway UG student faction blocks Turkeyen Campus’ main gate

Police were Wednesday morning again preparing to remove a barricade set up in front of the University of Guyana’s (UG) main entrance at Turkeyen by a breakaway faction of the students who insist on unrelenting pressure to force the administration and the unions to reach a pay-deal and pave the way for the full resumption of classes. The grouping-which includes ...

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Ministry of Health seizes canter of damaged, expired goods-

The Ministry of Health’s Pharmacy & Poison Board on Tuesday seized a canter, filled with damaged and expired food items and goods, as they were being loaded onto the vehicle, to be transported for marketing purposes, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported. After receiving a tip-off, Registrar, Pharmacy & Poison Board, Khame Sharma, and Inspector of Pharmacy, Shivanand Geer, along ...

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Guyana gets more IDB cash for environment and security sectors

The Government of Guyana and the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) has signed a loan agreement totalling US$32.16M for the strengthening of the environment sector and the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported. The agreement was signed at the 4th IDB Caribbean Governors’ Regional Meeting which was held in Freeport, The Bahamas, on February 19, 2015. Finance ...

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UG workers demand “written commitment” on pay offer before back-to-work

Now into their fifth week of industrial action the unions of the University of Guyana (UG) say staffers will not return to work without a written commitment from the university’s administration. Recent talks have seen the administration ask staffers to return to work, after which they (the administration) promise to recommence negotiations toward a mutually acceptable agreement. Efforts to contact ...

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President dissolves Parliament

President Donald Ramotar on Tuesday finally announced the dissolution of Parliament, paving the way for general and regional elections on May 11, 2015. Ramotar’s failure to dissolve Parliament and announce the date at the same time had drawn criticism from Former Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Judge, Professor Duke Pollard and the Guyana Bar Association (GBA). But Attorney General, Anil ...

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Civic apparently sidelined in Harper’s nomination as prime ministerial candidate

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) did not consult the “rather loose” and unstructured Civic grouping before nominating Ambassador Elisabeth Harper as its prime ministerial candidate for the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections, according to party General Secretary Clement Rohee. He said the Civic component did not submit a nominee and was not asked to do so. Rohee restated ...

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Ruling party’s PM candidate resigns from top Foreign Affairs post ; PPP denies sheltering her from media

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Tuesday announced that its Prime Ministerial Candidate, Ambassador Elisabeth Harper, has resigned as Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “My information is that she has already done so (resigned),” said party General Secretary, Clement Rohee.  He also denied strenuously that the career diplomat was being sheltered from being questioned by the private ...

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