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Daily Archives: June 17, 2015

Not one cent from Treasury spent for Brooklyn victory rally

No public money was used to finance a trip by coalition government members to the United States last week for a victory rally, says Minister of the Presidency Joseph Harmon. Several people, including Harmon, Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman and Minister of Tourism, Kathy Hughes journeyed to New York to take part in an A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) ...

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Specialty Hospital scrapped; money to be diverted to primary health care

Cabinet is exploring the possibility of redirecting the remaining US$14million ($2.8billion) of a US$18million ($3.6billion) loan secured from Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China Bank by the Donald Ramotar administration for the construction of a specialty hospital for the purpose of bolstering existing public health infrastructure and capacity. “The current thinking of the administration is that once those sums of money ...

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Government to discuss further rice shipments to Venezuela as other SA countries eye lucrative market

by Zena Henry With a history-making production on the way, debts to rice farmers and Venezuela being the State’s only rice market, the government is setting for bilateral talks with the Spanish speaking nation to seek an extension of the oil –for-rice agreement which is expected to expire this year. Guyana last year produced 600,000 tons of the grain in ...

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President’s Scholarship scheme to be revamped

The new administration is reviewing the President’s Scholarship Award Programme due to several “issues” surrounding its functioning, says Minister of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon. In addition to looking at opportunities for young Guyanese scholarships abroad, the Education Minister, he said, has been tasked with reviewing the programme to incorporate increased opportunities for Guyanese at home to study at the University ...

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CXC reduces cost to run rescheduled exams

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has granted Guyana a US$20,000 reduction on the cost run to reschedule the sitting of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). As such, government is now required to pay CXC approximately US$365,000 ($73 million) as opposed to the previous figure of approximately US$380,000 ($80 million.) This is according to Minister ...

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Police, carjackers in shootout; one nabbed

One of two carjackers was arrested and a stolen item recovered, following a shootout between police and the bandits. The Guyana Police Force said in a statement that at about 2100h last night Tuesday June 16, 2015, taxi-driver Zaheer Khaleel, 22 years, of Diamond Housing Scheme, EBD, was held up in the Housing Scheme by two men who had hired ...

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Guyana registers very low number of rejected ballots

Rejected Ballots at record low A total of 4043 ballots were declared invalid and thus rejected during Elections 2015, says Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Dr. Steve Surujbally. 412,012 persons voted in this year’s elections. As such, the number of rejected ballots amounts to 0.098 percent of total votes cast. This is down from 1.32 percent in 2011, when ...

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Guyanese man jailed for seven years for drugs in Barbados

(BARBADOS TODAY).-A Guyanese man was sentenced to seven years in prison by Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles yesterday. The sentence was imposed after Ryon Marlon George pleaded guilty to seven drug charges in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court, involving 19. 6 kilograms of cocaine. The contraband, worth almost $1 million, was found on the MV Fairland cargo ship.    George lives at ...

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PPPC must go to parliament and demonstrate national unity against Venezuela- IAC

In the face of intensified aggression by Venezuela to lay claim over the Essequibo Region, the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) on Tuesday called on the main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) in the National Assembly and send a unified message to Guyana’s western neighbour. “The IAC recognizes that at this critical juncture in the history of Guyana, the PPP ...

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