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Daily Archives: July 29, 2015

Former Minister, subordinate will not face High Court trial on larceny, forgery charges

by Zena Henry The criminal trial against former Minister of Public Service, Jennifer Westford and Chief Personnel Officer of the said ministry, Margret Cummings, will be heard at the Georgetown Magistrate Court as the women have opted to be tried summarily. They pleaded not guilty to four counts of attempted larceny and intent to defraud by forgery respectively.  They faced ...

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Asian wood companies told to start value added production or face contract termination

Bai Shan Lin Forest Development Inc. and Vaitarna Holdings Private Inc. will have their contracts, which allows them to harvest timber from Guyana’s forests, terminated if they fail to commence value-added operations by year-end, says Governance Minister Raphael Trotman. Bai Shan Lin established itself in Guyana in 2005 and has several concessions in Guyana, including around 960,000 hectares of forest, ...

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Possible multi-million dollar scam at Public Service Ministry; no fingers pointing at Jenny Westford

Governance Minister, Raphael Trotman, on Wednesday, confirmed reports of financial irregularity concerning “tens of millions of dollars” which occurred in the Ministry of Public Service which now falls under the Ministry of the Presidency. “By the day things seem to be bubbling up from the deep,” Trotman told reporters when asked by a reporter to confirm whether rumors of financial ...

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Berbice bridge tolls to be reduced

Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman, today announced that the Berbice River Bridge toll will be reduced to an amount which has already been communicated to Finance Minister, Winston Jordon. Trotman, who made this revelation during Wednesday’s post-Cabinet briefing, declined to name the amount the toll is to be reduced by, but shared that the Finance Minister will make the announcement ...

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Fmr govt minister Jennifer Westford, PSM Personnel Officer on total of GUY$2 million bail for vehicle scam

Former Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford and her Personnel Officer, Margaret Cummings on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the acquisition and transfer of several government vehicles and they were granted a total of GUY$2 million bail. Westford was granted a total of GUY$800,000 bail and Cummings was placed on a total of GUY$1.2 million bail. Westford ...

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Govt using DPP, police to go after PPP members, says party

Just hours after police were advised to charge former Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford in connection with the alleged acquisition of government vehicles, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) accused government of using the law enforcement agencies to go on a witch-hunt of political opponents. “The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has noted the pressure being exerted on the Director of ...

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