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Daily Archives: September 22, 2015

Guyanese put on alert as Venezuela continues troop build-up

In the wake of Venezuela’s build-up of military personnel and equipment near the border with Guyana, the Guyana government Tuesday night called on Guyanese at home and in that neighbouring country to be alert. “Guyanese citizens close to the border with Venezuela are urged to be alert to this development and are further urged to remain within the boundaries of ...

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Amnesty nets more guns, ammo but still no assault rifle

The Guyana Police Force on Monday said it was netting more illegal weapons, rounds and cartridges, eight days ahead of the end of the one-month amnesty for such illegal weapons. Authorities have said that no one would be charged with the illegal possesson of such items, but ballistic tests would be conducted to ascertain whether they have been used to ...

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Venezuela holds military exercise, raising tensions with Guyana

report by Agence France Presse Venezuela said Tuesday it is conducting military exercises in the eastern part of the country, a move neighboring Guyana denounced as an “extraordinary escalation” of an ongoing border dispute. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said the troop buildup, which Guyana had noticed with concern, was an “operational deployment exercise.” He said Venezuelans could rest assured ...

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Mild drama at swearing in of PPPC-nominated GECOM commissioners

There was mild drama at the swearing in of two People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-nominated members of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) when one of them opted to do it her way. Attorney-at-Law, Bibi Safora Shadick was first invited to take the oath of office. When Protocol Officer, Retired Colonel Francis Abraham presented her with the book to read the ...

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Bring back external panel to award scholarships, Public Service Commission of Inquiry hears

An external panel should be reintroduced to select scholarship awardees rather than the ministry as had been the case under the previous administration, according to the Head of the Government Scholarship Programme Syinka Grogan. She reasoned that the best resort available to the government would be a reintroduction of the panel selection since persons who are more serious about the ...

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Surinamese woman held with ingested cocaine

Police said that at about 1920h. last night Monday September 21, 2015, ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch arrested a female Surinamese national. She was on an outgoing flight at the Ogle Airport, after 902 grams of cocaine were found on her body. It is suspected that she also ingested pellets containing cocaine and has been admitted to the GPHC ...

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BREAKING: Venezuela building up troops near Guyana border

President David Granger on Tuesday said Venezuela was building up troops near the border with Guyana. “We have recently received reports that Venezuela has been making extraordinary military deployments in eastern Venezuela, that is western Guyana,  which seem to be impacting on Guyana’s territorial defence,” he told reporters. He said he and top security chiefs were meeting Tuesday to craft ...

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Chanderpaul gave non-existent address- immigration

Former West Indies and Guyana star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul gave immigration officers a non-existent address on arrival in his native country, police said in a statement. “The Guyana Police Force states that in relation to the incident referred to Mr. Shivnarine Chanderpaul had stated an intended address that does not exist in Guyana on his embarkation card which was submitted ...

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