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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Cocaine pellets retrieved from Surinamese woman – police

Fifteen pellets have so far been retrieved from the Surinamese woman who was arrested trying to smuggle cocaine out of Guyana, police said. Police said the retrieved pellets, which the woman had swallowed, contained 154 grammes of the illicit drug. The woman was arrested at the Ogle International Airport  Monday night,  September 21, 2015 by anti-narcotics police. Police alleged that ...

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Task Force to go after gold smugglers; some info to be released

Several government agencies are networking to collect and process information about a multi-billion dollar international gold smuggling racket to as far away as the Middle East, according to Minister of Governance Raphael Trotman. Authorities also hope to unearth and revive a probe into the stealing of more than 450 pounds of gold from a Guyanese-registered vessel, Summer Bliss, in Curacao ...

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Venezuela’s “affront to our sovereignty” is “grandstanding”; more Guyanese troops readied for deployment

The Guyana government on Wednesday sought to downplay the possibility of a military strike by Venezuela, while describing the presence of gunboats in the Cuyuni River as merely an act of aggression. “There is no cause for people to believe that we are about to be invaded or anything like that,” said Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman. “We shouldn’t panic ...

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Bring back the merit increment in the public service- official

As the Public Service Commission of Inquiry (CoI) convened for a second day of testimonies, a call was made for the Guyana Government to properly implement the performance appraisal system for public servants – this would be with the merit increment. The call came from Senior Public Service Officer in Department of Public Service at the Ministry of the Presidency, ...

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Guyana establishes Core Group for improving higher education standards

Guyana on Tuesday formally established a local chapter of a Caribbean-wide network that seeks to harmonize the quality and standards of tertiary education as far as possible. Delivering remarks to install the first seven-member core group, Executive Director of the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education (CANQATE), Michael Bradshaw said the local body would be expected to ...

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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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