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Daily Archives: October 6, 2015

Guyana maintains Cubana Air disaster was terrorist act

Days after identifying the United States (US) as a potential player to help secure small states, President David Granger Tuesday said the perpetrators of the Hemisphere’s worst terrorist attack-Cubana Air Disaster-were still to be prosecuted. “Guyana reminds the world that justice for the victims of the Cubana de Aviación flight CU 455 is still outstanding,” he told a commemorative ceremony ...

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“I am not moving any furniture for Rohee or for Jagdeo” – Harmon responds

State Minister Joseph Harmon has made it clear that he will not be moving any furniture for any Member of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party. This is after, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on Monday told reporters that the Government was wilfully withholding resources from the office of the Opposition Leader. This, according to Teixeira, was stymieing the work of ...

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Govt ministers “deserve” hefty salary increases

While concern has been expressed by sections of society over a move by the government to increase the salaries of its officials, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has opined that the Ministers are deserving of the increase. Reports in several sections of the media indicate that the Order for the increase was given by Finance Minister Winston Jordan on September ...

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Former UN chief John Ashe charged with taking $1.3m in bribes

(BBC).-US authorities have charged a former United Nations General Assembly president with taking bribes from a Chinese billionaire. New York prosecutors said John Ashe “converted the UN into a platform for profit” as he helped real estate mogul Ng Lap Seng gain government contracts. Mr Ashe is accused of taking $1.3m, spending the cash on luxury goods. UN Secretary General ...

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Roger Khan may return to testify about death squads

Convicted Guyanese drug lord Roger Khan could be returned to Guyana if a request is made for him to give testimony at a Commission of Inquiry. This is according to United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway who indicated that Guyana and the US are signatories to many international conventions that govern such matters. Holloway indicated that for such ...

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GECOM begins training Local Govt poll workers

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has begin training persons to conduct Local Government Elections which could be held any time after mid-February. The Commission said in a statement that scores of persons took part in a two-day training exercise coordinated and executed by that elections management authority, last Saturday and Sunday. “This exercise has been designed to comprehensively train persons ...

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PPP demands wide consultations on electronic vote counting

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Tuesday called for wide consultations and the full involvement of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in deciding whether votes should be counted electronically. “The Party is of the view that introduction of machines for E-counting must be discussed with all the stakeholders in a timely and transparent manner. Further, such offers must not ...

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Telecoms liberalisation appears to be finally on the horizon

Guyanese will late this year or early 2016 get higher mobile data speeds and lower international calling packages, among other benefits, when long-awaited laws are passed by the National Assembly. Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson says that work on the draft amendment bills for the Public Utilities Commission and the Telecommunication sector have been completed. “I had said before that it ...

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Lethem bracing for severe drought

Residents in southern Guyana are preparing for a severe drought caused by what weather experts say is El Nino. Lethem resident, Clairmont Lyte said in a release that residents of Lethem, Rupununi are being kept abreast of the situation by an “El Nino Committee”. With the Takatu River drying up and the water-table falling due to the prolonged dry spell, ...

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Part-time judges to help clear case backlog

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams says part-time judges will soon be hired and new rule introduced to fast-track the clearance of a huge backlog of cases in the court system. “If we have four judges working for six months this would contribute to the ending of the backlog…the backlog could also be ended by the introduction ...

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