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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Govt to PPP: “I call on you not to instigate racial prejudice”

Minister of Social Cohesion Hon. Amna Ally Friday rejected People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Clement Rohee questioning the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) about the racial composition of the staff of that elections management authority. Coming one day after GECOM Chairman, Dr. Steve Surujbally rubbished Rohee’s questions about race and the political persuasion of about 50 of the estimated 12,000 ...

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Foster son of Suriname president arrested in robbery investigation

By Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO, Suriname; Romano Meriba (31), fosterson of Suriname’s president Desi Bouterse, has been arrested Friday in Paramaribo after he reported himself to a police station.  The Public Relations Department of the Suriname Police Force released a statement confirming the arrest. According the police Meriba has been arrested by officers of the Capital Offenses’ Department, the police unit ...

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Ogle Airport Inc. open-minded on law for private airports

Even as the Ogle Airport Inc. fended off claims that a clique is behaving anti-competitively to the detriment of most domestically-owned operators, the company signaled it was open to the facility being governed by law instead of a contentious draft agreement. Chief Executive Officer of Ogle Airport Inc; Anthony Mekdeci , however, explained that putting the agreement in place would ...

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Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Security dies

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Security, Angela Johnson died Friday afternoon after a brief illness, sources said. She passed away at a city hospital. Staff members of the Ministry of Public Security are said to be shocked at her death. She had been away from duty for about two weeks. Johnson served as Permanent Secretary since about ...

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“Crime not spiraling out of control” – Crime Chief

Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has affirmed that crime is not spiraling out of control, but is in fact projected to decrease. Blanhum made the disclosure at a presentation on Friday morning where the police force is currently revealing its plans to prevent crime in the festive season. According to the Crime Chief, since he took Office in June, crime has ...

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Brazil donates equipment to GDF’s Jungle School

Brazil has donated an estimated GUY$26 million worth of equipment to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), as part of an ongoing cooperation between the two countries. The equipment was handed over Thursday by Brazilian Ambassador, Lineu Pupo De Paula to GDF Chief Of Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips, at Base Camp Stephenson.  The military aid package, consists of eight ARUA 600 ...

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Suriname records first cases of Zika virus in Caricom

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Monday confirmed five case of Zika virus in a territory of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARPHA did not name the country but other news reports, including statements by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have identified Suriname as the country. On 2 November ...

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PPP condemns House Speaker’s refusal to call special sitting to debate increased salaries; denies blocking debate on no-confidence motion

Even as the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) Thursday expressed disgust at the refusal by House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland to summon a sitting of the National Assembly to debate the increased salaries to ministers and parliamentarians, PPPC Executive Member Gail Teixeira denied that Parliament had been prorogued to avoid debate on a no-confidence motion and remain in power. “No, ...

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Arapaimas rescued from drought-affected pond

Two adult and 25 juvenile Arapaimas were safely moved from a drying pond located upstream the Essequibo River from the Iwokrama River Lodge, the Iwokrama Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development said Thursday. “With the critical dry season currently being experienced in that region due to the El Nino effect, the partners soon realised that if the fish were not ...

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Police Commissioner, Guyana Ex-Police Association of America at odds over NY fund-raiser, contact

The Guyana Ex-Police Association of America Inc. and  Guyana’s Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud are at odds over his participation in an event organised by a group in New York to raise funds for the children of policemen and women who have died in the line of duty. But the Commissioner of Police questioned the motive of the association. “I question ...

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