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Daily Archives: February 3, 2016

GYD$20 million worth of smuggled goods seized

The Guyana Revenue Authority Wednesday said it seized almost GYD$20 million worth of smuggled goods and detained a number of vehicles that were used to transport the items  in January. The seizure of the un-customed goods by the GRA’s Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) has been is part of what the agency calls its “relentless”  pursuit of smugglers “The countrywide ...

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Drought forces water rationing in areas of Georgetown

Rationing of water being supplied to residents of Georgetown from the Shelter Belt Water Treatment Facility begins Wednesday night (3rd February, 2016) from 10 O’clock due to the current drought. The Guyana Water Inc. explains that this is as a result of another decrease in the level of the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) due to the prolonged dry season. ...

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Govt looking to honor Chanderpaul

Despite being him ‘forced’ to retire by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the government of Guyana says it is exploring ways to honor a great son of the soil – Shivnarine Chanderpaul. This announcement was made by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman at a press conference on Wednesday. According to Trotman, Cabinet has mandated Education and Sport Minister Rupert Roopnaraine ...

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No commitments given to Orlando Group for design of Sports Complex – Govt

Natural Resources Minister and Government Spokesperson Raphael Trotman has affirmed that the government has not given any commitments to an Orlando Architecture firm for the design of a new sports complex. This is against the backdrop of reports in international media that the company will be responsible for the design of multimillion dollar complex in Georgetown. Baker Barrios Architects, Inc. ...

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War on mosquitoes launched; residents urged to take precautions against fog

As Guyanese authorities seek to push back the Zika Virus, which has so far reportedly infected one Guyanese here, a massive offensive has been launched against mosquitoes in Georgetown and parts of East Coast and East Bank Demerara. The Ministry of Public Health also urged residents to stop harbouring breeding grounds for mosquitoes and ensure that all foods, domestic animals, ...

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Govt denies more contract workers hired, salary bill skyrocketed

The Guyana government Wednesday denied reports that the hiring of contract workers has ballooned under the nine-month old coalition-led administration, saying that the new figure takes into account the creation of a super-ministry. The Stabroek News newspaper, quoting from a 2016 Budget Review done by Chartered Accountant, Christopher Ram, stated that the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP) now employs 505 ...

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Guyana on red alert for Zika

The Guyana government has launched a multi-sectoral approach to minimize the chances of the mosquito-borne Zika virus from spreading to Guyana, the Ministry of Tourism announced Wednesday. Though not deadly, scientists say the virus has caused pregnant mothers to deliver babies with small or under-developed brains. Scientists also say the virus may be spread by sexual intercourse. Authorities say one Guyanese ...

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Not the same Robeson Benn running for Local Govt Elections

Commissioner of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Robeson Benn is not the same Robeson Benn who is a People’s Progressive Party Civic candidate in the upcoming Local Government Elections, according to a reliable source. The top GECOM source clarified, less than an hour after Team Benschop raised concerns, that the candidate is not Commissioner Brindley Horatio Robeson Benn, but is ...

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Team Benschop objects to Robeson Benn contesting LGE

Team Benschop has revealed that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) listed Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioner Robeson Benn as a candidate for Local Government Elections (LGE). According to Mark Benschop a Mayoral hopeful, his team  “strongly objects to Mr Robeson Benn being a commissioner at  GECOM and a candidate for the local government elections.” Benschop says that Benn should do ...

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