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Daily Archives: February 9, 2016

Embattled Westford warns ‘don’t throw away the baby with the bath water’

Controversial People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) Member of Parliament Dr Jennifer Westford delivered her maiden speech in the 11th Parliament on Tuesday, using the opportunity to urge the Guyana government to do right for the people. Westford who is currently before the courts on two dozen charges of fraud amounting to GYD$694M delivered her address to the House without any heckles ...

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Head-to-head: Guyana’s health politicos offer Zika battle plans

Shadow Public Health Minister, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran Tuesday criticized government for failing to put sufficient measures in place to tackle the mosquito-borne Zika Virus that scientists believe is responsible for brain deformity in babies in neighbouring Brazil. “Nothing for vector control, that is a sick situation,” quipped Ramsaran, a former Health Minister, during his contribution to the 2016 Budget Debate. ...

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Invest in Region 10 – MP Figueira urges private sector

APNU+AFC  Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira has urged that the private sector take the opportunity to make investments in Region 10 – Upper Demerara Upper Berbice. Figueira, the Region 10 Regional representative, stated that under the new APNU+AFC administration, the region has seen renewed growth and investment potential. “I would like to take this opportunity to invite members of the ...

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“No more slush funds”- Henry

The APNU+AFC administration has declared that there will be no more slush funds and monies will not be handed out to persons in any flippant manner. This declaration was made by Junior Education Minister Nicolette Henry who as at the time making specific reference to issues at the former Culture Youth and Sport Ministry. She indicated that in 2014, more ...

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$300M for 50th requires “frugal, prudent” spending – Minister Henry

Junior Education Minister Nicolette Henry has described the $300M allocated for the observance of Guyana’s 50th anniversary as “frugal and prudent” and limits the activities the Ministry can undertake. Making her contributions to the 2016 Budget debates, Henry pointed out that Guyana has spent billions on other events such as Carifesta and cricket world cup. She said the monies “require ...

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Speaker upbraids Neendkumar, Cornel Damon

After disregarding cautions issued by the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland during the debates on Monday, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) Cornel Damon was upbraided on Tuesday afternoon. On Monday as Damon rose to give his contributions to the Budget, he began to invoke the name of the President in his remark. The Speaker ...

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“Disappointed” Health Minister to replace GPHC Chairman charged in New York

Health Minister, Dr. George Norton says he is “disappointed” that the newly-appointed Chairman of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Dr. Noel Blackman has been arrested and charged with illegally issuing prescriptions for a powerful painkiller in New York. Norton said already steps are being taken to replace Blackman as Chairman of the GPHC’s Board.  Sources said Dr. Max Hanoman, ...

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Former Health Minister Blackman arrested in New York for alleged illegal prescription of narcotic painkiller

United States Federal authorities arrested a former Minister of Health of Guyana, Noel Blackman who they suspect illegally prescribed vast amounts of oxycodone — 365,000 pills in 2015 — in a drug-dealing enterprise spanning three states. Blackman was recently appointed to chair the Board of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). The New York Newsday reported that Federal authorities arrested the ...

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Two charged with arson-murder of teenage sisters, dad

Two men were Monday arraigned for the murder of a father and his teenage daughters by burning a building at the corner of Robb and King Streets more than one year ago. They are businessman, 72-year old Ganga Krishna of 11 North Road, Bourda and his employee 24-year old Avishkar Kissoon of 1 Sheriff Street, Georgetown. They were not required to ...

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