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Daily Archives: February 16, 2016

Govt, opposition haggle over “equitable” street lights in strongholds

Sparks flew in Guyana’s National Assembly over whether government was providing street lights equally to communities across Guyana. Though the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarians did not bring the issue of partisan race-based politics into the discourse, it was clear that the communities from which street lights have been removed are that party’s stronghold while the other one ...

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Man charged with wounding Team Benschop activist granted bail

In what appears to be the first report of local government electoral-related violence, a man was charged with unlawfully wounding a Team Benschop activist and placed on GYD$60,000 bail. The Alliance For Change (AFC) has since condemned the attack Forty-eight year old Albert Cromwell of 26 Dowding Street, Kitty is accused of assaulting 51-year old Iqbal Rahim of 236 David ...

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Legal Affairs Ministry likely to buy nearby land for extension

The Guyana government is eyeing two plots of land to expand the building that houses the Attorney General’s Chambers and Ministry of Legal Affairs. Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams says government hopes to negotiate the purchase of two lots of land south of the current building to extend the current building. He told the House that ...

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Attorney General, Anil Nandlall square off over ‘vehicle fraud’

A heated exchange between Attorney General Basil Williams and his predecessor Anil Nandlall in the National Assembly on Tuesday as the Attorney General alleged that there were moves afoot to defraud the state of millions. Williams was questioned as to the allocations made for the purchase of a vehicle in 2015 and he revealed that the Government had budgeted over ...

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Aurora Gold Mines to compensate Guyana for environmental impact

Government is negotiating a package with Guyana Goldfields to compensate for environmental degradation caused by the mining of gold at Aurora Gold Mines, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman announced Tuesday. Questioned by People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarians during consideration of the estimates for the 2016 National Budget, Trotman declined to say how much money is being proposed. He ...

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Konashen to become part of Guyana’s Protected Areas System

Guyana is actively considering the establishment of  a new Protected Area by adding the village of Konashen in the southern part of the country, Natural Minister Raphael Trotman announced Tuesday. Responding to questions from People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarians during the consideration of proposed expenditures for 2016, he said a legal opinion has been already acquired and would be dispatched ...

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Millions for restoration of Botanical Gardens

The Budget for the National Resources Ministry was approved in the Committee of Supply on Tuesday with millions of dollars being allocated for the restoration of the Botanical Gardens. The monies budgeted under Capital Projects of the Ministry of Natural Resources will be funneled through the National Parks Commission for the Botanical Gardens. Among other things, the move to restore ...

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GWI “alarmed” about hospitals’ “unacceptable” disposal of medical waste

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is alarmed at the amount of medical waste, including syringes and needles, that its workers are coming into contact with while maintaining Georgetown’s sewage system “Our sanitation employees are alarmed by the amount of medical waste found in the GWI sewage tanker as well as sewage chambers outside of some hospitals,”  GWI Chief Executive Officer, Dr. ...

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Guyana’s anti-suicide campaign kicking in at schools

The Ministry of Education has embarked on a series of suicide awareness sessions in Georgetown under the theme “Choose Life- Say No to Suicide,” as Guyana continues to reel from a high incidence of persons taking their own lives.   The first such session was held Monday, 15th January, 2016 at the Central High School whose students and teachers listened to ...

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Caribbean warned about rain-related disasters after drought ends mid-year

The drought conditions which have affected the region since late 2014 / early 2015 are expected to subside by the start of the 2016 Hurricane Season. But in their place we should prepare for the risks of landslides and flashfloods, as the rains return. Officially, the Caribbean’s hurricane season starts on 1st June. This is the key warning from regional ...

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