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Monthly Archives: May 2016

City Hall is broke; salaries unpaid; security service withdraws; garbage collectors may go soon

Guyana’s capital city, Georgetown, has plunged into a deep financial crisis with no money to pay City workers, contracted security, drainage and garbage collection services, according to well-placed sources. A senior financial official at City Hall would only say that workers would “most likely” be paid on Friday,  May 27, 2016. “Money is not there. City Hall does not have ...

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Ex husband, friend charged with Babita Sarjou’s shallow grave murder

Three days after the skeletal remains of Babita Sarjou were unearthed from a shallow grave aback her husband’s Campbellville home, he and another man were charged and arraigned for her murder six years ago. Shardanand Naraine, 39, and his friend 35-year old were not required to plea to the indictable charge that they murdered the 28-year old woman. Naraine and Punton ...

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Stabroek Market businesses block City Hall’s planned demolition

The owners of two business premises at the Stabroek Market area on Tuesday secured High Court injunctions, blocking the Town Clerk from demolishing their buildings that house the services that they have been providing for The owners of the Island Restaurant (formerly K&VC ) and Lance Photo Works secured the injunctions on Tuesday. The Town Clerk, Royston King, has been ...

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Independence helped remove racial discrimination-Guyana-born St. Maarten insurance executive

An insurance agent, who fled Guyana decades ago at the height of economic problems and built a Pan-Caribbean insurance empire out of his adopted homeland of St. Maarten, believes that independence helped remove racial discrimination in employment practices. “We have to give a lot of credit- we could say what we want about their political views and behaviors- people like ...

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Steel-pan player crushed to death shortly after Independence rehearsal

Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations were late Tuesday night marred by the death of a youthful steel-pan player shortly after rehearsals. Multiple sources confirmed that 14-year old Kevin Scipio was crushed by a truck while he and others were offloading the steelpans at the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School, Mandela Avenue. Scipio was a member of the youth band, PanWave, that ...

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Obama rep; other dignitaries expected for Guyana’s Independence anniversary

Several high-level foreign dignitaries are expected in Guyana to join in the celebration of the country’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation. They are Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland,  the Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart and  and United States’ Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Juan Sebastian Gonzalez. Gonzalez, who is responsible for American diplomatic ...

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“There is no crisis” – Norton, Frank Anthony thrash out “drug shortages”

Public Health Minister Dr George Norton and his shadow Dr Frank Anthony went head to head on Tuesday’s sitting of the National Assembly over reports of a drug shortage at several medical institutions across Guyana. While Opposition MP Dr Frank Anthony emphatically argued that there was shortage of some essential medication, Dr Norton defended the government with the same vigour ...

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No salary, diplomatic passports for honorary; other Advisors earn hefty salaries

The APNU+AFC administration has clarified that thirty-three persons appointed as Honorary Ministerial Advisors are working for free and without diplomatic passports. This was confirmed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon who was responding to questions raised in the National Assembly by Opposition members of Parliament. The names of the 33 members appointed are as follows: Ronald Albert, Rohan Somar, Joycelyn ...

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Security guard shot, robbed of guns, cash at bank

Two security guards were robbed of their guns and a quantity of cash while they were about to make a deposit at Demerara Bank’s branch at Le Resouvennir, East Coast Demerara Monday night.  Police said that at about 2000h. last night Monday May 23, 2016, Cleveland Pyle, 22 years, and Damion Pearce, 24 years, security guards attached to a private ...

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New Jubilee parade route better for children – Henry

After the Ministry of Education announced a change in the route for the Jubilee Float parade on Monday – days before the actual event – there has been widespread concern about the issue including the fact that it is much shorter. The Ministry on Monday said the costume bands participating in the Jubilee Float Parade will now assemble at the ...

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