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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Three relatives shot dead in East Berbice while fishing

Guyanese police are probing the shooting death of three members of one family  including a 15-year old boy at a rice field aback Mibicuri, East Berbice, Divisional Police Commander, Ian Amsterdam said. “We found three persons. All had gunshots,” he said. He  said one man, who is not connected to the rice field, has since been arrested. No firearms have ...

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Private Sector Commission agrees City Hall needs money but “confrontational and unlawful”

Even as the Private Sector Commission (PSC) prepares for another round of talks on efforts to impose a container tax, that business organisation has roasted City Hall for operating and taking “illegal action” without consulting the very people it expects to pay more taxes. “The Commission wishes, however, to remind the Council that the business sector and residents of the ...

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Nothing unconstitutional about special prosecutors; PPP govt used it too- Trotman

Attorney-at-Law and Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman on Friday lashed back at the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Gail Teixeira over her criticism of government’s moves to hire special prosecutors to help secure convictions against suspected pilferers of state assets. “There is nothing unique about Special Prosecutors in Guyana and throughout the Commonwealth,” she said. “The previous government utilized the ...

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Crisis at GPHC: Matron to be sent on leave

Health care delivery is currently in crisis at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) as the standoff between doctors and the Chief Matron, Colleen Hicks at the facility continues unabated. Chairman of the GPHC Board of Directors, Dr Carl ‘Max’ Hanoman met with media operatives on Thursday at its Resource Centre, to provide a brief on the unsavoury situation at ...

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Special prosecution team will be unconstitutional and witch-hunt of political opponents

The decision by government to explore the possibility of  hiring a team of special prosecutors to help secure convictions of suspected state asset thieves has been roundly condemned by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) as a calculated “witch-hunt.” “The rationale for such a radical departure from the existing constitutional and legal provisions can only by interpreted as one designed to ...

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Referendum on death penalty if there’s deadlock- Granger

President David Granger said he was open to holding a referendum on whether the death penalty should be abolished if there is a deadlock, hinting very strongly that he was opposed to external forces dictating what Guyana should do. “There has been a moratorium of over two decades and what I would say is that if the Cabinet were to consider ...

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CANU cleared of Barry Dataram’s allegations

  elf-confessed drug lord, Barry Dataram’s allegations that the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU)‎ has been involved in facilitating drug trafficking instead of fighting it have. no merit, President David Granger said Thursday. ‎”I would say generally that Mr Barry Dataram:s allegations‎ are without foundation. The Commission did find other areas that require administrative attention,” he said on his weekly television ...

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Guyana govt “not in a rush” to hold death penalty consultations

A day after a top international human rights activist called on Guyana to repeal the death penalty for terrorism and other offences for which there is capital punishment, government on Thursday ruled out consultations any time soon to do so. Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, who chaired the post-cabinet press conference, said from all indications government was “not in ...

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Fund to finance telecoms services in uneconomical areas

by Gary Eleazar Communities across the country with no access to telecommunication services will soon be accommodated through a special fund to be set up, as part of the provisions under the recently approved Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2016. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, elucidated this point on Wednesday when he appeared before the Standing Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources. ...

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SARU Chief rejects PPP’s “witch hunt” claims

by Gary Eleazar Head of Guyana’s State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU), Professor Clive Thomas has rejected outright claims by the opposition Peoples’ Progressive Party (PPP) that the agency is engaged in a ‘witch-hunt’ against its members, since it is merely probing complaints made. In fact, he said it was the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Bharrat Jagdeo -led administration which signed the international ...

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