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Daily Archives: October 27, 2016

Cuban shoppers helping to keep Guyana’s economy afloat

by Abigail Semple The steady flow of nearly 1,000 Cubans coming to Guyana every week to shop mainly clothing is being widely hailed as good for this South American country’s economy at a time when there is much talk about sluggishness and over-reliance on gold to prop up revenues. While cambio (foreign exchange) dealers experience mixed fortunes as far as ...

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Strategic Business Plan 2016-2010 launched

The Ministry of Business on Thursday launched its 2016-2020 strategic business plan, and Minister of Business and Tourism, Dominic Gaskin expressed confidence that its implementation would help boost Guyana’s economy and improve its development. “By the time we have concluded the implementation of this plan you will see significant improvements to aid the business environment.” Gaskin told the launching ceremony ...

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Female prison officer said marijuana she allegedly smuggled into jail was “biscuits and medications,”

“Don’t open the bag; don’t do that to me a get two lil children to mine,”- female prisoner A female prison officer who allegedly caught smuggling marijuana into the New Amsterdam Prison had unsuccessfully begged one of her colleagues not to squeal on her because she has two young children. When a bag containing the parcels of ganja, 35-year old ...

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Fish Shop murder accused now on manslaughter charge; granted bail

Mark Anthony Barclay, who had confessed to murdering Gordon Ross outside White Castle Fish Shop, has been granted bail and will soon be facing trial in the High Court for manslaughter. Barclay had initially been on trial at the Georgetown Magistrates Court for murdering Ross. However, on Thursday, after the prosecution had closed the case, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan changed ...

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Guyana wants Caricom’s help in freeing up honey trade, one year after T&T fines La Parkan

Guyana is hoping that the Caribbean Community (Caricom) can unblock Trinidad and Tobago as the route through which honey exports must be transshipped  to regional and extra-regional markets, following a US$3,000 fine that La Parkan had to pay for violating the laws of that twin-island nation. Trinidad and Tobago laws prohibit the transportation of honey within one mile of that ...

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Govt mum on funding for GECOM’s planned house to house registration

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan opted to remain mum on whether he would be prepared to consider additional funding to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to allow it to conduct house-to-house registration next year. Jordan merely reiterated that if the fiscal outlook improves next year =, he would be willing to consider additional requests by the constitutional bodies. That was after ...

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Miner arraigned for murder committed 17 years ago

A 39-year-old miner, who allegedly killed another man 17 years ago, has finally appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates Court to be charged. It is alleged that on May 3, 1999, at 7 Miles Mahdia, Philbert Edwards called ‘Phil-Phil’ murdered David Ramcharran. The Prince Ville Mahdia resident was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to ...

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PPPC, govt trade sparks as consideration of estimates for constitutional bodies kicks off

The Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic on Thursday railed against the coalition-led government for cutting the budget to the constitutional body of Parliament Office by GYD$200 million. The Finance Minister, Winston Jordan has proposed to the House that GYD$1, 519,506 billion be allocated to the Parliament Office based on revenue projections and loans. “At the end of the day when ...

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Guyana to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates with IDB support

Program seeks to strengthen the country’s healthcare network, benefitting some 140,000 women and 9,000 newborns a year The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)  on Thursday announced that it has approved an US$8 million loan for a program to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana. This program seeks to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities and ...

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PPP replaces Charles Ramson as new MP

The People’s Progressive Party Civic’s (PPPC) Vickram Outar Bharrat on Thursday replaced Charles Ramson Jr. who recently resigned to take up a British scholarship to pursue studies in oil and gas. Bharrat took the oath of office before the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs after his name was extracted from the PPP’s list of candidates through the Guyana ...

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