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Daily Archives: December 20, 2016

Traffic policemen to be charged with marijuana trafficking

Two traffic policemen, who are based at New Amsterdam, Berbice, are expected to find themselves before the court for allegedly being in possession of an estimated 5 kilogrammes of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. The constables were arrested after the compressed marijuana was found in a car owned by one of the policemen. A car was intercepted on the West Coast Berbice ...

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Govt budgets GY$250 million to build new drugs bond

The Ministry of Public Health will this year construct a new bond to store medical supplies, even as it has allocated GYD$150 million to next year continue renting the controversial bond at Sussex Street, Albouystown from a businessman. During consideration of the 2017 Budget estimates of expenditure, Public Health Minister George Norton announced that GYD$250 million have been set aside ...

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Gov’t budgets for 2017 rental of $12.5M monthly Sussex Street drug bond- Health Minister Norton

Despite Cabinet’s  intention to review the contract for the controversial $12M monthly Sussex Street drug bond, Public Health Minister Dr George Norton disclosed in the Supply Committee of the National Assembly that the $12M monthly bond will still be rented for the year 2017. $180M has been budgeted for rental of buildings in 2017 by the Public Health Ministry’s under ...

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911 Emergency phones operational by early 2017, says Public Security Minister Ramjattan

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan expects the 911 Emergency numbers will be functioning effectively by early 2017, with some 12 officers to be trained for work on a shift system. Some $250M was allocated in budget 2017 for equipment for the Guyana Police Force, an allocation which prompted Opposition MP Juan Edghill to question whether the 911 service will benefit, ...

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Minister Scott hints at FITUG, GTUC ‘impotence’ while grilled on $24M for Guyana National Co-op Union Ltd

Government has allocated $24M to the Guyana National Cooperative Union Limited (GNCU) under the Labour division of the Social Protection Ministry sparking many questions on the body supposedly located at Waterloo Street between Middle and Quamina Streets. Opposition MP Juan Edghill questioned Labour Minister Keith Scott in the Supply Committee of the National Assembly on what criteria was used to ...

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ExxonMobil hires Dutch-headquartered company in “key step” towards oil production in Guyana

ExxonMobil subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) on Tuesday announced that it has awarded contracts to SBM Offshore for a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, a key step in moving the Liza field toward first production. Under the contracts, SBM Offshore will perform front end engineering and design for the FPSO, and, subject to a final investment ...

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Guyana’s police, customs hand over files to Surinamese counterparts

Guyanese police and customs on Tuesday handed over to their Surinamese counterparts information and intelligence on a wide range of criminal activities that will eventually pave the way for a crackdown on organised and other crimes in a timely manner. “We did share information. Among that information is trends, flow trends, organised criminal syndicates on both sides; wanted persons (on) ...

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$500M increase in budget 2017 for Guyana contributions to int’l organisations

Guyana’s contribution to international organisations has increased by some $500M in the 2017 budgeted estimates for the Foreign Ministry. The increase raised some questions from Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira today in the Supply Committee of the National Assembly. Teixeira noted the increases were for this country’s payments to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, CARICOM Competition Commission, CARICOM Implementing ...

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Opposition Chief Whip urges Foreign Minister to justify $200M hike in foreign contract employees

Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira has asked Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge to justify a $200M increase in the amount allocated for contract employees under the Foreign Policy Promotions for the Foreign Ministry’s 2017 budget. The increases, according to Minister Greenidge in the Supply Committee of the National Assembly, “reflects almost all the new postings in terms of Principal Foreign Officers ...

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GPL workers get 5% pay hike, other benefits

​Guyana Power and Light (GPL) workers will before year-end take home a five percent across-the-board increase and other benefits, in a breakthrough one day after technicians downed tools. President of the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), Kenneth Joseph said in addition to the 5% across-the-board increase, the power company workers will get a 3% in-scale movement. ...

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