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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Bandits grab GYD$12 million in cash, jewellery from businessmen

Bandits grabbed more than GYD$12 million in cash and jewellery from two businessmen in two separate robberies on the West and East Coast Demerara on Tuesday, police said. Assistant Police Commissioner, Leslie James said five men attacked the home of a gold smith at De Willem, West Coast Demerara. “They went there under the pretext of seeking to have gold jewellery done ...

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GRA explains VAT on paid parking

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Tuesday announced that the Value Added Tax (VAT) on parking meter cards would be reduced to 14 percent from February 1, 2017 and that the tax would be deducted when parking time is purchased. “VAT is being charged by SCS upon the purchase of the prepaid parking cards at current VAT rates. The VAT ...

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Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry helps GRA define hinterland residents to be exempt from VAT on airfares

In the wake of concerns by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) about how domestic airlines would identify hinterland residents so that they could be exempt from the 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on airfares, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) said the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs has assisted with a definition. The Value Added Tax Act 82:05 Schedule 2 ...

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Policeman dies in Ekereku River

A policeman died after the boat he was travelling sank while he and two others were on patrol at Ekereku, Mazaruni River, police said. He has been identified as Corporal 16825 Balgrave Bartholomew, 39 years of Itaballi, Mazaruni. At the time of his passing, he was stationed at Ekeruku Police Outpost. Investigators were told that the incident occurred about 9:45 Monday morning ...

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Digicel celebrates 10th Anniversary with ‘10 Charities in 10 Days’ Initiative

Ahead of  Digicel’s 10th anniversary on February 14th , the phone company has kicked off this milestone by supporting the work of 10 special needs schools and orphanages. The international phone giant says its 10-day plan will see the delivery of much needed appliances, school supplies, school shoes, food hampers and other items. The St. John’s Boys Orphanage was the first ...

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Guyana to test athletes for illegal performance enhancement drugs

Guyana’s National Sports Commission (NSC) will soon be testing athletes for illegal enhancement drugs to improve their performances, according to the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones.   Director of Sport, Christopher Jones warned that athletes tested positive would be disqualified in keeping with anti-doping laws that would Guyana soon adopt. “Any tournament that we (government) are funding, those athletes would have to ...

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First phase of Linden-Lethem road to be constructed

Construction for the first phase of the Linden-Lethem Road  is expected to commence without a hitch as the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and the UK Government work closely towards its success, government announced on Tuesday. The first phase of the project covers approximately 122.5 kilometers of road from Linden and the construction of a bridge across the Essequibo River at ...

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14-percent VAT on domestic airfares sparks outcry among airlines, tour operators, miners

Flying across Guyana will from Wednesday- February 1, 2017- become more expensive for tourists, businesspersons and possibly residents, with the introduction of a 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on local airfares. “The big challenge to us is all of our customers who depend on hinterland transportation- for example our tourism clientele; our mining clientele- will be affected because the ...

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Rupununi farmer, wife get $200,000 bail each for 3 kilos marijuana possession

Louis Cupertin, 29-years-old, and his 18-year-old wife, Felicia Mandrikin, were today granted $200,000 bail each by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when they answered to a charge of illegal possession of 3 kilogrammes marijuana in a salt bag. The couple, from Mocha Mocha village in the Rupununi, were arrested by police who found the narcotics Friday when officers went to their ...

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