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Daily Archives: February 24, 2017

West Demerara Hospital pharmacist, wife in police custody for alleged fraud

A pharmacist and his wife, both employees of the West Demerara Hospital, are in the custody of the Guyana Police Force in connection with alleged fraud,  government said in a statement. Authorities said the two were assisting police with investigations into a suspected drug procurement and supply fraud. The probe stemmed from a fact-finding mission that was dispatched by Public Health ...

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Audit report reveals major discrepancies in One Laptop Per Family project

The final report from the Financial Audit into the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project, launched by the previous Government in 2011, has found that the financial systems and internal controls governing the project were generally weak, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported. The report, among others was handed over by Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma to ...

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Carpenter remanded for marijuana possession

29-year-old Quincy Douglas was today remanded by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for possession of 450g of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. The court heard that Douglas, a carpenter from West Coast Berbice, was arrested at Beterverwagting on the East Coast of Demerara on February 22. Douglas pleaded not guilty to the charge and was unrepresented by an attorney. His ...

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Gov’t proposes to lease land to Wales workers

The Guyana government, through the Ministry of Agriculture,  has decided to make lands available to workers of the Wales Sugar Estate for them to become self-sufficient in farming practices. This decision comes as government continues to explore feasible alternative ventures to ensure that the well-being of sugar workers of the estate is considered, even as the sugar industry transitions into a ...

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Kitty man remanded for murder of homeless man near Martini nightclub

29-year-old Shawn Harris of Kitty was today charged and remanded by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for the murder of a homeless man a short distance away from the Blue Martini Bar. The homeless man, 42-year-old Sunil Singh, attempted to break up an altercation at the nightclub between the bartender there, Charles Del Valenzuela, and three men who demanded entry to ...

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Procurement Commission needs more than GYD$100 million more to run effectively

The Public Procurement Commission (PPC) is preparing to ask government for more than GYD$120 million dollars to hire highly qualified and experienced staff, some of whom will be required to conduct specialised investigations to unearth multi-million dollar fraud, according to sources in government. Government allocated GYD$76.2 million as a start-up budget for the body that had been provided for in ...

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‘Fine Man’, one other remanded to prison for armed robbery

Two Albouystown men were today charged and remanded to prison by city magistrate Leron Daly for armed robbery. The two men, Mark Prince, known as Fine Man, and Reyan Singh, were accused of trailing their victim on February 17 from a city bank after he withdrew $488,000 at midday, and robbing him. The money was placed in the victim’s shoulder ...

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Procurement Commission cites legal conflicts about Cabinet’s role, function of Bid Protest Committee

Even as the Public Procurement Commission grapples with insufficient money, space and staff, the body says Cabinet still has a legal right to offer its ‘no-objection’ to contracts, and there is a conflict between the law and the regulation about the Bid Protest Committee. “The Commission is not empowered by the Constitution or the Act to grant no objection or to ...

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