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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Moruca businessman hacked to death; suspect arrested

A businessman and farmer was Friday morning chopped to death while walking to his farm at Koko Island, North West District, a senior police officer said. Dead is 52-year old Ganga Persaud Changa of Moruca, North West District. Divisional Police Commander, Ravindra Budram said the suspect was arrested and a cutlass recovered. Investigators are working on the theory that the ...

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Ex-soldier charged with alleged rape of teen girl at military base, gets $600,000 bail

A recently-fired officer of the Guyana Defense Force (GDF), Winston Haynes, also known as ‘Carlos,’ was today, March 17, charged by city magistrate Judy Latchman with the alleged rape of a teen girl late January. Media reports suggest the matter occurred at GDF’s Camp Stephenson. Haynes, represented Friday by attorney-at-law Dexter Todd, was granted 600,000 bail. Media reports state the ...

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Parking meter contract provides for suspension on gov’ts order

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Friday hinted that the contract provides for Smart City Solution to halt parking meter operations, if City Hall does not heed Cabinet’s call for a 90-day suspension of paid parking. Quite hopeful that the 30-member Council would support Cabinet’s desire to put a brake on the system of paid parking to allow for renegotiation ...

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Govt outlaws parking meters on Water Street, other streets

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has effectively banned parking meters on Water Street where several of them have been erected and Smart City Solutions (SCS) continues to enforce the bylaws by clamping/booting and towing away vehicles. Meters have been erected in the vicinity of Fogarty’s,  Muneshwers, Republic Bank and Guyana Stores, but now the Ministry of Public Infrastructure says it ...

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Venezuela says oil operations in Guyana violates agreement

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (Caribbean Media Corporation) — The Energy and Petroleum Commission in Venezuela has rejected the oil operations in Guyana’s Essequibo region. According to a report in El Nacional — a Venezuelan newspaper, the Energy and Petroleum Commission of its National Assembly said that it is convinced that the ongoing oil exploration violates the Geneva agreement of 1966 and Article ...

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Technical Officer, Deputy Permanent Secretary suspended over Culture Minister’s Phagwah speech error

At least two senior officers of the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture, Youth and Sport have been suspended and a third person has reportedly opted to leave  the job, in the wake of mistake made by Minister Nicolette Henry in her Phagwah speech. Demerara Waves Online News has been reliably informed that Technical Officer to the Minister, Retired Major Hubert ...

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Town Clerk opposes Cabinet’s request for suspension of parking meter contract

Georgetown’s Town Clerk, Royston King on Thursday wrote Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan strongly suggesting that suspension of the parking meter contract with Smart City Solutions (SCS) will be impossible, in the wake Cabinet’s decision to ask the municipality to halt the deal for the next three months. The Town Clerk is said to have cautioned the Minister that if the ...

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Guyana President alarmed over efforts to sow discord …says ‘inflammatory tirades’ foment distrust & disorder

By Gary Eleazar Inflammatory tirades in the public domain, run the risk of degenerating the social stability of the populace leading to civil violence, a situation compounded by existing ethnic polarization—an unfortunate colonial legacy that pervades the political climate. This was the dire warning by Head of State, President David Granger, who Thursday met with stakeholders gathered to validate a ...

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Jagdeo protests new powers for Granger, Harmon –as Ramjattan defends move to give Integrity Commission ‘teeth’

by Gary Eleazar Public Security Minister, Vice President, Khemraj Ramjattan, today (March 16, 2017) defended the proposed legislative amendments for the Integrity Commission by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC) Government saying, “we want to give teeth to the Integrity Commission.” The Vice President’s retort was made in response to the vehement public objections made ...

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‘Scrap the contract’- WPA exec member tells Gov’t

Social and political activist, and executive member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr David Hinds, is recommending government scrap the parking meter contract. Hinds’s recommendation on the protest line against the parking meter regime organised by the Movement Against Parking Meters comes after a recent recommendation of the administration for City Council to review or have the contract quashed ...

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