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Monthly Archives: January 2019

High Court decision: Dual citizens would have to vacate House seats – lawyers

In the wake of Thursday’s High Court ruling that parliamentarians with dual citizenship is unconstitutional, lawyers said those legislators would have to be replaced before the National Assembly possibly meets again to extend the deadline by which general elections are due. Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire, in her decision, observed that evidently then government parliamentarian, Charrandas Persaud was a dual citizen ...

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High Court rules no-confidence motion valid; Attorney General applies for stay

Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire on Thursday ruled that the no-confidence motion was validly passed. “The ruling of the Speaker that the no-confidence debated in the National Assembly on December 21st, 2018 was carried by a vote of a majority of all of the elected members of the National Assembly is thus lawful and valid, being in accordance with the requirements” ...

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British-funded SOCU adviser fired

The United Kingdom-hired Special Adviser to the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Sam Sittlington, was fired because he set up a private company in Guyana. “In light of information about Dr Sam Sittlington’s private business interests his contract in Guyana has been terminated with immediate effect”, the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn said. The ...

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4 questioned in connection with School of the Nations threats

Four current and past students of School of the Nations have been questioned by investigators, even as the Guyana Police Force’s cyber-security sleuths try to locate the person or persons responsible for the violent threats against that school, Police Commissioner Leslie James said. “We have questioned at least four persons to my knowledge… They might either be current or former ...

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Canada blocks Irfaan Ali from travelling

People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali, who has been charged with a total of GYD$174 million in land sales fraud, has been blocked from travelling to Canada, he said Wednesday. Ali had been scheduled to leave Guyana on Tuesday for a series of meetings in Toronto, but one day before his departure, he said the Canadian High Commission ...

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GECOM Secretariat to advise Commission on general elections timeline

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday unanimously agreed that the administration would provide clear timeframes on the earliest and latest general and regional elections could be held, a decision the commissioners said marked some progress in resolving a one-week long stalemate. Opposition-nominated People’s Progressive Party (PPP) elections commissioner, Bibi Shadick said, after minutes of several meetings were considered, ...

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Person threatening School of the Nations willing to open negotiations with police; police ready to talk

The Guyana Police Force stands ready to meet with the person who claims to have been issuing violent threats against School of the Nations, after the individual said he/she was willing to open negotiations with police for protection because his/her colleagues have turned against him/her, a senior police officer said. “The force is prepared to meet with this individual but to ...

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China Harbour faces US$600,000 fine for delayed Cheddi Jagan Int’l Airport expansion

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) will by the end of January, 2019 be fined more than U$200,0000 or US$7,000 per day for missing the 31st December, 2018 firm deadline to complete the US$150 million Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said Monday. Ruling out an extension of the deadline, Patterson said the company would ...

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School of the Nations administration faced with unanswered security questions

Under a barrage of questions by concerned parents about security plans and emergency response, the administration of School of the Nations decided to close the institution’s doors for a second straight day on Tuesday while they come up with proper answers. Chief Executive Officer of School of the Nations, Dr. Dexter Phillips did not answer many pointed questions that parents ...

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Post mortem on Mae’s student fails to show cause of death

A post mortem examination failed to determine the cause of death of the 15-year old female student of Mae’s School, Subryanville, Georgetown, who ingested poison, police said. The Guyana Police Force said “the cause of death is undetermined” based on an autopsy done on the body of Vanica Schultz. Police said body contents, blood and urine samples were extracted to be tested ...

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