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Daily Archives: July 1, 2019

Obituary: From selling coconut shell brooches in Guyana to CEO of East Africa’s biggest mobile phone network

Reproduced from the Star Born in 1958, Bob Collymore was a Guyanese-born British businessman and the immediate past Chief Executive Officer for telecom giant, Safaricom. Collymore started schooling in Guyana while still living with his grandmother until age 16 when he moved to the UK to join his mother in 1974. He attended Selhurst High School for Boys in London ...

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Guyana-born CEO of East Africa’s biggest mobile telecoms network dies

Reproduced from Quartz Africa Bob Collymore, the Guyanese-born British businessman who oversaw the expansion of Kenyan telecoms firm Safaricom into East Africa’s biggest mobile network operator, has died. Safaricom confirmed that the 61-year-old had passed away from cancer while at home this morning. Collymore had been receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia in the UK and in Kenya for almost ...

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Jamaica-born is Church of England’s first black female bishop

The Reverend Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons, has been named as the new Bishop of Dover. Dr Hudson-Wilkin, who was born in Jamaica, said she aimed to ensure that “hope, love and justice remains at the heart of our changed lives together”. The Archbishop of Canterbury said he was “absolutely delighted” by her ...

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Taxi driver accused of drunken driving dies in police lockups

An Essequibo Coast taxi driver, who was arrested on two counts of alleged drunken driving, was early Monday morning found dead in a lockup at the Suddie Police Station. The Guyana Police Force said 39-year old Lallbachan Bachan of 21 Maria’s Lodge, Essequibo Coast was “discovered lifeless” at about 6:10 am. Lawmen said Bachan was the lone prisoner in the ...

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Presidential guard found unconscious with head injuries

A member of the Presidential Guard was early Monday morning found lying in an unconscious state on Mandela Avenue with head injuries, police said. The guard has been identified as Police Constable 2045 Winston Cooper of 761 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown. The 32-year old Cooper was picked up opposite the National Gymnasium by first responders of the Guyana Fire Service at ...

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