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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Guyanese manufacturers say Plantation white sugar unacceptable; reject call for 40% tax on refined sugar

The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Limited (GMSA) on Monday rejected calls by a Belizean producer of Plantation white, or mill white, sugar to impose a Caribbean-wide 40 percent tax on extra-regionally refined sugar, saying that Plantation white sugar will result in poor quality products and in some cases injury to consumers. “If manufacturers were to use plantation white instead ...

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Former murder accused Leon “Whistle” Duncan gunned down

Leon “Whistle” Duncan, once accused of murder and several armed robberies, was gunned down Sunday night during a drive-by shooting, a Guyana Police Force officer confirmed. The officer said preliminary information received indicates that two or three other persons, including Orande Gordon, were shot and injured. Georgetown Public Hospital sources said one of the left knee cap of one of ...

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Fmr. Army Chief says house-to-house registration violates constitution

Former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips has labelled the just started house-to-house registration as unconstitutional, a position that has run him into a barrage of criticism. “To conduct House to House Registration is a violation of our Constitution, and is contrary to the CCJ ruling and its Consequential Order. # RESPECT THE RULE OF ...

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President travels to Cuba for scheduled medical evaluation

President David Granger Saturday morning, departed Guyana for the Republic of Cuba. He is accompanied by First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, government said. The Head of State has travelled to Cuba for a scheduled evaluation by doctors of the Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ). He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma last year after an intensive series of tests by ...

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OPINION: The prerogative of mercy: Examining the President’s grant of respite to his Minister of Finance

by Attorney-at-Law Vivian Williams If courts which are instituted to determine what justice is between man and man may not enforce the private rights to which they find the litigants before them entitled, the great purpose of government will be unattained and our republican system will prove to be a lamentable failure.” – (U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeal) As ...

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OPINION: Guyana at the precipice: two radically unprecedented realities today

by GHK Lall As I watch and reflect upon the unyielding political impasses, the questions that come are: what is so different this time? What is so compelling, so inflammatory, that there is neither space nor opportunity nor inclination to lean forward, to reach for something—anything—that would narrow the yawning space in Guyana’s political no man’s land? What is there ...

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President predicts “gridlock” in GECOM Chairman nomination; insists on role in “crafting” list

President David Granger on Friday predicted a “gridlock” in the process for arriving at six acceptable nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), saying that he was ready to talk with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo about the president’s role in “crafting” the list of nominees. “I’m prepared to meet the Leader of the Opposition to ...

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GECOM confirms 90-day house-to-house registration from July 20; election preparations begin

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Friday confirmed that house-to-house registration would begin on Saturday, July 20 and end in another three months. GECOM spokeswoman, Yolanda Ward said the teams have been “doubled” with the aim of completing the house-to-house registration process in “the shortest possible time” and there was a likelihood that it could be wrapped up ahead of ...

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Irfaan Ali refuses to give up PPP presidential candidacy after High Court rules he must face fraud charges

Opposition People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Irfaan Ali on Friday vowed to remain in the race for the presidency, although the High Court recently ruled that he must face trial for allegedly conspiring to defraud government of a total of GYD$174 million by selling land below their valued prices. “Not one bit! I’m not stepping aside at all. I’m here to ...

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PPP mulls contempt of court action against Chief Election Officer to block house-to-house registration

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday warned that contempt of court proceedings would be filed against Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield if the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) goes ahead with house-to-house registration. “We don’t want to be caught up on the issue of a long, legal battle again but we may file contempt proceedings against Lowenfield but not to go ...

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