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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Construction of American-owned chemical storage facility suspended pending approval; residents boycott meeting called to quell fears

Residents, fearful of pollution from an oil production-related chemical storage plant expected to be built in suburban Georgetown, boycotted a community meeting the United States-headquartered company called to allay fears. One of the residents said they decided against attending the meeting because their grouse is not with the company but with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they believe has ...

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Police shifting away from paper-based information collection

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Thursday launched a digital information system aimed at modernising the way it collects and uses crime information. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said the new system represents more than a move away from paper-based recording. “This is going to make it easier to identify persons of interest and allow the user to easily pull ...

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30 early childhood practitioners graduate

Thirty Early Childhood Development practitioners received their certificates after a nine-week practical exercise that focused on the importance of early childhood development from zero to three years. The programme was facilitated by the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA), UNICEF and the Board of Industrial Training (BIT). At their graduation held at the National Library Conference on July 17, BIT Human ...

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Petty city crimes no big impact on tourism – GTA Director

Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Brian Mullis does not believe that crime is discouraging tourists from visiting this South American nation because visitor figures continue to grow. He says most of the crime seen is petty theft in the capital city, Georgetown, and must be placed in the proper context. “I think we also acknowledge that most of ...

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Scrap taxes instead of giving ‘oil money’ handouts – Investment Fund Manager

The idea of handing out ‘oil money’ to Guyanese continues to get low marks from experts such as Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Investment Fund Manager, David Pollard. Delivering a public interest lecture on the “Impact of Oil Revenues on Guyana” under the auspices of the Guyana Securities Council, Pollard made it clear that cash handouts would encourage laziness among ...

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Barbados wants to rear Blackbelly sheep in Guyana, Suriname

Reproduced from Barbados Today Government is exploring the possibility of rearing Barbados Blackbelly sheep in CARICOM’s two largest member states, Suriname and Guyana, as top civil servants prepare for a mission to South America next week. Paramaribo and Georgetown have offered land to Barbadian farmers for sheep rearing, said Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir. “We are sending ...

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Gov’t crafting oil and gas safety and health regulations

A new package of regulations governing workers’ safety in the oil and gas sector is being crafted, Occupational Safety and Health Consultant at the Ministry of Social Protection, Gwyneth King said Wednesday. She made the disclosure at a Health, Safety, Security and Environment Conference and Exhibition hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of Guyana in collaboration with the American ...

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Jagdeo rejects Granger’s nominees for GECOM Chairman

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has rejected President David Granger’s nominees—Retired Justice Claudette La Bennett and Attorney-at-Law Kesaundra Alves—for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), according to a joint statement by the political leaders’ representatives. Instead, Jagdeo has submitted four additional names in the hope that two of them would find favour with Granger and are added ...

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Granger, Jagdeo seem closer to agreeing on GECOM Chairman nominees

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Tuesday evening appeared closer to coming up with six acceptable nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). “We expect that we’ll make progress in crafting a list,” President David Granger told a media briefing. In a joint statement, Jagdeo and Granger said “that from the list of five names shortlisted by ...

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5 charged with murder of money changer, daughter

Five men were Monday charged with the murder of a money changer and his daughter outside their Better Hope, East Coast Demerara home. Jointly charged with the murder of Aaron Latchman and Arian Latchman at Robb Street, Better Hope are Lloyd Sadalou, 37, of Mocha, East Bank Demerara; Seon Thomas, 41, an electrician; Mark Futino, 35, of Parika, East Bank ...

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