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Monthly Archives: January 2020

Granger promises to abolish squatting, make estate lands available to retrenched sugar workers

Presidential candidate for A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), David Granger Friday night announced that his coalition would introduce a system for sugar estate land distribution to ex-sugar workers and bring an end to squatting. In what appears to be a gradual unveiling of campaign promises just about one month away from general and regional council election, Granger ...

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Guyana may block entry of travellers from China amid fears of coronavirus; entrants after Jan 1 urged to visit doctors

In an effort to interrupt the spread of the coronavirus, people travelling from China are likely to be blocked from entering Guyana, and all those who came from that populous East Asian country after January are asked to contact the nearest health facility, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. “Persons in China who plan to travel to Guyana are asked ...

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Labour summons RUSAL-BCGI to key meeting over layoff of 288 workers

The Ministry of Social Protection’s Department of Labour Thursday afternoon summoned the management of Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) to a meeting on Friday to discuss the layoff of a total of 288 workers within the past week without the legally-required notice. Junior Minister of Social Protection Keith Scott, insisting that BCGI has “not properly notified ...

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Oil cash transfers for poor school-age children -Granger

President David Granger has announced that Cabinet has agreed to dole out some of the oil money to get poor Guyanese children to school. He made the announcement Wednesday night at a 2020 general election campaign of his A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) at Anna Regina, a town on the Essequibo Coast. “We don’t want to put ...

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Man burnt while rescuing children from burning house in Mahdia

Three children, who were left at home by their parents, were rescued from a burning house in Mahdia by a neighbour who was burnt during the heroic act, police sources said. The fire destroyed the two-apartment, one-story wooden house at Dandro Hill, Mahdia, at about 7:45 pm. Police said 42-year-old Seon Garraway was admitted to the Mahdia Hospital where he ...

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RUSAL sends home most of remaining workers

The Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc (BCGI) on Wednesday afternoon issued a notice that 146 more workers have been laid off immediately but the union vowed to continue blocking the Upper Berbice River until they are all reinstated or paid severance. That is in addition to the 142 workers who have been already been made redundant. Representative ...

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Caretaker gov’t status endangers environmental watchdog budgeted monitoring capacity

Guyana’s environmental watchdog’s capacity-building efforts to monitor its quickly developing oil and gas sector are being stymied by this South American nation government’s inability, due to its caretaker status stemming from the no-confidence motion, to approve funding the agency. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Executive Director, Dr Vincent Adams, addressing a Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA) business luncheon on ...

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Fire at Georgetown hospital psychiatric ward

A fire erupted at the psychiatric ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Wednesday morning but all of the 48 patients were evacuated without injuries, a senior fire officer at the scene said. Fire Officer for operations Gregory Wickham said a probe has begun to determine the cause of the fire. The blaze began in a ward on the ...

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Digicel blames gov’t for “dark ages” telecoms sector, as GTT celebrates 29 years

A day after the Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes, boasted of improved Internet access, Digicel Guyana used results of a petition to lampoon the administration for foot-dragging on liberalising the telecoms sector to coincide with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company’s (GTT) 29-year-old monopoly. “With Guyana stuck in the telecoms dark ages, liberalisation must happen immediately to give Guyana ...

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