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Monthly Archives: February 2020

Fire destroys Raja Yoga Centre

An early Friday morning fire destroyed the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre on High Street, Kingston, Georgetown. Two women, who are members of the organisation, were in the building at the time of the fire. No one was injured. Despite initial problems with accessing sufficient water and a steady northeast wind, firefighters contained the blaze to one building. Fire Chief, ...

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United Nations calls for “dignified acceptance” of election results

United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Guyana, Mikiko Tanaka has called on Guyana’s political parties to accept the results of next Monday’s general elections. “The dignified acceptance of the results by political parties will help to build confidence and trust in state institutions and create a foundation for cooperation beyond the election,” she said in a statement. The Guyana Elections ...

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March 2 Election Day a holiday

The Guyana government has ordered that next Monday — March 2, 2020 — the date for general elections will be a national holiday, following calls by the business community and other stakeholders. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan issued the order which has since been published in the Official Gazette. Sections of the public and private sector had already expressed concern ...

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Gary Best to be charged with causing death by dangerous driving

Former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Retired Rear Admiral Gary Best is to be charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. The Director of Public Prosecutions Chambers recommended to police that Best be charged with the offence. The DPP received the file on Tuesday and it was returned on Wednesday. His ...

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43 soldiers, police at Eteringbang did not vote last week

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has confirmed that 43 members of the Joint Services located at Eteringbang near the Guyana-Venezuela border were unable to vote last week Friday along with other members of the joint services. GECOM spokeswoman, Yolanda Ward says 35 members of the police force and eight Guyana Defence Force soldiers did not vote with their colleagues, ahead ...

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Update: GECOM decides to increase number of polling places after meeting PPP

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), by a majority decision on Tuesday, has instructed the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield to establish 12 additional polling places in order to address concerns by the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) that there would be confusion and congestion on election day. Election Commissioners Sase Gunraj and Vincent Alexander said the 12 polling places would ...

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Police seek legal advice on Gary Best in Jude Bentley road accident

Seventeen days after a vehicle driven by former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Retired Rear Admiral Gary Best struck down and killed a cyclist, police on Tuesday submitted a file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice, a source disclosed. Relatives, friends and supporters of the dead cyclist, Jude Bentley, have been agitating for ...

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Caricom mounts 14-member election observer mission to Guyana

At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a 14-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) observer mission has begun arriving in Guyana to monitor next Monday’s general elections. In November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana, Dr Karen Cummings officially informed the Caricom Secretariat of President David Granger’s proclamation that General and Regional Elections will be held on March 2. ...

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OPINION: Private polling places: there should be none

by GHK Lall Are we mad? How long has this been allowed to exist? And how come nobody saw it fit to object strenuously and ceaselessly? I am talking about this matter involving private polling stations, as in the residences of individuals and families. At current count, they have been unilaterally reduced from 166 in 2015 to 92 for the ...

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Wholly-owned Guyanese oil and gas recruitment company making major inroads; complies with international maritime labour standards

The 100 percent-owned Guyanese recruitment company, Pandora Energy, says it has made significant progress in hiring Guyanese to work on vessels associated with the exploration and production of oil in Guyana and several other countries, after initially experiencing stiff foreign competition. “For some time, we found it difficult to secure contracts to provide manpower services to the offshore clients operating ...

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