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Ashni Singh, Brassington in High Court challenge of legality of criminal charges

Former Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington have asked the High Court to throw out charges of misconduct in public office because there is no legal basis. “The common law offence of misconduct in public office cannot be committed where the servant in question is specifically excluded from ...

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Gays, lesbians must leverage votes for scrapping of buggery, cross-dressing laws- GTUC Chief

The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) on Wednesday urged lesbians and gays to use their votes as bargaining chips in elections to get government to scrap discriminatory colonial laws. “As an organised demographic where you are not only citizens but workers and voters, you’re urged to intensify the use if your power to ensure the structural deficiencies in society and ...

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Bandits enter shop through roof, beat and rob businessman, wife

Bandits, armed with guns, cut open a grocery roof and eventually entered the home of the businessman and his wife who were beaten and robbed of cash and other items, police sources said. The victims are Naresh Persaud and his wife of Recht-door-Zee, West Bank Demerara. Sources explained that after robbers entered the grocery through the roof to cart off items, ...

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Jagdeo opposes “criminalisation” of free speech in Cyber Crime Bill; erroneously tacks sedition charge on Benschop

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday said his party opposes contentious provisions in the Cyber Crime Bill that could clamp down on free speech, hours after Attorney General Basil Williams reiterated that the draft law would be taken back to Cabinet. Williams said he backed Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan’s position that the amendment is necessary to allow government to ...

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“No kick-backs” from multi-million dollar out-of-court settlements

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams on Wednesday rejected accusations by Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo that kick-backs appeared to be part of several multi-million dollar settlements of court cases that the coalition government inherited. “There is nobody who could take kick-backs and all of that. Not in our government because the matter has to be dealt with ...

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World Bank selected as “one agency” to prepare Guyana for oil production, natural gas use

A World Bank- funded energy sector unit in the Ministry of Finance is expected to lay the groundwork for a number of major projects including piping natural gas from an offshore ExxonMobil oil well to the Guyana Power and Light for electricity generation, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said Tuesday. He made the disclosure shortly after holding talks with World ...

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Petroleum Commission Bill for World Bank-guided overhaul

Guyana’s proposed Petroleum Commission legislation might be further revised or replaced altogether following more expert recommendations under the auspices of a World Bank-funded project, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman said Tuesday. It is now one year since the Petroleum Commission Bill was tabled in the 65-seat National Assembly, and Trotman said since then the World Bank has asked Guyana ...

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Guyana’s Standards Bureau to craft oil and gas sector safety certification programme

The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), in collaboration with the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago, will be engaging with oil operators and potential contractors to develop a Safe To Work (STOW) certification programme for the oil and gas sector. According to GNBS Director, Candelle Walcott-Bostwick the team from the Energy Chamber will visit in June to share their ...

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