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Many building owners fail to seek Fire Service approval before construction

Many owners have constructed buildings without first submitting the architectural plans to the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) to ensure that the engineering and fire safety features have been included, according to Divisional Officer, Compton Sparman. Addressing a security seminar and exposition organised by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Sparman said the trend shows that many business owners ...

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Number and location of parking meters decided

Preparations are underway to place an estimated 400 parking meters on streets in the central business district of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, Director of Smart City Solutions, Kamau Cush. “Everything has been signed and the project is a ‘go’ so we’re essentially preparing for it,” he told Demerara Waves Online News on Main Street, Georgetown while workers were busy painting the areas ...

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Gun crimes major concern among Guyanese despite 21% decline in serious offences; time for multi-stakeholder collaboration- Fmr. Chief-of-Staff Phillips

Former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF),  Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips Friday said although the official police statistics show a decline in serious crimes, the feeling of insecurity among Guyanese is very high makes it necessary for collaboration among several stakeholders. “Notwithstanding the statistics that speak to a reduction in crime- and here I am not hitting at the ...

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Guyana’s foreign debt pegged at GYD $236 billion

Guyana’s external debt has been pegged at GYD $236 billion and domestic debt at GYD $81.7 billion, according to Guyana’s Public Debt Management Report. The Guyana government says the first annual report on Public Debt Management has been completed by the Finance Ministry and would be soon tabled in the National Assembly. Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the report ...

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Govt to focus on preserving forests following Barama’s closure; Jagdeo warns against over emphasis on conservation

The Ministry of Natural Resources  on Thursday announced that Barama Company Limited’s (BCL) decision not to renew its Forest Concession Agreement paves the for a review of the importance of standing forests,  less than three hours after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo warned that government’s heavy emphasis on forest conservation was costing jobs. The Ministry of Natural Resources  (MNR) confirmed that ...

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Banks DIH delivery personnel robbed, tied

Police are investigating an alleged robbery under arms committed on the driver of a delivery truck, which occurred about 7 O’clock Wednesday night at Beterverwagting Public Road, ECD, of a sum of money by three males, one armed with a handgun.   Police said enquiries disclosed that the driver/salesman Trevor Thom, of West Ruimveldt,  and two porters, all employees of ...

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Georgetown Chamber says crime being under-reported; calls for VAT-free security equipment

The Georgetown Chamber of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Wednesday said official police crime statistics do not reflect the true situation, although latest police statistics show that there has been a 21 percent decline in serious crimes. While crediting the police force with cracking some new and old cases, the business organisation has called for an increase in ...

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Islamic Development Bank may help fund Guyana’s housing drive

Officials from the Ministry of Communities and the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) on Friday met with a visiting team from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) where a medium-long term housing program was presented. The Ministry of Communities said various interventions relating to the overall direction of the housing sector and the proposed construction of 10,000 housing units were ...

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GPL says blackout due to “suspected fault” on Kingston- Sophia link

Demerara Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) experienced three shutdowns at approximately 12:03 hrs, 12:58 hrs and 16:04 hrs today due to a suspected fault on the 69kv transmission line linking the Kingston Power Station to the Sophia Substation (Dispatch Centre). This transmission line remains isolated from the DBIS grid. While efforts are ongoing to determine the origin of the shutdowns, power ...

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