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President issues wide-ranging anti-coronavirus orders to destroy property, curtail movement of people, spend emergency funds

President David Granger has issued sweeping powers that may include the destruction of personal property, compulsory hospitalisation, and the spending of monies from the Consolidated Fund to fight the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). He said his directive remains in force until he withdraws it. Citing provisions in the Guyana Constitution to guarantee free public health care and the deprivation of people’s ...

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Coronavirus shuts down Guyana-Suriname ferry crossing

The Guyana-Suriname ferry service has suspended operations because that neighbouring country on Friday registered its first case of the novel coronavirus. “The decision was made by the Surinamese authorities to close all ports of entry after the country recorded its first case of the novel Coronavirus today,” the management of the ferry service said. When the suspension begins on Saturday, ...

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Caribbean Airlines quarantines crew on flight with Guyanese woman afflicted with coronavirus

In the wake of the death of a Guyanese woman from the coronoavirus (Covid-19) days after she travelled from New York, Caribbean Airlines today said the 13 crew members who were on that flight have been self-quarantined in Trinidad. The woman travelled on March 7 on BW 521 from JFK International Airport to Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport in transit on ...

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United Nations calls on GECOM to verify elections results

The United Nations (UN) on Friday called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to verify the Region Four results of Monday’s general and regional elections in keeping with the law. “We encourage the relevant Guyanese authorities to finalize the process in a manner which leaves no doubts as to the credibility of the results that reflect the will of the ...

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ACDA urges international community to back down from “irresponsible and unhelpful” statements

The African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) on Friday called on key western nations and international observers to be cautious about the statements they have been issuing on the electoral situation in Guyana following the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections. ACDA noted that their statements were not contributing to a lowering of tensions in a country whose population ...

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EU election observation mission slams APNU+AFC, PPP for lack of transparency on campaign financing

The European Union (EU) election observation mission on Wednesday raised concerns about the financing of the 2020 election campaign by Guyana’s two major political parties and their use of state resources in the run-up to polling day. Head of the EU Observer Mission, Urmas Paet said “one of the most problematic” issues was political and campaign financing. “Here is complete ...

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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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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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GuyTIE 2020 participants benefit from capacity building workshops

Over 50 businesses participating in the upcoming Guyana Trade and Investment Exhibition (GuyTIE) 2020 scheduled for May, 2020, benefitted from capacity-building sessions in the key areas of trade facilitation and corporate social responsibility (CSR) over the course of three days. CSR is a self-regulating business model that helps a company be socially accountable—to itself, its stakeholders, and the public. CSR ...

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Tax reductions, incentives being considered -Finance Minister

Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Wednesday announced that the value added tax (VAT) is likely to be reduced to 12 percent as part of an overall package of tax reductions and concessions on building materials and certain productive sectors. Jordan, who has been on the 2020 election campaign trail, told a sod-turning ceremony for two internationally-branded hotels, that corporation and ...

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