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Mercury-poisoned GGMC workers threaten protest over govt’s silence; refusal to shutdown or improve Gold Board’s lab

Workers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) are threatening protest action if other relevant government agencies remain silent on mercury poisoning by emissions from the Guyana Gold Board. President of the Guyana Civil Servants and General Workers Union (GCS&GWU), Gregory Gaspar said his newly-formed trade union is demanding that the GGB either shuts down the laboratory or invests ...

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Region Seven road users to soon pay tolls

Road users in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) will soon have to pay tolls to help fund maintenance of the several roads that are being repaired and rebuilt there, says Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson. Government’s Department of Public Information quoted Patterson as saying that the strategy would aid in the maintenance and sustainability of the infrastructure. “Soon we will be ...

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Nandlall asks DPP to scrap charges against Ashni Singh, Winston Brassington

Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Hack was Tuesday asked to consider discontinue charges of misconduct in public office against former Finance Minister, Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington. The request was made by their lawyer, Anil Nandlall who said he would be giving the DPP until weekend to respond before ...

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Professor Clive Thomas no longer listed as Guysuco director; new directors still listed in company registry

Cabinet is yet to announce a new Chairman and other directors of the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco), although Finance Minister Winston Jordan has said new directors announced in early March have been scrapped. Jordan has said Cabinet Secretary Joseph Harmon prematurely announced Guysuco’s new Board of Directors before full Cabinet approval. Evidence at the Company Registry shows that government ...

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Marudi mountain gold miners-Romanex agreement in limbo

The Ministry of Natural Resources on Monday said it was disappointed with what seems to be a “reneging” by all parties concerned on the terms and understanding of the mediation process on mining in the Marudi mountain area, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) which came into being in 2016. The Ministry’s Director of Compliance, Derrick Lawrence, speaking on the issue, ...

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Pan-Caribbean multi-stakeholders to discuss strategy for ending AIDS

The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, will host the Joint Regional Dialogue with Faith Leaders, Parliamentarians, Civil Society Leaders, National AIDS Programme Managers and Youth Leaders. Approximately 60 delegates representing Parliamentarians, Faith Leaders, Youth Leaders, Key Populations, People Living with HIV ...

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Guyana to guard against steep revaluation of the dollar

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan on Friday said government would put place safeguards to prevent a steep revaluation of the Guyana dollar as a result of expected large inflows of United States (US) dollars  from oil earnings. “I will indicate to you that there could possibly be some appreciation of the Guyana dollar but we will have to guard against that using ...

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ExxonMobil signing bonus transferred overseas to earn interest- Finance Minister

The US$18 million ExxonMobil signing bonus, which was  initially deposited in the Bank of Guyana, has been transferred overseas to an interest-bearing account, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said. “If it stays here, it will sit down doing nothing. It can’t earn interest if it stays here so it’s in matured US treasury bills, Canada bonds…,” he said. US$36,163 in interest ...

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