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Former GRA Commissioner-General dies

Former Commissioner-General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Kurshid Sattaur died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 63 years old. A relative confirmed that Sattaur passed away in Guyana. Sattaur was tax chief until 2016, months after the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) lost power. He was a devout Muslim. At one time, he had visited the ...

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Next Guyana gov’t “will have to rule for the benefit of every Guyanese” -Britain

Britain says the next Guyana government emerging from the March 2, 2020 general elections after a “credible” vote recount will have to push ahead with further reforms of the constitution of this former British colony. “Whoever takes charge will have to rule for the benefit of every Guyanese citizen, undertaking whatever constitutional reforms necessary to ensure that happens,” British High ...

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Antigua and Barbuda ready to buy bankrupt Digicel’s local operations

(Caribbean Business Report) Antigua and Barbuda has indicated that it is prepared to acquire the shares of the financially strapped Irish-owned telecommunications company, Digicel, if it is unable to provide a service there in the future. Earlier this week, Digicel Group One Ltd, the Bermuda-based holding company, announced that it had gone into provisional liquidation there and had also filed for Chapter ...

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Private sector says two more recount workstations insufficient for 25-day deadline, wants clear-cut assurance on use of recount results

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is “disappointed” that the National COVID-19 Task Force’s approval of a mere two more workstations to recount the remaining estimated 300,000 votes cast in the March 2, 2020 general elections. The City business organisation said the now 12 workstations would not see the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) completing the recount on May ...

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COVID-19 Task Force approves return of 104 Guyanese; opening of Courts stores to collect hire-purchase payments

The National COVID-19 Task Force Monday night announced that approval has been given for 104 Guyanese to return home, but they will have to provide coronavirus test results 48 hours in advance or they may be quarantined if they fail to do so. The Task Force said the decision for “controlled re-entry” was taken at its weekly statutory meeting and ...

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Brazilian gold miner dies after engine cuts off leg

A Brazilian gold miner was allegedly killed on Sunday  when the fan of a Jet-4 engine dragged him and cut off his right leg. Dead is Taburcio Valeriano De Andrade called Netto of Boa Vista, Brazil and Oku Backdam, Cuyuni. Police say the 65-year old man was mining in a pit at Oku Backdam, Cuyuni River yesterday morning. Investigators were ...

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Iwokrama to use high-tech drones to spot illegal miners

The Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation says it will be using technology to monitor and catch gold miners and other people engaged in illegal activity in or near the 371,000 hectare (almost one million acre) reserve, in the wake of unauthorised mining that has damaged the forest floor. “The Centre is installing cameras in certain areas and has also ...

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Fire destroys buildings in Bartica

Fire late Monday night destroyed at least two buildings opposite the Bartica Police Station in that gold mining township. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known. One of the now destroyed buildings housed the Morocco Hotel and a bar, and the other Bolo’s clothing store. The building that housed the hotel and bar belonged to the family of ...

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100 families in Mora-Parika NDC get COVID-19 relief supplies

At least 103 families on Friday got COVID-19 relief packages under the auspices of the local government authority, with the support of businesses, at Parika and nearby East Bank Essequibo communities. The seven villages where the beneficiaries live are Parika, Hyde Park, Grove, Lookout, Naamryck, Salem and Mora- all of which make up the Mora-Parika Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC). A ...

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