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President blocks imprisonment of Finance Minister; GRA claims GYD$527m in taxes from Dipcon

President David Granger on Monday blocked Finance Minister Winston Jordan from going to jail for 21 days for contempt of court for failing to pay Dipcon Engineering Services Limited US$2.2. million plus costs in keeping with a court order that dated back to 2009 under the previous administration. “Now, therefore, by virtue of the powers vested in me under Article ...

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Scrap Grade Six exam, improve access to good quality education- CDB official

The Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Director of Economics, Justin Ram on Friday recommended the scrapping of the National Grade Six Assessment, even as he urged Guyana to be wary of a reduced population by 2100. Addressing the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s launch of the 10th edition of Business Guyana titled ‘Guyana: Potential Unleashed’, he commended the Barbados government ...

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Caribbean economist urges governments to reduce air fares

Director of Economics at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Justin Ram has slammed regional governments for the high cost of air travel and he has called on them to slash the taxes and rake in more value-added and income taxes. “What I’m saying to governments—and I go all over the Caribbean—I say to governments: ‘stop being so myopic, reduce taxes ...

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Guyana Goldfields workers call off strike

Guyana Goldfields Inc. announced Friday that the work stoppage at its Aurora mine that began on July 2 has ended, paving the way for union and the Ministry of Labour representatives to meet with aggrieved workers. “Employees are starting to return to work in a phased approach to ensure orderliness and full production is anticipated to resume shortly,” the company ...

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Industrial unrest at Aurora Gold Mines

Gold mining operations at Aurora Gold Mines in the Cuyuni River have been affected as several Guyanese workers who are upset that they stand to lose their jobs to foreign contracting companies aimed at reducing the cost of operations staged a protest, sources said Tuesday night. Early indications are that at least 70 workers initially downed tools in protest over ...

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Obituary: From selling coconut shell brooches in Guyana to CEO of East Africa’s biggest mobile phone network

Reproduced from the Star Born in 1958, Bob Collymore was a Guyanese-born British businessman and the immediate past Chief Executive Officer for telecom giant, Safaricom. Collymore started schooling in Guyana while still living with his grandmother until age 16 when he moved to the UK to join his mother in 1974. He attended Selhurst High School for Boys in London ...

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Guyana-born CEO of East Africa’s biggest mobile telecoms network dies

Reproduced from Quartz Africa Bob Collymore, the Guyanese-born British businessman who oversaw the expansion of Kenyan telecoms firm Safaricom into East Africa’s biggest mobile network operator, has died. Safaricom confirmed that the 61-year-old had passed away from cancer while at home this morning. Collymore had been receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia in the UK and in Kenya for almost ...

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