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GPL oil spill pollutes Demerara River; EPA begins probe

An oil spill  from Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) Kingston Power Complex in Georgetown has also leaked into the Demerara River  and a clean-up has since begun, the power company said. “A small amount of the spill seeped into the Demerara River,” the power company said in a statement. Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Vincent ...

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GTT reopens stores after gearing up for coronavirus

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) on Monday announced that it would be reopening its stores from this week Wednesday now that the company has acquired Personal Protective Equipment and installed  hand-washing facilities. Weeks after the closure of its retail stores in a bid to support the global call for physical distancing during this pandemic, GTT said it has ...

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ExxonMobil’s Payara development plan comes under scrutiny

ExxonMobil’s planned development of the Payara reservoir offshore Guyana is coming under intense scrutiny before government gives the green light for the consortium’s operational plan when the country’s two-month long election controversy is resolved, officials said on Monday. Director of the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Environment, Dr. Mark Bynoe told a virtual news conference that several issues have ...

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Private Sector calls on President, GECOM to allow foreign observers for national vote recount

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Sunday called on President David Granger and the seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to ensure the return of foreign observers to witness recount of votes cast in the country’s elections more than two months ago. “It is now the duty of both the President and the Chairman to facilitate the early return of the ...

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NGOs call for removal of gold mining as “essential service”

Several non-governmental organisations are calling on authorities to remove gold mining operations as an essential service and closely monitor the movement of people especially truckers moving through Guyana’s interior. “Apart from its questionable status as an essential industry, the actual practice of gold-mining aggravates the Covid-19 threat posed to people in interior communities as witnessed by complaints from Chinese Landing ...

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Dusk-to-dawn COVID-19 curfew extended until June; stranded Guyanese overseas asked to submit travel requests

The Public Health Ministry has extended the 6 PM to 6 AM curfew until June 3, 2020, and has made it clear that healthcare workers must be given priority at certain businesses. The Health Minister has ordered that banks, other financial institutions, money transfer services, supermarkets, markets, grocery shops, food services, restaurants, gas stations should not allow healthcare workers to ...

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Man wanted for gold miner’s murder arrested

A man wanted for the killing of well-known gold miner, Deon Stoll, has been arrested. Police say they arrested Leon Estwick at South Amelia’s Ward, Linden shortly before 1 O’clock Thursday morning. The suspect’s 21 year-old male sibling was also arrested in the house at Lover’s Lane. Police say an unlicensed pistol , four live ammunition and ten grams of ...

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ExxonMobil and partners inject GYD$60 million intoo COVID-19 relief

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Salvation Army and Rotary Guyana have received more than GY $60 million to support COVID-19 relief programmes, the partners in the Stabroek Block announced on Wednesday. ExxonMobil Guyana and the Stabroek Block co-venturers, Hess and CNOOC, are providing funds as part of the programme established collaboratively with the Department of Energy to support social projects. ...

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Govt prepares to rush relief to vulnerable households, farmers, businesses, students

Director General, Ministry of the Presidency and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) Permanent Secretariat, Mr. Joseph Harmon on Saturday said the Government is focused on implementing a multi-faceted approach to bring relief to citizens in the wake of emergency measures put in place to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. In an invited comment during a ...

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