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Legal-political showdown: Jagdeo, Harmon say govt, PPP officials to face more criminal charges

Even as the Guyana government slammed the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) filing of private criminal charges of misconduct in public office against two government ministers as an effort to distract the public from its record of corruption, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said more charges would be filed against other ministers. “The charges that were filed today against the current and ...

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Uncertainty looms over return of parking meters

The reintroduction of metered parking in Georgetown is unlikely to get central government’s approval when Local Government Minister, Ronald Bulkan considers the revised contract between City Hall and Smart City Solutions along with bylaws to govern paid parking. Bulkan told Demerara Waves Online News in an exclusive interview that he would have to examine the contract first before he could ...

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Occupational Safety and Health experts probing mercury poisoning of GGMC workers

The Ministry of Social Protection’s Occupational Safety and Health Department on Thursday rubbished claims by the trade union representing Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) workers that their concerns about mercury poisoning have been ignored. Chairman of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), Earl Morris stressed that “that’s not true” and persons could easily make erroneous conclusions ...

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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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