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No more free GTT subscriber call blocking service, as PUC approves rates

Guyana Telephone and Telegraph’s (GTT) landline subscribers  will from next year have to pay for subscriber call blocking activated services, according to a decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The company said that currently there are 36,368 subscribers who currently use the service free of charge. The regulator said between now and February 2019 when the rates would take ...

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Domestic dispute leads to arson of Stabroek Market stalls

A domestic dispute between two Stabroek Market wharf stallholders ended with a man being stabbed and burning of his stall that quickly spread to others, sources said. The name of the Male fish vendor has been given as “Chop Up”. He was treated at a hospital and sent away. City Police sources told Demerara Waves Online News that the Guyana ...

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2019 National Budget date announced

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan announced that Monday, November 26, 2018 is the date on which the 2019 National Budget would be presented. He made the announcement at the commencement of Monday’s sitting of the National Assembly. Jordan’s announcement came one day after he indicated in a letter to the media that government employees would receive increases in salaries for 2019 ...

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Fly Jamaica probes passenger’s death following crash-landing

Fly Jamaica on Saturday indicated it was probing whether the passenger, who died following last week’s incident involving its passenger jet, was as a result of injuries sustained aboard that aircraft. Dead is Rookia Kalloo, who was a passenger aboard Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 which the airline said “suffered a runway excursion” on Friday 9th November, 2018 at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan ...

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CH&PA ups service with GIS, drone imagery

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) says it has been improving the delivery of its services with the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The entity’s GIS analyst, Malini Jaikarran said the use of this service, will help to improve the development, manage operations and update policies and decision-making processes. Jaikarran was delivering a presentation on Wednesday at a ...

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United States shifts position on Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

The United States (US) on Friday confirmed that it has shifted its official position on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy by asking that a more than 100-year old award of the land boundaries between the two neighbouring South American countries be respected. Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Guyana, Terry Steers-Gonzalez  said American Ambassador, Perry Holloway played a ...

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Oil sector a reason for American Airlines choosing Guyana; carrier staying “for many years to come”

American Airlines (AA) , which Thursday night began scheduled flights between Guyana and the United States (US), says the country’s emerging oil and gas sector is one of the reasons for choosing this South American destination. “It’s all part of it but I think even before the announcements were made about the oil and gas sector we were looking at ...

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El Dorado Offshore-hired seafarers could be fired for disclosing wages, benefits

Even as the Guyana-registered El Dorado Offshore maintained that it only hires Guyanese to work aboard oil industry vessels offshore Guyana, that company conceded that seafarers would violate their contract if they disclose their wages and employment conditions to the Labour Department, but the company could not block government from probing complaints. El Dorado Offshore’s Manpower and Recruitment Director, Natasha Jairam-Abai ...

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Analysts suggest improvements to proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund; Finance Minister says Fund crafted to suit Guyana

The Guyanese government needs to address underlying weaknesses in the country’s proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund’s design to maximize its effectiveness, according to a report released Wednesday by the United States-based Natural Resource Governance Institute. In the document, analysts praised government for taking a number of commendable steps in its plan to save a portion of the country’s forthcoming oil revenues in ...

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US seeks forfeiture of hotelier “Big Head” Lovell’s property; DEA trailed cocaine-smuggling plot to The Netherlands

The United States (US) has ordered Guyanese hotelier, Shervington ‘Big Head’ Lovell and other alleged co-conspirators in cocaine trafficking to forfeit a range of properties. Lovell, Agimero Zapata Castro, and Surinamese Steven Antonious have been charged with violating US maritime drug enforcement laws between April and July, 2018 in Guyana, Jamaica, Colombia , the high seas an elsewhere. In the grand ...

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