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Granger denies he or gov’t hired US lobbying firm, despite official documents

President David Granger on Friday distanced himself and his caretaker administration from a United States (US) lobbying firm, despite official records filed with the United States government, stating that the Ministry of the Presidency is the client and that its Director-General, Joseph Harmon is the point person. “The Government of Guyana has not hired JJ&B, LLC and has no contractual ...

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PPP accuses gov’t of spending taxpayers money to defend APNU+AFC in US; Harmon defends decision for gov’t, country

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Wednesday accused government of spending thousands of United States (US) dollars of taxpayers’ money to pay an American lobbying firm to defend A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) against claims of electoral process, but a top government official fired back, saying that government has a legitimate right to defend Guyana’s image. ...

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Pandit rejects police claims that he touched girl who later committed suicide

Attorney-at-Law, Sanjeev Datadin is denying that the police ever questioned a West Demerara Hindu pandit about touching a 13-year-old girl who subsequently committed suicide. “At no stage what was put to him was that he touched the girl anywhere on her body,” Datadin told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News. Datadin stressed that the Pandit had “no physical ...

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2020 elections candidate under investigation for alleged sexual offence; victim’s suicide

A Hindu priest and candidate for the 2020 general elections is being investigated for alleged violation of the Sexual Offences Act, and investigators are trying to determine if there was any link to the 13-year-old girl committing suicide, police said. Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Commander, Assistant Commissioner Simon McBean said “we are investigating a report of sexual assault” against ...

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SOCU boasts of unlicensed gold smuggler, former Rice Board official bribery convictions

The Guyana Police Force says its anti-financial crimes Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) secured the conviction of a gold smuggler and a former official of the state-owned Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB). Vibert Marks was found guilty and fined a total $120,000 on Thursday, February 6, after he was charged with exporting gold without a license and attempting to bribe ...

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High Court asked to order Jagdeo produce Irfaan Ali’s qualifications

Two citizens have asked the High Court to order the Representative of the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) list of candidates, Bharrat Jagdeo to produce the academic qualifications of presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali in light of concerns that one of them might be fake. Attorney-at-Law, Stephen Lewis, for the applicants Dianna Deravinne Rajcumar and Phillip Marcus, wants the High Court to declare ...

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NCN announcer’s APNU+AFC candidacy at centre of Editor-in-Chief being sent on leave

The Editor-in-Chief of the state-owned National Communications Network (NCN), Leeron Brummel was late this afternoon sent on leave, stemming from his objection to a governing coalition candidate reading the news. Demerara Waves Online News/News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM was told that Mr. Brummel was summoned to a meeting by the NCN Chairman, Enrico Woolford, and told that he was being ...

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Georgetown’s Chief Constable fired

The Chief Constable of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, Andrew Foo, was Tuesday – Old Year’s Day – fired by the Local Government Commission, multiple sources disclosed. Superintendent Andrew Livingstone, who is acting Deputy Chief Constable, is now expected succeed Foo. Sources said Foo was handed his letter by a senior local government commissioner. His services were said to have been terminated ...

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Guyana strengthening anti-money laundering system but lawyers, property dealers, charities among “most vulnerable”

Lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, used car dealers and registered charities were Wednesday highlighted as “most vulnerable” to money laundering, even as the Guyana government boasted of making headway in reducing the country’s “high” risk for financial crimes. National Risk Assessment (NRA) Coordinator, Alicia Williams said a 2016-2017 National Risk Assessment found that, “the most vulnerable sectors were the attorneys-at-law, ...

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Guyana about to begin remapping for better land use, management

The Guyana government will shortly begin remapping the country for the first time in 50 years to give prospective and current land users a better idea of location, resources and features, officials said. Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn says an US$18 million project was approved by the National Procurement and Tender Administration. Mr. Benn ...

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