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GECOM has not considered voting by disabled in 2020

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has not discussed voting by the estimated 30,000 disabled and visually-impaired persons at next March’s general elections, although provision had been made for physically challenged persons to vote on the kerb of polling stations in 2015. Concerns were also raised about the confidentiality of balloting by visually-impaired persons who have to vote by proxy with ...

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Hefty fines for smoking at sport facilities -gov’t warns

Government’s Department of Sport is warning that people caught smoking at sport facilities will be punished with hefty fines according to the law. The department says government will enforce the Tobacco Control Act if people do not obey “No-Smoking” signs that will be posted up at sport facilities. First time offenders who smoke in any place where smoking is prohibited ...

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News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM panel discussion: “Diabetes: Signs, Symptoms, Impacts and Coping”

News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM presents a special panel discussion to mark World Diabetes Day 2019 under the topic: “Diabetes: Signs, Symptoms, Impacts and Coping”. World Diabetes Day, created by the International Diabetes Federation since 1991, is observed on November 14 every year in keeping with a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. World Diabetes Day ...

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Importer denies Food & Drugs Dept GYD$40m substandard foods allegations

The Ministry of Public Health’s Government Analyst-Food and Drugs Department (GA-FDD) and a businessman are set to take each other to court over GYD$40 million worth of food that authorities say are substandard. The businessman, Faizal Asif Iqbal Alli, has denied the allegations levelled against him. He is threatening to take the GA-FDD to court if perishable and other items ...

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President no longer shows sign of cancer – Cuban medical experts

President David Granger Tuesday night returned from Cuba where his team of medical experts found that he has no trace of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, according to Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed. “The CIMEQ (Center for Surgical Medical Research) medical specialists have expressed complete satisfaction with the state of the President’s health and have explained that ...

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Drug treatment court opens

Guyana’s first Drug Treatment Court, opened its doors on Monday, aimed at giving convicted drug addicts a chance to receive treatment and reduce overcrowding of the country’s prisons. Located in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, the facility will permit easier access to resources and personnel, including stakeholders such as the police, social services, health and drug treatment providers for the efficient ...

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Finance Minister warns NIS against investing on foreign stock markets

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan has cautioned the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) against investing its funds on the international stock market. His comment came against the background of a suggestion by the Chairman of the NIS Board, John Seeram that the social security agency should invest on foreign stock markets. “We will need to consider purchasing more attractive bonds and shares ...

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NIS encouraged to invest on international stock market amid meagre returns, dwindled contributions

Despite raking in more than GYD$500 million from Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is being encouraged to invest some of its monies on the international stock market as it grapples with paying pensions amid declining contributions. Chairman of the NIS Board, John Seeram told a 50th anniversary observance at the Brickdam-based headquarters that the ...

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Need for unannounced visits to oil operations – EPA Chief

The Executive Director of Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Vincent Adams on Monday cited the need for unannounced visits to oil industry operations, even as American and British oil companies discovered more oil offshore the northeast coast of the South American nation. “Unfettered access to the site: There should be no prevention or stiff-arming of government employees or people ...

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Chief Elections Officer admitted to Caribbean Heart Institute

The Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield was Tuesday afternoon admitted to the Caribbean Heart Institute (CHI), well-placed sources disclosed. The sources said Lowenfield already underwent a series of tests as doctors continue to monitor his condition. He reportedly left Tuesday afternoon’s meeting with the Guyana Elections Commission prematurely after complaining of feeling unwell. This is the second time in about ...

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