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No Smoking at CPL games- Guyana’s Health Ministry

Guyana’s Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday said smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes or any narcotics is prohibited at the Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) Games. “The Ministry of Public Health wishes to advise the general public that smoking of cigarettes, e- cigars or any narcotic substance will not be allowed  during the Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) cricket matches at the Guyana National ...

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UNICEF helps Guyana assist Venezuelan refugees

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday announced that it would be providing US$30,000 worth relief supplies to assist the Venezuelans who have been crossing the border in three administrative regions of Essequibo county. In a joint statement, UNICEF and the Civil Defence Commission said the supplies would be pre-positioned to boost the capacity of Region 1 (Barima-Waini), Regin ...

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Prominent Guyanese doctor dies in Jamaica

Prominent Obstetrician-Gynaecologist, Dr. Gladstone Mitchell died in Jamaica after a prolonged illness, a family member confirmed. He was 80 years. His daughter, Vivienne Mitchell confirmed that her father passed away. She told Demerara Waves Online News that a date has not been fixed for the funeral to be held in Jamaica. A memorial service would be held in Guyana. Dr. ...

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Guyana creates “homestead” for Venezuelans

The Guyana government on Monday announced that plans were being made to establish a homestead settlement area for the 260 confirmed Venezuelans, who are occupying areas in Barima-Waini (Region One). Minister of Citizenship, Mr. Winston Felix made the announcement after the third multi-agency coordinating committee meeting held at the Ministry of Citizenship, Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Georgetown. Minister Felix said that ...

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Georgetown Hospital probes stillbirth after woman’s scathing complaint

The state-owned Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Monday decided to launch an investigation after a 35-year old woman alleged that medical personnel at that institution were negligent, resulting in the loss of her unborn child. Chief Executive Officer of the GPHC, Retired Brigadier George Lewis told Demerara Waves Online News that the board, management and staff of the hospital ...

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Man arrested for allegedly impregnating 14 year old girl, after he attempted to flee to Georgetown

A man, who attempted to abandon a 14 year old girl he allegedly impregnated, was Monday arrested and flown to Georgetown along with the girl and her parents. The visibly pregnant teenager was taken into the care of Guyana’s Ministry of Social Protection’s Child Care and Protection Agency. Roraima Airways pilot, Captain Learie Barclay said he called in the police ...

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Gold Board shifts gold burning to Queenstown; assures mercury control system is “robust”

The Guyana Gold Board (GGB) has moved from Brickdam, Georgetown to Crown Street,  Queenstown, and already the semi-autonomous agency has had to quell concerns that the ‘gold burning’ facility there would sicken residents with mercury emissions. In a newspaper notice, the GGB told gold miners, licenced dealers and the general public that it has moved from the Guyana Geology and ...

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Caricom commission recommends lifting marijuana ban; AFC “not interested in decriminalisation but in alternative sentencing”

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Marijuana Commission has recommended the decriminalising of marijuana possession, but the Alliance For Change (AFC)- one of Guyana’s governing coalition partners- says it does not want penalties to be removed altogether from the law books. Hours after CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin La Rocque announced in Jamaica that the Commission has recommended that marijuana possession should no ...

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Former Guyanese politician convicted of terrorism plot dies in US prison

Abdul Kadir, a former People’s National Congress (PNC) parliamentarian and former Mayor of Linden,  died in a United States (US) prison, eight years after he was convicted on terrorism charges. He was 66 years old. Relatives confirmed that Kadir  died at Thursday morning at a prison medical facility after complaining of feeling unwell. Kadir, born Michael Seaforth, was arrested in ...

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No threatening levels of mercury found at GGMC – PAHO/WHO team

The Pan American Health Organisation/ World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) team assessing the claims of mercury exposure at GGMC has found no threatening levels of mercury at the complex. Last Saturday the WHO/PAHO team orally briefed the Ministers of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, and Public Health, Volda Lawrence, on their findings. “The team did say though they are not here to ...

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