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President travels to Cuba for scheduled medical evaluation

President David Granger Saturday morning, departed Guyana for the Republic of Cuba. He is accompanied by First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, government said. The Head of State has travelled to Cuba for a scheduled evaluation by doctors of the Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ). He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma last year after an intensive series of tests by ...

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OPINION: Guyana at the precipice: two radically unprecedented realities today

by GHK Lall As I watch and reflect upon the unyielding political impasses, the questions that come are: what is so different this time? What is so compelling, so inflammatory, that there is neither space nor opportunity nor inclination to lean forward, to reach for something—anything—that would narrow the yawning space in Guyana’s political no man’s land? What is there ...

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President predicts “gridlock” in GECOM Chairman nomination; insists on role in “crafting” list

President David Granger on Friday predicted a “gridlock” in the process for arriving at six acceptable nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), saying that he was ready to talk with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo about the president’s role in “crafting” the list of nominees. “I’m prepared to meet the Leader of the Opposition to ...

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GECOM confirms 90-day house-to-house registration from July 20; election preparations begin

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Friday confirmed that house-to-house registration would begin on Saturday, July 20 and end in another three months. GECOM spokeswoman, Yolanda Ward said the teams have been “doubled” with the aim of completing the house-to-house registration process in “the shortest possible time” and there was a likelihood that it could be wrapped up ahead of ...

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Irfaan Ali refuses to give up PPP presidential candidacy after High Court rules he must face fraud charges

Opposition People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Irfaan Ali on Friday vowed to remain in the race for the presidency, although the High Court recently ruled that he must face trial for allegedly conspiring to defraud government of a total of GYD$174 million by selling land below their valued prices. “Not one bit! I’m not stepping aside at all. I’m here to ...

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PPP mulls contempt of court action against Chief Election Officer to block house-to-house registration

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday warned that contempt of court proceedings would be filed against Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield if the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) goes ahead with house-to-house registration. “We don’t want to be caught up on the issue of a long, legal battle again but we may file contempt proceedings against Lowenfield but not to go ...

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Construction of American-owned chemical storage facility suspended pending approval; residents boycott meeting called to quell fears

Residents, fearful of pollution from an oil production-related chemical storage plant expected to be built in suburban Georgetown, boycotted a community meeting the United States-headquartered company called to allay fears. One of the residents said they decided against attending the meeting because their grouse is not with the company but with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they believe has ...

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Police shifting away from paper-based information collection

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Thursday launched a digital information system aimed at modernising the way it collects and uses crime information. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said the new system represents more than a move away from paper-based recording. “This is going to make it easier to identify persons of interest and allow the user to easily pull ...

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30 early childhood practitioners graduate

Thirty Early Childhood Development practitioners received their certificates after a nine-week practical exercise that focused on the importance of early childhood development from zero to three years. The programme was facilitated by the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA), UNICEF and the Board of Industrial Training (BIT). At their graduation held at the National Library Conference on July 17, BIT Human ...

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Petty city crimes no big impact on tourism – GTA Director

Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Brian Mullis does not believe that crime is discouraging tourists from visiting this South American nation because visitor figures continue to grow. He says most of the crime seen is petty theft in the capital city, Georgetown, and must be placed in the proper context. “I think we also acknowledge that most of ...

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