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Harmon criticises media for jeopardising reputation of health ministry officials named in probe

Following a recent probe into the Health Ministry’s pharmaceutical management procedure, Cabinet is yet to deliberate on the findings and recommendations of the probe. But already, State Minister Joseph Harmon is blaming the media for “serialising” the matter possibly jeoparding the reputations of persons named in the probe. “It has already been serialised in the media which is quite unfortunate. When ...

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Guyana blacklists drug supplier

A Trinidad-based company should be banned from tendering for drugs in Guyana, and several top officials of Guyana’s Ministry of Health should either be removed or fired, a recent probe into the procurement of medical supplies has recommended. Retired Assistant Police Commissioner, Winston Cosbert states in his report that Ministry of Health employee, Kendazie Aaron should be fired from her ...

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Manickchand calls-out ‘pettiness, vindictiveness’ of President Granger’s Senior Counsel appointing

Opposition MP Priya Manickchand has mixed feelings about the appointment of 9 Senior Counsel by President David Granger recently after the last appointments were made some 20 years ago. In the National Assembly today, Manickchand, who should have been debating the proposed Value Added Tax amendment for budget 2017, sought to congratulate Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams ...

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‘Extremely worrying’ laws passed for GRA to garnish VAT from taxpayers’ bank accounts, block travel

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) will now have the power to garnish VAT owed to the state directly from taxpayers’ bank accounts without the approval of the court, a move which Opposition MP Priya Manickchand called “extremely worrying” as the proposed amendment was presented in the National Assembly today by Finance Minister Winston Jordan. Manickchand said the amendment to Section ...

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Jordan defends environmental tax for beverage importers, local manufacturers amidst Opposition criticism

The National Assembly today approved an amendment to the Customs (Amendment) Act which applies a $10 environmental levy payable by importers and local manufacturers of non-returnable units of metal, plastic or glass container of any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage or water. The amendment is part of a regime of measures which will bring the provisions of Budget 2017 into full ...

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Miners urged to take precaution during rainy season

Acting Commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Newell Dennison is urging miners to be extremely cautious during the rainy season. Dennison told the Government Information Agency (GINA) in an invited comment on Thursday, that miners should, “exercise extreme caution in their work” in rainy conditions. Last year, seven mining related deaths were recorded. Guyana is experiencing its ...

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CDC monitoring the situation as inclement weather continues

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) is monitoring the severe weather conditions currently being experienced, to determine whether its intervention is needed. Director General of the CDC, Retired Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup told the Government Information Agency (GINA) Thursday, that his agency is “observing and monitoring the situation”. The Ministry of Agriculture’s National Weather Watch Centre earlier this week issued a weather ...

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Kaieteur News ‘grenade attack’ trio to stand trial at High Court, denied bail

Chief Georgetown Magistrate Ann McLennan has ruled prima facie cases have been established against the trio charged in connection with the grenade-throwing incident at Kaieteur News’s Saffon Street office, and the men will stand trial at the High Court. Alfie Garraway, 36, of Lot 71 Norton Street; Janiel Howard, 20, of Lot 322 Section C Turkeyen and Leroy Williams, 25, ...

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Pres. Granger defends appointing sitting judge Senior Counsel

President David Granger has defended the appointment of a sitting High Court judge and a Retired Appeal Court Judge as Senior Counsel, saying that under normal circumstances they would have been appointed 20 years ago for their contributions to Guyana’s legal profession. Since the list of appointees was announced on December 31, 2016, there have been some criticisms as a ...

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UPDATED: Three dead in collision on Linden Highway

Three men died Wednesday night in a head-on collision between two cars on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, officials said ‘E’ Division Commander, Senior Superintendent F. Karimbaksh said the men succumbed to their injuries. Fire fighters, police and public-spirited citizens sawed and broke open the badly mangled vehicles at the Seweyo turn and removed the dead men. Two of the deceased have been ...

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