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Govt exploring all options to block increase in Berbice Bridge tolls…”there will be no fare increases to the people of Berbice”- Patterson

The Guyana government would be seeking legal advice to block increases in the Berbice Bridge tolls including having the Ministry of Public Security declare the thoroughfare a public good, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson said Tuesday. “I want to ensure the entire Berbice that we would do everything in our powers to ensure that this burdensome toll is not ...

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Updated: Steep increase in Berbice Bridge tolls

The Berbice Bridge Company  on Tuesday announced increased tolls from November 12, 2018 after refusing government’s offer to service the bridge pontoons. The decision to hike the tolls, according to the company, was done based on legal advice from the law firm of Cameron and Shepherd whose principals include Attorney-at-Law, Ralph Ramkarran. The Berbice Bridge Company said the actual cost ...

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No special favours for oil and gas businesses- Head of Energy Department

The Guyana government Monday night ruled out granting “special favours” to oil and gas companies and assured investors that the David Granger-led administration was not corrupt. Addressing a 50-member trade and investment delegation from the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Head of the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe cited the need for predictability as ...

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Update: Six prisoners at Lusignan Prison injured in unrest following escape of trio

Hours after three prisoners escaped from the Lusignan Prison, unrest erupted at that East Coast Demerara penal facility, forcing authorities to deploy additional police and prison guards to quell the situation. Well-placed sources told Demerara Waves Online News that six inmates were injured with pellets and were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital for treatment. The names of the injured ...

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High Court orders State to pay former High Commissioner to Canada GY$24.7 million for wrongful dismissal

The High Court on Monday ordered the State to pay former Guyana High Commissioner to Canada, Harry Narine Nawbatt GY$24.2 million dollars in salaries and GY$500 thousand for breach of contract. Justice Diana Insanally agreed with arguments by the former envoy’s lawyer, Anil Nandlall that Nawbatt was constructively dismissed. Nawbatt’s arguments were that he had been recalled from Ontario in ...

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High Court dismisses Attorney General’s ‘no-jurisdiction’ arguments on local govt boundaries case

High Court Judge, Gino Persaud on Monday dismissed Attorney General, Basil Williams’ argument that the High Court had no jurisdiction to hear a case on changes to local government constituency boundaries and a legal challenge could only be mounted after the polls. Justice Persaud rejected Williams’ argument on the ground that the case brought by People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-nominated ...

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Guyana, Canadian province sign three-year “responsible” oil and gas sector agreement

Guyana and the oil-rich Canadian province of Labrador and Newfoundland on Monday inked a three-year agreement of collaboration in “support of responsible oil and gas development opportunities”. “The parties will facilitate economic cooperation and business opportunities in Guyana and in Newfoundland and Labrador by organising reciprocal visits to the other jurisdiction that include representatives of industry and government,” the agreement ...

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Stabroek News ‘attacked’ me in conflict of interest report- Cathy Hughes; Editor-in-Chief says “smokescreen” for “unanswered” questions

Even as the Minister of Public Telecommunication, Cathy Hughes on Monday fended off claims of potential conflict of interest as a result of her husband’s legal services in the oil and gas sector, the privately-owned Stabroek News newspaper said the Hugheses had sufficient time to allay fears and concerns. Editor-in-Chief, Anand Persaud said his newspaper did not contact the Hugheses before ...

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Private Sector Commission complained about “less than humane conditions” at Lusignan Prison

Less than two months before Monday’s escape of three prisoners from the East Coast Demerara-based Lusignan Prison, the Private Sector Commission had warned Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan about the inhumane conditions at that penitentiary and security risks being posed to prison guards. “While the Commission is concerned about the safety and security of the public, it is also disturbed ...

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