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Ramotar puts brake on ‘light bill’ increase

Determined to have the $5.2B budgetary allocation to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) restored, President Donald Ramotar on Friday ordered a delay in the proposed 26.7 percent tariff hike the power company is planning to implement. The instruction was given after the Head of State met with the Board and management of the power company for talks earlier in ...

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FAO targeting dreaded Black Sigatoka in Guyana, four other Caricom countries

Guyana, which registered a 100 percent slump in its plantain exports due to the Black Sigatoka disease, is among five Caribbean countries whose experts are being trained in managing the dreaded disease that also attacks bananas, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) announced on Friday. “In countries where Black Sigatoka Disease has flourished, the banana and plantain industries have suffered ...

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Miner hacked to death over tea preparation

One miner hacked to death one of his colleagues during a quarrel over the preparation of tea last month that resulted in the assailant falling ill, police said. The dead man has been identified as 22-year old Oral Norton of Moruca, North West District. Norton was chopped to death in a mining pit at Big Creek, North West District. Police ...

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Captain killed in speedboat collision

A speed boat captain was Friday afternoon killed when two boats collided on the Essequibo River just off the Supenaam creek, authorities said. The dead man has been identified as 29-year old Ganesh “Shines” Roopnarine of Barnwell, East Bank Essequibo. No one else was injured in the mishap. An eyewitness, Desmond Fortune, said that about 4:45 speedboat “Water Girl” had ...

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Businessman praises CANU, jailed for cocaine possession

A financially troubled businessman was jailed for three years after complimenting the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) for unearthing a quantity of cocaine that he was hoping to fetch to New York for a fee of US$5,000. 41-year old Andrew Michael Park of Pattensen, Turkeyen was jailed for three years and fined GUY$30,000 after he pleaded guilty to being in ...

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Alleged wife killer arraigned

Bandaged around his neck and lifted into the courtroom on a chair, a muted man was arraigned on a charge of murdering his reputed wife. Shameer Ali’s failure to respond orally resulted in Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry coming off the bench and going close to the accused to read the indictable charge to him. He was seated on the chair ...

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Opposition not going for reduced electricity rates hike

The opposition parties have slapped down a government feeler about a compromise figure for the proposed electricity rates increase, remaining adamantly against any rates hike at this time. Government sources on Thursday indicated to Demerara Waves Online News that consideration was being given to raising the tariffs by about 10 percent rather than the 26.7 percent that the Guyana Power ...

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Soldier found dead in house

A Guyana Defence Force solider was found dead in his house at Lamaha Springs/Joint Services scheme late Thursday night, sources said. The decomposed body of the Lance Corporal was removed from a house on Rewa Street. Sources said the discovery of his body was made several days after he had not been seen. Investigators are not ruling out foul play.  ...

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UPDATED: House votes down “Rohee bills”

The National Assembly has voted down four bills which appeared before the House in the name of Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee with the opposition maintaining they will not support bills in the minister’s name. The bills voted down were the Evidence (Amendment) Bill 2013; Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2013; Fire Service (Change of Name) Bill 2013; ...

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10 percent “compromise” electricity tariff hike likely- govt sources

Government is considering increasing electricity tariffs by about 10 percent, rather than the 26.7 percent hike that Guyana Power and Light (GPL) wants to compensate for the multi-billion dollar budget cut, according to top government sources. The estimated 10 percent hike is being regarded as a “compromise” to give the power company some of the much needed revenue, while yielding ...

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