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Caricom appeals for more “easily accessible” grants, soft loans

Secretary General of the 15-nation Caribbean Community, Irwin La Rocque on Tuesday called on the international community to dole our more grants than loans to member states most of whose classification as “middle income” states does not mirror their poor performing economies. “It would be desirable for them to provide additional sources of financing, especially in grant form and in ...

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GECOM to seek legal advice about Gocool Boodoo

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday decided to seek legal advice on whether Gocool Boodoo should be re-appointed Commissioner Chief Elections Officer (CEO) and Commissioner of National Registration. Boodoo’s last tenure has been blemished by a miscalculation of the November 2011 general and regional election results that almost gave the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) a one-seat majority. ...

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Guyana researching tourism brand

Government is preparing to research the branding of Guyana as a tourism destination, with assistance from the Inter American Development Bank (IDB). Several local and foreign companies and entities have thrown their hat in the ring to see which one will get the nod by the National Procurement and Tender Administration (NPTAB). Government wants the winning consulting firm to conduct ...

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Govt insists on electricity rate increase, despite opposition’s rejection

Despite the combined political opposition’s stiff rejection of a proposed 26.7 percent increase in electricity tariffs, government on Monday appeared determined to ask businesses and homes to pay more for the necessity. Reiterating that the rate hike was largely tied to the opposition’s GUY$5.2 billion dollar budget cut from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), Prime Minister Samuel Hinds said ...

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Mahdia teacher accused of sexual misconduct with male student

A teacher of the Mahdia Secondary School, who was caught allegedly in a compromising position with a male student, is being investigated for alleged sexual misconduct and he has been sent on leave, officials said. Chief Education Officer Olato Sam said the male teacher has been already sent on leave last week and further action would depend on the outcome ...

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Student allegedly caught with bullets in mouth

A student of the Government Technical Institute, who allegedly hid three 9 MM bullets in his mouth, was Monday refused bail and remanded to prison on a charge of possession of ammunition without a license. 19-year old Frane Mikhail Braithwaite pleaded innocent to the charge when he appeared before City Magistrate, Fabayo Azore. Although defence lawyer, Mark Waldron maintained that ...

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GNBS cracks down on unapproved scales; heavier penalties coming

The Guyana Bureau of Standards is cracking down on illegal scales at markets, even as plans are being made to impose heavier penalties on sellers caught with the unapproved weighing instruments. Backed up by police, several GNBS inspectors and surveillance personnel seized the 129 scales and one measure from sellers at the Stabroek, Bourda and La Penitence markets as well ...

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Electricity rate hike can spark unrest; public hearings needed- AFC

The Alliance For Change (AFC), warning that the proposed 26.7 percent increase in electricity tariff will spark widespread unrest, strongly recommended a public hearing by the utilities watchdog. “The AFC would like to warn the PPP Government, that this highly ill-advised and unjustified act on the part of GPL, will be provoking huge national unrest,” the party said in a ...

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Updated: Policeman electrocuted while chasing escapee

A policeman was early Monday morning electrocuted while chasing a detainee who had moments earlier escaped from custody. The serviceman has been identified as 23-year old Constable 21600 Dorwin Pitman. Power company officials and police sources said he was electrocuted by illegal connections in Sophia. Four hours after the incident, Guyana Police Force spokesman Ivelaw Whittaker said Pitman was found ...

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Oppositon should support Cabinet’s no-objection for Procurement Commission- Ramkarran

Prominent civil lawyer, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran has recommended that the opposition agree to an amendment to allow for cabinet to give reasons for objecting to the award of a contract. “This compromise position, if supported by the Opposition, would test the bona fides of the Government,” he said in his weekly column published on www.conversationtree.gy Although the opposition parties- ...

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