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Lethem flood: Schools closed, 25 persons evacuated to shelters

Rising flood waters in Lethem have forced the evacuation of 25 persons and the closure of several schools, a number of which were being used as shelters, authorities said Thursday. The flood is caused by heavy rainfall and overflowing Ireng and Takatu Rivers. Director-General of Guyana’s Civil Defence Commission, Col. Kester Craig told Demerara Waves Online News that the evacuees are in ...

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Mini hydro-power stations to be constructed in interior

Approval has been granted for the construction of a 0.95-megawatt dual hydro-system at Moco Moco and a 2.2 megawatt at Kumu in Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo. That was announced by Regional Chairman, Brian Allicock, at the recently concluded Regional Toshaos’ Conference in Lethem, reported government’s Department of Public Information. The projects will be financed from funds received through the ...

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Cambios, money transfer services to come under greater scrutiny for money laundering, terrorist financing

Cambios and money transfer entities are to come under intensified scrutiny, against the background of an assessment showing that in Guyana money laundering is “high” and financing of terrorism is “medium”, officials said Wednesday. The announcement was made at Guyana’s Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ML/TF) National Risk Assessment (NRA) Seminar that was held to assess implementation efforts by the several government and ...

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PNCR Chairmanship: Basil Williams challenges Lawrence, Harmon to debate; says no need to change winning team

Incumbent People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Chairman, Basil Williams on Wednesday called for a debate with contenders who want to dislodge him from his party’s second highest elected post. “Who wants to challenge me must show their track record of achievements for the PNC,” he said, adding that party members should be given an opportunity to hear a debate by ...

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Gold Board shifts gold burning to Queenstown; assures mercury control system is “robust”

The Guyana Gold Board (GGB) has moved from Brickdam, Georgetown to Crown Street,  Queenstown, and already the semi-autonomous agency has had to quell concerns that the ‘gold burning’ facility there would sicken residents with mercury emissions. In a newspaper notice, the GGB told gold miners, licenced dealers and the general public that it has moved from the Guyana Geology and ...

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Six arrested in separate cocaine bust at Cheddi Jagan Airport

Five men, including a shipper, on Tuesday, remained in custody after Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) agents said they found several packets of cocaine under a vehicle at Cheddi Jagan International Airport CANU said on July 2, 2018 at 11 O’clock Monday night the men, including,  shipper Navindra Sarwan, were arrested in relation to suspected cocaine found under the vehicle of the ...

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REOs’ appearance at Public Accounts Committee suspended; PPPC’s Juan Edghill objects

The Ministry of Communities has suspended the appearance of Regional Executive Officers of the 10 administrative regions before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to allow them to better prepare to answer questions, but opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarian, Juan Edghill has objected, saying  the REOs have failed to consult the experts before each sitting. In a letter to ...

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Internationally-affiliated Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority suggested to stem brain drain of trained, experienced aviation personnel

The Chairman of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Retired Lt.Col. Larry London on Tuesday floated the idea of setting up a Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) that is governed by its own regulations and aimed at stemming the brain-drain and securing jobs for  aviation personnel on foreign-registered aircraft working in the region. Speaking at the opening of  the 23rd Caribbean ...

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