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Policeman dies in Ekereku River

A policeman died after the boat he was travelling sank while he and two others were on patrol at Ekereku, Mazaruni River, police said. He has been identified as Corporal 16825 Balgrave Bartholomew, 39 years of Itaballi, Mazaruni. At the time of his passing, he was stationed at Ekeruku Police Outpost. Investigators were told that the incident occurred about 9:45 Monday morning ...

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Digicel celebrates 10th Anniversary with ‘10 Charities in 10 Days’ Initiative

Ahead of  Digicel’s 10th anniversary on February 14th , the phone company has kicked off this milestone by supporting the work of 10 special needs schools and orphanages. The international phone giant says its 10-day plan will see the delivery of much needed appliances, school supplies, school shoes, food hampers and other items. The St. John’s Boys Orphanage was the first ...

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Guyana to test athletes for illegal performance enhancement drugs

Guyana’s National Sports Commission (NSC) will soon be testing athletes for illegal enhancement drugs to improve their performances, according to the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones.   Director of Sport, Christopher Jones warned that athletes tested positive would be disqualified in keeping with anti-doping laws that would Guyana soon adopt. “Any tournament that we (government) are funding, those athletes would have to ...

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First phase of Linden-Lethem road to be constructed

Construction for the first phase of the Linden-Lethem Road  is expected to commence without a hitch as the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and the UK Government work closely towards its success, government announced on Tuesday. The first phase of the project covers approximately 122.5 kilometers of road from Linden and the construction of a bridge across the Essequibo River at ...

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14-percent VAT on domestic airfares sparks outcry among airlines, tour operators, miners

Flying across Guyana will from Wednesday- February 1, 2017- become more expensive for tourists, businesspersons and possibly residents, with the introduction of a 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on local airfares. “The big challenge to us is all of our customers who depend on hinterland transportation- for example our tourism clientele; our mining clientele- will be affected because the ...

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Rupununi farmer, wife get $200,000 bail each for 3 kilos marijuana possession

Louis Cupertin, 29-years-old, and his 18-year-old wife, Felicia Mandrikin, were today granted $200,000 bail each by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when they answered to a charge of illegal possession of 3 kilogrammes marijuana in a salt bag. The couple, from Mocha Mocha village in the Rupununi, were arrested by police who found the narcotics Friday when officers went to their ...

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City businessman, employee to stand trial for triple murder in Robb Street fire

Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan today ruled a prima facie has been established against 72-year-old businessman Ganga Krishna, and his employee 24-year-old Avishkar Kissoon. The men, who plead innocence in court, will stand trial at the next practical date of the Demerara Assizes. Krishna told the court he is prepared to call witnesses to his defense at his High Court trial. ...

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Parking meter company, Finance Minister at odds over VAT

Smart City Solutions (SCS), operators of parking meters in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, Monday night said tax officials must charge the 16 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on the payment cards, hours after Finance Minister, Winston Jordan said the tax should be payable on the parking time purchased. “The company received a visit this (Monday) evening from three GRA officers all ...

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GDF soldiers allegedly rape 15-year old girl at army base

A 15-year old girl was allegedly raped by three soldiers of the Guyana Defence Force on Saturday at one of the country’s military bases, police confirmed. The GDF late Monday night said it was aware of the allegation against three of its ranks and has convened a Board of Inquiry to “ascertain the facts and to determine whether the crime ...

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