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Big turnout in Region Four key to election victory -Granger in appeal for heavy voting

Presidential candidate for the incumbent A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), David Granger Friday night appealed to eligible voters in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) to ensure a more than 80 percent turnout at the polls on March 2, as he was dissatisfied with their participation in 2015. “Tonight, my comrades, you have to win the battle of numbers,” he ...

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PPP challenges GECOM explanation on changes to particulars of 91,000 voters

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has challenged the legal basis for the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) changing of particulars of 91,000 electors stemming from the July-August house-to-house registration exercise, disagreeing that the information is unintentionally incorrect. GECOM says the Commissioner of Registration, Keith Lowenfield, who is also the Chief Elections Officer, is legally empowered under Regulation 37 of the ...

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Two students arrested for stabbing of Linden Foundation schoolmate

Two students of the Linden Foundation Secondary School were Friday morning arrested in connection with the near fatal stabbing of one of their female schoolmates Thursday afternoon, police confirmed. Police were told that the incident occurred shortly after 3 pm outside the Linden Foundation Secondary School, in full view of several students of the school and at least two adults ...

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RUSAL workers block Berbice river over layoff of 140 workers; union cites political interference

Workers at the Russian Aluminium (RUSAL)-controlled Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI) have blocked the upper Berbice River to demand the reinstatement of 140 workers who were laid off from Thursday and the settlement of other grievances, their union said. At a meeting called by the Chief Labour Officer and BCGI, the union said it also advised that it would ...

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Guyana, other Caribbean countries advised to reinforce surveillance for deadly coronavirus

As Guyana’s Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) office here prepare to next week brief Guyanese about the emergence of a 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday advised health authorities in Guyana and other Caribbean states to be vigilant against the contagious disease. Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr Joy St. John ...

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Tourism body tapping into Carnegie School as oil sector fills hotel rooms

President of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), Mitra Ramkumar says the emerging oil and gas sector is boosting hotel occupancy, even as his organisation is preparing to give graduates of Carnegie School of Home Economics internship and job opportunities. Ramkumar, in an address to mark the reopening of Carnegie’s Hibiscus Restaurant for the new school term, noted ...

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GECOM says it’s legal to change addresses of 91,000 house-to-house registrants

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has defended its decision as legal to change the addresses of persons who were registered during the July-August, 2019 house-to-house exercise. “The Commission is urging the electorate to be extremely vigilant of the attempts by a few to create confusion, mischief and derail the level of public confidence in GECOM to conduct free, fair, transparent ...

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Nigel Hughes laments failure to pass oil laws, regulations

Petroleum industry lawyer, Nigel Hughes has flayed the incumbent David Granger-led administration for not putting much-needed legislation and regulations in place to govern Guyana’s oil and gas sector ahead of production and exportation. He was Tuesday night addressing a symposium organised by the Youth and Oil Association under the theme “Empowering our future, developing our resources, and strengthening policies”. Mr. ...

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Granger takes dig at PPP over closure of sugar estates

President David Granger on Wednesday took a sharp dig at the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) over the closure of sugar estates and laying off of thousands of workers. He was addressing the formal opening ceremony of the Diamond-Grove Magistrates Court, East Bank Demerara, which he said has been built to ease the caseload on the Providence Magistrates Court and serve ...

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Granger assures US Congressmen of “free and fair” elections, “no disorder or lawlessness”

President David Granger Wednesday afternoon assured a visiting United States congressional delegation that the March 2 general and regional elections would be free and fair and that there would be no unrest. A government statement quoted the President as saying that the congressional team was assured that “there would be no disorder or lawlessness and could look forward to Guyana ...

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