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President maintains he must select “fit and proper” GECOM Chairman; to meet Jagdeo soon

President David Granger on Wednesday highlighted that the High Court has confirmed that he has the right to select a “fit and proper” person to become the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), just days after the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) signaled that it might join in appealing the ruling by Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire that the President could reject ...

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Rape accused escapes from Lusignan Prison

A prisoner, accused of rape, has escaped from the Lusignan Prison, Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels said Wednesday. He is Dellon Blake of Kamuni Creek, Demerara River, West Bank Demerara. “He has tear drop tattoo on left side of his face. He cuts cabbage for a living,” the Prisons Director said. Samuels said Blake,35 years old, escaped from holding bay ...

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Early morning flood hits Alexander Village, River View

Residents of River view and Alexander Village, Georgetown on Wednesday woke up to flood waters inundating their yards, dwellings and businesses. Sources said the flood started at about 3 AM during Demerara River high-tide. The exact cause of the flood  was not immediately known. There are two different accounts- the koker operator slept away and the koker malfunctioned. City Engineer, ...

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Fire destroys Manchester Village house

Fire late Tuesday night destroyed a large wooden house at Manchester Village, Corentyne, East Berbice, fire officials said. Details are sketchy but police sources said the fire at Manchester South left  29-year old Mero “Cussum” Hunt and two other persons homeless. His girlfriend, Alicia, was not at home at the time. Hunt reportedly left the house and returned one hour later ...

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Bodies of elderly women found tied, gagged in house

Two elderly women, one of whom is a Guyana-born American citizen, were Tuesday morning found bound and gagged in their home at Albert Street and South Road, Georgetown after one of them did not open the nearby Full Gospel Church. After the bodies of the long-time family friends- 88-year old Constance Fraser and 75-year old Phyllis Melrose Caesar- and detectives ...

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Lethem bus driver remanded on drug trafficking charges

A Lethem bus driver was Tuesday morning remanded to prison after he pleaded not guilty to being in possession of cocaine and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. Fifty-five year old Garfield Parker of 8 Tabatinga Lethem pleaded not guilty to two drug possession charges after they were read to him by Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan. The first charge ...

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Woman charged for cocaine-soaked hammocks

The woman, who allegedly attempted to smuggle a quantity of cocaine soaked into hammocks, has been charged with trafficking in narcotics. Twenty-six year old Tiffini Collison of F21 Samaan Street Guyhoc Park appeared on Tuesday in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on a drug trafficking charge. Collison, who appeared before chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan, was not required to plea to ...

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Two charged with murder of man on father’s death anniversary

Two men were Tuesday arraigned for the murder of a man on the same day he was about to attend his father’s death anniversary memorial service. Nineteen year old Shawn Dos Santos and 18-year old Stephon Howard both of Freeman Street, East Lapenitence appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ court charged with murder. Bail was ...

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Hinterland agriculture value-added diversification programme to be launched

  Guyana’s Ministry of Agriculture has launched a value-added agricultural programme aimed at diversifying agriculture and other economic activities in the hinterland. The Ministry of Agriculture’s focus for Agriculture month 2017 is ‘Food Security and Hinterland Development: A National Priority’, however, this message will be promoted by the government throughout incoming years to emphasise the need for diversification of local ...

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