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Venezuela’s military incursion forces ExxonMobil to stop seismic data gathering

The Norwegian company, Petroleum Geo-Services, has stopped 3-D seismic oil exploration activities offshore Guyana closer to the Venezuelan border after the Venezuelan military intercepted the vessel on Saturday, ExxonMobil said. “At this time, seismic operations on the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana have been paused until they can be safely continued. Our main concern is for the safety of crew members ...

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Britain, GTUC appeal for peace; free and fair elections

Britain’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn and the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) on Saturday called on Guyanese to respect government’s loss of the no-confidence vote after government back-bencher, Charandass Persaud voted with the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP). The Bharrat Jagdeo-sponsored no-confidence motion was approved by 33 of the 65 parliamentarians after Persaud voted in favour. Quinn observed ...

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General elections likely by March after PPP wins no-confidence vote; AFC defector faces expulsion; Jagdeo signals political cooperation with govt

Guyanese would most likely  go back to the polls in general elections before the end of March, 2019, after the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) won its no-confidence motion 33-32 Friday night when Alliance For Change (AFC) back-bencher Charrandas Persaud voted  against the government. “There may be outcomes which are not predictable or outcomes which have not been anticipated, but ...

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PPP wins no confidence motion; AFC MP sides with opposition

Government back-bencher Charandass Persaud voted with the opposition Peoples  Progressive Party to win the no-confidence motion in the 65-seat National Assembly that was sponsored by the opposition, after several hours of debate. Despite repeated urges by fellow parliamentarians to change his vote, Persaud declined. Minister of Health Volda Lawrence also unsuccessfully asked for a brief suspension to allow for a ...

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Guyana gets international help to modernise intellectual property, copyright protection

Guyana is moving to establish a “blueprint” to strengthen protection of intellectual property and copyright in a country where copying of books, movies and music and other works is almost routine, the Foreign Ministry announced Thursday. Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge said Guyana would soon be drafting the National Intellectual Property Strategy (NIPS) with assistance from the Switzerland-based World Intellectual ...

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Guyana welcomes US’ scrapping of sanctions on RUSAL; jobs at Aroaima not in jeopardy

Guyana on Thursday welcomed the United States’ (US) decision to lift its sanctions on UC Russian Aluminium (RUSAL), the majority owner of the Aroaima-based Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc. (BCGI), suggesting that workers would not lose their jobs. “The Government of Guyana and the Ministry of Natural Resources are cautiously optimistic, and happy, with this recent development of the matter ...

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President pardons 11 juveniles, three women

President David Granger has pardoned 11 juveniles who were charged with wandering and ordered to reside at the New Opportunity Corps (NOC), Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast, government announced Thursday. Under the Prerogative of Mercy, the nine girls and two boys, whose ages range from 13 to 17 years, were pardoned with effect from Thursday, 20th December, 2018. Wandering is no longer ...

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Greenidge defends spending big on settling Guyana’s border rows; says US$10 million on boundary dispute gave Guyana lucrative Liza 1 well

Guyana has spent GYD$780 million (US$3.7 million) from the US$18 million signing bonus from ExxonMobil on legal fees for the settlement of the border controversy with Venezuela, expenditure Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge is a huge value for money. “The 15 million is what is funding the legal fees…  and it will fund the fees in 2019 until it is ...

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Tight security at Parliament for Friday’s no-confidence debate; AFC hears of rumoured PPP “diabolical plots”

Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan has reportedly assured his Alliance For Change ( AFC) political party of water-tight security on Friday when the no-confidence vote is expected to be debated. “We have been assured that the security forces are fully mobilised and prepared to ensure that there is no breach of the peace,” the AFC said in a statement. ...

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PPP asks Police Commissioner to prevent “violence and mayhem” on No Confidence debate day

As Friday nears for debate on the opposition People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP)-sponsored no-confidence motion, that party has formally asked the Guyana Police Force to prevent what it says is a plot to stage disruptions before, during and after the debate. “We, therefore, call on you to take the necessary interventions to ensure that the rule of law prevails and not only ...

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