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China gives US$37.6 million boost to Guyana’s E-Government broadband system

China on Saturday signed a US$37.6 million agreement to boost Guyana’s broadband access for security surveillance and the provision of remote health care, officials said. “This project will see the upgrading of the network to enable an equitable delivery of service in the education, health, security, business and other sectors,” said Guyana’s Foreign Minister shortly after signing the agreement for ...

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Only 30 percent of sexually abused children referred for post-trauma counseling ; victims susceptible to long term mental, social problems

ChildLink Inc; a local child rights organisation, says sexual abuse of children is one of the causes of mental illnesses sometimes leading to suicide- problems that could be curbed only if more is invested in rehabilitation programmes. The assessment is contained in the ChildLink Abuse Report titled “Crises In The Dark- Child Sexual Abuse in Guyana Today”. “The recent study ...

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Children’s Court to be launched next month; GY$600 million needed for full child-friendly criminal justice system

Guyana will late next month activate the Children’s Court system in keeping with the recently passed Juvenile Justice Act, officials announced Friday night. Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards said two magistrates have been already trained in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and United States (US) to preside over the daily court sessions in Georgetown.¬† Other magistrates, she said, would be ...

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PPP promises no new taxes to Georgetown; govt yet to decide on paid parking, but increased property rates likely

As the Guyana government prepares to lay the groundwork for increasing property rates and taxes in towns and villages, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is opposed to additional taxes on the citizens of Georgetown. “We know more revenues can come in there other than putting additional burdens. Don’t forget when this government came in has put over 200 new taxes ...

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AFC downplays small showing on nomination day… “We don’t believe in theatrics”

The Alliance For Change (AFC), which broke away from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to contest the Local Government Elections on its own, on Friday turned up turned up with eight persons to submit nominations to contest for the Georgetown City Council. However, AFC Executive member Michael Leonard downplayed the few persons who rallied under his party’s banner as ...

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Log crushes labourer to death at Linden sawmill

A labourer was crushed to death by a log that fell off a truck on Thursday at a sawmill and lumber yard at Linden, police said Stephan ‘Grinch’ Braithwaite, 20 years, of 100 Block 22 Squatting Area Wismar, Linden was pronounced dead on arrival at the Linden Hospital Complex. Police were told that the incident occured at about 8:30 AM ...

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Jagdeo will answer SOCU’s questions if Granger does likewise

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said he would drop his presidential immunity and allow police to question him if President David Granger is grilled by investigators¬†about the award of a multi-million dollar contract to a Dutch company to conduct a feasibility study on a new Demerara Harbour Bridge. “If the President, when he is questioned in SOCU (Special Organised ...

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Partnerships key to reducing Caribbean’s food import bill, increasing exports- say officials at GuyTie opening

As the Caribbean Community (Caricom) continues to grapple with a US$4.5 million annual food import bill, Guyana on Thursday cited the need for Guyana to seize opportunities for joint ventures and partnerships with businesses from other countries. “The Caribbean, taken as a whole, has the land, has the labour, has the capital to overcome its most severe setbacks of achieving ...

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Trinidad and Tobago bent on honey restrictions but will explore slackening transit rules

Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday vowed to continue restricting the trade in honey being produced by sister Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries to prevent the spread of diseases, but did not rule out relaxing rules for the organic sweet substance to transit that twin-island nation without penalty. “Once we are satisfied that there are no phyto-sanitary risks that we should ignore ...

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