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Fungus-infected manganese mine workers did not wear safety gear

Government’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Department on Monday said the Chinese manganese mine workers did not use protective gears while clearing a tunnel laden with the histoplasmosis fungus that claimed two lives and sickened 12 others. The histoplasmosis fungus is said to be associated with decayed bat droppings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said no green-light would be given ...

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No conflict of interest; “I fully disclosed my interest in Videomega Productions Ltd”- Minister Hughes

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes on Monday rejected claims that she breached the Code of Conduct contained in the Integrity Commission Act because she is still the owner of Videomega Productions. Hughes, in a swift reaction to assertions by former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran, said she has already declared her ownership of the private media production company to the ...

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Legality of Allicock acting as Prime Minister questioned

The constitutionality of Vice President Sydney Allicock’s appointment as acting Prime Minister was Sunday being called into question because he is not an elected member of Parliament. Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall reasons that Allicock’s swearing in by acting President Moses Nagamootoo is unconstitutional because according to Article 101 (1) the Prime Minister must be an elected member of the ...

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After fire, new girls’ orphanage needs computers

Six months after the Shaheed Girls’ Orphanage rose from the ashes into a spanking new edifice, calls were Sunday made for support to equip the facility with a computer laboratory and Internet, and for caregivers to ensure the orphans’ properties are respected. After the wooden facility at Oleander Gardens, East Coast Demerara, was destroyed by fire in October 2018, forcing ...

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WPA picks parliamentary replacement for Rupert Roopnaraine

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) has nominated Tabitha Sarabo-Halley to replace Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine who has resigned from parliament because he is a dual citizen, party sources said Saturday. The senior WPA sources said their executive unanimously reaffirmed a two-year old decision to pick the 31-year old Sarabo-Halley as a means of motivating youths to fulfill political roles and move ...

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PPPC’s Irfaan Ali: “I’m an honest candidate”…”I stand completely by all my qualifications out there”

People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali continues to maintain that his academic credentials are above board, telling reporters on Thursday, “I’m an honest candidate. …I am very comfortable with my qualifications.” However, he provided few details including whether he used a suspicious paper from a virtually unheard of West Coast Demerara institution to register for his first ...

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Guyana seeks Islamic bank funding for technical-vocational training for oil sector jobs

Guyana has asked the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to finance the training of local persons for the emerging oil and gas sector, even as top officials said foreigners would have to be employed if there are insufficient Guyanese to fill vacancies. “A reverse linkage programme in technical and vocational training with emphasis on addressing the critical needs of our emerging ...

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Minister Hughes “relinquished” day-to-day running of private company amid fresh concerns about conflict of interest

Minister of Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes’ private business links, as an elected official, have again come under sharp scrutiny, forcing her to state categorically that she has taken a back seat from her company, Videomega Productions. “In May 2015 upon my assumption of the role of Minister of Tourism I relinquished any involvement in the day to day running of ...

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