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GNBS cracks down on unapproved scales; heavier penalties coming

The Guyana Bureau of Standards is cracking down on illegal scales at markets, even as plans are being made to impose heavier penalties on sellers caught with the unapproved weighing instruments. Backed up by police, several GNBS inspectors and surveillance personnel seized the 129 scales and one measure from sellers at the Stabroek, Bourda and La Penitence markets as well ...

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Electricity rate hike can spark unrest; public hearings needed- AFC

The Alliance For Change (AFC), warning that the proposed 26.7 percent increase in electricity tariff will spark widespread unrest, strongly recommended a public hearing by the utilities watchdog. “The AFC would like to warn the PPP Government, that this highly ill-advised and unjustified act on the part of GPL, will be provoking huge national unrest,” the party said in a ...

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Updated: Policeman electrocuted while chasing escapee

A policeman was early Monday morning electrocuted while chasing a detainee who had moments earlier escaped from custody. The serviceman has been identified as 23-year old Constable 21600 Dorwin Pitman. Power company officials and police sources said he was electrocuted by illegal connections in Sophia. Four hours after the incident, Guyana Police Force spokesman Ivelaw Whittaker said Pitman was found ...

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Oppositon should support Cabinet’s no-objection for Procurement Commission- Ramkarran

Prominent civil lawyer, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran has recommended that the opposition agree to an amendment to allow for cabinet to give reasons for objecting to the award of a contract. “This compromise position, if supported by the Opposition, would test the bona fides of the Government,” he said in his weekly column published on www.conversationtree.gy Although the opposition parties- ...

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Guyana’s gay rights organisation preparing for parliamentary select committee

Guyana’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is preparing their submissions for a parliamentary select committee for the repeal of sodomy and other laws they say discriminate against gays and lesbians. Co-Chair of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Joel Simpson said the Guyana Equality Forum (GEF), a coalition of like-minded civil society organisations,” is being geared to ...

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DDL official killed in road accident

A senior official of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) was knocked down and killed on Sheriff Street, Campbelville. The dead man has been identified as 57-year old Harry B. Singh, a Finance Manager at the local rum and beverage giant. Police sources said the driver of the motor vehicle, Mervin Mangro of Friendship, East Bank Demerara, has been arrested in connection ...

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Benschop’s half-brother charged in Philadelphia building collapse

(PHILLY.COM).-The excavator operator charged in the deaths of six people at a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City turned himself in to police Saturday. Sean Benschop, 43, refused to give a statement on his role in Wednesday’s collapse, choosing instead to exercise his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. He will be arraigned, police said – it’s unclear when ...

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Fine, jail for employers who don’t pay national minimum wage

Labour Minister Dr. Nan Kishore Gopaul has warned that employers, who are not paying the recently introduced national minimum wage could be fined or even jailed. He was quoted by the Government Information Agency (GINA) as saying that those who are delinquent and pay their staff less than the national minimum wage will, if found guilty, pay a fine of ...

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Fire leaves two homeless

Fire of unknown origin late Saturday afternoon destroyed a wooden house in Sophia, leaving in its wake millions of dollars in destruction and two persons homeless. Fire Chief Marlon Gentle told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) that four persons were homeless and the cause of the fire was not immediately known. However, other sources identified the occupants of the house ...

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