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Indonesians in forced labour on Guyana-registered vessels; US honours Women Miners President for TIP fight

Even as the United States urged Guyana to put an end to forced labour of Indonesians aboard Guyana-flagged fishing vessels, a local campaigner against Trafficking In Persons has been honoured by American Secretary of State John Kerry. President of the Guyana Women Miners Association (GWMO), Simona Broomes credited the US’ annual TIP report for creating greater consciousness about the phenomenon ...

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Opposition Leader, Finance Minister excluded from budget cut case; APNU unhappy

Chief Justice Ian Chang on Wednesday ruled that Opposition Leader David Granger and Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh should be excluded from last year’s budget cuts court case because they enjoyed immunity as parliamentarians. However, Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman remains a party in the case. Justice Chang also ruled that Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS) Dr. ...

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CFATF gives Guyana until August to submit amended financial crimes law

The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) has given Guyana two months to pass upgraded laws against financial crimes before the global watchdog considers the country’s fate in November, Attorney General Anil Nandlall said Tuesday. Addressing the opening of a workshop on Guidelines for the 2009 Anti Money Laundering and Countering of Financing of Terrorism, he said the parliamentary select ...

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Broadcasters to pay at least $2.5M for annual licence fee

Broadcasters will have to pay an annual licencing fee of no less than $2.5M, says Chairperson of the Board of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) Bibi Shadick. At a news conference on Wednesday she explained that the Broadcasting Act makes provision for a licence fee to be set by the minister. “The decision of Cabinet was the annual licence ...

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Miner beaten to death

A miner, who is also a shopkeeper, was beaten to death in the Cuyuni area where the suspect is still at large. The dead man has been identified as 38-year old Roy Greenidge of Bartica. The incident occurred Monday night at Far Back, Cuyuni. His brother, Trevor, told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) that Roy’s left foot was broken and ...

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Prominent businessman charged with assaulting police

An executive of Japarts and another man were Monday arraigned on charges of assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour. Paul Singh,38, of Croal Street, Georgetown pleaded innocent to the charges and was granted bail of GUY$10,000 bail on each charge. Chief Magistrate Judy Latchman ordered that the accused return to court on July 5. He is accused ...

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Labour Minister rubbishes private sector’s position minimum wage, work week

Labour Minister, Dr. Nan Kishore Gopaul on Tuesday disputed claims by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) that garment manufacturers and other businesses could soon lay off workers because inadequate notice about a new minimum wage of GUY$35,000 was jeopardizing existing contracts. The PSC feared that garment manufacturers-exporters- which have to compete with such countries as China, Bangladesh and the Dominican ...

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GPL technician shocked, burnt

A technician contracted by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) was Tuesday afternoon shocked and severely burnt while on a utility pole at Parika, East Bank Essequibo. He has been identified as 30-year old Rayon Henry of N Bent Street, Wortmanville Georgetown. He is attached to the metering department. Well-placed sources said the linesman was assisted down by a colleague ...

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Update: One dead, two badly injured in Mabura trail accident

One person has died and two others are seriously injured following an accident on the trail to Lethem, reports say. The dead man has been identified as 26-year old Trevon Morris, a contract worker attached to the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T), who lived at ‘B’ Field, Sophia. The injured are 37-year old Jermaine Prince, who was the driver, ...

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Political direction, leadership top issues for PPP Congress

Executive member of the People’s Progressive Party Clement Rohee says deliberations on the party’s political direction leading up to 2016 will be a key feature of its upcoming Congress in August. Speaking at a party news conference on Monday he noted that the last Congress was held five years ago. The congress is to be held every three years but ...

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