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Transparency (Guyana) elects new president

Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc. (TIGI), the local chapter of Transparency International, on Friday elected a new executive. Elected unanimously as President was Former Auditor General of Guyana, Anand Goolsarran.  He succeeded Attorney-at-Law, Gino Persaud at elections held at TIGI’s office, Waterloo Street, Georgetown. The two Vice Presidents are Fred Collins and Melissa Ifill. Other executive members are Attorney-at-Law Arif ...

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First phase of archive digitization launched

The Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport in collaboration with the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) today launched the first phase of the National Archives of Guyana’s digitisation project. This venture which is funded by the Guyana Government and the Guyana National Commission for UNESCO, seeks to increase access to rare resources and enhance capabilities for searching and ...

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Lease for Marriott hotel land being opposed in court

Long-time politician, Desmond Trotman on Friday filed an opposition to the transfer of the land on which the Marriott Hotel is being built , saying that the cost of the 99-year lease would be a paltry sum. Trotman, in court papers seen by Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com), argues that the least of GUY$299,955 per year for the 6.886 acres ...

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High incidence of heart disease due to late detection

A Canadian cardiologist on Friday said there appeared to be a high incidence of reported heart diseases here, largely due to late detection of cardiac problems. Dr. Debra Isaac of the University of Calgary’s LIBIN Cardiovascular Institute told reporters that the prevalence of heart diseases was linked to genetics among Indo-Guyanese and non-communicable diseases among  Afro-Guyanese. “I see a lot ...

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Finance Minister, Canadian envoy differ on focus of investment conf.

Guyana’s Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh on Friday objected strongly to the omission of energy and bandwidth from the agenda of an Investment Conference, but Canada’s High Commissioner David Devine lashed back saying that government was consulted about crafting the two-day programme. “Whilst the conference is styled Guyana Investment Conference, one could be forgiven sometimes to think –listening to some ...

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Nat’l Assembly approves ratification of UN Arms Trade Treaty

Guyana’s National Assembly has unanimously passed a motion for the government to ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty which the country signed on to earlier this month. Leading the debate on Thursday Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett noted that the Treaty was the first legally binding multilateral agreement to regulate the international trade in conventional arms. The Treaty seeks to ...

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CDB funds projects to improve public services’ access

The seventh cycle of the Guyana leg of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) was launched today to enable projects in vulnerable communities geared towards improving access to basic public services, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported. The BNTF programme is a direct targeted poverty reduction programme of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) with Guyana and nine other Caricom countries. ...

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Guyanese appointed Bahamas Supreme Court judge

Nassau, Bahamas – The daughter of distinguished Guyanese jurist, Edward Luckhoo has been appointed a judge of the Bahamas Supreme Court. The Bahamas Weekly reported that Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Luckhoo-Bethell and Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez have been appointed Justices of the Supreme Court. Justice Gomez was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1978 and practiced law in private chambers ...

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Falling gold prices: Miners want slash in diesel duty

Worried about the impact of falling international gold prices, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) late Thursday said it would appeal to government to reduce duty on diesel based on individual production. GGDMA President, Patrick Harding told the Annual General Meeting (AGM) questioned how many miners could bear the brunt of the estimated US$500 drop in the price ...

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AFC calls for disclosure of billion-dollar contractors

The Alliance for Change has called on the government to reveal all the awardees of billion-dollar contracts in the wake of recent accusations of corruption between high-ranking PPP officials and businessmen levelled by former party executive Ralph Ramkarran. Party Chairman Nigel Hughes told reporters on Thursday that the ruling PPP had been touting Ramkarran as a paragon of integrity when ...

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