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Guyana not farming out fishing grounds to Chinese

In the wake of concerns by the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) that the country’s deep-sea fishing grounds are about to be farmed out to Chinese, a top government official has denied such assertions and has ruled out sea bobs and prawns being among the targeted catch. The GHRA at the weekend blistered government for handing out the fishing grounds ...

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Private Sector petitions National Assembly to vote for financial crimes bill

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Friday petitioned the National Assembly to pass amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering of Financing Terrorism Act (AML/CFT), as a stand off between the opposition and governnment looms for the November 7 sitting. “Your Petitioner, mindful of the severe economic consequences of failure to enact the aforesaid Bill, respectfully requests that the ...

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CANU officers sent on leave to facilitate probe

Several officers of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) have been sent on leave in connection with a case about a shipment of cocaine in star apples, a senior official said Friday. CANU’s Head, James Singh declined to name or provide the exact number of anti-drug agents who were sent on administrative leave two weeks ago. “I want to assure that ...

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US-registered plane in second incident on Wakenaam

A United States (US)-registered plane that crash-landed on Wakenaam two years ago again suffered a similar fate on that Essequibo Island on Friday shortly after it was repaired, according to sources. Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Zulfikar Mohammed told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) that engineers had done some work on the Cessna 152 plane and ...

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Update: One soldier dead, three injured in road accident

Guyana Defence Force Lieutenant Ronald Gonsalves died and three of his colleagues were hospitalised after they were involved in a vehicular accident Friday afternoon on Mandela Avenue, Georgetown. The 31-year old Gonsalves hailed from the bauxite mining town of Linden. Sources said he died from a punctured lung. The others who were injured are Lieutenant (CG) John Flores Jr. of ...

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Guyana could lose millions after slippage in Norway forest preservation deal

Guyana stands to lose at least US$20 million from the forest conservation fund because the South American country has lost more of its Amazon forest mainly to gold mining, Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud said Friday. He, however, emphasized that the 3rd National Report on Deforestation from January 2012 to October 2013 has to be verified first before confirmation on ...

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Zoo road being rebuilt

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, through the Protected Areas Commission, has commenced the rehabilitation of the entrance road to the Guyana Zoological Park. The ministry says work is expected to take three months and address issues of flooding and erosion common to the previous road.  This project is part of a larger effort to rehabilitate and modernize ...

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Education Ministry rewards outstanding performers at national and regional exams

The cream of the crop of the 2013 National and Regional examinations were recognised and rewarded for their sterling performance on Thursday at an award ceremony held at the National Cultural Centre. This annual ceremony recognises the best performers at all tiers of the education system including National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), Guyana Technical Education ...

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Air Services finally allowed to operate fuel farm

After years of bickering over the right to sell or procure aviation fuel at the Ogle International Airport, Air Services Limited (ASL) has been given the green-light to begin purchasing and selling the commodity. Ogle Airport Inc (OAI) announced that Air Services Limited (ASL) would now be licensed as a Commercial Fuel Handling Agent at Ogle Airport. ASL, according to ...

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Updated: Fire destroys Payless bond at Eccles Industrial Estate

A huge fire on Wednesday destroyed the Payless Bond situated in Eccles, East Bank Demerara.The origin of the fire, which began sometime after 7:00 PM, was not immediately known. When Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) arrived at the scene, part of the building was engulfed, while the compound housing it was already ablaze due to chemicals being on the ground. ...

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