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Region 10 applies for TV licence

Region 10 Chairman, Sharma Solomon says his regional administration has applied for a television licence. Solomon said Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon has confirmed that the application has been passed on to the Chairman of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), Bibi Shadick. He said his decision to enquire from the Office of the President was prompted ...

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GTUC slams Granger over Procurement Commission position

Less than one week before Guyana’s National Assembly votes on crucial amendments to the financial crimes law, the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) has severely rapped Opposition Leader David Granger’s downplay of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). Granger was quoted by the privately-owned Kaieteur News newspaper as saying that the opposition coalition does not regard the PPC as an immediate ...

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UWI ready to help Guyana combat piracy

The University of the West Indies (UWI- Trinidad campus) is willing to help Guyana combat piracy by using low-cost mobile smart-phone tracking technology that can link up fisherfolk with Guyanese police and defence force, according to a senior official. Senior Lecturer at UWI’s Department of Engineering, Kim Mallalieu is in Kigali, Rwanda where her department made a presentation on how ...

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Diwali- whose political darkness?

Political parties used the occasion of Diwali – the Festival of Lights-to lob salvoes at each other over the state of”darkness” that the country has found itself. President Donald Ramotar, addressing the culmination of the Diwali night motorcade at the LBI Community Centre, reminded the gathering of mainly Guyanese of East Indian descent about the attitude of the political opposition ...

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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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