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Private Sector, APNU in ongoing tussle over anti-money laundering bill

Guyana’s Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Friday heaped scorn on the combined opposition for rubbishing its petition to the National Assembly for passage of amendments to the financial crimes law. But A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) laid the blame squarely at the feet of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration for not acting on a number of key ...

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Updated: Opposition defeats amendments to anti-money laundering law

Guyana’s opposition-controlled National Assembly Thursday night voted down the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing Terrorism (AML/CFT) bill, placing the country on the path to international sanctions. “Guyana is now in jeopardy of being labeled a high risk country for international financial transactions, the ramifications of which have already begun to see delays in banking and money transfer transactions. These ...

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Guyanese applying for long-term UK visas must undergo TB test

The United Kingdom’s (UK) Home Office on Thursday announced the arrangements for the introduction of pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening in Guyana starting on 31 October 2013. This follows the UK Government’s announcement in May 2012 that it would be extending this requirement to an additional 67 countries, including Guyana, based on the figures for high TB incidence provided by the ...

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Trades Union Congress elects new President

Long serving trade unionist, Leslie Gonsalves has been elected President of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), the parliamentary opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) announced. The announcement was made in a congratulatory statement to Gonsalves who is also the President of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU).  He succeeds Norris Witter who has declined to ...

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More political gridlock forecast after partial presidential assent to local govt bills

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Thursday predicted continuing political gridlock, in the wake of President Donald Ramotar refusing to assent a bill that aims to remove some powers from the local government ministers and put them in the hands of a Local Government Commission. AFC Vice Chairman, Moses Nagamootoo said his party would continue to demand reform of the ...

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Alleged paint, sheep and milk thieves in court

The Georgetown Magistrates’ court was Wednesday abuzz with persons answering charges for the alleged theft of milk powder, a ram and paint. A woman succeeded in getting her cocaine-addicted father charged for allegedly stealing three gallons of paint valued at GUY$16,500. Vanessa Sealey alleged that her father, Orin Van De Cruz Chester stole the paint on November 5 at their ...

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Home Affairs Minister Rohee hospitalised

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee was Thursday night hospitalised at the Woodlands Hospital, sources confirmed. His medical status was not immediately confirmed but he was in a private room and a close family member was said to be with him. Rohee’s hospitalization comes even as the government side was later Thursday night expected to vote on the Anti Money Laundering ...

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President refuses to sign one of four Local Govt bills into law

President Donald Ramotar on Wednesday assented to three of the four Local Government Bills which were passed in the National Assembly three months after they were passed by the National Assembly, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported. Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon during his post-Cabinet media briefing said that the President assented to the Bills: the Fiscal ...

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