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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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Guyana must do more to attract investment- Canadian envoy

Western Nations, spearheaded by Canada, on Thursday cautioned that investors would not rush to Guyana unless the South American country addresses corruption, protects intellectual property, inks investment accords and revamps some of its laws. Addressing the opening of the two-day Guyana Investment Conference, Canada’s High Commissioner to Guyana David Devine said just promoting the country as an investment-destination was insufficient. ...

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Two jailed for Health Ministry arson

The two men convicted for burning down the Ministry of Health in 2009 were Thursday each sentenced to 60 months imprisonment. City Magistrate, Judy Latchman imposed the custodial sentence on Colin Jones and Clayton Westford. Westford’s lawyer, Michael Somersaull intends to appeal the decision. She on June 17 found the duo guilty of committing the offence after an extensive trial. ...

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Mail privacy respected- Ramotar

As the international battle continues over the United States’ (US) desire to capture and prosecute American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar on Thursday said his country does not read citizens’ correspondence. Though the Guyanese leader made no reference to Snowden, he told the opening of an Investment Conference whose audience included US Ambassador Brent Hardt that his ...

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Four year old killed in road accident

A four year old girl on Tuesday became Guyana’s latest reported road fatality when she was struck down by a car on the West Coast Berbice public road. She has been identified as Trechel Williams of Plantation Foulis, West Coast Berbice. Investigators were told that the driver was allegedly speeding when he collided with the pedestrian around 8:10 AM. She ...

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Investment conference to focus on corruption, governance

The impact of bribery and corruption on investment will be among several areas to be addressed at a two-day investment conference being organised by Western diplomatic missions and the private sector. President Donald Ramotar is expected to declare open the Guyana Investment Conference on Thursday at the Guyana International Conference Centre. Slated for June 27-28, the conference will be held ...

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Three nabbed in drug raids

Three persons were Wednesday arrested during three drug raids in two south Georgetown neighbourhoods, police said. Guyana Police Force spokesman, Ivelaw Whittaker said anti-narcotics police raided three houses and unearthed a quantity of cocaine and marijuana. Whittaker said the raids were conducted on two houses in North East La Penitence and one at Albouystown, Georgetown, during which a total of ...

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Bail set for Benschop’s brother in US building collapse

(ASSOCIATED PRESS).-A judge set bail Wednesday at nearly $1.6 million for a demolition contractor charged in a fatal building collapse despite a prosecutor’s contention that the South American defendant is a flight risk. Sean Benschop, 42, has used several aliases, had numerous run-ins with law enforcement and is not a U.S. citizen, according to Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Selber. Benschop, ...

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Guyana says T&T’s foreign currency law is bad business for transit passengers

Guyanese travelling with large sums of US dollars, declared before departure, are being fined in Trinidad and Tobago- a concern that Foreign Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett plans to again raise with her counterpart. Addressing the House’s Foreign Relations Committee, she said that although Guyanese would have declared US$10,000 in keeping with local laws, they are being fined by Trinidad and Tobago ...

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