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Man charged for robbery-murder ambush

A man has been charged in connection with the robbery-murder committed on an East Coast Demerara businessman and his employee earlier this week as they were heading to a city bank, police sources said. The accused was expected to be arraigned in the Georgetown Magistrates’ court on Thursday, but his court appearance has been deferred until Friday. 71-year old Cecil ...

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Man jailed for robbing tobacco leaf vendor

A man, who had snatched a chain from a tobacco leaf vendor, was on July 11 sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. The sentence was handed down by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine Beharry in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. Shaka Nunes first appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on June 4, for the charge of stealing the piece of jewelry worth GUY$135,000 ...

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Gov’t not budging on new minimum wage start date

The government says it will not budge on the new minimum wage policy and that employers who feel set upon can always opt out of the contracts they have with the administration. The remarks by Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon on Thursday came a day after RK’s Security announced that it would be terminating its government contracts over the new ...

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TV stations to challenge steep license fee

Several television stations are preparing to take the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority over what has been described as exorbitant licenses and anti-free speech provisions of the broadcast law. At issue is the GUY$2.5 million license fee for radio and television stations regardless of their size, coverage and market share. They are also concerned about content control provisions of the Broadcasting ...

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APNU not linking financial crimes law to procurement commission

A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Thursday said it would not tie its support for changes to financial crimes legislation to the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission (PPPC). APNU parliamentarian Joseph Harmon said that his party’s decision to give Guyana a “good” rather than a “piecemeal” AML/CFT law was not contingent on the PPC being established. “That’s right. ...

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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab to be ready in four months

The Guyana Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory that will have the capability to test, detect and diagnose diseases that may affect animals and the public’s health is 45% complete, and is expected to be commissioned in approximately four months, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported on Wednesday. This US$2.5M investment, which is located at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara will be equipped ...

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Tree crushes logger in Ituni

A logger was Tuesday morning crushed to death in Ituni by a tree, relatives said.  He has been identified as 37-year old Steve Daw of Coomacka Mines, Linden.  Relatives said he was cutting a tree when it fell and crushed him around 7 AM Tuesday. The body was brought out from the logging concession late Wednesday night and placed at ...

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Caribbean, international energy experts to discuss initiatives

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stakeholders in the field of energy, as well as International Development Partners that are active in the regional energy sector will gather in Barbados 11 July, 2013, to discuss initiatives and activities identified as part of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Phase 1 Study. The Guyana-based Caricom headquarters says tyhe stakeholders will participate in ...

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Absent man sentenced for larceny, wounding

A man, who went ‘missing in action’ during the time of his trial at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, has been sentenced to two years in prison. According to reports, on April 15 2013, Steve Mohan made his first court appearance, facing the charges of unlawful wounding and breaking and entering with larceny. The allegation against Mohan is that on March ...

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Benn lukewarm to Harmon’s lower airfare formula

Transport Minister Robeson Benn has poured cold water on a suggestion by the opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) that the 15 percent travel voucher tax be slashed by five percent to cushion the impact of rising international airfares. Benn said the tax was crucial to the upkeep of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) based at Timehri, East ...

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