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Early elections in the air- Luncheon

In the face of the ongoing opposition veto of major infrastructure projects and cuts in two national budgets, the Guyana government appeared set to call early general election in the hope of regaining a simple parliamentary majority. Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon said government and the governing Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) were responding to the mood ...

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Hotelier among several arrested in marijuana bust

A hotelier is among several persons arrested in connection with the discovery of eight kilogrammes of marijuana at La Familia Hotel, South Ruimveldt, according to well-placed sources. Contrary to an earlier report, the owner of the hotel was not charged in connection with the drug-find. Others among the five persons are also expected to be charged following the operation, which ...

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CCJ judgement will shift way business is conducted in Community – CARICOM Secretary-General

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has called on CARICOM Member States that have not taken the necessary steps to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) their final court of appeal, to do so. Ambassador LaRocque was speaking during a conference at the University of the West Indies, Regional Headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday hosted ...

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Female pioneer aviators honoured

Eight outstanding women in the local aviation sector were Wednesday evening honoured for their sterling contributions and for paving the way for other Guyanese women to be a part of this reputable field. These illustrious pioneers are: Cheryl Moore, who became the country’s first female military pilot in 1977, Beverley Drake, the first female commercial pilot in that same year, ...

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EU, IICA sign deal to strengthen Caribbean food standards

The European Union (EU) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) have signed an agreement which will see the regional bloc providing some 11.7 million euros to boost Caribbean food access to the EU markets. The agreement was signed Wednesday night as the Caribbean Week of Agriculture activities continued in Georgetown, Guyana. Head of the EU Delegation Guyana ...

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Regional network launched for agri extension services

A regional network for agriculture extension services has been launched at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture with the aim of boosting agricultural productivity. The Caribbean Agricultural Extension Providers Network (CAEPNet) is a collaboration between the University of the West Indies and Extension Service Providers in CARICOM. “The network is a new association of extension leaders which intends to support the ...

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Two wanted for car fraud

Two persons are wanted in connection with the alleged defrauding of several persons of millions of dollars for the purchase and importation of cars, police said. Tashini Sitaram and Khemraj Narine are “wanted by the police for questioning in relation to obtaining money by false pretence.” Deputy Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud said police have received several reports about the duo’s ...

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GRA warns businesses about VAT policy violation

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Wednesday expressed concern that several businesses have over the last year seemingly taken the Value Added Tax (VAT) policy for granted to the disadvantage of consumers. The revenue agency said those businesses had previously ensured that they were in compliance with the law in terms of the display of prices for their goods, commodities ...

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More political commitment needed to eradicate hunger – FAO official

A Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official says more political commitment is needed to feed the 47 million people suffering from hunger in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean Raul Benitez was speaking to reporters at the ongoing Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) in Guyana on Wednesday. He acknowledged that the ...

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Suriname’s Finance Minister fired

by Ivan Cairo PARAMARIBO, Suriname; President Desi Bouterse has dismissed Finance Minister Adelien Wijnerman the Office of the President announced in a press statement Wednesday. The minister has been requested to offer her resignation due to the slow pace in which contractors and other service providers to the government are being paid for their services, according to the statement signed ...

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