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Govt threatens Amerindians over UNDP Community Development Project

Hours before a protest action at Parliament recently, Permanent Secretary of the Amerindian Affairs Ministry, Nigel Dharamlall had threatened village leaders that they will not have access to his office if they supported a United Nations Development Project  (UNDP)–funded Community Development Project(CDP). And the Toshaos were told of the possibility of having their stipends being held back if they were ...

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Kaburi Village receives money from UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme

The Kaburi Village Council Wednesday signed a Grant Agreement for G$3.4M with the United Nations Development Programme/ Global Environment Facility (UNDP/GE)F Small Grants Programme for the implementation of a project that would foster sustainable management of the Kaburi Village forest, UNDPA said in a statement. The project entails training members from the village involved in timber harvesting in forest management, ...

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Top CFATF officials coming to hopefully end stalemate over money laundering law

Top officials of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) are due in Guyana at the weekend to hopefully break the deadlock between government and opposition over amendments to the 2009 financial crimes law, a senior administration official said Thursday night. Expected here to hold talks with both sides on Saturday are CFATF Chairperson, Allyson Maynard-Gibson, who is The Bahamas’ ...

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Local Govt Commission takes centre-stage in anti-money laundering law amendment row

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Thursday accused government of ignoring its plan to get amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing Terrorism (AML/CFT) passed. One of the AFC’s key demands is the signing of the commencement order for the Local Government Commission Act 2013 to take effect. Presidential Advisor on Governance Gail Teixeira said government would only ...

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Patsan sales representative gunned down, robbed

A sales representative attached to Patsan Trading was Thursday afternoon shot dead by bandits who grabbed a bag containing an undisclosed sum of cash. The dead man has been identified as Bharrat Ramjattan, of Enterprise, East Coast Demerara. Police said they arrested one man in connection with the incident that occurred about 2:40 PM at Patsan Trading, John Smith and ...

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Grenada court grants bail to Guyanese journalist on fraud charges

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC via JAMAICA OBSERVER) – Guyanese-born journalist Rawle Nelson has been granted EC$100,000 bail by a magistrate court in Grenada onWednesday on charges of stealing, forgery and uttering a false document. Magistrate Karen Noel also requested that Nelson, 36, surrender all his travel documents and must report to the Central Police Station three days a week. Nelson, ...

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911 problem mostly technical- Police Commissioner, PSC official

Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud and a senior official of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Thursday insisted that a major part of the problem with the 911 emergency number was technical rather than human. The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) has already said that the police was responsible for less than satisfactory responses to 911 calls. Reasons, the phone ...

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“Integrity testing” before top police promotions- Pres. Ramotar

The Guyana government will require “integrity testing” of persons tipped for promotion to top positions in the police force, President Donald Ramotar announced on Thursday. Addressing the opening of the Guyana Police Force’s annual officers’ conference, the Guyanese leader said the move would be aimed at weeding out corrupt persons from the law enforcement agency. “In future, appointments to some ...

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Florida University to study archaeology in Berbice River area

The Ministry of Culture and the University of Florida have signed an agreement for that American tertiary institution to study archaeological sites in the Berbice River where it is believed that civilization dates back to 5,000 years BC. The signing of the agreement was done by the University’s representative Dr. Stephanie Aleman and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alfred King ...

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Rohee dismisses GT&T’s claims over 911

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee on Thursday stuck to his guns, saying that the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) was not telling the whole truth about the poor functioning of the 911 emergency system. “The police always comes in for a beating up. They (GT&T) don’t want to take responsibility. We are going to flush them out,” Rohee told ...

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