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Roman Catholic, Anglican churches cancel all Masses over Covid-19 fears

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Georgetown and the Anglican Diocese of Guyana announce that all Masses are cancelled to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). “With this in mind all Masses will be cancelled in the Diocese effective Sunday 22nd March 2020 until further notice,” Roman Catholic Bishop, Francis Alleyne said in a statement. Instead, he urged the ...

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Pandit rejects police claims that he touched girl who later committed suicide

Attorney-at-Law, Sanjeev Datadin is denying that the police ever questioned a West Demerara Hindu pandit about touching a 13-year-old girl who subsequently committed suicide. “At no stage what was put to him was that he touched the girl anywhere on her body,” Datadin told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News. Datadin stressed that the Pandit had “no physical ...

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2020 elections candidate under investigation for alleged sexual offence; victim’s suicide

A Hindu priest and candidate for the 2020 general elections is being investigated for alleged violation of the Sexual Offences Act, and investigators are trying to determine if there was any link to the 13-year-old girl committing suicide, police said. Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Commander, Assistant Commissioner Simon McBean said “we are investigating a report of sexual assault” against ...

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Christian political party calls for return of death penalty, cat-o’-nine tails to fight crime

The People’s Republic Party (PRP), a mainly Christian political party, says if it gets its way in the governance of Guyana, it will bring back the death penalty and flogging to help stem killings and other serious crimes. “It will be a means of deterring people from going down that line,” PRP Leader, Timothy Norton said, while recalling that the ...

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Suspect in stabbing of Orthodox Jews in New York is of Guyanese parentage

The man accused of stabbing five Orthodox Jews in Monsey, New York is of Guyanese parentage, according to acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli. Grafton Thomas was arraigned on five counts of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon and causing injuries. The New York Times said ...

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Drug treatment court to be established; Twelve Tribes Rasta group opposes immediate marijuana legalisation

Even as the Twelve Tribes of Israel Rastafarian group urged government not to legalise marijuana, the Guyana government announced that a drug treatment court would be established and would work closely with three government ministries. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in making the announcement at a government outreach at Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara, said government demonstrated political will to remove ...

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Jamaica-born is Church of England’s first black female bishop

The Reverend Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons, has been named as the new Bishop of Dover. Dr Hudson-Wilkin, who was born in Jamaica, said she aimed to ensure that “hope, love and justice remains at the heart of our changed lives together”. The Archbishop of Canterbury said he was “absolutely delighted” by her ...

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After fire, new girls’ orphanage needs computers

Six months after the Shaheed Girls’ Orphanage rose from the ashes into a spanking new edifice, calls were Sunday made for support to equip the facility with a computer laboratory and Internet, and for caregivers to ensure the orphans’ properties are respected. After the wooden facility at Oleander Gardens, East Coast Demerara, was destroyed by fire in October 2018, forcing ...

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OPINION: Indian or Black first, Guyanese second or last

By GHK Lall I came across something that I just had to share with any section of Guyana that cares enough to desire fervently something different, and then to be willing to work tirelessly to contribute to making that difference a reality. In view of the stormy history and even more combustible undertones of current elections struggles, I risk sanction ...

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Roman Catholic’s Father Keith Hardless dies

The Roman Catholic community in Guyana was Thursday plunged into mourning with the passing of one of its well-known priests, Father Keith Hardless. He was 75 years old. Father Carl Philadelphia told Demerara Waves Online News that Hardless died at about 4:20 am at Balwant Singh Hospital. He had been in and out of hospital in recent months due to ...

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