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Daily Archives: October 23, 2015

PPP administration had explored giving Venezuela maritime access to settle border controversy

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo said his administration had explored the possibility of giving Venezuela access to a part of the Atlantic Sea offshore Guyana without giving up any of the land territory as part of deal to settle the decades-old border controversy. “There were other options that involved a negotiated settlement which did not see any land concession, that the ...

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Releasing bank account info to GRA could spell economic doom- Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo fears that an impending legal amendment that would compel commercial banks to release information to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) would see massive withdrawals from commercial banks and general economic stability. “I am very fearful about what this could trigger. Many of them probably will pull their money out of the system and if that happens ...

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PPP to refund or donate salary increases- Jagdeo

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) plans to refund the salary increases that have been approved for the Opposition Leader and parliamentarians in keeping with its position that the pay-hikes are astronomical. Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo made the announcement at a news conference held at his party’s headquarters, Freedom House, saying the ministerial and parliamentary pay hikes could not be justified. ...

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GECOM sets time-frame for local govt elections date

The way has been cleared for Local Government Elections to be held on any date between mid March and the end of May, 2016, according to thr Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The elections management authority said it was now up to Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan to set the date within that time-frame. Following is a statement by GECOM. The ...

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Former Prime Minister’s son sentenced, granted bail

The son of former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds was Friday sentenced to two months imprisonment after he was convicted on a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm. Samuel Hinds Jr was, however, granted GUY$50,000 bail by Magistrate Annette Singh pending an appeal. He was found guilty for assaulting his sister-in-law Tenza Layne, causing her actual bodily harm on February ...

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Diwali date becomes political football

The Hindu Festival of Lights – Diwali- is turning out to be a political football, with the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) saying that government’s decision to name November 10 as the date has put it at odds with a large section of the East Indian community. Trinidad and Tobago will be celebrating Diwali on the same day as Guyana. ...

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Five-man gang invades Pouderoyen home, carts off items

Police said atapproximately 2030h. on Thursday October 22, 2015, five men, one of whom was armed with a handgun and the others with cutlasses entered the home of Andy Sookram, 54 years of 82 Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen, EBD. There, they tied up Andy Sookram and occupants Andrew Sookram, 18 years and Esardai Sookram 47 years. The men then took away ...

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Venezuela’s letter on Aurora Gold Mine “unfounded” – Guyana Goldfields

Guyana Goldfields has dismissed Venezuela’s claim of illegal operations at the Aurora gold mine as “unfounded” in a move aimed at quelling possible fears by investors. The Toronto, Canada-headquartered company said “it recently received an unfounded notification of a possible legal claim from Venezuela.” Word of the October 13, 2015 letter by Venezuela’s Ambassador to Canada surfaced Thursday in President David ...

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Director of Prisons charged with sexual assault, steps down from post

Director of Prisons, Welton Trotz was Thursday arraigned on a charge of sexual assault and granted GUY$100,000 bail. Trotz, who is a former Assistant Police Commissioner, pleaded not guilty when he appeared before City Magistrate, Fabayo Azore. He is due to return to court on October 27 before Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan. Trotz has since announced his resignation from the ...

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