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Monthly Archives: June 2016

‘Unprecedented’ tug boat cocaine haul from Guyana worth up to £512m, UK Court told

Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016, 11:29 by Denis Chabrol Reproduced from STV News The amount of cocaine found hidden on board a Turkish tug boat was “unprecedented” and had a potential street value of £512 million or US$578 million, a police drugs expert said. Detective constable Jurgen Wahla, who is based in Aberdeen, was giving evidence at the trial of ...

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Lobby begins for Guyana to produce industrial hemp

Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016, 9:49 by Denis Chabrol A group of Guyanese has begun lobbying government for approval to produce and export industrial hemp, a plant that belongs to the same family as marijuana, to help create a large number of jobs. Head of the Guyana Hemp Association, Turhane Doerga says he is confident at least 5,000 ...

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Guyana has concrete proof that Venezuela’s soldiers fired at boat with GGMC officials

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 June 2016, 21:49 by Denis Chabrol Guyana on Sunday said it has hard evidence to dispute Venezuela’s denial that its soldiers never opened fire on a boat that was ferrying several officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) late last month. “The Venezuelan authorities would have done well to check with the troops ...

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Prime suspect in Timehri mechanic’s murder apprehended 

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 June 2016, 21:18 by Denis Chabrol An identification parade by ranks of the Guyana Police Force has led to the apprehension of the prime suspect in the murder of Timehri mechanic, Puranand ‘Andrew’ Baljit, a senior police source has confirmed. The suspect, whose girlfriend was taken into custody on Saturday, was reportedly apprehended on the ...

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Govt adviser backs Deputy Mayor in opposing virtual shell parking meter companies

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 June 2016, 11:16 by Denis Chabrol Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan’s strong objection to the companies approved to provide parking meter services in Georgetown on Sunday attracted unqualified support from a government adviser. Ruel Johnson, who is the Cultural Policy Adviser to the Minister of Education, Culture, endorsed Duncan’s position that the companies barely exist and ...

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Hope Canal cost more than publicly stated

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 June 2016, 10:34 by Denis Chabrol The Hope Canal Project, which was piloted by the PPP government, is estimated to have cost $4.1 billion – over GYD$700 million more than the then Government had announced. This was revealed in the audit report of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA). The authority had also contributed ...

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“These giants do not belong in pepper pot and souse”- President Granger

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 June 2016, 8:56 by Denis Chabrol Guyanese are being encouraged to protect rather than consume the country’s wildlife. Addressing a State Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan Saturday night, President David Granger listed a number of “giant” wild animals that are unique to Guyana. “These giants do not belong in pepper pot and souse,” ...

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UG to establish School of Energy and Mines

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 June 2016, 9:51 by Denis Chabrol Coverage courtesy Fly Jamaica The University of Guyana (UG) plans to establish a School of Energy and Mines, a move that has been welcomed by investors in those extractive industries. UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith said a feasibility study would be conducted to determine how best that tertiary ...

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Change of government “good for Guyana”- Consul General in New York

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 June 2016, 9:29 by Denis Chabrol Coverage courtesy Fly Jamaica Guyana’s long-serving Consul General in New York, Brentnol Evans, who was appointed by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), on Friday said the now one-year old coalition-led administration was “good for Guyana” and and there was no place for tax evaders. Speaking at the opening of the “Guyana ...

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Gaskin, Hughes weigh in on transfer of tourism portfolio

Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2016, 20:46 by Denis Chabrol Outgoing Tourism Minister, Cathy Hughes agrees that that sector needs its own separate ministry but she personally believes that there was caution because of concerns about the large number of ministries. Emphasising that those were her personal views, she said discussions focused more on the number of ministries instead of ...

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