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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Canadian charged with attempting to steal raw gold from mining camp

A Canadian man, who allegedly went to a mining and demanded five ounces, 15 pennyweights of raw gold, was Wednesday charged with attempting to steal. Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan granted 54-year old Elson Bettencourt GYD$100,000 bail on the condition that he lodges his passport with the Magistrates’ Court Office. He was ordered to return to court on November 8, ...

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Policemen, prison officer face jail for escape of prisoner

Three policemen and one prison officer are to be charged in connection with the escape of a rape accused from the Lusignan Prison earlier this month, the Guyana Police Force said. The law enforcement agency said  a probe has been completed into the escape of Dellon Blake, and legal advice states that the four personnel, who were performing duties on ...

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Guyana joins global natural resources transparency watchdog

Guyana is now officially the 53rd candidate country of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Guyana’s application to become a candidate country was deliberated upon during the 38th Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board Meeting which is being held in Manila, Philippines from October 25 to 26, 2017. Guyana was invited to the meeting as observers. “This is a signal achievement ...

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Granger’s govt being increasingly isolated after Joe Singh, Christopher Ram’s resignations from all govt jobs

The resignation of Retired Major General, Joseph Singh and Chartered Accountant and Attorney-at-Law, Christopher Ram from all government jobs marks the continued isolation of the President David Granger-led administration that increasingly appears confident that it will regain power at an unfair election, Political Scientist Freddie Kissoon said Wednesday. “I think the isolation is coming. There have been too many mistakes ...

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Updated: Foreigners among nine suspected pirates held in North West District

Guyanese soldiers and police believe they have made a breakthrough in smashing a group of heavily armed pirates, including foreigners, who have been operating in the North West District. The Guyana Police Force said nine persons-including one Cuban, one Venezuelan and one Jamaican- were intercepted in a boat on the Barama River Tuesday afternoon with two rifles, ammunition and 1.5 ...

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Joe Singh resigns from Ministry of Presidency

Special Assistant to the President, Retired Major General, Joseph Singh has resigned his post, he confirmed. Singh said he has submitted a letter, giving the required one month’s notice. He declined to divulge reasons for his resignation, and shied away from linking it to the fact that President David Granger did not pick one of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s 18 ...

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Bandits rob West Demerara store, hijack car

Three gun-toting bandits robbed a business enterprise and customers at Lusting Rust, Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, before they hijacked a car and escaped, police said. West Demerara Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Leslie James said the incident occurred at about 8:45 PM at Simone’s Variety Store. The proprietor, 37-year old Simone Banwarie, told investigators that three men- two armed with ...

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President doesn’t have to give reasons for rejecting Jagdeo’s names or abide by own criteria

President David Granger does not have to give reasons for rejecting Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo’s 18 nominees because he had no intention of asking him to submit another list. The Attorney General’s Chambers also said he Guyanese leader does not have to abide by his own criteria which he had set the Opposition Leader. Amid calls by several private sector ...

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Sophia squatters must remove by January next year

Some 266 notices were Monday served to persons squatting on government’s reserve in Sophia, by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA). The notification specifies that they have until January 30, 2018, to remove their structures from the reserves. During a press briefing on Monday, Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Valerie Adams Patterson-Yearwood explained that since the demolition exercise ...

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PPP moves to High Court to quash GECOM Chairman’s appointment

The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday filed a High Court action, asking that President David Granger’s appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) be quashed because he is allegedly biased and the Guyanese leader violated the Constitution by picking him. “In all the circumstances, the exercise of the President’s discretion and ...

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