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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Guyana asks World Court for swift border case hearing after Venezuela refuses to participate

Guyana wants the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to go ahead with oral hearings into the border controversy with Venezuela because Caracas has refused to submit counter arguments, the Foreign Ministry here said. “In consequence, Guyana has decided to ask the Court to proceed directly to the holding of oral hearings, at the earliest possible date, to determine its jurisdiction ...

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Jagdeo says fundraising helping pay top US lobbying firm; shuts down media persistence on deal

General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday defended his party’s decision to hire a United States (US) public relations lobbying firm, Mercury Public Affairs, for $34 million to make out a solid case for free and fair elections in Guyana, saying that he was not concerned at all about its blemishes. “All the PPP wants ...

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Jagdeo hints at welcoming back Robert Persaud into PPP

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday hinted that he would be willing to consider the return of his former Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud into the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) fold. While Jagdeo said the PPP would have to decide Persaud’s future in that political party, the former Guyanese leader suggested that it would be a contradiction to welcome ...

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Parliament to sit on April 26; no request for elections funds

The 65-seat National Assembly will be meeting on April 26, almost four months after the last sitting. However, according to the agenda released by Parliament Building on Wednesday, there is no request to finance General and Regional Elections. The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, James Patterson, almost two months ago, formally told President David Granger that the Commission would need ...

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Police question Jagdeo about “chase them out” call

Police Wednesday morning sought to question Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo about allegedly inciting supporters at a recent campaign rally to “chase” out the President and other ministers if they entered communities after March 21 when national elections, prompted by a no-confidence motion, were due to be held. However, Jagdeo declined to respond orally to questions by Former Deputy Crime Chief ...

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UK-based Guyanese pensioner asks High Court to quash GECOM’s house-to-house registration

A private citizen has asked the High Court to quash planned house-to-house registration by the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. Bibi Zenatoun, through her lawyer, Anil Nandlall, wants an injunction and a conservatory order to block the registration process which is expected to begin around June. “I am advised by my Attorneys-at-Law and do ...

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Money changer shot dead

A money changer was Tuesday morning shot dead outside Ashmin’s Store, High Street, Stabroek, Georgetown. Dead is 57-year old Prince Phillip Alleyne of 88 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara. Police said at about 10:35 Alleyne was shot and robbed by two men on a motorcycle both dressed in Muslim garb and armed with a handgun each. Alleyne was escorted ...

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Fungus-infected manganese mine workers did not wear safety gear

Government’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Department on Monday said the Chinese manganese mine workers did not use protective gears while clearing a tunnel laden with the histoplasmosis fungus that claimed two lives and sickened 12 others. The histoplasmosis fungus is said to be associated with decayed bat droppings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said no green-light would be given ...

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No conflict of interest; “I fully disclosed my interest in Videomega Productions Ltd”- Minister Hughes

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes on Monday rejected claims that she breached the Code of Conduct contained in the Integrity Commission Act because she is still the owner of Videomega Productions. Hughes, in a swift reaction to assertions by former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran, said she has already declared her ownership of the private media production company to the ...

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OPINION: Minister Hughes’ actions were appropriate and sufficient

by James McAllister The recent public outcry about possible conflict of interest by APNU+AFC Government ministers was an indication of positive things happening in Guyana. The fact that a significant number of the people speaking out are vocal supporters of the government makes it even better. This is a clear indication that Guyanese are not in the mood to allow ...

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