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Asian wood companies told to start value added production or face contract termination

Bai Shan Lin Forest Development Inc. and Vaitarna Holdings Private Inc. will have their contracts, which allows them to harvest timber from Guyana’s forests, terminated if they fail to commence value-added operations by year-end, says Governance Minister Raphael Trotman. Bai Shan Lin established itself in Guyana in 2005 and has several concessions in Guyana, including around 960,000 hectares of forest, ...

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Former Health Minister will be charged in “slap and strip” episode -Crime Chief

by Zena Henry Former Health Minister Bheri Ramsaran could be the next member of the former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government to face the court; this time on a charge of abuse. The information comes hours after the former Public Service Minister Jennifer Westford and one of her staff were charged for larceny and forgery. Ramsaran is expected however, to ...

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Possible multi-million dollar scam at Public Service Ministry; no fingers pointing at Jenny Westford

Governance Minister, Raphael Trotman, on Wednesday, confirmed reports of financial irregularity concerning “tens of millions of dollars” which occurred in the Ministry of Public Service which now falls under the Ministry of the Presidency. “By the day things seem to be bubbling up from the deep,” Trotman told reporters when asked by a reporter to confirm whether rumors of financial ...

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Berbice bridge tolls to be reduced

Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman, today announced that the Berbice River Bridge toll will be reduced to an amount which has already been communicated to Finance Minister, Winston Jordon. Trotman, who made this revelation during Wednesday’s post-Cabinet briefing, declined to name the amount the toll is to be reduced by, but shared that the Finance Minister will make the announcement ...

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Fmr govt minister Jennifer Westford, PSM Personnel Officer on total of GUY$2 million bail for vehicle scam

Former Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford and her Personnel Officer, Margaret Cummings on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the acquisition and transfer of several government vehicles and they were granted a total of GUY$2 million bail. Westford was granted a total of GUY$800,000 bail and Cummings was placed on a total of GUY$1.2 million bail. Westford ...

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Govt using DPP, police to go after PPP members, says party

Just hours after police were advised to charge former Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford in connection with the alleged acquisition of government vehicles, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) accused government of using the law enforcement agencies to go on a witch-hunt of political opponents. “The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has noted the pressure being exerted on the Director of ...

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CJIA expansion project still suspended

by Zena Henry The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project remains suspended as it is expected that government and executive officials from the Chinese construction company China Habour Engineering Corporation (CHEC) are reviewing the “controversial” contract. Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson had told Demerara Waves last week that the project had been suspended for one week. He had ...

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UN to form mission to deal with Venezuela, Guyana dispute: Maduro

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) – A UN mission will travel to Venezuela and Guyana to promote dialogue between them over a border dispute, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday. Maduro made the remarks after meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who the Venezuelan said had promised to “immediately activate a commission” to visit both countries. Venezuela has asked ...

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Bandit struck down, leaving gun and cash behind

A bandit was Tuesday afternoon knocked down by a car, leaving behind a hand gun and GUY$200,000 that he had moments earlier grabbed from a woman who had stopped because the motor vehicle she was travelling in had sustained a puncture, police said. The perpetrator then fled the scene in another car that was believed to have been driven by ...

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Sean Hinds saga: PPP hints government conspiracy to taint party members; AFC chair says no political agenda attached

by Zena Henry General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee has hinted act a conspiracy by the government to taint members of the former government as criminal elements or affiliates. Rohee’s assertion about a plot against his opposition party came against the background Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes, who is Chairman of the Alliance for Change (AFC) representing self-confessed ...

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