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Guyana eyes 50th Independence, Caricom Summit for increased spending

The Guyana government is partly banking on the 50th Independence anniversary and the Caricom Summit to trigger higher consumer spending and help revive a still sluggish economy. Shrugging off concerns in certain quarters that about GYD$300 million is being spent on the Jubilee activities, Finance Minister Winston Jordan called the amount of money allocated to the Ministry of Education “peanuts” ...

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Construction of Specialty Hospital to begin by mid-year

Construction of the controversial Specialty Hospital is expected to begin by year-end now that the Indian company, Fedders-Lloyd, has completed the design for the health care facility, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced Wednesday. He told a news conference that a contract would shortly be negotiated with Fedders-Lloyd for the construction of the facility at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara. The Finance ...

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Norwegian company picked to review Amaila Falls Hydro-power proposal

Guyana and Norway have picked a Norwegian company to review the financial model of the proposed Amaila Falls Hydro-power station which has been the subject of long-running political bickering between the government and the opposition. “A decision was recently made to utilize Norway’s largest consultancy firm ‘Norconsult’ for this review. With over 50 years of international experience in power generation ...

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Miner killed during pit cave-in at illegal mine

An 18-year old man was Monday afternoon killed after a mining pit at an illegal operation caved in on him, authorities said. Police identified him as Trenston Sebastian of Kurukubaru, Region 8. The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission said the incident occurred in the Konawaruk area Mining District 2 at a mining pit that was operating without approval. “It was also ...

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Fish processing plant for Guyana’s historic Afro-Guyanese village

Plans are underway to build a multi-million dollar fish-processing plant at Victoria, East Coast Demerara where at least 200 direct jobs could be generated. “We won’t be able to hire everybody out of Victoria but there will be a need for employment of people from the area,” Proprietor of Global Seafood Distributors and Chairman of the African Cultural and Development ...

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New York-bound Guyanese passengers no longer have to deplane in Jamaica

Passengers flying aboard Jamaica-based airline Fly Jamaica will no longer have to endure the painstaking experience of having to disembark the flight en route to the United States to undergo a second security check after leaving Guyana. The American policy implemented by their Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been in place for a number of years, restricting all non-American airlines originating ...

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Fire destroys Avinash bond

Fire of unknown origin late Saturday night destroyed a bond belonging to Avinash, a local haberdashery chain. Fire Chief, Marlon Gentle told Demerara Waves Online News that investigators suspect that the fire was “deliberately set.”  He said no one was injured at the bond which is located between the LBI Public Road and Railway Embankment. A probe has so far ...

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Guyana’s state broadcaster now part of territorial defence mechanism

Guyana’s state broadcaster- National Communications Network (NCN)- has taken the first step to begin relaying radio and television programmes across the country via satellite, a move that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said is partly linked to securing the country’s sovereignty. “Guyana is ours! All of Guyana is ours-our Essequibo and the rest of Guyana- so that now we have capacity ...

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Gov’t signs MoU with IAST for sustainable development of hinterland communities

The Ministries of Social Cohesion and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Friday, March 11, 2016 inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Guyana’s Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) for the provision of research and development, sustainable business development and analytical services. The agreement was signed between Minister of Social Cohesion, Ms. Amna Ally, Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Mr. Sydney ...

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Canadian oil company raising funds to reprint Amerindian language book

The Canada-headquartered oil exploration company, CGX Energy, has plugged US$5,000 into a plan to reprint the Makushi Language book, Makushipe Komanto Seru, and has pledged to raise the remaining US$10,000 from other businesses to ensure that copies are available in time for Guyana’s jubilee celebrations in May, 2016. The Government Information Agency quoted  Chairman of the CGX Board of Directors, Dr. ...

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