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Commission of Inquiry acquires expert testimony from former US-based Guyanese pilot

The Commission of Inquiry into the illegal twin-engine Cessna plane that was found in southern Guyana last month has tapped into the expertise of Guyanese aviator Michael Brassington. He said he was summoned by Inquiry Commissioner, Retired Brigadier Edward Collins to appear under oath at the probe in Lethem, Rupununi. “I was summoned. I was more or less ordered to ...

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Govt engineers “lost confidence” in Chinese company to complete Cheddi Jagan Airport expansion on time

Serious concerns are being raised about the apparent lag and quality in the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), prompting calls for an urgent meeting with top officials of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). Demerara Waves was told that government’s team of engineers have “lost confidence” in CHEC to complete the US$150 million project by December 1, 2017 Ministry ...

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Women jailed for stealing millions of dollars in phone credit

Three women, who were involved in the 2008-2009 Telecoms Solutions theft were on Tuesday sentenced to four years imprisonment. The charge against Melissa Naughton, Oladara Christian, and Candacie Marshall is that between June 25, 2008 and November 23, 2009 they conspired with others to embezzle about GYD$48M in credit stolen from their then employer Telecoms Solutions. When the charge was ...

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UG students in dark over spending of millions of dollars

University of Guyana (UG) students left a meeting Monday afternoon still unclear how GYD$118 million of the GYD$377 million in Facilities Fees have so far been spent on improving the conditions at the Turkeyen Campus, but heard of  future plans . UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith announced that a Town Hall meeting would be held with students in December, ...

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Salvager hired to remove dragga from Mazaruni river

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has engaged the services of a professional salvager to remove the dredge in the Mazaruni River. The wreckage has been there since June, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported Monday. Acting Harbour Master, Michael Tennant visited the location of the wreckage on Saturday. He was accompanied by professional salvager, Captain Leroy ...

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Opposition MP Charles Ramson resigns from parliament to study Oil and Gas in UK; chides govt on missed opportunities

The People’s Progressive Party Civic’s (PPPC) Charles Ramson- considered one of the young prominent faces of his party- has resigned from Parliament with immediate effect to take up a British scholarship to pursue studies in oil and gas, he announced  Sunday. “While the decision was easy, it was still one of the toughest things I have had to do… Friday ...

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Guyanese owned Fly Jamaica moving planes to Guyana for safety

Fly Jamaica, the Guyanese-owned international carrier celebrating four years of service next year, will be moving its planes to Guyana to avoid any possible damage from Category Four Storm Matthew as it churns its way towards Haiti, Jamaica and other northern Caribbean territories. Fly Jamaica spokeswoman Roxanne Reece said Saturday that the normal New York to Guyana flight via Kingston ...

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UG hikes tuition fees

Tuition fees at the University of Guyana (UG) will be increased from this academic year, students were told in an email on Friday. “The University administration informs the University Community that the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the University had approved an annual 5% increase in the tuition fees effective for 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 Academic Years,” the Deputy Registrar told ...

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CJIA expansion company importing Suriname’s stone because Guyana’s too expensive

The Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson said the Chinese company that is expanding the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) was willing to buy the stone locally, but the price was too high and so it had to turn to Suriname. In a response through a ministry spokeswoman, Patterson explained that the Surinamese company, Grassalco, submitted quotations for the supply ...

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