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Speeding trucks across Demerara Harbour Bridge to be banned; repairs to span 8 on target

As engineers on Sunday night continued to work feverishly to complete repairs to span eight of the Demerara Harbour Bridge by the 3 AM Monday deadline, authorities intend to ban speeding trucks to prevent damage to the east-west river crossing. “We are facing a problem with speeding trucks and the bridge is taking a severe pounding and we have decided ...

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Brazilian helicopter pilot caught in New River Triangle faces four charges

The Brazilian helicopter pilot, who was arrested near an illegal mining camp in Guyana’s New River Triangle, will be charged with three aviation-related offences and one immigration offence, according to Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum. He said that on February 27, 2023, pilot Alexander Felix, would be charged with operating a civil aircraft without an airworthiness certificate, interference with an aircraft ...

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Global transparency body also asks Guyana to submit 2021 report

The Norway-headquartered watchdog against corruption in Guyana’s oil and gas, mining and quarrying, forestry, and fisheries sectors has also asked Guyana to also submit its 2021 report, though the priority is the 2020 report,  so that the suspension from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) could be lifted. In a letter dated February 17, 2023, EITI Chairman Helen Clark told ...

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Suspects in money laundering not linked to Herstelling accused

A woman, who was among eight persons wanted by the police force’s Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) for questioning about money laundering, on Friday surrendered to investigators who have since arrested her, but she and the others are not linked to family that has been charged with allegedly laundering GY$4.1 billion, her lawyer said. Attorney-at-Law Bernard Da Silva told Demerara ...

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Opposition demands higher carbon credit payout to Amerindians

The opposition People’s National Congress Reform-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), and the Alliance For Change (AFC) have issued separate calls for the carbon credit payout to Amerindian villages to be increased from 15 percent to between 25 percent and 85 percent. Questions are lingering about how exactly government apparently arrived unilaterally at 15 percent. For its part, AFC ...

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GTT cuts huge chunk of paper billing

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) has slashed its paper billing significantly over the past year through its sister company, WeSolveCX,  a company official said. WeSolveCX’s Senior Director, Malini Gouridat said GTT is one of the new company’s “biggest clients”, and over the past year it has digitised its e-billing system. She said GTT is sending out out more ...

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GTT’s parent company launches service to support small, medium, large businesses

Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN), the parent company of Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT), has launched a Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) company that is not just a call centre but geared to assist small, medium and large businesses to position themselves in the Guyanese market. General Manager of WeSolveCX, Shem Erskine said the new company is in the marketplace to support Guyana’s ...

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Civil society activists blamed for Guyana’s suspension from global transparency watchdog

The Guyana government late Wednesday accused at least two civil society members of the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) of the Guyana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GYEITI) for contributing to this country’s suspension from the Norway-headquartered anti-corruption. Through the Ministry of Natural Resources, the government named Mike Mc Cormack and Vanda Radzik for not supporting the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the ...

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After High Court case… BV residents need drainage and irrigation, Council needs to “reconstruct” village records- Councillor Mc Rae

A day after a company withdrew High Court action in its bid to acquire 143.10 acres of privately-owned land at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara after it had been controversially sold, Neighbourhood Councillor Elton Mc Rae said residents now needed help to gain access to their parcels of the land. Mr Mc Rae called on the Neighbourhood Council and Central Government ...

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Guyana hopes for lifting of Extractive Industries Transparency suspension in three months

The Guyana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GYEITI) on Wednesday appeared set to give the International Administrator the green light to compile and submit a report on the forestry, oil and gas, mining and quarrying, and fisheries sectors to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) which could see the lifting of the country’s suspension from that global anti-corruption watchdog, according to ...

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