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Guyana gets UN help to destroy obsolete weapons, ammo

Guyana is preparing to begin destroying obsolete weapons with equipment and training that are being provided by the United Nations Office for Disarmament. The Office’s Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) on Monday handed over a report on a legal study to Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall. Presented by Team Leader, ...

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Minibus union, govt agree to drop Route 32 fares temporarily

Passengers travelling on Route 32 buses (Georgetown to Parika) are expected to pay lower fares in keeping with a temporary agreement reached between the Ministry of Commerce and the United Minibus Union (UMU), the Government Information Agency (GINA) said on Monday. All short drops in zone 32 to be immediately reduced to $80 from $100; and Georgetown to Parika to ...

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Canada-bound alleged cocaine smuggler pleads innocent

A man who allegedly attempted to smuggle four kilogrammes of cocaine to Canada was Monday pleaded not guilty and was remanded to prison. Trevor Packs of 3881 North Ruimveldt, Georgetown is due to appear in the Providence Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where the case would continue to be heard. That decision was taken by Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine-Beharry after Packs ...

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Alleged ice-pick robber bailed

A man allegedly involved in an ice-pick robbery was Monday granted GUY$150,000 bail when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine-Beharry also ordered that Christopher Gonsalves return to court on February 7. Gonsalves of 291 Independence Boulevard, Georgetown pleaded not guilty to the armed robbery charge. He is accused of stabbing Sean Persaud on January 15 ...

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EU, ChildLink targeting sexual violence against thousands of children

The European Union (EU) on Monday inked a 200,000 Euro grant contract with a local non-governmental organisation, ChildLink, to help fight sexual violence against thousands of children over the next two years, the diplomatic mission here announced. EU Ambassador to Guyana, Robert Kopecký and Ms. Omattie Madray, Programme Director of ChildLink, signed the document to implement a project titled “Empowering ...

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Vieria confirmed as GGMC Commissioner; Clinton Williams appointed Board Chairman

Natural Resources and the Environment Minister, Hon. Robert M. Persaud on Monday announced the appointment of Mr. Clinton Williams as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC)  and further confirmed Mr. Rickford Vieira as Commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission. Persaud in accordance with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission’s Act ...

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PPP rules out partial suspension of US-funded democracy project

The Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday ruled out allowing uncontroversial components of the US$1.2 million democracy project to go ahead while the United States and Guyana negotiate the other aspects. PPP General Secretary, Clement Rohee was wary of the government facing greater criticism about its stance on the project being implemented by the International Republican Institute (IRI). “We can’t ...

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Heavily armed men attack Trinidad-owned tug at Grantley Waldron’s sand concession

Heavily armed men early Monday morning staged a daring attack on a Trinidad-owned tug, shattering its navigational equipment and threatening to burn the vessel that is here to collect a shipment of sand to take to St. Lucia, sources said. The incident occurred aboard the Motor Tug Seven Mako near Dr. Grantley Waldron’s sand mining concession at Sand Hills, about ...

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Pilot, cargo loader found dead in wrecked aircraft

Canadian pilot, Blake Slater and the Guyanese Cargo Loader were Monday morning found dead among the wreckage of the single-engine aircraft that went down Saturday morning in dense jungle. Spokesman for Trans Guyana Airways, Kit Nascimento said the pilot’s body was located. A family member of Cargo Loader Dwayne Jacobs Newton said Transport Minister, Robeson Benn informed her that he ...

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Soldiers getting closer to wreckage

Guyanese Special Forces soldiers were up to late Sunday night about 100 meters away from the site where a single-engine Cessna Caravan airplane crashed a day earlier, Transport Minister Robeson Benn said. He said light failed and the weather was poor, preventing the soldiers from pressing on in the very thick jungle and swampy terrain. Former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) ...

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