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CCJ ruling opens flood gates to unemployed, criminals- Barbados PM

(BARBADOS NATION).-Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last night voiced concern about the implications of the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) recent ruling, saying an automatic six-month stay for CARICOM nationals visiting Barbados would attract the unemployed and criminals. However, he told Barbadians to respect the ruling in the Shanique Myrie case, saying Barbados was not “any banana, plantain or fig republic” ...

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GRA commences granting Mortgage Interest Relief to eligible taxpayers

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has commenced approving Mortgage Interest Relief (MIR) to taxpayers who meet the criteria set out in Section 20A of the Income Tax Act Chapter 81:01 and supporting regulations, the revenue collection agency said in a statement on Tuesday. The implementation of MIR is in keeping with a proposal announced in the 2013 National Budget designed ...

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GPHC to boost training in rare pregnancy complication

Doctors and nurses of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) are to receive further training in a rare pregnancy complication that claimed the lfi 25-year old Fadhna Dutchin died on September 28 of what the hospital said was “peri partum cardiomyopathy.” “In response to Ms. Dutchin’s death, the doctors and nurses at GPHC will have additional training in this rare ...

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SWAT team will be different from other police squads

Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee on Tuesday assured that the SWAT team expected to be established by next year August would not be like other police squads that had been notorious for human rights violations. “Now we are moving to set up a professional, best practice established SWAT team according to international standards as we understand them so I don’t ...

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WWF contributes $10M towards GFC’s REDD+ Readiness Planning

The Government of Guyana has embarked on a national programme that aims to protect and maintain the state’s forests in an effort to reduce global carbon emissions while attracting resources to foster economic growth, GINA reported. Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) is a model that sets out a vision for economic development and climate change mitigation, enabled by payments ...

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Venezuela releases oil research ship arrested in Guyanese waters

(BBC).-The owners of a US-contracted oil ship which was detained by the Venezuelan navy on Thursday say the vessel has been released. The Venezuelan navy had boarded the Teknik Perdana on Thursday in disputed waters off the coast of Guyana and sailed it to Venezuela’s Margarita island. Caracas accused the crew of operating illegally in Venezuelan waters. Its owners said ...

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Chinese workers at airport expansion project attacked

Three staffers of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) – the corporation executing the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project – were confronted by cutlass-wielding individuals who robbed one of them of a cell phone, the Public Works Ministry said in a statement. The Timehri North Community Development Council (TNCDC) has condemned the attack while at the same time warning ...

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Two charged with businessman’s murder

Two men were Monday arraigned in a Berbice court for the murder of businessman Davindra “Dave” Deodat at his Corentyne home one week ago, police said. Those charged are 27-years old Ramnarine Jagmohan of Hampshire Squatting Area, Corentyne and 23-years old Neshan Jagmohan of Belvedere Squatting Area, Corentyne. They appeared in the Albion Magistrates’ Court and were remanded to prison ...

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New project to offer affordable loans to micro, small enterprises

A project targeting micro and small enterprise development was launched today, offering loans that require interest rates below six percent and a grant as high as GUY$300,000 to assist start-up for expansion of existing businesses. The project entitled Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) Development and Building Alternative Livelihood for Vulnerable Groups is a collaborative effort of the Government through the ...

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Guyana, Venezuela Foreign Ministers set meeting date, venue

(REUTERS).-Venezuela’s and Guyana’s foreign ministers will meet on Thursday to seek a negotiated solution to the detention of a ship used by a U.S. oil exploration firm in waters disputed for more than a century by the South American neighbours, Venezuela said. The officials have spoken on the phone and will meet on Thursday in Trinidad and Tobago “in the ...

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