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US denies virtually imposing democracy and governance project

The United States (US) embassy on Thursday denied that it did not consult adequately with the Guyana government on a “technical assistance” project that was expected to benefit political parties to improve governance and democracy here. The embassy said it held an “extensive series of consultations and correspondence” with the Guyana government and other stakeholders on developing the Leadership and ...

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Anti-money laundering bill survives, returned to Select C’ttee

The anti-money laundering legislation has survived a second trip to the House with the National Assembly late Thursday night voting to send it to a Special Select Committee once again. The opposition parties voted against the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill (AML/CFT) last month after it exited the Special Select Committee where it had been ...

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Appointment of Ombudsman not enough – Granger

Leader of the Opposition David Granger has welcomed the appointment of former Judge Winston Moore as Ombudsman but says that is not enough to ensure more transparent governance. The Office of the President in a brief release earlier in the day announced the appointment while adding that Moore, a practicing attorney, would be sworn in on January 2014. Presidential Advisor ...

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Bill to preserve Cabinet role in contracts deferred

The National Assembly has approved a six-month deferral of a government bill which seeks to preserve the Cabinet role in the contract procurement process. The move came after some six hours of debate in the House with the opposition parties giving every indication that they were prepared to vote down the Procurement (Amendment) Bill. The administration was seeking an amendment ...

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UNDP helping Guyana’s Parliament to become paperless

The Guyana Parliament’s vision to become a paperless parliament was Thursday brought one step closer to reality with the handing over of several pieces of Information Technology (IT) equipment, the parliament office said in a statement. They are fifteen Samsung galaxy tab3, five Dell Optiplex desktop computers and one Dell laptop computer by the United Nations Development Project (UNDP). Speaking ...

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Bandits grab Public Works Ministry’s payroll

Two gunmen Thursday afternoon grabbed na GUY$8 million payroll belonging to the Public Works Ministry shortly after the clerk and the accompanying security guard arrived to pay casual workers. Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn said two bandits, armed with guns, assaulted the clerk and took away the security guard’s gun as well as the money. The incident occurred shortly after ...

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Border security concern raised over Muri Brasil deal in New River Triangle

The issue of border security with neighbouring Suriname appeared to be taking centre stage surrounding government’s decision to grant permission to allow a privately-owned company to survey the New River area for a variety of minerals. But the Guyana government has ruled out the need to consult with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) before carrying out mining related activity in ...

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BREAKING NEWS: DPP re-opens murder case against cricketer Barton

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack on Wednesday announced that she has ordered the re-opening of a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into a murder charge against Guyanese cricketer, Carlyle Barton. Barton is accused of shooting to death his friend, Shawn Nelson, on May 27,2013 on Orange Walk, Bourda. Close circuit television video showed Barton whipping out a handgun, aiming ...

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Man charged with murdering brother

A man who allegedly murdered his mentally ill brother was Wednesday arraigned for the offence. 38-year old Neville France was not required to plea to the indictable charge when he appeared before City Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan. Police say that he murdered 20-year old Richard France on December 12 at Falls Top, Port Kaituma, North West District. The murder accused ...

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